Bluegrass, skating, plays, Akon, cycling, family days out and more. Here are 16 things to do in Dubai this weekend. 


1. Sample unique menus at Armani Hotel

armani hotel

Running until Saturday, the Gourmet 10/10 event sees every restaurant in the mega-chic Armani Hotel put on an exclusive set menu for Dhs390 (including soft drinks), with Dhs20 from every guest going to Eat & Feed, a UAE-based organisation that provides food to families in need across the Middle East.

Armani/Ristorante’s four-course set menu includes baby squid filled with king crab, Armani/Amal is serving grilled balsamic lamp chop as a middle course (with a vegetarian alternative), while Armani/Hashi’s menu features Chirashi ceviche, ginger bubble and popping miso sauce as a starter. Word is this will become an annual occurrence.

Until October 10

Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai. Dhs390 per person including soft drinks. Tel: +971 4 888 3888.

2. Try out an alfresco dining classic

Meridien Village Terrace

Le Méridien Village Terrace has reopened now that it’s slightly less scorchio outside, and their alfresco, relaxed, all-you-can-eat-and-drink dinners are a Dubai classic. 

Each night there’s a themed buffet with a live band, and tonight is BBQ (Wednesday is Roast Night; Friday, Latino; Saturday, Mediterranean; Sunday, Surf and Turf; Monday, Asian; and Tuesday is Market night).

Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs229 to Dhs269. Tel: +971 4 217 0000Metro: GGICO.

3. Get on your skates

Cycling, skating and rollerblading club Dubai On Wheels is organising a rollerskate and blade ride around JLT tonight. Get there just after 7pm so you can meet the crew. They promise a “smooth and friendly roll”.

Meeting near the Damac properties Metro station Exit (JLT Side), 7.15pm. More info on Facebook.  

4. See a poetic play about Palestine’s history

This moving play is set in a tiny Palestinian community in 1948 and follows two brothers during a fateful and catastrophic year in Palestinian history.

About love, war and tragedy, on a personal and political level, the play was originally written by Amir Nizar Zuabi, and has been staged everywhere from the Young Vic in London to refugee camps: Danú Dubai, an award-winning local community theatre group, are producing their version of the play.

Until October 11

Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, 7.30pm, Dhs60 to Dhs85. Tel: +971 4 341 4777. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. More info on Facebook.

5. Check out Cuts Above at 360°

Cuts Above has landed a monthly residency at 360° – head here for house, disco and basement beats. Tonight, Manchester’s Danny Ward, aka Moodymanc, is flying in. Danny is also a renowned crate digger whose roots in jazz, disco and house come through in both his productions and sets.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, free. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Tel:+971 55 500 8515 

6. Get down at Dance Afrique

If you’re a fan of French Montana or Akon, then go to Dubai’s Dance Afrique right now (na na na na). The two artists are headlining the Meydan event, which aims to celebrate everything African.

The lads will share the stage with other African artists, including Awilo Longomba from the Republic of Congo and Flavour N’abania from Nigeria.

Meydan, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, Dhs200 to Dhs550, doors open 7pm.


7. Venture to the capital for the Abu Dhabi tour

This weekend the capital is hosting the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour – a 555km competition featuring some of the best cyclists on the planet. The tour takes place from October 8 to 11 and is split into four sections: The Liwa Stage, The Capital Stage, The Al Ain Stage and The Yas Stage.

Here’s a map of the Friday race:cycling abu dhabi

Various locations, for full details of where and when the cyclists will be whizzing by, head to

8. Head to Harvestfest

Running all day Friday and Saturday at Reform Social & Grill, Harvestfest will be a great thing to take kids too as it’s all about family fun – think sack races, pancake flipping and egg & spoon races as well as loads of great food.

Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, near Emirates Golf Club, 11am to 6pm until Saturday October 10, Dhs75 for a voucher that includes train ride, bouncy castle, popcorn, face painting, candy bag, and photo booth with a Disney mascot, food on an a la carte basis.

9. See New York originator Kenny Dope

He’s one-half of iconic house duo Masters At Work, and now Kenny Dope is back in Dubai. He was last in the emirate when he took part in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2013. Expect house-meets-soul and a bit of funk-meets-hip-hop, as well as a relaxed playful vibe (and a delicious sunset BBQ from 5pm to 8pm, with free shisha).

Pursuit Games Paintball, near Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai, 5pm to 2am, Dhs180 in advance, Dhs220 on the door. More at Platinumlist.

10. Catch an eclectic live gig


Tonight at And Lounge catch Lebanese duo Lumi live – their sound is eclectic with loads of electronic influence and just enough pop and punk. Expect an intimate, stripped back night.

And Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs75. Tel: +971 50 458 9439. Metro: JLT. More on Facebook. 


11. Try Flywheel with a ‘master instructor’

alicia miller

Alicia Miller is visiting Flywheel Dubai this week to host a few special classes. She’s flown over from Flywheel Chicago, where she’s a master instructor and co-director of training.

If you go to one of her classes at the indoor cycling studio you can expect a lot of core-blasting time out of the saddle as well as music that’s perfectly synched with your moves. Today she’s doing an 11.30am and 5pm class at Gold and Diamond Park (head here to find out about the rest of her classes).

Flywheel Dubai, Gold & Diamond Park and Burj Views. Various times. Single rides Dhs120 (packages are offered). More at

12. Celebrate surfing

Surf Dubai is celebrating its 10 year anniversary today with a Surfers Market where they’ll have stalls selling clothing, beachy stuff, artwork and more. There will also be live acoustic tunes from Freddie Million and Tim Hassall, a grooming station from Akin Barber and a Sundowner BBQ from 5.30pm.

The Surf House, villa 110, 41a Street, Umm Suqeim, market runs from 11am to 4pm, BBQ starts at 5.30pm. Taxi: Next to Umm Suqeim Park. Tel: +971 50 504 3020More on Facebook. 

13. Have a Parisian lunch


Modelled on a 1970s Parisian bistro – could it get more chic? – there’s a brand new French restaurant in the Marina serving everything from breakfast to late-night supper: Bistro Des Arts. There are freshly-baked pastries, plenty of hearty plats du jour, a selection of wines from the Rhone Valley and beyond and even a raw seafood bar.

We’ll be the ones sitting under the red awning on the terrace overlooking the water munching on a croissant before partaking in one of our favourite comfort foods of all time: a Bœuf Bourguignon stew.

The Address Dubai Marina Hotel (entrance from the Marina promenade), 7.30am to 11pm, daily. Tel: +971 55 564 6844.

14. Celebrate Verdi’s birthday

Dubai-based singers Opera-Pop are hosting a musical journey tonight to celebrate Giuseppe Verdi’s 202nd birthday (he’s getting on). There will of course be a focus on Verdi’s’ work, but there will also be arias from Puccini and Mozart, music from West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera, some crossover action from Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli and even a bit of Sinatra and Elvis.

Performers include Guzel Teymour from Russia, Murat Ozturk from Turkey and Jin Soo Young from South Korea.

Royal Majlis, Emirates Golf Club, 7.30pm, Dhs495 or Dhs395 for golf club members and Tiara residents (includes seated gala dinner and selected beverages).

15. Get down to some bluegrass and country

The Heartland Howdy Boys have come a long way since their first gig with Freshly Ground Sounds. Now, the city’s only country, bluegrass and gospel band are playing at Tribeca tonight, so if you like a hefty dose of picking, plucking, crooning and strumming with your tunes, this gig is for you.

Tribeca, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, 7.3opm. More info on Facebook.

16. Celebrate the eighties and nineties

Get nostalgic tonight at Embassy Dubai while DJ Shannon brings out the ‘get-everyone-on-the-dancefloor’ classic tunes of the eighties and nineties.

Grosvenor House Dubai, 9pm to 3am (every Saturday), free entry. +971 4 317