16 ways to have a tasty little weekend

Dubai Minute 10th August

What’s cooking Dubai? We’ve got a tasty little buffet of fun events  and activities for you and your clan. Grab your plates and some cutlery, Thursday’s finally here, it’s time to dig in…

Thursday, 8th November

Chica time!

paella seville's

The Spanish party starts swinging on Sevilles’ terrace at Wafi Restaurants on Thursday and repeats every week throughout the season. Hola chicos y chicas – there’s a smoking hot barbecue, plenty of tapas and a 1.6 metre Paella cooked on an open fire pit, plus suitably hip-swaying Latin grooves.

Sevilles’ Latin Drunch at Wafi Restaurants, Wafi Pyramid, Oud Metha. Weekly from 8thNovember, 8pm-12am. Packages from AED 250 with soft beverages, AED 350 house and AED 450 premium. To book, call 04 324 410.


Hakuna ma picnic

November at XPark Jr (2)

It means no worries, for the rest of your evening. It’s a trouble fee, chance to see a movie – at XDubai Jr super groovy little play park. Yes the heart-warming bittersweet story of Simba, The Lion King, will play out on a big screen in Park House Café, as the first of a new season of kids movie nights. **spoiler** Can we just come after that bit where Mufasa, you know…

AED 45 for two hours (one child/one adult), popcorn AED 10. From 5pm. Park House Café at XPark Jr, Kite Beach, Dubai. 054 582 5561.


Rock with Rami

Bohemian Rhapsody (Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

Photo credit: Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox via AP

Charismatic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury gets the bio-pic treatment with Rami Malek in the starring role. Bohemian Rhapsody a kitsch foot-stomping celebration of British rock band Queen, arguably one of the planet’s biggest, with the hair to match. All together now, ‘Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?’

Rated 15+. In cinemas around the UAE now.


Friday, 9th November

Diwali goes global

Fireworks Global Village

The celebrations of Diwali continue at Global Village, with Neha Kakkar and Ankit Tiwari performing live on the Main Stage. Global Village has two permanent Bollywood dancing and music spectaculars showing every day, but special activities and entertainment are being laid on for the festive weekend, including a huge firework displays.

Exit 37 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. Tickets from AED 15.  Open 4pm-12am (1am Thursday/Friday). Neha Kakkar and Ankit Tiwari performance from 9pm. www.globalvillage.ae


Salivating salutations


The Brazilian fitness studio, Power Cycle Dubai, is staging a take over at lush La Mer hangout, Levee. They’re offering a breakfast and yoga combo, where the stretches take the form of FLOWFIT®, an energising version of yoga that focuses on body weight. Worked up a hunger? What’s for brekkie? Choose from Shakshouka, Eggs Benedict or yummy Avocado on Toast. Time to go? Nah-amasté.

AED 80. From 8.30am. Levee, North 53, La Mer, Jumeirah 1. 04 380 2000.


Thinking inside of the Box(park)

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Sad face. It’s the final weekend of the ‘I’m Loving Street Art’ at Boxpark. The festival, showcasing UAE-themed artwork has been treating visitors to live painting and graffiti sessions that everyone is welcome to take part in. There’s also DJ, interactive installations and a dizzying variety of food to try.

Free. I’m loving Street Art at Boxpark, Al Wasl Road. 6pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday. 


Simon Rimmer, causing a scene


It’s The Scene’s 4th birthday week – and to sure up, celebrations – the mastermind behind the venue, celebrity chef Simon Rimmer is in town. Festivities come to a thrilling conclusion on Friday with 50 per cent off everything, all day (and your first drink is AED 4).

Free entry. 8am-2am. The Scene, Pier 7, Dubai Marina. 04 422 2328 .


24th yum street

24th St. HD pic #5

If you like your brunching Asia specific, there’s a new feast from the east you simply must try. 24th Street, the brand new hawker-style dining concept from Dusit Thani Dubai, allows diners to stack their plates with Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Indian street-food. Find live cooking stations, an authentic Asian buffet and epic urban views.

AED 299 for soft drinks, AED 359 shorts, AED 399 premium. 12.30pm-4pm. Dusit Thani, 24th Floor, Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai. 04 317 4515.


Zero Sell Out

Zero Gravity, Kissy Sellout

Kiss off any thoughts of a boring weekend as bassline bad boy Kissy Sellout swaggers in to town. The rock and rave remixer has zhuzh’ed up tunes by A-list pop-stars such as Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris and Gwen Stefani. Now he’s sprinkling some magic on the decks at Zero Gravity and wake up the post-brunch crowd.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai. 3pm-1am. Entry is free before 9pm for everyone and all night for ladies. Guys pay AED 100 after 9pm and advance tickets for AED 75 are available from platinumlist.net 


Saturday, 10th November

Try fitness in your mouth


If you like brunching, but want to make sure you can do it in a wellness-approved way, The Warehouse at Le Meridien Dubai is hosting a monthly Fitness Brunch. In partnership with FitnessinDubai, all the right choices are made for you with foods specifically curated to be high in nutrition and deliciousness. High protein? Low Carb? Plant-based? It’s all on the table.

