Things to do in Dubai this weekend
What’s On has a list of things to do in Dubai this weekend, including markets, art exhibitions, iftars and activities.
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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Midnight Munch at Maison Mathis Dusit Thani
Maison Mathis launches its Midnight Menu, filled with healthy options but it’s the desserts that you’ll really want to stay awake for. Think cheese tarts and Nutella filled waffles satisfying cravings daily from sunset until 1.30am.
Dusit Thani, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Center Area, Dubai, daily from sunset to 1.30am, Dhs 150 per person. Tel: (04) 3357769. Taxi: Dusit Thani. maison-mathis.com
Fly at BOUNCE Flight Academy
Tramp enthusiasts: The UAE’s favourite trampolining emporium is offering vouchers for multiple sessions, starting from Dhs380 at the its Flight Academy this Ramadan.
Bounce, Al Quoz, Dubai, 10am to 1pm, Dhs 380 onwards. Tel: (04) 3211400. Taxi: Bounce, Al Quoz. bounce.ae
The Plant Summer Camp
Going away on holiday? Drop off your indoor plants and and the staff at Dubai Garden Centre will look after them for you. Maximum number of plants per person: Three.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3400006. Metro: First Gulf Bank. facebook.com/dubaigardencentre
Ramadan daytime dining
During the Holy Month, many restaurants close from sunrise to sunset, in respect for Muslims who are fasting. However, for those who aren’t fasting, there are venues in Dubai open for breakfast and lunch during daylight hours. Read on for Ramadan daytime dining.
El Sol del Membrillo at A4 space
Movie-goers can watch Spanish Film El Sol del Membrillo (The Quince Tree Sun) this weekend, as part of Cinema Akil’s summer screening programme.
A4 Space Screening Room, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 9pm. Tel: (050) 5569797. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. cinemaakil.com
Get active at Dubai Sports World
This temporary temple of sports is back at Dubai World Trade Centre with loads of new sports and activities to lace up for. What’s On takes a look at the latest additions as well as some old favourites. Read on for a list of activities at Dubai Sports World.
June 21 to August 29
Dubai World Trade Centre, 8am to 1am daily during Ramadan, 8am to midnight after Ramadan. Tel: (04) 3064000. Metro: World Trade Centre. dubaisportsworld.ae
Rwaq – Ramadan at The Walk at JBR
The Walk at JBR transforms into a heady mix of lights, tastes and activities dedicated to Ramadan. During the Holy Month the streets are lined with air-conditioned tents where families can enjoy Ramadan themed cuisine, apparel and accessories, art installations, activities and historical exhibitions and more.
Volunteer to ‘fill the blues’
One of Good Magazine‘s homegrown heroes is providing the perfect opportunity for residents to give back this Ramadan.The Dubai-based pop-up restaurant Moti Roti is teaming up with other homegrown restaurants in the city to serve iftar to Dubai’s working boys in blue throughout the whole month of Ramadan.Taking up an area next to the Media Rotana Hotel in Tecom, each outlet will take it in turns to serve their menu for iftar with volunteers encouraged to stop by and help out.
Near Media Rotana, TECOM, Dubai, daily except Friday from sunset. Tel: (800) 7684. Taxi: Media Rotana Hotel. motiroti.me
Boulder at Rock Republic
This nicely air-conditioned Rock Republic is the only dedicated bouldering centre in the UAE. As much about balance and mental ability as it is about strength and stamina, bouldering involves tackling routes on low walls. Come try out bouldering every Friday from 9am to 11am for just Dhs30.
Dubai Investment Park 1, Dubai, Fri 9am to 11am. Tel: (050) 1001370. Taxi: Dubai Investment Park, off E77. facebook.com/rock.republic.dubai
Tackle a puzzle house
Real life escape games have proved puzzlingly popular in the city, so much so that once you’ve cracked one game you’re hungry to tackle the next. Escape Quest puzzle house in Dubai has launched a new game for the summer and What’s On went to investigate. Our team of five headed into the secret hideout of the mysterious Romanian geneticist Dr Zol Pasted whose body had vanished without a trace. Our job? Find out what happened, and get out within the hour. Tricks, clever gadgets and brilliant gimmicks will leave even a veteran detective totally engrossed. This is a definite contender for the best puzzle game in the city.
HDS Business Centre, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs100. Tel: (055) 2845382. Metro: JLT. escapequest.ae
Try a calisthenics class
This brand new gym in Al Quoz is the only one in the UAE that is dedicated to the latest buzz word in fitness: calisthenics. It’s extreme body weight exercises, and this new place has the best equipment in the region designed for the sport. If you want to build superhuman strength and flexibility – whether mastering pull-ups or learning to stand on your hands – this is the place to go. They also offer parkour training for children and adults.
Al Quoz 4, Dubai, Sat to Thur 7am to 9pm, Fri 8am to noon ladies only, Dhs50 day pass, Dhs699 per month. Tel: (055) 5594559. Taxi: Al Ahli Driving Center. facebook.com/GravityCalisthenicsGym
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
First aid training
Attend ‘Simple Skills Save Lives’, a forty minute presentation on basic first aid, CPR and responding during an emergency by The Perfect Help and First Aid Training Centre.
Wander through Ripe Market – (indoor edition)
The alfresco market experience is coming inside for summer. Shop for arts and crafts, fashion, jewellery, kids items, gifts and homeware. There’s also the usual array organic groceries from Ripe, including fresh organic fruits and veggies, eggs, local honey, superfoods, tea, gluten free items and more.
Times Square Centre, Dubai, Sat 9am to 2pm. Tel: (04) 3790441. ripeme.com
Celebrate USA’s Independence Day at P&B’s
Re-create the traditional fourth of july experience with a good old-fashioned barbecue at Dubai’s original smokehouse. From noon until late, you can tuck into a mouth-watering burger, hot-dog, potato salad and a soft drink for just Dhs120 – plus, there’s the option to order from the a la carte menu too. Read on for more USA Independence Day events.
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3666197. Taxi: Souk Madinat. facebook.com/perryandblackwelder