12 things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Brunch, free yoga, spa days and drinks deals…

The weekend is nearly here and it’s time to start planning.

From the return of some classic summer brunches as well as the launch of plenty of new ones, there’s nights out, drinks deals, free yoga classes and Dubai Summer Surprises is back for another six weeks of top deals.

Here are 12 things to do in Dubai this weekend.

Thursday June 21

1. Enjoy a 75 per cent discount on drinks

It’s teachers’ night at McGettigan’s DWTC this Thursday, and the bar is offering an impressive 75 per cent discount on drinks to all teachers and school staff – just present a valid ID at the bar. The offer is available from 4pm to 9pm, and applies to selected house drinks.

McGettigans DWTC, World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, 4pm to 9pm, Thursday June 21. Tel: (04) 378 0800. More info on website

2. Kickstart the weekend with an evening brunch

Get an early start to the weekend with a seafood buffet at Pisces Kitchen at Blue Orange. Every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm, the home of the famed Bubbalicious brunch puts on an array of seafood, washed down with unlimited drinks and live music for Dhs249 with soft drinks or Dhs349 with house.

Blue Orange Restaurant & Terrace, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 house. Tel: (04) 511 7373. More info on website

3. Party hard at Bongo’s Bingo

Mixing traditional bingo with impromptu raves, hands-in-the-air anthems and plenty of heckling, this isn’t for the faint hearted. By the end of the night, expect dancing on tables, novelty prizes and crazy costumes. The next installment of Bongo’s Bingo is back this Thursday

Media One Hotel, Media City, 9pm to 3am, Thursday June 21, Dhs150. Tel:056 895 7532. More info on Facebook

4. Catch a new blockbuster

The highly-anticipated Ocean’s 8 is out in cinemas this Thursday. This heist film proves that any job Danny Ocean and his crime crew can pull off, his ex-con sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) can do with a lot less manpower. Leading a group of seven other talented women, Debbie sets her sights on New York’s illustrious Met Gala and a diamond necklace worth $150 million.

Various locations across Dubai, tickets from Dhs36.75. 

Friday June 22

5. Tuck into a bottomless brunch with pool access

Legends is bringing back its popular summer brunch at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club this weekend. The three-hour brunch features an international selection of buffet starters and desserts, a choice of a la carte main and also comes with pool access to the Clubhouse.

Legends, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 12pm to 3pm, Fridays, Dhs195 soft, Dhs295 house. Tel: (04) 295 6000 . More info on website

6. Bag a bargain with Dubai Summer Surprises

Credit cards at the ready, Dubai’s annual shopping festival returns on June 22, and it’s bringing six weeks of epic sales to the city’s malls. Running until August 4, expect great deals on a whole range of products, as well as giveaways and weekly flash sales.

Dubai Summer Surprises, June 22 to August 4. More info on website

7. Find your zen with free yoga

Fitness First has teamed up with The Rixos hotel for a free sunset yoga session on the iconic Palm Jumeirah this Friday. The holistic yoga session will focus on both physical and mental wellbeing, and is open to the public and free to attend. Just bring along your mat and workout gear.

The Rixos, Palm Jumeirah, 5.30pm to 7pm, Friday June 22, free. Register here

8. Cool off with a poolside brunch

Summer may have struck, but if you can brave the heat (and stay in the shade), there’s two new brunches launching at Zero Gravity this weekend. On Friday, the beach club is undergoing a tropical makeover for the Tropical Brunch, serving up four hours of poolside beats, a new menu serving dishes such as chicken & pineapple salad, Jamaican beef patties and Hawaiian pizza jerk chicken, washed down with unlimited drinks. On Saturdays, a summer version of their legendary supernatural brunch will take over, priced at Dhs249 for ladies and Dhs299 for guys. 

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays, Dhs295 ladies, Dhs345 guys. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website

Saturday June 23

9. Get a free bottle of bubbly with dinner

Throwing their version of an anti-World Cup party, Pure Sky Lounge is offering a free bottle of bubbly when you spend Dhs300. The offer is valid throughout the World Cup, for a minimum of two ladies.

Pure Sky Lounge, 35th Floor, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, until July 15. Tel: (04) 374 7888. More info on website

10. De-stress with a spa day

Looking to destress this weekend? Retreat Spa at Grosvenor House is offering a new spa day package for Dhs399. It starts with a 30 minute back massage followed by a set menu lunch at the newly opened, Bellavista Italian restaurant. Guests can then use the spa facilities throughout the day (sauna, steam room and jacuzzi), as well as the outdoor pool.

Retreat Spa, 4th Floor, Tower One, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, available daily, Dhs399. Tel: (04) 399 8888. More info on website

11. Tuck into afternoon tea

Theres a new afternoon tea to check out at Bice Sky Bar on JBR. As well as a traditional afternoon tea spread of classic scones and finger sandwiches, there will be hot bites from live cooking stations as well as a selection of pastries to finish. It’s coupled with some great views of JBR, and an extensive selection of teas.

BiCE Sky Bar, 10th Floor,  Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, 4pm to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday, Dhs150 or Dhs190 with a glass of bubbles. Tel: (04) 318 2520 . More info on website

12. Cool off with a poolside ladies’ day

Ever-popular party brand Candypants are hosting their weekly ladies’ day from the aptly named Penthouse on the 16th floor of FIVE Palm Jumeirah. With the addition of a brand new fully air-conditioned conservatory area, guests can keep cool while enjoying the breathtaking views of Dubai’s skyline. Packages start from Dhs149.

Candypants at Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 8pm, Saturdays, from Dhs149. More info on website

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