The weekend is nearly upon us…

The weekend is just hours away and it’s time to start making those plans. From outdoor brunching to a fitness event with a great cause, a new restaurant and more, we have a stellar line-up for you this week.

Here’s our pick of 10 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend… 

Friday, February 18

Dine at a brand new restaurant

Lucia’s is the brand new Capri-inspired venue in Address Sky View. The lemon-hued space oozes coastal vibes, bursting with citrus trees and vibrant blue tiles to create an Amalfi aesthetic. Lucia’s flamboyant character is felt throughout, from the decor to the menu, which highlights the very best of its cuisine. From Sicilian seafood to Milanese di vitello, diners can enjoy the authentic taste of Italy in each bite, including dishes such as sliced Mediterranean red snapper, beef carpaccio and ricotta ravioli.

Lucia’s, Address Sky View, daily 7pm to 3am. Tel: (0)4 422 4321. @luciasdubai

Soothe your soul at a jazz night


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Love the smooth sounds of jazz? Head to Jazz Avenue at Gate Avenue in DIFC on Friday and Saturday to see singer Mister Melvin, an accomplished jazz, blues, gospel, soul and funk artist who has appeared at the Nice Jazz Festival, Jazz in Paris – Méridien Etoile, and Blues sur Seine Festival. Tickets are priced at Dhs180 per person and are fully redeemable against food and beverages.

Gate Avenue, DIFC, Zone B, Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19, 7pm to 11pm. @difcgateavenue 

Start the weekend right with a Friday brunch

Start the weekend off with a bang at Hudson’s Tavern’s new evening brunch. It’s inspired by Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, and has all of the trappings of New York. Dishes include sharing-style menu includes shrimp cocktail, fresh caesar salad, Nashville hot chicken sliders with a side of crispy fries and a variety of tasty tacos. Sip on signature New York-inspired cocktails.

Hudson’s Tavern, Hyde Hotel Dubai, Fridays, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs295 soft beverages, Dhs395 cocktails and bubbles. Tel: (0)4 871 1016.

Saturday, February 19

Tuck into a hearty breakfast

1920’s themed Café Society serves up breakfast dishes that taste just as good as they look. The menu includes smoked salmon with poached eggs, Café Society breakfast, Café Society dulce de leche, as well as a pastry counter with tonnes of treats.

Café Society, Tamani Marina Hotel, KingSalman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina, daily 9am to 11am, Dhs65. Tel: (0)4 318 3755. @cafesocietydxb

Brunch alfresco

Garden of Dreams is the alfresco sister to the popular new dinner and a show concept, Dream; also found in Address Beach Resort. Launching on Saturday February 19, the new hotspot presents its Daydreamer Brunch, running between 12pm and 4pm each Saturday. The brunch menu includes a spread of everyone’s favourite sharing dishes, from beef carpaccio and prawns tempura, burrata to pizza rucola. Mains include the likes of homemade mushroom pasta, grilled chicken sliders or the seafood risotto, while to finish you’ll enjoy a Gianduja coffee chocolate bar and strawberry meringue cheesecake.

Daydreamer Brunch, Garden of Dreams, Address Beach Resort, JBR, Saturdays, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs280 soft, Dhs360 premium, Dhs500 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 220 0224. @dreamgardendubai

Check out Sharjah’s new safari park

Sharjah is diversifying it tourism opportunities with the addition of a huge safari park, which opened on Thursday, February 17. Sharjah Safari, located within the Al Bridi Reserve in the city of Al Dhaid is 16 square kilometres, making it the largest safari project outside of Africa. Around 50,000 animals (120 species) call the safari home, including gazelles, giraffes, African wild turtles, crocodiles, lions, rhinos, African rock python, elephants and flamingos. The park has a large natural lake and 100,000 African trees, as well as restaurants, cafes, conference hall, safari visitors camp and more. The park is open daily from 8.30am to 6.30pm. The bronze ticket walking tour, which explores the ‘Africa’ zone is priced at Dhs40 for people aged 12 and above. A silver ticket bus tour explores all but one segment of the safari park and is Dhs120. A gold ticket, which allows you to tour in a luxury vehicle, is priced from Dhs275. You’ll need to head straight to the park to get tickets, as there isn’t an online ticket portal just yet.

Go for a stroll

The iconic Dubai Marina is breathtaking at night, when its glittering skyscrapers and majestic yachts are reflected in the silky waters. Enjoy a romantic amble around, with a walk of up to 3.8 miles. There are plenty of restaurants and outlets around to stop at if you get peckish.

Sunday, February 20

Get your mindfulness on with Justin Andries

First, a few truths. Meditation can boost your brainpower. It can also help those with anxiety. And it can be effective in managing pain. If this sounds like a bit of you, here’s your chance to meet a true expert in this field. From February 20 to 26, energy reader Justin Andries takes up residence at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, offering private energy readings and guided meditations. There’s also a group meditation session taking place next Tuesday Feb 22 at 5.30pm. Click the link below for more details.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira. Tel: (0)4 777 2243.

Top up your tan at a beach brunch


White Beach, which can be found at Atlantis, The Palm, has become one of Dubai’s hottest beach clubs. For a stellar beach brunch, makes sure to visit for the Sunkissed Brunch which takes place every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Enjoy delicious Mediterranean dishes, free-flowing beverages and brilliant DJ beats whilst soaking up that vitamin D. The brunch is priced at Dhs349 for ladies and Dhs435 for guys, inclusive of unlimited food and beverages.

White Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, Sundays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs349 for ladies and Dhs435. Tel: (0)4 426 2626. @whitebeach

Visit Dubai’s hottest new mall

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A new shopping and lifestyle destination has opened its doors in Dubai. Dubai Hills Mall, located in the popular Dubai Hills Estate, opened on Wednesday February 17, and has a number of retail, dining, and entertainment concepts. Visitors will discover the latest branch of Roxy Cinemas, as well as a brand new Adventure Park, featuring 11 unique experiences for the whole family to enjoy. What’s more, a record-breaking roller coaster, called The Storm Coaster, will live inside the mall.

Dubai Hills Mall, Dubai Hills Estate. @dubaihillsmall

Toast to the end of the weekend at a ladies’ night

There’s a brilliant ladies’ night at Treehouse on Tuesdays. Sip on unlimited drinks including bubbles and espresso martinis for Dhs150, from 8pm to 12am, and enjoy some epic views of the downtown Dubai skyscrapers glittering against the night sky. On Sundays it’s Dhs150 for unlimited wine from 9pm to 1am.

Treehouse, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, Tuesdays and Sundays. Tel: (052) 777 6953.

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