15 exciting things to do in Dubai this weekend
New brunches, pool parties and some huge season opening parties…
The weekend is nearly upon us and its time to start planning. Dubai is as busy as ever with tons of things to do, there’s a new nail salon opening in a sports store, Black Coffee is performing and two of the city’s biggest super clubs, Base and White throw open their doors for the new season.
Here are 15 awesome things to do this weekend in Dubai.
Thursday September 19
1. Get your nails done at Reebok
This weekend marks the launch of a new nail salon… in the Reebok Dubai Mall store. To celebrate, the store is hosting three-days of events across the weekend with a live DJ playing afrobeats, pampering sessions and artistic customisations. Head there from 5pm to 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to check it out.
Reebok, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 October, 5pm to 11pm, free. reebok.ae
2. Kick your weekend off with an evening brunch
If you’re looking for a intimate evening brunch which gets livelier as the night goes on, then you’ll want to check out BOHO. The Studio City restaurant offers an eastern fusion of unlimited dishes for three hours, accompanied by a selection of creative hand-crafted drinks, all for Dhs199. DJ Andy Swift will get the party going from 9pm, when guests can’t help but get up to the dance floor.
BOHO, Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, Thursday and Fridays, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs199 house. @bohodxb
3. Check out the reopening of a popular outdoor bar
One of our favourite outdoor terraces, Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar, reopened a couple of weeks ago but this Thursday will be its official launch party. DJ Karl will on-hand to get the party started and there’s an exciting new menu that we can’t wait to try.
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Thursday September 19, 7pm onwards. Tel: (04) 317 6000. siddhartalounge.com
4. Give this new brunch a try
Pier 7’s top floor restaurant/bar/terrace, Atelier M, has recently launched a Thursday evening brunch called Funky Flava. The three-hour brunch includes tasty bites such as rock shrimp, glazed salmon and black angus tagliata as well as unlimited drinks for Dhs249. House drinks include margaritas, bloody Mary’s and wine as well as spirits.
Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Thursdays, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs249. Tel: (04) 450 7766. atelierm.ae
5. Party at this Dubai super club
Famous super club White Dubai is reopening this weekend and with it they’re launching a brand new night. Every Thursday will now be UNDRGROUND, which will feature all of the UK’s best grime, hip-hop and garage music. Not only that but there will also be free drinks for ladies all night.
White Dubai, Meydan, Dubai, 10pm to 4am, Thursday September 19. Tel: (050) 443 0933. whitedubai.com
Friday September 20
6. Try out a new breakfast menu
Whether you prefer a super early breakfast or skipping the morning and having breakfast for lunch, Bull and Bear has the answer. From 6am to 2pm every Friday and Saturday, you can get a ‘Lazy Breakfast’ with a selection of hot dishes from the a la carte menu as well as a table of tempting breakfast bites. Enjoy a full selection of pastries, fruits, juices, cereals, jams, smashed avocado and eggs, acai bowls and more for Dhs165.
Bull and Bear, Waldorf Astoria, DIFC, Fridays and Saturdays, 6am to 2pm, Dhs165. Tel: (04) 515 9888. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
7. Brunch it up in the Alps
M’City, Grand Plaza Mövenpick, has launched a brand new alpine-themed brunch taking place every Friday. From 12.30pm to 4pm, feast your way through an international buffet featuring traditional dishes from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Dishes are available from live stations, sharing-style to the table as well as from the buffet including parmesan wheel pasta, raclette and fresh seafood.
Bytes Restaurant, Grand Plaza Movenpick, Media City, Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs249 soft, Dhs399 house. Tel: (04) 525 7777. movenpick.com/grand-plaza
8. ‘Pool around’ at V Hotel
V Deck has launched a new ladies’ pool day running every Friday from 5pm. ‘Pooling Around’ gives free access and complimentary frozen beverages for ladies until 10pm. Reservations are recommended as the new party, with DJ Sam Lionne, is expected to get very busy.
V Deck, V Hotel, Al Habtoor City, Fridays, 5pm to 10pm, free for ladies. Tel: (04) 435 5577. facebook.com/vhoteldubai
9. Dance the night away with Black Coffee
South African DJ Black Coffee will take up deck duty at one of Dubai’s favourite beach clubs, Blue Marlin Ibiza on Friday September 20. Over an impressive career, he’s worked with the likes of Drake and Alicia Keys, as well as performing with American rapper Tyga at the Abu Dhabi F1 back in 2018.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels, Friday September 20, free entry before 5pm. Tel: (056) 113 3400. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
10. Raise the (non-existent) roof
Another of Dubai’s best super clubs is also opening this weekend. BASE will reopen on Thursday September 19, with free drinks for ladies on both Thursday and Friday night. Thereafter, BASE will continue to open every Thursday and Friday throughout the winter season, with Thursdays dedicated to house DJs and Friday’s focusing on hip hop and R&B, with huge live performances from some international stars.
BASE Dubai, Dubai Design District, 10pm to 4am, Thursday, September 19 and Friday September 20. Tel: (055) 313 4999. basedubai.com
Saturday September 21
11. Get in the autumnal spirit
Everyones favourite autumnal-themed drink is officially back. Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte is available once again at all Middle East branches and it’s getting us in the fall spirit. If you’ve never had one before, expect cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin pie spices combined with espresso and topped with sweetened whipped cream.
Starbucks, various locations, available now. facebook.com/StarbucksMiddleEast
12. Experience a Mexican fiesta
Get your hands around some tasty tacos at La Carnita’s new Saturday brunch. From 3pm to 6pm, guests can enjoy unlimited drinks and a selection of traditional Mexican dishes. The soft drinks package is Dhs250 and the house drinks are Dhs350, but you can use the Entertainer to get two-for-one.
La Carnita, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Saturdays, 3pm to 6pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (04) 425 4030. lacarnita.ae
13. Enjoy a sun-soaked party brunch
SuperNatural Saturdays are back at Zero Gravity. The super-popular pool and beach brunch has returned for the new season and with it comes a host of exciting entertainment, including DJs, live musicians and festival-style entertainment. The price for girls is Dhs249, while guys will pay Dhs299 for the full five-hour brunch.
Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm, Dhs249 girls, Dhs299 guys. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
14. Try traditional Vietnamese cuisine
LAO at Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, has launched a daily dinner with a set-menu between 6.30pm and 11pm. The meal is priced at Dhs199 for three-courses and also includes a glass of wine. While the details of the menu haven’t been revealed, guests can expect a range of authentic dishes made with traditional Vietnamese cooking methods.
LAO, Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, daily, 6.30pm to 11pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 818 2222. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
15. Finish the weekend at a new ladies’ night
SOHO Live is the brand new live music ladies’ night taking place at Glasshouse by Soho every Saturday. Soulful singer Stephon LaMar will be performing in the conservatory styled dining area from 9pm onwards, while ladies can enjoy unlimited complimentary wine until 1am. Plus there’s a two-for-one happy hour on cocktails from 8pm to 11pm.
Glasshouse by Soho, Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse, Saturdays, 8pm to 1am, free. Tel: (052) 388 8849. facebook.com/glasshouse.bysoho