Celebrate Christmas early with these ‘Halfway to Christmas’ brunches

Enjoy Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, free-flowing drinks, and you might even see Santa… Tomorrow is June 25, which means we are exactly halfway to Christmas. A number of cool Dubai venues are celebrating that fact with special ‘Halfway to Christmas’ brunches, with all of that festive cheer coming to you in June. Think […]
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All-inclusive: Stay, dine and sip on unlimited beverages from Dhs335

Sponsored: You can even take your pet pooch and make it a dog-cation… It’s that time of year where we all need to get away. If the many travel restrictions are hindering your usual holiday abroad, why not look a little closer to home for a sun-soaked staycation? There are so many amazing hotels right […]
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10 amazing things to do in Dubai this weekend: June 17 to 19

The weekend is so close we can almost taste it… It’s Wednesday which means the weekend is just a day away. As ever, there’s plenty to do in Dubai this weekend from getting active and playing sports to brunching on a budget, breakfasting to your heart’s content and so much more. Here’s our pick of […]
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Abu Dhabi to trial mass scanners to check for Covid infections

The pilot scheme will begin at entry points to Abu Dhabi, on Yas Island and in the Musaffah area… The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has just announced it will be piloting a new project which will deploy advanced scanners to screen large groups for Covid-19 infection. Details on how these future-tech scanners operate, […]
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Hotel Review: Al Habtoor Polo Resort in Dubai

We had a wonderful Brunch & Stay experience at Al Habtoor Polo Resort. My wife and I checked-in on a Thursday and during this Dubai staycation, we spent most of our time in the resort swimming pool. Al Habtoor Polo Resort is an equestrian-inspired resort and is located in Dubai Land, just about half an […]
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UAE weather: Highs of 51 degrees and 90 per cent humidity

And there’s plenty more where that came from… You don’t need a post-grad meteorological qualification or fancy satellite equipment to conclude that this weekend, was an absolute scorcher. The mercury topped out at 51 degrees in Al Ain, and high temperatures were recorded across the seven emirates. Completely confounding the ‘feels like’ / ‘wind chill’ […]
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6 awesome things to do in Dubai this week: May 30 to June 2

Here’s what’s going down this week… With the weekend now a fond memory, we’re looking to the week ahead. There’s plenty of fun things on the cards this week. Here’s our top picks for things to do in Dubai. Sunday May 30 1. Head to a new hotspot @whatsondubaiEverything you could need all in one […]
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First Urban Outfitters in Abu Dhabi to open this week

It’s part of a Dhs500 million Yas Mall glow-up… When iconic hipster fashion store, Urban Outfitters announced they were be opening a store in The Dubai Mall, things got a little crazy. The emporium of on-trend retro and boho looks is a hugely popular name in the world of high street fashion, stocking covetous couture […]
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6 of the coolest private dining rooms in Dubai restaurants

The best way to social distance in style… Looking for a little extra privacy at your next group get-together? Private dining rooms don’t have to be bland and boring, distance yourself away from the crowds with these cool private areas. Whether you’re celebrating something special, or just keen to have your own space, these private […]
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du Arena renamed Etihad Park, but are live concerts back in Abu Dhabi?

Yas Island’s du Arena is now flying the flag for Etihad… Flash Entertainment’s du Arena has helped shape a lot of live music forever memories over the years. It’s been the staging point for some incredible Yasalam F1 Aftr Party moments; it’s hosted rap, pop and R&B royalty in the form Eminem, Rihanna, Jay-Z, J […]
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Get free entry to these museums in UAE for one day only

A great opportunity to tick a museum or two off your list… On May 18, the world celebrates International Museum Day and UAE which is home to a number of museums is celebrating by offering free entry. The offer is available for one day only, so if there’s a museum on your to-do list that […]
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5 new Dubai business lunch deals to get down to

Let’s get down to business… After a refreshing break, it’s back to work and time to get down to business. In this ever expanding city, we’re always seeing new restaurants pop up, and within those new spots, plenty of great deals to make the most of. If you’re looking for somewhere new to get stuck […]
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There’s a 30 per cent sale taking place during the long weekend on LegalHomeDelivery.com 

Sponsored: Save some dirhams and pick from over 750 products to add to cart… If you need to replenish the stock in your cellar, why not do it from the comfort of your couch and order online via Legal Home Delivery to enjoy great discounts on a large selection of products. The website, LegalHomeDelivery.com launched […]
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Put the pedal to the metal with free tickets to Ekart Zabeel

