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Amazing things to do this weekend in the UAE

We bring you the best, the cheapest and the most fun events happening around town this weekend

08:00 December 7, 2017
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

December is a great month to be in the UAE with festive and other events popping up every week, not to mention the amazing weather. 

Order your real Christmas Tree on Uber

On Saturday, users will be able to log on to the Uber app and select the ‘UberTREES’ option to request a real Christmas tree. And just like the magic of the festive season – 100 Christmas trees around 7 to 8 feet tall will be available on a first-come first-serve basis for the price of just Dh500.

Open or download the Uber app for iOS or Android. On December 9 from 2–8pm select the ‘UberTREES’ option at the bottom of the screen. If your request is accepted, Uber will call you to confirm your delivery details

On that note, here's where else to get real or artificial trees in the UAE

Free movies at the Beach

The Beach is hosting open air screenings of movies and non-fiction films featured in the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for free. Make the most of the lovely weather, grab a blanket and some popcorn while enjoying some of the best films produced this year.

Check this link for schedules

Free pre-Christmas party!

This weekend, spend the morning putting up your Christmas tree before heading to Après for a festive party. With views of the powdery slopes to get you dreaming of a white Christmas, guests are treated to mulled grape, whilst sampling some delicious bites from the festive menu. You might even get an early glimpse of the big man in red. Guests will leave with a gift card to spend at Après on their next visit.

Location Apres, Mall of the Emirates, Next to Ski Dubai Cost Free Dates and timings Friday (December 8), 3pm to 5pm Contact 04 341 2575

Free tree-lighting ceremonies for Christmas

Christmas isn't complete without a decorated tree lighting ceremony. We have our fair share of tree lighting ceremonies this year, out of which we have listed 17 of our top picks here.  Most of these also come with free activities and kid-friendly celebrations.

Free sunrise yoga

The weather is the best it will be in the country and this is the best time to try some early morning activities. The Beach has complimentary sunrise yoga sessions on Friday and Saturday every weekend till May while weekday sessions happen on Monday and Wednesday. All you need to get is a water bottle, a mat and a towel. If you don't have a mat, borrow one for free from Adventure HQ nearby (carry your Emirates ID).

Location The Beach, JBR Dates Friday and Saturday (7am to 8am) 

Sole DXB

Sole is a communication platform where you can get all your newest and most up to date news when it comes to footwear, fashion, design and alternative culture in The Middle East. Every year and since 2010 they have held their annual Sole DXB event which combines footwear, fashion, music, food and movies.


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Check out our ultimate event guide for more details 

Location D3 (Dubai Design District) Cost Dh125 per person Dates December 7,8,9 Contact  +971 4 433 3000 

Dubai International Film Festival

One of the most anticipated events of the year, DIFF 2017 sees celebrities including Sir Patrick Stewart, Cate Blanchett, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, among others attending the event. With movie packages, ticket deals and more, getting registered is a great idea if you are movie buffs like us. 

The movies start screening today going on until December 12 and 13. We will be publishing movie guides, and here are our favourite films to watch today, December 7. Check out our DIFF page for more.

Location Madinat Souk Jumeirah (HQ) Movies also screened at The Beach and Mall of the Emirates Cost of tickets Starts at Dh35 depending on kind of screening Website


Better Watch Out

Cast: Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton

Released on November 30

Paddington 2

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville and Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins

Released on November 30

Daddy's Home 2

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson

Released on November 30

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