The three-day weekend is finally official, and there are parties galore to be had…

We now know it’s a three-day weekend, so we’ve rounded up heaps of stuff to keep you busy.

There are free art classes and free food for kids, offers for adults on one-off brunches and fitness classes, plus two mega club openings.

Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday September 21

1. Kids eat free all weekend at The Scene

Over the long weekend from Thursday to Saturday, British restaurant The Scene is serving up something special for the little ones. As part of their back to school promotion, kids can eat free with every adult meal purchased. It can be redeemed all day, too.

4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 8am to 2am Thurs to Sat. Tel: (04) 222 2328. More info on website

2. See a superstar opera duo

Dubai Opera is hosting opera superstars Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov for one night only. The popular couple will perform An Evening of Opera Highlights with guest star Elchin Azizov.

Dubai Opera, The Opera District, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs350. Tel: (800) 36227. More info on website

3. Head to a Thursday night brunch at Lucky Voice

Due to the Wednesday dry night, Lucky Voice is running a special edition of its Dukebox brunch on Thursday. There will be unlimited food and drinks on offer, plus interactive entertainment that includes a party DJ and group sing-a-longs with karaoke songs chosen by you.

6th floor, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, 7pm to 10pm, Dhs150 soft drinks, Dhs250 house drinks, Dhs295 sparkling drinks Tel: 800 58259. More info on website.

4. Get down to yoga on The Palm

There’s a group yoga session happening on the beach at Anantara The Palm this Thursday. The hour-long session costs Dhs49 and will focus on combating the stresses of modern life.

Anantara, The Palm, 6.45pm to 7.45pm, Dhs49. Tel:(04) 567 8140. More info on Facebook

5. Enjoy dinner created by a celebrity chef

Chef Heinz Beck, who has earned three Michelin stars, is back on the pots and pans this September at Social by Heinz Beck, his signature restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria. There’s a specially created seven-course menu on offer set to take you on a culinary journey, with both wine-paired and non-alcoholic options.

Waldorf Astoria, The Palm, Mon to Sat, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs650 without wine pairing, Dhs1100 with wine pairing. Tel: (04) 818 2222. More info on website.

Friday September 22

6. Get your party fix at Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE reopened last week, and the new look beach club will be hosting a one-off beach brunch on Friday from 1pm to 4pm for Dhs350. Plus, they’re extending their opening times for the occasion until 1am (it usually closes at 11pm). This Friday, Butch and Lee Curtis will be taking to the decks.

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, Fri and Sat 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (056) 113 3400. More info on website.

7. Head to the reopening of this d3 nightclub

BASE, the open-air superclub that landed in Dubai Design District in April, returns for its season opening this Friday September 22. The full new season line-up includes French Montana and Tyga, but it will be DJ Magnum doing a live PA this week to kick things off.

Dubai Design District. From Fri Sept 22. Tel: (055) 313 4999. More info on website

8. Enjoy cheese and wine at an upscale French restaurant

La Serre is hosting a cheese tasting event in collaboration with cheese master, Patrice Marchand, where you can learn about the history and tradition of some 40 cheeses that will be on offer. These will be paired with either one glass of wine for Dhs175, or three for Dhs225.

Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Dhs175 with one glass of wine, Dhs225 with three. Tel: (04) 428 6969. More info on website.

9. Head to a free fitness class

Common Grounds cafe and Warehouse Gym are coming together for a one-of-a-kind 45-minute circuit class and community breakfast this Friday. Catering to Dubai’s health and wellness community, the class is a high intensity interval training workout followed by a hearty breakfast and it’s completely free.

Warehouse Gym, JBR, 11am, Friday Sept 22, free. Tel: (04) 368 4080. More info on Facebook

10. Get creative at a dreamcatcher workshop

The Shoebox is a creative collective space in Jumeirah that’s part retail, part work space. This Friday, they’re hosting a new craft workshop and inviting participants to come by and try making their own dreamcatcher. It’s Dhs200 for the three-hour class.

The Shoebox, Jumeirah Center, Jumeirah Beach Road, 1pm to 3pm, Dhs200, spaces are limited. Tel: (056) 911 0880. More info on Facebook.

Saturday September 23

11. Find your zen with underwater yoga

Piloga Studio takes over the Dubai Aquarium every Saturday morning for the month of September. The weekly ‘Underwater Yoga’ series will be led by experts from Piloga Studio Pilates & Yoga, who invite participants of all abilities to join the session.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Saturday 8am to 9am, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 456 4499. More info on Facebook

12. Feast through Saturday at City Walk

City Walk hotel La Ville is launching a new Saturday Grazing Feast at Graze Gastro Grill. There will be a flow of dishes served to the table designed to be shared, such as Sea Bass Ceviche, Catch of the Day, BBQ Short Ribs, Baked Oysters and Wild Mushrooms.

La Ville Hotel and Suites, City Walk, Saturday, Dhs199 with soft beverages. Tel: (054) 309 5948 More info on website.

13. Party hard at the season opening of White

The Meydan superclub White Dubai is back after its summer hiatus, and it’s got a brand new look – plus two new nights WhiteHouse and Bizaar to add to its famous Saturday URBN ladies’ night. They’re kicking things off with a full line-up of some of the region’s top DJs, plus Disturbing London’s DJ Charlsey.

White Dubai, Meydan, Thurs to Sat 10pm to 3am. Tel:(050) 443 0933. More info on website.

14. Soak up the last of the weekend

Take a refreshing dip in cool waters and party from afternoon to evening while enjoying panoramic views over Dubai from Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Cu-ba Rooftop pool party has a more chilled out vibe than some of the party-hard pools, but still comes with unlimited drinks.

Rooftop, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, 2pm to 6pm, Saturdays, Dhs120 ladies, Dhs190 gents. Tel: (04) 230 8458. More info on website.

15. Take the kids to a free painting workshop in d3

Take the kids for a fun afternoon at the Jam Jar workshops in d3. This Saturday, children will be able to take part in an acrylic painting class. It’s open to children aged five and above and is free of charge. Places are secured on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Atrium 4, d3, 12.30pm to 1.30pm or 2pm to 3pm, free. Tel:(04) 399 0009. More info on Facebook

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