What’s On has a list of things to do in Dubai this weekend, including brunch, drinks deals, festive events, live entertainment and new openings.

You know that moment on a Thursday afternoon when your work buddy asks what you’re doing this weekend and your mind goes blank? Well worry no more, friends, because What’s On has the perfect solution, whatever mood you are in.


Full moon yoga at Madinat Jumeirah
Listen to the lapping waves, gaze at the pearly moon and contort yourself into a human pretzel.

Talise Spa Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, full moon, Dhs119. Tel: (04) 3666818. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com

Full moon yoga at Madinat Jumeirah

See Yung from Cali Swag
Pacha Ibiza Dubai’s ‘This Is Redroom party’ will rock with some Cali Swag. Hailing from Inglewood, one of the trio, Yung, is in town to perform hits like ‘Teach Me How To Dougie’.

Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Souk Madinat, Dubai.Tel: (04) 5670000. Taxi: Souk Madinat. pacha.ae

The Cuban Brothers
Zero Gravity continue their fine record of bringing world class DJs to their al fresco stage, with The Cuban Brothers. The trio have enjoyed more than a decade at the top thanks to their performances as well as their tune selection, and have worked with the likes of Fatboy Slim in the past.

Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Mina Al Seyahi, Dubai, 8pm to 3am. Taxi: Skydive Dubai. Tel: (050) 8861129

Of Mice and Men
The Courtyard Playhouse continues its National Theatre London screenings. All weekend it’s John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice And Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.

The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, 4b Street, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs80. Tel: (055) 9673927. Taxi: Next to Lime Tree Café. courtyardplayhouse.com

Of Mice And Men at Courtyard Playhouse

Bad House Party
Nordic synth-pop outfit Berndsen is flying to the UAE for a guest appearance at Casa Latina. The exceedingly quirky band have been making waves on the Icelandic music scene for a while with their unique electronic sounds. Pop maestro David Berndsen and his ensemble will be the main attraction at the popular Bad House Party night. Berndsen’s brother – armed with a similarly unpronounceable artist name, Hermigervill – is also doing a live set playing 1960s and ’70s pop songs, reimagined as electronic instrumentals while using a mysterious instrument called a theremin – the only instrument in the world that doesn’t require physical contact. We can almost hear the hipsters salivating.

Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, free, 9pm. Tel: (04) 3996699. Metro: Sharaf DG. facebook.com/thebadhouseparty

Get Stirred Up
Dubai’s DJ Almirowsky has tapped into his teenage years spent making mix-tapes for mates to launch a new ‘curated’ club night. The DJ, who reckons his childhood hobby was his first foray into the art of music curating, has teamed up with A&R productions on Stirred, billed as a night where as much attention is paid to the setting and atmosphere as to the playlist. According to A&R, partygoers are not customers, but a ‘participating audience’, presented with a set of ideas, concepts and artworks in the form of a “music experience”. If your interest is piqued, the weekly club night will be held every Thursday, at Penthouse 25 in JA Ocean View.

JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, Dubai. Tel: (055) 5887414. Taxi: JA Ocean View Hotel. penthouse25.com

Penthouse 25, JA Ocean View

New Afternoon Tea
Pick at deliciously dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and – perhaps best of all – hot toasted crumpets at the new quintessentially British afternoon tea from Rhodes W1.

Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Wed to Sat 2.30 to 5pm, Dhs190 to Dhs340. Tel: (04) 3176000. Taxi: Grosvenor House. rw1-dubai.com


In The Shadow Of The Pyramids
The personal becomes political in Laura El-Tantawy’s nostalgia-tinged photo-documentary from 2005 through to 2014. This exhibition – featuring work from her book of the same name – is the result of an intense emotional journey by the artist into her Egyptian heritage that inevitably took on the wider struggles and internal questioning of a turbulent time in that nation’s recent history. El-Tantawy’s gift is to keep her explorations into identity personal without falling into sentimentality – the result is subjective, but also deeply profound.

Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3808545. Taxi: Alserkal avenue. gulfphotoplus.com

In The Shadow Of The Pyramids

Skint Fridays
Could this be the new post-brunch hangout? Story Rooftop Lounge in Dubai Media City has recently launched Skint Fridays every Friday between 4pm and 9pm where it’s unlimited drinks for 5 hours, for only Dhs199 per person.

Behind Zayed University, Knowledge Village, Dubai. Fri 4pm to 9pm. Metro: Internet City. Tel: (055) 773 0010. facebook.com/StoryDubai

Learn to wakeboard
Dubai-based watersports company Sea Riders is holding wakeboarding clinics with champion wakeboarder Matt Crowhurst throughout March. Wakeboarding has become the go-to action sport in Dubai with dozens of adrenaline junkies waking up before sunrise to take advantage of the calm and empty waters. Matt’s hands-on approach means he’ll be riding right alongside you, guiding you through each new trick, giving you pointers and tips along the way. You’ll be doing 360 surface-switch flip kicks before you know it. What do you mean that’s not a thing?

Dubai Marina Mall dock, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 6am to 6pm, from Dhs370. Metro: Dubai Marina. searidersuae.com

Wakeboarding with Matt Crowhurst

Fun run for International Women’s Day
With International Women’s Day just around the corner (March 8), TribeFit host a weekend fun run to raise funds for Breast Cancer Arabia. The event – a 6km run starting at 8am – is open to everyone, not just members, and has prizes up for grabs.

Tribe Fit, Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Tel: (800) 87423. Metro: Dubai Marina.tribefit.com

Aloha Arabia surfing trip
Aspiring surfer dudes and dudettes can get their gnarley on with Aloha Arabia this weekend. With the weather report in – and looking swelltastic – the surfing tour organisers have arranged a trip to Sharjah complete with transport, food, lessons and board rental.

To book your spot, visit alohaarabia.com.

aloha arabia

ESSA Sunset Open
Dubai’s 2,000-strong surfing community have finally been given the go-ahead to grab their boards for the fifth ESSA Sunset Open surfing competition. With winter winds sending head-high waves to the shores of Sunset Beach, ESSA chiefs called the start date as Friday March 6. The Sunset Open – on Umm Suqeim Open Beach – has grown in popularity year on year and sees huge crowds gathering to watch the action. Live music adds to the beach party vibe and this year The Big Art Co will also be encouraging spectators to get involved with their interactive art installation.

Visit surfingdubai.com for more.

Surfing in Diubai with Mohammed Rahma

Al Noor Family Fun Day
The Al Noor family fun day is back. An important day for the centre for children with special needs, the 12-hour day (10am to 10pm) will be packed l day of entertainment, food – sponsored by Costa Coffee and Giraffe – sports, arts and crafts and prizes, all in aid of the centre.

Al Noor Centre, Behind Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 323 4993. alnoorspneeds.ae

Bike Race
You might think cyclists look daft in bright skin tight Lycra, but what would you say if you saw someone riding a bike in a suit and tie? The Rakbank Ride in Ras Al Khaimah invites corporate teams of four (one must be female) to ride 22km in full business attire. Another ride of 70k ride is open for individuals with an entry fee of Dhs250, while the corporate race admission costs Dhs2,500. Money will go to Red Crescent RAK.

Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, 7am. premieronline.com

Rakbank Ride in Ras Al Khaimah

Friday Night Live
A new live music and performance venue has opened at Sports City, showcasing Dubai’s finest singers, musicians, and stand up comics. Things kick off with a scheduled bill of performers as well as an open mic option, from 5pm.

Sports Village, Dubai Sports City, Dubai. Tel: ‎(04) 4251111. Taxi: Sports City. dsc.ae/developments/sports-village

Born in Chile, grew up in Switzerland, made his name in Ibiza: Luciano is about as big as it’s possible for a DJ to be while still playing underground music. He’s at Blue Marlin this weekend.

Blue Marlin, Ghantoot Al Jazira Island Hotel, Dubai; 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (056) 1133400. Taxi: Ghantoot Al Jazira. Free guestlist bluemarlinibiza-uae.com


Omnia Gourmet at the Jumeirah Fishing Harbour is now serving ‘brinner’ – breakfast dishes for dinner from 6pm onwards. Get shakshouka, or eggs Benedict with either lobster, salmon or veal bacon at this pretty restaurant that has one hat in The Black Hat Guide.

Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily 9am to midnight. Tel: (04) 3437181. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Al Urouba Street. omniagourmet.co

A Public Privacy
This group show launches the UAE Unlimited Artistic Exploration, a new platform for artistic expression in the Gulf. Curated by Christiana de Marchi and Mohammed Kazem, it showcases new works by emerging artists in the Emirates and the GCC. With Kazem long credited as being one of the UAE’s first home-grown contemporary artists, expect a heady mix of the conventional and conceptual in an exhibition that addresses the featured artists’ explorations of their positioning within the public sphere.

March 1 to 31
Gallery of Lights, Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3414777. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. ductac.org

A Public Privacy

Touch Rugby tournament
Twenty teams take part in the  Zurich Corporate Touch 6s tournament this month. Both men and women are invited to play and the event is open players of all ages, ability and fitness levels.

Jebel Ali Centre Of Excellence, Jebel Ali, Dubai, 10am to 6pm, free. Tel: (050) 294592. Taxi: Opposite turning for Jebel Ali Resort. uaecorporatetouch6s.com 

All For Aleeyah
Urban Bistro host a special bbq on their beautiful terrace all day as part of the All For Aleeyah campaign to help raise funds for a young girl fighting for her life in a Philippine hospital. The campaign has received the backing of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and this weekend takes to Media City. The day-long food fest is just Dhs150.

CNN Building 2, Media City, Dubai. Tel: 04 3624330. facebook.com/urbandubai

Pop-up at Physique 57
Physique 57 at CityWalk launches their new Saturday showcase or fitness and fashion as HAUTLETIC unveil their latest collection of high-end gear. Pilot Athletic, Prism Sport, MICHI, Outdoor Voices, Splits59 and Vie Active can all be found.

Citywalk, Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3448757. Taxi: Citywalk, next to Emirates NBD Bank.physique57.com/dubai

Hautletic at Physique 57

Movida Dubai welcomes hip hop’s hottest property right now, O.T.Genasis. The rapper will take to the stage to perform is smash hit CoCo, the first time he has been to the region.

Mo*Vida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 386 6844. Metro: Financial Centre. movida-dubai.com

New Spa
The brand new five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel have opened their spa and are offering a signature June Jacobs Facial to celebrate. The treatment (Dhs900 for 90 minutes) at Club Olympus Spa & Fitness protects the skin from environmental toxins and combats the visible signs of premature aging. Book now and you’ll get a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage and Dhs300 worth products from June Jacobs, absolutely free.

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2096802. facebook.com/HyattRegencyDubai