12 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Fill your final weekend of the year with all of this…
It’s official: We’re on the final countdown to the last few days of 2017.
But fear not, there’s still plenty to cram in to the last weekend of the year.
Here are 12 things to do in Dubai this weekend…
Thursday December 28
1. See a world-class DJ
The world’s number one electronic DJ, Hardwell, will make his debut appearance at Nasimi Beach on Thursday night. Taking place from 7pm to 3am, the Dutch progressive electronic house dynamo will touch down on Nasimi’s shores as part of his global tour, closing 2017 with an epic set of tracks from his stellar catalog. Tickets start from Dhs200.
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, 7pm to 3am, Thursday December 28, from Dhs250. Tel: (055) 200 4321. More info on Facebook
2. Tuck in to a festive menu at Moe’s on the 5th
If you’ve not had your fill of festive feasting, jingle on down to Moe’s on the 5th for a three-course Christmas feast for Dhs295 per person including soft drinks. Festive favourites on the menu include foie gras terrine and chestnut veloute to start, and orange glazed duck confit and roasted venison loin for the main course.
Moe’s on the 5th, Level 5, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, daily 6pm to 1am until January 1 2018, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 333 3055. More info on Facebook
3. Watch a festive fairytale at Ductac
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this month’s festive panto at Ductac, where you can join Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy and Happy as they help their new friend Snow White defeat the Wicked Queen. Expect a blend of professional actors and technical crew from the UK working alongside UAE-based performers.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 11am and 3pm, from Dhs85. Tel: (04) 341 4777. More info on website
Friday December 29
4. See The Nutcracker for free at Dubai Mall
If you’re heading to Dubai Mall for DSF this weekend, you can catch live ballet mini performances of The Nutcracker. Taking place outside Galeries Lafayette, the performances are free to enjoy at 5pm, 6pm and 7.30pm.
The Dubai Mall, outside Galeries Lafayette, Downtown Dubai, 5pm, 6pm and 7.30pm, free. Tel: (800) 38224 625. More info on website
5. Party Ibiza-style at a new weekly night
The famous Mambo Brothers are bringing their brand to Dubai full-time, with Cafe Mambo set to take over Soho Garden every Friday from this week. As well as monthly appearances from Christian and Alan Anadon, aka the Mambo Brothers, it’s also expected that international DJs will descend on the decks at the Ibizan brand. They’re kicking off with Franky Rizardo and Mat.Joe.
Soho Garden, Meydan, Dubai, 5pm to 3am, every Friday, free entry. Tel: (056) 82 22 559. More info on Facebook
6. See an Arabic megastar at Media City
Arabic music megastar Amr Diab will perform at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre two days before New Year’s Eve. One of the region’s most popular musicians, the star is returning to one of his most beloved venues, the outdoor arena at Media City. Tickets start from Dhs195.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Friday Dec 29, 7.30pm to 11.30pm, from Dhs195. Tel: (04) 501 3628. More info on website
7. See a popstar perform at a Jumeirah hotspot
British popstar and X Factor winner James Arthur is set to take to the stage at popular Jumeirah Beach Hotel nightclub Mahiki this Friday, December 29. The hitmaker, who won the British reality TV show in 2012, rose to fame thanks to his easy-listening voice and popular acoustic covers.
Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Friday December 29, 8pm to 3am, Dhs200 unlimited drinks 8pm to 12am, from Dhs2500 table packages. Tel: (055) 216 0181. More info on Facebook
8. Find your zen with free yoga
Every Friday throughout winter, there’s a free yoga class run by the stretchy experts from Lululemon. The classes take place outside on the Dubai Marina Mall promenade from 8.30am. There’s no need to re register, just show up on the day. Mats are provided.
Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, 8.30am to 9.30am, Fridays. Tel: (04) 436 1020. More info on website
Saturday December 30
9. Head to a ladies’ night with an urban superstar
It’s their final Saturday ladies’ night of the year, and White Dubai is bringing internationally famed singer and rapper Akon to celebrate on the night, which kicks off at 10pm. There’s complimentary sushi for ladies until 12.30am, and unlimited free drinks all night.
White Dubai, Meydan, 10pm to 3am, door policy applies. Tel: (050) 443 0933. More info on Facebook
10. Tuck into a recovery roast
Head on down to Lock, Stock & Barrel’s Saturday and Sunday Roast of the Day. For Dhs129, enjoy two meats from a selection of beef, chicken or lamb alongside all the usual trimmings. It’s available from 2pm to 10pm, with happy hour available from 4pm to 8pm, plus football fans can catch all the games on the big screen.
Rixos Premium, JBR, Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 10pm, Dhs129. Tel: (04) 514 9195. More info on website
11. Relax and rewind with a massage for two
After the stress of the holiday season, the Heavenly Spa at The Westin Al Habtoor City is offering a package for two to ensure some relaxation. It includes a 50-minute Heavenly Spa Signature massage access to the spa and pool facilities for the rest of the day and a Dhs150 dining credit to spend in any of the hotels restaurants and bars.
Heavenly Spa, The Westin, Al Habtoor City, daily until December 31, Dhs790 for two. Tel: (04) 437 3300. More info on website
12. Chill out at Dubai Garden Glow
It’s one of the city’s most Instagrammable spots thanks to its glow in the dark multi colour structures. And as it’s opened for its third season, it’s also added Dubai’s first ice park to its list of attractions. As well as the new ice park, there’s also a new ‘magical nights’ area littered with illuminated animal sculptures and a laser effects and lights show.
Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Park two, daily 4pm to 12am, Dubai Garden Glow, Dhs60, extra Dhs40 for entry into the ice park. More info on Facebook