While we don’t actually know when Eid Al-Fitr is – it’s currently predicted to fall on Friday, June 15th – we know this: it’s weekend-adjacent. Translation? It’s far from ideal if you were hoping for a quick jaunt to the likes of Lebanon, Sri Lanka, or Azerbaijan. On the flip side, though, there’s a lot more happening in Dubai than you’d expect, especially considering it’s the slowest season of the year. Here, Savoir Flair gives you 15 reasons to crawl out of bed and do something fun over the Eid weekend, many of which promise to be a first.
Watch and Wonder
If you have yet to catch La Perle, the region’s first permanent show held at Al Habtoor City, the Eid weekend is your chance to do it – at a discount, no less! From June 13th to 17th, residents and tourists can purchase tickets at a whopping 40 percent off and look forward to a breathtaking collision of mesmerizing aquatics, aerial feats, state-of-the-art lighting, 65+ performers, and more. Buy your tickets here.
Determined to steer clear of shopping malls over Eid, but looking to splurge? Multi-disciplinary venue Nadi Al Quoz in Alserkal Avenue has been taken over by homegrown boutiques and brands such as Vice Jewelry, Origins Collective, Emaan Home, and Design Tuk Tuk offering their unique products. The pop-up event will continue until June 15th from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Clean eating and delicious food can go hand in hand, as illustrated by the very successful vegan iftar recently hosted by Myocum and Super Natural Kitchen. And, luckily for you, the two are joining forces again to host a beautifully curated four-course vegan dinner on June 14th. There will be two seatings taking place – 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – and reservations are necessary as spaces tend to go quickly. To book your spot, call Myocum at (+971) 4 222 4131.
Catch a Classic
If you’re up for broadening your cinematic horizons, then head to the theatrical release of groundbreaking classic Th
Dubai has no shortage of unusual dining concepts, and now there’s one for the nautically inclined amongst us: Queen Elizabeth 2. This 13-deck ship is steeped in history (a whopping 1,400 voyages and almost 2.5 million passengers in 39 years), yet continues her legacy as a 224-room floating hotel and entertainment destination that is docked permanently at Port Rashid.
2018 marks the first time she will host an array of activities for Eid, and the ‘Razzle and Dazzle’ dinner show from June 15th to 16th gets our vote. This sophisticated escape will see the ‘Grand Lounge’ transformed into a glitzy speakeasy, hosting a glamorous dinner alongside live entertainment. Expect to see Jack Pack of Britain’s Got Talent fame dazzle with a tribute line-up of all the classics by Frank Sinatra and Sammy David Jr. accented by a troupe of dancers. To book, e-mail email@example.com or call (+971) 4 526 8888.
Ever find yourself wanting to break every single thing in sight after a particularly brutal day – or week? Take the holiday weekend to do it without boundaries, rules, or even a speck of judgment at The Smash Room, an ingenious new concept designed to be “a rebel’s version of a spa day”. Here, you can wholeheartedly take a sledgehammer to an old laptop, printer, TV, DVD player, cell phone, and so much more to de-stress when a conventional massage just won’t cut it. To learn more or book a session, click here.
The Eid weekend means you can (finally) browse a pop-up at a leisurely pace. Start with Ripe Market – the city’s favorite al fresco market – which has taken up residence indoors at Times Square Center and hosts fashion, jewelry, and craft stalls alongside organic, locally sourced produce. It will run on Saturday, June 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Test Your Limits
This one’s for you runners out there: the Dubai Desert Road Run returns to The Sevens Stadium on June 16th, kicking off at 6 a.m. This community event will welcome everyone from first-time social runners to the country’s finest athletes. There will be two distances – 10km and 3km – to choose from, and you’ll be rewarded a bespoke event medal at the finish line, regardless of which you pick. You can register for the race here.
Sing in the Rain
Sharjah doesn’t get nearly enough love as it deserves, but that’s slowly changing due to its evolving art scene. Do like the culture vultures of Dubai and make a beeline for Rain Room, a site-specific installation that provides an immersive experience of continuous rainfall. Getting drenched is not a concern though; your movements will trigger motion sensors to pause the rainfall as you walk through the room. Buy your tickets here.
Mini golf? Over the Eid weekend? Hear us out. At the new Glowing Rooms in JBR, everyone’s favorite offshoot of golf is accented with blacklight, with all the floors, walls, and ceilings of the 18-hole course brought to life with bright and colorful images hand-painted by some of the world’s best 3D artists. Because why wouldn’t you want to know what it’s like to tee off among aquatic creatures on the ocean floor? Book here.
Make a Splash
Laguna Waterpark has finally opened up at La Mer, just in time for the city’s scorching summer temperatures. Relaxing cabanas, a lazy river, adrenaline-packed slides, an invigorating surf experience, and countless eateries aside, the waterpark is offering a residents-only special online for only AED 99. Buy your tickets here.
Rise to the Challenge
If The Crystal Maze and the bald guy who hosted it induce plenty of nostalgia, then round up your friends together for a go at TEPfactor, another brand spanking new attraction in JBR. It houses 21 different challenges – both mental and physical – split into four categories: fitness, logic, patience, and skill. This means you’ll find yourself crawling, climbing, sliding, and jumping through all kinds of obstacles in an attempt to open the ‘Final Chest’. Book your slot here.
Bake, Baste, Blanch
If cooking feels more like a luxury than a necessity on most days, then take the Eid weekend to truly indulge. Throughout the Eid weekend, Top Chef Cooking Studio will offer classes covering the spectrum of brunch, homemade pasta, culinary art, and more – and there’s something to suit every skill level. To book a space and see the complete schedule of classes, click here.
Pack on the Pounds
Because anything goes when everyone’s feeling festive. We’re dubbing the recently opened ‘Dine-In Cinema’ by Reel Cinemas at Jebel Ali Recreation Club the ultimate spot in which to destroy your diet, courtesy of a menu designed by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Take our word for it: you almost won’t care what film you’re watching once your mammoth mac and cheese burger or towering stack of nachos arrives. Explore the menu and film schedule here.
Uncover a Secret
And if none of our suggestions have managed to cure your wanderlust, then head to Somewhere for a little cheering up. The newly opened restaurant is inspired by all things exploration (passports, boarding passes, and GPS coordinates are all part of the dining experience) and located in the ‘Fashion Avenue’ of The Dubai Mall. We also love that it’s still a bit of a secret among food and travel enthusiasts alike.