15 fun things to do in Dubai this weekend
A comedy night, new party brunches and a great lunch deal…
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 Travis Porter perform, or visit a pop up fashion shop, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Thursday July 25
1. See a very funny man perform live
Jason Manford is returning to the UAE this weekend and on Thursday July 25, he’ll be in Dubai. The top comedian is a huge star in the UK, and it will be his first time performing in Dubai since his performance New Year’s Eve 2017-2018. You can expect to hear the funny-man discuss the details of his life, from childhood to a growing up in a working-class family to reaching adulthood as a middle class man. It will all be delivered in Manford’s favourable style, with likeable charm and teasing intelligent wit.
Jason Manford, The Laughter Factory, Dubai 9pm on July 25 at Movenpick Hotel JBR, Abu Dhabi 9pm on July 26 at Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi, Dhs230, Tel: (050) 878 6728,
2. Celebrate Cheese and Wine Day in style
Out of all the international ‘insert inanimate object here’ days, this is one we can get on board with. July 25 is the day to celebrate all things cheese and wine and Anantara The Palm is doing just that. Revo Cafe is offering guests three hours of unlimited red and white wine, as well as all the cheese you can possibly eat for Dhs145.
Revo Cafe, Anantara The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Thursday July 25, 7pm to 10pm, Dhs145. Tel: (04) 567 8304. anantara.com
3. Soak up the sun at a top ladies’ day
Andreea’s beach club is back after a short renovation, and we can’t wait to see it. Promising a super sized pool and a three times larger beach club area complete with terrace, the luxe Dubai Marina beach club will thankfully be bringing back its popular ladies’ day every Thursday and Saturday. For Dhs125, ladies can tuck into a chefs selection of dishes as well as free flowing frozen slushy cocktails.
Andreea’s, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, daily from 9am to late, ladies’ day 12pm to 5pm Thursday and Saturday, Dhs125. Tel: (04) 408 4400. andreeas.ae
4. Satisfy your roast cravings early
Roast dinner on a Thursday? Why not? The Lion by Nick & Scott has launched daily roast dinners and we’re here for it. Served from 5pm to 10pm, you can choose from beef, chicken or lamb with all the trimmings and lashings of gravy. It’s Dhs95 – or add a pint and pay Dhs110.
The Lion by Nick & Scott, The H Hotel, Downtown Dubai, roast dinner available 7 days a week, 5pm to 10pm, Dhs95 for roast, Dhs110 for roast & pint. Tel: (04) 359 2366. facebook.com/TheLionDubai
5. Party with like-minded music lovers
Monthly party Noctuary is back in Dubai for its second season of intimate dance hall events. The first, happening on Thursday July 25, will be held on level five of JW Marriott Marquis. Starting with Noctuary’s own Hameed, followed by a back-to-back session with yoyaku artists Varhat and Janeret. Entrance is Dhs100 (cash only).
Noctuary, Level 5, JW Marriott Marquis, Thursday July 25, 10pm to 3am, Dhs100. facebook.com/events
6. See Travis Porter live at BOA
American hip hop group Travis Porter will take to the stage at the newly renovated BOA on Thursday July 25 and Saturday July 27. The three-piece released their debut album in 2012, and have previously collaborated with rapper Tyga.
BOA, V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, Al Habtoor City, Thursday July 25, 8pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 501 2039. boadubai.com
Friday July 26
7. Start your day with a great breakfast
Parisian cafe, Angelina, has just launched a new breakfast menu that will start your weekend off in the best way possible. If you’re feeling really hungry, you have to try the signature breakfast, where for Dhs147 you can enjoy a feast of pastries and cooked treats. It includes bread rolls, mini viennoiseries, hot chocolate, eggs benedict, and of course French toast.
Angelina Cafe, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, daily 9am to 12.30pm. Tel: (04) 442 8814. thedubaimall.com
8. Get castaway for a one-off brunch
Wet Deck’s summer brunch is getting castaway this weekend for anyone stranded in the desert this summer. Pirate fancy dress is encouraged, with a prize for the best costumes, but there will also be giveaways throughout the brunch for people who complete the treasure hunt.
Wet Deck, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Friday July 26, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs395. Tel: (04) 245 5555. wetdeckdubai.com
9. Check out a new fashion pop-up
Tropikulture is the vibrant new fashion pop up at Jumeriah concept store and cafe, Kulture House. Perfect for summer, a series of local and global brands are showcasing their beachwear and accessories. Expect to see names such as House Of Fatam, Maison Clad, The People Of Sand and more.
Kulture House, 106 Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeriah 1, daily until August 30, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 399 1790. @kulturehousedubai
10. Tuck in at a new party brunch
Not content with offering a Friday brunch with tasty food and bottomless drinks, Taikun has decided to up the ante with its Asian Quest brunch. The wild new event features ninjas and geishas serving your drinks, along with six live food stations and a Chinese dragon taking over the dance floor.
Taikun, Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs255 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (04) 442 8383. taikundubai.com
11. Get 50 per cent off your barbecue dinner
This weekend, Blacksmith Smokehouse is offering 50 per cent off its popular brunches, including the Alamo BBQ brunch on Friday evening. From 7pm to 11pm, enjoy a host of rubbed meats and other barbecued delights for only Dhs110.
Blacksmith Smokehouse, Wyndham Dubai Marina, Thursday 25 July 7pm to 11pm, Friday 26 July 1pm to 5pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 407 8873. theblacksmithdubai.com
Saturday July 27
12. Enjoy a three-course lunch for Dhs159
Cute Italian restaurant Al Fresco offers an unbeatable lunch deal every Friday and Saturday. Guests can enjoy three tasty courses for only Dhs159 or add a wine pairing for Dhs60. Dishes on offer include beef carpaccio, home-made pastas, and tiramisu.
Al Fresco, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm, Dhs159. Tel: (800) 276 963. crowneplazadubai.com
13. Spend the day at Waterfront Market
There’s fun for all ages at Deira’s Waterfront Market during DSS, including activities such as giant snakes and ladders & connect four and foosball & ping pong tables. Hop on a blender bike and whip up your own smoothie, or browse the extensive choice of food and beverage outlets.
Waterfront Market, Al Khaleej Road, Deira, daily until August 3. Tel: (04) 707 1415. waterfrontmarket.ae
14. Indulge in a Turkish treat
Anyone who’s been to Turkey will probably have tried the country’s famous dessert lokma, and now the tasty treat is in Dubai. LOQMATO is located in Dubai Mall, serving lokma as well as Turkish ice cream, Turkish coffee and other drinks. Customers can choose six or eight of the fried doughy pieces topped with cream, Belgian chocolate or cheese and coated with sauce and toppings.
LOQMATO, Lower Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall, daily 10am to 1am. loqmato.com
15. Sing your heart out with your fam
Vibrant karaoke bar Lucky Voice is launching a newSaturday brunch from July 27. Bring your sisters, cousins, kids, uncles and step-grandmother as Lucky Voice’s Fam Jam brunch is calling all families to come together for a singing sesh. There’s even an adults-only area for when you need a break from the little ones.
Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs50 kids, Dhs195 adults. Tel: (800) 58259. luckyvoice.ae