7 great things to do in Dubai this weekend

Literaturhaus at Nadi
International and national poets, writers, musicians and curators will gather at Alserkal Avenue this Saturday to share their ideas through readings, discussions and performances. The free event will take place every Saturday until September 30 and will see a string of artists like Farah Chamma, Philip Kennedy and more share their stories. Kick-starting the event is none other than award-winning Emirati poet, Afra Atiq. For those unfamiliar with her work, expect a performance that will both move and lift you.
When: Every Saturday from 4pm until September 30
Where: Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue
Price: The event is free to attend but booking is essential

Gatsby Brunch at Bazxar
Travel back in time to the roaring 20s for a party that Jay Gatsby would be proud of. The Friday brunch kicks off with an unlimited supply of starters, followed by one main dish – all washed down with your beverage package of choice. Make sure you stay for the after-party from 4pm to 6pm.
When: Every Friday, 1pm to 4pm
Where: Gate Precinct Building 4, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 3551 111, website

Head down to Nasimi Beach
Nasimi Beach at Atlantis The Palm is offering free sun lounger and pool access for ladies seven days a week. Every. Single. Day. The offer will allow ladies to grab a lounger by the Zero Entry pool on a first come, first served basis. Entry for buys is priced at AED150 on weekdays and AED250 on weekends, but the good news is that the full amount is redeemable on food and beverages. Click here, to learn more about this amazing offer.
When: Daily
Where: Nasimi Beach at Atlantis The Palm
Contact: +971 4 426 2626,

Barry Hilton
The Laughter Factory presents celebrated South African comedian Barry Hilton, who is making a two-stop visit to the UAE this week. Beginning at the Park Rotana in Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi on June 29 and concluding the following night at Mövenpick JBR, he will serve up his observational style of standup, which he’s crafted over 30 years, with plenty of self-mockery and also mickey-taking about his home country’s complex social makeup.
When: Friday, June 30
Where: Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach
Price: Regular seats are priced AED185.
Contact: website

Folly by Nick and Scott
The creators behind Folly – Nick and Scott are looking to make your Madinat Theatre experience even better. The duo behind Table 9 and Taste Kitchen will be giving all theatre holding guests special discounts on their mouthwatering tasting menu. The discount starts this Thursday, so be sure to book your “Turn Up the Music” theatre today, to enjoy the great deal.
When: From Thursday, June 29
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 430 8535

The guys at Plus-Minus Sessions have drafted in Premiesku, the Romanian duo of Livio and Roby, together with George G, to kick-start the post-Ramadan calendar. As live electronic musicians, the trio blends the raw elements of classic deep house, Detroit techno and tech house to create something entirely new: a groove-heavy template onto which their skills can overlay a range of sounds – including elements from their musical heritage in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
When: Friday, June 30
Where: Bridgewater DXB
Price: Food and drink packages from AED275. Tickets AED100 after 9pm.
Contact: +971 56 921 8484,

Dubai Summer Surprises
The summer-long carnival of shopping kicks off on July 1 this year and continues for a whopping six weeks, meaning that the 20th edition of the festival will be one of the biggest ever – good news for you, better news for your wallet. As always, DSS takes in all the major malls in Dubai, with shops offering discounts of anywhere between 30-75 percent off their SS17 stock ahead of the new season’s lines. It is, then, the ideal time to restock the wardrobe, splash out on some electronics or save loads on all those household purchases you’ve been putting off since January. There will also be the usual array of family activations, shows and movie characters roaming around.
When: July 1-August 12
Where: Across the city
Contact: website

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