Watch Fast and Furious 9 to receive a complimentary karting pass… Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise will be patiently awaiting the anticipated release of the ninth movie in the series, which is screening later this month. In Fast and Furious 9, Dominic Toretto and his crew join forces to battle the most skilled assassin […]
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Must Visit Places In The UAE

Dubai Blog Credit: Unsplash Thanks to its growing urban development, famous skyscrapers, and world-famous beach resorts, the UAE has become a favourite destination for tourists! The UAE has many famous attractions such as the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum. All these wonderful features made the UAE a luxury destination for […]

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Outstanding stay, suhour and iftar deals at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

Sponsored: Including the buffet iftar at Grills@Chill’O for just Dhs195… The collection of Holy Month offers available at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is worth getting excited about. From authentic Arabian grills, to rejuvenating Ramadan stays (starting at just Dhs399), and picturesque suhoor spots – Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is lighting up this Holy Month in […]
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7 things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: April 25 to 28

Welcome to a brand new week packed with great things to do in Abu Dhabi… Just like that, it’s Sunday. But it doesn’t have to be a dreary work week. Not if you pack it with exciting things to do, and, yes, there’s plenty you can do in the capital. Here are some great things […]
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Book a Yas Hilton Ramadan stay and play package from Dhs396pp

These Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island stay packages include theme park access… There are a few special room rates floating around for the new Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. Ramadan packages that include suhour and iftar, there are bed and breakfast options, half board and more. The best deals we were able to capture, based […]
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Fly a Boeing 737 Plane at TFT Aero Flight Experience Center in JBR Dubai

Those looking for a different kind of adventure in Dubai, you may want to check out a flight simulator experience by TFT Aero Dubai. Located at The Walk in JBR, TFT Aero has built a high-tech machine that enables you to ride and pilot a Boeing 737 plane. What sets this apart from other flight […]
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Ramadan in Dubai: 29 iftars to try

Ramadan is expected to start on Monday, April 12 and will run until Tuesday, May 11, depending on the sighting of the moon… During Ramadan, iftar is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means ‘break fast’). Things may be different this time around but hotels and […]
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What’s On The Bookshelf: 3 books to read from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced and our friends at the Emirates Literature Foundation have shared a list of three books to take note of… With the recent announcement of the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the annual literary awards relay has officially started. The sixteen novels will […]
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UAE Profiles: Ahmad and Abdallah, Emirati Founders of MyDeleel

Meet Ahmad Ali Sumaiti and Abdallah Al Obeidly. They are the founders of MyDeleel, a company that aims to showcase an authentic Emirati experience by exploring the UAE through the eyes of actual locals. Deleel is an Arabic word which means ‘guide‘ – someone who enlightens people on the local culture and heritage of the […]
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Celebrate Mother’s Day with La Brioche

Sponsored: Another framed photo of you not going to cut it for this year’s Mother’s Day gift? Try this instead… Mothers know that the best way to show love is through food, whether it be a tray of freshly-baked biscuits, a bubbling casserole dish that’s as rich as it is comforting, or a cake made […]
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Ladies, enjoy amazing deals all day and night on Tuesdays at La Mer

Sponsored: Check out incredible discounts at loads of different venues from 9am until midnight… Dubai can get a little pricey at times so, naturally, we are always on the lookout for some fantastic money-saving deals. Ladies are pretty fortunate when it comes to said deals and now an all-day-all-night offer has launched at La Mer. […]
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Travel Gear: Tesalate Sand-Free Beach Towel

I’m happy that Dubai is open for us to go out and explore under strict precautionary measures. We can still dine in restaurants, check in hotels for a quick staycation, or explore tourist spots. One of the things my wife and I are looking forward to doing these days is getting some sun by heading […]
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Theme Nights at The Canteen in Aloft City Centre Deira

Enjoy a casual dining experience at The Canteen restaurant at Aloft City Centre Deira during its theme nights. The Canteen is located at the 2nd level of the 4-star property and offers guests a different set menu theme every evening. We visited this restaurant on a Tuesday evening and sampled their Arabic menu. As you […]
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Doce Nata: Freshly Baked Portuguese Tarts in Mall of the Emirates

My wife and I visited Mall of the Emirates and dropped by Doce Nata shop. Located at the Ground Floor of the mall (just in front of Minutes repair shop), this is a pastry shop that specializes in preparing freshly baked Portuguese tarts in Dubai. We first came across Doce Nata last Christmas season when […]
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Appetizing Asian Food at Sizzling Wok Business Bay

