15 things to do in Dubai this weekend
From Puppy Pilates and Six Nations action to new brunches, live music and some epic new openings…
February is fast approaching and it’s set to be a brilliant one. So we’re kicking off the first weekend of the month with events you’re sure to love, whether you want to work out, rock out, or check out somewhere new.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Thursday January 31
1. Tuck into a top new evening brunch
The Stage Brunch has proved so popular at Jazz PizzaExpress JLT, that Love Parties is launching at its Business Bay sister restaurant, PizzaExpress Live. Guests can expect to tuck into the same brilliant package of unlimited starters (which include those drool-worthy dough balls), an a la carte main and free flowing drinks for Dhs225, or upgrade to the sparkling package for Dhs275. After 11pm, there’s a brilliant deal as the live music continues with five drinks priced at Dhs150.
The Stage Brunch by Love Parties, PizzaExpress Live, Business Bay, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs150 soft, Dhs225 house, Dhs275 premium. Tel: (05) 2798 7292. thestagebrunch.com
2. Learn how to ‘Dougie’
Yung from Cali Swag District is set to perform at Dubai Marina lounge Atelier M this Thursday. The American hip hop group from Inglewood, California, are best known for their 2010 commercial debut single “Teach Me How to Dougie” which was certified double-platinum in 2010.
Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Thursday January 31, free entry. Tel: (04) 450 7766. Facebook.com/AtelierMDubai
3. Test your knowledge at a quiz night
Cosy gastropub Reform in The Lakes has launched a new weekly Thursday quiz night. Hosted by Dubai 92’s Alissa, it’s Dhs120 per person, which also comes with unlimited bites from the BBQ and three live cooking stations which will offer an array of meaty and vegetarian dishes. All guests taking party in the quiz can enjoy an all-night happy hour too, with drinks from Dhs20.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, 9pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae
4. Tuck into a world class buffet
The sister restaurant to its original stateside outpost, Bacchanal Buffet is now open in Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai. Named best buffet restaurant in Las Vegas twice by USA Today, the restaurant also promises the same ‘more-is-more’ concept. Inside the huge new restaurant, you’ll find plenty of oversized open kitchens serving up a wealth of decadent dishes. From prime rib, chilled crab legs and oysters to dim sum and baked-to-order soufflés, we can’t wait to see how Bacchanal’s approach to lavish dining compares to some of Dubai’s legendary brunch feasts.
Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters, off JBR, now open. caesars.com/dubai
Friday February 1
5. Check in at a luxe new hotel
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The hotly anticipated W hotel is set to open on the Palm on February 1. Guests can bask in Arabian Gulf or Dubai skyline views from the extensive terrace of one of the resort’s 350 guest rooms, including 58 suites. There will be a big leisure and spa focus here, with the region’s first AWAY Spa which combines a lively atmosphere with the ultimate pampering experience, a wet deck that sets the scene for poolside play, two celebrity chef led restaurants and a state-of-the-art gym.
W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from February 1. Tel: (04) 245 5555. marriott.com
6. Flex up at a free yoga festival
More than 15,000 yogis are expected to descend on Kite Beach on February 1 and 2 for the region’s largest yoga festival. XYoga Dubai will see two full days of more than 60 free classes for all ages and abilities, led by some big local and international names in yoga. Yoga fans can sign up for heaps of free sessions hosted by some of Dubai’s top studios including Nilaya House, Urban Yoga, Yoga House, Yoga Ashram, Dryp, Lotus Holistic Yoga Center and Voyoga.
XYoga Dubai, Kite Beach, February 1 & 2, free. xyogadubai.com
7. Shop up a storm at Missguided
Popular British e-commerce site Missguided is opening a store in The Dubai Mall. The British e-tailer, which is famous for its fast fashion pieces, especially partywear, is set to open its first Middle Eastern store at 10am on Friday February 1. Found on the first floor, the store is opposite Dubai Aquarium, near Forever 21, taking the spot formerly occupied by New Look.
