New month, new things to do… 

The search for the best things to do in Dubai at the weekend isn’t exactly the easiest endeavour. Why? Because there are so many options – like fully-redeemable pool days, dog-friendly events, new brunches, live performances, and more.

Without further ado, here is our shortlist of 12 wonderful things to do in Dubai this weekend:

Friday, September 1

Friday night dinner plans sorted

one life

This is not a drill… Get buy one get one free on One Life’s authentic Neapolitan pizza every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Available for delivery, dine-in, and on Deliveroo from the JVC branch, the pizzas are made fresh from 24-hour fermented dough and quality ingredients. We recommend the classic margherita and the White Party made with thinly sliced brisket, caramelised onions, and mushrooms on a fresh cream base.

One Life, JVC, Dubai.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12pm to 10pm. @onelifejvc

Sing your heart out at karaoke

London’s popular entertainment bar, Boom Battle Bar, recently opened its doors in Dubai. And as of this week, there are even more epic games on offer. On top of the crazy golf, axe throwing, darts, and beer pong, guests can now sing their hearts out in the private karaoke room or ignite their competitive spirit with shuffleboard. For the ultimate night out with friends this weekend, head to the new Dubai bar for a fun-filled evening of games and activities alongside an extensive menu of drinks and street food.

Boom Battle Bar Dubai, DoubleTree by Hilton JBR, The Walk, open Sun to Thu 4pm to 1am and Fri and Sat 4pm to 2am. @boom.dxb

Dive into the world of Martin Scorsese

cinema akil

Located in the arty hub of Alserkal Avenue, Cinema Akil brings quality films from across the world from Palestine to Hong Kong. At the moment, the arty cinema is celebrating iconic film director Martin Scorsese. From Wednesday, August 23 to September 14, the film program includes 10 of his classic cult films including Goodfellas, After Hours, Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and more. 

Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 223 1139. 

See Trey Songz perform live

R&B singer Trey Songz is back in Dubai… Say Bottomz Up this Friday night at Black, Soho Garden Meydan as Mr. Steal Your Girl himself will be performing. Entry is free for ladies until midnight and tickets are priced at Dhs150 for men. Doors open at 10pm and tickets are available on the door. 

Black, Soho Garden Meydan. Friday, September 1, 10pm. Tel:(0)52 388 8849. @sohogardendxb

Saturday, September 2

Relax with a fully redeemable pool day

Sure it’s warm, but that’s what temperature-controlled pool days and frozen margaritas are for, right? Gather the tribe and get ready for a fun family pool day at Fortuna Pool at Caesar’s Palace. The pool pass is priced at Dhs250 (fully redeemable) on weekdays and Dhs350 (fully redeemable) on weekends. Children under three go free and aged four to 11 years old it’s Dhs100.  Head here early as the pool is open from 8.30am and the beach from 8am so you can make the most of the cooler mornings.

Fortuna, Caesars Palace Hotel, Bluewaters, Dubai. Dhs250 fully redeemable (weekdays), Dhs350 fully redeemable (weekends). Tel: (0)4 399 9999.

Check out a new brunch

Reef and Beef

Starting at just Dhs150, this premium steakhouse is introducing a new sharing-style menu featuring dishes like Dibba Bay oysters, grilled whole baby chicken, and the grand dessert platter. Of course exquisite beverages are the highlight, including in the package for Dhs200 onwards. If you like steak, seafood and slow descent into a delicious food come, this one’s for you.

Reef and Beef, Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai, Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm, starting at Dhs150, Tel: (0) 5 223 38473, 

Shop unique pre-loved furniture

La Brocante is a quirky second-hand furniture shop located in Al Quoz. The hometown concept focuses on pre-loved and upcycled furniture. From one-off art pieces to statement furniture, the stock is constantly changing but one thing is for certain: You won’t find treasures like these anywhere else.

La Brocante, Al Quoz, Dubai. Daily 10am to 5pm. Tel:(0)50 186 5149. @labrocantedxb

Beat the back-to-school blues

Want your little ones to let out their creative expression in a safe and stress-free place? Look no further than Wild Paint in Al Quoz. With no experience required, bring the kids out for a fun day of paint splattering, spinning, swinging, pouring and spraying fun. Book in your activity of choice and let their imaginations run wild in a fun and relaxing way.

Wild Paint House, Al Marabea Street Al Quoz 1, open Mon to Fri from 2pm to 10pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 10pm. Tel: (0)56 833 6804. @wildpainthouse

Sunday, September 3

Get back into a routine


There are plenty of pilates studios in Dubai and the full-body, low-impact workout has a long list of mental and physical benefits. Posture promises a mind-body-soul experience offering reformer, cadillac, and mat pilates for all levels. Located on the Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah the Balearic-style studio honors the original style of Joseph Pilates and has a strong focus on form and core, rather than simply burning calories, and an emphasis on strength and mobility in all their signature classes.


Indulge in a delicious Turkish breakfast spread

Want to tuck into a delicious breakfast this weekend? Dubai’s popular Turkish restaurant, Sirali, serves up a Turkish breakfast spread of dreams from 10am to 1pm every weekend. Located in Al Habtoor City, guests can enjoy a selection of bread and pastries, homemade jams, shakshuka, salads, cheese, fermented sausage, egg salad, and more, for Dhs130 per person.

Sirali, Al Habtoor, Business Bay, Dubai. Breakfast 10am to 1pm. Dhs130 per person. Tel:(0)58 582 7092. @siralikebapdubai

Take a break from shopping


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Heading to the mall this weekend? Award-winning Lebanese restaurant, Babel, opened in Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue earlier this week. Take a break from shopping and make a pitstop to experience its classic Lebanese dishes with an innovative twist, authentic Middle Eastern hospitality, and wow-worthy views over the Dubai Fountain. Inside, there’s an open kitchen, fresh seafood display, sandstone walls, grand arches, and regal seating areas that add to the vibrant ambiance. Order the falafel truffle and baby chicken and thank us later.

Babel, Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai. Opens August 28. Daily, 12pm to 12am. Tel:(0)4 431 2333.

Meet fellow dog owners

Calling all dog lovers, there’s a furr-tastic event happening this weekend at Fuze Caffe in Dubai. Taking place from 9am to 1pm at the Al Habtoor City branch on Saturday and the Dubai Marina branch on Sunday. Take your furry friends to the tail-wagging dog social event for a chance to mingle with other dog owners, receive special goodie bags, and treat your pooch to delicious delights with 20 per cent off.

Fuze Café. Saturday, September 2 at Al Habtoor City and Sunday, September 3 in Dubai Marina Walk. 9am to 1pm. @fuzecaffedubai

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