9 amazing things to do this weekend in the UAE

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Thanksgiving, parties and sight-seeing trips - this is the best weekend ever

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Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s German driver Nico Rosberg drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on February 23, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona on the second test day of the Formula One Grand Prix season.

This weekend is full of fun events and parties, try at least one of these and let us know how it went @GNGuides on Facebook and Instagram, and @GN_Guides on Twitter.

1. Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix

If you are a racing fanatic you probably are already raring to get to Abu Dhabi and start the unending party that is this weekend. If you aren’t a racing fan and have no idea about what’s going down, we totally get you and here’s a basic guide to the race. Got your interest but don’t want to drive and wait in lines – here are the best 10 places to watch the race live in Dubai.

In Abu Dhabi but don’t know where to dine or didn’t make reservations (oh boy!)? Here’s a guide on where to dine in Abu Dhabi during the F1 weekend, and most of them have special offers and menus as well. In Abu Dhabi and have no idea what to do – here are 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi. Yes, we have got you cornered – go on and drive down there.

Location Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi Dates November 25 to 27

2. Celebrate Thanksgiving

In all the Formula 1 madness, don’t forget to have a nice cosy Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. You only need to check our complete guide to Thanksgiving celebrations to get your plans sorted. 

3. Dubai Garden Glow


Garden Glow


Dubai Garden Glow is back for its second season and it looks better than ever. Made with over one million energy saving LED lights sprawled across 60 acres at Zabeel Park the twin attraction this season offers a dinosaur Park and a glow park inspired by nature and history.

Location Zabeel Park Gate 6 and 7, Zabeel Area, Dubai Cost Dh60 per person Dates Daily Timings 4pm to 11pm Website 

4. Indulge in exotic designer jewellery

Vayshalee is a third generation Zimbabwean designer with roots in India. Having grown up in a strikingly exotic country, she has absorbed the experiences of her life in Zimbabwe and given them form in her jewellery. Following these experiences and the tools earned from her studies, Vayshalee has translated her passions into her unique designer jewellery – an amalgamation of her Indian culture and African heritage.


Exotic Designer Jewellery


Location Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, 74700 Dubai Dates November 26 to November 27 Timings 10am to 7pm Contact +971 4 379 0940 Email info@showcasedubai.com  Website 

5. Petra Desert Wonder

A spectacular collection of sculptures, statues, architectural remnants and much more, all originating from the ancient city of Petra, opened on November 23 at Sharjah Archaeology Museum. The exhibition gives visitors a unique insight into the groundbreaking artistic and architectural heritage of the civilisation of the Arab Nabataeans and their ‘Rose City’. This is a collaboration between Sharjah Museums Department and the Department of Antiquities in Jordan, is the first show of its kind in the Gulf.

Location Sharjah Archaeological Musuem Cost Dh10 (adults); Dh5 (Children aged 2 to 12); Free for children younger than 2 Dates November 23 to March 16, 2017 Timings Saturday to Thursday 8am to 8pm; Friday 4pm to 8pm Website

6. Italian food truck from America

Get exciting Italian street food experience with an array of delicious and affordable Italian rice balls served up from a restored vintage 1956 Airstream trailer, brought to Dubai from the United States of America. With an American twist on classic Italian food, the menu has something for everyone – yes, even for us vegans.

For location details, stay updated through their Instagram account 

7. Sing Happy Birthday!


Pure Sky Lounge


In celebration of their third anniversary Pure Sky Lounge will host a special event on November 24 where guests can dance the night away from the highest open air. Showcasing its renowned spacious rooftop terrace with sensational beverage making skills and an exciting DJ line-up for the party goers.

Location Hilton Dubai, the Walk, JBR Entry Only by reservation Dates November 24 Timings 9pm onwards Contact +971 56 371 1494  

8. Giraffe Yas Mall

Children can channel their inner F1 driver with an interactive race track, join in the face-painting fun by choosing the colours of their favourite car, or simply hang out with giraffe mascot Giddy. Parents can settle in to an international breakfast, lunch or dinner knowing that the kids are not only entertained, but can eat free all weekend! From families visiting Yas Island for the F1 weekend to residents of Abu Dhabi wanting to soak up the Grand Prix buzz, the mall makes the perfect pit stop.  

Location Yas Mall - Town Square, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Dates November 25 to 27

9. Party with Marco Carola in VIP Room Dubai.


Marco Carola

Following an epic launch party that saw music house legend Luciano on the decks, VIP Room Dubai returns with its Underground Series on November 24, bringing you DJ Marco Carola. The Italian born DJ is known to be a global ambassador of techno who was instrumental in the development of the electronic scene, taking the flourishing techno Napolitano scene to the rest of the world. Check him out tonight!

Location VIP Room, JW Marriot Marquis Cost Dh250 Timings November 24 from 9pm to 3am, ladies for free before 12am Contact 052 8818888

Movie Time

Have you seen 'Fantastic Beasts and where to find them'?Here are 5 spoiler-free things to know before you watch it. 'Moana' is another one we are looking forward to this week along with 'Dear Zindagi' featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt.

Check into Gulf News to learn which movies are running every day along with timings and cinemas across the UAE. Click here for more details. 

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai? 

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