15 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend
A new brunch, the end of DSS and a cool cooking class…
Dubai, the weekend is finally here and we’re pleased to announce we’ve got plenty of plans for you. Whether you want to check out a new brunch, see Hotel Transylvania come to life, or catch some rays by the pool, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Thursday August 1
1. Shop ’til you drop
This weekend is your final chance to take advantage of Dubai Summer Surprises’ sales. Across malls in Dubai, hundreds of stores have discounted products from your favourite brands. Until Saturday August 3, save up to 90 per cent on clothing, homewares, electronics and more.
DSS, Dubai Malls, until August 3. visitdubai.com
2. Check out a cool Dubai attraction for less
Throughout August, the Museum of Illusions is offering visitors a buy one get one free offer from Sunday to Thursday (excluding holidays), between 10am and 2pm. Experience the different illusions in each room, such as the Vortex Tunnel, Ames Room and Chair Illusion.
Museum of Illusions, Al Seef, offer valid Sunday to Thursday 10am to 2pm throughout August, Dhs80 adults, Dhs60 kids. Tel: (04) 357 3999. museumofillusions.ae
3. Tuck into an Italian feast
Every Thursday night at Leonardo, you’ll find a wine-pairing menu called Grappolo. The Italian restaurant has created the menu in honour of the celebrated artist, matching three or five courses with specially-selected wine.
Leonardo, Stella Di Mare, Dubai Marina, Thursdays, 6pm to 11.30pm, Dhs175 three courses, Dhs249 five courses, Dhs175 wine pairing. Tel: (04) 563 5555. @leonardodxb
4. Check out a new Thursday evening brunch
Vida Emirates Hills’ trendy bar Junipers is launching a new evening brunch on Thursday August 1. From 8pm to 11.30pm, guests will be able to enjoy a sharing-style menu and unlimited signature beverages. Called About Last Night, the new brunch will take place every Thursday.
Junipers, Vida Emirates Hills, Thursdays, 8pm to 11.30pm, facebook.com/VidaEmiratesHills
5. Party into the weekend
Meydan hotspot, Toy Room, is still going strong throughout the summer and this weekend is no different. Thursday nights are for partying with DJ Junior J’s big open-format tunes keeping you dancing from 11pm to 4am.
Toy Room, Soho Garden, Meydan, Thursdays, 11pm to 4am, free for ladies, min spend for gents. Tel: (052) 463 3338. toyroomdxb.com
Friday August 2
6. Check out a new breakfast menu
Chez Charles has just launched a breakfast menu with a range of tasty dishes including avocado toast, eggs benedict and the ‘cheat day’ Nutella croissant. Be sure to check it out for a fuss-free breakfast away from the crowds and for bang-on-the-buck quality.
Chez Charles, Dubai Design District, Sunday to Thursday 9am to 12pm, Friday 10am to 3pm. Tel: 04 512 2444. chezcharlesrestaurant.ae
7. Chill out under the sun
As the temperature continues to rise, Azure Beach have dropped their pool day prices. Guests who join for the pool and beach will now pay Dhs200 on the weekend and receive a Dhs100 voucher to spend on food and drinks throughout the day.
Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR, daily, 10am to 7pm, Dhs200 with a Dhs100 voucher. Tel: (052) 777 9472. azure-beach.com
8. Put your skills to the test
Experience the ultimate indoor adventure at TEPfactor. Bring your mates and work together to defeat 21 challenges which will test your patience, fitness, skill and logic. Prices start from Dhs99 per hour for adults and Dhs79 for kids aged between 8 and 12.
TEPfactor, JBR, Dubai Marina, Sun to Thurs 10am to midnight, Fri & Sat 10am to 1am, Dhs99. Tel: (056) 404 0802. tepfactor.ae
9. Dine for half price
Mr Miyagi’s, the cheeky Media One hotspot is turning two years old on Friday August 2 and to celebrate, they’re giving you 50 percent off everything until 9pm. When we say 50 percent off everything, we mean everything, including their super sized bucket cocktails, ping pong towers and the food menu too. They’ll also be throwing not one, not two, but three editions of their ‘Wok and Roll’ party brunch, priced at a bargain Dhs199 including bubbles.
Mr Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, 50 per cent off 12pm to 9pm, open until 3am, Friday August 2. Tel: (04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com
10. Get a burger and a beer for Dhs99
Masterchef, The TV Experience has just added a new dish to their menu. Called The Extraordinary Burger, the meat feast comes with fries for Dhs60 or add a beer for Dhs99. Made from Wagyu beef tenderloin and brisket, the juicy burger topped with tomatoes, lettuce, cheddar cheese and crispy shallots.
Masterchef The TV Experience, Grand Millennium Hotel, Dubai Marina, daily 12pm to 3pm and after 7pm. masterchefdxb.com
Saturday August 3
11. Tuck into a late breakfast
Perry & Blackwelder’s, the American smokehouse joint at Madinat Jumeirah, has recently added to their weekend breakfast menu. You can expect to find a series of new American breakfast dishes including the delicious baked apple Texas toast. The weekend breakfast runs from 10am to 1pm.
Perry & Blackwelders, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Fri & Sat, 10am to 1pm. Tel: (800) 666353. facebook.com/perryandblackwelder
12. Step into Hotel Transylvania
It’s your last chance to catch the Hotel Transylvania live show at Springs Souk. Step into the world of the characters as they show you the crazy things that happen at the spooky hotel. See the free show daily until Saturday August 3 at 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm.
Springs Souk, The Springs, daily until August 3 at 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm, free.
13. Learn how to cook Korean cuisine
Kaffe Bloom, the Asian speciality coffee shop inside 1004 Gourmet, is hosting a Korean cooking class on Saturday August 3 at 5pm. For Dhs245, learn how to prepare and cook tteokbokki, jeon and japache.
Kaffe Bloom, 1004 Gourmet, The Onyx Tower 2, The Greens, Saturday August 3, 5pm onwards, Dhs245. Tel: (04) 394 3973. facebook.com/bloomkaffe
14. Enjoy a lazy grazing brunch
Choose the time you’d like to start your brunch at GRAZE. Between 1pm and 6pm, enjoy three hours of grazing a selection of meat and seafood alongside unlimited drinks. If you book online, use the code FEEDTHEHERD for a complimentary upgrade to the next package.
GRAZE, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Saturdays, 1pm to 6pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs399 premium. Tel: (04) 403 3111. grazelaville.com
15. Shake up your Saturday night dinner plans
Your Saturday nights are about to be upgraded as Tokyo Vibes launches Shibuya Saturdays. From 8pm to 11pm, enjoy an Omakase style four-course dinner, along with a carafe of wine, for Dhs250 per person. It’s a lively vibe, with the resident DJ spinning house tunes until 3am.
Tokyo Vibes, Soho Garden, Meydan, Saturdays, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs250. Tel: (052) 388 8849. sohogardendxb.com