9 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
The legendary Egyptian composer and pianist is accompanied on stage at Dubai Opera by a full orchestra for a second consecutive year. The 69-year-old has enjoyed a storied career with works that have successfully bridged the gap between eastern and western classic styles.
When: December 22
Where: Dubai Opera
Contact: +971 56 981 9474, website
Food Truck Jam
You should know the drill of these by now. Some of the best food trucks in the UAE, all under the #TruckersUAE banner, gather at Emirates Golf Club for an afternoon and evening of music, markets and general merriment – all with a selection of great food. There’ll be a live band and plenty to entertain the kids as well.
When: December 23
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Contact: +971 4 417 9999, website
As its name suggests, this gem sits on the 40th floor of The H Hotel and wows its guests with its glass walls that offer panoramic views of the city. The low seating makes it the ideal place to unwind after a long day at work. With the right beats, mouthwatering beverages and a menu to match (the veal Milanese is a must), this place won’t let you down.
Where: The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Thursday Evening Brunch
Outdoor brunches aren’t restricted to daytime affairs, as this elegant gathering atop the Four Seasons confirms. The upscale Mercury Lounge offers 180-degree views of downtown Dubai in one direction and the Arabian Gulf in the other, and they’re all accompanied by Mediterranean dishes of antipasti, sharing plates and light entrées.
When: 8pm-11pm, Thursday
Where: Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort
Price: AED295 (soft drinks), AED450 (with house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 270 7804, website
No Way Out
This is not your typical escape room experience. There are four rooms with four different themes, each of which have been designed to test your mental skills. Players are given 60 minutes to "escape" using nothing but their logic and reasoning abilities.
Where: HDS Business Center, Cluster m, JLIT
Contact: +971 4 243 8208, website
Paddle Boarding at Kite Beach
Instead of watching and occasionally laughing at the people at Kite Beach desperately trying to stay afloat why not give it a try? That way you’ll not only know how hard it is – do not judge unless you’ve tried it – but also get a nice workout. If you willing to give it a try, you can rent a paddleboard for AED50 per hour at Kite N Surf.
Where: Kite N Surf, Umm Sequim
Price: AED50 per hour
Contact: +971 55 800 6363, website
Desiigner at BASE
One of the freshest rappers out of the US will rock the crowds at BASE this weekend. Desiigner is only 20, but is already touted as one of the best in the business right now. You might not recognise the name, but you no doubt know his smash hit “Panda”. Expect an eclectic set of lyrical genius.
When: 10pm-4am, Friday, December 22
Where: BASE, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Cocoon at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
One of the world’s most celebrated parties unloads at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE with a lineup that’s not to be missed. House music virtuosos Einzelkind and Ilario Alicante are the headliners for the electro-dance event that always keeps the crowd on their feet. Support on the night will be provided by local resident DJs Frederick Stone, Jean B, Jixo & Danz and Aidin Karami.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, December 22
Where: Al Jazira Golden Tulip Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Of all the films to get a reboot, this might not have been too high on the list, but Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart give it plenty of heart.
In cinemas from December 21