16 things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Brunch, beach soccer, big artists and a whole load of birthday deals…

This weekend, we really do have something for everyone.

For sporty types, Beach Soccer Worldwide is taking up residency in Business Bay for the first time ever, while the Dubai Fitness Challenge heads to Skydive Dubai for its weekend carnival.

For foodies, there’s a street food festival at City Walk, plus a pop-up Ripe Market on the Palm.

And those who love a good birthday deal should check out Irish Village, The Scene and Pure Sky Lounge, which all have offers on that you won’t want to miss.

Here are 16 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday November 2

1. Celebrate a Dubai stalwart turning 21

The Irish Village is turning 21 and is celebrating with an all-day party. The Maplejacks will perform live as well as DJ Marky Mark, who will spin hits from the last 21 years. Enjoy Dhs25 beverages for the whole day, plus entry is completely free. You can also win signed guitars from the artists who have performed at The Irish Village over the last year, too.

Irish Village, Garhoud, Thurs Nov 3, 11am to 2am, children welcome until 8.30pm, Dhs25 selected drinks all evening. Tel:(04) 239 5000. More info on website

2. Check out a new nail/wax/facial spot

Project Beauty has just opened in API 1000 in Umm Suqeim (the new grey building on the corner of Al Wasl and Al Thanya), and it’s a next-level pampering spot: they use Margaret Dabbs products for their mani and pedis, Biologique Recherche for their facials (yes, they sell P50) and there are wireless headphones and a TV to watch Netflix while you get a wax (a welcome distraction). Oh, and you get a lavender neck pillow to relax upon arrival. The salon also supports a family foundation that provides sanitary products for women in Kenya – for every Dhs100 you spend a sanitary pad is donated. Manis start from Dhs50 (for an express treatment).

Project Beauty, building A, API 1000 (there is underground parking around the corner from the salon), Umm Suqeim. Tel: (04) 385 7007. Daily, 9am to 9pm. More info on Facebook

3. Head to a food festival at City Walk

Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet will be serving the streets of City Walk this weekend for their first ever street food festival. There will be a market with boutique vendors, food trucks offering a host of quick bites, live music sessions, a dedicated kids’ zone for budding little chefs and kitchen demonstrations by Le Gourmet.

Galeries Lafayette, Le Gourmet City Walk, Thurs 4pm to 11pm, Fri 2pm to 11pm, Sat 2pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 403 3033. More info on website

4. Catch an acoustic KT Tunstall gig

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is headed to the Habtoor Grand for an intimate gig this Thursday. The Brit Award-winning star, who has enjoyed a string of successful hits over the last decade, will be performing an acoustic show for fans at the resort.

Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 12am, Thurs Nov 2, from Dhs200. Tel: (04) 408 4444. More info on website

5. Celebrate a rooftop lounge turning four

To celebrate four years of the rooftop lounge, Pure Sky Lounge is throwing a birthday bash this Thursday. There will be performances by DJ Jixo and Danz, saxophonist Matt West and DJ Lucy Stone, a complimentary welcome drink and free canapés from 9pm to 11pm, as well as Pure Martinis for Dhs45 all evening.

Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, 9pm to 3am, free entry (welcome drink included until 11pm). Tel: (054) 420 1294 . More info on Facebook

6. Explore an urban art festival

The first edition of Blue Cave Urban Art Festival, a three-day festival of art, music, installations, photography and workshops, begins this Thursday. The event will run daily until Saturday from 2pm to 11pm, and all workshops are free of charge but only limited slots are available.

Dubai Design District, 2pm to 11pm, Thurs Nov 2 to Sat Nov 4, free. More info on Facebook

Friday November 3

7. Party hard at One Big Friday

With the beach party season in full swing, Zero Gravity has relaunched its ever-popular One Big Friday event with another huge line-up to kick off the season. Hannah Wants and DJ EZ’ will headline. For those heading over early, there’s an after-brunch offer of unlimited house drinks from 5pm to 8pm for Dhs199.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina 8am to 3am, Friday November 3, free before 9pm, Dhs100 after (day rates apply for pool and beach access before sunset). More info on website

8. Get a drink for Dhs3 at The Scene

To celebrate three years of service at popular British eatery The Scene by Simon Rimmer, the venue is offering 50 per cent off all food and beverage all day Friday, which includes their roast dinner (usually Dhs119) and breakfast dishes (usually from Dhs35). Plus, no matter what time you turn up, you’ll be able to enjoy your first drink for Dhs3.

