Team shortlist23 Nov 2017 AT 09:20 AM

14 things to do in the UAE this weekend

There’s sales, concerts and tons of food!
Team shortlist23 Nov 2017 AT 09:20 AM
UAE, Dubai, To Do List, Weekend ShortList
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Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Ne-Yo will be performing at MAD on Saturday, November 25
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Ne-Yo will be performing at MAD on Saturday, November 25
Tinie Tempah will be performing at MAD on Friday, November 24
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Tinie Tempah will be performing at MAD on Friday, November 24
Ty Dolla $ign will be performing at MAD on Saturday, November 25
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Ty Dolla $ign will be performing at MAD on Saturday, November 25

Ed Sheeran
Grammy-award-winning Ed Sheeran might well be the single biggest male musical act on the planet right now and it was a mighty relief to all his fans here that he didn’t postpone the Dubai show after his cycling accident a month or so ago. He’s here to support his Divide album, which we assume most of the audience know by heart, but there’s no doubt all the classics will come out, from “Thinking Out Loud” and “Galway Girl” to recent chart busters such as “Shape of You”. The show sold out in about 35 minutes but we think we’ve seen some tickets floating around on Dubizzle for rather more than the original AED295. Hey, it’d be worth it, right? Think of the stories you can tell your grandkids.
When: Thursday, November 23
Where: Dubai Autism Rocks Arena
Contact: +971 4 4237980, website

Beyond The Track
There’s a triple-threat of internationally recognised DJs making their way to du Forum this weekend for a dance music extravaganza. Friday opens with Dutch DJ supremo Martin Garrix on the decks in what should be a memorable evening from the “Animals” and “Scared to Be Lonely” star. Saturday is UK DJ legend Carl Cox’s turn to bring the party to life. He’ll be supported on the night by Nic Fanciulli, who recently collaborated with Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn for the track “Saying”. And the Sunday show will be headlined by the one and only superstar DJ Tiësto.
Where: du Forum
When: November 24-25
Contact: website

MAD on Yas Island
With a masive four-day line-up that includes Ty Dolla $ign, Ne-Yo, Wiz Khalifa and Iggy Azalea, it's safe to say MAD is one spot that has to be on your party bucket list this Formula One season. For more details, click here.
When: 11pm-6am, November 24-November 26
Where: MAD, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Contact: +971 55 834 6262, website

Mumford &Sons
British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons are performing on the night after F1 qualifying has finished. The band have been kind of quiet on the new music front of late, but they’re still touring with their unique brand of hillbilly rock that includes favourites such as “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Little Lion Man”.
When: Saturday, November 25
Where: du Arena, Abu Dhabi
Contact: website

El Chiringuito at Yas Beach
The Dubai party spot is dropping anchor on Yas Beach over race weekend. Not only is it bringing the popular La Familia Brunch to the occasion on Saturday, it’s also packing a roster of DJs to soundtrack the whole thing, including Sven Vath, Apollonia and the superb, DJ Tini. The best bit? It has extended operating hours so won’t close until 4am.
When: 12pm-4am, November 24-26
Where: Yas Beach, Yas Island
Contact: +971 54 449 6464, website

F1OAK Pop-Up Nightclub
F1 what? Ah, “One of a Kind”... now we get it. This North American nightlife trend attracts the likes of P Diddy, Justin Bieber and the Kardashians, so this is the ideal venue for spotting celebrities over race weekend. Hip-hop’s French Montana is the star turn on Saturday night, and Sunday’s Celebrity Bash will welcome some very special guests, too.
When: November 24-26
Where: Yas Marina, Yas Island

Andrew Strong
Remember The Commitments? The film based on the novel by Roddy Doyle about a rag-tag soul band from Dublin who suddenly got it together and took the city by storm? Well, the film’s undoubted star, Andrew Strong, graduated from the big screen to the stage, on which he has developed a pretty solid career over the last quarter of a century. Expect all the soul, Motown and Atlantic standards.
When: Thursday, November 23
Where: The Irish Village, Garhoud
Price: Free entry
Contact: website

Bongo’s Bingo
This British phenomenon has made the Media One Hotel a semi-permanent home now, where hundreds of people cram into ON42 for a show of games, music, dancing and, of course, bingo. All raucous good fun.
When: Thursday, November 23
Where: ON42, Media One Hotel, Media City
Contact: website

Nicolai Friedrich
The noted German illusionist – named The Best Mentalist in the World in 2009 – will be trying to astound audiences in Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Meyana Auditorium with his credibility-shredding mental tricks this weekend. In what will be his first ever show in Dubai, he will be combining mind-reading, a few stunts, lots of audience interaction and a healthy dose of comedy, too.
When: Saturday, November 25
Where: Meyana Auditorium, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Price: From AED100
Contact: +971 50 639 9240, website

If you’re a fan of fashion and accessories, this the event for you. The free to attend exhibition will showcase the latest trends and pieces from elite brands like Amishi London – an accessory line loved by A-listers and royalty alike. Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger are just of a few of the stars that have been sported wearing the brands pieces. Another brand to watch out for is Biori. Crafted by Bengali actress Priyanka Sarkar, the pieces are perfect for those looking for a bespoke piece of jewellery that is both chic and contemporary.
When: 10am-6pm, Saturday, November 25
Where: Address Montgomerie
Contact: +971 56 799 8719

Thanksgiving brunch at Legends
One of Dubai’s best brunches is offering a Thanksgiving theme this weekend. Available on both Friday and Saturday, 12pm-3.30pm, for AED395 (with select house beverages), there is a mix of brunch favourites such as sushi and a seafood buffet as well as the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and, later on, cotton candy.
When: November 24- November 25
Where: Legends, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
Price: From AED395
Contact: +9714 295 6000, website

White Friday Sale
Returning for its fourth year,’s White Friday Sale will see some 16,000 brands offer up to 500,000 deals. Running from November 22 to November 25, the four-day sale will see discounts of up to 70 percent on products like mobiles, TVs, electrical appliances, cameras, perfume, furniture and more, much more.
When: November 22- November 25
Where: website


3-Day Super Sale
The second season of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment’s 3-Day Super Sale will see brands like Harvey Nichols, Galeries Lafayette, Bloomingdale’s, Debenhams and more offer up to 30 and 90 percent discounts across their many outlets across the city.
When: November 23 to November 25
Where: Various outlets across the city
Contact: website


Black & White Sale at Yas Mall
The captials beloved mal will be taking part in the some Black Friday fun by offering shoppers up to 90 percent discount on goods across a number of its outlets which includes brands like Debenhams, the One and Home Centre. AS its Forumla One weekend, we recommend that you get there early, you know to make sure that you get your hands on the good stuff.
When: Thursday, November 23 – Sunday, November 26
Where: Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi
Contact: website