AED 199 regular. AED 275 special. 1pm-4pm. The Warehouse at Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud. 04 702 2455.


Taste makers 

Taste of Abu Dhabi

Last chance to scoff your way round the fifth annual Taste of Abu Dhabi. Find the 2018 edition of everyone’s favourite festival of food and drink at dU Arena Yas Island, where 16 of the city’s best restaurants are vying for your tastebuds, along with all the usual family-friendly fun.

Taste of Abu Dhabi 2018. 10th November, dU Arena Yas Island. Tickets from AED 40. 12pm-12am Saturday. tasteabudhabi.com



Colour Run

“The Happiest 5k on the Planet” stops at the Dubai Autodrome as part of its 2018 worldwide ‘Heroes’ tour. Join thousands of other colour runners on Saturday to find the hero in you at the all-new Super Zone. Maybe skip styling your hair that morning, as the new Foam Zone is back by popular demand.

Saturday, 10th November at Dubai Autodrome, Motor City. Tickets from AED 190 at www.thecolorrun.ae


Urdu with some laughs

Short+Sweet Comedy Festival

Is your mirth meter running low? Make a date with Short+Sweet Comedy Festival on Saturday afternoon. Arabic, Hindi and Urdu-speaking comics are competing to make us laugh and earn a place in Gala Finale that evening, along with comedians from 13 nationalities who have performed 58 acts over three days.

Preliminary rounds from 4pm, finale 8pm. The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. Tickets from AED 29 at www.tiny.cc/ShortSweetComedyTix


Al hands on deck

Al Seef Diwali - 4[1]

Visitors to Creekside hangout can add their LED tea light to a huge diya (earthen lamp) pattern that’s going for a Guinness World Record and continuing celebrations for Diwali, the Indian festival of light. Watch out for Bollywood dancers and the supercars of Dubai Police force too.

Al Seef, Dubai Creek. Until 10th November. Entertainment 5pm-12am weekends. Full schedule here. Parking is free.


Organics sol-souq-tions

Organic Souk, Dubai Festival City

Stock up on farm fresh goodies at Festival City’s Organic Souk. More than 25 local farmers want you to buy their organic produce at the second edition of market. Find them at Marsa Plaza Creek from 3pm-10pm on Saturday, where they’ll be joined by street eats from American, Emirati, Indian and Pakistani, plus a petting zoo to amuse younger shoppers.

Free entry. 3pm-10pm Saturday. Marsa Plaza Creek, Festival City’s Organic Souk.


Bollywood 2.0

Shankar Ehsan Loy

If you thought Dubai’s Bollywood theme park would go hard for Diwali, you’d be absolutely right. On Friday and Saturday, hear talented musicians Shankar Ehsan Loy and Neeraj Shridharagainst the backdrop of a huge two-day extravaganza of dancing, life in Technicolour and Bolly-tastic rides at ‘Big Zee Diwali Festival of Lights.’

Shankar Ehsaan Loy concert from 8.15pm, 9th Nov. Neeraj Shridhar Concert on 10th Nov, from 7pm.  Park opens at 1pm both days. Dubai Parks and Resort, Sheikh Zayed Road. Tickets AED 99 from www.dubaiparksandresorts.com


Earlier this month…


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Thursday, 1st November



If a pool day is what you crave, then you don’t to wait for pay-day to roll around. The V Deck at V Hotel, Al Habtoor City, becomes Lady V on Thursdays. What’s on offer? Girls get complimentary entry, towel and sunbed, plus free-flowing frozen grape from 12pm to 5pm. An offer of two halves – ladies who arrive after 5pm have three free drinks and pampering stations to play in, up t0 11pm.

The V Deck at V Hotel, Al Habtoor City. Every Thursday, 12pm-11pm. 04 436 6666. 


Boston Bar birthday bash

Boston Bar

Happy 21st birthday to Boston Bar at Jumeira Rotana! Unwrap your presents at the Old Dubai watering hole from 6pm on Thursday, when selected drinks and bar bites are only AED 21 and there’s a raffle draw every 21 minutes, from 7pm-12am.

Boston Bar at Jumeira Rotana, 2nd December Street, Al Satwa. Open 12pm-3am. 043 455 888.


Hot? Put some Isan it

Cafe Isan, things to do

Keep calm and curry on – whether you treat a friend or parcel one for later, Curry Lovers’ Saturdays at grassroots Thai eatery Cafe Isan is a superb deal. Get 2-4-1 on massaman, Thai green, yellow or panang (red) curries and choose your spice level, from zero to hero. Not only is the offer excellent value for money, it’s also valid for takeaway, eat in or free delivery (if you spend more than AED 39).

