Our best suggestions to hit peak weekend

They say variety is the spice of life, and we like our weekends super spicy – hence our thoroughly mixed-up list. Parties, culture, bargains, food, you want it? We got it.


Thursday, 12th September 

Flow fo less

You can now save a little money, help protect the environment and look super chic whilst doing it with this triple shot from Flow. The healthy eating, creative hub is selling reusable coffee cups (AED 45) and water bottles (AED 54) designed by Emirati artist Aysha Al Hemrani. Buy a special cup and get a free coffee, with AED 2 off future coffee purchases; the water bottle gets you water refills for only AED 3.

From AD 45. 7am-8pm Sunday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday. First floor, Hotel Tower, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Emirates Towers Metro Station. 04 319 8767 


Sky’s the limit

Get the party started this weekend with The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s Skyline Thursday evening brunch. Enjoy international eats, big baseline beats (courtesy of DJ Leon this weekend), and visual treats care of the soothing palm views.

AED 150 for ladies, AED 250 for gents. 9pm-11pm. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah. 052 900 4868. 


Pamper party

It’s the bimonthly ladies’ night in Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah’s spa on Thursday. The special package entitles chill seekers to two of the spa’s mini treatments, including a Neom de-stress massage; foot massage; express facial; or back, neck and shoulder massage. They also get complimentary access to spa facilities and a range of light bites and blended beverages.

AED 250 includes 25 per cent discount at Social by Heinz Beck. Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah. 04 818 2222. 


To Wit

The Laughter Factory, funny, comedy dubai

The Laughter Factory banter bus is back for its September show, ‘Summer WitTank,’ with three big international acts. Canadian funnyman Pat Burstcher, no relation to the hoop-earringed Old Vic veteran, is joined by Andy ‘the silly Brummie’ White and Marcus Birdman who arrives fresh from a successful tour run at Edinburgh Fringe.

From AED 160. 7.30pm, Arabian Ranches Golf Club. www.thelaughterfactory.com/


Friday, 13th September

Balearic Blues

When one door closes, another one opens and so it is with the super clubs of San Antonio – their watch has ended. But Dubai’s own slice of the party isle, Blue Marlin, bursts back into life this weekend for another season of transcendent tunes and spectacular sunsets. This weekend’s proceedings will be headlined by EDM megastars Dubfire and Mathame.

Free entry, Saturday brunch packages from AED 350. Friday and Saturday 1pm-11pm. Ghantoot, Exit 399 in Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Abu Dhabi. 056 113 3400.


Harvest festival

It’s the blessed occasion of Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala – and Arabian Center mall is celebrating in style. Expect to see vibrant examples of art and theatrical renditions of traditional dances such as Theyyam thira, Kathakali, Thiruvathirakali, Mohiniyattam and Singari melan.

Free. From 4pm. Arabian Center, Al Khawaneej Street, Mirdif. 04 284 5555. 


Go un poco loco at Zoco

Mexican restaurant Zoco is holding a weeklong Latin fiesta with some great deals on dining. We avo-cate picking up soft shell tacos for AED-10-a-pop, there’s also a special blended beverage for AED 35 and on the 15th September, a chance to see a real Mariachi band live and unplugged.

Free entry. 5pm-1am, 10th-16th September. ZOCO, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City. 04 437 0044.


Tropically topical

Laguna Waterpark’s Caribbean Fest is back. Like last time, the entry fee for the event is a deliciously limbo-like AED 99. That’s free-range over the complex’s usual attractions like the thrill rides and irie-river from 5pm. There’s also the soiree’s special entertainment – rhythmic beats, live drummers, DJ and an aqua Afro Fit dance class led by Gbemi Giwa – before heading to the roof for the licensed after party (from 8pm).

Caribbean Fest, Laguna Waterpark. 5pm-midnight, Friday and Saturday. Class included in AED 99 entry fee. Tickets at www.lagunawaterpark.com


Crochet away

Guinness World Record knitathon, free things to do, knitting, Dubai Sports City, family events, record attempts, record breakers

One gigantic knitting effort takes place at Sports City as the world’s largest blanket and display of knitted hearts is weaved together by crafty kind hearts. As well as being a worldwide Guinness World Record attempt, parts of the blanket will also be handed out to needy children.

3pm-7pm. The Football Academy, Dubai Sports City. More info www.facebook.com/gwrknitathon2019


Moon walk

Dubai Astronomy Group, free talks, moon landing, free things to do

As the UAE’s first astronauts prepare for their space mission, join Dubai Astronomy Group for the first in a series of talks on ‘Landing on the Moon’. Beam down to the free-to-attend session and learn about 50 years of lunar missions since the historic Appollo 11.

7pm. Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, Mushrif Park. Find out more at www.facebook.com/dubaiastronomy/


Saturday, 14th September

Scream team

The smash room, smashing, screaming meditation, yoga, stress relief in dubai

Feeling the pressure at work? Kids pushing your buttons? Morning commute testing your last nerve? Computer continuously crashing? The Smash Room Dubai could have the solution. Bianca Devananda will be leading yelling yogis in the combined art of screaming into the void and smashing stuff with a massive hammer, for the Smash Room’s first-ever scream meditation session.

