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Rain, fireworks, free events and incredible views in the UAE: How to enjoy this weekend

Rain, fireworks, free events and incredible views in the UAE: How to enjoy this weekend

If that’s not on your agenda, there are other things you can do with friends and family to enjoy the day.

The free admission to Expo City Winter Village ends on Sunday, January 8, allowing you to enjoy two full days of festive activity. Open from 3pm to 11pm, the village features traditional log cabin-style market stalls, pine trees, Santa’s sleigh, workshops and fun games, as well as festive food and drink. You can also take photos with the beautifully decorated Christmas tree at the venue.

The desert oasis opened in Abu Dhabi in December with six zones. The destination celebrates Emirati culture, art, music and adventure. There are children’s play areas; an open-air market featuring retail products and gourmet food, and a seating area called the “Pavilion”. Tickets start at Dh150 and the destination will be closed on January 8.

Residents of the UAE never tire of fireworks displays, especially when they are so extravagant. You’ll be able to see another stunning exhibition at Dubai Festival City Mall this weekend as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Global Village will also host regular musical fireworks displays at 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Head to Bluewaters or JBR Beach for the longest running drone light show in the Middle East. Featuring state-of-the-art 3D drones, two free shows per night. Shows will be at 7pm and 10pm daily.

Continue the festive spirit into the first week of the year at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, with live shows, Christmas trees, fun games and the chance to meet popular personalities. The festivities will end on Sunday, January 8th.

Finish off the first week of 2023 with a free meditation session at The Beach. L’Couture offers free lessons to those who reserve a place.

If you haven’t reserved your seat for Tom Jones’ gala soiree, we doubt you will today. However, the award-winning musician’s performances against the backdrop of the iconic hotel promise to be just as opulent as a concert, with tickets starting from Dh3,500 per person. The experience includes a four-course dinner.

One of the new things we’re trying this week is this free activity that the whole family will love. Head to Dubai Creek Harbor for a new and breathtaking view of the Dubai skyline. The area is an extension of the Address Grand Creek Harbor Hotel.

With 12 different zones and 40,000 square feet, Aya is a new experiential entertainment park located at Wafi City Mall. The light and sound park features an interactive experience developed by Dubai-based HyperSpace. Tickets start at AED 99 when booked online.

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