You survived the first week of school, made it through those traffic jams and now it’s the weekend. Get into the spirit with all these fun things we have lined up for you to do. Watch our top picks then keep scrolling for more.
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Thursday, 14th September
Alfresco restaurant and lounge Sho Cho kicks off the outdoor season with a retro set as resident DJ Dj Elie Abi throws back to the 80s. Shoulder pads and curly perms optional.
Free entry. 10.30pm-3am. Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah. 04 346 1111.
Recharge yourself after the last day of the week with Thursday Therapy at Icon bar in Radisson Blu Media City. Selected beverages and bar food are half-price and there’s beats from the resident DJ all throughout the evening.
50 per cent off selected beverages and all bar bites. 4pm-8pm. ICON Bar, 1st Floor, West Tower, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City. 04 366 9131.
Friday, 15th September
Treat kids to an afternoon of fun at Couqley, the French bistro in JLT, Magician Magic Phil will be there and young ones can fun free in the their new-look play area. Petits also have their own menu, with mini portions of French classics like grilled chicken and pain perdu.
Free entry. 1pm-3pm. Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster A. 04 514 9339.
It’s a stone-baked bargain! The first 100 walk-ins to Ricetta on Friday can takeaway a pizza for AED 1. If you hit the snooze button, don’t worry, you can still grab a 50 per cent discount. Go drool-worthy DIY or choose from Italian essentials like Capricciosa, Pescato di Mare and Vegetariana.
AED 1 for the first hundred walk-ins. 12pm-3pm, 7pm-12am. Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai. 04 397 7444.
Practice makes perfect, McGettigan’s will be warming up and preparing for to Patrick’s Day this month. Get in tip-top party shape and count down the months until the big day to celebrate all things Irish with a full day of live entertainments and with Irish-themed brunch of a la carte dishes and buffet.
Brunch for AED 249. 12pm-5pm. McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J. 04 356 0470.
Like your movies thrilling with a dash of mystery? Iranian Director Mani Haghighi’s fifth feature film The Dragon Arrives, set on the island of Qeshm, serves up both. Factoid of the day: the film was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlinale film festival.
AED 35. 7pm. Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue. www.alserkalavenue.ae
Saturday, 16th September
Say ‘happy birthday’ to Anantara hotel with specially-created beverage or mocktail The Palm. Infused with lemon and pineapple, the first one is free and after that it’s four dirhams for diners at the hotel’s Crescendo, Mekong, Bushman’s and The Beach House outlets.
First beverage free. 6pm-11pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah. 04 567 8888.
Have a zen moment lakeside with Karma Kafé and indulge in unlimited servings of sushi and dim sum while marvelling at the Instagram-catnip views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. Heads up, it’s bound to be busiest around sunset.
AED 199 per person, including a beverage. 12pm-7pm. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar Level 3, Downtown. 04 423 0909.
Go on a one-hour tour of the galleries in Alserkal Avenue. Explore the art, meet the people who run these spaces and learn more about their current exhibitions.
Free admission. 5.30pm. Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue. To reserve a spot, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickle your comedic taste buds at Frankie’s Comedy Cellar’s comedy night with Simeon Goodson, a funny bone-striking native of Brooklyn, New York. There will also be a house band to keep the happy vibes rolling.
Free entry. 6pm-8pm. Frankie’s Comedy Cellar, JBR’s Oasis Beach Tower beside Al Fattan. Reservations recommended, 04 399 4311.
Are you in need of some stress relief? Feeling exhausted from the fast pace of sand pit city life? NRG is holding complimentary Mind Over Matter workshop to explore the power of focus, to learn ways to reduce stress and relax, and take action towards being your best.
Free entry. 7pm-9pm. NRG Fitness, Dubai Marina. 04 431 8517.