La Mer’s latest attraction opens just in time for the long weekend

We don’t care how old you are: when you see these white bulbous mounds, you’re going to want to have a go. This is Hawa Hawa, a Japanese-born bouncing dune concept that has just landed at La Mer, the new beachside leisure development from Meraas. In fact, this is the first time this kind of rubberised playground mound has been installed outside of the Far East.

There are two of these dunes, totalling seven peaks, and they’re made from an all-weather double skin tensile membrane imported directly from Japan. Basically, they’re for running up, bouncing on, skipping down and rolling around – and it’s ridiculous, lo-fi fun.

The smaller of the dunes is designed for younger kids, up to six years old, while the larger is for everyone, although there is a weight limit of 99kg. Personally, we think they’d be great for a game of tag. You’re it!
Hawa Hawa
When: 10am-10pm on weekdays, 10am-12am on weekends
Where: La Mer North, Jumeirah 1

If you are, one of the few who don’t like to bounce (for shame), here are five other events that you can check out this long weekend.

Take That
Media City Amphitheatre is hosting three-fifths of the original Take That, the boyband that acted as the template for all the others that followed. We’re now down to Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow, but the crowds will probably help beef up their renditions of “Back for Good”, “Relight My Fire” and “Shine”.
When: Wednesday, November 29
Where: Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From AED350
Contact: +971 4 277 9047,

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
The last of November’s sporting trifecta comes to the Sevens Stadium this weekend, a three-day rugby bonanza that now traditionally sits astride UAE National Day. This has become one of the key events on the calendar and, following the DP World Tour Championship and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, keeps the UAE in the international sporting spotlight for a third straight weekend. The Dubai Rugby Sevens is the traditional start of the 10-stop World Series, which was won last year by South Africa (men) and New Zealand (women), but includes an ever-expanding roster of competitive teams – Scotland and Canada won tournaments last year, for instance. It’s also a huge community event with teams from schools, clubs and veterans all taking part in a party atmosphere.
When: November 30-December 2
Where: The Sevens Stadium Dubai
Price: From AED300
Contact: website

National Day Parade
The city’s annual parade will see a convoy of cars and vehicles decked in UAE colours complete a round of Downtown. Bring a camera.
When: From 3pm onwards, Saturday, December 2
Where: Downtown Dubai

The Norwegian DJ and producer will have the Burj Park crowd dancing the night away when he gets behind the deck this Wednesday. Die-hard fans can expect to hear tracks like “Fire Stone”, “It Ain’t Me” and “Stargazing’. Wear comfy shoes and remember to bring a power bank.
When: Wednesday, November 29
Where: Burj Park
Price: From AED395

Future at BASE
Acclaimed US rapper, singer and songwriter, Future has announced a surprise gig at BASE this Saturday, which literally just dropped as we were typing. The chart-topping artist has worked with musical greats such as Jay-Z, Drake and DJ Khaled. A performance by Future is definitely a bit of a coup for Dubai.
When: 10pm-4am, Saturday, December 2
Where: BASE Dubai, d3
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website

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