15 things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Drinks for Dhs4, pizza for Dhs1, and two mega season openings…

There truly is something for everyone happening in Dubai this week. We’ve hunted down the best of the final summer deals to bring you discounted Mexican, Italian for a dirham and drinks for less than Dhs5.

But as we go out with the old, we’re in with the new. There’s two massive season openings, a new Saturday ladies’ night and some theatre to get stuck into.

Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday September 14

1. Take advantage of 20% off Mexican food

It’s the last weekend to take advantage of the summer scorcher offer at Loca. Happening at both the Souk Al Bahar and Marine Beach Resort venues, there’s 20 per cent off all food and beverage until September 15. We reckon that calls for a Mexican wave.

Dubai Marine Beach Hotel & Spa and Souk Al Bahar Downtown Dubai, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 346 1111, (04) 449 4455. More info on website.

2. Get amongst some drama (the good kind)

A theatrical classic, first written in 1954 and popularised by the movie of the same name, 12 Angry Men tells the story of a teenage boy standing trial for the alleged murder of his father. With just one set – the jury room – audiences are able to focus on the excellent storytelling, brought to life through character and dialogue.

The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Thurs Fri and Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2pm, tickets Dhs100 from platinumlist.net. Tel: (04) 338 8525. More info on Facebook.

3. Head to a party that’s all about the bubbles

Jean-Georges Dubai will be hosting a Bubbles Party this evening where guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of French champagne, along with delicious signature canapés from 8pm till 9pm. It will be followed by a four-course meal and a bottle of bubbles for two, alongside live entertainment.

Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah, 8pm to late, Dhs395. Tel: (04) 343 6118. More info on website.

4. Sweat it out at a free kickboxing class


At The Park puts on a series of free fitness events in parks across Dubai every week, and this Thursday there’s a free kickboxing class at Al Barsha Pond Park. Headed up by an MMA and kick boxing professional with over five years’ experience, the free session kicks off at 7.30pm, with all levels are welcome.

Al Barsha Pond Park, 7.30pm to 9pm, free. Tel:(050) 827 2794 . More info on Facebook.

5. Get Gaming


GamesArabia is the Middle East’s largest gaming event, and it returns to World Trade Center this weekend. You can check out all the hottest games prior to their worldwide launch, plus, there will be an eSports tournament, cosplay competition, and more.

Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Thurs 1pm to 10pm, Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat 11am to 9pm, tickets Dhs75 from platinumlist.net. More info on Facebook

Friday September 15

6. Party hard at the season opening of Blue Marlin

After a summer break, the season opening of iconic UAE beach club Blue Marlin is kicking off this weekend. Now in its fifth year, the beach club is getting ready for more long beach days followed by world-renowned dance nights, starting with techno DJ Anna, British DJ Latmun and DJ trio Who Made Who. The first Saturday brunch of the season will also begin this weekend.

Blue Marlin, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, Fri and Sat 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (056) 113 3400. More info on website.

7. Enjoy drinks for Dhs4 when dining at Anantara

To celebrate its fourth birthday, Anantara The Palm is serving up drinks for just Dhs4 this weekend. The Palm cocktail will be available to diners at Crescendo, Mekong, Bushman’s and The Beach House on both Friday and Saturday. The first Palm will be for free, and every other Palm can be bought for Dhs4 after that. It will be served from 6pm until 11pm.

Anantara The Palm, Dubai, Fri and Sat, 6pm to 11pm, valid when dining. Tel: (04) 567 8888. More info on website.

8. Get into the Gaelic spirit

They say practise makes perfect, and in preparation of St. Patrick’s Day 2018, McGettigan’s is holding a St. Practice Day brunch at their JLT venue. There will be a full day of specials, live entertainment and guests are encouraged to come dressed in green, too. The five-hour brunch, Dhs249, will include a range of unlimited house drinks, a la carte dishes and a buffet option, with a drinks-only package from 5pm to 8pm for Dhs199.

McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 12pm to 3am, brunch 12pm to 5pm, Dhs 249. Tel: (04) 378 0800. More info on website.

9. Enjoy pizza for Dhs1

This Friday, Ricetta Italian restaurant is offering the first 100 customers through the door pizza for just Dhs1. But even if you don’t make it into the first 100, you will still be able to get 50 per cent off your takeaway pizza.

Ricetta, Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, noon to 3pm, 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 397 7444. More info on website

10. Witness the fitness

Health, Wealth and Happiness at Fitness First, The Meadows will see some of the region’s top brands including Vita Coco, Float:UAE and Friends Provident unite for a fun-filled day of activities. You can get stuck into pursuits such as salsa dance lessons, hula hoop workshops, and the region’s newest fitness craze, BogaFit, aka, HITT workouts on water.

Fitness First, The Meadows, 1pm to 4pm, free entry, spaces are limited. Tel: (04) 428 1331. Register here.

Saturday September 16

11. Find your zen with underwater yoga

Piloga Studio takes over the Dubai Aquarium every Saturday morning for the month of September. The weekly ‘Underwater Yoga’ series will be led by experts from Piloga Studio Pilates & Yoga, who invite participants of all abilities to join the session.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Saturday 8am to 9am, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 456 4499. More info on Facebook

12. Enjoy a backstage tour of Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera has just launched public tours of the venue, where visitors can discover more about the workings of the iconic performing arts centre. Combining heritage and history with entertainment, the daily tours take place in Arabic and English, with other languages on request, and are led by experienced team members who share stories about Dubai Opera’s design and creation – as well as access to the exclusive VIP suite and auditorium.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, daily 10.30am to 11.30am, Dhs75 adults, Dhs40 children. Tel: (04)  More info on website.

13. Enjoy a ladies’ night deal for Dhs99

Cobra Kai, the new Asian street food restaurant and bar in Media City, has a ladies’ night happening on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. Ladies can enjoy three dishes from a selection and two hours of unlimited drinks for Dhs99. There’s something for the boys too: for the same price, they can enjoy three dishes and a spirit with mixer.

Level 9, Media One Hotel, Wed and Sat 5pm to 11pm, Dhs99. Tel:(04) 420 7489. More info on website.

14. Try an art class with a twist

Creativa Arts Center is holding a unique art class where artists paint blindfolded, as music plays. They say this aims to destress, and allows participants to better explore their own creativity. Artists need to bring their own scarf to be used as blindfold, and wear comfortable clothes for this workshop.

Creativa Art Center, Executive Bay, EBRG 19, Al A’Amal Street, Business Bay, 6pm to 9pm, Dhs300. Tel: ( 058) 212 1206. More info on Facebook.

15. Hit up the season opening of Supernatural

Dubai’s biggest Saturday brunch returns to the pool and beach this weekend with the Supernatural season opening. It’s a colourful pool and beach brunch for those who don’t want the weekend to end. It comes with all-inclusive food and drink stations for five hours, and resident DJs taking to the decks till late. Be sure to arrive early, as they’re expecting big crowds.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina. Sat 12pm to 5pm, Dhs225 ladies, Dhs275 gents. Tel:(04) 399 0009. More info on website 

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