15 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Soul Street launches its brunch, SKY2.0 reopens and the outdoor cinema is back…

Stay strong people, the weekend is almost here. If you’re stuck thinking what you should do for the next three days, we have some awesome suggestions. You could go diving with 65,000 fish, you could check out a new beach club, or why not enjoy a big Oktoberfest party?

Here’s 15 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend.

Thursday October 10

1. Boost your wellness

Westin Hotels are dedicated to all things ‘wellness’ this month, with a special dome popping up all over Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This weekend, it will be in La Mer offering immune boosting juices. From Thursday October 10 to Saturday October 12, head to the special dome to enjoy complimentary frozen lollies and healthy juice shots.

 

La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Thursday October 10 to Saturday October 12, free. wellnessbywestin.com

2. Head to a huge Oktoberfest party

The original Oktoberfest party is back, looking bigger and better than ever. Prepare to don your lederhosen as you dance to the jaunty tunes of a live Bavarian band. Staff will be kitted out in full traditional dress and even the Oktoberfest tent is having a makeover to instill that true Bavarian feeling. Guests can enjoy a buffet every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7pm to 2am for Dhs150.

Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Bur Dubai, October 9 to 26, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3172222. hyatt.com

3. Check out a newly reopened rooftop bar

Cielo Sky Lounge has recently reopened for the winter season, offering stellar views of Dubai Creek and the harbour. Thursday nights are focused on ‘Afro Tech’ – a mix of house music and afrobeats. Expect tunes from DJ Jason Kabuki, DJ Kenny Boots and DJ Cory Centric from 5pm to 3am. 

Cielo Sky Lounge, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, Monday to Saturday 5pm to 3am, closed Sun. Tel: (04) 416 1800. cielodubai.com

4. Stock up on some bargain books

The biggest book sale in the world is making its way back to Dubai for another huge event at Dubai Studio City, and it kicks off this weekend. The sale will be taking place 24 hours a day from Thursday October 10 to 20, in Sound Stages 2 and 3, Dubai Studio City. Entrance to the book fair is free, so you can browse to your heart’s content and find yourself some bargain books. Visitors can enjoy savings between 50 and 80 per cent off the usual retail prices meaning you can fill your library for less.

The Big Bad Wolf Books Sale, Sounds Stages 2 and 3, Dubai Studio City, October 9 to 20, 24 hours, free. @bbwbooksuae

5. Party at the reopening of a superclub

Dubai’s newest nightclub, SKY2.0 is reopening after a summer hiatus this weekend, with three nights of excitement in store. Wednesdays present a new urban nights called Dstrkt, which will see new resident DJ Dany Neville spin the decks every week. Thursdays are the signature night, offering a mix of house and R&B tunes, while Boombox Fridays take you back throughout the years.

SKY2.0, Dubai Design District, Wed to Fri, 11pm to 4am. Tel: (04) 587 6333. skydubai.com

Friday October 11

6. Paddle for a good cause

Ignite’s Pink is Punk is organising a paddle in support of Al Jalila Foundation and Brest friends. The paddle race has many categories, so everyone can get involved: Juniors ages 10 to 13 (1 kilometre), fun paddlers (1.5 kilometre), teens aged 14 to 17 (3 kilometres), men’s elite (4.5 kilometres) and ladies’ elite (4.5 kilometres). Register online to take part.

Ignite Pink is Punk Paddle, RIVA beach, Palm Jumeirah, Saturday October 11, 7am to 10am. Tel: (04) 456 2482. ignite.ae

7. Try a brand new brunch

FIVE Jumeirah Village’s brand new lively eatery Soul Street is launching its carnival-themed brunch this weekend and we can’t wait to try it. Offering unlimited street food from South America, Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East, guests can enjoy sharing-style tapas alongside show-stopping performances.

