10 simple ways to get your 2019 off to a great start

Hands up if you’re ready to make 2019 your year? If you’re determined to fill these 12 months with memories, achievements and #goals? Looks like we better get started then…

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Thursday, 2nd January

Pizza the action

800 Pizza, pizza deal, food deals

Ease yourself into that healthy eating plan with 800 Pizza’s post-NYE recovery deal. For AED 52 (including VAT), you get a large Margherita pizza, tasty stuffed fried arancini rice balls and a soft drink. Call one of the six Dubai branches directly for this tasty offer.

Until 3rd January. Dubai only for delivery or dine-in. Call 800 74992 to find your nearest 800 Pizza.


Ice BurJ(uman)

Magical winter at BurJuman 2

The ‘A Very Brr…Juman Winter’ festival is still going on at BurJuman. The key cool points to skate over are that there’s an ice rink for four to 12-year-olds, an ice hockey zone, dress a snowman activity and snowball fight area. There’s also plenty for the two to four age group, with craft zones and a whole winter village to explore. 

Free. 2pm-10pm daily until 10th January. BurJuman, Bur Dubai. 04 352 0222


Friday, 3rd January

Cosmic Shower

meteor gif

As if specially commissioned for the start of 2019 (although definitely not) the Quadrantids meteors will be putting on a special synchronised show above our heads this weekend. Dubai Astronomy Group invites seasoned celestial rock spotters and the cosmically curious to an as-yet-undisclosed Al Qudra location where you’ll be able to watch meteors through a telescope, pose your astronomical questions to experts and take part in a star decoding session. What a way to start the new year.

AED 120 adults, AED 70 kids, AED 50 DAG members. 10pm-4am. Al Qudra, exact location to be disclosed upon booking. www.q-tickets.com


Ripe for a change?

Ripe Market Police Academy

The Ripe Market has a new home inside the Dubai Police Academy at Umm Sequim Street.  Catch the stallholders there every Friday and Saturday from 9am-7pm. Buying organic fruit and veg and from local artisans aren’t the only lures – they fill each weekend with live cooking, workshops for adults (right now it’s Healthy Chocolate), dog shows and a show by the well-choreographed Dubai Police Marching band.

Fridays and Saturdays, 9am-7pm. Entry is free. Dubai Police Academy at Umm Sequim Street.  


All about the ‘moji

Aloft Me’aisam

😋? The Emoji brunch is here. There’s a backyard BBQ 🍖, giant emoji floats for the pool 🏊 and games to play inspired by the joy delivering emoticons. Aloft Me’aisam further ensures maximum 😍 with three-courses and soft drinks, plus pool entry, for AED 111 (AED 222 with unlimited house beverages). 💰

Every Friday, 1pm-4pm. WXYZ, Aloft Me’aisam in Production City. Packages from AED 111. 04 248 7070.


Everything’s waiting for you

Downtown Dubai

Festive celebrations aren’t quite ready to quit. At Downtown Dubai you can still see rows of stars, ribbons, leaves and doves illuminating Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Watch out for six golden stags that are more than four metres tall, and seven giant golden deer adorned with fairy lights. If the winter walk has you all peckish, Downtown Eats at across The Address Downtown hotel has food stalls from around the world, including Dubai’s first German bratwurst grill, and an outdoor cinema.

Until 16th January. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. Downtown Eats, 12pm-12am. 


Saturday, 4th January

Lunch adora


Aloft’s Latino cantina Luchador is serving up possibly one of the best EVER Saturday lunch deals seen on the Palm Jumeirah. AED 179 gets you three courses (including fresh guac, ceviche, quesadillas, fish tacos, churros and mucho more), three house drinks (incl Latin blended beverages) AND pool access till 7pm. Coz your fiesta ain’t no fiesta without an afternoon siesta.

AED 179. 12.30pm-4pm. Luchador, Aloft Palm Jumeirah. 04 247 5550


Soak it up

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob, the (SPOILER) anthropomorphic sea sponge, celebrates his 20th birthday by bringing his best friend Patrick Star and his grumpy neighbour Squidward Tentacles to Dubai Marina Mall. See the talking sea creatures singing and dancing in their underwater hometown of Hamour Bay daily.

Free. From 3rd January. Shows at 2pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Dubai Marina Mall. www.facebook.com/events/SpongeBob


A winter’s trail

Al Ghurair Winter Carnival

The Winter Carnival at Al Ghurair Centre is still going strong and it’s got a comprehensive selection of family distraction attractions. You can slalom across virtual ski slopes, hit peak unicorn with temporary sparkling tattoos and a carousel, frolic in the giant snow globe and bash buttons on one of the activation’s retro arcade games.

