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.


Celebrate Hopfest

This hugely-popular ale festival will be showcasing more than 100 different types of ale inside a giant air-con tent, complete with live music and plenty of pub grub. Check out What’s hop and What’s not at this year’s Hopfest.

The Irish Village, Garhoud, Dubai, noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 2395000. Metro: GGICO. theirishvillage.com

Hopfest returns to Dubai

Party at Superheroes 

2001 DMC World DJ Champion and former DJ on London’s Kiss radio station Niall Dailly aka DJ Plus One, is set to bring his unique style of DJing to Q43 for one night only.

Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Thursday 9pm to 3am. Dhs100 to Dhs150. Tel: (04) 4435403. facebook.com/superheroesdubai

UK National Burger Day

We don’t really need much of an excuse to tuck into a tasty burger, but here’s one anyway. August 27 marks the UK National Burger Day. Celebrate at D&A from August 27 to 29 where you can feast on a bone marrow burger topped off with seared foie gras and a fried organic hen’s egg served with house cut chips and pickles and a pint of Dutch brew for just Dhs95. Read our ultimate guide to burgers in Dubai for more inspiration.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 3665866. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel. jumeirah.com


Shop at Ripe Night Market

The UAE’s most popular Food and Craft market is back with its nightly editions, this time at the BurJuman Centre. 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.

August 27 to September 17
BurJuman Centre, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd, Dubai, 5pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3520222. burjuman.com

Party at Cavalli

International DJ Sean Finn is a regular feature in the international electronic music scene, with his 2012 hit song Show me Love being No. 1 on Beatport for many weeks. Since then, he’s always managed to have at least one of his titles at the top of the international dance charts.

Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 10pm. Tel: (04) 3329260. cavalliclubdubai.com.

Tuck into the new menu at Noodle House

Can’t choose between your favourite Asian cuisines? The Noodle House offers a little of everything, from Singapore noodles to crispy duck to
pad Thai. We suggest tucking into their new tasty treats such as the Gado Gado, an Indonesian mixed-vegetable salad with egg, peanut dressing and prawn cracker garnish or the Singaporean Curry Laksa. 

Various locations. Tel: (800) 666353. thenoodlehouse.com

Chef Taufik Sutisna Wok 4

Get experimental at Velocity

If dance music’s not your bag, the new Karak Beats night could be right up your street. This weekly party run by a collective of Dubai-based DJs will be combining their individual eclectic music tastes on rotation. The tunage will range from “underground hip hop to electronica, experimental beats to trap and everything in-between.”

Velocity, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, free. Tel: (056) 6572106. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

Try a My30Minute workout

Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, Sat to Thur, 9am to 9pm (ladies only Sun, Tue and Thur), Dhs250 trial session. Tel: (04) 3855353. Taxi: Opposite Jumeirah Baccalaureate School. my30minutes.com


Applaud Helen Mirren as the Queen

Head down to The Courtyard Playhouse to see the award-winning British actress play the Queen in acclaimed stage play The Audience, which will be screened in Al Quoz.

The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Street 4b, Dubai, 8pm. Dhs100. Tel: (055) 9673927. Taxi: Next to Lime Tree Café. courtyardplayhouse.com


Dance with Octave One

Detroit brothers Lenny and Lawrence Burden team up to bring techno to Dubai in their first live rush. Known for tracks like Black Water, Empower, Nicolette and the X-Files – these two have earned a reputation of repeatedly delivering solid live shows. Party with them at Analog Room’s finest friday. 

Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 5pm to 3am. Free before 8pm, Dhs50 to Dhs150 thereafter. Tel: (04) 4435403. facebook.com/analogroomdxb

Go for a full English

Start the weekend right with a hearty breakfast from a full English breakfast to organic yoghurt, muesli and berries galore.

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, Fri and Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm. Tel: (04) 4380000. Metro: Jumeirah Lakes Towers. moevenpick-hotels.com

weekend breakfast

Hear Zeid and The Wings live

AND Lounge has teamed up with The Other Side to bring you an authentic, underground indie night jam packed with raw talent. Friday’s line up will alternate between regional and international bands, covering indie pop, jazz, blues, electro, punk and more.

AND Lounge, The Address Hotel Dubai Marina, Dubai, 8pm to 3am, Dhs75 pre-purchase or Dhs100 at the door. Tel: (04) 5519698. andlounge.com

Zeid and The Wings


Meet the (crocodile) Royal Family

It’s the final week of the Dubai Summer Pass promotion where visitors get a discount of up to 45 per cent on entry to the Underwater Zoo. There’s reason to go right now too: the King and Queen crocs of Dubai have welcomed three baby crocs to their family. To purchase a pass, go to dubaisummerpass.com


Chill out at Sho Cho

With breathtaking views, and a delicious menu stocked full of your favourite Japanese delicacies – Sho Cho Japanese restaurant and lounge is a perfect location to enjoy a delicious range of seafood and house drinks with your friends and family on a Saturday.

Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, 7pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3461111. sho-cho.com

Sho Cho