Art, sports, family fun and theatre – you can explore just about every interest this weekend.
Discover a designer's haven
The Dubai Design District will play host to Dubai Design Week, where regional and international studios and artists showcase the latest trends in architecture, products, furniture and interiors. Attend insightful discussions, workshops and exhibitions until Saturday, and be sure to stop by the leading trade fair Downtown Design, where you can marvel at limited-edition creations. Meanwhile, the Global Grad Show shines a spotlight on creativity, displaying creative works from 100 of the most innovative universities in the world. It's a spectacular highlight in the city's event calendar.
Sparkle at the Festival of Lights
Diwali returns to dazzle the city with cultural celebrations, fireworks and shopping discounts. Book a table at The Pointe to see a special pyrotechnic display that will embody the spirit of the festival, or check out a bespoke edition of the record-breaking IMAGINE, a choreographed show with lasers, projections and dancing water. Of course, brands across Dubai are offering discounts of 25-75% for a limited time, and even food delivery favourite Zomato is whipping up a feast with special deals.
Get fit at City Centre
Deira Dubai Fitness Challenge is in full swing with an action-packed calendar of sports events and activities. City Centre Deira is a top spot to check out, as you can sign up for a free Zumba session on Thursday, Bootcamp class on Friday or a Bollywood dance workout on Saturday. Alternatively, head to Dubai Festival City for daily yoga sessions – book your free spot in advance and show up bright and early at 7am.
Cue the stage lights
Don't miss out on the 1962 Broadway play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Qui A Peur De Virginia Woolf), which returns to The Junction in Alserkal Avenue for a second highly-anticipated run. Telling the story of Martha and George, a middle-aged couple in a troubled marriage, this play critiques the quintessential American family and their expectations of life and love.
Test your physical limits
If you are an athlete looking to up your game, UAE’s Grit + Tonic Triathlon awaits you in Hatta. Take in the majestic mountain landscape as you swim through the Hatta Dam, bike across the tarred roads of Generator Hill and run up steep inclines to push your limits. Aid stations and supporters will be there at every turn to cheer you. There are three triathlon courses of varying difficulty, so take your pick.
Ride a pony at Ripe Market
It's not only parents that have all the fun exploring artisanal products and farm-fresh produce at Ripe Market. Little ones will love all the lively activities on offer at the Dubai Police Academy, including pony rides or visiting rescued animals. One of Dubai's favourite bazaars, Ripe Market also hosts a variety of food trucks so you can picnic under the winter sun or sign up for group classes and pop-up fun for all ages.
Sprint through the city
Swap your regular sightseeing adventures for a more invigorating journey with Dubai Running Tours. Organised by Arabian Adventures, the free initiative is a fun and active way to explore the city's many landmarks and scenic locales. Sign up in advance for a self-guided 3km route through Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and Dubai Creek, or take on longer distances across Downtown Dubai or Jumeirah led by members of the ASICS FrontRunner club.
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