15 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Party in the Park, a celebrity chef, fitness challenges and beachside brunches…
This has to be one of our favourite weekends on the calendar. Not only is it the return of our favourite concert Party in the Park (if you still haven’t got your tickets grab them quick here), but we’re back outside beachside brunching, participating in al fresco fitness, heading to an outdoor market and a LobsterFest.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend…
Thursday November 9
1. Head to a trivia night with Gordon Ramsay
Following its recent launch, Bread Street Kitchen’s Trivia Night will welcome a very special host this Thursday as Gordon Ramsay makes his return. Taking place in the garden and restaurant, teams of between four and 10 guests are invited to an evening of British-themed questions, Gordon-related trivia and live music throughout the evening. For Dhs495, guests can enjoy a specially created dinner menu, arrival cocktail and free-flowing house beverages.
Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs495 house beverage and dinner. Tel: (04) 426 1000. More info on website
2. Drink for Dhs10 at the Sheraton Grand
Fuze at Dawn & Dusk has a new drinks deal on Thursday which offers selected drinks for Dhs10 from 8pm to 10pm. The bar at the Sheraton Grand Hotel is one of the emirate’s highest rooftop bars, and as well as drinks deals and a BBQ bites menu, comes complete with views of the city’s record-breaking skyline.
Fuze at Dawn & Dusk, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Thursday 8pm to 10pm, drinks from Dhs10. Tel: (04) 503 4444. More info on website
3. Get raving with Ravelations
UAE-based psychedelic music portal and internationally renowned psytrance production, Ravelations, brings to a close its 10th anniversary celebrations with legendary progressive psytrance artist Atmos, aka Tomasz Balicki, at Bridgewater Tavern.
Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, 10pm to 3am, Thurs Nov 9, Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after. More info on Facebook
4. Dine al fresco at a boat show
The Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show returns to the Dubai Creek Marina from Wednesday to Saturday, with the introduction of a LobsterFest where guests can load up on a variety of tasty lobster dishes from just Dhs45. There will also be a host of new family-friendly activities, including games, balloon activities, face painting, arts & crafts workshops, soft play areas, bouncy castles and a petting zoo.
Dubai Creek Marina, Thurs 4pm to 9pm Fri and Sat 12pm to 9pm, free entry. Tel: (04) 295 6000. More info on website
5. Head to a Party in the Park warm-up
Dubai-based Oasis tribute band Faux-Asis is holding a free show at Scarlet Cardinal in the Sofitel JBR as a warm-up for Liam Gallagher who’ll be headlining our favourite Party in the Park. From 10pm, the band will be covering a range of Oasis hits.
Scarlet Cardinial, Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Residence, JBR, 10pm to late, Thursday Nov 9, free. Tel: (056) 222 9914. More info on website
Friday November 10
6. Battle it out in the F45 championships
One of the world’s most innovative fitness championships, F45, is coming to Barasti Beach this Friday. Focusing on speed, strength, agility, endurance, mobility and power, it’s a 10 exercise, 10 minute challenge that includes rowing, bench hop, burpees and sprints. There’s Dhs5000 up for grabs for the winners (Dhs2500 for both the male and female winner).
Barasti Beach, Dubai Marina, 8am to 11am, Friday November 10, Registration is Dhs100, entry for the public is free. More info on website
7. Party in the Park
Oasis frontman and renowned Brit pop bad boy Liam Gallagher will take to the stage for this year’s Party in the Park, which returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. He will be joined by none other than UK electronica legends The Chemical Brothers, performing a very special DJ set. It will be followed by the official Indie after-party at ON42 hosted by Step On.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Dh350, Dhs650 for brunch, Dhs995 for VIP. Tel: (04) 274 3555. Buy your tickets here
8. Brunch by the beach (sort of)
Reform will play host to a monthly festival-style brunch on the lakeside, with all things inspired by Brighton Beach starting this Friday. Take a trip down memory lane and indulge in fish and chips with mushy peas served in newspaper, shell on prawns, doughnuts, ice cream, and classic British BBQ dishes. It comes with three hours of free-flowing drinks.
Reform, The Lakes, Friday November 10, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs150 kids, Dhs260 soft, Dhs360 house, Dhs405 sparkling. Tel: (04) 454 2638. More info on website
9. Celebrate a new season by The Beach
The Beach JBR is hosting two days of activities, from a picnic to a wide selection of beach games, where guests will be able to feel the sand back between their toes while enjoying the cooler weather. There will be three interactive zones; Taste, Enjoy and Play where beachgoers can revel in a variety of activities to carry them through the weekend.
The Beach JBR, 2pm to 10pm, Fri Nov 10 and Sat Nov 11, free. Tel:(04) 317 3999. More info on website
10. Experience a Yoga Retreat with Dina Ghandour
Anantara The Palm is running a day-long retreat programme with certified yoga instructor, Dina Ghandour. There will be a 90-minute energising yoga class, three-course healthy lunch at The Beach House, complimentary use of the spa facilities and beach access, a choice of a 60-minute Hammam or a relaxing full body massage and 60-minute meditative and restorative Yoga class. The full-day event costs Dhs799 per person.
Anantara The Palm Dubai, Friday November 10, Dhs799. Tel: (04) 567 8140. More info on website
Saturday November 11
11. Meet and mingle with fellow parents
There’s a new series of Practically Parenting workshops taking place in collaboration with The Mothership to create a forum for parents to meet, mingle and share parenting tips in Dubai. Each session will focus on a different topic, from health and safety to nutrition.
Sesame Dubai, Sunset Mall, Jumeirah, Sat Nov 11, 9am to 11am, Dhs175 including breakfast and refreshments. Email Nicola@welikecustard.com to book
12. Spend Saturday morning at a sunrise market
Every Saturday, The Sum Of Us is serving up a sunrise market from their front doorstep. The morning market will play host to an array of local arts and craft vendors, with Dubai Garden Centre taking the top table alongside other brands. There will also be baked treats from Rise&Dawn Bakehouse and Encounter Coffee, and the super early risers will be able to enjoy a free fitness class before the market at 7am, which you can sign up for here.
The Sum of Us, Burj Al Salam Tower, Downtown Dubai, Saturday 7am to 11am. Tel: (056) 445 7526. More info on website
13. Run the happiest 5km on the planet
Considered the largest running series in the world, the Colour Run returns to the UAE this Saturday. Dubbed the “happiest 5km on the planet”, colour runners can look forward to even more fun this year with a new foam zone, where foam clouds will cover all those who take part. Runners will be covered from head to toe in an array of colours in the colour zones along the 5km, untimed route. Along the course, participants can show their aspirations on the dream wall, snap selfies with giant unicorns, and enjoy the ultimate colour party with family and friends at the finish festival.
Dubai Autodrome, Sat November 11, tickets from Dhs160. Tel: (04) 367 8700. More info on website
14. Recover from Sensation with a brunch deal
Heading to Sensation this year? Then you’ll want to know about Sensation Afterglow at Club Vista Mare. The official closing event will take place at Club Vista Mare from 12pm, with each of the seven restaurants offering a special brunch menu for that day. Expect an evening of music and sundowners with live entertainment from Sensation’s very own Mr. White, who has been travelling the world alongside Sensation for several years. Two DJs from Tomorrowland – Barry Fore and Robert Falcon – will also be playing live.
Club Vista Mare, The Palm, Saturday November 11, brunch 1pm to 5pm, entertainment until late. More info on website
15. Take part in a Dubai scavenger hunt
Want to see the city in a fun new way? Local tour guides Emirati Kashtas are organising the ‘Ultimate Scavenger Hunt Challenge’ this Saturday, covering cool places like Boxpark, City Walk, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, and Dubai Creek. There are some great prizes up for grabs from IMG World, Despresso, Al Bait Al Qadeem restaurant, and more.
Departs from Boxpark at 10am, ends at 2pm. Transport will be provided during the day. Dhs185. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on website