There’s always plenty to do in this wonderful city…

Just like that, it’s Wednesday, which means the weekend is on the horizon. As ever, there are plenty of awesome things to do at the weekend (and otherwise) in Dubai. This week check out loads of cool cafes, a historical exhibition and a fun waterpark.

Here are 10 amazing things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday, April 29

Book a holiday with Emirates’ flash sale

Emirates has just announced a flash sale on flights for Eid Al Fitr. If you want to jet off somewhere, you’ll need to book fast to take advantage of the special fares, valid on bookings made today until May 1, 2021 for travel until September 30, 2021. Destinations include Cairo, Athens, Seychelles, Maldives and more.

To avail the fares and find out everything you need to know regarding travelling safely during Covid-19, visit 

Check out this cool new burger restaurant

High Joint has certainly earned its stripes when it comes to being known as one of the top burger eateries in Dubai. High Joint recently opened up a new branch in Al Kawaneej with a brand new menu featuring some out-there creations such as the ‘Waffle Waffle’ which is a crispy chicken burger crammed between two potato waffles, drizzled in buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and even maple syrup. For beef lovers, check out ‘The H’, a beef patty loaded with cheese, candied bacon, fried crispy shallots and homemade aoili. It’s cheat day goals and we’re here for it.

High Joint, Al Kawaneej, Dubai, Mob to Sat 5pm to 3am, Sun closed. Tel: (0)4 546 3123. @high.joint

Do something cultural

Tales from the East

A 10-day exhibition, named Tales from the East will run at Sharjah Book Authority’s headquarters in Sharjah until May 7. The exhibition will feature early written materials including books and manuscripts, and a collection of rare artefacts, altogether estimated to be worth over 60 million dirhams. The exhibition will also feature a series of cultural sessions and panel discussions led by eminent historians and archaeology experts. Find out more here.

Friday, April 30

Tee off at Topgolf

If you haven’t yet made it to one of Dubai’s coolest attractions, Topgolf, you really should. Not just for those with an interest in golf, there are different games designed for all ages and skill sets, and it’s really just about having fun. Not only about gaming, the entertainment hub has huge TVs, three restaurants serving casual food and beverages, a retail shop, three luxury VIP suites and eventually, live music. There’s a great atmosphere every day of the week, but especially on weekends.

Topgolf Dubai, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to 1am, Thur 10am to 2am, Fri and Sat 9am to 2am. Dhs130 to Dhs180 per hour from Sun to Wed, Dhs180 to Dhs220 per hour from Thur to Sat.

Find your calm at this beautiful garden cafe

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Relax this weekend in a tranquil garden cafe. Seva is the name of beautiful Jumeirah Beach cafe and wellness centre formally known as ‘Life ‘n’ One’. Enjoy Seva’s plant-based dishes in the mantra-infused secret garden, where you’ll be able to connect with others, enjoy (or even write) a book, brainstorm or just day-dream. This is a wifi-free zone, so keep those phones away.You’ll also find workshops here such as yoga, meditation, bodywork, sound healing, energy medicine and more.

Seva, Jumeirah Beach Road, 27B Street, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily 8.30am to 8.30pm. Tel: (056) 534 2899.

Go to a fun waterpark

Laguna waterpark

Laguna Waterpark is smaller than some of its Dubai counterparts, but it’s still loads of fun. Make sure to check out Manta, the thrilling, gravity defying raft ride and WaveOz 180 FlowRider, one of only 3 in the world, where you can test your surfing ability against the water. UAE residents, get all-day access for Dhs99 or add Dhs50 for the all-you-can-eat food and soft drinks package, when you book online.

Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Dubai, 10am to 6pm, from Dhs99 adult online. Tel: (800) 637 227.

Tuck into some seriously Insta-worthy dishes at this cute cafe

Find a hidden gem, with the beautiful jungle-themed Desert Garden cafe in Jumeirah. Desert garden serves up a range of dishes that are almost too Instagrammable to eat, from hearty breakfasts to innovative mains and incredible desserts.

Desert Garden, 609 Jumeirah St, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, open 8am to 1am. Tel: (0)50 505 1566. @desertgarden.uae

Saturday, May 1

Go for a wallet-friendly pool day

Feel like you’ve tried and tested the city’s range of pool days and deals, why not check out cool spot The Pangolin at The Els Club in Sports City? There’s new pool packages available throughout the week from The Pangolin, with great little extras thrown in. Any day of the week, it’s Dhs150 for pool access with a main meal and drink of your choice or Dhs250 with pool access, a main course, drink and access to the club. There are also family options too, priced from Dhs200 for one parent and one child.

The Pangolin Dubai, Els Club, Dubai Sports City, Sunday to Wednesday 7.30am to 12am, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7.30am to 1am. Tel: (0)58 573 2594.

Visit Dubai’s incredible moon lake


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Get your coffee with a side of motorcycles

You don’t need a motorcycle license to enter this cool cafe in Al Quoz, the friendly staff there welcome everyone. Brush past the slick motorcycles parked outside, and walk into a huge two-storey warehouse space, where you can choose between the leather armchairs or the regular dining area to enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast (check out the Rider’s Breakfast Wrap) and locally roasted coffee.

Cafe Rider, Warehouse 7 14 C St, Al QuozAl Quoz Industrial Area 3, Dubai, Sun to Wed, 8am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 321 4411.

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