Six things to do in Dubai’s great outdoors

 Dubai outside cafe Burj al arab

As temperatures begin to cool down in Dubai, outdoor areas begin to unfurl and bloom around our newly-temperate emirate.

Sliding doors are reopened, parasols wheeled-back in to place, and all outdoor furniture is given a good old hose down in preparation for the fresh air-seeking punters.

If you feel ready to leave the sanctuary of climate-controlled air, we have some great suggestions to help you make the most of this glorious season.


The Picnic Pantry brunch

Picnic pantry Crowne Plaza

What’s happening? Lounge on the lawn where bijou white benches give a picnic feel and guests are given a basket to collect food from ‘the pantry.’ Packages start at AED 245, but children under 12 dine free and pool access is now included at this family-friendly affair.

Where? Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, 04 701 2222

When? 12.30pm-4pm, every Friday


La Cala’s outdoor happy hours

La Cala

What’s happening? Escape the office and head out of town for two-for-ones beverages with beautiful views of the water and the laidback Balearic vibe. Check out our review of the venue.

Where? La Cala, Ghantoot Marina, 05 0151 8407.

When? Sunday-Thursday, 12pm-8pm


Vox Outdoors outdoors vox-outdoors-galleria-1024x683

What’s happening? Watch the latest blockbusters under the stars while lounging on beanbags, or go VIP with a couch. Tickets are AED 150 weekends and AED 130 weekdays, which includes a hamper of cinema-friendly nibbles.

When? Cinema timings vary. Check them out here.

Where? On the rooftop of Galleria Mall.


The Ripe Market


What’s happening? The Ripe Market’s summer season is back. Check out stalls offering a variety of craft products, boutique fashion labels and organic farm produce, plus a welcome sprinkling of food trucks and group activities like yoga sessions and pop-up cinemas.

When? 9am-4pm, every Friday.

Where? Zabeel Park, Gate 2 (also at Al Barsha Pond Park, 10am-8pm, 14th October, then every Saturday).


The Garden on 8
garden on 8

What’s happening? A favourite with Media City workers, the Garden returns with daily happy hour from 6pm-8pm, live music on Thursday and Friday, ladies’ night on Tuesday and the frankly terrifying prospect of a double brunch on Friday (from AED 395). Stay for the night or use the garden as your launch pad into the weekend.

Where? Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, 04 427 1000

When does it start? 12pm-3am.


Outdoor yoga Yoga The Beach things to do outdoors

What’s happening? Make the most of the cooler weather from the moment you get up and join free yoga sessions by the sea. Classes are first-come-first-served, and suitable for all levels, so skip the snooze button and get there early.

Where? South Lawn (near the kids’ play area), The Beach, JBR.

When? Pack a yoga mat, towel and water, then head to the every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7am to 8am. From 16th October.


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