14 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
The Welsh band will be rocking the emirate this weekend. They’re celebrating 20 years since their debut album and if their 2015 Dubai gig is anything to go by, you can expect an energetic set that will leave their hits ringing in your ears. “Local Boy in the Photograph”, “I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” and “Dakota” will all get an airing. Plan B will on hand to lend the band some support with his mega-hits like "She Said" and "Stay Too Long".
When: Friday, May 11
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From AED399
3 Day Super Sale
From May 10 to May 12, a number of retail outlets across the city will be holding massive discounts that range from 25 to 90 percent. Some of the items on offer will include fashion, tech and homeware. Some of the brands taking part include H&M, Forever 21, Home Centre and Sharaf DG. For the full list of outlets taking part, click here.
When: 10-12 May
Where: Various Majid Al Futtaim malls across the city
Souq.com Super Sale
The online retail giant will be holding discounts of up to 90 percent on clothes, accessories, home appliances and more for three whole days. Shipping is free for orders over AED100 with free returns for 15 days following your order.
When: May 10 to May 12
Beautyworld Middle East ‘18
The 23rd edition of one of the biggest beauty and wellness events around returns to the UAE even bigger and better than before. It’s a great chance to check the latest hair and skin products alongside new fragrances and wellbeing options, too.
When: May 8-10
The Mentalist at the Junction
German stage performer, Juliet Arndt wants to dig into your mind at her show. From mind reading and hypnosis to psychology and storytelling, the performance is fascinating and demands audience participation for those that are brave enough. Arndt tours the world with her one-woman show and will team up with local band, Cosmic Roots for an enthralling evening.
When: May 11
Where: Alserkal Avenue
Price: From AED110
Brain Game Dubai
As its name suggests, this game requires you to tap into your inner genius to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and logical problems. You can choose between a number of challenges that include Prison Madness, Orient Express and more. In each, you have just 60 minutes to solve the task at hand. The special effects and attention to detail give the experience a very real feel.
Where: Kanoo Group Building, Karama
Contact: +971 4 396 1556, website
Ting Irie Island Daze Brunch
Head to the Jamaican favourite for its all-new Friday brunch. It’s a five-course menu deal that takes in the soul-warming cuisine from the Caribbean shores including classics such as Spitfiyah jerk chicken, traditional patties and curried goat. It takes place between 12.30pm and 4.30pm and prices start from AED205.
When: 12.30-4.30pm, every Friday
Where: Souk Al Manzil, Downtown
Price: From 205
Contact: +971 4 557 5601, website
Le Méridien’s fittingly named sparkling brunch serves up cuisines from all over the world, including Arabic, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, British, Italian, French and more. However, the live entertainment is what makes this night brunch dazzle its customers. Experience it all from the comfort of your seat with show-stopping acrobats and talented musicians. It's a delightful treat for the whole family or a bunch of your friends.
When: Sunday, 7pm-10:30pm
When: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Price: AED265 with soft drinks; AED400 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 511 7373, website
La Cantine du Faubourg
If you’re looking for the most laid-back of Saturdays, it’s hard to go wrong with this top notch restaurant. The trendy French eatery at Jumeirah Emirates Towers has the ideal vibe for a lazy weekend afternoon. Focusing on the breakfast side of brunch, you can have your eggs cooked any way you want. Fluffy scrambled eggs are a must-have, but the real star of the show is the Egg Royale served with salmon and grilled avocado. Named after fashion avenue 105 in Paris, the whole venue has a homely feel to it, and, in fact, has an actual bed in the centre of the restaurant just in case you need to nap after feasting. Your Saturday will get off to a flyer when you start here.
When: 12pm-4pm, Saturday
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Price: AED250 (soft drinks), AED380 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 352 7105, website
One of Dubai’s oldest, and most iconic nightlife venues is set to close its doors this week, but is determined to go out with a fanfare. 360° has seen world-class DJs step up to the decks over the last 13 years and, throughout its final week, will serve up discounts, acts and more special offers until the grand closing on Saturday, May 12. All deals are kept under wraps for now, but if you follow the venue’s social media feeds, you’ll find out what’s happening and when. You will certainly be missed, 360°.
When: Until Saturday May 12
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Gotha Presents Steve Aoki
Superstar DJ Steve Aoki is set make his presence felt at Gotha this week. The Grammy nominated and Guinness World Record ((Longest Crowd Cheer and Most Traveled Musician in One Year) holding spinner is one of the most in-demand artists around, so we’re lucky that he’s here at all. Entry is free until 12am and then AED150 for men after. Ladies can enjoy the delights of a complimentary bar between 11pm and 1am, too.
When: 11pm-3am, Thursday, May 10
Where: Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront
Contact: +971 55 1934 934, website
Zero Gravity is in for a treat this weekend as trance and house specialist, Mark Schulz drops by for an epic set. As well as hosting the Global DJ Broadcast radio show, he’s also known for lighting up the dancefloors with an eclectic mix of progressive beats that are sure to keep the party bouncing all night long.
When: Thursday, May 10, 8pm-3am
Where: Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website
Dixon and Vaal at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
It’s the closing weekend of the party spot and the venue plans to go out with a bang. UK DJ Vaal will be pumping out her emotive sounds through the deep macabre tunes that she’s gained fame for. Then it’s the turn of German artist Dixon who has been an underground legends since the early 90s. He’s quietly built a solid reputation for evocative tunes that has propelled him to the top of the Resident Advisor’s Top DJ poll for four years running.
When: Friday, May 11, 1pm-11pm
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
The hip hop duo have been tasled with closing Drai's party season. They'll be will be performing at the newly launched beach club on Friday, May 11. Tickets to their gig start at AED100 for ladies before 3pm with prices going up to AED200 after. Gents, it's AED200 for you. The hip hop duo behind last year's mega-hit "Black Beatles" will also be belting their tracks that includes the likes of "Powerglide" and "No Type" at WHITE Dubai on Saturday, May 12. Entry is free but standard door policies apply.
When: Friday, May 11
Where: Drai's Dubai