Top 10 things do in the UAE for the Hijri New Year weekend

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Still wondering how to spend the long weekend? We’ve got your fun outing ideas covered!

1. EXPERIENCE MAGIC AT THE MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS

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New launch alert! The world’s fastest-growing museum chain opened earlier this week at Al Seef, near Dubai Creek. Said to feature the largest collection of optical illusions in the brand’s worldwide portfolio, The Museum of Illusions Dubai is suitable for visitors of all ages, and it’s great for Instagram photos too!

The essentials: Open 10 am to 10 pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and 10 am to midnight from Thursday to Saturday. Tickets cost AED 80 for adults and AED 60 for those under the age of 16.

2. MEET BATMAN IN ABU DHABI

Don your capes and get ready to celebrate Batman Day with Batman himself this Saturday, September 15, at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. The UAE’s latest theme park features 29 rides across a number of themed lands, including Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Cartoon Junction and, of course, Gotham City.

The essentials: Open every day from 11 am. Single tickets cost AED 295.

3. A TOUCH OF CLASSICAL AT DUBAI OPERA

Mozart’s enchanted masterpiece, The Magic Flute, a musical fairy-tale adventure, comes to Dubai Opera this long weekend. The performances will be led by the Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra.  

The essentials: Open September 13–15. Tickets start from AED 350.

4. GET ARTY IN THE CAPITAL

New York University Abu Dhabi’s museum gallery has just launched its autumn exhibition, “Ways of Seeing”. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the founders of Art Reoriented, the exhibition showcases 41 works by 26 artists, including a number of newcomers, spanning a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture and photography.

The essentials: Open from noon to 8pm, Monday to Saturday. Entry is free.

5. SAMPLE ASIAN EMIRATI CUISINE

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Founded by Emirati food entrepreneur Shayma Nawaf Fawwaz, Gossip Cafe, which has branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, has fast established itself as one of the coolest hangouts in the UAE, with almost 42,000 followers on Instagram at the time of publishing.

Want to try something new? Why not sample its new Kunafa cod bites, made of black cod, mango and coconut sauce wrapped in kunafa pastry? Yum!

The essentials: AED 70.

6. SPEND THE DAY ON SHARJAH’s HOTTEST NEW ISLAND

Sharjah is home to Al Noor Island, a new leisure destination located on Khalid Lagoon. Here, you’ll be able to check out exotic butterflies, artistic sculptures, a maze garden, magical lighting and literary treasures.

The essentials: Open from 9 am to 11 pm, Saturday to Wednesday, and 9 am to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays. Tickets cost AED 50 for adults and AED 30 for under-12s.

7. CHECK OUT SOME AWESOME AUTOS

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Gathering more than 60 exhibitors and 4,000 motoring enthusiasts, the third edition of the Emirates Motorsport Expo will take place at the Dubai Autodrome this weekend, offering visitors the chance to view an exceptional line-up of circuit cars as well as a showcase of the latest motors on offer from participating manufacturers.

The essentials: Open from 2 pm to 10 pm on Friday, September14. Entry is free.

8. GO BIRD WATCHING IN AJMAN

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For those who think that there’s not much to do there, Ajman will be a pleasant surprise. Start the day at the Al Zorah Nature Reserve, a vibrant ecosystem made up of mangroves, turquoise lagoons and sandy beaches home to nearly 60 species of birds, including the pink flamingo. Feeling peckish on the way back? Pop into the popular Sultan Saray for some delicious Turkish-inspired cuisine.

The essentials: Open every day from 9am to 6pm.

9. UNLEASH YOUR INNER ADVENTURER ON THE WORLD’s LONGEST ZIPLINE

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Do you dare? Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest zipline at 2.83 km long (equivalent to 28 football pitches), the Jebel Jais Flight in Ras Al Khaimah is a total bucket-list experience. It starts at the highest point of the UAE, 1,680 metres above sea level; get ready to fly at an average speed of 120 km/h above the magnificent Jebel Jais mountains before landing on a line-suspended platform.

The essentials: Take advantage of the special summer rate of AED 325 per person.

10. ENJOY A TASTE OF PARIS AT LA SERRE

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Finally, if you’re kicking off your weekend this evening, you can get fancy at La Serre. Just in time for the holidays, the Dubai fine-dining restaurant is launching a new French cuisine night curated by executive chef Gautier Gaschi and his team.

This hotspot, popular with the local crowd, is one of Downtown Dubai’s top-rated restaurants. Needless to say, you won’t be disappointed.

The essentials: Open every Wednesday from 7 pm. AED 315 per person for a three-course meal. A la carte is also available.

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