12 things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Unlimited tacos for Dhs20, underwater yoga and a fountain-view deal that’s perfect for date night…

This weekend we’re feeling hungry. And we’re not just hungry for food, although there’s plenty of that in our round-up to keep you satisfied.

We’re hungry for a bargain, and with a brilliant discount brunch, a fashion swap-shop, as well as the final weekend of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), we know where to find one.

Here are 12 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday August 10

1. Play some bingo

It’s a games-night-meets-thumping-party, and Bongo’s Bingo is back: this British export blends a few rounds of the popular number-matching game with dancing that lasts into the wee hours. Expect impromptu raves, novelty prizes and a big night generally had by all. 

ON42, Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, 8pm to 3am. Dhs100 per ticket, aged 21 and over only. More info on Facebook

2. Take advantage of the last weekend of DSS

The biggest sale of the summer is drawing to a close and there’s one final weekend of mega discounts. Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale’s, Debenhams, and Marks and Spencer are all taking part, with deals on fashion, electronics, kidswear and home items. Ready, set, shop…

Various locations, Thurs 10 to Sat 12. More info on website

3. Have a real #throwbackthursday

In classic ‘Throwback Thursday’ style, Warehouse are launching an evening drinks package with a new 80’s and 90’s playlist, bursting with classic tracks to get everyone dancing into the weekend. With floor-filler club classics from the likes of Salt-N-Pepa, New Order and Wham! and free-flowing beverages, it’ll take you back to your partying heyday.

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center, Airport Road, Garhoud, Thurs, 9pm to 12am, Dhs169. Tel: (04) 702 2455. More info on website

Friday August 11

4. Get 25% off a family-friendly brunch on the Palm

Experience a Friday family feast that’s all about the food at the Fork and Cork Brunch at the Anantara hotel. There are food stations, dishes made to order in front of you and themed buffets. And now is the time to go, as until the end of August you’ll get 25% off all packages.

Crescendo Restaurant, 1pm-4pm, from Dhs260 (with discount). Tel: (04) 567 8304. More info on website

5. Have a laugh

The king of devastating punchlines, Nick Page, performs at The Laughter Factory this Friday as part of their Laughing in the Face of 50 Degrees tour. They’re touring venues, but tonight you’ll find them at Le Meridien in Garhoud. Expect side-splitting jokes from this comedic heavyweight.

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference centre, 9pm , Dhs140. Tel: 050 878 6728 . More info on website

6. Find your zen underwater

Find your inner zen and improve your wellbeing with a hatha yoga session in the majestic Lost Chambers Aquarium. Surrounded by over 65,000 marine animals, take part in this one hour yoga class that focuses on physical exercises to master the body. Mats and water are provided.

Lost Chambers, Atlantis The Palm, 8am to 9am, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 426 2000. More info on website

7. Check out a new arthouse film

Dubai International Film Festival puts on excellent films at Vox Cinemas throughout the year that are different to your average blockbuster. This weekend marks the fresh run of a new flick – Only Men Go To The Grave is a harrowing, female-focused UAE-produced film that explores unspoken elements of Arab society.

Vox Cinemas, various locations and timings, from Dhs47. More info on website.

Saturday August 12

8. De-stress and dine for Dhs299

This new deal means you get a three-course lunch at one of the FIVE hotel’s two restaurants, as well as a 45-minute massage at the spa, for Dhs299. For lunch, you can choose between the oriental Maiden Shanghai or authentic Italian Quattro Passi, served up with a side of zen. Alongside lunch, you can enjoy a 45-minute massage at The Spa too. Also, if you don’t fancy both at once, you can enjoy the two deals separately, so long as it’s within 7 days.

FIVE, Palm Jumeirah, daily until September 30, Dhs299. Tel: (04) 455 9988. More info on website

9. Head to a fashion swap shop

Fashion Swap Shop and Ripe Market are joining forces for an exciting collaboration at Times Square Centre. There will be over 30 stalls of fashion, beauty and interiors, a swap rail, free beauty treatments and even a petting zoo for the little ones.

Time Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, 9am to 3pm, free entry. More info on Facebook

10. Enjoy a dinner date with a fountain view

The Atlantic Dubai is launching a brand new shellfish offer for Dhs199 for two. ‘A shore thing’ includes a bucket of mussels, a dozen oysters and a bottle of sparkling to share. It’s running all day, but for the best experience, head down a little later and catch the never-gets-old fountain views from their first floor terrace.

Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 2pm to 11pm, Dhs199 per couple. Tel: (04) 442 5662. More info on website

11. Catch some weekend cinema (and unlimited tacos for Dhs20)

Joe & Sons are launching a ladies’ night with a difference that’s all about providing a community for like-minded women interested in surf/skate/snow and all kinds of adventure. There will be adventure-themed cinema, 70% off the SS17 Deus collection & 40% off RAEN sunglasses, plus unlimited tacos for all the ladies for just Dhs20.

Warehouse 9 & 10, 6b Street, Al Quoz 3, 7pm to 10pm, free entry. Tel: (04) 341 5339. More info on Facebook

12. Partea on down to Dukes

You’ll find the latest addition to the Saturday brunch scene at Dukes Hotel’s Tea Lounge: they’re putting on a hybrid of afternoon tea and brunch (two of our favourite things). They’re offering guests a quintessential taste of Britain, complete with finger sandwiches, cakes and a vast selection of teas for Dhs195. There is also an unlimited ‘bubbly’ option for those looking for something with a little fizz (Dhs520).

Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah. From Dhs195. Tel: (04) 455 1111. More info on website.

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