12 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend

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From seeing live performances to some top notch dinner deals…

The Eid Al Adha holidays might be over but there’s only two days of work left until the weekend starts again – yay. If you’re already planning ahead for the weekend, let us give you a hand.

Here’s 12 things to do in Dubai this weekend…

Thursday August 15

1. Throw it back with a performance from Young Jeezy

Any old school hip-hop and rap fans out there might want to listen up, as American rapper Jeezy (formally known as Young Jeezy) will be performing live at super club, BOA on Thursday August 15. The artist has collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, Akon and Christina Milian. BOA like to be pretty generous, so ladies, your drinks tab will be free all night.

BOA, W Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, Thursday August 15, doors open from 11pm. Tel: (056) 501 2039. facebook.com/BOA

 

2. Celebrate Indian Independence Day

To celebrate Indian Independence Day, Bombay Brasserie at Taj Dubai are running a limited edition three-course menu on Thursday August 15. The set dinner will be available between 12.30pm to 3pm and 6pm to 12am and is Dhs225, inclusive of soft drinks.

Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai, Downtown Dubai, 12.30pm to 3pm, 6pm to 12am, Thursday August 15. Tel: (04) 438 3222. tajhotels.com

3. Party with Frank at Toy Room

Get your weekend off to an epic start by partying with Frank at Toy Room this Thursday with their This is Toyroom event. It all kicks off at 11pm, with massive mix of party bangers from resident DJ, It’s Junior J.

Toy Room, Meydan Road, Racecourse, Grandstand, Dubai, 11pm to 4am, Thursday August 14. Tel: 052 463 3338. facebook.com/ToyRoomDxb

Friday August 16

4. Enjoy a luxe spa day

The One and Only hotel is pretty wow-worthy, so you’d expect nothing less from its spa. This summer at the Guerlain Spa, you’ll get a 60-minute imperial relaxing massage, access to the spa adult’s pool and a three course lunch or afternoon tea for Dhs995. If your partner wants to join, they can get lunch and pool access for Dhs470. The offer is valid until September 30.

Guerlain Spa, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 10am to 9pm, valid until September 30. Tel: (04) 440 1040. oneandonlyresorts.com

5. Step straight into Santorini at OPA

After the success of its first brunch, the Insta-worthy Greek restaurant OPA is bringing us their second edition, this time themed around Santorini, this Friday. You’ll be transported to Greece as you’ll experience fresh mediterranean cuisine and traditional Greek entertainment, complete with Zorba dancing and plate smashing.

OPA, Level one, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 12pm to 4pm, Friday August 16, Dhs395. Tel (04) 357 0557. opadubai.com

6. Get two for one on all courses with this lunch deal

The Friday lunch deal on offer from Molecule is pretty unbeatable if you’re looking for value for money. Every Friday from 12pm, guests can enjoy buy one get one free on all items from their a la carte menu, including beverages and scrumptious desserts. So when you order a starter, you can get the same item, or a cheaper starter for free, and the same for mains and desserts.

Molecule Restaurant, Ground Floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District, Dubai, Fridays from 12pm. Tel: (052) 949 2202. facebook.com/moleculedxb

7. Learn about sharks at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Get up close and personal with the sharks at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo with a brand new offering. The 30 minute shark trainer encounter will educate you about shark species and the way they are taken care of at the Aquarium. As you learn about their environment, feeding and breeding habits, you’ll get to help the staff as they train bamboo and leopard sharks too.

Shark Trainer Encounter, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, daily sessions at 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, Dhs100. thedubaiaquarium.com

8. Sing along at a special screening of Beauty and the Beast

It’s a Tale As Old As Time, and if you’re wanting to catch Beauty and the Beast on the big screen, you need to get yourself to Dubai Opera this weekend.The iconic Downtown venue will be transforming into a super sized cinema for a special, one-off screening of the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast on Friday August 16. Best of all, it’s a sing-along version, so guests can embrace their inner Belle – or Beast – as they belt out each song. You’ll be able to sing your heart out to Beauty and the Beast, Belle and Be Our Guest, as well as all the other brilliant hits from the film.

Beauty and the Beast at Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 8pm onwards, Friday August 16, from Dhs60. dubaiopera.com

Saturday August 17

9. Get 50 percent off a traditional Indonesian dish

In the mood for some Asian food? Asian5 are offering 50 percent off their Nasi Goreng bowl in celebration of Indonesian Independence Day this weekend. The offer is available at the Dubai Airport Freezone and Al Murooj Complex, Downtown Dubai locations on Saturday August 17 and the Downtown branch only on Sunday August 18. The traditional Indonesian dish is comprised of rice, prawns or chicken with a fried egg, sambal sauce and nuts. 

Asian5, Dubai Airport Freezone and Al Murooj Complex, Downtown Dubai. asian5restaurant.com

10. Tuck into a roast dinner with unlimited wine

If your weekend isn’t complete without a hearty roast dinner then head to popular British gastro-pub Reform, where you’ll get two hours of unlimited wine when you buy a roast dinner. Prices start from Dhs100 for chicken or Dhs124 for beef, with all the traditional trimmings.

Reform Social Bar & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai. Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.com

11. Beat the heat with a poolside brunch

The pool brunches at Zero Gravity are known to be pretty epic and are still going strong despite the soaring temperatures. The pool is one of Dubai’s go-to’s with celebs like Justin Bieber even paying it a visit. The brunch runs from 12pm to 5pm, with unlimited drinks, food and pool access and is Dhs249 for girls and Dhs299 for gents.

Summer Brunch, Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, 12pm to 5pm, every Saturday, Dhs249 for girls and Dhs299 for guys. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae

12. Tuck into a juicy steak night deal

If you’re looking for a fabulous new steakhouse or date night go-to, The City Grill is definitely one to add to the list, with its cushty brown leather chairs and studded tables bringing South-African style right here to Dubai. Every Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm or Saturday from 4pm to 11pm, enjoy a 250g fillet or rump steak served with fries and a bottle of wine to share for Dhs285.

The City Grill, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, Wednesdays 5pm to 8pm or Saturdays 4pm to 11pm, fillet or rump steak and a bottle of wine, Dhs285. Tel: (04) 437 0088. thecitygrillsteakhouse.com

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