Dubai offers so much for its visitors and citizens and when entertainment is free on weekend is icing on cake for dubai lovers. Here are 6 free things to do in dubai this weekend from Family Fun Dubai Pulse Race to Christmas events, shopping and  free parties.

Get into the Christmas spirit at a tree lighting ceremony


Raffles Dubai starts the holiday spirit with its annual 20-foot Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 6. Guests can tuck into festive treats, sip on warm mulled wine and sing along with the Christmas Choir as Santa Claus makes a special appearance with a sack brimming full of gifts for the little ones. The doors also open for the giant gingerbread house, and guests can head inside to purchase freshly baked treats and gifts.

Location: Raffles Dubai, WAFI

Timing: 6pm to 7pm, Thursday December 6

Type: Free.

Tel: (04 )324 8888.

Dubai Pulse race

The Great Dubai Pulse Race that’s returning for its 12th edition this weekend is totes free to join.


Prepare to dig out the cycling shoes and head out with your family for a fun-filled off-road bike event on Friday, December 7 from 7am at Dubai Sports City’s Sports Village.

When? December 7

Pre book your entry now or enter on the day at Dubai Sports City’s Sports Village from 7am, with the event starting at 8am at Sports Park

Party hard at the return of ANTS


As part of their world tour series, the ANTS colony will return to the shores of Soho Beach on Friday December 7. ANTS heavyweight Andrea Oliva will headline, supported by top electronic DJs Davide Squillace,  YOUSEF and Francisco Allendes.

Location: ANTS at Soho Beach, Meydan,

Timing:Friday December, 6pm to 3am,

Type: free entry.

Tel: (052) 488 8839. 

See at top DJ perform


Lost Frequencies,  soared to success with the global smash hit, ‘Are You With Me’, reaching multi-platinum status and hitting number one 18 countries. He recently joined forces with singer James Blunt on the single ‘Melody’ which became a 2018 summer anthem. Catch him this Friday at Zero Gravity.

Location:Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai

Timing: Friday December 7

Entry : Dhs100 for guys after 9pm, Free entry for ladies all night.

Tel: (04) 399 0009.

Do some Christmas shopping at a festive market


The gardens at Dubai’s Habtoor Palace are once again transforming into an enchanted winter wonderland for the 2018 festive season. There will be entertainment and themed activities for everyone to enjoy, including a selection of retail and food stalls, children’s activities and attractions, and even an appearance from Santa himself.

Location: Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor City,

Timing: daily 3pm to midnight, December 4 to 21,

Entry: Free entry

D3 Festival SoleDXB

A D3 festival that was originally just for sneakers but has transformed into something so much more than that. SoleDXB is a footwear, fashion, music lifestyle fair, last year’s set up raised the bar and this year promises to be another huge weekend.