15 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Dinner deals, brunch, theatre, film and so many celeb appearances…
It’s the final weekend of September, and it’s shaping up to be a busy one. Whether you’re looking for huge live music performances, celebrity chefs or a beauty talk by a superstar pop songstress, there’s plenty to keep you busy across the city.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Thursday September 27
1. Dine at the hands of a celebrity chef
Chef Nobu will be returning to the kitchen of his Atlantis restaurant, Nobu, on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September. He’ll be serving a limited edition Omakase menu from 8pm to 12am for Dhs595, as well as hosting a special edition of the World of Nobu brunch on Friday afternoon.
Nobu Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 12am, Thursday September 27 and Friday September 28, Dhs595. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
2. Catch a superstar Brit performer at a ladies’ night
White Dubai has announced that it’s set to welcome superstar Tinie Tempah this weekend. It’s going to be free entry for everyone, and great news for ladies – they’ll be treated to unlimited complimentary beverages until midnight. No stranger to the region, Tinie Tempah was last in Dubai performing at his weekly Disturbing Dubai night back in March, and is known for getting the crowd going with some of his best-loved hits including ‘Pass Out’, ‘Girls Like’ and ‘Written In The Stars’.
White Dubai, Meydan, Dubai, 11pm to 4am, Thursday September 27. Tel: (050) 443 0933. whitedubai.com
3. Catch a new family-friendly film
Brand new animation Small Foot is out in UAE cinemas this Thursday. The family-friendly hit features an all-star cast including Channing Tatum, Danny Devito, James Corden and Zendaya and follows the story of bright young yeti Migo, who discovers something he thought didn’t exist – humans. When he goes on a mission to prove it, it turns the simple yeti community into total uproar.
Small Foot, from Thursday September 27, various locations. smallfootmovie.net
4. See an international DJ spin
Underground pioneer Andrea Oliva is the latest DJ to take up deck duty at Soho Garden this week for their ‘Thursday at Soho’ night. The glass roof the brand put on at the start of summer will also be coming off for the gig, so you can go back to enjoying your favourite house DJs al fresco from next week.
Soho Garden, Meydan, 8pm to 3am, Thursday September 27, free entry. Tel: (052) 388 8849. Facebook.com/SohoGardenDXB
5. Don your Lederhosen for Oktoberfest festivities
Oktoberfest makes its way to The Tap House on The Palm from Saturday September 22 until the Sunday October 7.The beachfront gastro pub will introduce a limited edition Oktoberfest menu for Dhs79, alongside beverage deals which include a pitcher of Paulaner available for Dhs99 or the choice of a bucket of five beers (Hofbräu Weissbier or Erdinger Weissbräu) for Dhs175.
The Tap House, Club Vista Mare, The Palm Jumeirah, Saturday September 22 to Sunday October 7. Tel: (04) 514 3778. Facebook.com/TaphouseDubai
Friday September 28
6. Party at an al fresco party brunch
Popular party brunch Hidden is back outside on the al fresco terrace at Treehouse after a summer undercover. Expect a three-hour package that’s a mix of a la carte sharing dishes served to the table, as well as an international buffet alongside an extensive list of tropical cocktails and a lively party vibe.
Hidden Brunch, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs325 soft, Dhs375 house, Dhs425 sparkling. Tel: (058) 748 8494. hiddenbrunch.com
7. Dine across the city for less
Jumeirah Restaurant Week wraps up this weekend so it’s your last chance to dine at some top restaurants for less. This time around, it will have 24 restaurants across the Jumeirah hotels in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and Madinat Jumeirah taking part, offering signature set menus and buffets for a fraction of the usual price of their menus. Priced at Dhs150, Dhs250 or Dhs350, they cover a variety of cuisines from Spanish and seafood to Asian and American.
Jumeirah Restaurant Week, various restaurants, Sunday September 23 to Saturday September 29, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 366 5866. jumeirah.com
8. Groove on the Grass at a season opening
The biggest electronic music and arts event in Dubai, Groove on the Grass is set to welcome UK electronic icons ORBITAL for their season opening this Friday. ORBITAL will be supported by Chicane and James Zabiela on the main stage. In the Green Arena, Groove On The Grass goers will be able to hit the dance floor for a day-to-night party.
Groove on the Grass, Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, 5pm to 3am, Friday September 28, Dhs270. Grooveonthegrass.com
9. Check out a fashion pop-up
Fashion brand Berluti’s have launched a new exhibition at The Dubai Mall to showcase the brand’s latest Off The Road capsule collection of biker accessories. The exhibition showcases an exclusive Triumph motorbike, which has been customised by Parisian brand Mecatwin.
Berluti, The Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue, Downtown Dubai, until October 10. Tel: (050) 769 8169. Thedubaimall.com
10. Take the kids to see some musical theatre
Expect songs and stage fighting as a family-friendly, French makeover of Aladdin comes to The Junction theatre this Friday. There will be two performances at 11am and 2pm, with tickets priced at Dhs125.
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, 11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm, Dhs125. Tel (04) 457 3212. thejunctiondubai.com
11. Head away on a daycation (and brunch)
Located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel offers a sprawling lunch buffet that includes access to the hotel’s pools. For kids, there’s a dedicated buffet, and plenty of entertainment including access to the kids’ club during brunch hours, two outdoor pools and a lazy river.
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, E11 Abu Dhabi-Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (04) 810 9421. marriott.com
Saturday September 29
12. Head to a beauty talk with pop songstress Rihanna
Rihanna is headed to Dubai for a one-off event, which is sponsored by Sephora and Rihanna’s makeup line, Fenty Beauty, and it’s happening this Saturday September 29. The event’s location hasn’t been revealed yet – all that we know is it’s going to be in Dubai. The Work singer will be joined by her makeup artists, Priscilla Ono and Hector Espinal, who will offer a “behind the scenes experience”, sharing all their beauty tips and tricks.
Fenty Beauty Artistry and Beauty Talk, location TBC, Dubai, 3pm, Saturday September 29, from Dhs2000. Ticketmaster.ae
13. Top up your tan with a pool day
Address Boulevard is one of the swanky hotel openings that came to Dubai last year, and if you’re looking for an inner-city urban escape, there’s a Saturday deal to cool of at this summer you’ll like. For Dhs295 for two, enjoy pool access at the sprawling split-level pool deck, a selection of hot and cold bites, Sangria pitcher and music that’s just loud enough to add atmosphere.
Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 2pm to 6pm, Saturdays, Dhs295 for two. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com
14. See a soul star in Sharjah
As part of a series of shows celebrating the reopening of the newly rebuilt Africa Hall, Lisa Simone, the jazz and soul singing daughter of legendary Nina Simone is performing this Saturday. As well as releasing four solo albums, Simone was nominated for a Grammy as a vocalist in the jazz band Liquid Soul for their 2000s album, Here’s the Deal.
Africa Hall, Sharjah, 9pm onwards, Saturday September 29, Dhs60. Facebook.com/The-Africa-Institute
15. Head to a free language learning day
Regional freelancing and linguistic service platform ureed.com, is hosting a Language Word-A-Thon, this Saturday from 10am at The Youth x Hub, Emirates Towers Boulevard. There will be fun and informative sessions from Arabic translation to a crash course in SEO.
The Youth x Hub, Emirates Towers Boulevard, DIFC, 10am to 6pm, Saturday September 29, free. Register at wordathon.ureed.com