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Let’s Go Outside: 8 funky pop-ups to enjoy this winter

These winter pop-ups offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, plus some seriously Instagrammable moments. 

Klock Cafe

Centred around a large illuminated clock, Klock Cafe is a winter cafe serving marshmallow-topped hot chocolates, Spanish lattes and karak tea. In addition to the Instagrammable beverage options, a selection of appealing desserts includes tiramisu, honey cake, pistachio cake and cookies. With swinging seats and a resident falcon, Klock Cafe is situated approximately 30-minutes drive from Dubai.

Klock Cafe is open daily from 4pm to midnight. Follow @klock_cafe on Instagram for more information.

Link by Mara

This pop-up in the Sharjah desert offers an appealing international fusion street food menu. Plush sofas are sunken into the desert sands, or you can sit on bean bags. No matter which you decide, you’ll have the ideal vantage point from which to watch the nightly fire shows and oud musicians. Link by Mara’s menu includes mini beef tacos, shakshuka bruschetta, Korean chicken pops, short rib sliders and a brownie club sandwich. 

Link by Mara is open daily from 4pm to 2am (3am on weekends). Follow @linkbymara on Instagram for more information.

Mikoko Hut

A taste of Zanzibar has arrived in the Northern Emirates with the opening of Mikoko Hut on Umm Al Quwain Mangrove Beach. The beautiful restaurant overlooks the mangroves and features a menu of breakfast favourites, pizza, pasta and risotto, in addition to mangrove tours, kayaking and stand up paddleboards. 

Mikoko Hut is open daily from 8am to 10pm. Follow @mikoko.uaq on Instagram for more information.

Not A Space

This popular desert destination in Al Faya offers a tranquil escape less than one hour from Dubai. Nestled amidst orange sand dunes and rocky outcrops, Not A Space, as the name suggests, is a versatile pop-up home to a small cafe, nightly entertainment and a programme of activities that includes art and fitness classes. The themed space has comfortable seating, plenty of mirrors and images of the moon – just perfect for a night out under the stars. Not A Space Is open daily from 6am to midnight.

Not A Space is open daily from 6am to midnight. Follow @notaspace on Instagram for more information.

One Degree Cafe

Jumeira coffee house, One Degree Cafe, has taken up residence in the Sharjah desert close to the town of Margham. The menu at this winter pop-up features all of your favourite One Degree coffees and shakes, alongside burgers, hotdogs and tempting desserts. With cushioned seating, carpets and fire pits to toast marshmallows, it’s a beautiful spot to watch the daily entertainment (from 5pm), including a fire show and live oud music.

One Degree Cafe is open daily from 3pm to 1am. Follow on Instagram for more information.

Salt Camp

The famous pink and orange campsite pop-up has returned for another season in Dubai. Home to some of the best burgers in the UAE, Salt Camp has relocated from DIFC and into a prime location beneath the soon-to-open Museum Of The Future. With no reservations or entry fees required, guests can experience camping in the city while tucking into Salt’s ever-popular burgers, fries, softies and desserts. This year promises to be bigger and better with entertainment and Salt merchandise for purchase.

Salt Camp is open daily from 12pm to midnight. Follow @findsaltcamp on Instagram for more information.

Sonara Camp Al Wadi

Instagrammable desert hotspot Sonara Camp has opened a second location in the stunning Al Wadi Nature Reserve, Ras Al Khaimah. Where an epicurean adventure awaits guests opting for the Sunset and Dinner experience. The curated menu features the finest Mediterranean and local Arabic ingredients to create a medley of fusion dishes. AED 860 for adults and AED 380 for children aged six to twelve.

Sonara Camp Al Wadi is open daily from 4:30pm to 10:30pm. Follow @sonara_camp on Instagram for more information.

The Uncommon 

This stunning mirrored pop-up in the Sharjah desert seemingly appeared out of nowhere. A large mirror reflects the beauty of the desert landscape and is surrounded by cosy seating areas where guests can enjoy a selection of hot and cold beverages. 

The Uncommon is open daily from 3pm to midnight. Follow on Instagram for more information.

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Dubai-based Editor-in-Chief for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications. Lover of all things, food, travel, street art and hip-hop.

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