Global cuisine, global records and Global Village: fun things to do this long weekend in UAE
Published on October 28, 2020 at 16.06
Record-breaking fountain. How often do we get to enjoy world-record breaking events? Okay, in the UAE all the time! But here’s your latest for the long weekend. The Palm Fountain at The Pointe has officially secured the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Fountain and you can see it today. The fountain is spread over 14,000 sq ft of sea water and is the only multi-coloured example in the city. Its super shooter stands tall at 105 metres and comes alive with over 3,000 LED lights.
Be adventurous. Do you remember the days when the most important thing was building a tree house or running around with your friends? As we inhabit an increasingly virtual world the desire and craving for nature-based experiences is on the rise. Aventura at Mushrif Park Dubai provides a one-of-kind nature-led playground for adults, kids and families. Wannabe explorers can test their climbing, ziplining and orienteering skills, whilst learning how to use a compass, build a shelter or preserve water.
Global Village returns. It is an annual tradition celebrating its 25th year and perhaps now more than ever we can all use a cheerful reason to get out and experience normality. Global Village will be holding its opening concert as Rockin’1000 headline the biggest virtual rock concert of all-time on Friday. In partnership with Arabian Radio Network, Emirates, and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the event will be performed online by thousands of musicians and singers from around the world and streamed on the Global Village Main Stage, while broadcasted live via their official YouTube channel. The opening event marks the beginning of a 176-day-journey that promises to be a season like no other.
Long-weekend dining. On Saturday The Big Recovery Brunch at Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, will serve the perfect recovery feast after a few days off. The three-hour rolling brunch features all-day breakfast options including P&B signature dishes and a wide range of beverages with a Halloween twist, with live music. Served between 11am-7pm, and priced from Dh199.
Museum outing? With a structure stemming as far back as 1621, The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is about as ancient as we can expect to see in the UAE and is one grand house for all its treasures therein. Having been restored numerous times as a fort, a residence for the ruling family and as the headquarters for various governmental entities, today the museum houses an array of significant archaeological artifacts such as the ‘Mardhouf al-Quwasim’, a coin that was minted in the 19th century , found in the Falaya palace compound, where the peace treaty between the trucial states and the British was signed 200 years ago.
Capital dog day. It appears four-legged-friendly days out are on the rise and new local app Flopster is leading the charge. Designed to unite pet lovers, the company has announced the opening of #FlopsterBeach, a new weekend beach event for UAE pet owners to enjoy with their dogs. Running every Friday at Golden Tulip Al Jazira Bungalows, take in an array of fun games and activities including dog-friendly watersports, beach yoga and browse the many pet-centric stalls from 10am-7pm. It’s Dh100 per person (including the dog).
Re-live DDLJ magic. This weekend why not watch (or re-watch) an iconic Bollywood romance? Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is re-releasing in UAE cinemas on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol made for a charming pair in this story of star-crossed lovers who meet on a holiday in Europe and refuse to formalise their union without the blessing of their parents. From the streets of London to the mountains of Switzerland all the way to the mustard fields of Punjab, this is one romantic journey that refuses to get old.