We had the opportunity to dine at Sizzling Wok restaurant in Citymax Hotel Business Bay. Located at the ground floor, this is the signature restaurant of the 4-star property which features Asian-inspired dishes. Also Read: Desert Fox Dune Buggy Adventure at Mleiha Desert I’m happy that more and more Asian food places are opening in Dubai. […]
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Bla Bla Dubai launches Friday brunch and a ladies’ night

This day-to-night entertainment destination just got even better… Bla Bla, found at The Beach opposite JBR, is Dubai’s newest entertainment and dining restaurant complete with twenty bars, three restaurants and one beach club. It’s had no shortage of visitors since it opened on January 21 and now there are two more reasons to go. Following […]
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Fashion for less: Shop high street and designer at this thrift store pop-up

Good for the environment, good for the purse strings… If you’re something of a fashionista, keeping your wardrobe updated can probably get a little pricey. But what if we told you that you could do it for less and do your bit for the environment at the same time? Say hello to Thrift for Good. […]
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Check out 8 homegrown food concepts at this new pop-up market in Dubai

Brand Dubai has launched a pop-up market to celebrate local food businesses… You can now taste your way around eight homegrown food concepts at a pop-up market in One Central, Dubai World Trade Centre. Organised by Brand Dubai, part of the Government of Dubai Media Office, this open-air market is called ‘Proudly from Dubai’. It […]
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Sheikh Hamdan launches project to renovate Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai

Once completed, the project will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of Emirati history and culture…  If you love visiting Al Fahidi Fort – an iconic spot in Old Dubai, be prepared as it’s about to become to undergo some changes to make your experience even better. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al […]
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Is David Guetta going to perform in Dubai? It looks like it…

The superstar DJ teased an announcement on his Instagram page… Huge international DJ, David Guetta, has hinted about hosting a performance in Dubai sometime soon. The French mastermind behind hits such as Titanium, Love Is Gone, Without You and so many more took to Instagram to share a teaser video with his 8.6 million followers. The clip includes […]
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Resorts on island paradise, Sir Bani Yas to reopen in February

The island wilderness reopens just in time for Valentine’s Day, HINT HINT… Sir Bani Yas is one of those destinations that has to be seen to be believed. Located a 25-minute boat ride from Jebel Dhanna (a two-hour drive from downtown Abu Dhabi), the island wilderness is home to a collection of exciting wildlife, architectural […]
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Seva is hosting a pop-up this weekend with vegan chocolate, cheese and more

And it’s completely healthy… Seva in Jumeirah 1 is perfect if you’re looking out for a cafe that offers up tranquillity paired with tasty food and positive vibes. It’s a great place to read, catch up with friends or just spend time alone with your thoughts. ‘Seva‘ is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning ‘selfless service […]
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10 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend: Jan 14 to 16

It’s nearly here again… Somehow it’s Wednesday and that means the weekend is nearly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a new brunch or seeking out a new fitness challenge, there’s so much to do in Dubai. We’ve got you covered with plenty of options, so just sit back and take your pick. Thursday, January […]
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10 epic UAE nature spots you need on your bucket list

Time for a road trip… With everything going on in the world this year and last, there’s never been a better (and more necessary) time to discover the delights that the UAE has to offer. From stunning beaches to nature reserves, there’s so much on our doorstep. Whether you’re going on an adventure or a […]
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How you can get 100 passes to Dubai’s top fitness classes for Dhs299

Locations include Underdog Boxn, Barry’s Bootcamp, Bare, Physique 57, Shimis and more… Looking to get fit this January? If you haven’t jumped on the fitness bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. Core Direction has launched an unmissable deal called Core Pass, giving you choice and flexibility about where you want to work out in Dubai. […]
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Emirates Introduces Premium Economy Seats

Emirates introduces Premium Economy cabin where passengers can enjoy an enhanced flight experience. The new seats are equipped with features designed for space and comfort. Also Read: The Emirates ICE Inflight Entertainment Experience Aside from the new cabin, this leading airline company has also introduced enhancements and a new look across all its cabin of their […]
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A first look at Abu Dhabi Police’s new uniforms

As of January 1, 2021 Abu Dhabi’s Police Force will be kitted out with a brand new look… Abu Dhabi Police have been given a new look uniform to start 2021 with. The, now quite literally, boys (and girls) in blue will have three separate styles of uniform: Ceremony suits are to be used by […]
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Shhh… The Secret Terrace at Downtown Dubai is a great way to bring in 2021

Sponsored: Expect amazing food with spectacular views… Plans for New Year’s still not sorted? There’s still time to plan with your loved ones for a great night out at the Secret Terrace at Pullman Dubai Downtown. Want a sneak preview of what your night could look like? Well, apart from the premium and unobstructed views […]
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Fancy a fun, open bar NYE deal for just Dhs365?

