We don’t need a sherpa to hit ‘peak weekend’ in Dubai

We’ve got the route all mapped out. A family-friendly, fitness fanatic-approved, picturesque yomp through high flavour country.

Thursday, 14th November

UK Hun? 

November’s Laughter Factory tour presents at triple Brit threat. The three punny funsters will be over here, in what amounts to a ‘comedy Brexit’ – one, that actually works out in our favour. Brennan Reece, Rich Wilson and Adam Rowe will be bringing their best fest-tested gags, and serving them up to the region’s comedy fans. It’s gonna be a big one.

AED 160. Multiple locations, opening gig Thursday, 9pm at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach. www.ticketslover.com.

Thai before you buy

Fuchsia Urban Thai restaurant in Bay Square is giving away 100 free portions of its spectacular version of the globally adored Thai classic, Pad Thai. This first-come-first-served limited offer is certainly worth shouting a-baht, because if you’ve tried Pad Thai before, you’ll know it’s a dish worth tuk-tukking into any time of day.

Free. 12pm-11pm. Fuchsia Urban Thai, Bay Square, Business Bay. 04 425 3080

A little bit of DJ Luck

It’s full steam ahead for The Hideout’s first birthday party – not only do guests (arriving before midnight) receive a free beverage, but they’ll also be able to skank and dutty wind their way through a Stussy record bag full of 90s UK Garage, courtesy of special guests and genuine legends of the game – DJ Luck and MC Neat.

Free entry 8pm-4am. Brunch option available, 8pm-11pm AED 250. The Hideout, Marina Byblos, Dubai Marina. 058 534 6000. 


Friday, 15th November

The long good walk   

Join the 11th Annual Beat Diabetes Walk at Zabeel Park this weekend, and help raise funds for Diabetes research via the Al Jalila Foundation. In addition to the walk and other fun fitness activities, you can test your sugar levels at the free blood glucose testing kiosks.

Online registration from AED 20 for adults. You can also sign up at the event. 8am, Zabeel Park, Gate 3. Register at www.beatdiabetes.me.

Go shawty, you get 50% off on your birthday

Vida Downtown are passing a price-cut parcel to those with November and December birthdays. They’ll receive savings of 50 per cent for the superbly executed Urban Picnic Brunch. And it’s not just the birthday girl or boy that gets the discount, the cut-price bill gets applied to the whole party, for a maximum of 10 guests. Who’s up for a picnic with stunning Downtown views.

AED 295 soft drinks package. AED 395 house package. Vida Downtown. 04 428 6888. 

Fix your weekend with the Speedex Fest

The festive-themed fun on offer at the Speedex FEST is the perfect way to light a fire under those seasonal feels. It’s completely FREE to attend and includes a bunch of ho-ho-wholesome activities and events. There’s live entertainment; celebrity guests; an artisanal craft market; a kids zone featuring slime making and a bouncy castle; music; food vans; exciting holiday giveaways and a whole lot more.

Free. 11am-6pm, 15th-16th November. Speedex store on the Sheikh Zayed Road. www.speedextools.com.

Long over-Dua

One of Brit-pop’s leading ladies, Dua Lipa will be jetting in for a special performance on a purpose-built over-water stage at The Palm Jumeriah’s The Pointe. It’s all going down this Friday, at the stunning waterfront West Side events arena, The Pointe. The concert also includes performances from afrobeat acrobats Moto Dancers, and Zumba legend Masterjedai.

Tickets from AED 250. From 4pm. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. www.ticketmaster.ae.


Saturday, 16th November

Run the block

Celebrate the final day of the Dubai Fitness Challenge with suitably athletic zest – by completing the vertiginous challenge of the M1 Run. 33 floors straight up the Media One tower, a dizzying 700 stairs plus 1.2km car park run – fit for the brave, the wild and people with calf muscles the width of basketballs.

AED 104. From 9am. Media One Lobby, Media City. Tickets at www.premieronline.com

Left on ‘unread’

The Library of unread books is part art installation, part living reference library. It’s a collection of 700 titles, each one donated by a private contributor, each one – certified unread by the owner – who gains lifetime access to the library. Come and gain a rare insight into books that have been well and truly judge by their covers.

Free. Opening of exhibition 5pm – with talk by cocreator, Heman Chong. Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf Waterfront. 04 873 9800. 

LAH LAH land

This weekend marks the official opening of the LAH LAH BAZAAR terrace – and to celebrate the occasion with sufficient quantities of sauce – there will be three days of LAH LAH FESTivities. It all builds up to Saturday’s shenanigans which include family-inspired community events. There’s a bouncy castle and tonnes of fun for the kiddies. And a three-hour brunch. Because parents need love too.

AED 245 for brunch. 12pm. LAH LAH BAZAAR, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens. 04 519 1111.


Previously in November

Thursday, 7th November

Beach balls

UAE, Japan, Italy, Spain, Russia, Iran, Mexico and Egypt – are battling each other to take home one of beach soccer’s most coveted trophies, the Dubai Intercontinental Cup. The tournament is on until the 9th November, with a full schedule hereSpectators gonna spectate… fo’ free, at the Kite Beach-located fanzone. Thursday’s matches include the UAE vs Japan at 6.45pm.