Missguided, first floor, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, opening 10am on Friday February 1. Facebook.com/MissguidedArabia
8. Check out a cool new entertainment destination
A major new dining and entertainment venue is set to shake up things at Atlantis The Palm when it opens on February 1, and we’ve had a first look inside. Called Wavehouse, the new complex is split between indoor and outdoor activities and comes complete with a restaurant, terrace and adult-only bar, as well as endless family-friendly fun to keep little ones (and grown ups) busy.
Wavehouse, Atlantis The Palm, 4pm onwards from Friday February 1. atlantisthepalm.com/wavehouse
9. Tuck into an all-Italian feast
BiCE Ristorante has launched their new family-friendly Friday brunch, Il Brunch Italiano, and introduced a new feature – la griglia grill, offering sizzling hot meats and mouthwatering seafood. It’s a three and a half hour feast served up to live saxophone either inside or on the terrace.
BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs250 soft, Dhs325 house. hilton.com
10. Party at a big birthday bash
Lock, Stock & Barrel, Barsha Heights, is turning three this Friday with an almighty birthday bash. As well as happy hour deals from 4pm to 8pm, there will be live music from 9pm from Pop Gunn and resident band, Gorgeous George.
Lock, Stock & Barrel, Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights, 4pm to 3am, Friday February 1, free entry. Tel: (04) 514 9195. lsb-dubai.com
Saturday February 2
11. Soak up the sun with a new ladies’ day
Ibiza brand House in Paradise is set to launch a new ladies’ day this Saturday February 2 at Atlantis, The Palm. The deal will run from 12pm to 4pm every Saturday, and there will be packages for both ladies and gents, starting from just Dhs99. The drinks-only package for ladies’ offers four hours of free-flowing house drinks for Dhs99, or upgrade to the Dhs150 package, and ladies can enjoy free flowing Rose, cocktail pitchers, and a choice from the food menu. But this isn’t just for the girls. Guys can take advantage of the same package for Dhs200.
House in Paradise ladies’ day, Atlantis Beach Club, Atlantis The Palm, 12pm to 4pm, Saturdays, from Dhs99. Facebook.com/Housemusicevent
12. Head to the pub for the Six Nations
At Dhow and Anchor, you can watch the rugby matches live against the backdrop of the Burj Al Arab, as the gastropub will be hosting the games for this year’s 6 Nations on a big screen outdoors. In fact, Jumeirah management is so confident that Ireland will beat England in the first week that if they don’t, management will buy everyone in the pub a drink and wear an England top for all of the next week. Quite a lot on the line here…
Dhow and Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Sun to Thurs 12pm to 1.30am, Fri and Sat 9am to 1.30am. Tel: (04) 406 8999. jumeirah.com
13. Try your hand at puppy pilates
The Animal Agency in association with Phoenix Rising is hosting its latest Puppy Pilates class this Saturday. Lead by Kirsty MacPherson-Wright, you can expect an hour-long class of fun, social bonding with your pup – and plenty of stretch involved. No dog? No problem, you can still get involved in the class
Puppy Pilates, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 4pm to 5pm, Saturday February 2, free. book on firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. Enjoy a discounted lunch deal
Long’s bar has launched a new menu, and to celebrate, they’re offering 25 per cent off every lunchtime except Fridays until the end of February. Valid between 1pm and 4pm, guests can tuck into a menu that includes pub-grub classics like the Long’s fish & chips and street food favourites from around the world that include the spicy mini “Islak” beef sliders.
Long’s bar, Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, valid 1pm to 4pm, Sat to Thurs. Tel: (04) 343 8000. rotanatimes.com
15. Enjoy a lazy grazing Saturday feast
Chez Charles in Dubai Design District has reintroduced its Saturday brunch for a perfect way to graze your way through the weekend. Guests can enjoy a variety of french and international dishes cooked from live cooking stations, a menu of spritzers, cocktails and rose and music by Solace.
Chez Charles, Dubai Design District, Dubai, 1pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Dhs275 food only, Dhs455 house. Tel: (04) 512 2444. chezcharlesrestaurant.ae