What’s On has a list of things to do in Dubai this weekend, including Eid events, art exhibitions 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.


Take advantage of the long weekend
Treat yourself to a staycation in one of the UAE’s most luxurious properties, without breaking the bank. Read on for amazing staycation deals in Dubai and beyond.

InterContinental Dubai Festival City exterior

Sunset paddleboarding at Surf House
Enjoy the outdoors – yes, even in this heat – with a breezy paddleboarding session as the sun goes down.

Surf House, just past Jumeirah Beach Hotel, northbound, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai. Dhs75 per hour. Tel: (04) 3211309. surfingdubai.com. facebook.com/surfhousedubai


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

Watch a classic movie
As part of Cinema Akil’s summer series, the american classic Sunset Boulevard staring Gloria Swanson screens tonight at A4 Space in Al Serkal. Slouch on a beanbag and enjoy.

A4 Space, Al Serkal, Al Quoz, 9pm, free. Tel: (050) 5569797. facebook.com/cinemaakil


Eid fireworks
Make your way to the beach for a special fireworks display across The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Road for the first three days of Eid Al Fitr this year.

The Beach opposite JBR, 8.30pm, free. thebeach.ae

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

Dubai Sports World

Rwaq – EID at The Walk at JBR
The Walk at JBR transforms into a heady mix of lights, tastes and activities dedicated to Ramadan and Eid. 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. Tonight, you can check out a Tanoura dancer at 7pm or meet Desert Roses Trio, the first all female Arabic band in the UAE.


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

Rock climbing in Dubai - Rock Republic


Dine at Roberto’s
Taste the delights of authentic Italian cuisine without having to leave the emirates this Eid. Roberto’s is offering a unique three-course lunch and dessert for only Dhs250. The Pranzo il Famila starts with a sharing concept of seven of Roberto’s signature starters, followed by a choice of pasta or risotto and a main course. We suggest you then round off the meal with Roberto’s famous Tiramisu.

DIFC, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3860066. Metro: Financial Centre. robertos.ae


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