15 things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Beachside brunches, legendary DJs and plenty of performances…

We declared that brunch is officially back last week, and we’ve thrown in a couple more new additions to see you through this weekend.

A Led Zeppelin tribute act, a spooky play, and the LA Dance Project all take to the stage, plus there’s a teachers’ night, a ladies’ night, a golf tournament, and a healthcare workshop that comes with free check-ups. It’s all about balance, people.

Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday September 28

1. Kick it old school at a Disco Tapas brunch

Disco Brunch kicks off every Thursday evening at Les Cuisines in the Sofitel Dubai Downtown. There’s an international buffet of tapas-style bites, including tempura vegetables, mini pizzas and mini bruschettas, as well as a selection of succulent cuts from the BBQ. This is all accompanied by a ’70s and ’80s soundtrack to really transport you back in time.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Thursdays, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs119 soft, Dhs190 house, Dhs290 sparkling. Tel: (04) 503 6111. More info on website

2. See a legendary DJ spin in Media City

Jonathan Ulysses will be on deck duty at Q43 for one night only this Thursday for the lounge’s ‘Than-Q’ part six event. The legendary DJ will showcase dance tracks and fresh house music cuts. Ulysses has enjoyed a 15-year DJ career that included more than a decade as resident DJ at Space Ibiza – the ‘best club in the world’. Plus, it’s free entry all night.

Q43, Media One Hotel, Media City, 8pm to 3am, free entry. Tel: (04) 443 5403. More info on website

3. Laugh out loud with Laughingstock

Laughingstock is bringing three top comedians to the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel ballroom for a night of sidesplitting comedy. An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman – Rob Rouse, Joe Rooney and Gary Little – will all take the stage as part of the event.

Laughingstock, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, The Irish Village, doors open from 7pm, show from 9pm. Tickets from Dhs160. Tel: (04) 239 5000. More info on website

4. Kick off the weekend with The Thirsty Games

There’s a fun new Thursday night happening once a month at McGettigan’s JLT called The Thirsty Games. It’s open to all and free to attend, but teachers will get 75 per cent off house drinks from 4pm to 7pm, followed by 25 per cent of all drinks when they show their staff ID. Classic family games like Scrabble, Twister and Connect Four, and even a good old fashioned egg and spoon race will be paired with a night of music and drinks.

McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 378 0800. More info on website

5. Party by the beach at Casa Playa

It’s time to get back outside and enjoy the beach, so you should definitely think about heading down to Nasimi Beach at Atlantis The Palm for this festival. The Casa Playa boho beach festival is a two-day extravaganza, and part of Nasimi’s opening party for the season. You can look forward to live music from Felix Jaehn and Lost Frequencies, stand-up paddle boarding, water volleyball and even a raft-building contest.

Nasimi Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, Thur 6pm to 3am, Fri 1pm to 3am, free entry. Tel: (04) 426 2626. More info on website

Friday September 29

6. Soak up the sun with a beachside brunch

Brunch returns this weekend as chilled-out Balearic beach bar La Cala re-opens. They offer a rolling brunch every Friday from 12pm to 9pm that includes a three-hour package of cocktails, pints, pitchers and vino served alongside Mediterranean sharing sides, stone-baked pizzas and BBQ bites.

La Cala, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, Friday 12pm to 9pm, Dhs199. Tel: (056) 113 3400. More info on website

7. Head to a Hawaiian-themed brunch

After the success of last year’s event, Spice & Ice is bringing back their Hawaiian-themed brunch. On Fridays, guests can enjoy unlimited food and drinks for Dhs199. The venue will be decorated accordingly, and special Hawaiian dancers will be live on the day.

Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs199. Tel: (050) 552 9686. More info on Facebook

8. See the LA Dance Project at Dubai Opera

Fans of contemporary dance, this one is for you. World-renowned choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project is heading to Dubai Opera this weekend, presenting the ‘Gems Trilogy’ in collaboration with composer Philip Glass.

Dubai Opera, The Opera District, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Sept 28 and 29, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs150. Tel: (800) 36227. More info on website

9. See some chilling theatre

The legendary ghost thriller ‘The Woman in Black’ is back in Dubai at the Souk Madinat Theatre. This critically acclaimed production that sold out in Dubai in 2009, 2012 and 2015 features a cast from the London’s West End production in a dramatic staging of this spine-tingling story.

Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat, 11am, until October 2, from Dhs180. Tel: (04) 366 6546. More info on website

10. Get Coachella vibes at Tribeca

Kaynouna Cosmic Conscious returns to Tribeca this Friday. The electronic and deep house music movement brings together Coachella-inspired decor, electrifying music, and body art. There will be performances from both regional and international talents and tickets are Dhs150 on the night including a welcome drink.

Tribeca, Level 1, JA Ocean View Hotel, 9pm to 2am, Dhs150. Tel: (050) 345 6067. More info on Facebook

Saturday September 30

11. Head to a free health workshop

This weekend the King’s College Hospital London is providing a series of free back-to-back healthcare workshops and check-ups at their new Jumeirah Medical Centre. There are special mini workshops for the little ones too – think bandage-a-bear contests, a tooth brushing championship, an Operation game-off and mini scrubs to dress up in.

37 B Street, Umm Suqeim 1, Jumeirah, Fri 29 and Sat 30, 9am to 5pm, free but RSVP is essential at eventbrite.com. Tel: (04) 361 8850. More info on website

12. Bond over a Golden Age workshop

There’s a Golden Age workshop happening this weekend at the Mind Body Soul Happiness Centre in Business Bay that’s designed specifically for improving the happiness and wellbeing of our elders. Using rhythm and props, Movement Mantra guru Vonita Singh will guide the session through a series of fun de-stressing exercises.

Mind Body Soul, a Happiness Center, Unit 1409, Floor 14, Metropolis Tower, Business Bay, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 345 8114. More info on Facebook

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

Joe & Sons are back with their take on ladies’ night 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, discounts on some of the stocked brands, 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

14. Take part in a golf tournament

Been working on your swing? Here’s your chance to put it to the test by entering the Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Golf Series, which takes place at the Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah today. You’ll pay Dhs350 for 18 holes, a buffet meal, and a shot at some great prizes. Players of all abilities are welcome.

Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah, Sat 30, 1pm to 8pm. Dhs350. More info on website

15. Rock out at a Led Zeppelin tribute gig

After the success of Hard Rock Cafe Dubai’s Queen tribute concert, the cafe is hosting ‘Hats Off to Led Zeppelin’ this Saturday in association with Bose. The Led Zeppelin tribute band has won numerous awards in the UK, and will perform some of the band’s most famed hits at this free gig.

Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai Festival City Mall, from 8.30pm, free. Tel:(04) 232 8900. More info on website

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