There will be a market, carnival rides, a petting zoo and outdoor cinema…

Just in time for the cooler months, Dubai’s Al Seef neighbourhood has announced a huge festival will take over the destination from now until the end of the year.

The Creekside spot will transform into an al fresco festival complete with carnival rides, live music a petting zoo and outdoor cinema.

A newly installed waterfront market will feature pop up stalls selling an array of home-grown products such as traditional handicrafts, home décor, souvenirs, accessories, and jewellery. Perfect for those looking for some unique Christmas gifts…

For families, a range of carnival rides and games have just been added to Al Seef, with soft toys ranging from small to super sized to be won.

And while you wander, don’t be surprised to bump into a street musician or magician or two.

For little ones, there’s now a soft play area complete with inflatables and games at the destination, as well as Farm Petting Zoo, filled with rabbits, lambs hens and camels for children to interact with. Pony and Camel rides will also be on offer.

Then from November, Al Seef will host a complimentary kids’ movie screening under the stars every Thursday. Cushy bean bags will surround the big screen, with a popup cart on hand to serve cinema snacks such as ice-cream and popcorn.

And while Thursdays are dedicated to film, Fridays will host an array of live performances from both Arab and Western music backgrounds. A new talent will take to the stage from 4pm onwards at the Al Seef Events Arena each week.

Al Seef is also promising themed mini-festivals to celebrate occasions such as UAE Flag Day and Christmas Eve, with the first penciled in for November 7, where a dazzling firework show and themed decor will celebrate the Indian festival of Lights, Diwali.

Al Seef, Dubai Creek, Dubai, until December 31.

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