Things To Do Over The Long Weekend

Its a three day weekend and while the regular classes or extra curricular activities can run as scheduled, some new activities can be tried out with the whole family.
Things To Do Over The Long Weekend
By Veathika
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The long weekend is here and if you are not heading out of the city for a short break, then here are some cracking ideas to entertain yourself and the children. Keep tabs on this article - we will be adding to it as we get more ideas, and find our more of what's happening across the emirates!

Get Creative

Dubai Design Week is offering a five-day programme that include different workshops for all ages on the process of design from modeling, sculpting, 3D printing to weaving and sketching.

The workshops are from November 12 to November 17 at Dubai Design District  for children between the age of Eight to 16.

More info here

Cooking Classes

There are free cooking classes for children on November 17 at the Dubai Mall and Dubai Festival City Eataly outlets. Suitable for children between five and 12, the class is from 11am to 12:30pm.

Find out more on 04 330 8899 and 04 224 1083


There’s a nice family run on November 17, where you can choose between a 2.5 km or 5 km route starting at 9am. The route will be one or two laps of a 2.5 km course, all within the grounds of the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.

Register here

Unity Run

Take part in a community event by supporting people of determination. The Unity Run is on November 16 at Silicon Oasis. Participants can enter a 3 km fun run/walk or the 10km. People of Determination and their ‘buddies’ are encouraged to participate and join in the carnival to celebrate unity in diversity.The run supports Al Noor Training Centre for People of Determination, Senses Residential and Day Care Centre and Red Crescent.

More details here

Fitness Challenge

There are a number of events happening all over the city during the fitness challenge. Try the Al Khawaneej Walk Fitness Village, which is located at Quranic Park. The park has a special focus on cycling, but it also has various classes for the entire family.

Global Village

The new season of Global Village features a floating market this year, which will sail up and down the river selling food from all over the globe. There’s also an upgrade to the Carnaval funfair area featuring more than 30 rides and loads of new arcade-style games. And the popular circus show is back, featuring a ringmaster, high wire acts, clowns, a wheel of death (um...?) and more.

Visit a Garden

Miracle Garden is in full bloom and has just opened for its seventh season. Containing about 100 million flowers, this year’s theme is a reimagined Disney Avenue, where some friends will join the record-breaking Mickey Mouse sculpture from last year. A great way to enjoy greenery and educate children on horticulture.

Family Day Out

Ripe Market is running at a number of venues all over the city over the weekend. The market will feature food trucks, farmers’ produce, live music and other activities. It will take place every Friday and Saturday from 9am to 7pm.

Picnic in the park

The weather is cooling down and it’s the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities. Head to the new public park in Dubai Silicon Oasis. North Park can be found near Cedre Villas, and spans across 35,000 square metres. There are water fountains, a children’s play area, and barbecue pits. There’s a new outdoor gym, jogging and cycling tracks, a football pitch, tennis court, volleyball court and a skate park.

If you have a family event you would like us to add, please contact me at veathikajain [at] If we think it's great for kids, and even better their parents at the same time, we'll add it!

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