The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 8am to 2am, Fri Nov 3, 50 per cent off everything all day, Dhs3 for first drink. Tel: (04) 222 2328. More info on website

9. Experience a party brunch al fresco

Now the weather has cooled off, we’re doing everything we can to get back outside – especially when it comes to brunching. And from this week, popular party brunch We Brunch re-opens its Marina-view terrace at Accents.

InterContinental Dubai Marina, Beach Road, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs350 with house drinks, Dhs399 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4466777. More info on website

10. Brunch Mexican style at Muchachas

If you’re not finished with Halloween festivities, Day of the Dead is hitting Muchachas for a Mexican fiesta brunch this Friday. There will be face painters on hand to disguise you in iconic skull patterns, as well as a four hour-package of Mexican food and free-flowing drinks.

Muchachas Mexican Cantina, Holiday Inn Express Safa Park, 12.30pm to 4pm, Friday Nov 3, Dhs295 house, Dhs195 soft. Tel: (04) 327 5878. More info on website

11. Head to a fight night on the Palm

Bringing together 20 stars of MMA, boxing and kickboxing for the first time, FIVE Palm Jumeirah is launching its new ‘experience series’ with a night of fighting action. Organised in partnership with Dubai-based mixed martial arts star Fatih Ulusoy, the fight night will see Moroccan Nordin Ben Moh go head-to-head with Australia’s Ordin Daniels, while French boxer Daniel Lentie will take on Turkey’s Gokhan Gedik.

FIVE, Palm Jumeirah, Fri Nov 3, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs600 minimum spend. Tel: (04) 455 9999. More info on website

12. Watch some beach soccer

The seventh edition of the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup kicks off in its new home Marasi Business Bay this week, with eight of the world’s best nations going head-to-head. Entrance to the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup is free, with the event running from October 31 to November 2, and the play-offs taking place on November 3 and 4.

Marasi Business Bay, Dubai, 4pm to 9pm, Oct 31 to Nov 4, free. More info on website

Saturday November 4

13. Get involved at a fitness carnival

Each weekend over the 30-day Dubai fitness challenge, there will be a pop-up fitness carnival in different locations across Dubai that will come with free fitness events for the whole family. This weekend it’s at Skydive Dubai, with a weekend of activity dedicated to alternative sports, from parkour to skateboarding (head to the website for a full event list).

Sky Dive Dubai, Fri Nov 3, 1pm to 9pm and Sat Nov 4, 1pm to 7pm. Tel: (600) 555 559. More info on website

14. Celebrate in style at Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach Dubai is set to host its annual White Party on Saturday November 4. This year’s event, called Circus Circus, is themed around magic and illusion. Partygoers will be treated to live performances, entertainment, the beach club’s signature cuisine, and a line-up of Nikki Beach Worldwide resident DJs.

Nikki Beach Club, Pearl Jumeirah, 12pm to 12am, Sat Nov 4, tickets from Dhs320 including four course menu . Tel: (04) 376 6000. More info on website

 15. Pick up fresh food at Ripe Market

The Ripe Market, which runs across a number of different locations in the UAE, is heading to the Golden Mile Galleria as part of its Dubai Fitness Challenge activities this Friday and Saturday. A popular attraction among residents from around Dubai, expect to pick up fresh, seasonal, organic, local and handmade produce. The Galleria Mall’s Fitness Fest runs until November 11 (and this weekend Kayla Itsines is there!) – you can read more about it here.

Golden Mile Galleria, The Palm, Fri 3 and Sat 4 Nov, 10am to 5pm. Tel: (04) 315 7000. More info on website

16. Eat recovery-style pub grub at The Red Lion

The Yorkshire pudding wrap has taken social media by storm of late in the UK, and now The Red Lion has introduced it to their menu. The ‘Yorkshire Wrap’ (Dhs60) consists of a large flattened Yorkshire pudding, wrapped around beef, mashed potatoes, savoy cabbage, and crispy oven roasted potatoes smothered in a thick gravy. There’s a veggie option too.

The Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 12pm till late, Dhs60. Tel: (04) 343 0000. More info on website

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