15 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend

Wayne Wonder and One Republic are performing and DFF returns…

Another week in Dubai is almost done and dusted. We’re already looking forward to the weekend, and you should be too with everything that’s going on. We’ve managed to find 15 of the very best things to do in Dubai, so you can have the best weekend ever.

Here’s 15 of the best things to do in Dubai this weekend.

Thursday February 27

1. Enjoy a one-off Thursday ladies’ day

White Beach’s ladies’ day normally takes place on a Tuesday, however this week you’ll be able to check it out on Thursday February 27. The deal is Dhs100 for girls, including pool and beach access, unlimited rose wine and cocktails, or for an additional Dhs50, there’s free-flowing house beverages on offer too. You can also enjoy a special food menu which comes with a 50 per cent discount.

White Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Thursday Feb 27, 12pm to 5pm, from Dhs100. Tel: (04) 426 2000. @whitebeach

2. It’s the start of Dubai Food Festival

Dubai Food Festival is set to return for another year on Wednesday February 26, 2020. The city-wide event will take place until Saturday March 14, where you’ll see many of your favourite restaurants, street food vendors and chefs come together for a celebration of all things culinary. Beach Canteen returns February 26 to March 14 with a kids play zone, cooking workshops, live cooking sessions at the beachside theatre, gaming square and sports court. Dubai Restaurant Week is also making a comeback from March 5 to 14 with 35 exciting Dubai restaurants offering their signature dishes for less over a 10-day period.

Dubai Food Festival, across Dubai, Wednesday February 26 to Saturday March 14. visitdubai.com/dff

3. Sing along to No Letting Go

Reggae legend Wayne Wonder is set to perform at Cove Beach on Thursday. The No Letting Go hit-maker will be performing all his biggest hits for the weekly JMRCK party. Entrance will be Dhs150 including one drink or free with pre-reservation of tables.

Cove Beach, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters, Thursday February 27, 6pm onwards, Dhs150. Tel: (050) 454 6920. covebeach.com

4. Dine with a celebrity chef

If you consider yourself as a bit of a foodie, then listen up because famed celebrity chef Akira Back is headed to Dubai and you can dine with him. He’ll be visiting his namesake restaurant on Thursday February 27. From 8pm to midnight, indulge in a selection of exciting cocktails and house drinks, accompanied by the sounds of DJ Eden and live entertainment for Dhs445. If this sounds like your perfect evening, be sure to call the restaurant to make an advanced booking.

Akira Back Dubai, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Feb 26 7pm til late, Dhs495, Feb 27 8pm to midnight, Dhs445. Tel: (04) 245 5800. akirabackdubai.com

5. See Trevor Nelson spinning some throwback tunes

If you love 90s and 00s hit throwbacks, then get down to Barasti on Thursday February 27 when legendary Kiss FM DJ Trevor Nelson will be taking over the decks. Not only that but there’s plenty of retro games to get involved with including human foosball, giant Twister, human bowling, beer pong and giant Operation, as well as top 90s game show Blind Date.

Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Thursday Feb 27, 7pm to 2am, free. Tel: (04) 399 3333. barastibeach.com

Friday February 28

6. Get ready to be Locked In

The What’s On Lock In is back, it’s already sold out so stay tuned for the next one if you didn’t manage to get tickets. On Friday February 28, you’ll check into JA Lake View Hotel before getting familiarised with all the fun stuff planned for the weekend. You’ll be given the keys to your room, and handed your itinerary. From 10am to brunch, you’ll have free access to make-up artists Glowout&go and the Bristles and Mane barbers. If you’re up to it (and of course you are!) you can sign up to free piercings courtesy of KYRAcare, or a free head, neck and shoulder massage from Calm Spa. After that, it’s brunch shenanigans, fun challenges courtesy of TEPfactor Dubai, evening revelries at BIBÉ rooftop bar, before kipping inside your deluxe hotel room.

JA Lakeview, JA The Resort, Jebel Ali, Friday Feb 28 to Saturday Feb 29. jaresortshotels.com

7. Check out a Peaky Blinders themed brunch

‘By order of the Peaky Blinders‘, you’d better get your Friday plans in place as a weekly brunch, themed on the massively popular Birmingham gangster drama, is launching in Dubai on Friday February 28. The new brunch will take place every Friday at the Double Decker, Roda Al Rooj Downtown Dubai, so make sure you save time to source yourself a flat cap or Edwardian outfit. With the pub’s dark mahogany wood, sweeping staircases and period features, its hardly surprising that the organisers chose it as the venue.

Peaky Blinder Dubai Brunch, Double Decker, Roda AL Rooj Downton Dubai, Al Safa Street, Fridays, 12pm to 5pm, Dhs300. Tel: (04) 307 3577. @peakypartyuae

8. Enjoy brunch and a show

What if we told you that you could now enjoy a four-hour brunch, followed by a night watching a La Perle show for an extremely wallet-friendly Dhs450? That’s the amazing offer available every Friday afternoon at the swanky Habtoor Palace Dubai hotel. Tickets to the aquatic circus show usually start from around Dhs420 for the bronze tier and reaching Dhs672 for gold, so if you really think about it, you’re essentially getting the brunch for free. See, we told you it’s a good deal.

BQ – French Kitchen & Bar at Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts Al Habtoor City, every Friday, 12pm to 4pm, show at La Perle from 7pm, Dhs450. Tel: (04) 435 5577. laperle.com

9. See One Republic live

On Friday February 28, American pop-rock band One Republic will headline the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. The Counting Stars hitmakers will be performing the final day of the three-day festival. Since 2002, the international band have been producing a string of iconic hits such as Wanted, Rescue Me and Stop and Stare. You can catch all of these and more when they take the stage on the Friday night. They will be supported by Jazz band Sammy Miller & The Congregation.

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, Wednesday Feb 26, 2020 to Friday Feb 28, 2020, tickets available now. dubaijazzfestival.com

10. Explore a new nightlife venue

If you’re a fan of electronic, house and techno music, we’ve found a brand new venue to practice your best two-stepping in. Hangar 4, which has both indoor and outdoor space, is a huge warehouse venue in Port Mina Rashid, set to open with a massive event on Friday February 28. Kicking off Hangar 4’s opening weekend will be a 12-hour music marathon from world-renowned music festival, Afterlife. The event is set to be a huge party, with the venue already on its final wave of ticket sales. Expect an incredible audio-visual experience with epic light and laser shows and a state of the art sound system.

Hangar 4, Port Mina Rashid, Dubai, Friday February 28, 4pm to 4am, Dhs260. @hangar.no.4

Saturday February 29

11. Create your own lipstick

Ever wanted to make your own cosmetics? On Saturday February 29, The Workshop Dubai will be hosting a lipstick making class where you’ll be able to create your own custom product. You’ll embark on a colour discovery and and learn about the history of ingredients, as well as how to make your own bespoke shade.

The Workshop Dubai, Jumeirah, Saturday Feb 29, 11am to 1pm, Dhs150+VAT. theworkshopdubai.com

12. Check out a new food market


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Ever-popular Dubai destination, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is launching an eco-friendly food festival called Homegrown@Souk. There will be a huge focus on sustainability at the food festival, which will take place from Friday, February 28 to Saturday, March 7. Madinat Jumeirah are committed to showcasing ‘a world of eco-friendly culinary possibilities’, with food and beverage masterclasses, special menus and a fresh produce market.

Homegrown@Souk, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, February 28 to Saturday, March 7, free to attend. Tel: (04) 366 8888. @soukmadinatjumeirah

13. Gather the girls for a spa day

In need of a little rest and relaxation this weekend? Well, we think we have just the thing for you, as the luxurious Waldorf Astoria DIFC Spa has launched an unbelievable new ladies’ spa deal, and it’s just Dhs199. Every Saturday from February 29, between 3pm and 7pm, ladies who visit the spa will enjoy a 30-minute foot, hand, head neck & shoulders, back & shoulders massage (or a combination of two 15-minute massages) or a 30-minute holistic experience, using either the sway bed with Tibetan singing bowls or the floatation tank.

Ladies Afternoon at Waldorf Astoria DIFC Spa, Dubai, every Saturday from February 29, 3pm to 7pm, Dhs199. Tel: (0)4 515 9818. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

14. Enjoy tacos and live music together

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If you love tacos, let’s be honest who doesn’t? Then you need to check out the open mic night event at Kulture House this Saturday. Not only will you get to enjoy the talent of homegrown artists, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the culinary talents of Maiz Tacos.

Kulture House, Jumeirah, Saturday Feb 29, 4pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 399 1790. @kulturehousedubai

15. Enjoy a free birthday night out

Does your birthday fall on February 29? Then you’re in luck. Cavalli Club is offering anyone with the special birthday a free dinner, as well as a table with you and six of your friends in the club afterwards.

Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Saturday February 29, free. Tel: (050) 991 0400. dubai.cavalliclub.com

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