Waterfront, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lake Towers. 10am-10pm (11pm Thursday/Friday). 058 287 3181.


Friday, 2nd November


Venetian-themed Street Fest at City Walk

Last chance to see City Walk transformed into the famous Carnival of Venice, packed with dancers, musicians, Italian classical singers, stilt walkers and unicyclists. To get kids into the spirit, they can dress up in Venetian costumes or design their own take on the distinctive and ornate masquerade masks. Don’t forget to take a snap in the gondola-shaped photo booth.

Citywalk. 1st-3th November, between 5pm and 10pm.


Back to the Bay

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The weekend market returns to Business Bay on Friday (2nd November). It’s set to run every Friday and Saturday until the end of the growing season, which is usually April. Find the farmers in Bay Avenue Park for even longer this time, as they’ve extended opening hours to 7am-3pm to sell their veggies, fruit, eggs, honey and more.

Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay. 7am to 3pm. Entry is free. 04 427 9856.  facebook.com/TheFarmersMarketOnTheTerrace


Wanna play a little game? 

Hotel Translyvania

MOTIONGATE at Dubai Parks and Resorts has two weeks of added bone-us activities. There is a truly terrifying maze, based on the SAW movies (because who needs a resting heart rate right?)  – in the Lionsgate section of the park. There’s also face painting, Hotel Transylvania character meet and greets, trick or treating, story telling and more.

AED 175 only for UAE residents and AED 245 (annual pass for AED 345). Sunday to Wednesday 11am-8pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am-11pm, until 3rd November. 800 262 9464.


Ghoulden Mile 

Golden Mile Galleria

Join the Golden Mile Galleria Parade on Friday the 2nd November, adorned in your fanciest of fancy dress for a chance to win prizes. Parents, this is your opportunity to let your creative juices flow / get your own back. Ideas for 2018 costumes – The giant box outfits from Kanye West and Lil Pump’s ‘I Love It’ video. Any of the kids from Stranger Things. Or characters from the Brexit saga. Just make sure you don’t miss the skele-fun entertainment and games laid on.

Free. From 5pm, November 2nd. Golden Mile Galleria Building 9, Palm Jumeirah.  04 390 9999. 


Electro Lock Therapy

lock stock & barrel

Nurse? Nurrrrrrse. Lock, Stock and Barrel is transforming into a Hospital of Horrors. Hopefully it’s just for Halloween because, despite themed primary healthcare possibly being peak 2018, we’re not on board. In whichever case, there’s a AED 5,000 CASH prize for the best fancy dress, and make up magicians RIMMEL will be there to offer some spirited make overs.

Free entry. From 7pm. Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR The Walk, Rixos Premium (04 392 7120). Lock, Stock & Barrel, Barsha Heights, Grand Millennium Hotel. 04 514 9195.


Saturday, 3rd November

Flagging up inclusion

Matajer (2)

This week the Matajer AlJuraina mall has collaborated with the Sharjah City of Humanitarian Services on a series of workshops. Students of determination have created Flag Day themed artwork that will go on sale at a pop-up market in the mall on Saturday. All proceeds go towards funding the ongoing development and support of these students.

Mall open 10am-10pm. Matajer AlJuraina, Sharjah. 06 552 6044


Stand up and be catered

Tribeca venue 3

Tribeca’s comedy night, Giggles and Stitches, returns for a triumphant third show. To loosen up those chuckles, the venue is pouring select house beverages for AED 25 before 8pm. There’ll be local and international funny people ‘pon the mic, for all those looking to round off their weekend with a case of sips and giggles.

Free. From 7pm. Tribeca, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR.  050 345 6067.


Playa Marbella 


Just wow beach club, DRIFT Beach Dubai, is welcoming a Spanish flavoured takeover from Ocean Club Marbella this Saturday, with a grand Iberian fiesta. Join in the celebration of Spanish passion – the food, the music and the buena onda, it’s gonna be absolutely flamencal.

Sun loungers AED 300, double beds AED 1,000. DRIFT Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage. 04 315 2200  


Buyers Market

AT the inauguration Emirates Cooperative Socitey Launch Al Muteena Branch

Emirates Cooperative Society has launched a new type of supermarket near to fish roundabout, Al Muteena, Deria. Market Street feeds a demand for great value day-to-day essentials. As a special launch deal, there’s 50 per cent off most items in store. Market down in your diaries now.

7.30am-12.30am, sale until 4th November. Market Street, Al Muteena, Deria. Market Street. 04 331 2814.  


Rock the Block 

Shadi The Flip Side

See you on the Flipside? The independent record store takes over its home in Alserkal Avenue on Saturday for a good old-fashioned block party. All the elements are here – good food (trucks), great company and most importantly, killer music, from owner Shadi Megallaa and friends.

Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. DJ sets 2pm-9pm. Tickets AED 50. More info here.


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