12 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend: Aug 19 to 21

Cheers to the weekend…

Whether your weekends are for unwinding or going out to party, Dubai has something for everyone. This weekend, make bookings to a family brunch, try a new dining experience, enjoy a dip in the pool and much more.

Here are 12 excellent things to do in Dubai this weekend

Friday, August 19

Sing your heart out at Kung Korean Restaurant & Karaoke

kung korean karaoke

If you love karaoke, then this Korean bar and restaurant is probably already on your speed dial. Located in the Byblos Hotel, it’s famous for its maze of private karaoke booths, fully kitted out with plastic menus, mics and TVs – the karaoke system even rates you out of 100 for your performance. Order some mandu (Korean dumplings) to the room, and let rip. Be sure to book ahead, as the place fills up on weekends.

Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, daily 9am to 2am, Dhs110 per hour. Tel: (0)4 432 7966. bybloshoteldubai.com

Dine at RSVP, the new modern French dining concept at Boxpark


Love dining at new restaurants in Dubai? Head to RSVP at Boxpark. The restaurant is curated and managed by Atelier House Hospitality – the same consultancy between Michelin-starred 11 Woodfire, award-winning DIFC restaurant Marea, and the popular homegrown concept Mohalla. The curated menu includes wagyu tartare on a slice of freshly toasted brioche with a touch of fine Russian Osetra caviar; sliced yellowtail with ginger, chives, tosa-zu sauce and smoked sesame oil; accra fried minced cod with Caribbean sauce and more. It’s open for dinner from 7pm to 11.30pm daily. RSVP on 04 265 5007.  

RSVP, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, open daily 7pm to 11.30pm, Tel: (0)4 265 5007. @rsvprestaurant

Try the new menu at Epitome


This fully-licensed vegan and vegetarian restaurant has a new menu featuring meat-free and dairy-free cuisine from around the globe. There are flatbreads, sushi, dim sums, mains and dessert, including a 24 karat gold dust mango cheesecake to choose from.

Epitome, Aloft Creek, Level 4, 7pm to 2am, Tel: (0)54 705 8750, @epitome.dubai

Hit the pause button at Paramount Hotel Midtown

paramount hotel midtown

Destress at Pause Spa with the revolutionary French brand, Chateau Berger’s signature massage. It lasts a peaceful 45 minutes followed by a detoxifying salt body scrub or a Chateau Berger express facial for 30 minutes. This rejuvenating journey will cost you just Dhs510 per person only until the end of August. Ahhh, bliss. 

PAUSE Spa, Paramount Hotel Midtown, Business Bay, Tel: (0)4 246 6750. paramonthotelsdubai.com 

Saturday, August 20

Brunch at Myrra

The newly launched ‘Finde En Familia’ brunch at Myrra is an ode to long, lazy family lunches that are a ritual in Spain. On the menu, there’s Mediterranean comfort foods and Spanish classics like pollo a la brasa, marinated baby chicken; vegetable moussaka; and traditional chicken and beef or seafood paellas. The menu also offers a selection of sweet desserts to share.

Myrra, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 4pm, Sundays, Dhs300 house, Dhs350 premium. Tel: (0)4 770 1433, myrrarestaurant.com

Be a daredevil and try The Sky Views’ edge walk

skyviews edge walk

Explore the city’s gorgeous skyline from a height at Address Sky View’s observatory. This August, guests are invited to the 53rd floor of this paramount attraction high-up 220 metres above ground level. You’ll be tethered to the exterior with safety equipment where you’ll catch the sprawling views of Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, and more. This August, you’ll get a 50 per cent discount on the admission price, bringing it down from Dhs714 to Dhs357. Simply log onto skyviewsdubai.com and enter the promo code ‘SKY50’. For every ticket booked, guests can also enjoy one complimentary glass slide experience and one glass walk experience.

Sky Views Edge Walk, The Address Hotel, Dubai, Tel: (800) 288 43867. skyviewsdubai.com

Soak up the sun at Drift Beach


After a short summer break, Drift Beach is re-opening its doors on August 20. Swim laps, or simply pick a spot at the pool bar. Indulge in fresh cuisine at the restaurant where an artfully crafted menu awaits. On the menu, you’ll find tuna tartare, lentil salad, grilled seabass and more which you can pair with a rich wine list from the South of France’s finest vineyards. Want breakfast? Head here from 9am and tuck into freshly baked bread, delicate pastries, waffles and more. Reserve on 04 315 2200. 

Drift Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina, reopens on August 20. Tel: (0)4 315 2200. @driftbeachdubai

Stuff your belly with unlimited pani puri

Pani puri is a favourite Indian snack for many of us. At quirky Bollywood-themed restaurant – Khau Galli in JLT, pay just Dhs20 for unlimited crispy pani puris stuffed with creamy chickpea filling and spicy tangy water.

Fortune Executive, PL 2&3, lake level, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, every weekend for Dhs20, Tel: (0)4 589 6525 @khaugallidubai

Sunday, August 21

Soak in the revamped rooftop infinity pool at The Meydan Hotel

The Meydan Hotel Rooftop Pool

The Meydan Hotel has reopened its cool rooftop infinity pool where guests can refresh before the workweek begins. The pool overlooks the beautiful Meydan Racecourse and the temperature-controlled pool is great for getting those laps in. Feeling hungry? Indulge in the bites and refreshments at the Equus Pool Bar while relaxing on comfy loungers at the sundeck. Pay Dhs150 for pool access which will also get you 20 per cent off on the spa facilities and access to the gym.

Rooftop Infinity Pool, 11th floor, The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, open daily 8am to 7pm, Tel: (0)4 381 3333. theymeydanhotels.com

Explore a one-of-a-kind workshop at thejamjar


Explore Islamic geometry motif making in this workshop at thejamjar. You’ll use unique techniques from drawing shapes to painting delicate patterns – all of which require focus and precision. The class take place from 12.3pm to 2.30pm on August 21. Book your spot here.

TheJamJar, Alserkal Avenue, Unit H74, Al Quoz, Tel: (04) 341 7303. thejamjardubai.com

Try the new happy hour at Garth


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Garth is running a new happy hour with bites and drinks at a discounted price. It runs from 6pm to 9pm. Pick from small plates of artichoke hummus served with scallion flatbread, salmon tartar and beef cheek croquets. For cocktail fans there’s bees kiss, amaretto sour and more.  

The 9 Lounge, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Tel: (0)58 530 7499, @garthdubai

Get tickets to see JordIndian – Live in Dubai


Famous YouTube duo, JordIndian is bringing a 60-minute performance to Dubai soon. The event will include beatboxing, b-boying, conversations and of course, the boys performing their breakout songs.

Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, 6pm, Sunday August 21, prices start from Dhs95. bookmyshow.com

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