Celebrate Eid Al Fitr 2023 with last minute road trip from Dubai – Dubai News TV

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If you have decided to stay in the UAE and have no plans in place for the duration of the long Eid Al Fitr weekend, use our road trip guide to avoid all FOMO (fear of missing out). The UAE and its neighbouring destinations can provide the perfect backdrop for a fun Eid break either solo, or with your friends and family.

Why a road trip? A long drive, snacks on-the-go, new places and new meals, a picturesque destination – a road trip is the perfect way to enjoy company and the incredible views in this country. Here’s where you should go for that perfect escape from the city, to return with amazing memories and of course Instagram-worthy pictures.

Book a last-minute staycation

jungle waterpark

Perfect for a restful staycation retreat, guests staying at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Waterpark will enjoy complimentary breakfast at Latest Recipe, access to the private beach and six pools, plus a number of restaurants and bars. There are even watersport activities, the Jungle Bay waterpark to add adventure to your stay, and a spa for some downtime. Use the promotional code ZJL for stays until October 13.

Visit the world’s largest floating bookfair

logos hope

Bibliophiles, this is a friendly reminder that the largest floating bookfair, Logos Hope is now in Dubai. It will open its hatches for a week from Tuesday, April 18 to 23 from 4pm to 11pm. The floating book fair offers around 5,000 titles spanning a number of genres both for children and adults.  Logos Hope also runs cultural experiences and visitors are welcome to join for a small ticket fee which can be purchased on board. On Thursday, April 20 visitors can experience art and cultural stands for just Dhs20. You’ll also get a free drink.

Get Eid ready at The British Salon

the british salon

Looking for the perfect excuse to get pampered ahead of Eid? Homegrown beauty salon The British Salon is celebrating its one year anniversary with a special offer. Book in for their Queens Beauty Package and get a cut and blow dry, with the choice of a full set of lashes or a brow lamination for only Dhs500 – available throughout the month of April.

The British Salon, Gold Crest Views, Cluster V in JLT. Tel: (058) 572 6839. @thebritishsalondubai

Catch the Eid fireworks at Global Village

Global Village fireworks

Global Village Dubai has been open for seven months now, and it will sadly be closing its doors this month on Saturday, April 29. Over Eid, it will be treating visitors to fireworks for the entire week starting Friday, April 21 until closing on Saturday, April 29.

Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road E 311, @globalvillageuae

Don’t miss the return of Etisalat Beach Canteen

etisalat beach canteen

Support our city’s homegrown foodie outlets at the ever-fun Etisalat Beach Canteen. The beach pop-up is open from 4pm daily and features a huge list of popular cafes and restaurants including Pickl, Neat Burger, Entrecôte, Taqado, Pinsanity, House of Pops, Moshi, Bahr by Farm to Table, as well as live entertainment, a fun park with rides, soft play, splash zone, prizes, BBQ zone, and more.

36 Al Nessnass Street, Sunset Beach, Jumeirah 3, Dubai. From Friday, 21 April to May 7, Daily from 4pm. Tel: (800) 900. beachcanteen.ae

Get your fix of tapas at Jaleo

Inside the ultra-luxurious Atlantis The Royal, Jaelo is inviting guests to indulge in their chef’s tasting menu, José’s Way, this Eid. The menu features a collection of José Andrés’ favourite tapas dishes for Dhs500. An additional Dhs195 will get you unlimited non-alcoholic cocktails.

Jaleo, Ground Floor, Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm to 1am daily. atlantis.com@jaleodubai

Learn the ropes at Dubai Sailing Club

sailing club

Looking to try something new this weekend? Whether a seasoned sailor or a first-timer, The Dubai Offshore Sailing Club is hosting a fun-filled adventure-packed day with amazing sailing activities, beach volleyball, and more. The open day is taking place on Friday from 11am to 5pm, entry costs Dhs190 per person and Dhs130 for children and includes taster sail, powerboating, and paddleboarding sessions, as well as delicious food and house beverages.

The Clubhouse, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Jumeirah 3. Friday, April 21. 11am to 5pm. Dhs190 per person, Dhs13o for children. scm.dosc.ae

Get ready for afrobeats vibes at Playa

Located at The Club on Palm West Beach, the boho-chic beach club presents South African DJ Kabila for a two-day performance this Friday and Saturday. Guests can expect an electrifying atmosphere as DJ Kabila brings his unique blend of afro house, deep house, and techno music to the beautiful beach club setting from 5pm onwards.

Playa Beach Club, Palm West Beach, 10am to 2am daily. Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, from 5pm. @playadubai

Feel tranquil at Theatre of Digital Art

Love ToDA? You will love this experience. On April 21, the digital art space will showcase Tranquility at 360 degrees with exceptional calligraphy artist Dia Allam, accompanied by the musical brilliance of Anas Al Halabi’s Handpan Orchestra. During the one-hour experience, you will be surrounded by beautiful Arabic calligraphy paired with harmonious sounds. Anas Al Halabi is an international artist and has hosted over 200 events in 20 countries. He is the first Handpan teacher in the Middle East. Haven’t heard the handpan before? Well, the sounds produced are magical and soothing and create calming vibrations. If this is just what you need during the busy Eid season, book your tickets here. Prices start from Dhs180.

