9 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
Dubai International Film Festival
It’s back around again, and with arguably the strongest lineup they’ve ever assembled. In fact, the 14th Dubai International Film Festival is so strong, it’s probably worth taking 10 days off work, buying a 25-ticket bundle (a mere AED550, people) and spending an incredibly enjoyable time hopping between Madinat Jumeirah and VOX Mall of the Emirates watching the best of world and regional cinema.
Dubai International Film Festival
When: Until December 13
Where: Various locations across the city
Price: From AED35
Letters to Andy Warhol exhibition
If there’s one thing Andy Warhol fans can look forward to this month it's the ‘Letters to Andy Warhol’ exhibition at Dubai Design District. Pop in to the design community anytime between December 8 and 16 to check out a collection of the legend’s work brought to the city courtesy Cadillac and The Andy Warhol Museum.
Where: Dubai Design District (d3)
When: 12pm- 9pm; 8 to 16 December
Price: Free entry
Sole DXB 2017
It’s become one of our favourite events of the year and one that speaks to several of our obsessions; sneakers, streetwear, art and music. SoleDXB returns to Dubai Design District with an even bigger lineup of acts, attractions, activations and, of course sneaker brands. One of the themes this year is Japanese contemporary design and how it has helped shape and influence contemporary streetwear, pop culture and comicbooks. For the first time there’s
a pop-up store in partnership with Virgin, called Early Retirement – chance would be a fine thing – to sell collaboration pieces, event merchandise and Tokyo-sourced goods from vending machines.
When: December 7-9
Where: Dubai Design District
Price: From AED125
The world-renowned obstacle course returns to the Hamdan Sports Complex with more mud-drenched obstacles designed around the values of courage, teamwork, personal accomplishment and fun. The toughest event on the planet? That’s what they claim. Signature obstacles include: The Block Ness Monster, Arctic Enema The Re-birth and Electroshock Therapy.
When: December 8-9
Where: Hamdan Sports Complex
Price: From AED490
Culinary Week at Anantara The Palm Dubai
If you describe yourself as a foodie, food lover, food fan or anything of that sort…listen up. There’s no other place to be this December than Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Why? Because the Thai inspired property located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah is all set to host one of the biggest and best culinary celebrations when it kicks off its highly anticipated Culinary Week on Sunday, December 10 - we know that this isn't a weekend activity but we thought we'd give you enough time to fit into your schedule.
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
When: 6.30pm-11.30pm, 10 to 16 December
Price: AED279 per person
A full-on barbecue is fired up at this tranquil pool in the ever-elegant Palazzo Versace. Whether eaten in the terrace restaurant area, in one of the cabanas or on a lounger surrounding the Lagoon pool – which gets the sun all afternoon – guests can tuck into watermelon and baby squid salad, hot and cold mezzes and flame-grilled meat and seafood. A DJ then pumps out an eclectic setlist of club classics.
When: 12pm-5pm, Saturday
Where: Palazzo Versace
Price: AED295 (food, pool access)
Contact: +971 4 556 8888, website
Bushman’s Saturday Lazy Lunch
Try a stack of Down Under dishes from a variety of grazing stations before choosing a main from an á la carte menu. It’ll come with an Aussie beverage of your choice. Perks include good live music and freshly shucked oysters.
When: 1pm-4pm, Saturday
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, The Palm
Price: AED250 with soft drinks; AED360 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 567 8304, website
The rescheduled concert from the ultimate showman finally arrives in Dubai. Sir Elton John, as he’s now known, has enjoyed a 50-year career as a songwriter and performer, during which he has amassed 50 top-40 singles in the UK alone.
When: December 8
Where: Autism Rocks Arena
Price: From AED295
It’s festival time again at Zero Gravity as a three-day event brings the sounds of the Balaerics to Dubai. There will be performances from the Ibiza House Orchestra as well as a number of top DJs, including big hitters Soul Ninja, Throttle and the UK radio legend Trevor Nelson. There’s also arts and crafts, a range of ball games to try and a five-hour brunch.
When: 10pm-3am, December 7, 8 and 9
Where: Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website