10 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
Dubai Desert Warrior Challenge
This is one of those events that the well-toned people in your office start talking about in June, filling up their Facebook timelines with training pictures, progress reports and sweaty Saturday morning selfies. It’s also a gruelling physical and mental challenge that we might sign up for one of these years. No, really.
When: Friday, October 20
3 Years to Go
The organisers of Expo 2020 are hoping to offer up some clues as to what the already world-renowned event will offer when it kicks off in three years, this weekend. In addition to live music, food stalls and a fitness challenge, the free to attend event at The Beach, JBR will showcase a number of special activities based on innovations that were first revealed at a previous Expo. These include the zipper, the television, the gramophone, the hamburger and even the edible ice cream cone.
When: 4.30pm-10pm, Friday, October 20
Where: The Beach, JBR
The latest culinary import from Canada, Sweet Salvation is serving up a rather indulgent brand of soft-serve ice cream treats this week. Choose from flavours like Bangin’ Brownie and Red Rapture, as well as Dubai exclusives such as The Gold Digger cone with saffron and vanilla soft serve, toasted salted pistachios and cardamom caramel. Cor!
Where: City Walk
Contact: +971 4 349 9917, website
Brunch at The Croft
The always buzzing venue in Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites has a new Friday brunch offer on. And, it’s one you don’t want to miss. The three hour long food fest features only the best British dishes – think Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips and sausages and mash – as well as quality English brew. Once you’re done brunching, make your way to the venue’s outdoor terrace where sundowners and stunning views of the Marina await you.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, Friday
Where: Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina
Price: AED399 per person including selected house beverages
Contact: +971 4 319 4000, website
Toni Braxton live
If you haven’t heard “Unbreak My Heart”, you’re either three years old or have been living in a cave in Peru since 1992. But it’s just one of a huge repertoire of songs from the acclaimed singer, who is making her second appearance in Dubai – the first coming at the conclusion of the 2012 Dubai World Cup. Also listen out for “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again”.
When: Thursday, October 19
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Price: From AED255
Remix 92 Live on the Lake
It’s a retro flashback in Dubai this Friday as nine stars of the 90s descend on the Irish Village. Performing live on the day are 5ive, Sonique, BoyzLife, Snap, Dr Alban, C+C Music Factory, Robin S, Rozalla and N-Trance, who will serve up a veritble feast of classics that are bound to lift you off your seat. There’s also a strictly 90s set from DJ Tim Cheddar, too.
When: 1pm-12am, Friday, October 20
Where: The Irish Village, Garhoud
Contact: +971 4 239 5000, website
Ladies get ready to swoon because the 42-year-old actor is all set to serenade you (and countless other girls) at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium tonight. Expect tons of tears, screams and the occasional faint as the ladies’ man performs his show “Ian Veneracion Finally”.
When: 8pm-11pm, Thursday, October 19
Where: Sheikh Rashid Auditorium
Price: From AED75
Aqua, the JW Marriot Marquis’ chic pool bar is hosting an all-white party where guests (dressed in white) will be treated to live music, a number of mouthwatering dishes and drinks. Our advice? Wear comfy shoes and something free-flowing because you’re going to be dancing and eating, a lot.
When: 6pm-10pm, Saturday
Where: Aqua, JW Marriot Marquis
Price: From AED395
Contact: +971 4 414 3000, website
Richie Hawtin at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Techno music genius Richie Hawtin is flying into town to grace us with his presence. The show at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is a one-off, and promises to be an unforgettable night as Hawtin pumps out a set of EDM-tinged tunes to keep the dancefloor bumping. He’ll be supported on the night by resident DJs Frederick Stone, Jixo & Danz, DJ Jean B and Aidin Karami.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, October 20
Where: Golden Tulip, Al Jazira Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Plus-Minus Presents Eagles & Butterflies
The brilliantly named Eagles & Butterflies swoops (flutters?) in to put on a show that slips through all manner of electronic music. The British-born, LA-based producer is the latest big thing on the underground scene, and recently blew up with sets at Coachella and Tomorrowland. He’ll be supported by the local resident DJs.
When: 4pm-3am, Friday, October 20
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website