Theatre of Digital Art, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 277 4044. toda.ae 

Weekend breakfast date with a view

Ula-beach-bar-dubai breakfast with a view Dubai

Ula serves breakfast in such an effortlessly chic way. Delight yourself with an opulent lobster Benedict, or a delicious shakshouka – while you enjoy not only the setting of this beautiful venue but the backdrop of the always gorgeous Dubai Marina. The bottomless beachside breakfast includes one breakfast dish as well as unlimited prosecco, bellinis, and mimosas for Dhs200 per person, from 10am to 12pm.

Ula, Dukes The Palm, Palm Jumeriah, open Mon to Thu 10am to 1am, Fri to Sun 9am to 1am. Tel: (0)4 566 3041 uladubai.com @uladxb

Relieve some stress at The Smash Room

Kick off the long Eid Al Fitr holidays with a thrilling and therapeutic adventure at The Smash Room. This weekend, up to three guests can take advantage of the Eid package for Dhs594 which includes a washing machine, TV, and 20 glasses.

The Smash Room, Umm Sequim Road, Al Quoz 4, Dubai. April 21 to April 23. Dhs594. Tel: (058) 1982323. thesmashroom.com

Party with Luciano at Terra Solis

terra solis

The award-winning Ibiza icon, Luciano, will be hosted by Terra Solis for an evening full of stunning visuals, and captivating tunes. The three-hour-long set, supported by DJ V and Idris Doff, promises to be a journey through the world of electronic music. Event passes start from as little as Dhs150.

Terra Solis, Dubai Heritage Vision, Exit 29, Jebel Ali – Lehbab road, Dubailand. Tel: (0)50 937 2344 terrasolisdubai.com

Buy one get one free on brunches at Hilton JBR

hilton jbr

The place to be this weekend…Whether you’re in the mood for a hula hula brunch at Trader Vic’s, sunset brunch at Pure, or Bangkok street-style brunch at the Mango Tree, the Hilton JBR has your Saturday plans sorted with buy one get one free on all its brunch packages.

VERO, Trader Vic’s JBR, Mango Tree Thai Bistro, and Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton JBR, Dubai. Saturday, April 22. Tel:(0)4 374 7999hilton.com

Family brunch at Emirates Bio Farm

emirates bio farm

For a wholesome farm-to-table Eid brunch experience, head to the UAE’s largest organic farm for a feast of local, organic produce including eggs, fresh bread, and pastries for Dhs80 per person. There are also plenty of activities for the little ones including an Eid scavenger hunt, pot colouring (from Dhs25), and prizes to be won. Emirates Bio Farm is around a one-hour drive from Dubai and the Eid brunch is taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

Emirates Bio Farm, Al Ain. Friday April 21 to Sunday April 23, 9am to 5pm. Dhs80. emiratesbiofarm.com

Check out the iconic Museum of the Moon

museum of the moon

The Museum of the Moon is set to shine again in Dubai this weekend at the children’s museum OliOli. The Museum of the Moon is an activation created by artist Luke Jerram, the world-renowned artist has created a five-meter accurate replica of the moon by fusing imagery from detailed NASA pictures of the lunar surface. Prices start from Dhs269 for two children, and with the pass, two adults can go free. You can also visit the Museum of the Moon with the Standard Plus ticket. Prices start from Dhs149 for one child and one adult.

OliOli, Al Quoz 1, close to Oasis Centre Mall, Dubai. April 14 to April 30. Tel:(0)4 702 7300. olioli.ae

Tick off a bucket list foodie experience

city social

This Dubai Food Festival, Jason Atherton’s newly opened City Social invites you to take a seat at the six-seater chef’s table. Guests will sit in front of the open kitchen as the chefs prepare four courses including citrus-cured Scotting salmon with king crab, Australian lamb rack and pistachio soufflé, as well as get the chance to cook their own course of hand-dived roasted Norwegian scallops. This unmissable foodie experience is taking place every evening from April 21 to May 7, priced at Dhs780 per person which also includes a signed cookbook and branded apron.

City Social, Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai. April 21 to May 7. Daily from 7pm. Dhs780 per person. Tel:(0)4 402 2222. citysocialdubai.com

Soak up the weather with a free pool day

Soul Beach Dubai, located just 15 minutes from Dubai Marina, is offering those looking to get away from the city, free entry daily during Eid weekend before 2pm. The idyllic beach club is also the perfect spot to laze in the sun, for a long carefree lunch with friends, and the ideal location for uninterrupted sundowners. 


Our neighbouring country is one of the most popular destinations for residents to drive to during long holidays. We think a road trip to Oman requires no pre-planning since UAE residents get visa on arrival at the border checkpoint. You could head to Muscat or Musandam. Salalah is also a great option but is much further from the UAE than the other two cities.


