15 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Some top beach clubs are back in business, new workouts, spa days, snowmen, breakfast brunches and a new summer festival…
We’re saying goodbye to August and hello to September this weekend, so as well as making the most of the last summer deals, we’re getting stuck into some brand new spots reopening for the winter season.
Whether you’re looking for drinking, dining, spa days or things to do with the little ones, we’ve got you covered for a great weekend.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Thursday August 30
1. Enjoy a dinner discount dependent on the temperature
Throughout August, Pure Sky Lounge, dubbed JBR’s highest lounge will offer you a discount on your food bill for the same temperature as it is outside. Thirty-five degrees? You’ll get 35 per cent off the bill. Forty degrees? That’s forty per cent off your food bill.
Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, daily 6pm onwards, until August 31. Tel: (04) 374 7888. hilton.com
2. Check in for a luxury staycay
The uber-luxurious One&Only Royal Mirage has designed a discounted staycation package for GCC residents this summer. Rates start from Dhs895, and include a guaranteed late check out of 6pm, 25 per cent off spa and hammam treatments, complimentary passes to Aquaventure Waterpark and a free candlelit yoga session.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, valid until September 30, rates from Dhs895. Tel: (04) 399 9999. oneandonlyresorts.com
3. Kickstart the weekend at 7 Sisters
This Business Bay lounge briefly opened it’s doors for a short season before closing for summer earlier this year, but from this Thursday August 30 it’s back. The Lebanese export which overlooks the Dubai Canal in the JW Marriott Marquis will host a weekly Tuesday live music session, fashionable Friday fusion concept inspired by the Orient and will dedicate Thursday’s to promoting talented local DJs who will rotate deck duty.
Seven Sisters, First Floor, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, daily 6pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 775 4777. 7sistersdubai.com
4. Stretch it out with a new workout
Stretch Studio has just opened in Times Square Center, offering assisted stretching coaching to maximise flexibility. Sessions can be anything from twenty minutes to an hour, and proven benefits include better posture, increased mobility and better sleep.
Stretch Studio, Times Square Center, daily 10am to 10pm, from Dhs180. Tel: (04) 339 2740. stretchstudios.ae
Friday August 31
5. Cool off with a pool day
The oh-so-instagrammable Drift Beach Dubai will reopen its doors this Friday. The swanky beach club, which is part of the One&Only Royal Mirage complex, comes complete with hammocks on the beach, luxe loungers and whitewashed shaded cabanas. Be sure to make a day of it and head to the restaurant for some Mediterranean a la carte offerings, or if you’re feeling lazy, a concise poolside menu is on offer delivered to the comfort of your lounger.
Drift Beach Club, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, daily, Dhs250 weekdays, Dhs300 weekends. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com
6. Party hard ibiza-style
Azure Beach lounge at Rixos Premium JBR who are launching an Ibiza-inspired post brunch party on Friday August 31. The new Friday night called Discotique promises Ibiza vibes from 7pm until the early hours, so if you didn’t make it to the White Isle this summer, you won’t feel like you’ve missed out.
Discotique, Azure Beach Lounge, Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai Marina, 7pm onwards, Fridays, free entry with guestlist. Discotiquedxb.com
7. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment
ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis, The Palm has a summer pamper package for UAE residents priced at Dhs550 through the week and Dhs650 on weekends. Valid until September 15, it includes a 75-minute ESPA treatment and massage, three course lunch at The Edge restaurant and all-day access to the Royal Pool, Zero Entry Pool and Royal Beach.
ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sun to Thurs Dhs550, Fri and Sat Dhs650, until September 15. Tel: (04) 42 61698. More info on website
8. Try out for a cricket scholarship
Think your little one could be Dubai’s next big cricket star? The latest round of ICC Academy Scholarship open trails will also be held this Friday August 31, which are open to both boys and girls aged 13 to 18. Trials for players aged 13 to 15 will be held from 3 to 5pm and from 5 to 7pm for 15 to 18-year-olds. Registration will be open an hour before each age group session starts and a full, one-year scholarship will be awarded to the 12 best players.
ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City, 3pm to 7pm, Friday August 31. Tel: (04) 448 1355. iccacademy.net
9. Build a snowman
It’s your last chance to head to DubaiICE, a winter-themed festival inside a pop-up, hosted within an igloo-inspired dome on the private Dubai Ladies Club beach. The festival will run from 3pm to 7pm until the end of the month, and promises a host of snow-themed activities for women and children. Entry will be priced at Dhs260 for ladies and Dhs80 for children (sorry guys – this is a women-only event).
Dubai ICE at Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah, 3pm to 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays until September 1, Dhs260 adults, Dhs80 children. Tel: (04) 349 9922. dubailadiesclub.com
Saturday September 1
10. Get creative at paint and grape
This Saturday, JLT’s Couqley has partnered up with Denise Schmitz from We Love Art and they’re inviting budding artists for an evening of wine and painting. From 4pm to 7pm, attendees can indulge in three hours of painting as they recreate the famous French Impressionist Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. It’s served up alongside two glasses of wine, and complimentary canapes.
Couqley, Cluster A, JLT, 4pm to 7pm, Saturday June 30, Dhs369. Tel: (04) 514 9339. Facebook.com/CouqleyUAE
11. Catch the match from a funky sports bar
Looking for somewhere new to cheer on your team this weekend? This vintage sports bar offers up extensive sports coverage from 11 screens across the venue, as well as some impressive views across Downtown Dubai. Bored of the match? There’s plenty of games inside the venue to keep you entertained including darts, pool and even a bowling alley. There’s a bargain brunch for Dhs205 on Fridays, a weekly Tuesday ladies’ night, and if you wear your teams shirt to watch the match, you’ll get a 20 per cent discount.
The 44, The Hilton, Al Habtoor City, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (05) 4581 1758. the44dubai.com
12. Tuck into a traditional roast
Available on Saturday and Sunday both inside and in the undercover garden, Garden on 8 at Media One Hotel serves up a value roast for Dhs99 per person. It’s a choice of chicken, lamb or beef and it’s served up from noon.
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Sat and Sun, 12pm onwards, Dhs99. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
13. Sip your way through a Vinefest
The Scene by Simon Rimmer is launching their second month-long festival for September, and this month it’s all about wine. The summer garden has become an indoor vineyard and inside, you’ll be able to find more than 25 varieties of wine, buy one get one free on a selection of premium bottles, wine-based ice pops and a selection of themed wine-based bites.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th Floor, Pier 7, 8am to 2am, launching Saturday September 1 until September 30. Tel: (04) 422 2328. Thescenedubai.com
14. Dine your way through a breakfast brunch
Can’t decide between a traditional breakfast feast and a lively, all you can eat Saturday brunch? You need to know about La Cantine’s Saturday brunch then, which combines them both. The four hour ‘Reveil’ Saturday brunch package is an all-you-can-eat feast complete with pyjama wearing waiters, alarm clocks, fluffy slippers and a menu of top brekkie dishes. And best of all? It’s served up in an actual bed.
Reveil Brunch, La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 12pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs265 soft, Dhs400 house, Dhs550 sparkling. Tel: 04 352 7105. lacantine.ae
15. Finish the weekend with an all-inclusive poolside party
Zero Gravity will be kickstarting the new season with the relaunch of their popular Saturday brunch, Supernatural this weekend. The all-inclusive package starts from midday, and offers up a five hour package priced at Dhs249 for ladies and Dhs299 for guys. It’s served up to commercial house beats spun by Zero Gravity’s rotating resident DJs.
Supernatural Saturday brunch, Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, doors open 8am to late, brunch 12pm to 5pm, Dhs249 ladies, Dhs299 gents. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae