12 ways to turn the volume up on this weekend

We’ve jacked the sound on this weekend up to 11; it’s about ready to cave-in your speakers, so get out your seats and jump around.

Jump around, jump up, jump up and note the following itinerary down.


Thursday, 18th July



Arch burger artisans Black Tap have collaborated with Mattar Farm smokehouse to come up with a new revolutionary, limited edition Cuban burger. Havana ooh na na, is made with prime smoked brisket, smoked swiss cheese, turkey ham, chimichurri, Cuban mustard and pickles.

AED 99. Outlets across Dubai. Available until 30th September. Head to www.blacktapme.com for your nearest store.


Good sports

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Shake off the week with a workout at Dubai Sports World. The annual free-to-enter fitness take over at Dubai World Trade Centre is filled with fresh things to do for 2019. Rent pitches and courts for team games, or sweat it out at cycling and fitness studios powered by Reebok and LesMills and a gym fitted out by Technogym.*

8am-midnight until 10th September. Dubai World Trade Centre, near Trade Centre Metro. Free and paid-for parking (from AED 5 an hour) is available behind the Sheikh Rashid Hall. Book online at www.dubaisportsworld.ae


Three comedians walk into a bar


Did you hear the one about the trio of comics touring Dubai this month? No? See, there’s a Scotsman, an American and a Canadian and they walk into this bar, actually – it was several bars over the course of two weeks, and everybody laughed, because of the jokes, did we mention they were comics? Maybe we should just let them tell it…

AED 160. 9pm. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights. www.ticketslover.com


Friday, 19th July

Park up here

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Ease into the weekend with a late breakfast at the Live-Inn Room, Park Inn by Radisson, Motor City. Fill your plate from an unlimited buffet of cold cuts, cheese, sandwiches, cereals, fruit and more. You also get to choose one menu item and a coffee or tea, all for AED 45.

AED 45. 11.30am-3pm. Free pool access included and children under six are free. Call 04 249 4100 or email outlets.motorcity@parkinn.com


Waka waka, eh eh


BFF at the Movenpick Ibn Battuta is hosting a South African take-over. Sample simply braai-lliant traditional dishes like wors pap en sous, lamb potjie, buffalo burger and melktert. There’s also an incredible 10-South-African-beverages-for-AED-200 deal going down and an atmosphere that’s buzzing harder than the business end of a vuvuzela.

Free entry. From 6pm. BFF, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate, Jebel Ali. 052 177 7541.


Only joking


The laughter roars on this weekend with the return of  VDesi Laughs Hinglish comedy show, Racy Desis. Miqdaad Dohadwala, Manjunath Naidu and Rushdi Rafeek are on the multi-lingual pun patrol with hilarious cultural-observation comedy that cuts deliberately close to the bone. Racy, raucous and really worth the minuscule AED 55 to get in.

AED 55. 9pm. Clavichord, Signature Hotel on Friday, 19th July, 2019. 0508241453




Secret Parties Group’s newest brunch is called El Secreto and it takes place at atmospheric Mexican outlet, La Carnita. Signature beverages and amazing Latin street food are served alongside captivating on-vibe entertainment.

Soft drink package AED 299, house AED 399, other premium options available. 1pm-5pm. La Carnita, The Intercontinental, Dubai Marina. bookings@secret-parties.com.


A tale of Woh 


Bollywood Parks is hosting Pakistani singer, composer and a songwriter Quratulain Balouch this Friday. The two-tier Rajmahal Theatre will provide the stage for the multi-award winning songstress, probably best known for her track ‘Woh Humsafar Tha’.

Packages start at AED 75, and include day-long access to the park. 8pm. Bollywood Parks, Dubai Parks and Resorts. 800 262 9464. 


Pasta your bedtime? 

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Street market-inspired eatery 24th St welcomes a new temporary resident. For two nights only, Comida By KEN aka Chef Kareem El Nagdy brings eight courses of Italian to the communal seating experience in the Dusit Thani. With new kitchens Ali’s and Mario’s bringing Arabic and Italian dishes on to the menu permanently, it’s a chance to wake up your tastebuds to new flavours.

AED 265 with water, AED 395 including unlimited grape. 19th and 20th July 7.30pm-10.30pm. 24th St, Dusit Thani, near Financial Centre Metro Station. Book at comidabyken.club


Saturday, 20th July

Lazy Dukes

Dukes the Palm are offering residents a Summer Day Pass for their resort. That’s all day access to the beach, pool and the ultimate summer time ‘living is easy’ activity – drifting slowly round the lazy river. There’s also 20 per cent off food and beverages whilst you’re there.

AED 100 for adults, AED 50 for children. Dukes the Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah. 04 455 1111.  


Shop and scoff

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This could be the perfect Saturday – shop, pamper and eat cake. Coffee shop Parlour Boutique is holding a free in-store event that sees everyone leaving with a free goodie bag. Pampering is also complimentary but book in advance if you want afternoon tea – a bargain at AED 50.

