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12 great things to do in Dubai this long weekend



WHITE season opening
After what seemed like forever, White, the city’s famous open-air club at Meydan Dubai is finally opening its doors for the season. And its going to look a lot different. The  venue, responsible for bringing the likes of Rita Ora, Kid Ink and Ne-Yo to the city, has gone big on the LED screens and lights. The venue will also be launching three new set-ups – you’re just going to have to pay the venue a visit this weekend to see what they are. Venue aside, White is also introducing two new themed nights; Bizaaar and Whitehouse. The former has been described as an eclectic mix of international timeless sounds while the latter will play host to the club’s weekly house night that sees DJ/producer Mahmut Orhan play the role of resident DJ. Whitehouse will also be the night where the club’s long list of international acts take the stage. To kick off the opening of its fourth season this Saturday, White has enlisted the help of Dany Neville, Moky Ezra, Devon Kosoko and DJ Charlesy of the Disturbing London record label.
When: 10pm-3am, Saturday
Where: Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Nad Al Sheba 1
Contact: +971 50 443 0933, website

Lunch at The Croft
Trading in the usual Friday brunch for a laid-back Friday lunch. The Croft is offering its guests two moreish British dishes for just AED99 or three for AED129. Starters include goats’ cheese salad and Scotch egg, while there’s grilled BBQ chicken or mushroom and risotto for mains. Dessert includes the likes of puff buns and vanilla cheesecake – yum.
When: 12.30pm – 3.30pm, Fridays
Where: Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina
Contact: +971 4 319 4794,

Midnight Brunch Rosay Edition
AED299 gets you unlimited food and drinks alongside a special live show by the Cavalli team. At midnight, DJ Brooklyn and DJ Jack crank up the volume with a selection of urban tunes that will keep you up and out until 3am. Make sure you don’t have work the following day, alright?
When: Wednesday, September 20
Where: Cavalli Club, The Fairmont
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 4 332 9260, website

TOMO is quite possibly one of the best Japanese restaurants around for a romantic date night. The venue offers traditional outdoor style seating where diners can share a number of moreish dishes like Wagyu sukiyaki, mixed yakitori (skewers) and sushi, whilst admiring the uninterrupted views of the world’s tallest building. TOMO’s location (it’s situated in Raffles Hotel) makes it perfect for those looking to get insight into both old and new Dubai. Its mixed drinks menu isn’t bad either.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-10.45pm, Sunday to Saturday
Where: Raffles Dubai
Contact: +971 4 357 7888,

Dubai Desert Road Run
Time to set the alarm for ridiculous-o-clock and get back out on the road. The Dubai Desert Road Run returns with a 6.15am start, inviting guests to participate in either 3km or 10km distances – both of which are lined with water stations. At the end, there are multiple food and drink kiosks, shower facilities and places to rest your feet.
When: Saturday, September 23
Where: Dubai Sevens Stadium
Price: AED90 for 3km, AED130 for 10km

Using a modified surfboard means that if you’re an avid surfer, this is a sport you should pick up quickly. But even if you’ve never tried it before, you should start getting the hang of it after a handful of lessons. Instead of using a wave to propel you forward, you use a large, specially designed kite that catches the wind. It’s not easy, but it’s loads of fun.
Where: Nessnass Beach, Jumeirah
Price: AED350 for a private lesson

The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort
Known for its celebrity appeal, Fairmont The Palm is offering guests the chance to indulge in its many features and services that includes four temperature controlled pools, prime beachside location and of course the chance of meeting a celeb from just AED900 per night.
Where: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Price: From AED1215 per night
Contact: 800 2088,

Escape Reality
If you work better as a team at the time of a crisis then this escape game experience is the best for you. Teams of 2-6 players must solve a series of challenging puzzles to escape within 60 minutes. There are around 8 unique puzzles to be solved so you will find yourself coming back often to solve them all.
Where: 1st Floor, Indigo Sky, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 332 777, website

The Green Planet
The vertical tropical rainforest is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. Aside from an extensive array of flora, guests can interact with a number exotic animals – the sloths are adorable! General admission starts from AED95, all UAE residents will receive up to 25 percent discount. If you plan on staying a while, we recommend you get the HubZero and Green Planet pass for AED120 – the rides and games at HubZero are great for those seeking an adventure of a different kind.
Where: Green Planet, City Walk
Price: AED95 for general admission with 25 percent discount for all UAE residents (UAE ID’s are required)
Contact: +971 4 317 3999,

Butch and Lee Curtiss
Blue Marlin brings in two heavyweights for what promises to be a deep house sensation. Butch, a DJ/producer, is well-known for his effortless flow through genres that keep the dancefloors rammed throughout his set. Lee Curtiss is a songwriter by day, but switches gears at night and has DJ’d at super-clubs such as Fabric London.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, September 22
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website

Night Pool Sessions
The only evening pool party in Dubai is back in full swing for all those looking to take an evening dip. Nasimi’s resident spinners, DJ David De Luca and DJ Stylez, will provide the tunes. A food court, poolside snack service and sun (moon?) loungers are also available. Be sure to get involved in the “up all night to get duckie” game to win prizes.
When: Thursday, September 21, 7pm
Where: Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
Contact: +971 55 200 4321, website

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Buzzy Brit-flick starring Taron Egerton as a Bond-like secret agent who teams up with a shadowy US organisation when The Kingsman HQ is destroyed.
In cinemas from September 21 

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