Things to do in Dubai this weekend
What’s On has a list of things to do in Dubai this weekend, including opening parties, markets 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, JULY 30
Party at Bordel with DJ Enzo
Every Thursday, Cirque le Soir plays host to an international guest DJ flown in from the hottest clubs around the globe; and tonight its Lebanese It-man DJ Enzo bringing true underground sound. Expect Cirque’s usual array of freaks, fire and feathers as well as twisted burlesque thrills.
Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. 10.30pm to 3am, free. Tel: (050) 9955400. Metro: World Trade Centre. facebook.com/events/1168483293178395
Dive into a pool party
Rixos The Palm has launched Mojito Nights – a new evening promotion where revelers can enjoy an evening by the pool sipping Mojitos, listening to house music against the iconic backdrop of the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s skyline. Available every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 10pm.
Rixos The Palm, Dubai, Thur to Sat, 6pm to 10pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 4575555. thepalmdubai.rixos.com
Zero Gravity House Party
The Zero Gravity House Party returns tonight from 8pm to 11pm, at the all-inclusive price of Dhs295. This gives guests exclusive access to the upper deck where you can move between bars and food stations – eating and drinking as much as you want.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Dhs295, 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3990009. 0-gravity.ae
Visit YNOT for a tipple
The new InterContinental Dubai Marina has been setting tongues wagging ever since it opened a couple of months ago. One of the most talked about venues inside is the stylish wine bar, aptly named YNOT. The sleek decor, modern furniture complete with swivel armchairs make it the perfect date night spot, so why not start the weekend right with a bottle of house white for just Dhs99? YNOT indeed.
InterConinental Dubai Marina, Dubai, Mon to Sat 5.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 4466669. ynot.com
FRIDAY, JULY 31
Kayaking at sunrise or sunset
RIVA Beach Club and Ignite Surface have extended their hours from 6am through to 7pm, which means you can catch the early rays, or cooler evening climate with a paddle boarding (SUP) or kayaking session. For the real fitness fanatics, after a session on the water, guests can also use the gym facilities for the August price of Dhs100, which is fully redeemable on all ordered food and drink.
Riva Beach Club, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: 04-4309466. riva-beach.com
Hip-Hop at Movida
Fans of hip-hop and RnB tunes might want to try the new Movida night, Hip Hop By Nature taking place every Friday. Dubai’s DJ BLISS is the evening’s resident DJ and there’s a promise of international A-list guests attending.
Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Tel: (055) 1744449. movida-dubai.com
Night Vibes in a tent
Night Vibes (formerly known as Electric Days) sets up at the Radisson Blu in Media City for a proper rooftop party, featuring international DJs and up and coming talent. Tonight, Tala, Amy Wells and Karlo Funk perform.
Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, free (before 8pm), Dhs50 (before 9pm), Dhs80 (before 11pm), Dhs100 (after 11pm). facebook.com/events/416226071895579
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
Enjoy a staycation
Stay in a deluxe room on a Thursday or Friday and you’ll get brunch for two with soft drinks at either Sloane’s or Toro Toro for Dhs600 per person. The deal runs until September 12. Read on for more staycation deals.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sofouh, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3998888. Taxi: Grosvenor House. grosvenorhouse-dubai.com
The Other Side feat. The Wanton Bishops
Inspired by the live music scenes of Brooklyn, Austin, London and New Orleans The Other Side is a new music event that launches tonight with Beirut-born rock ‘n’ roll band The Wanton Bishops headlining. With a self-proclaimed style of ‘seduction and surrender, heart and stomp’, the duo say their influences stem from ‘mostly inevitably clichéd stuff. Things like; love and the lack of it, money and the lack of it, or even loneliness and the abundance of it’. The line-up on select Fridays will alternate between regional and international bands, supported by the best local talents such as the likes of Dubai’s Freshly Ground Sounds superstar, Josh Monteath.
AND Lounge, Address Dubai Marina, Dhs75 (pre-purchase), Dhs100 (at the entrance). Tel: (050) 4589439. facebook.com/TheOtherSideLiveMusic
The Brunch Club at The Act
The world’s highest theatre club opens their doors on a Friday to host “The Brunch Club”, a Peruvian-inspired brunch. This will be followed by an after brunch featuring a special drink package for those who wish to carry on the party. Benni.t & Danny Leese carry the brunch through an afternoon of deep house beats, before being treated to some of Dubai’s best DJ’s and the occasional headline act, seeing the party into the night.
The Act Dubai, Shangri La Hotel, Dubai, 2pm to 5pm (brunch), 5pm to 8pm (after-brunch), Dhs450 (ladies), Dhs550 (gents) or Dhs350 (drinks package only). Tel: (04) 3551116 or email@example.com
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1
New afternoon tea
Spend a lazy day at The Lotus Lounge at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa with a cup of tea in one hand and a scone in the other, before making your way through a selection of other sweet and savoury treats at this new Afternoon Tea venue.
The Lotus Lounge, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Sat to Thur 2pm to 5pm, Dhs145. Tel: (04) 5678304. dubai-palm.anantara.com
Try some booza
Savoury Arabic ice cream known as booza is the talked-about dish at the iftar offered by Ritz-Carlton DIFC. Try a scoop of hummus, beetroot or sweet potato flavoured booza on a falafel waffle.
Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai, daily sunset to 9pm, Dhs 215 with soft drinks. Tel: (04) 3722323. Metro: Financial Centre. ritz-carlton.com
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