Soul Street, FIVE Jumeirah Village, JVC, Fridays, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (04) 455 9989. @soulstreetdubai

8. Spend the day at Dubai’s latest beach club

 

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Part-gym, part-pool, part-shisha lounge, part-cafe, part-juice bar… Train Beach Club has it all. The new beach club marries up fitness and chilling in the best way and now the chic venue is licensed too. Guests can sip cocktails, listen to the poolside DJ and relax on the comfort of a hanging swing bed, overlooking the stunning La Mer beach.

Train Beach Club, La Mer North. @trainbeachclub

9. Get back to a brunch favourite

Brasserie 2.0’s Brunch 2.0 is back for the winter season and ready to welcome you at the lavish feast. With over 10 live cooking stations in the open kitchen, offering pizza, pasta, selection of meats, prepared to order dishes and more. To set the mood, there’s even a live seven-piece band playing a serious of classic and current tunes.

Brasserie 2.0, Le Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Fridays, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs450 soft, Dhs595 house & sparkling, Dhs795 champagne. Tel: (04) 316 5550. brasserie2point0.com

10. Head to a new festival and see Rita Ora perform

Rita Ora, Disclosure and RUFUS DU SOL are all set to take to the stage in Dubai this Friday as part of a three-day festival at W Dubai – The Palm called Wake Up Call Festival. As well as an evening of live performance, there’s brunch and VIP packages available.

WAKE UP CALL FESTIVAL, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Thursday October 10 to Saturday October 12, tickets from Dhs100. wakeupcallfest.com

Saturday October 12

11. Trek amongst marine life

Atlantis the Palm has launched a brand-new Aquatrek Xtreme experience, which is even bigger and better than before. Brave explorers will descend a ladder 10 metres into the aquarium wearing a oxygen-filled helmet to allow you to explore the marine life with ease. For Dhs720 per person, guests will come face-to-face with over 65,000 marine animals including sharks, stingrays, and schools of multi-coloured fish.

Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily at 1pm and 4pm, Dhs720. Tel: (04) 426 0000. atlantisthepalm.com

12. Glam up, ol’ sport

Dig out your flapper dresses and put on your best pearls; a glamorous Great Gatsby-themed dinner party is coming to Dubai this October. Taking place from Thursday October 10 to Saturday October 12, the three-course set dinner is priced at Dhs395 including soft drinks, Dhs495 for the house package and Dhs595 for sparkling, and promises a night of live music, entertainment and dance that will throw you straight into the roaring twenties.

Gatsby: The Dining Experience, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai, 8.30pm to 11.30pm, 10 to 12 October, brunch 1pm to 4pm, Friday October 11, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house. Tel: (04) 526 8888. platinumlist.net

13. Watch Bohemian Rhapsody at the Urban Outdoor Cinema

From Saturday October 12, Urban Entertainment will be putting on three films a week at their cosy outdoor cinema on the lawn of the Habtoor Grand, running every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It kicks off on Saturday October 12 with the smash hit Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody and tickets are priced at Dhs75 for the film, but there’s also waiter service on hand where you can order a selection of all the usual cinema snacks as well as pizzas and tapas.

Urban Outdoor Cinema, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dhs75. urbanoutdoorcinema.com

14. Check out a new ladies’ night deal

Candypants’ ever popular Saturday ladies’ day at The Penthouse just got even better with a brand new offer. From 6pm to 8pm, girls can enjoy three drinks for Dhs100 at the rooftop pool party.

The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, Saturdays, 6pm to 8pm, Dhs100. facebook.com/CandypantsEvents

15. Enjoy dinner and drinks with the girls

If you’re not ready to say goodbye to the weekend and fancy some Italian cuisine, Leonardo has a Saturday ladies’ night that ticks the boxes. From 7pm every Saturday, ladies will get three complimentary house beverages along with 25 per cent off food and further drinks.

Leonardo, Hotel Stella Di Mare, Al Mattla’ee Street, Dubai, 7pm to 11pm, Saturdays. Tel: (04) 563 5555. facebook.com/leonardodubai

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