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Everyone loves activities that are free or budget-friendly, so this weekend we aim to please. For those of you who want to splurge a little, scroll down for some nice options for that as well.

Save that money!

Family: Free entry and fireworks at Riverland

One week shy of the fireworks' showdown for UAE National Day, get a healthy dose of pyrotechnics at Riverland this weekend.


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Evenings are now a great time to walk around and Riverland in Dubai Parks and Resorts is an ideal destination for some quality family time. The drive is definitely worth it once you get there as you get to see some performers, walk around themed villages and winding bridges, while trying out a lot of different cuisines.

Location Dubai Parks and Resorts, near Outlet Village Fireworks November 24 at 9pm Park Timings 11am onwards

Health: Free fertility check for men

Health is, truly, wealth and we wanted to start off this list with something for yourself and your body. Fertility issues in men are often ignored or diagnosed late due to various reasons. For ten days, Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic in Dubai will be conducting free clinical screening for fertility in men. All you need to is register today.

See all details here

Party: Free entry to Societe Dubai's party

For some live music and party vibes, head to Societe Dubai in Dubai Marina where Celena Cherry from the popular girls' band Honeyz will perform. You do, however, need to call to get yourself on the guest list.

Location Societe Dubai, Dubai Marina Date November 24, Friday Opening time 11pm onwards Contact 050 699 3191

Fitness: Free sunrise yoga at the Beach


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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) 

Music: Free musical weekend at JBR

For some free live music and a general chill vibe, head to JBR this weekend. Activities include free drumming, along with performances featuring Red Fest School of Rock and As Per Casper. Follow Jumeirah Beach Road (@jbr_official) on Instagram for detailed schedules of the event. 

Location JBR Dubai Dates November 23 (7.15pm onwards), 24 and 25 (Schedules TBC - follow venue's social media handles) 

Haven't decided yet? Check out our guide to enjoying Dubai for less than Dh15 here.

Other weekend activities

Adventure: RAK Via Ferrata

We tried the Via Ferrata in Oman and we left feeling thrilled, exhausted and victorious. Head to Ras Al Khaimah this weekend for some climbing action where adventure seekers can enjoy breath-taking mountain views while climbing and trekking almost 400 feet above sea level. 

Transportation is provided for ticket-holders to Jebel Jais Via Ferrata from Hotel Tulip Inn, Ras Al Khaimah City at 8am and 12pm sharp on Wednesdays to Sundays. 

Location Get to Hotel Tulip Inn, Ras Al Khaimah Cost Dh400 per climber Who can climb Ages 12-65 years, between 50 and 100 kilos of weight and fitness levels from moderate to advanced Book here

Live performance: Walid Toufic

Qasr Al Sultan will be hosting Walid Toufic for one night only as he performs on 24 November in an al fresco setting in the Arabian desert. Guests are invited to dine from 7pm at the Grand Food Bazaar, while enjoying Qasr Al Sultan’s lively house band, traditional dances including Dabka, Emirati Youla and belly dance, and the shows of Habriya, before Walid Toufic takes to the stage at 9.30pm.

Location Qasr Al Sultan, Near Dubai Parks and Resorts Cost Dh350 (general - includes food and soft beverages) Dh550 (VIP - includes food and soft beverages) Date November 24 Timings 7pm onwards 


A Bad Moms' Christmas

Release Date: 23 November 2017
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Language: English  

Tumhari Sulu

Release Date: 16 November 2017
Starring: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul and Neha Dhupia
Language: Hindi

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai? Did you know that you can now order crowd-favourite McDonald's fries (more like ours as you can see) and meals on UberEats for delivery in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi?

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