11 activities to do in the UAE during the long weekend


Your ultimate weekend guide – December 1 to December 3, 2023.

Raise environmental awareness through music

The “Concert For Tomorrow” gala taking place today during COP28, December 1, 2023 at Dubai Opera, emphasizes the global significance of climate change. Starring the Teatro all Scala Orchestra from Milan, expect an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance from Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni and environmental consciousness under the baton of maestro Michele Gamba and exceptional talents of tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Aida Garifullina.

It’s time for a sail

Cooler weather calls for new outdoor adventures. Sign up yourself and your friends for a sailing experience with Wind Rises, a sailing community that organizes unique programs such as lectures, special sailing courses and races from beginners to experienced with an aim to make the sport more open and affordable. Located in Port Mina Rashid Marina, get ready to set sail for 2 hours in and around the Persian Gulf as you learn the basic concepts of sailing in a well-designed racing fleet – no special skills required!

Go for a date night

UCHI, which translates to ‘home’ in Japanese, is a high-end and modern dining restaurant with a central bar surrounded by small dark wooden tables, a sleek sushi counter, and an intimate outdoor patio. Through culinary artistry, the menu spans King Crab with pea and asparagus ditaloni, Wagyu Tartar and a selection of maki rolls. Beyond the well-curated menu, Uchi offers a chic and contemporary atmosphere with feel-at-home interiors. Located in the bustling heart of DIFC, this restaurant promises an unforgettable dinning experience.

Get your hands on unique accessories at an exclusive pop-up

Running from November 25 to December 31, 2023, regional accessories brand Okhtein’s pop-up shop showcases signature bags, sunglasses and bespoke 25hours luggage tag to guests and visitors of 25hours Hotel at Dubai One Central. Renowned for fusing Egyptian culture with contemporary design, shop one-of-a-kind extras for the perfect gifting option for a stylish loved one or for yourself, to wear as an opulent finishing touch to your holiday outfit.

Book a spa at home

The Spa offers a range of luxurious, therapeutic and relaxing massage therapies to help you unwind from a hectic day and thanks to a spa-like atmosphere, evoked through soft candlelight and a tranquil playlist, you will experience the ultimate zen. Both 60- and 90-minute sessions are available, as well as individual and couple bookings for the ultimate relaxation without moving an inch. The Den Home Spa ensures you no longer need to leave your own home to enjoy a touch of blissful relaxation starting from Dhs250.

Revitalise your energy levels

Want to upgrade your vitals? Kai Life Clinic is a premium and bespoke skin, health, and wellness brand that empowers people to look and feel their most confident selves. Don’t wait for the new year to set your health and fitness goals. Instead, speak to Kai Life’s team of professionals about how you can revitalize your body and mind to go into 2024 your best self yet. Try the Revitalizer, that includes a 15 Minute Consultation with Kai Life’s Nutritionist , a 60 Minute IV Therapy and a 30 Minute Icoone Body Sculpting/Lymphatic Drainage. Located in Al Wasl Road, Al Manara, this clinic promises a cleanse from the inside out.

Shop ‘til you drop

Spruce up your interiors over the long weekend. The refurbished space Caspaiou showcases a wide array of luxury European furniture, unique accessories, high-end lighting, and art pieces, all meticulously selected to reflect the brand’s signature design ethos and style. Each item is a statement piece, carefully crafted to elevate any living space and create that truly remarkable Caspaiou atmosphere. Spread over two floors and offering a generous 600 square meters of viewing space, the result is a stunning display for design enthusiasts and purveyors of good taste. Stepping into the redefined showroom is like entering a world where design and beauty converge, with captivating personal spaces curated to transform houses into homes. Every corner is accented by exceptional craftsmanship and timeless design. The showroom offering is further complemented by the 750 square-metre Caspaiou warehouse, which now houses more than 2500+ in-stock items giving clients access to an unrivalled collection of luxury European furniture, accessories, lighting, and art pieces.

Try a unique breakfast

Pizza for breakfast? Monno’s kitchen has it covered. Think breakfast sourdough pizzettas topped with an assortment of toppings. An Italian highlight comes from the pastry team in the form of ‘bombolone’ – an Italian doughnut made with a soft yeast dough that’s fried and lightly covered in granulated sugar and then filled with varied cream fillings. Then there’s specials like Wagyu salami shakshuka, classic Italian fontina cheese toast with veal ham, and benedict avo-egg on a grilled croissant, plus much more. Located in Jumeirah, this spot is definitely a must-visit.

Book lunch at this rooftop spot

For a picturesque meal, Sal’s Bistro invests in the quality of the community and strives to make their place a cozy bistro. This warm and welcoming concept reflects the family’s passion for excellent food and people, creating a unique and exciting dining experience. Set in a charming lakeside setting, guests can enjoy fresh and healthy home-style cuisine in a tranquil environment during the long weekend. Located in Jumeirah Islands Pavilion, this French Bistro Concept is definitely a must-try.

Try one of Dubai’s new hot spots

For an avant-garde new lunch and dinner spot, we’re here to help. Dubai’s fine-dining and culinary scene never takes a backseat all-year round with its innovative food concepts that are sure to leave your palate craving for more. From Japanese to authentic Italian spots, there’s a plethora of exciting dining options that we simply can’t get enough off. With each detail crafted to perfection, be it the interiors, menu and overarching design, these latest culinary havens are a delight to try for any occasion or to simply treat yourself after a new week. If you’re on the lookout for the latest hotspots to visit in Dubai, has curated an exclusive guide on where to dine in the emirate.

Unwind at a resort with a private pool

As the sweltering heat is here to stay for the next couple of months, there’s nothing like cooling off in the privacy of your own private pool. From temperature-controlled swimming pools to luxe views of the UAE’s skyline, these exotic properties offer their own private swimming facility to unwind with friends and family. has curated a list of must-visit resorts located both in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, that offer their own space to unwind as you book a premium villa or suite that best fits your needs.

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