Free. Kite Beach Umm Sequim. Until 9th November. 

Taste sensation

TASTE OF ABU DHABI, FOOD IN THE UAE, foodie culture dubai, boyzlife, ub40 dubai

Taste of Abu Dhabi returns to the capital this weekend. And, as tradition demands, it’s offering a monster buffet of Entertainment. For your ears, UB40 and Boyzlife. For your eyes – cook-offs and demos by world-class kitchen wizards like Jean Christophe Novelli, John Torode and Kunal Kapur. For your mouth, some of the capital’s finest restaurants have set up shop and are offering taste-size portions of their eclectic collected menus. Bring the stretchy pants. 

AED 70 for general admission, AED 290 for The Ultimate Taste Experience, du Arena – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Thu 4pm-midnight, Fri noon-2am, Sat noon-10pm. Tickets: tasteabudhabi.com.

Retro Deck-tive

Laguna Waterpark’s licensed beach bar, The Bungalow, is probably one of our favourite new hang-out spots. So when we heard that one of our favourite local DJs, Danny Neville – was booked to serve up nostalgic 80s and 90s hooks #OnTheDeck area for the Thursday night TGIT party… We might have done the ‘mixing-the-pudding-bowl’ dance. Go shawty…

5pm till late. Ladies get free signature Spanish beverage all night. The Bungalow, Laguna Waterpark, La Mer. 054 994 7971.


Friday, 8th November 

Circular thinking 

Try a free Mandala Vinyasa Flow yoga session lead by one of Dubai’s most charismatic yogis – Nerry Toledo. Mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit and this ancient practice involves calm non-linear movements through 360°, allowing us, hopefully, to connect with the elemental constituents of the universe. Find your yoga mat, find the spot at the event on Kite Beach, find yourself.

Free. From, 8am Kite Beach main stage. www.nerryfit.com

The road to fitness

It’s one of the latest, free, ingenious fitness activities announced by the team behind the Dubai Fitness Challenge. On Friday you’ll be able to tick the Sheikh Zayed Road off your fantasy running track list. As much fun as racing Lambourgini’s in your Yeezys would be, safety dictates that the road will be closed to vehicles for the duration of the session. There will be a 5km fun run in addition to a slightly more competitive, but equally fun 10km run. Both routes start and end at Dubai World Trade Centre. And if you set off one of the speed cameras, you know you’re onto a good lap time.

6am. Registration is essential for runners eight years and up. Children under eight can take part in the fun run but do not need to sign up. To get involved, jump on www.platinumlist.net now.

No messing a bhat


Mango Tree, Thai Bistro, authentic asian food

The Mango Tree Thai Bistro is offering a new ‘Roi Jung Hoo’ seafood sharing menu – one that proudly wears the flamboyant culinary coastal flavours of South Thailand. It’s seductively priced too and features items like Lump Crab Southern Curry, Mud Rice With Seafood, Spicy & Sour Curried Fish and Palm Sugar Cheesecake. If you love seafood and you positively adore rich authentic Thai food, you can’t afford to miss this deal.

Sharing menu, From AED 129 (AED 189 with two themed beverages). Mango Tree Thai Bistro, at Hilton Dubai The Walk. 04 3747555.

Wadi warriors

It’s Ras Al Khaimah’s Desert Warrior Challenge weekend and you still have time to enter this incredible test of endurance and ninja-ness. The adventure emirate of RAK is the perfect host for the 5km challenge and this year there are 12+ obstacles to overcome, including fan favourites like the tower 1/4 pipe, The Beast and a host of new physical tests. It’s in the same place as the world’s longest zipline afterall. Just sayin’ 😉

7am-4pm. Adults AED 412, under 16s from AED 170.  www.desertwarriorchallenge.com


Saturday, 9th November

Fine dino-ing

Ever wanted to brunch with a purple dinosaur? Honestly, it’s not high up on our lists either – but kids… Kids love Barney. And now, at Mattel Play! Town in City Walk, there’s an opportunity for kids to dine on some classic Jurassic buffet food in the company of singing purple tyrannosaurus rex, Barney – as well as getting full-day access to the awesome edutainment attraction.

Kids AED 165 online (AED 175 at the door), includes access and buffet. Adults AED 50 (includes access to the lounge with hot drinks and cookies) or AED 75 with a combo meal. Mattel Play! Town, City Walk. www.playtowndubai.com

Lucky number seven

High Five Restaurant & Lounge has recently cut the ribbon on a pair of stunning rooftop terraces. Take the party to the clouds with a SEVEN hour-long evening house beverage deal for only AED 149 if you’re a gent, or only AED 69 for ladies looking for blended bevs and a sushi platter.

6pm-1am. Holiday Inn Express, Dubai Internet City. 055 537 7714. 

Rave gains

If you like your fitness activities to have a legit bit of rhythm to them, Fitness Blastoff might be the pick of your possible weekend gains. The four-hour London-imported event includes classes like Hip Hop Cardio, Funky Fit, Caribbean Dance, GROOV3™ HIP HOP, Afro Fit and more. Wind for the grind people, wind for the grind.

AED 200. 12pm-4pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue. www.fitnessblastoff.com


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