9 Fantastic Events To See You Through Dubai’s Great BIG Long Weekend



It’s finally here, UAE National Day weekend is so close we can almost touch it.

Expect the city to be a sea of green, white, black and red, there will be fireworks, TONNES of events, and if that wasn’t enough, you can expect celebs to descend on the capital of Abu Dhabi F1.

5 days vacay… I repeat…



9. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Yasalam After-Race Concerts

The biggest sporting event on the Abu Dhabi calendar and you just can’t beat the energy in the capital during race weekend. The roar of the engines can be heard all over Yas as Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes and more battle it out for the top spot.

Not into racing? The action is 100% off the track too, with parties galore and OF COURSE the Yasalam After-Race Concerts…

Marshmello kicks things off on Thursday, followed by Gucci Mane and Future on Friday, Lana Del Ray on Saturday and The Killers on Sunday. BUZZED for this!


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8. ‘Tis the season for Christmas markets!

The Hillhouse Brasserie is hosting a fab Christmas market, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the weather, stock up on unique festive goodies and let the kids be entertained by a magic show, (Magic Phil is coming!) a bouncy castle, and even SANTA himself is making an appearance too.

When? Friday, November 29, 10am to 6pm

For bookings or more information: 800 – 666 – 353 restaurants@saroodhospitality.com

7. It’s McGettigan’s birthday and they’re treating YOU to cheap drinks!

Good ole’ McGett’s eh?! The JLT branch turns NINE and to celebrate it’s a week of slashed drinks, street food brunches and BIG prizes, (including international holidays!) for some lucky winners.

Drinks prices are slashed all the way back to 2010 prices, until the very end of the long weekend.

Everything you need to know here.


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6. Make room on the roads for Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge

Back for its 10th year, the race kicks off at Dubai Autodrome on Friday morning and sees the most challenging race take cyclists on a 100km route across Dubai.

There will be rolling road closures, detailed below,  so get out and support this amazing community event!

Road closure deets here.

5. Bidis is throwing a Thanksgiving tailgate party brunch

Tailgating is a tradition in the US, it’s basically a party from the boot of a car and I feel this is something the region can relate to, in its own way.

But Bidis are doing it be for Thanksgiving; think unlimited house drinks and Bidis Party Punch (don’t know what this is, but I want to try it immediately) and all American favourites served in buffet style to celebrate the U-S-of A! (Expect wings, hot dogs, ribs, turkey sliders, pumpkin pie and more.

And also? Live music and Games! Beer pong, Foosball, Giant Jenga and the Live NFL game will be on from 9.30pm.

How much? AED290 from 7pm to 10pm
Bookings are essential: Contact reservations@bidibondi.com or 04 427 0515


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4. Book yourself in for a whopper Thanksgiving feast

If you’re hungry… look away now.

Perry & Blackwelder’s has a Thanksgiving menu featuring allllll of your favourite holiday eats; you’ll choose from a main of either slow-smoked turkey, beef hotpot, or cajun spiced blackened salmon, each served with plenty of sauces and extras on the side.

It’s a total of AED195 for two courses, and because it’s happening just once, they’re pulling out all the stops to make sure you’ll have a memorable Thanksgiving.

So expect live entertainment from 8pm, great food, fantastic service and a whopper time.

Learn more here

When?  Thursday 28th November from 12pm onwards

For bookings or more information: 800 – 666 – 353 restaurants@saroodhospitality.com  www.makeitadecembertoremember.com


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3. Celebrations and live entertainment at the opening of Nakheel Mall

The newly opened Nakheel Mall is hosting unlimited entertainment from November 28 until December 7.

Just in time for National Day, expect live shows, big prizes (including a MASERATI!) and plenty of incentives to tempt you into visiting this brand new retail and entertainment development. With a great range of attractions, this is a superb new venue for Palm dwellers, residents in other parts of Dubai, and tourists.

Learn more about the kid’s entertainment, shows and prizes here


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2. Tuck into a Thanksgiving-themed Black Tap Crazy Shake

‘Cus you need an excuse to tuck into one of these beauts…. here it is. Black Tap has created a Thanksgiving-themed for the holidays and it’s limited edition, so RUN!

From November 27 – 29 for AED62., you’ll tuck into the Pumpkin Pie shake, delish!

1. Break A Sweat In Dubai With The World’s Biggest Fitness Personalities (one for next weekend!)

Dubai Active 2019 and Dubai Muscle Show 2019, the region’s leading health and wellness weekend is three days of fitness classes hosted by MAJOR fitness personalities, international bodybuilding competitions with the stars, Q&A sessions, meet & greets (aka selfie ops!) plus a whole load of freebies and samples from your favourite brands.

Join the likes of Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Phil Heath, Ronnie Coleman and more – deets here.

Following a huge year last year, if you’ve ever been curious about attending the three-day fitness event, this is the year to go.

Tickets from AED50 for one day, get them here!


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