10 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend: July 15 to 17

Who’s ready for some extra time off?

The weekend is almost here and that means it’s time for your weekly dose of fabulous things to do. From pool brunches to bowling, here’s our top picks of the best things to do in Dubai this weekend….

Thursday, July 15

Head for dinner in this opulent Arabic restaurant

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful restaurants in the city, but if you haven’t yet visited Asil, you need to. The opulent restaurant can be found at the Rixos Premium Dubai JBR with an Arabic-inspired indoor venue and a terrace with amazing views of the sea and Ain Dubai. The food here is stunning (What’s On tried and tested), using flavours from Turkish, Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine. The menu now includes new savoury tagine, manti and the sweet notes of om Ali. 

Asil, Risos Premium Dubai JBR, Dubai, open 1pm to 2am daily. Tel: (0)4 520 0055. asilrestaurant.com

Tuck into Instagrammable desserts at this new pop-up

Every day between 7pm and 11pm, guests can come and relax over a decadent dessert at cool pop-up by Two at Symphony. Open daily in Alserkal Avenue, listen to the tunes of a live DJ, and soak up the good vibes. On the menu you’ll find five indulgent treats, all priced at Dhs39. There’s a drool-worthy sweet sando, an ice cream drizzled in espresso, ice cream cone topped with a range of treats and biscuit-infused custard with popping candy, to name a few.

Swirl by Two, Warehouse 82, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, daily throughout summer, 7pm to 11pm. @twoatsymphony

Check out a new nightlife venue

Opening on Thursday July 15, Dialogue is the new club found in Majestic Hotel, and while Bur Dubai might not be your typical night out scene, the new spot shows signs of promise. The venue aims to serve modern Indian dining, shisha and cocktails to the soundtrack of top DJs. The interiors are inspired by Gothic architecture, with a self-illuminating bar, plush velvet seating, glossy black tables and an art deco mural along the wall.

Dialogue Dubai, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai, daily 6pm to 2am from July 15. Tel: (0)4 259 6036. @dialoguedubai

Friday, July 16

Relieve stress at a Smash Room

Feeling a bit stressed out? Well, how’s this for a unique therapy session. The Smash Room lets you smash out all of your frustrations in a safe space – it’s essentially a rebel’s version of a day spa. The room is filled with old furniture, TVs, laptops, and mannequins, and you get to choose your weapon and show those objects who is boss (perhaps while imagining your boss). Packages start from Dhs75.

The Smash Room, Umm Suqeim Street, Al Quoz Industrial, open 12.3opm to 10pm Sun to Wed, 12.30pm to 11pm Thurs, Fri and Sat, from Dhs75. Tel: (058) 198 2323. thesmashroom.ae

This popular tapas brunch is back

Brunch is back at El Sur. Running from 12.30pm to 3.30pm every Friday, you can sip on unlimited beverages and make your way through a wide selection of El Sur’s signature tapas such as patatas bravas and gazpacho. There will also be a live paella station for the freshest serving of the beloved Spanish dish. The Fiesta brunch is priced at Dhs260 with soft drinks and Dhs320 for the house beverages package.

El Sur, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, Sun to Fri 6pm to 10.30pm, Sat 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (0)4 511 7373. @elsurdubai

Enjoy an extra-long happy hour

The Penthouse, Five Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, Fridays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs250 girls, Dhs350 guys, Dhs300 a la carte. Tel: (0)52 900 4868. @thepenthousedubai

Spend Saturdays getting ‘tiki’

Trader Vic’s JBR just introduced its brand new ‘Tiki-T’ experience, which runs every Saturday from 4pm until late. Enjoy three signature Trader Vic’s cocktails and a selection of Trader Vic’s dishes such as jalapeño cheese balls, Maui Waui shrimps, chicken tacos turf role and a selection of sweets. This wallet-friendly deal is priced at Dhs149 for ladies and Dhs179 for gents

Trader Vic’s JBR, Dubai Marina, open 5pm to 2am Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday,  1pm to 2am Friday, 4pm to 2am Saturday. Tel: (0)4 318 2319. tradervicsjbr.com

Soak up the sun at this new Saturday pool brunch

bla bla dubai beach club jbr

Popular JBR beach club Bla Bla has just launched a brand new Saturday pool brunch with unlimited drinks. It’s all about the wine, with sparkling wine, mimosas, sangria and house wine running unlimited. A sharing platter will be filled with crispy rice avocado, bruschetta, palm salad, California roll, chicken gyoza and Japanese spinach salad. Desserts are also included with a refreshing seasonal fruit selection and popsicles.

Bla Bla, The Beach opposite JBR, Dubai, Saturday brunch 12pm to 3pm, Dhs250 for soft drinks and Dhs350 for house drinks. Tel: (0)4 584 4111. blabladubai.ae

Go bowling

State-of-the-art technology, 12 lanes, large screens, lights and music: this is the perfect place for a few hours of fun. The venue also includes six billiards tables and a karaoke stage if getting up on stage is your thing. It’s a popular place for children’s parties but is also a fun spot for adults to play too.

Ibn Battuta Mall, Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 10am to 12am, from Dhs35 per person. Tel: (04) 4405961. switchbowling.ae

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