Four great weekend destinations that won’t break the bank

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It’s that time of the year again in Dubai. Eid Al Adha is upon us, and with the long weekend confirmed, most of us fall into two categories:

  • We’re traveling somewhere exciting
  • We’re sitting around saying ‘there’s nothing to do’ while playing Ludo Star on our phones

That got us thinking – not, not the Ludo Star – so we’ve come up with great options to keep you entertained this weekend without stripping your wallet.

Words: Anthony Permal


Ajman Corniche

Ajman Corniche

One of our favourite hangouts this Eid, Ajman Corniche is famous for its smiley face traffic signals. No stern solid red for you here; when the time comes for you to cruise down Corniche Road, the signal shows a bright green heart.

As well as sympathetic signals, the Corniche boasts great perches for people watching, as well as a string of reasonably priced cafes and chai shops. For a place less than an hour’s drive from Dubai, we go there a lot!


Dubai Creekside’s cafes

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The little cafes and restaurants that populate the banks of Dubai Creek are a great retreat from the more expensive offerings of New Dubai. Walk 100 metres towards the Creek from Bank of Baroda and you’ll be spoiled for choice. Arabic, Iranian, Indian cuisines and roadside snack shops abound. Even if you’re not particularly hungry, grab a quick chai and samosa to enjoy the sunset with.

Creekside Cafe, just outside of Meena Bazaar, is pretty much as close to the water as you can get. Prices there are slightly high than its compatriots, but the iced lattes are worth every fil (AED 18).

Creekside Cafe. 9am-8pm daily. Al Suq Al Kabeer, Meena Bazaar. 04 359 9220.


Jebel Jais

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Of late, this highest of UAE peaks has somewhat stolen the limelight from Al Ain’s Jebel Hafeet. With parts of the mountain landscaped to create camping and BBQ areas that dot the drive up to the summit, those who brave the cold mornings can be assured of a breathtaking view of the sunrise surrounded by vivid colours bouncing off the surrounding peaks. Less than two hours from Dubai (including the drive upwards), set up your tent, fire up the grill and enjoy a great getaway this Eid.


Karama’s Al Wasl Graffiti Walk

An amazing project by street artists and Al Wasl Properties has transformed Karama’s 18b Street into a graffiti canvas. A total of 18 buildings near Karama Market now feature graffiti by artists from Dubai and around the world.

Full of vibrant colours and lights, the neighbourhood is an Instagrammer’s dream for one more reason: Karama boasts scores of restaurants catering to every cuisine, culture and nationality. If you want to experience a culinary Eid that won’t hammer your wallet and aren’t afraid of crowds, head here.

Carnivores will love small and quirky new opening The Meating Room in the Al Wasl Hub, Street 41. The mixed grill is where it’s at, a steal at AED 86. Add Shiny Disco Fries for carbs and cheese bliss (AED 22).

The Meating Room. 12.30pm-11pm weekdays, midnight Thursday/Friday. Open from 1.30pm Fridays. Building 3, Street 41, Al Wasl Hub. 04 453 5200.


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