WEEKEND HOTLIST: 20 Things To Do On The Week Before Christmas

Anika Eliz Baby

The weekend is here and it brings with it so much to do!

Here are a bunch of fun things to check out so you can start the fun this weekend

Try a new restaurant, support Palestinian businesses, and check out all the lovely community events happening and engage with the vibrant Dubai community.

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20. Ladies’ Night every Thursday at The Lounge

Ladies, gather the crew and enjoy unlimited beverages on selected drinks for AED 79 and indulge further with 20% off on food.

When? Every Thursday

Time? 7 pm to 11 pm

Price? AED 79 l Unlimited selected beverages + 20% on the food menu

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Tel: +971 2 811 4342 or Email: jsirestaurants@jumeirah.com

19. Happy hours at Offside

Join Jumeirah Saadiyat Island for daily celebration during our Happy Hours, a symphony of delightful drinks and vibrant ambiance. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails by the best mixologists and unwind in an atmosphere designed for joy. Experience the fusion of exceptional beverages and a lively setting that transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary memories.

Where? Offside, Jumeirah Saadiyat Island

When? Weekdays: 5 pm to 8 pm, Weekend: 1 pm to 5 pm

Price? Special price for selected beverages

18. Saturday White brunch with a lavish buffet and live cooking station

Join an unforgettable Brunch experience at White with live cooking stations that bring together cuisines from across the globe. While you savour the delicious brunch, they’ll keep you entertained with live entertainment and fun activities.

When? Saturday

Time? 1 pm to 4 pm

Price? starts at AED 350, 50% off for kids aged 6 – 11, Complimentary (0 – 6 years old)

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Tel: +971 2 811 4342 OR Email: jsirestaurants@jumeirah.com

17. The Turtle afternoon tea at Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort for saving turtles

Discover a world of compassion and conservation at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, where every step towards luxury is also a stride towards protecting nature. Delight in a sumptuous spread of treats inspired by the ocean’s bounty while sipping on fine teas, all within the elegant ambience of their Majlis.

Your participation in the High Tea offer directly supports the turtle conservation endeavours, allowing you to be a part of something greater.

To learn more about sustainability, please click here

Where? The Majlis, Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort

When? Daily

Time? 2 pm to 6 pm

For more information or reservations, please contact Tel: +971 2 811 4342 Email: jsirestaurants@jumeirah.com

16. Holly Jolly Giftmas: BurJuman Mall’s Festive Extravaganza Daily Gifts To Be Won!

  • Holly Jolly Giftmas Digital Raffle: Shoppers spending AED 200 at the mall can enter a digital raffle by Rivoli Group’s Hour Choice for a chance to win daily prizes, enhancing the holiday season.
  • 12 Days of Christmas Celebrations (December 14 to 25): Dazzling daily Christmas parades, carol singing, and a dedicated gift-wrapping station to add warmth to presents.
  • Santa Meet & Greet Sessions: Meet & Greet sessions with Santa Claus at the Main Atrium on December 15-17 and December 22-25 (4 to 10 pm) for children and the young at heart to share their wishes.
  • Breathtaking 9-meter Christmas Tree & Instagram Sensation: A captivating Christmas tree perfect for Instagram-worthy moments with a digital setup offering personalized prints.
  • Festive Market (December 14 to January 7): Enchanting visitors with seasonal delights, workshops, and complimentary activities for both kids and adults, promising a joyous experience for the entire family.
  • “Christmas on Wheels” Contest: Capture the festive “Christmas on Wheels” spectacle in your neighborhood, share it on Instagram, tag @burjuman, and use #ChristmasatBurJuman for a chance to win daily shopping vouchers.

Visit burjuman.com or follow @BurJuman on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok for more information and to stay updated on the festive happenings.


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15. An afternoon cheese and wine brunch affair at Grapeskin

Enhance your afternoon with a unique Grapeskin Brunch. Indulge in handcrafted cheeses and exquisite wines from across the globe. Savor delectable shared dishes, decadent desserts, and live music, all accompanied by a happy hour that lasts until 7 PM.

Every Saturday 2 pm – 5 pm

AED 349 per person


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14. Fat Thursday at GRAZE

Indulge in an exclusive Big Fat Thursday at Graze. Immerse yourself in a delectable experience of a 480gms premium Chateaubriand, perfectly complemented by a bottle of our finest house wine. To complete your meal, take your pick from our tempting selection of three sides, including Truffle Fries, Cauliflower Cheese, Green Asparagus, and more. And to top it all off, savor the delightful indulgence of our decadent cheesecake.

Where? Graze, La Ville, City Walk

When? Every Thursday

Time? 5 pm – 11 pm

Price? AED 500 for two

13. Its a racelette reverie at Grapeskin

Savour a unique raclette experience with a carefully curated selection of cheese, served alongside delicious accompaniments like potatoes, pickles, and cured meats.
For an even more enjoyable dining experience, add a bottle of house wine for just AED 100, perfect for sharing with your friends and loved ones.

Where? Grapeskin, La Ville, City Walk

When? Every Wednesday

Time? 5 pm – 11 pm

Price? AED 200 for two, For each additional guest, there is a nominal charge of AED 100


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12. A speed quiz at JA Offside

Offside and Risky Quizness have teamed up to host the best Speed Quiz night in Dubai.

