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13 FREE Things To Do in Dubai this Weekend for National Day

Maxed out your credit cards during the Super Sale last weekend? Don’t worry, because there are soooo many FREE things to do in Dubai this weekend for the National Day holiday! From ladies nights to insane firework shows, check it out…

1. Rugby 7s

Whether or not you’re a fan of the sport, the Rugby 7s is fun for everyone! Get your friends together, dress up in your favourite costumes, and head there on Thursday to enjoy the rugby games, the great crowds, the party atmosphere, and all the live entertainment for free!

When: Thursday 30th November, 8.30pm

Where: The Sevens Stadium, Dubailand

2. Rise at Dubai Creek Harbour

Taking place from noon to night, Rise at Dubai Creek Harbour is packed with free things to do during the long weekend! From a mad science workshop and magic shows to a live drumming performance and awesome movie screenings (The Jungle Book on Saturday!), there’s fun for all ages.

When: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December, 12pm to 11pm

Where: Dubai Creek Harbour, in Ras Al Khor

 3. Queen Bee

Ladies, get your girl squad down to Tribeca this Wednesday for its weekly ladies night! The NYC-inspired bar is giving away unlimited complimentary drinks to ladies from 8pm, as well as 50% off on main courses.

When: Wednesday 29th November, 8pm to 1am

Where: Tribeca Bar, at JBR Walk

4. Museum of the Moon

It’s finally here! There’s going to be a full moon rising at Dubai Mall and trust us, you won’t want to miss this! The Museum of the Moon installation represents 5km of the real moon based on NASA’s imagery.

When: Thursday 30th November to Thursday 7th January

Where: Souk Atrium, at The Dubai Mall

5. Future live

Sorry lads, this one is only free for the ladies! Future, one of the hottest rappers in the industry right now, is performing live at Base this Saturday! With chart toppers like Low Life and Jumpman, you know it’s going to be an unforgettable night for his fans. Entry is AED 200 for guys.

When: Saturday 2nd December, 10pm to 4am

Where: Base, Dubai Design District

6. Poetry Night

After completing an intensive two-day workshop, Dubai’s budding poets are ready to share their poetry with you on stage! Don’t miss out on this fun, inspiring evening supporting our homegrown talent, including Parea – a band that fuses music with poetry.

When: Friday 1st December, 7pm to 9pm

Where: One Life Kitchen, Dubai Design District

7. Garden Souq

To celebrate National Day, Dubai Garden Centre is inviting everyone down to its ‘Garden Souq’ for one big party! There will be cultural music, free camel rides, henna, yoga, live cooking, face painting, bouncy castles, and so much more!

When: Saturday 2nd December, 10am to 2.30pm

Where: Dubai Garden Centre, on Sheikh Zayed Road

8. Movie night

Don’t miss the free movie nights under the stars at Marina Mall every weekend! Bring your blankets and make sure to get there early to grab a beanbag. This Friday, they will be screening Beasts of the Southern Wild, followed by Robots on Saturday.

When: Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December, 5.30pm

Where: Dubai Marina Mall Promenade

9. Family day out

Celebrate UAE National Day this week, with a fun family event at the St.Regis gardens! There will be live cultural entertainment, arts and crafts stations for the kids, themed festive stalls, traditional delicacies and more!

When: Monday 27th to Thursday 30th November, from 5pm to 11pm; Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December, from 3pm to 11pm

Where: St. Regis Hotel, in Al Habtoor City

10. Echoes by day

Pool party, anyone? Head to Wet Deck on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the chill vibes, deep house sounds and the awesome weather!

When: Saturday 2nd December, 1pm to 9pm

Where: Wet Deck, in Al Habtoor City

11. Yoga with Lululemon

Fancy taking part in a free yoga class, hosted by Lululemon? Wake up early on Friday morning for a morning yoga class by the Marina Mall waterfront. Mats are provided, so all you need to do is bring yourself, and your fitness buddies!

When: Friday 1st December, at 8.30am

Where: Dubai Marina Mall Promenade

12. Improv Night

End your short week with a hilarious improv show, guaranteed to leave you in fits of laughter! Sit back and watch as 10 of Dubai’s talented actors compete against each other, trying to win you (the judges) over, for the winning ‘Maestro’ title.

When: Wednesday 29th November, from 8pm to 10pm

Where: The Courtyard Playhouse, in Al Quoz

13. Watch the fireworks

Last but not least, don’t forget to watch the National Day fireworks this weekend! Every UAE National Day, the Dubai sky is lit up with spectacular firework shows! Not sure where to go? Head to Dubai Festival City Mall to watch sky-high stunts, flypast jets and not one, but two firework finales! Click here for all the details.

When: Saturday 2nd December, from 1.30pm to 11.15pm

Where: Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City Mall

Still want more? Check out our Explore section for things to do around town, or if you’re looking for some travel inspo, here are 7 getaway deals for the long weekend. Enjoy, and have an awesome long weekend!