8 great things to do in Dubai this week: Nov 21 to 24

Football fever, Thanksgiving feasts, celebrity chefs and more…

It’s the middle of November and Dubai is thriving. Whether you’re hosting guests and looking for a fun pool day, checking out a new dinner and a show, or gathering at a brand new beachside restaurant, there’s something for everyone right here.

Here’s all the best things to do in Dubai this week.

Monday November 21

Head to a sandzone for the football action

Zero Gravity has said goodbye to a traditional fan zone and hello to a Sandzone, with guests able to watch the month of football with toes in their sand. The beach club has set up a massive screen on the beach, but it can also be seen from the glass-lined swimming pool, so you can catch the daytime matches while keeping cool in the pool. Entry starts from Dhs50, which includes two drinks, or there’s a Sandzone brunch package for Dhs250, which includes food and drink on a raised deck available from 15 minutes before the game until the final whistle.

Zero Gravity Sandzone, Al Sufouh, November 20 to December 18, from Dhs50. Tel: (0)4 399 0009, 0-gravity.ae

Check out a returning desert pop-up

For its third edition, Not A Space returns to the Al Faya desert, inviting guests to enjoy drinks, snacks, live music and workshops, all in the breathtaking setting of the Sharjah desert. You can find the exact location of Not A Space Al Faya here, and by car it will take you around an hour to drive from Dubai. Just like last season’s singularly cool, made-for-Insta hangout spot, Al Faya 3.0 is a pet friendly desert pop-up filled with cosy nooks surrounding the central coffee counter. Perch up on a bean bag, recline on a deck chair or grab a bar stool and keep warm with a freshly brewed coffee or piping cup of hot chocolate. You can also shop some cool Not A Space merch, and snap selfies at the mirrored wall.

Not A Space, Al Faya, Sharjah, daily 4pm to 1am. @notaspace

Tuesday November 22

Dine at the hands of a celebrity chef

Massimo Bottura

Culinary mastermind, chef Massimo Bottura, is set to return to his retro Dubai restaurant, Torno Subito, for the first time since it was recognised with a Michelin Star. Taking place from November 22 to 24, the three intimate evenings will see chef Massimo Bottura present a set menu of the restaurant’s signature dishes. It’s Dhs690 per person for food only. 

Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to 10pm, Nov 22 to 24, Dhs690. Tel: (0)4 245 5800, tornosubitodubai.com

Soak up the sun at a ladies’ day

Grab your besties and head to Venus Beach Club as they have just introduced a pool day every Tuesday from 10am to 7pm. Lounge on the water’s edge and indulge in Italian favourites and delicious cocktails. All you have to pay is Dhs150, which is completely redeemable on food and beverages.

Venus Beach Club, Caesars Palace, Julius Tower, Dubai, Tues 10am to 7pm Dhs150 fully redeemable, Tel: (0)4 556 6466, caesars.com

Wednesday November 23

Be entertained by a renowned Greek star

Dinner and a show is always a great way to spend a night out. Take it up a notch this November and enjoy an entertaining performance by Konstantinos Argiros at The Theater. That’s right, the Greek music star is heading to Dubai once again this year to put on a show that you’ll never forget. He takes to the stage on Wednesday, November 23 during the second dinner seating.

The Theater, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, performance takes place during second seating on Nov 23, thetheaterdubai.com

See the latest exhibitions at Foundry

Famed for hosting an impressive and comprehensive programme of art exhibitions Downtown’s part gallery, part co-working space Foundry launches four new exhibitions this Wednesday.  Foundry’s winter season exhibitions include contemporary Emirati artist Khalid Al Banna, contemporary Lebanese painter Marc Guiragossian, SAAI, an artificial intelligence project, which combines art with technology and collaborative multi-art experience hailing from Kazakhstan, Venti, Aurae, Anima – Spirit of Fluidity. Catch them until January 19, 2023.

Foundry, Boulevard Crescent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, 10am to 10pm daily. Tel: (0)4 367 3696foundry.downtowndubai.ae/

Thursday November 24

Tuck into a tasty thanksgiving meal


Expect comforting Thanksgiving classics at this chic and modern bistro on Thursday November 24. There will be a special menu that will include all the traditional holiday trimmings with a French flare that the whole family are sure to devour. Dive into truffle mac and cheese bites, fried Brussel sprouts, turkey, studding, sweet potato and a moreish pecan pie.

Brasserie Boulud, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Dubai, Thur Nov 24, 7pm onwards, Dhs275 for adults, Dhs120 age 6 to 12, free bellow 6 years, Tel: (0)4 281 4020, restaurant sandbars.accor.com

Check out a beautiful new beachfront restaurant

A stylish beachside escape at Jumeirah Al Naseem is Summersalt, flanked by the sugary sandy beach. For the new season, this upscale beach club experience jut got even better, unveiling a duo of beachfront restaurants: Summersalt by Kayto and Summersalt by Kenji. Summersalt by Kayto is a beachside iteration of Jumeirah Al Naseem’s beloved Nikkei restaurant Kayto, featuring fine Peruvian Japanese flavours and dishes such as seaweed salad, mushroom and tofu hotpot and a cheesecake brulée. Summersalt by Kenji offers a relaxing toes-in-the-sand vibe by day and premium alfresco experience by night, making it the ideal spot for a chilled-out lunch with friends or an evening get-together under the stars.

Summersalt by Kenji and Summersalt by Kayto, Jumeirah Al Naseem, 12.30pm to 12am daily. Tel: (800) 323232, jumeirah.com/en/dine/dubai/al-naseem-summersalt