Sponsored: Deck the halls with bows of holly, at (Fa La La) Lah Lah’s Bazaar… It’s become quite the season’s winter hotspot, and now Lah Lah’s Bazaar – inside Zabeel House, The Greens – takes a festive twist with a special, family-friendly Christmas Day brunch and a very competitive NYE offer. Here’s exactly what’s going […]
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Get free Pickl ice cream sandwiches all week

Brilliant burger joint Pickl is giving away 1,000 ice cream sandos this week at its new branch… but only to What’s On readers… The ice cream sandwich has become a Dubai classic, but nothing beats Pickl ice cream sandos, one of Dubai’s most treasured treats. Thankfully, you’re in with the chance of bagging yourself one of these […]
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12 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend

It’s the countdown to Christmas… This week is flashing by in the blink of an eye and Christmas is just days away. However you’re spending the festive holiday, there’s plenty going on in Dubai. From Christmas brunches to Boxing Day celebrations, here’s 12 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend.  Thursday, December 24 (Christmas […]
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Sleek Japanese restaurant Clap Dubai opens its doors in DIFC

The new rooftop spot promises a carefully considered experience… DIFC has a brand new nighttime concept, called Clap. Hailing from Beirut, the Japanese restaurant can be found in Gate Village 11, directly above Shanghai Me. The new venue boasts the largest rooftop in DIFC, with views of the surrounding skyscrapers. The eclectic decor is an […]
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Where to find mulled wine in Dubai this Christmas 2020

What’s Christmas without the hot festive drink? Christmas is literally days away and that means that we’re fully in festive mode. Mulled wine is the spiced warm wine drink that Christmas just isn’t complete without. Naturally, we’ve hunted around for where you can get your hands on it in Dubai. Here’s where to find mulled […]
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The announcements at the Dubai Metro platforms are about to change

This is going to take some getting use to… Dubai Metro travellers, take note: According to a new announcement made by Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the platforms of the Dubai Metro stations will now bear numbers rather than end destination names. The announcement was made on the transport authority’s social media channels on Thursday […]
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5 barbecue boxes to order in Dubai this weekend

Time to unleash some griller tactics… Barbecue season is well and truly upon us… But if you want to shake up your steak routine with truffle burgers, Indian skewers or American-style smoked meats, check out these three gourmet barbecue boxes, delivered straight to your door in Dubai. The gourmet burger one Level-up your burger game […]
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Want to save 20 per cent on your New Year’s Eve dinner? Here’s how

Sponsored: The Meydan Hotel is home to festive brunches and New Year’s Eve galas… Make this festive season one to remember, with Christmas brunches and a New Year’s Eve gala dinner at the Meydan Hotel – including an early-bird discount for New Year’s Eve if you book in advance. Here’s why the Meydan Hotel is […]
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Christmas in Abu Dhabi: Where to spend Christmas Day 2020

Santa has arrived, you’re wearing your festive finery, so where are you going to eat so much you’ll need to take a nap? Barfly by Buddha-Bar The fancy pan-Asian restaurant takes a festive spin on its signature dishes. Venetian Village, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs147 for […]
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8 pre-Christmas brunches to book in Dubai this weekend

Let’s get this Christmas party started… Christmas is so close you can almost smell it. But if you simply can’t wait until December 25, why not starting your festive feasting this weekend. We’ve rounded up six pre-Christmas brunches to book in Dubai this weekend – consider it pre-game prep for the big day. Yet to […]
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Host your own yacht party for New Year’s with this luxury charter in Dubai

Sponsored: Sail into 2021 with your own luxury yacht party… If you want to cruise into 2021 like a boss, there’s only one way to do it: charter your own luxury yacht in Dubai – and host a New Year’s Eve party your friends will never forget. Centaurus Charter offers luxury yacht rentals in Dubai, […]
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More details on the first Abu Dhabi Shopping Season, starting today

Setting sale for discounts in thousands of stores across the emirate… The very first Abu Dhabi Shopping Season (ADSS) launches today, Thursday December 10 and it seems like Christmas has come a little early this year. There’s up to 80 per cent discounts available in over 3,500 stores, inside more than 20 of the emirate’s […]
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Theatre of Digital Art has just launched a weekly music night

