We’re half way through the summer and that’s good enough reason for us to celebrate.

This weekend we’ve got a pop up cinema, a ladies’ night at a waterpark and brand new brunches.

Here are 12 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday July 13

1. Get a little Aristokrasi

The new night at popular Dubai nightclub Provocateur, Aristokrasi, brings chart-toppers and a party-hard vibe to the luxury New-York export. There’s a focus on unique cocktails and bottle service that comes with a show, it’s a VIP experience to kick off the weekend.

Provocateur, Four Seasons Jumeirah, 11pm-3am. Tel: 050 226 1662. More info on Facebook.

2. Have dinner cooked by a celebrity chef

Rhodes W1 is back after a short summer break and has re-opened this week. To celebrate, acclaimed celebrity chef Gary Rhodes is returning to the helm of the kitchen, so order pudding.

Grosvenor House Dubai Al Sufouh Road, 7pm-11:30pm. Tel: (04) 317 6000. More info on website.

3. Enjoy a ladies’ night with a difference

Ladies can run wild under the stars with a girls-only evening at Wild Wadi waterpark (no boys allowed). Even the lifeguards are an all-female team. You can try the adrenaline-fuelled Tantrum Alley and the Burj Surj, or lie back and enjoy Juha’s Journey lazy river. The all-ladies evenings are every Thursday until the end of September.

Jumeirah Road, Um Suqueim 3, 8pm-12am, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 348 4444. More info on website.

4. Tuck into some Turkish tapas

There’s a new summer special at trendy Turkish restaurant Rüya. The package features three signature drinks along with three bites for Dhs175, and the deal is valid any day of the week. For the best marina views, head outdoors and catch sunset on the terrace (if you can handle the heat).

Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, 6pm-8pm, Dhs175. Tel: (04) 3999 123. More info on website.

Friday July 14

5. Celebrate Bastille Day

Bagatelle’s week-long Bastille Day celebrations will cumulate on Friday July 14. This upscale French restaurant is bringing its typical pairing of opulent food and loud music for an all-night party. Bagatelle’s most popular entertainers will be on hand to provide a lively programme of typical Parisienne celebration. Head here for two other options for Bastille Day celebrations.

The Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road, 8pm-11pm. Tel: 04 354 5035. More info on website

6. Turn it up Jamaican style

Wildly popular Jamaican spot Miss Lily’s has a new brunch. They’re promising booming reggae beats, a five-hour all-inclusive beverage package of tropical flavours and a la carte choices from their menu. There’s also a soft beverage package, which will be perfect for a chilled-out afternoon (well, chilled-ish).

Sheraton Grand, Sheikh Zayed Road, 12pm-5pm Dhs250 soft, Dhs390 house. Tel: (04) 354 4074. More info on website

7. Get Garage at XL

xl dubai

No.1 Friday’s, Dubai’s longest-running urban night is bringing The Heartless Crew to XL Dubai this Friday, they’re one of the UK’s biggest Garage trios. They last performed together in Dubai in 2009 before they split. The group has now reformed and are performing in Dubai together for the first time in almost 8 years.

Habtoor Grand, Sheikh Zayed Road, 9pm-3am Dhs100 before 1am, Dhs150 thereafter. Tel (50) 738 1388. More info on website

Saturday July 15

8. Head to a book reading

The wonderful folk at Al Serkal have started a new series of book talks, and today’s one will be particularly fascinating: Hussain Ali Lootah, the author of Between Two Wives, the UAE’s first book to tackle the subject of polygamy, will have a conversation with Walter Paice while also reading a passage from the book and taking questions from the audience.

Nadi Al Quoz, Al Serkal Ave, 4pm to 6pm, free but registration essential. More info on website.  

9. Make history at Dubai Mall

Movie distributor Empire will aim to create the largest gathering of people dressed as emojis. The world record attempt co-insides with the release of the Emoji Movie, which hits cinemas next month and will happen at the Dubai Mall ice-rink. Read all about it here.

Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road. 4:30pm-6:30pm Tel: (800) 38224 6255. More info on Facebook 

10. Zen out with Free Yoga

Join 136.1 Yoga Studio for a free yoga class this Saturday at the Ripe Summer Market in Times Square Center. Class starts at 11am and all levels are welcome to join, but make sure to take your own yoga mat. Plus, complete the healthy Saturday by shopping fresh and organic fruit & veg and pantry essentials at The Ripe Organic Stand, which is open 9am-3pm.

Time Square Centre, Al Quoz, 11am-12pm Tel: (04) 315 7000. More info on Facebook 

11. Enjoy an Urban Oasis

Soak up the last of the weekend sun with a poolside brunch at Andreeas. Doors open from 9am, and this is the time for the early risers to stake their claim to the best of the sunbeds. Brunch starts from 2 m with tapas style sushi & Mediterranean bites along with a refreshing drinks package with drinks available from the swim up bar.

Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 2pm-5pm, Dhs295 house, Dhs350 sparkling. Tel: (04) 408 4400. More info on website

12. Catch some Saturday cinema

For an alternative summer evening, Joe & Sons will be hosting bi-monthly Saturday Cinema nights in their pop-up cinema. It’s kicking off this Saturday with Taylor Steele’s surf travel classic documentary Castles in the Sky. There’s also Mexican street food, drinks and cinema snacks all lined up.

Warehouse 9 & 10, Al Quoz, 2pm-5pm, free entry. Tel: (04) 341 5339. More info on Facebook
– For more about Dubai straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook

Images: Supplied