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8 amazing things to do this weekend in the UAE

Lucky chance to win an F1 race experience, parties, Halloween fun and much more this weekend

09:00 October 26, 2017
Formula One Qualifiers

Food, parties, fitness and super-hero movies await you this weekend!

The F1 Experience


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The Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one of the most anticipated events of the year and we all know that those tickets don't come cheap. Guests dining at Loca in Abu Dhabi or Dubai this weekend stand a chance to win a complete Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend experience for two, including a stay in the capital, transport and exclusive event tickets.

All guests need to do is get a boomerang video while at the venue, share it with @LocaUAE and #MoreThanARacedxb, and get as many likes as possible. Kindly contact the outlet for any queries.

Location Loca Dubai Marine Beach & Spa Resort or Loca at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi Dates and timings October 26 and 27; Thursday (dinner) and Friday (brunch) Contact 04 346 1111 / 02 582 3639

Dubai Fitness Challenge free weekend carnival

Head to Kite Beach this Friday to participate in the second weekend carnival of DFC at Kite Beach. The activities include fitness classes, sports, exercises and celebrity sessions related to fitness and health. The 1.5 kilometre long beach side can help make the carnival a fun family outing as the weather gets nicer in the UAE.

Read our guide to some of the free classes under DFC

Location Kite Beach Date October 27; 2.45pm onwards Cost Free

Start off Halloween with cake

Clinton St. Baking Company

A special Halloween cake will be made that mirrors Clinton’s classic black and white cake, but with a holiday twist of orange. It will also be decorated with spiders! Other goodies include a pumpkin pie decorated in spider-web icing, mini cupcakes and a featured Halloween cake good for a group of eight.

Location Clinton St. Baking Company, Burj Views, Downtown, City Walk Cost Pumpkin pie - Dh180, Mini cupcakes - Dh8 each, and Halloween cake – Dh195 Timings October 24 to 31 from 8am to 12am Contact 04 428 1331

Also, read up on 29 other places to celebrate Halloween in the UAE

Harvestfest at Reform Social and Grill 

Three days of live music, proper British BBQs, beverages from around the world, apple bobbing games, grape stations and more await residents and visitors to The Lakes in Dubai. Harvestfest celebrates the end of the scorching UAE summer and the reopening of Reform’s outdoor area. Day-entry includes a free welcome beverage and you can buy tokens for all the food and beverage stations on site. 

Spring fest

The festival kicks off on Thursday with a live DJ while musical duo, Sole Note, will take to the stage on Friday from 2pm to 10pm, and the final day of the festival will be the fun-filled 'Family Day' with entertainment including a bouncy castle and face painting.

Location Reform Social and Grill, The Lakes Cost Dh50 (day-entry), Dh225 for 5 tokens and Dh380 for 10 tokens Dates and Timings 26 - 28 October from 5pm to 10pm on Thursday and 2pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday Contact 04 454 2638

Staycation: Ayla Grand Hotel Al Ain

We love Al Ain for a quiet staycation and Ayla Grand Hotel is a great staycation venue. The 5-star property has beautifully decorated rooms, a nice in-room dining menu and a rooftop pool, and is budget-friendly as well. Jebel Hafeet is just over 30 minutes away by car and there are many restaurants, parks and sight-seeing opportunities nearby.

Location Khalifa Bin Bin Zayed Al Awwal Street, Next to NMC Hospital, Al Ain Cost Dh300 onwards per night Contact 03 761 0111


Thor: Ragnarok

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba


Cast: Gerard Butler

Secret Superstar

Cast: Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai? 

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