16 things to do in Dubai this weekend
From David Guetta and Judge Jules to Dubai Fitness Challenge and flower arranging…
Get ready Dubai, the weekend is incoming and it’s going to be a big one. This weekend there’s something for everyone from brunch and ladies’ nights to live music and fitness challenges.
Here are 16 things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Thursday October 25
1. See a superstar DJ spin
Superclub Base Dubai is set to bring DJ heavyweight David Guetta to Dubai this Thursday October 25. Entry is Dhs300, with ladies receiving a welcome drink. The legendary producer has worked with stars including Nicki Minaj, Sia, Justin Bieber and Usher producing seven albums and selling more than 30 million records worldwide across his 15 year career. Most recently, Guetta has collaborated with Anne-Marie on Don’t Leave Me Alone.
Base Dubai, Dubai Design District, 10pm to 4am, Thursday October 25, Dhs300. Tel: (055) 313 4999. Basedubai.com
2. Soak up the sun with a ladies’ day
There’s a new ladies’ day in town every Thursday at the V Hotel. Running from 12pm to 5pm every Thursday at the V Deck, ladies can enjoy complimentary entry with a towel and sunbed alongside free-flowing Frose cocktails. Then, from 5pm to 11pm, ladies can enjoy a further three free cocktails with the V Deck’s ladies’ night offering.
V Deck, V Hotel, Al Habtoor City, 12pm to 11pm, Thursdays. Tel: (04) 436 6666. alhabtoorcity.com
3. See a top Italian band live
The celebrated Alessandro Ristori & The Portofinos – known for fuising the sounds of the great legends of American 50s Rock n Roll like Elvis Presley, Nina Simone and Jonny Clash into classic Italian sounds are in the midst of a five-date show at Billionaire Mansion. Head down early to take advantage of a special three-course early-bird sharing menu which includes a bottle of grape for Dhs395 per person.
Billionaire Mansion, Taj Hotel, Business Bay, until Friday October 26. Tel: (04) 510 3100. billionairemansiondubai.com
4. Kickstart the weekend with a ladies’ night
Chief mischief maker Frank the Bear is introducing a brand new ladies’ night at his Toy Room, and it launches this Thursday. As well as an open format music policy that’s sure to get you on your feet and doors staying open until 4am, ladies will be treated to unlimited complimentary beverages until 1am.
Toy Room, Soho Garden, Meydan, 11pm to 4am, Thursday. Tel: (052) 463 3338. Facebook.com/ToyRoomDxb
5. Party at a festival with a cause
The annual Sunset Festival is back this month for three days of free entry partying – and this year it’s got a sustainable theme. There’s set to be a sustainable pop-up bar, ‘zero waste’ workshops and an organic open air gallery of structures made from sustainable materials. Sam Feldt will headline on Thursday, while Sam Feldt will take to the stage on Friday.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, 10am to 3am Thurs October 25, 9am to 3am Fri October 26, 9am to 1.30am Sat October 27, free entry. Tel: (04) 399 3333. Barastibeach.com
Friday October 26
6. Head to a family-friendly festival
Just in time for the cooler months, Dubai’s Al Seef neighbourhood has announced a huge festival will take over the destination from now until the end of the year. The Creekside spot will transform into an al fresco festival complete with carnival rides, live music a petting zoo and pop up market.
Al Seef, Dubai Creek, Dubai, until December 31. Facebook.com/AlSeefDubai
7. Work up a sweat with the Crown Prince
The fitness initiative launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, is back this weekend, and will run from October 26 to November 24. Kicking things off will be a huge carnival at Dubai Festival City, complete with free classes, talks, competitions and a huge fireworks display on Friday evening. Just like last year, there will be a whole host of activities you can take part in over the 30 days such as walking, team sports, paddle-boarding, yoga, cycling and more.
