9 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
ShortList Nightlife Awards Afterparty
Mingle with the winners, nominees and maybe a few stars at our first ever ShortList Nightlife Awards. Once all the awards have been handed out, the party opens up to the public and a regular Thursday night at BASE – although there's not too much regular about this one as there are rumours that the one and only Jenny from the Block will be making an appearance later on. You won't want to miss that, right? To come to the awards bit, which is sponsored by BASE, Uber, Red Bull and 800 Tickets, you'll need to reserve, although space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When: Thursday, November 16, 8pm-10pm, Afterparty from 10pm onwards
Where: BASE, d3
DP World Tour Championships
There was a time when Dubai was synonymous with golf – to the extent that the European Tour’s order of merit competition was officially rebranded as The Race to Dubai. While the sport isn’t quite the all-consuming passion here it once was, there’s no doubt that the UAE remains incredibly important to its aspirational status and commercial bankability. We’re reminded of it again as the curtain comes down on another European season and the continent’s leading players head for Jumeirah Golf Estates for some sunshine and maybe a few more dollars before Christmas. In terms of the race, only two men can win it at the time of going to press: Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood – who is about to extend his lead in South Africa – and Justin Rose, whose late-season flourish has made things interesting. There’s more than just golf, though, with plenty of al fresco entertainment and activations to please everyone.
When: November 16–19
Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates
Price: Free entry, registration is required
Circus on the River
Riverland at Dubai Parks and Resorts will be throwing massive circus themed festival that will be fun for kids and adults alike. Running from today (November 16) until Saturday (November 18), the three day long festival will feature interactive acts, roaming entertainment acts, workshops and live shows – celebrity slackliner Mickey Wilson will be there.
When: November 16-November 18
Where: Riverland, Dubai Parks and Resorts
The singer-turned-actor-turned-TV-host returns to what she does best with another live show in Dubai, a city that also welcomed her in 2014 and 2012. One thing is guaranteed with the now 48 year-old – amazing, right? – is that she knows how to put on a show, which anyone at the previous concerts will confirm. Choreography, costume changes, lights… J-Lo always throws everything into it.
When: November 17
Where: Autism Rocks Arena
Price: From AED345
BASE presents TYGA
BASE will be hosting the biggest star of the weekend with a special gig from US-rapper TYGA. The artist who’s on Lil Wayne’s Young Money label, will bring his distinctive vocal flow as the night’s headline turn.
When: Friday, November 17, 10pm-4am
Where: Dubai Design District
Price: It’s free entry for ladies all night, free for men between 10pm and 11pm and AED100 thereafter.
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Blue Marlin Ibiza presents Magdalena & Satori
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE welcomes one of Ibiza’s most revered DJs, Magdalena this Friday. Specialising in the type of electro trance that will send you onto a higher plane, expect a truly hypnotic set. Co-headliner and fellow chill expert Satori will bring his melodic beats to what promises to be a memorable performance.
When: Friday, November 17, 1pm-11pm
Where: Al Jazira Golden Tulip Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Markets of the World Brunch
The famous Jumeirah Al Qasr brunch is about to go global with its new “around the world” experience, with more food and drink options than ever before – including a brand new tiki bar, a German sausage grill, a toastie counter, an expanded seafood selection including whole octopus and authentic Lebanese cuisine from the expert chefs at Khaymat Al Bahar.
When: 12.30pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Jumeirah Al Qasr
Price: AED595 with house beverages; AED696 for premium bubbles; AED250 for children aged 4-11
Contact: +9714 432 3232, website
The Agency introduces the ultimate Saturday afternoon activity on its picturesque terrace. The food is tapas-style small plates, and there is an excellent selection of cold cuts. The sommeliers will then suggest the best of the world’s cellars, as well as house mixes and soft drinks at this effortlessly refined place.
When: 12.30pm-3pm, Saturday
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeriah
Price: AED250 with soft drinks; AED350 with house beverages; AED495 with premium bubbles
Contact: +971 4 366 5845, website
Flip Out Dubai
The deals at Flip-Out Dubai may just make you want to jump for joy, quite literally. The trampoline park features more than 200 trampolines, a 3D climbing wall, volleyball court, a half-pipe and foam pit. All this can be enjoyed from just AED70. There’s a neat archery section too and, we’ve been told that the dodgeball battles are a sight to be seen.
Where: Flip-Out Dubai, Al Quoz 3
Price: From AED70 for one hour session
Contact: 600 567568, website