Still deciding how to spend your precious long weekend? We’ve put together a list of 12 fun activities for the Eid Al Adha weekend that will ensure you make the most of the last long weekend we’re going to have for a while. The next long weekend swings by only in December during the National Day holidays. We promise you’ll have amazing post-long weekend stories to share with your colleagues when you take inspiration from this list.
1. Catch Saudi singer Rageb Saqer’s concert at Coca-Cola Arena
The Saudi crooner will be performing at the City Walk venue on July 11, right on time for Eid Al Adha celebrations. For details about the show and how to grab tickets to the concert click here.
2. Gorge on artisanal chocolate for free at this chocolate tasting
Mirzam, the artisanal chocolate factory in Al Quoz is hosting free workshops and tasting sessions on July 9 and July 10 in celebration of Eid and World Chocolate Day.
3. Go on a mini holiday with a staycation
Okay, so you couldn’t plan an international getaway. The UAE is full of beautiful resorts and destinations you can enjoy a wonderful staycation in and feel like you’re far away from Dubai. Plus, you get to sidestep the visa applications and avoid the airport rush. All the thrills without the hassles! Click here for 11 fabulous staycation deals to book now.
3. Treat yourself to a massage
What’s a long weekend without some well-deserved pampering. You’ve probably had to do double the amount of work ahead of the Eid break, so you can put an OOO email and disconnect. It’s only fair that you can relax and recover from the stressful week with a luxurious massage. Spa chain SENSASIA Urban is offering a 40% discount on the lavish Warm Candle Melt massage as part of a summer sale. The 60-minute massage will see all the stress of the week melt away.
Price: from AED 375 as part of sale
For bookings: Call 044179820 or visit www.sensasiaspas.com
4. Celebrate Eid with delicious Indian food at this family-friendly brunch on Sunday
Shamiana, the Indian restaurant at Taj Jumeirah Lake Towers is hosting an Eid Al Adha brunch on July 10.
The restaurant will be decorated for the festive occasion and feature live entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Live kitchens, a chaat counter and a menu of scrummy dishes like kebabs, mutton raan, goan fish curry and Lucknowi chicken biryani make up the extensive menu. Reservations are a must.
When: July 10; from 12:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Shamiana, Taj Jumeirah Lake Towers
Price: From AED 185 per person, including soft drinks
For reservations: Call: 04 5741 111/ 052 680 5419 or email: Shamiana.firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Enjoy a theatrical dinner experience at DREAM Dubai on Monday
We love that long weekends mean no Sunday scaries or Monday blues. On July 11, go out with your crew on a school night and live it up at an opulent dinner-and-show experience at DREAM Dubai. Located on the ground floor of the Address Beach Resort, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous meal featuring Mediterranean, vegetarian, seafood and meat options. Meanwhile, five international acts will take to the stage and enthrall you. The ensemble show will feature songs, dances, acrobats, and aerialists.
Where: Ground floor of Address Beach Resort, JBR
Timing: Show from 10pm-1am followed by after-party until 4am
For reservations: Call 04 220 0224 or email email@example.com
6. Break a sweat with a free boot camp workout
After all the delicious Eid treats you’ll be bingeing on this weekend, burn those calories off at this free exercise class. Blended Wellness at Dukes The Palm hosts a free fitness session on their terrace at 7 am every Saturday.
When: Saturday July 10; 7am
Where: Blended Wellness, Dukes Hotel, A Royal Hideaway Resort, Palm Jumeirah
For bookings: Call 04 423 8313 or visit www.blendedwellness.com
7. Devour a Sunday roast at this steakhouse
Carna, the steakhouse by legendary Italian butcher Dario Cecchini at the SLS Hotel is serving up their Sunday roast is during the Eid weekend too. We can’t think of a more ideal way to reconnect with friends and family than over a big hearty meal. The classic Re-inCARNAtion Sunday Roast includes starters like prawn cocktail salad, smoked salmon, mains such as beef rump roast, Francesina pie and more.
When: Every Sunday; 1pm-4pm
Where: Carna by Dario Cecchini, Marasi Drive, Business Bay
Price: AED295 per person
For reservations: Call 04 607 0737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Pet cute animals at Festival Plaza’s petting zoo
As part of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), Festival Plaza mall is hosting a petting zoo all summer long, making it a perfect outing for families with kids or adults who love animals. Kids (and you) can befriend bunnies, parrots, ducks, goats, and more here. They also host puppy pilates if you want to spend quality time with your pet. Don’t have a pet? Then check out their adoption sessions to find yourself a furry friend! Click here for all the details about this paw-esome summer.
9. Snack your way through Burjuman’s street food festival
Foodies should hit up the longstanding Karama mall for their delicious Street Food Festival. 12 food trucks will be parked at Burjuman mall’s Pavilion Garden on level three from July 9- July 17. There’ll be live music and roaming public performers who’ll up the tempo and set a fiesta vibe. Little ones can enjoy face painting and slime stations while grown-ups compete in a games corner featuring foosball and billiards. Cuisines on offer include Italian, Indian, Arabic, Korean, Malaysian, Thai, and Indonesian.
When: July 9-17; from 12pm-10pm
Where: Burjuman, Karama
Contact: Call 04 352 0222 or visit https://bit.ly/3bVs06C
10. Entertain yourself with the Waterfront Market’s roaming performances
Fresh groceries and seafood aren’t the only things this popular Deira market is doling out this Eid. The Market is hosting an array of fun-filled activities from July 9 – July 11 that promise to keep the whole family entertained. You can enjoy an outdoor fire show, traditional Ayala dance performances and a mime show. When you spend AED 50 on food and drink at one of the eateries in the Waterfront Market during Eid, you’ll be entered into an AED 10,000 raffle draw.
When: July 9-11
Where: Waterfront Market, Deira
Contact: Call (800) 627 538 or visit https://bit.ly/3uAJThr
11. Watch fireworks explode across the sky at Dubai Festival City Mall
Find a great spot at the waterfront mall on July 10 and keep your eyes trained to the sky at 8pm as the skies will light up with a spectacular fireworks display. But there’s plenty more entertainment being rolled out at this shopping destination. Catch a performance by Beatboxing harmonica player, Moses Concas who won Italy’s Got Talent in 2016. A Lebanese dance group will be doing 15-minute cultural performances, and Emirati Al Harbia dancers will perform throughout the evening on July 12.
When: July 10; 8pm
Where: Dubai Festival City Mall
12. Experience authentic Emirati arts and culture at Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The wind towers and heritage architecture of Souk Madinat will come alive this weekend with traditional Eid Al Adha events. The souk will echo with the melodies of an oud player and percussionist. Clock cultural points when you check out their free authentic displays of fish nets being made, calligraphy, falconry and carpet weaving.
When: July 9 – July 11
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah