15 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Brand new brunches, live music, yoga, theatre and a nostalgic 90s night..
So how are you going to spend your first weekend of the brand new month? Well, we’ve got a few ideas. Whether it’s checking out the stunning performance of Evita at Dubai Opera which is in it’s final few days, or you’re looking for a brand new brunch, dinner deal or ladies’ night, we’re bringing you the city’s best.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend…
Thursday February 1
1. See an iconic musical at Dubai Opera
The run of the tear-jerking Evita comes to an end at Dubai Opera on Saturday February 3. When it comes to strong First Ladies, Eva Peron is right up there among the best. The Argentinian heroine, a former actress, helped her husband Colonel Juan Peron guide the country through a turbulent time from 1946 to her death in 1952, and in doing so became an icon of the South American country.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Mon to Thur 8pm, Fri and Sat 2.30pm and 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 440 8888. More info on website
2. Gather your mates for some pub-grub
The recently re-launched menu at Copper Dog now includes tailored set menus, so if you’ve got a big group to get together, you can tuck in to a selection of bites from Dhs165 per person. There’s three set menus to choose from, with pub favourites including fish and chips and steak and ale pie. Add on a three hour unlimited drinks package for Dhs195.
Copper Dog, DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR, Dubai, packages from Dhs165 per person, drinks package Dhs195 per person. Tel (04) 5595 355. More info on website
3. Enjoy a wine and cheese night on the golf course
There’s a brand new cheese night every Thursday at the Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club. From 7.30pm to 11pm, tuck in to a selected cheese board with unlimited red and white wines for two hours- it’s Dhs199.
Jones the Grocer, Emirates Golf Club, 7.30pm to 11pm, Thursday, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 417 9999. More info on website
4. See an emerging swiss pop band
Pegasus are one of Switzerland’s most successful pop bands, having recently signed a major recording contract with Columbia Music Germany. Their latest album was released last year, and we’re expecting new music to drop from the trio this year. The award-winning group are performing a one-off gig at the Madinat Theatre this Thursday.
Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat, 8.30pm to 12am, Thursday February 1, Dhs75. Tel: (04) 366 6546. More info on website
5. Kick off the weekend with a ladies’ night
Ricetta at the Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai has just launched two ladies’ nights. Every Thursday and Friday night from 6pm onwards, ladies can enjoy two complimentary cocktails to get their evening started at this cosy Italian restaurant.
Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, 6pm onwards, Thursday and Friday. Tel: (04) 3977444. More info on website
Friday February 2
6. Head to a live music festival at a lively JBR bar
It’s fast become one of the city’s liveliest party bars, and this Friday Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR are throwing a Notting Hill-meets-Portobello Road one-day music festival. From 6pm onwards, expect a street party menu, with live music from 13 Daze.
Lock Stock and Barrel, Rixos Premium, JBR, Friday February 2, 6pm to 3am. Tel: (058) 836 2891. More info on website
7. Enjoy a nostalgic nineties night out
If you’re looking for a nostalgic night out this February, the Irish Village are throwing the bash for you. B*Witched, S Club 3, and Liberty X will all headline a night of British ’90s bands taking to the stage for the latest installment of Remix 92.
Remix 92 at The Irish Village, Garhoud, Dubai, Friday February 2, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 2824750. More info on website
8. Take advantage of a teachers discount at McGettigans DWTC
McGettigan’s are giving teachers and school staff 75 percent off drinks on Friday February 2 from 2pm to 6pm at their Dubai World Trade Center branch. All you need to do to get hold of the discount is show us your staff ID to take advantage of the offer.
McGettigan’s DWTC, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed, 2pm to 6pm, Friday February 2. Tel: (04) 378 0800. More info on website
9. Take the family to a kite fiesta
Dubai Outlet Mall is hosting its annual Kite Fiesta this weekend. Visitors can witness a showcase of kites and kite flyers from the world, plus there will be carnival-style entertainment with kite making workshops, children’s play area, food courts and live music.
Dubai Outlet Mall, 10am to 5pm, Friday Feb 2, Dhs75 family of four, Dhs35 single ticket. Tel: (056) 225 2855. More info on website
10. Check out a Beirut-themed evening brunch
Bhar, the modern Middle Eastern brasserie in the recently-opened Renaissance Downtown hotel has just launched a new Friday brunch. Bringing Beirut vibes to the Friday evening offering, Chef Mohanad Alshamali has curated a menu which features dishes such as marinated poussin, Turkish beef tartare and sweet milk bastille. Local DJ Karrouhat takes to the decks to offer a lively vibe against the backdrop of the Dubai Canal.
+961 brunch, Bhar, Renaissance Downtown, 7.30pm to 11pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (04) 512 5511. More info on website
Saturday February 3
11. Enjoy a grown up brunch
Equal parts cocktail bar, retro club and delicatessen, Barbary has just launched it’s weekend A La Carte brunch menu on Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm till 5pm. Not your usual Dubai Brunch, grab a chair on the terrace and tuck in to A La Carte offerings such as steak and eggs and the Barbary Shakshouka and a range of Bloody Mary’s to match.
Barbary, TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 5pm. Tel: (04) 247 6688. More info on website
12. Start your Saturday with poolside yoga
Is getting fit part of your new year’s resolutions? Then this could be for you. There’s a brand new poolside yoga class at Coco on 8 every Saturday from 9am. The 1 hour class, which costs Dhs70 will include unlimited infused water, towel and access to changing room facilities.
Coco on 8, Media One Hotel, 9am to 10am, Saturdays, Dhs70. More info on website
13. See a free al fresco film
Golden Mile Galleria is bringing a month-long series of free outdoor family movie nights to Palm Jumeirah. Families can enjoy a fun line-up of children’s films every Friday and Saturday, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. This Saturday, it’s Stork.
Golden Mile Galleria, The Palm Jumeirah, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Friday and Saturday, free. Tel (04) 390 3333. More info on website
14. Finish the weekend with a Saturday brunch at a luxury address
Malibu meets Dubai at The Terrace, Burj Al Arab, with Scape’s new California fusion brunch. Served straight to the table, it’s an international range of starters, mains and desserts including the sushi donuts, angus beef tataki, lobster, braised short ribs and glazed Baltic salmon. There are four drinks stations serving a range of cocktails, and it’s all enjoyed against a backdrop of some pretty stunning Arabian Gulf views.
Scape, The Terrace, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, 1.30pm to 4pm, Dhs495 soft, Dhs695 house, Dhs795 premium. Tel: (04) 301 7600. More info on website
15. Head to a full moon yoga class
Full moon yoga is back at the Fairmont Palm Jumeirah this Saturday with a 60 minute session followed by 30 minutes of meditation with stunning views of the Dubai Marina skyline. All levels are welcome: it’s a gentle way to wind down the weekend.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 9:30pm, Saturday February 3, Dhs80. Tel: (04) 457 3545. More info on Facebook