It’s just been declared a dry night on Saturday. The event marks the Birth of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). We’re not entirely sure yet but the event is likely to occur on either Sunday December 11 or Monday December 12 and out of respect for this day, residents have been asked to keep noise levels down and the serving of alcohol will be put on hold until the following day. The dry period will start at 6pm on Saturday and will finish at 6pm on Sunday. It is likely that we will have a day off – but we’ll keep you posted. But fear not, we’ve done you a solid and compiled a list of fun (and sober) things you can do over the long weekend.
1. Visit a cafè
Lovin Dubai recommends: The Hamptons Cafe, Beach Road.
This small family-owned establishment has a menu to die for, we’re talking eggs Benedict, sandwiches and an amazing all-day breakfast. Styled like a Hamptons beach house, this cute and cosy cafè is enough to make The Kardashians swoon!
Lovin Dubai recommends: Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
Well, do we really need to say it – they are back! It’s probably a good idea to call your besties and make sure they are up-to-date and ready for a revival. Get the popcorn – and the coffee ready!
3. Have a meal
Lovin Dubai recommends: Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
This place is to die for. Twinkly lights, international cuisine and a view of the lake. Although, you may get some uninvited guests to your table *quack quack*
4. Hit the cinema
Lovin Dubai recommends: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Harry Potter fans, meet Newt Scamander. This ultra-cute family film will give you all the HP feels and then some with cute creatures, magic and a few familiar faces – look for the cameo at the end, you won’t be disappointed!
5. Go to a park
Lovin Dubai recommends: Dubai Garden Glow
The new dinosaur park at Dubai Garden Glow is enough to make Richard Attenborough say, “we’ve made living biological attractions so astounding that they’ll capture the imagination of the entire planet.” Okay so they aren’t exactly living, but they are dinosaurs and how cool is that?
6. Go paddle boarding
Lovin Dubai recommends: Riva Beach Club, The Palm
This is a two-for-one, Riva Beach Club is the ultimate in relaxation, with great food, a swimming pool and the sea at your disposal! For just AED 85 per hour, you can challenge your balance with paddleboarding, it’s okay if you fall – swim it off!
7. Get pampered
Lovin Dubai recommends: Tosa Spa, Radisson Blue Hotel
Unwind and get that much deserved ‘me time’ to round off the year. Tosa Spa offers nine different massage types suited for every ache.
8. Embrace your inner nerd
Lovin Dubai recommends: Virtual Worlds, Silicon Oasis
Reality can be a bit daunting at times so why not take it virtual? Virtual Worlds offers exactly that with a totally equipped store and a social area, if you’re a bit of a scaredy cat though, we’d suggest you stay away from zombie games!
9. Get creative
Lovin Dubai recommends: Abu Dhabi Pottery
Don’t let the name fool you, it’s in Dubai too. Go absolutely potty and try your hand at ceramics. The classes cater to a range of ages as well as experience levels. You can try making a pot by hand or by wheel, minus Patrick Swayze… “Oh, my love, my darling…”
10. Get locked in
Lovin Dubai recommends: HintHunt Dubai, Times Square Center
Normally, being locked in a room would be a pretty harrowing experience. Not for these detectives though! Gather your friends and family and put yourselves to the ultimate test of code-cracking, as well as mental strength. Don’t take it out on your mum though, she just can’t stand a messy room!