Free entry when you spend AED 100 in the centre. 4pm-10pm (-12am Thursday-Saturday), until 12th January. Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga. 800 24227.


S’more, please

Smorrebrod, Swedish food, brunch, unlimited food

Smorrebrod, a cosy Scandinavian café in the back roads of Al Quoz, is worth tracking down on any day, but especially Saturday afternoons. From 12pm-8pm, it’s eat-all-you-can open sandwiches for AED 99 (kids AED 49). Catch Chef Tomas Hoog serving plates and wisdom. Fellow cooks can stock up on Scandi ingredients here too.

Warehouse 35, Area 1, Al Quoz (behind Times Square Centre). Open 8am-8pm daily. 04 272 5108.  

Last year…

Farewell, goodbye, see you later, chow for now. However you want to say, it’s time to sign off from 2018. Wait, but before we go, here’s how to spend the last weekend of the year in style and happiness with tons of fun things to do.

Feast on cheese, take yourself shopping, hear some world-class talent and remember why Dubai makes you say ‘wow’!


Thursday, 27th December

Brie here now

Jones the Grocer, things to do in Dubai, grape and cheese

Not quite consumed your body weight in cheese over the holidays? Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club would like to aid your dedication to dairy with its cheese and jazz night. There are unlimited cheeses, red and white grape and all the jazz you can handle, courtesy of the smooth vocals of Chinua Hawk Music.

Every Thursday from 7.30pm. Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club, behind Nakheel Metro Station. AED 199 per person. 04 417 9999.


Bar Baar believe it

BarBaar Majestic

Unleash your inner party animal at Bar Baar Thursday Anthem night. High-ranking Bollywood DJ Rink brings her skills to the decks and the dress code is ‘top notch,’ so it might be time to change outta those pyjamas that you’ve haunted all holiday.

From 11.30pm. Majestic Hotel & Tower, Mankhool Street, Bur Dubai. 04 501 2631.


Friday, 28th December

Market happen

Farmers' Market on the Terrace

Get a head start on those new year resolutions by stocking up on organic fruit and vegetables at Dubai Farmers’ Market. Prices are low as suppliers are local. Bring your own bag, buy a bite to eat from organisers Baker and Spice, then bask in the park under the glow of your own fanastic-ness.

Near Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay. 7am to 1pm. Entry is free. 04 427 9856.  facebook.com/TheFarmersMarketOnTheTerrace



Fly the flag

Sharjah Old Car Club

Classic cars are vying for petrolheads’ attention at Sharjah’s Flag Island. See the show of vintage motors from Sharjah Old Car Club at the outdoor destination. Kids can get their faces painted and play on the bouncy castle at the home of the seventh tallest flagpole in the world (when it opened, hence the name).

Entry is free. 5pm-10pm. Next to Al Jubail Market, Sharjah.


Flash the cash

Dubai Shopping Festival

Starting on today, Dubai Shopping Festival Weekend Surprises flash sales see must-have products on sale at different malls. The sale begins at 10am Thursday, Friday and Saturday until stocks last. Keep an eye on DSF social media to see where prices are dropping, as the sale are only announced 24 hours in advance.

Follow www.mydsf.ae or @DSFSocial and #MyDSF for the latest news, information and events.


Saturday, 29th December

On a roll

Sumo Sushi & Bento

Time to put something in your mouth that isn’t chocolate. Spend AED 75 online with Sumo Sushi & Bento and they’ll throw in a complimentary Twister Roll worth AED 48 – that’s crabstick, avocado, cucumber and twist in cheese rolled with tempura. The only catch is, the deal is available 11am-6pm Saturday to Wednesdays only and you must obviously be in the restaurant’s delivery area.

Orders in JLT, Town Centre, Media City and Dubai Silicon Oasis only. Minimum spend AE 75. sumosushibento.com


Bengal nights

Bombay Brasserie

Take a trip to India sub-continent’s eastern coast for fiery flavours tempered with a side of culture. Newly appointed executive chef Vikas Milhoutra brings limited edition set menu Colours of Bengal to Bombay Brasserie. This weekend is the last chance to try before another cuisine takes centre stage at the classy Downtown restaurant.

AED 350 with soft drinks and AED 425 house beverages. From 1pm. Taj Hotel, Business Bay.



#WOWJBR, free things to do, JBR, free things to do with kids, family events, music in Dubai, outdoor cinema screenings

Make the most of #WowJBR’s winter festivities theme before it’s swapped out for health and wellbeing January. It’s free to wander through the festival of art, music and family fun at the waterfront strip of Jumeirah Beach Residences, which lights up weekend evenings until March.

7pm onwards Thursday and 4pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. Entry is free. Keep an eye on what’s coming up at www.instagram.com/jbr_official/



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