This takes the experience to a whole new level… The incredible Theatre of Digital Art opened its doors in October this year and has fast become a must-visit attraction whether you’re an art lover or not. Drawing in scores of residents and visitors alike, the venue simply called ToDA features some of the world’s most […]
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Emirates warns passengers to arrive early to DXB airport

The airline expects more than 200,000 passengers arriving into Dubai during the Christmas period… In anticipation of another busy travel period over Christmas and New Year, Emirates have issued a warning to passengers travelling through Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the next few weeks. Passengers have been told to allow extra time in their journeys, […]
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Here’s how to buy tickets for Jack Whitehall’s show in Dubai

Registration is now open for the January event… The brilliant Jack Whitehall is heading to Dubai early next year. The British comedian is slated to headline at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday January 14, as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Produced by GME Events, Jack will bring his Stood Up tour show […]
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Review: Sal at Burj Al Arab

Is this Dubai’s most luxurious beach club? Dubai’s seven-star hotel reopened with a brand new venue in October. Sal is Burj Al Arab’s new beach club, replacing The Terrace and Scape. Under the shadow of the coveted sail-shaped hotel, the large beach club is split up with two large pools and a man-made beach. Guests […]
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The Dubai Fountain now has four new fun water activities 

And they can be enjoyed by the whole family! The Dubai Fountain at Downtown Dubai attracts scores of people for being one of the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. But now, you have four more reasons to visit the family-friendly destination. Emaar Entertainment has launched The Dubai Fountain Water Experiences at its brand new extension […]
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In pics: your incredible photos of the fog in Dubai

Living with our heads in the clouds… Nothing heralds the change of seasons in the UAE more than the frequent outbursts of fog. From cloud-piercing skyscrapers to full-on white-outs, here are some of our favourite photos of the recent fogs in Dubai. City in the sky   View this post on Instagram   A post […]
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Here’s what went down at the What’s On Lock In – Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

First tastes of The Nine brunch, first sips at Taiko bar, yoga, an overnight stay, and a bloomin’ beautiful brekkie… Every month or so, What’s On picks one lucky hotel to host a glorious weekend, celebrating everything the hotel has to offer the lovely residents of the UAE: good food, good drinks, and a damn […]
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New films you can catch in cinemas this week: December 3 to 9

Check out our handy guide to the latest movie releases coming out this week…  Calling all movie buffs! Thrillers and plenty of horror flicks are being screened at the cinemas this week. Here’s a handy guide just for you. You’re welcome.  Monster Hunter  A portal transports Lieutenant Artemis and an elite unit of soldiers […]
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You can now catch a movie on the slopes of Ski Dubai 

The brr-illiant experience is only available until the end of February… Love heading to the movie theatre in your leisure time? How would you like to watch the story unfold on the big screen wrapped up in a cosy blanket while out in the snow? No, no plane ticket to the Arctic needed – all […]
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Jack Whitehall to perform in Dubai this January 2021

The Dubai Shopping Festival has announced that leading UK comedian Jack Whitehall will perform in the UAE as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival… Huge news for comedy fans, as the brilliant Jack Whitehall is slated to headline at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday January 14. Produced by GME Events, Jack will bring his […]
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Taste dishes from 15 of Dubai’s top chefs at Reform this weekend

This is the perfect way to end the long weekend… Pull out your stretchy pants. Reform Social & Grill is hosting a moveable feast on Saturday December 5, as 15 of the city’s top chefs come together for an exclusive cookoff. Following the launch of The Best Of Dubai: A Dining Experience, by Flavel Monteiro, […]
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What happened when What’s On met John Cleese

John Cleese on grumpy old man triggers, deathbed humour and the state of comedy today… British national treasure John Cleese is currently in Dubai, working with Motivate Media Group’s newly created talent and training divisions. We first spoke with the comic great back in 2013, when he told us about tall-people problems, his dislike of […]
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Download the December issue of What’s On mag right now for free

Family-friendly adventures, Christmas Day feasts, gift guides, NYE parties, and much more… It’s been one heck of a year. One full of Zoom calls, virtual pub quizzes, meltdowns and masks. Don’t tell anyone, but I actually really missed the office, and all the banter that goes with it. Honestly, a day without hearing our man […]
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4 Christmas Day staycations to give you those holiday feels

A trio of exciting Christmas day dinners and staycation deals… Feel like getting away for a bit this Christmas? You can. Why not book yourself in for a Christmas Day staycation that will give you all of those festive feels without having to lift a finger? Check out these great Christmas Day staycations in Dubai […]
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