This speedy trivia event features professional quiz masters and quiz questions displayed on all screens. Guests can put their knowledge to the test while enjoying a fantastic atmosphere. Plus, there are exciting prizes up for grabs, making it an engaging and entertaining evening

Where? Offside, JBR

When? every Thursday

Time? 8 pm to 11 pm

Free to enter!


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11. Solomun live at Soho Garden Festival

@solomun | SAT-16-DEC ⚡️

📍Dubai Media City Amphitheater

🎟️ Tickets almost sold out, get yours at Platinumlist.net 

Info & Table Reservations: +971 54 232 8888

10. Camelphat and Massano Live at Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah

Get in tune for the weekend… @camelphatmusic is coming to Soho Garden.🔥

Catch them this Friday 15 December at @sohogardenpalm⚡️

Tickets available at platinumlist.net

Where? Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah

When? Friday, Dec 15


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9. Catch Shkoon at Soho Garden DXB

@_shkoon is coming on his MASRAHIYA Album Tour!
When? Friday, Dec 15
Time? Doors open at 10 PM

ONLINE TICKETS SOLD OUT. Tickets available at the door.

Info & Table Reservations: +971 52 388 8849


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8. Make your Christmas Day plans

Feeling naughty or nice?

These amazing Christmas packages and deals are going to have you singing carols out loud. All the festivities and cheer to keep you having the most wonderful time of the year- it doesn’t matter if you’re naughty or nice!

CHECK OUT: 21 Christmas Brunches In Dubai To Have A Jolly Good Time!

7. Book now for a delightful Christmas Eve Dinner at The Ritz Carlton RAK

It’s a festive culinary celebration with a family style Christmas dinner at Shore House. Revel in a feast fit for the season featuring a delectable main course of succulent traditional roasted turkey and an array of side dishes, along with a glass of bubbles.

Where? Shore House, The Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

When? Sunday, Dec 24

Time? 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Price? AED 250 per person

Advanced reservations are required 

6. WOK BOYZ has opened in Sahara Centre, Sharjah

WOK BOYZ – a renowned street-style Asian food concept. The restaurant’s newest location at Sahara Centre in Sharjah is bringing its unique blend of authentic Asian flavours and contemporary culinary techniques, just perfect to delight your taste buds most exceptionally.

Strategically located at Sahara Centre, one of Sharjah’s premier destinations for shopping and entertainment, the new branch will be the perfect addition to Sharjah’s thriving food scene, offering a fresh perspective on Asian cuisine that resonates with the discerning palates of its residents.

5. Tatreez, kuffiyeh painting and a delicious Palestinain set menu

Choose an activity of Palestinian resistance:

Painting on the Kuffiyeh by @lynnesart
Each guest will receive an original Kuffiyeh from @alwan.dxb and paint different forms of resistance, learn about the stories of the watermelon, map of palestine, poppy flower, Dome of the rock down to the Old key. You dont need any art experience, you just need love 4 Palestine. You’ll get to take home with you something to wear with pride!


Tatreez Therapy by @eman_msm
This workshop caters to all skill levels, from seasoned stitchers to absolute beginners. Eman will guide you through embroidery techniques and various patterns, allowing you to unleash your creativity and dive deep into the fascinating world of needlework.

You will later enjoy a Palestinian menu prepared by @theroost_ae and @lento.ae to leave with a full heart and tummy🍉❤️

To book your spot DM @painting4palestine OR WhatsApp 0581141841

Where? The Roost Rotisserie

When? Sunday, Dec 17

Time? 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Price? AED 265

4. Get your handmade Palestinian treasure at the El Rass Designer pop-up

The El Rass Pop-up is bringing together regional talented designers, fashion enthusiasts, and creative artists to showcase their unique creations.

Featured on there will be some lovely creations from the @artisans_ofpalestine and lovely @eman_msm

Where? @jaow_ae
When? Saturday and Sunday Dec 16 and 17
Time? 10 am to 8 pm


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3. Watch the fastest scooter in the world at the Dubai Electric Scooter Cup

16 of the best racers in the world will compete on the fastest electric scooter in the world, the RS-Zero DXB edition, at speeds of up to
140 kph around the streets of D3… you cannot miss this epic event! There’s going to be action on track all day, kids programmes, celebrity race

Where? Dubai Design District D3

When? Saturday 16 December

Time? 4 pm onwards  (The main event is from 4 to 5:30 pm) 

Price? Free to watch, everyone is welcome!

2. A three-day art festival is happening in Abu Dhabi for FREE

Arabian Days is here to fill your nights with rich music⁠! Spotlighting masters in lyrical Arabic, the festival unveils a prominent musical lineup that is set to entice and inspire.⁠

Trek down memory lane with famed artists:

Dec 15- Abeer Nehme- 10 pm

Dec 16- Noel Kharman- 10:15 pm

Dec 17- Rima Khcheich- 10:10 pm

Dec 18- Marwan Khoury: 9:30 pm

Where? Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi⁠

When? Dec 15-18

Price? free!

1. Gunna is coming to Dubai for Afro-World

It is the fourth iteration of Afroworld, the highly anticipated music event of the year!
The concert promises an unforgettable experience with Gunna headlining the event. The Grammy award nominee and diamond-selling superstar has ascended to the forefront of the music game, earning a rare diamond certification for the seminal Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 smash “Drip Too Hard” with Lil Baby. He is the man behind “Fukumean” which ranked no.1 on TikTok, Spotify, Apple Music, and on Billboard Streaming Chart.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Gunna and more special guests!
Where? Coca-Cola Arena
When? Saturday, Dec 16
Time? Doors open 8 pm


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