AED 187. 8pm-1opm. Call 058 198 2323 to book in now. The great news is, if you’re unable to get a spot at this first Screaming Meditation session, you can enjoy a range of other smashing packages from just AED 99.


Fade to noir

There’s a double epicurean masterclass on Saturdays at Noir, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. Learn the secret craft that goes into a note-perfect, Peruvian ceviche, as well as lesson on how to put together the ultimate paired beverage.

AED 250 (includes three signature drinks as well as one ceviche). 1pm-3pm. Noir, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. 04 341 0000.



BFF seafood Market, fresh seafood dubai, best places to get fresh seafood dubai, best seafood restaurants in dubai

Gastro pub BFF has always been a great catch. But now on Saturday, it’s o-fish-al with the Seafood Market & Oyster Bar promotion. You can get pay-as-you-go oysters shelling out as little as AED 12 each. There’ll also be grand sharing platters over-flowing with fresh chilled and grilled lobster, shrimp, crab, mussels, clams, saucy sides and aquatic-appropriate accompaniments. If we seafood, we eat it.

Oysters from AED 12. Fish dishes from AED 55. BFF, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate, Jebel Ali. 052 177 7541.


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Thursday, 5th September

Hard Br(unch)-exit


The Great British Restaurant (GBR) at Dukes, The Palm has introduced a late Thursday brunch for those looking to kick the weekend off with a right royal bash. There’s live music and an international buffet, featuring plenty of British favourites, so you can make like ‘Article 50’ and trigger withdrawal of a plateful gravy-laden Yorkshire puddings.

AED 298 soft beverage package, AED 350 for house. 6.30pm-10pm. GBR, Dukes, The Palm – A Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah. 04 455 1111.


Once upon a time in Alserkal


Quentin Tarantino’s huge new release, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is now showing at Dubai’s own art house theatre – Cinema Akil. The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, tracks a faded television star and his stunt’s doubles attempts to crack Hollywood during the final years of cinema’s golden age.

AED 56.50. Showings at 7pm and 10pm, until 12th September. Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. www.cinemaakil.com 


Friday, 6th September

It beat-gan in Africa


To coincide with the mellowing September temps, Afrocentric returns to Pure Sky Lounge’s atmospheric al fresco rooftop space. Expect big Afro beats, electric ambience and gorgeous Gulf views. There’s also a triumphant return to the selecta booth for resident DJs Cory Centric and GB.

Free entry. 8pm-3am. Pure Sky Lounge & Dining, Hilton Dubai The Walk at JBR. 058 508 0860.


Purple people pleaser

Barney & Friends, City Walk, things to do with kids, family events, breakfast

Do you have a favourite purple dinosaur? Is it Barney? If it is, you’re in luck – Barney & Friends are coming to Mattel Play Town, City Walk today. Watch a musical parade, have your face painted, meet Barney, BJ & Baby Bop and tuck into a delicious breakfast. Entry includes a pass to Mattel Play Town, so you can stay and play all day.

AED 149 for kids under 10, AED 99 adults. 9.30am to 11am. Mattel Play Town, City Walk.


Try high

Dubai Eagles Arabian Knights, rugby, sports, weekend

Dubai Knights Eagles, the city’s newest rugby club, is holding an open day at The Dome, Sports City. It’s going to be an absolute scrum of entertainment, food and, of course, rugby games for under-fives to under-16s for boys and under-fives to under-19s for girls. Head there from 9am and ‘try’ not to have fun!

9am-11am. The Dome, Sports City. For more information, contact sports park manager Sam Carey on 04 448 1650.


Roll out the barrel

LSB, Lock Stock Barrel, live lounge, club, music, open mic, JBR, hotel, free

Party pub Lock Stock & Barrel JBR turns two today. Like most toddlers, its birthday is set to be a messy and noisy event. Celebrate the LSB terrible twos at Rixos Premium JBR with beverages, giveaways and brunch. Packages start from AED 269 with soft drinks.

Brunch 1pm-4pm, birthday bash from 9pm. 04 392 7120.


Saturday, 7th September

Wild science


Mercato is showing off the fun side of science as part of its back-to-school campaign. Kids can get involved with robotics workshops and awesome live experiments. Demonstrating that a spoonful of theatre helps the learning sink in, in the most delightful way.

Free. Mall opening hours 10am-12am. Mercato, Jumeirah. 04 344 4161.


Mercury rising

The Hard Rock Cafe is devoting a week to celebrating the life and works of rock legend Freddie Mercury. On Saturday there’s a special performance by tribute act Dio’s Innuendo and the rumours are true – they will, they will rock you.

Free. 8.30pm. Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai Festival City. 04 232 8900. 


The price is Ripe 

Ripe Market, buy organic, local crafts, things to do indoors, Times Square Centre, markets in Dubai, weekend

Dubai’s favourite al fresco market takes it indoors for the summer. Stop by Times Square Centre on Saturday and you’ll find more than 100 local businesses selling everything from organic skincare to handmade jewellery, fashion and art, plus plenty of organic fruit and vegetables. If Saturday doesn’t suit, Ripe also hosts pop-up events around the city – see their website for details.

10am-5pm. Entry is free. ripeme.com/the-ripe-markets


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