Plans for the week, sorted…

Looking for some things to do in Dubai this week? There’s plenty from shopping to celebrating Boxing Day, indulging in an afternoon tea and more…

Here are 8 wonderful things to do in Dubai this week: 

Tuesday, December 26

Shop ’til you drop at this DSF 12-hour sale


The time for giving never really ends, whether it’s for your loved ones or yourself. Dubai Shopping Festival is hosting a 12-hour sale across Majid Al Futtaim Malls where you can snap up some great deals – as high as 90 per cent off across a number of brands. The sale runs from 10am to 10pm. Read more here.


Continue celebrating with loved ones post-Christmas Day

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Sad to see Christmas Day come and go in the blink of an eye. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate, and this includes Boxing Day. It is traditionally a day to take stock – and take some time to chill after the Christmas Day festivities.

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Wednesday, December 27

Check out Al Seef Creek Festival in Old Dubai

Christmas tree Al Seef

Al Seef Creek Festival is currently on and there’s so much to see and do with the whole family. The festival is home to the tallest Christmas tree not just in the UAE, but the whole of the Middle East, which means it should top the list of things to see at the festival. Besides this, there are several cultural and educational activities, family entertainment, and exclusive dining and shopping offers. You will also be able to snap up photos with larger-than-life inflatable (and adorable) world-renowned Anooki characters. The festival runs until December 30.


Tuck into an afternoon tea at Saya Brasserie

It’s hard not to love an afternoon tea, but it’s an absolute Instagrammable affair at Saya Brasserie. For Dhs259 for two, you can indulge in an array of sweet and savoury bites adorning a beautiful tea stand. The afternoon tea is available at all Saya branches, but you need to book at least 24 hours in advance.

Saya Brasserie, across all venues in Dubai, available daily from 12pm to 5pm (book 24 hours in advance), @saya.brasserie

Thursday, December 28

Have fun with the whole family at Motiongate Dubai

Step into a magical world of festivities at Motiongate this December where the little ones can experience a one-of-a-kind Hollywood Holidays Parade, a reindeer dance show, a night festive market with delectable sweet treats, a Smurfmas show, meet-and-greet with Santa, a 40-foot Christmas tree, and more. Tickets are on sale from Dhs330 per person. Of course, a trip to Motiongate wouldn’t be complete without checking out their 29 thrilling rides and attractions.

Motiongate Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts. Until Jan 7, 2024. tickets from Dhs330 per person.

Take the little one to experimental playhouse for OliOli Mess Fest

OliOli messfest

OliOli Mess Fest is the place to be for kids to dive into sensory-rich activities with sand, water, and paint. But it’s not just messy fun. The activities help foster creativity, curiosity, and fine motor skills. Kids will be able to unleash their imaginations, make personal discoveries, and stimulate their curiosity, all while developing essential knowledge and skills in a delightfully messy environment. Some of the stations include Paint Palooza, Splash Mania and Mud Madness. Messfest will only be around until December 30.

OliOli Mess Fest, OliOli, Al Quoz 1, close to Oasis Centre Mall, Dubai, until Dec 30, Tel:(0)4 702 7300.

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