9 spectacular things to do this week in the UAE

From FIFA World Cup fever to irresistible UAE National Day deals, here are all the spectacular things to do this week in the UAE. 


The WB™ Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton

Want to host a special meal at home without the hassle? Order a traditional festive dinner featuring a mouthwatering slow-roasted tom turkey, complete with all the trimmings and indulgent desserts. Marinated in citrus and herbs, the turkey is delivered with cranberry sauce, gravy and dinner rolls. Choose four side dishes including thyme and butter roasted seasonal mushrooms, dry fruit and bread stuffing, honey glazed root vegetables, brussels sprouts with crispy veal bacon, truffle mashed potato, cauliflower and broccoli gratin, or baked macaroni and cheese, among others. Diners can also select two desserts including a traditional yule log, Christmas pudding or trifle, Stollen or an assortment of cookies.

December 1st until December 25 from 10 am-10pm. Order at least 48 hours in advance. Starting from AED500 (serves four persons). Email dine.thewbabudhabi@hilton.com. Visit website.

Celebrities by Mauro Colagreco

Three-Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco is back at the One&Only Royal Mirage for a two-day impeccable gourmet experience at Celebrities. The delightful feast starts with a variety of concoctions and a specially curated menu including Lobster with persimmon, hazelnut and trout eggs, Seabass with parsnip espuma, lime and walnuts & aquatic mint emulsion, and Veal fillet and sweetbreads with Kuri squash & yuzu, each served with a grape pairing.

December 3 and December 5 from 7-11pm. AED525 per person (additional AED375 per person for concoctions and grape pairing). Call +9714 315 2414.

Riva Beach Club  

things to do this week in the UAE

With the long weekend around the corner, football watch parties need to be on your to-do list. The Football Fan Zone at RIVA Beach Club brings a welcoming ambience, making it perfect for a night out with your friends and family to watch your favourite match. The delish bites to choose from include Crispy calamari, Bruschetta trio, Riva wings, Nachos, Beef or Chicken burger, Margherita pizza, and the RIVA club sandwich. 

Until December 18. AED199 for a pack of selected hops and one bar bite. AED99 for a pint and one bar bite. Visit the website. 

February 30

February 30 is hosting an extravagant party every Tuesday at Palm West Beach for its Ladies’ Day deal with picturesque views of Dubai Marina alongside free-flowing beverages of grape, bubbles, and concoctions. The decadent set menu features nigiri and sashimi rolls as well as tacos and burgers. 

West Beach Palm Jumeirah. Every Tuesday from 12-4pm. AED199. Call +9714 244 7200. Visit Instagram. 

Deliveroo x Couqley French Bistro & Bar 

With temperatures dropping by the day, the outdoors beckon for a BBQ night with a bevvy of friends. Order the BBQ Anywhere Kit from Deliveroo and Couqley, which includes two burger patties, two potato buns, premium-quality aged cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, sliced tomatoes and onions, with an array of condiments and sides. Perfect for a hassle-free outing.  

Until December 4. AED69. Visit the website. 

Urban, Bar & Kitchen 

things to do this week in the UAE

Sited at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers Dubai, [u]bk displays four big LED screens to deliver a showstopping sporting experience. With unlimited hops, signature beverages, scrumptious dishes including Shish taouk in a saj bread wrap, Mini cheeseburgers with fries, Beef chorizo and Chimichurri sliders, and more, it’s time to make your reservation for the season ahead.  

Until December 18. From AED299 for F&B deals. Call +97155 415 2623. 


Dibba Bay Oysters 

things to do this week in the UAE

Calling all oyster connoisseurs! This UAE National Day, enjoy a platter of ten fresh local oysters for AED51 on December 1st and 2nd across Dibba Bay Oysters’ seaside venues at Fishing Harbor 2 and Sheraton JBR. 

Fishing Harbor 2, Umm Suqeim 1 from 12-10pm. Sheraton JBR from 12:00- 11:30 pm. AED51. Visit the website or Instagram.


Jones the Grocer 

things to do this week in the UAE

The Australian gourmet grocer and café, Jones the Grocer, is launching its new store at Mall of the Emirates just in time for the festive season. The all-day dining venue will feature a cheese and charcuterie wall, a barista bar, a selection of freshly baked festive goodies, an open kitchen, and more. Whether you’re looking for the signature roast coffees or Jones ultimate wagyu burger and Quatrado ‘00’ Italian flour artisan cheese pizza, make a pit-stop this December at Mall of the Emirates.  

Visit the website or Instagram. 

Fairmont The Palm

VZ’s Football Fan Zone welcomes you to an exhilarating World Cup ambience, with a themed football pitch, delish food and drinks, and live entertainment, while viewing your favourite teams.

Until December 18. Every day from 1pm-1am. Starting from AED60. Visit the website.

Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace has unveiled its World Cup Fan Zone with live entertainment, exciting activities, a kids’ area, and an array of dishes and beverages to indulge in. The ‘Stay Like a Champion’ package further offers a luxurious stay in the Sea View rooms or Suites at the Palace while catching up on the live World Cup action during your staycation.

Until December 18. Minimum spend of AED180 per person. Stay Like a Champion package starting from AED3,800 (inclusive of breakfast for two). Call +971 2 690 8888.