Make your mark on the new year’s first weekend

It’s here… the first weekend of a brand-new decade so make it count with these things to do… 


Thursday, 2nd January

Losing your way

The wonder maze Marina Mall

Get lost inside this massive labyrinth. The Wonder Maze — which is being slated as the world’s largest mobile maze — covers more than 30,000 square feet of outdoor space and has a confusing an array of pathways to discover. But will you ever leave?

From AED 35 for single entry. Marina Mall. 11am-10pm. Visit: 

Al fresco viewing

It’s the first one for 2020 and Cinema in the Park promises lots of  silver-screen adventures. You and your family will get to revisit the ever-popular Frozen and Ice Age 3. This back-to-back showing is being hosted by Umm Al Emarat Park.

AED 10 park entry. 15th Street, Al Mushrif area. 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Visit: 

Friday, 3rd January

Savour Italy

You can taste what has been billed as the true taste of Italy right here in the capital. Grab the family and head over to brunch at Dino’s Bistro Italian for authentic Italian fare. it’s all here from  starters mains and pizzas to sharing dishes and desserts served right to your table from the a la carte menu. Even better, kids can get in on all of this at a whopping 50% discount, plus kids aged between six and 12 years old get to take part in an interactive pizza making session.

AED 165 with soft drinks and mocktails, AED 200 with signature mixed beverages, AED 215 with bubbles. Dino’s Bistro Italian, Pearl Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. noon 4pm. Contact: 02 307 5551,

Saturday, 4th January

Retail therapy 

There’s lots of shoppertunities so head over to Barari Outlet Mall in Al Ain where you can grab lots of bargains and be entertained at the same time. Spot cartoon characters, stilt walkers, mascots and those crazy balloon shapers walking around the mall until 8th February.

Free. Meyzas Road, Al Ain. Sat-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu and Fri 10am-midnight. Visit:

Discover Syria

The Structures of Impermanence exhibition showcases the work of  artist and architect Talin Hazbar. The exhibit highlights the architectural and cultural significance of water features in traditional Syrian houses. Talin examines how water and fountains bridge Syrian society and community. Until 16th February.

Free. Warehouse421, Samrayr Street, Mina Zayed. 6pm-8pm. Contact: 02 676 8803, 

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