A music festival, a Notting Hill Carnival and a Middle Eastern premiere…

One of the best things about Dubai’s melting pot of cultures is the fact that we get to celebrate events and cultures from all around the world. And this week is no exception: there’s a Notting Hill Carnival event, a Middle Eastern premiere of a surfing feature film and a Coachella inspired one-day music festival.

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Here are 12 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday August 24

1. Enjoy a sushi selection for Dhs70

Nikki Privé, the lounge above Nikki Beach Club, invites you to ‘roll’ into Thursday evening with a tasty sushi selection (enough to fill you up) for Dhs70 per person. They also have ‘Apero Time’ happy hour between 7pm and 9pm where you can enjoy selected beverages at Dhs25 while you watch the sun set.

1st Floor, Nikki Beach Club, Pearl Jumeira, Thurs & Fri, 7pm to 9pm, Dhs70. Tel: (04) 376 6162. More info on Facebook.

2. Grab a bargain

The Big Clearance Sale is on this weekend with over 80 per cent off more than 50 fashion, lifestyle and beauty brands at Dubai World Trade Centre. Participating brands include H&M, Debenhams, River Island, Topshop, Victoria’s Secret, DKNY and Guess, and there are also prizes to be won including two cash prizes of Dhs5,000 and two Renault Koleos cars.

Dubai World Trade Centre Za’beel halls 1, 2 and 3, Thurs to Sat 11am to 10.30pm, Dhs10 for entry. Tel: 971 600 55559. More info on website

3. Enjoy a free comedy show

‘Hangry for Comedy’ will showcase some of the best homegrown funny guys in the UAE at Al Quoz’s Hangry Hanger pop up this Thursday. The free comedy gig is surrounded by a bunch of homegrown food pop ups too, so you can satisfy your food and comedy cravings.

Hangry Hangar, Warehouse Four, Al Quoz (inside the LED warehouse), 8pm to 11pm, free. Tel: (056) 440 6022. More info on Facebook

4. Order in and get half price Pizza

Talabat has teamed up with some of Dubai’s most loved pizza joints to give people up to 50% off when ordering during their ‘pizza week’, which has just started and ends on Tuesday August 29. All you have to do is order from one of their seven nominated restaurants and you will be eligible for a discount upon checkout. Restaurants taking part include 800 Pizza, Oregano, The Pizza Company and Paavo’s Pizza.

Various outlets, until Aug 29. Tel: (800) 117 117. More info on website

Friday August 25

5. Get in the carnival spirit

Get into the Carribean Carnival spirit at Lucky Voice as they’re celebrating 50 years of Europe’s biggest street festival tonight. Experience the authentic street vibes of the famous Notting Hill Carnival with live music by Game Over band and DJ Mitchell. There will also be performances from samba dancers to the sounds of the steel pan, and tropical cocktail promotions all night.

6th floor, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, 8pm to 3am. Tel: (800) 58259. More info on website.

6. Enjoy a five-hour bumper brunch

Get stuck into five hours of unlimited house drinks along with a three-course meal for Dhs279 at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat’s ‘Midsummer Madness’ brunch. There will be live entertainment alongside their regular DJ programme, plus happy hour deals until 8pm, and house beverages at Dhs25 till midnight.

McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Madinat Jumeirah, 12pm to 5pm, Dhs279. Tel: (04) 447 0219. More info on website.

7. Head to a one-day music festival

Kaynouna Old Souls is making its debut at Tribeca this Friday. The electronic and deep house music movement brings together Coachella inspired décor, electrifying music, bodyart and Hoola Hooping courtesy of Flow Ground. There will be performances from both regional and international talents and tickets are Dhs110 beforehand or Dhs150 on the night.

Tribeca, Level 1, JA Ocean View Hotel, 9pm to 2am, from Dhs110. Tel: (050) 345 6067. More info on Facebook

8. Try a DEFINE workout

At DEFINE, indoor cycling or ‘rev’ classes provide all of the cardiovascular benefits of a sweat-dripping workout, in addition to strength and muscle building. Their 30-30-30 class consists of 30 minutes of body to build strength, 30 minutes of rev for cardio and a 30 minute mind class. It’s a well-balanced 90-minute session to kick-start your Friday afternoon.
Unit 17, Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina, 1pm to 2.30pm, Dhs110. Tel: (04) 421 6377. More info on website

Saturday August 26

9. Catch a Middle Eastern premiere

Joe & Sons will be hosting the Middle East Premiere of The South to Sian Journals tonight, a feature film documenting the fun, challenges, wipeouts and victories experienced by the Deus boys as they embarked on the two year odyssey to create the award winning film South to Sian. The Joe & Sons kitchen will be open too, offering their signature Mexican street food.

Warehouse 9 & 10, 6b Street, Al Quoz 3, 7pm to 10pm, free entry. Tel: (04) 341 5339. More info on Facebook

10. Have breakfast in the sky

There’s a brand new breakfast menu at the world’s tallest restaurant. With sweeping views of Downtown Dubai, you can tuck into sweet or savoury a la carte dishes or indulge in the new ‘Decadence Menu’ (Dhs325). It comes complete with continental breakfast items such as an exotic fruit platter or a French pastry selection, and main course dishes like an organic 3-egg omelette, sweet crêpes and brioche french toast. Plus, UAE residents can enjoy 35 per cent off with a valid Emirates ID.

Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily 7am to 11am, Decadance menu Dhs325. Tel: (04) 888 3828. More info on website

11. Head to a new house night in DIFC

Dusty’s are launching a brand new house night, aptly named ‘HAUS’, this Saturday. Expect a migrating music policy covering tech, minimal and progressive house tunes from the DJ line up and a smart casual dress code. It’s a guest list-only entry policy, and you can send a direct message to get on the guest list via the Facebook page.

Podium Level, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, 9pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 354 5435. More info on Facebook

12. Meditate and mingle at Fairmont the Palm

State of One invites you to experience music, meditative dance, new breathing techniques and a themed guided meditation at Fairmont the Palm. The two hour session costs Dhs100 and yoga mats, towels, water and refreshments will all be provided.

Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Saturday 5pm to 7pm, Dhs100. Tel: (04) 457 3545. More info on Facebook.

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