15 things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Brunch for two for Dhs199, a new ladies’ night at Atlantis, outdoor cinema and a very British day out…

This week we’re all about the new stuff. There’s a new ladies’ night at Yuan at Atlantis, a new club opening in JBR, a new night at Nasimi and a brand new brunch.

But let’s not forget about those who’ve been around that little bit longer. Two bars are turning one, one of our favourite farmers’ markets returns, plus, there’s a 30th birthday celebration for the British Business Group.

Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday October 12

1. Girls get unlimited cocktails at a sleek Atlantis Bar

Stylish Chinese restaurant Yuan has a new ladies’ night every Thursday, Yi by YUAN. From 8.30pm until 11pm, ladies can enjoy unlimited complimentary cocktails from a selection, as well as 30 per cent off a special YUAN menu with bites including roasted duck rolls and steamed Chinese buns.

Yuan, Atlantis The Palm, Thurs 8.30pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 426 2626. More info on website 

2. McGettigan’s Souk Madinat has a two-for-one deal

McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah is celebrating one year of business, kicking off today. Starting the weekend-long celebrations, customers can enjoy two-for-one on all main courses from midday until 10pm, plus, there will be live music by The Gentleman Barstewards.

McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Madinat Jumeirah, 12pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 447 0219. More info on website

3. Dine for less throughout Jumeirah

It’s the final days to take advantage of some great deals at Jumeriah Restaurant Week. Forty of Jumeirah’s best-loved outlets are participating, and offering set menus at prices ranging from Dhs95 to Dhs350. Enjoy dinner for under Dhs100 at The Noodle House, pub grub for Dhs150 at Dhow and Anchor, try something new at Jumeirah’s latest offerings Rockfish or Summersalt, or for Dhs350, head to the shores of Pier Chic, or Nathan Outlaw’s Mahara in the Burj Al Arab.

Various Jumeirah restaurants, until Friday October 13, Dhs95 to Dhs350. Tel: (04) 432 3232. More info on website

4. Watch a movie under the stars

The outdoor movie night is back at West 14th steakhouse on The Palm this and every Thursday throughout October. It’s free entry, with snacks and drinks charged separately. This week, it’s the family friendly Shrek Ever After at 6.30pm and American thriller Now You See Me at 8pm.

West 14th, Oceana beach club, Palm Jumeirah, 6.30pm and 8pm, free. Tel: (04) 447 7601. More info on website

5. Enjoy happy hour all night long

Assana at the Trump International Golf Club is kicking off its winter season tonight with a poolside launch party, Assana Beats – which includes an all-night happy hour. Live DJs will hit the decks at Assana’s Pool Deck from 6pm every Thursday to Saturday, complemented by chilled-out beats at the adjacent outdoor bar, Assana Lounge.

Trump International Golf Club Dubai, DAMAC Hills, 6pm until late. Tel: (04) 245 3939. Email dining@trumpgolfdubai.com. More info on Facebook

Friday October 13

6. Party at an 8-hour brunch at Nasimi beach

A new all-inclusive beach festival called Infinity Sessions’ launches at Nasimi this weekend. It comes with an eight-hour drinks package from Dhs300 for girls and Dhs350 for guys, and international acts including Blonde, Fedde Le Grand, 99 Souls and Karen Harding.

Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Friday October 13, 7pm to 3am, early bird tickets from Dhs300 ladies Dhs350 guys. Tickets available www.platinumlist.net. Strictly 21+. Tel: (055) 200 4321. More info on website

7. Get a buy-one-get-one-free brunch at La Cala

Chilled-out Balearic beach bar La Cala is celebrating its one-year anniversary this Friday. To celebrate, they’re offering a buy-one-get-one-free on their three-hour rolling brunch 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. It’ll be Dhs199 for two for the standard package and Dhs499 for two for the sparkling package this Friday only. 

