15 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Season closing parties, Saturday dinner deals and the Stereophonics are in town for a live gig…
The weekend is nearly here, and that means it’s time to start planning. As well as live music, there’s dinner deals, outdoor adventure and top artists in town to close some of the city’s biggest clubs.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend…
Thursday May 10
1. Say farewell to a Dubai institution
It was one of Dubai’s best-loved live music venues for 12 years, but this weekend 360 is set to close its doors with one final farewell. Running from Wednesday to Friday, the 72-hour party will see some of the venue’s favourite DJs return to the decks. On Thursday, house night ‘Sunstroke’ teams up with the legendary ‘Must Have Soul’ to pay one last tribute to the iconic venue. With ‘Must Have Soul’ founder Simon Reid on the decks, Sunstroke’s head honcho Jack Woodcock and residents John Spoor and Danny Kwang onboard too, expect old-school hits with a serious beat.
360, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, 5pm to late, Weds May 10 to Fri May 12. Tel: (04) 432 3232 . More info on website
2. Grab yourself a free coffee
Costa is giving away free Frostino drinks every Thursday from 3pm until 10pm to celebrate the launch of their new flavours. This week, it’s the Double Chocolate Marshmallow Frostino on offer, made up of milk, Belgian chocolate sauce and white chocolate syrup, finished with whipped cream and glitter marshmallows.
3. Party hard with a top DJ
The world-famous cake-throwing DJ and producer Steve Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums, including 2013’s Grammy-nominated Wonderland. You can catch him closing the show at Business Bay super club Gotha this Thursday. And if seeing a top electronic DJ wasn’t enough, Gotha is also offering free drinks for ladies from 11pm to 1am on the night.
Gotha Dubai, Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, Thursday May 10, 11pm to 3am. Tel: (055) 1 934 934. More info on website
Friday May 11
4. Rock out with the Stereophonics
They were last in town for the What’s On Party in the Park in 2015, and now Stereophonics are set to return to Dubai. The Welsh rockers will take to the Media City Amphitheatre stage on May 11, stopping off in Dubai as part of their world tour.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Friday May 11, early bird tickets Dhs299, brunch packages Dhs799. Get tickets here
5. Tuck into a hearty British Feast
The Scene by Simon Rimmer has a tasty traditional British dinner deal to take advantage of. Every Friday from 12pm, enjoy a Beef Wellington with two starters for Dhs250 per couple. Pair it with their tab weekender which gets you five drinks for Dhs175.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 6pm, Fridays, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 4222 328. More info on website
6. Adventure by night
As the summer heat kicks in, it may be too hot to adventure outside in the day, but there’s nothing stopping us once the sun goes down. Aventura is launching its nighttime sessions on weekends this May, so you can rope cross, tree surf and zip line across Mushrif Park after dark.
Aventura, Mushrif Park, Dubai, 9am to 10pm, Fri and Sat, Dhs125. Tel: (052) 178 7616. More info on website
7. Party hard at a beach festival
With the end of the season fast approaching, there’s only a couple of weeks left to head to one of Zero Gravity’s famous beach festivals – and for the last one before summer, the beach club is pulling out all the stops. One Big Friday will take over the shores of the Marina beach club on Friday May 11, bringing headline act Jonas Blue, with support from Blonde and Prok & Fitch. This is one party you won’t want to miss.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Al Sufouh, 8am to 3am, Friday May 11, free for ladies, Dhs100 for guys after 8pm or brunch 1pm to 5pm for Dhs295 ladies, Dhs315 guys. Tel: (04) 399 0009. More info on website
8. Soak up the sun at a final al fresco brunch
The famed Traiteur brunch is back at The Promenade at the Park Hyatt and extends through restaurants Noepe and Brasserie Du Park. Although it’s got a heavy French focus, you’ll find dishes from around the world from an extensive seafood buffet, to a collection of roast meats, cold cuts and a dessert room that will make you wish you’d saved more room. Drinks are free flowing and glasses always topped up, and chilled beats are mixed with lively acoustic sets to entertain guests and bring up the tempo as the afternoon progresses.
The Promenade, Park Hyatt, Deira, 1pm to 4.30pm, Fridays, Dhs495 soft, Dhs695 sparkling, Dhs795 premium. Tel: (04) 602 1814. More info on website
9. Head to a French-themed beach party
Nikki Beach Club parties are famous around the world, and this week, the Dubai venue will be playing host to a French-themed beach party, to celebrate the season kicking off at its sister venues.
Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, 11am to 9pm, Friday May 11, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 376 6162. More info on website
Saturday May 12
10. Enjoy a coffee in the sky
Flying Cup, the pop-up cafe on JBR invites guests to enjoy a drink of their choice while hoisted 40 metres above the ground – and this is your last weekend to check it out. Tickets cost Dhs80 for an adult and Dhs40 for children aged 4 to 12, with the price including a soft drink of your choice. There’s no need to pre-book, just show up on the day.
Flying Cup, JBR, next to Roxy Cinema, Sat to Weds 10am to 12am, Thurs and Fri 10am to 1am, until May 16, Dhs80. Tel: (050) 414 0655. More info on website
11. Tuck into a meaty new summer menu
Cosy Madinat restaurant Publique has launched a summer steakhouse offer that’s great for meat lovers. Offering a large selection of beef cuts on a special set menu, each cut comes with a complimentary drink, side and sauce. Cuts are priced from a very reasonable Dhs125.
Publique, Madinat Jumeirah, daily, from Dhs125. Tel: (04) 430 8550. More info on website.
12. Take the kids to a family fun day
Neighborhood café Tom&Serg is hosting a family fun day this Saturday. Complete with face painting for the kids from 11am to 2pm and free babycinos all day, adults will be able to sit back and relax with Malaak Day Care on hand to watch the little ones.
Tom & Serg, Al Quoz, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Friday and Saturday, 8am to 6pm. Tel: (056) 4746812. More info on website
13. Tuck in at the first Bagatelle brunch
The first and only Bagatelle Brunch is happening this Saturday. Promising a set menu taken from chef Timothy Newton’s a la carte offerings including Gauffre au Foie Gras, Fresh Oysters with Truffle Vinaigrette, and Linguine au Homard Epice. It will be served up alongside free-flowing beverages, and a lively entertainment programme from Bagatelle’s resident DJs and MCs.
Bagatelle, Fairmont Sheikh Zayed Road, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Saturday May 12, Dhs599. tel: (04) 354 5035. More info on website
14. Enjoy free drinks at an American rap gig
On Saturday, you’ll be able to catch the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd making their debut at the famous White Dubai ladies’ night, URBN. The duo, who are famous for hits including Black Beattle and That Could Be Us, will be performing a free entry gig for all, and there’ll be an open bar for the girls until 1am.
Rae Sremmurd, White Dubai, Meydan, 11pm to 4am, Saturday May 12. Tel: (050) 443 0933. More info on website
15. Dine at the hands of a pizza making champion
Chef Danilo Sangrigoli is back at Anantara The Palm this weekend. The three-time World Pizza Champion and the only competitor to ever win both the acrobatic and baking sections of the Italian Pizza Championship will be at The Beach House from May 6 to 12 to serve up a special pizza menu for lunch and dinner.
Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, 12pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11.30pm, until Saturday May 12. Tel: (04) 567 8888. More info on website