Our top picks for this weekend

Here are our recommendations for a fun weekend:

Yas Mall

Explore Yas Mall’s new Music and Chocolate event showcasing a chocolate-and music-themed tree along with a chocolate fountain, floor piano, and even a virtual Santa. Discover a social mirror activation and multiple photo opportunities around the venue and don’t forget to head to the Digital Wishing Tree to make a wish!

Contact 800 927 6255.

What The Food 2020

If you haven’t heard of it already, head to this exciting food-based experience at Al Serkal Avenue celebrating the UAE’s top homegrown concepts. The evolving menu, brimming with co-creations and collaborations with local pop-ups, includes dishes such as cheeseburgers, deconstructed lemon meringue tart cups, gelato and more. Enjoy a family-friendly day with talk sessions, workshops and kitchen takeovers. Limited-edition items will be available until sold, to minimise food wastage.

Until December 23 from 12-8pm (weekdays) and 9:30am-8pm on weekends. To book, contact +9715 2628 8277.

Winter Wonderland Festive Market, Mall of the Emirates

In collaboration with Ski Dubai and Ripe Market, Mall of the Emirates is hosting its first-ever festive market until Christmas Eve. Filled with activities for the whole family, delight in Santa’s Meet & Greet, kids’ workshops and Instagram-worthy moments. 19 stalls offer holiday-themed trinkets and gifts, perfect as stocking-fillers or to place under the tree. Don’t forget to purchase Festive Mall Gift Cards available for a chance to win exciting instant prizes.

Until December 24 from 10am-10pm. Contact 663 6255.


Pizzetta, a newly launched pizzeria in Dubai, has created Christmas tree-shaped pizzas just in time for the holiday season. Order these specially curated festive pizzas, along with a varied selection of salads and bites as well as desserts. Pizza bases vary, and the options available include wholewheat, veggie, keto and gluten-free. Vegan and vegetarian pizzas are also available for a healthy home delivery.

Available from December 20-31. Contact +971 4874 8320.

Emirati Farmers Souq, Food District, Palm Jumeirah

A new farmers market has launched at the Food District on Palm Jumeirah in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment. The Emirati Farmers Souq located on the ground level terrace, features produce from young entrepreneurial UAE farmers and you can shop for eggs, honey and local fruit and vegetables that are either conventionally grown, hydroponic farmed or organic. Make Boon Coffee and Smöl by The Lighthouse your last stop for hearty breakfast served al fresco.

Every Saturday until Ramadan from 8am-2pm. Contact +9715 2509 4783.


McGettigan’s has opened its doors at the five-star Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy game nights and more as the restaurant boasts multiple Ultra HD screens fitted across the venue. Bringing its Irish charm, expect a colourful Instagram-worthy Wall of Fame with Irish celebrities and dine on favourites such as cod and chips, their signature burger, cottage pie, cheesecake and other sumptuous dishes.

Open daily from 12pm. Contact +971 2698 8137.


Celebrate the Wonder Woman in you! Häagen-Dazs invites fans of the movie to indulge in special treats to commemorate the launch of the Wonder Woman 1984 movie in cinemas around the UAE. Try a premium milkshake, order a limited-edition indulgence box and if you buy two milkshakes at the Häagen-Dazs café, Dubai Mall, take home a free movie ticket from Reel Cinemas. Plus, if you buy the movie ticket from Vox Cinemas, you receive a buy-one-get-one-free offer on ice-cream scoops, redeemable at any Häagen-Dazs outlet in the UAE.

Until January 4, 2021 from AED15 for the milkshake and AED69 for the indulgence box. Visit @haagendazsuae.