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

8. Show off your skills at a ‘Skateboarding Jam’

Vans is holding its first ‘Skateboarding Jam’ this Friday at the Business Bay skate park behind Bay Avenue. Skaters are invited to bring their favourite boards and enjoy the ramps while showing off their best skateboarding skills, with two competitions – one for adults and one for juniors during the afternoon. The first 100 people to register online will receive a free Vans t-shirt, plus there will be Vans discounts and giveaways through the day.

Business Bay Skate Park, Fri Oct 13, 2pm to 7pm, free. More info on website

 9. Check out a brand new Italian brunch

There’s a new brunch launching beachside at Il Faro on The Palm. The Bella Vista Brunch is a laid back affair with picturesque views across The Palm, live pasta stations, and a selection of sharing plates for both starters and mains. It’s family friendly too, with a dedicated craft corner for the kids.

Azure Residences, The Palm Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 568 3137. More info on website

10. Party hard at new JBR club Inner City Zoo

Set to be the place to be this Friday, Inner City Zoo is opening its doors for the first time in the Rixos Premium JBR. The nightclub promises a wild night out for Dubai’s ‘untamed party people’ with resident DJ’s spinning a mix of commercial, R&B and house music. There will also be a weekly ladies’ night launching next Tuesday, and live performances from the Inner City Girls.

Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium, JBR, Mon to Fri, 11pm to 3am. Tel: (058) 867 5357. More info on Facebook 

11. Enjoy a very British garden party

Dubai’s British Business Group is hosting a family-focused garden party today to celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary. The event will run from 4pm till midnight and will be a celebration of all things British, with picnic food and entertainment for the kids, including giant wigwams, a bouncy castle and face painting. The soundtrack will be provided by DJ Marky Mark, and there will also be a live performance from The Boxtones. A five-hour food and drink package is available from Dhs225.

Royal Lawn, British Embassy Dubai, Friday October 13, 4pm to 12am, five hour brunch Dhs225 soft, Dhs425 house . Tel: (04) 336 2222. More info on website

Saturday October 14

12. See a Broadway hit

Broadway musical Jersey Boys is on at Dubai Opera from October 11 to 14. The jukebox musical tells the success story of one of the most popular bands of all time: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, a band responsible for some of the most recognisable hits of the ’60s, including Oh What a NightCan’t Take My Eyes Off YouSherryWalk Like a ManBye Bye Baby and Big Girls Don’t Cry. There will be four evening performances plus a Friday matinee, with tickets from Dhs250.

Dubai Opera, The Opera District, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Oct 11 to 14 8pm, Fri 13 matinee 3pm, from Dhs250. Tel: (800) 36227. More info on website

13. Catch a football quiz at the pub

DIFC’s British pub, Jekyll & Hyde, is launching a new four-round quiz from 3pm every Saturday. DJ Pele Boogie takes on the role of quizmaster, and all the questions will be centered around football trivia. Four winners will walk away every week with a free bar tab worth Dhs150, and on the first week, anyone who enters will be treated to a free drink.

Level M, Podium Atrium, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, daily 8am to 2am. Tel (04) 343 5518. More info on website

14.Get breakfast at a farmers’ market on the terrace

Kicking off slightly earlier than usual, Baker and Spice’s weekend farmers’ market is back this weekend, and will run every Friday and Saturday morning through the winter. There will be a whole host of local suppliers to choose from, so you can head down and grab fresh groceries for the week.

Bay Avenue, Business Bay, Fri and Sat, 8am to 1pm. Tel (04) 425 2240. More info on website

15. Zen out at Yoga

Lakshya Yoga

Enjoy 60 minutes with Anuradha of Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) and experience a deep trance of inner quiet and bliss. The workout will be split into intense breath work, rhythmic chants, gentle posture and aroma therapy designed to create peace across the five senses.

Zen Yoga, Dubai Media City, 3pm to 4pm, Dhs90. Tel:(04) 367 0435. More info on Facebook

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