Musandam is the closest by driving distance from Dubai at around 3 hours depending on where you start from. The beautiful coastal destination offers marine life, incredible views of cliffs and a good opportunity for a day trip.

Muscat would take you around double this time, at around 5 hours. The city is very different in comparison to Dubai, and makes for a nice change. The city has some amazing attractions to check out.

Seafront of Muscat

Salalah would take you the longest, by road, at nearly 12 hours. The destination offers a tropical climate, amazing greenery and fun attractions. Depending on how long you want to spend driving during the long weekend, you could plan this trip in a night.

Family trip from UAE to Oman: Travel to Salalah for unadulterated natural beauty with waterfalls, beaches, caves.


The Hajar mountain range makes Hatta one of the most beautiful and rustic locations to head to in the UAE. Take a kayak or a donut ride across the vast Hatta dam to feel nestled in nature. Make it a UAE staycation and stay at one of the lodgings there – you could also try Hatta’s adventure activities if you’re up for it.

Hatta Dam

The Hatta Wadi Hub closes for the season in May, so this trip would be the perfect one to try out all the activities there in one weekend.

Hatta Wadi Hub

If you’re not into adventure, visit the Hatta Heritage Village nearby. There are plenty of photo-perfect opportunities but also just as many things to do for the whole family. You could also choose to go hiking or cycling depending on the location.


At a 90-minute drive from the centre of Dubai, Masfout in Ajman is perfect for biking and hiking. Don’t forget to check out the picturesque old fort.

Masfout in Ajman

Al Zorah National Reserve in Ajman is also a great pick, and is home to one million square metres of the emirate’s ecologically rich mangrove forest. Apart from the rich flora and fauna in the park, you can enjoy kayaking, waterboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, pearl-diving and golfing.

Al Zorah Natural Reserve

A hidden gem to visit on your trip to Ajman is the Seneyah Island. Located around 40 kilometres from Ajman city, the island is a great spot for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Many birds, including flamingos, herons, terns, and plovers frequent this destination – making it a perfect nature escape.

Abu Dhabi

A must-visit in Abu Dhabi are the Al Wathba Dunes. The twisted shapes made by the golden sands of the desert make this area a film locale favourite. It has an ‘off-the-earth’ vibe and makes for cool photos – and camping out moments. The dunes are accessible at any time of day, although the best times to visit are at sunrise and sunset.

Al Wathba Dunes

If you’re up for a desert drive, head to Tel Moreeb in Abu Dhabi. Considered by most as the world’s tallest sand dune, this drive through the endless desert is as authentic an experience as you could get in the UAE. Liwa Oasis is also a great destination for history, culture and a long drive.

Al Ain

If you want to enjoy astonishing views of Al Ain city, then the summit of Jebel Hafeet is your go-to destination. The height of the mountain peak is 1,249 meters, and it is the highest in Abu Dhabi and the second highest in the UAE, making it an ideal stop for walking, motorcycling, biking and off-roading. This is trip to fall in love with, all without having to leave the country.

Jebel Hafeet

Beaches, scuba diving on Snoopy island, mountains and greener, cultural forts – this emirate offers diversity. Drive up to Fujairah and take the drive slow to properly enjoy the scenic desert views.


For a relaxed beach day, head to Khor Fakkan with its 3km sandy beach lined with palm trees and spotted with shops and eateries. Relax and see the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman as you ride by. You can play beach football as the sun sets or try one of the seaside swings for that perfect Insta-worthy, breezy shot. If you’re feeling adventurous, try parasailing off the back of a speedboat.

Khor Fakkan

For sweeping nature views and a fun activity, one could kayak or rent a pedal boat to explore the Al Rafisah Dam, which offers visitors unparalleled scenery. Try the water sports centres here who can organise amazing activities for you and company.

Umm Al Quwain

If you haven’t been yet, why not use this weekend to visit the Mangrove Beach in Umm Al Quwain. Nestled in Khor Al Yeefrah, Umm Al Quwain, the beach is around 55 minutes away from Dubai and is perfect for a weekend outing. In addition to enjoying the views of mangroves, you can chill on the beach at one of the cafes or swim, kayak and partake in other water-based fun activities. There are also several restaurants and cafes that offer beautiful views of the beach and the mangroves.

Ras Al Khaimah

Disconnect, relax and enjoy the scenic mountain views on the drive up to Jebel Jais. There’s a Viewing Deck Park complete with observation points and food trucks overlooking the stunning coastline. You can book ahead for the “Jebel Jais Flight”, officially the world’s longest zipline at 2.83km. Don’t forget to also reserve a table for lunch at 1484 Puro after your ride. The Jais Sledder is also a great option for families to have a screaming fun time.

A view of the majestic Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates from the highest viewing area during sunset.

Jebel Jais Mountain.

The Wadi Kub to Al Ghail Village road is a 29km trail located near Al Usayli, Ras Al Khaimah that offers photo opportunities with wildlife native to the UAE.

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