Parlour Boutique, One Central, Financial District. 3pm-7pm. Entry is free. AED 50 for afternoon tea – email ana.olmeda@fandfdubai.com to reserve a place.


Kitchen masterclass 

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Expert cook Zahra Abdallah dishes up culinary insights, from cooking tips to delicious summer recipes, at Crate and Barrel, Mall of the Emirates. The event is free and the furniture and home decor are as drool-worthy as what’ll be plated up.

11am to 12.30pm. Crate and Barrel, Mall of the Emirates. Free, but you must book a place at www.facebook.com/events

*Dubai Sports World contacted us on Friday, 19th July, to advise its gym is not free this year. We’ve happily updated our information. Sorry for any confusion caused!


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Thursday, 11th July

Kick start the weekend

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He’s been called the modern-day Picasso, but Kickasso’s canvases come straight outta the closet. The LA-based artist is in Dubai to zhuzh up trainers and clothes at Reebok’s first-ever Fit Hub 3.0 store in The Dubai Mall. You can buy his pieces there if you have AED 1.1k plus to spare, or get involved with a workshop where your Reebok kicks get customised for free.

Free. Thursday 11th July and Friday 12th July, 6pm-9pm. Fit Hub 3.0 store, opposite the ice rink, The Dubai Mall.


This will be magic

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Join Gary, Mark and Howard for Take That’s spectacular 2019 Greatest Hits tour. The British ‘boy’ band perform their biggest smashes from the past three decades and newbies from their latest album, Odyssey, on the big screens of Roxy Cinemas. Consider our fires truly relit.

8.15pm. Roxy Cinemas, The Beach and City Walk. AED 75. Buy tickets at dubai.platinumlist.net


Three comedians walk into a bar

Did you hear the one about the trio of comics touring Dubai this month? No? See, there’s a Scotsman, an American and a Canadian and they walk into this bar, actually – it was several bars over the course of two weeks, and everybody laughed, because of the jokes, did we mention they were comics? Maybe we should just let them tell it…

AED 160 (evening brunch packages available from AED 310). 9pm, Movenpick JBR. www.ticketslover.com


Huddle together

The Huddle, at recently retitled Citymax Al Barsha at the Mall – has a Thursday evening brunch, that’ll shake the start of your weekend until it’s fizzy. Bottomless beverages and that most quintessential party food pairing – pizza ‘n’ wings – are coming up to get this outrageously priced (AED 159) party started, when are you getting here?

AED 159. 8pm-10pm. The Huddle, Citymax Al Barsha at the Mall. 04 409 8000.


Friday, 12th July

Don’t mind if I fondue

Celebrate Bastille Day in the most French way possible – surrendering to a revolutionary cheese feast at The Grape Escape. For the petite sum of AED 129 enjoy unlimited raclette, fondue, charcuterie and one glass of grape.

AED 129. 11th-14th July, 7pm-11pm. Hilton Dubai The Walk, LP Level. 04 318 2319.


la folly

Those looking for a genuine refined-dining experience this weekend would be wise to consider folly by Nick & Scott’s Garden Brunch. Enjoy haute-cuisine, talented kitchen-craft, corking Madinat views and an incredibly generous two for one deal.

AED 495 (but there’s a two for one deal all summer long). 1pm-4pm. folly by Nick & Scott, Madinat Jumeirah. 04 430 8535. 


Renaissance man

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When the teacher’s name is Leonardo, art class is sure to produce masterpieces. Chill En Paint at TRYP by Wyndham Dubai in Barsha Heights, sees the visual artist and animator Wilfredo Leonardo lead a three-hour session filled with paint, food and drinks. All you need to do is bring yourself – Mona Lisa smile optional.

The Nest, TRYP by Wyndham Dubai. 5pm-8pm. AED 249 per person – includes all materials, two glasses of grape, plus juice and water, finger food. Register at chillenpaint.com



Saturday, 13th July

Caesar opportunity

The pool parties at Caesars Palace in Vegas are a thing of hedonistic legend. At their Bluewaters Island, there’s a very special price to get access to the pool. AED 75 gets you a day pass AND 25 per cent discount on all food and bevs at Neptune Pool Bar.

AED 75. 7am-7pm. Caesars Palace, Bluewaters Islands. 04 556 6666.


Summer in the city

City Centre Me’aisem’s indoor emporium of fun, Summerland, is back. Spend AED 200 in the mall and kids will be permitted to enter this tropical-themed pop-up fun park. Kiddy cast-aways will find interactive installations and mini-workshops, designed to inspire and delight.

Spend AED 200 to enter. Mall opening hours 10am-12am. Until 4th August. www.citycentremirdif.com


Karma on down

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Come and go to Karma Kafé this summer from 11th July, and whatever the total of your bill, you’ll be rewarded with the same in credit to dine in. The restaurant in Souk Al Bahar can rightly brag about its fountain views, sophisticated Pan-Asian menu and 10 years on the Dubai dining scene.

Open 3pm-2am weekdays, 1pm Fridays and noon Saturdays. Level 3, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai. Redemption of voucher available Saturday to Wednesday. 04 526 0070.

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