Dubai Fitness Challenge Opening Weekend, Dubai Festival City, 3pm to 11pm, Friday October 26, free. dubaifitnesschallenge.com
8. Tuck into a tiki brunch
The Cheeky Tiki Brunch is a brand new brunch by Trader Vic’s JBR and it’s kicking off this Friday October 26. Expect Trader Vic’s favourites such as sushi platters, Singaporean noodles and those lip-smackingly good cheese balls all shared to the table, washed down with unlimited beverages.
Trader Vic’s JBR, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs325 house. Tel: (04) 318 253.
9. Throw it back with a classics house night
Mixtape Classics Festival’, a day-to-night party promising 13 hours of endless house hits lands on the shores of Zero Gravity this weekend. Headlining will be the legendary Judge Jules, supported by three huge Ibiza legends: Jonathan Ulysses, Alex P and Brandon Block who will spin top dance tracks until the early hours.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina, 3pm to 3am, Friday October 26, free for ladies, Dhs100 for guys after 9pm. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
10. Take the kids to a free football training session
After Manchester City Football Club’s record-breaking Premier League win and Carabao Cup victory last season, City fans from across the UAE will be able to see both trophies this weekend at Brighton Collage in Dubai on Friday October 26. There will also be free training sessions taking place from 8am to 11am for children ages 3 to 16 years.
City Football Schools, Brighton College Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Friday October 26, free. Tel: (056) 538 9501. uae.cityfootballschools.com
11. Travel to Paris without leaving Dubai
Buddha Bar DXB sessions is a new monthly event which will take place on the last Friday of every month. Each event will be inspired by a different Buddha-Bar from around the world, kicking off with the original venue from Paris this Friday October 26. Expect themed electro beats, limited edition cocktails and top Buddha Bar dishes.
Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 3am, Friday October 26. Tel: (04) 317 6000. Buddhabar-dubai.com
12. Party at a waterpark
On Friday October 26, Aquaventure is turning down the lights and cranking up the volume, for a fun-drenched evening that caters to families and party people alike. Just ahead of Halloween, their evening pool party has had a fright-night style makeover, so we can’t wait to see what tricks they’ve got up their sleeve this time around.
Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 8pm to 12am, Friday October 26, early bird tickets Dhs119. Tel: (04) 426 2000. aquaventurewaterpark.com
Saturday October 27
13. Sample some homegrown oysters
The Middle East’s first shellfish farm, Dibba Bay, is set to host its first pop-up at the beachfront of the Ritz-Carlton, JBR this weekend. Head down this weekend to check out some of the fresh catches on offer, as well as sampling some homegrown oysters.
Dibba Bay pop-up, Ritz Carlton JBR, Dubai Marina, October 24 to 27. facebook.com/ritzcarltondubai
14. Pick up a bargain at the world’s biggest book sale
The Big Bad Wolf Books Sale will take place from October 18 to 28 at Dubai Studio City sound stages 2 and 3. There will be over three million brand new English-language books for sale, with 50 to 80 per cent off the normal retail prices. What kinds of books can you pick up? Everything from bestselling novels and business books to art and design titles, cookbooks, and a huge range of young adult fiction. For little ones, there will be story books, activity books, colouring books and augmented reality books.
The Big Bad Wolf Books Sale, Dubai Studio City, October 18 to 28, 24 hours. @bbwbooksuae
15. Soak up the evening sun at a canal-side terrace
Cafe Artois by Bridgewater Tavern is celebrating the new season with an outdoor terrace launch party this Saturday, October 27. Kicking off from 4pm, the first 100 people to enter will be treated to complimentary wings and a pint of beer
Cafe Artois, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, 4pm to 12am, Saturday October 27. Tel: (04) 414 0000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
16. Make a floral arrangement from a pumpkin
The Dubai Garden Centre are hosting a Halloween ‘Floral Pumpkin Arranging’ class this weekend at the center. The class will show you how to make a beautiful floral arrangement out of any drab old pumpkin, perfect for an elegant way to create Halloween decorations, table settings or to give as a gift. The class is Dhs65 per person with all materials supplied. Registration is required.
Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, 10am to 11.30am, Saturday October 27, Dhs65. Tel: (04) 590 4333. Facebook.com/DubaiGardenCentre