12 things to do in Dubai this weekend
A six-hour mega brunch, a new market menu at the world’s tallest restaurant and a casual game of bubble soccer…
A weekend well spent brings a week of content. Well, that’s what we’ve decided.
So, whether it’s eating your way round Dubai, heading for a happy hour with a twist, or taking up some high-energy lava floor fun, we’ve got your weekend planned.
Here are 12 things to do in Dubai this weekend…
Thursday August 3
1. Eat a new 5-course menu at the world’s tallest restaurant
With dishes crafted by Executive Chef Christopher Graham, the 5-course Market Menu at At.mosphere is all about European flavours. Expect to enjoy dishes including home smoked mackerel, pan seared sea bream and slow cooked duck breast. Try and head up there for sunset, as this fine-dining spot is on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa.
Level 122, Burj Khalifa, 6pm to 11:30pm, Dhs495. Tel: (04) 888 3828. More info on website.
2. Enjoy discounts in D3
There’s a whole host of discounts to be had at D3 on weekdays throughout the summer, with a 3-hour happy hour that applies to clothing, art, food and drink from 5pm to 8pm Sunday to Thursday. Several outlets are taking part: some of the deals you’ll find include buy-one-get-one-free on selected beverage at Chez Charles, 10% off purchases at Gallery Ward and 30% off sandwiches, pastries and coffee at Craft Cafe.
Various locations, Dubai Design District, 5pm-8pm Sun-Thurs. Tel: (04) 433 3000. More info on website
3. See an underground Techno legend
Lawrence and Carsten Jost are this week’s headliners at Analog Room. Lawrence runs the Kompakt-affiliated Dial label out of Hamburg, Germany. He also releases more techno-oriented music under the name Sten. Lawrence has two other lesser -nown projects, ‘Lloyd (abstract hip hop) and an ambient guitar project called Bordeaux. Should be an interesting night then.
Industrial Avenue Westin Hotel, Dubai Marina, 10pm-3am, Dhs100. Tel: 050 883 3172. More info on Facebook
4. Head to the fairground of fun
Zero Gravity’s all-inclusive ‘fairground of fun’ Thursday night brunch has retreated inside for the summer. As well as a host of food and beverage stations, there’s ping pong, air hockey, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and classic video arcade games. Food-wise, expect shellfish, sliders, and live-cooking stations.
Sky Dive Dubai, 8pm-11pm, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website
Friday August 4
5. Tackle a 6-hour bumper brunch
Midsummer madness is taking over McGettigans JLT with a one-off six-hour bumper brunch this weekend. There’s unlimited house drinks from 12pm to 6pm, food served until 4pm and live music throughout the day. And, if you’re still keen to stay on, there’s a three-hour ‘drunch’ package 6pm to 9pm that means unlimited house drinks for Dhs199.
6. Take your teens to a floor is lava competition
Bounce Dubai is running a competition for teens at its newly-launched X-Park Challenge Course this weekend. Competitors will be invited to head down to X-Park to complete the course in the quickest time – but the catch is, they can’t touch the lava floor! The three teens who record the quickest time and avoid the ‘bubbling’ floor will bag themselves a prize.
Building 32, 4B Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1, 4.30pm to 8.30pm, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 321 1400 . More info on website
7. Indulge in a nine-course Middle Eastern menu
If you’re bored of brunch, Greg Malouf’s modern Middle Eastern eatery Zahira is launching a nine-course feasting menu this Friday. Each course is paired with wine and dishes include wagyu basturma and hazelnut falafel, twice-cooked spatchcock chicken fatteh and Lahem meshwi.
The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs495. Tel: (04) 501 8606. More info on website
8. Tuck in to a breakfast of champions
Reform has just launched not one but two very British breakfast menus. For a great way to start the day, check out their breakfast of champions which includes sausages, tomato, mushrooms, beans, eggs, fried bread, a floured bap, a hot drink and an orange juice, and costs Dhs90. There are also new ‘on toast’ dishes and a few healthy options too.
Reform, The Lakes, 8am to 11.30am. Tel: (04) 454 2638. More info on website.
Saturday August 5
9. Check out a new menu
There’s some brand new food to try at Marina Social, as 18 dishes have just been added to Jason Atherton’s contemporary British menu. There are panoramic views of Dubai Marina and food inspired by the flavours of Marina Social’s sister restaurant in London. Signatures include citrus cured salmon, steamed seabass and lamb loin with Dauphinoise potatoes.
Intercontinental Dubai Marina, 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 4466 664. More info on website
10. Get a guided tour in Al Quoz
This bi-monthly, one-hour tour of the galleries in Alserkal Avenue returns this Saturday. Meet the people who run all the individual spaces, and learn more about their current exhibitions and programming.
Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, 5.15pm to 6.15pm, free. Tel: 050 556 9797. More info on website.
11. Take up some bubble soccer
Ever fancied a game of football in a giant inflatable bubble? Well now you can give it a go at this indoor court in Al Quoz. Enjoy an hour-long game of football, but don’t get too close to your competitors as you’ll be flown backwards by their bubble.
6th St, Al Quoz 1, Warehouse Number 3, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs120. Tel:056 549 9624. More info on Facebook
12. Try a Thali lunch
Spice up your weekend with Bombay Brasserie’s new Thali lunch deal. For Dhs95, you get a beautifully presented platter of Northern Indian taster plates (there are both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options) – so it’s perfect for indecisive diners who like trying lots of different dishes. This restaurant also has great views of the Burj, so we reckon this is a good option if you have visitors in town you need to impress.
Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai, Business Bay. Thali lunch available Saturday to Thursday, 12.30pm to 3pm. Dhs95. Tel: (04) 438 3100. More info on website.