10 great things to do in Dubai this long weekend
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, website
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
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
Plus Minus presents Johannes Brecht
Classically trained musician and electro pioneer Johannes Brecht will be performing live at Bridgewater DXB. The Stuttgart-based multi-instrumentalist is well versed in deep and dirty house, techno and, well, basically anything electronic. Entry is free for ladies between 9pm and 10pm, AED100 for all between 10pm-12am, and AED150 for anyone turning up after that.
When: 9pm-3am, Friday, December 1
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 56 921 848, website
Zootopia at Inner City Zoo
DJs Scott Forshaw and Greg Stainer are set to continue their new house music night at Inner City Zoo. The evening promises to take party-goers on a journey from the 90s to now with a mix of instantly recognisable tracks that will move your feet. VIP tables are available upon request, but make sure you book in early.
When: 11pm-3am, Friday, December 1
Where: Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium Dubai
Contact: +971 58 867 5357, website
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
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, Saturday, December 2
Where: Downtown Dubai
5D/7D cinema experience at the Dubai Dolphinarium
If you fancy getting lost in an unrealistic adventure then this virtual experience is for you. If you're a bit confused as to what 5D/7D is, allow us to enlighten you. It's basically 3D footage combined with a variety of physical effects which allow you to become a part of the action – you get to shot targets, get splashed by water and can actually feel the wind blow – it’s like a 4D VOX cinema experience only this time, you get to shot stuff. Tickets start from just AED25 per person.
When: Monday to Saturday
Where: Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1
Contact: +971 4 336 9773, website
Did you “brother” die of natural causes – or was he killed by a nefarious criminal? When the police siren goes off your hour in the locked room comes to an end. The Challenge Chambers offers both a 30-minute version of the game and one for the full hour, while the larger Mystery Challenge comes in two identical rooms, meaning that friends can be challenged to simultaneous battles. Games are offered in English as well as Arabic.
Where: Sunset Mall, Beach Road
Contact: +971 50 256 0587, website
McGettigan’s JLT Friday Brunch
An old classic that we’re fairly sure you will have been to at least once. You can listen to great tunes performed by Mike Ross while enjoying à la carte dishes as well as buffet options over five hours. Sticking around? There’s also an unlimited beverages package between 5pm-8pm. Gulp.
When: 12pm-5pm, Friday
Price: From AED129
Where: Cluster J, JLT
Contact: +971 4 378 0800, website