8 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk
This is the latest Cirque Du Soleil production to come to Dubai’s World Trade Centre. This time, James Cameron’s ground-breaking animation Avatar is the inspiration for the show, which will run for two weeks. Toruk: The First Flight is set in the fictional world of Pandora, where a natural catastrophe is threatening to destroy many sacred elements of the Na’vi’s world.
When: January 4-17
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Be one of the first to visit this already iconic site that offers views of both old and new Dubai. Don’t forget your camera and sure to check out the museum on the ground floor.
When: 10am-7pm, daily
Price: From AED60
Where: Zabeel Park
Dubai Shopping Festival
A number of brands across the city are celebrating this edition of the shopping spree by hosting massive discounts of up to 90 percent. We’d make a beeline to H&M before all the mediums disappear.
When: Until January 28
Where: Various outlets across the city
Dubai Garden Glow
Yards of recycled luminous fabric and 10 million energy saving bulbs have been used to make the largest glow-in-the-dark garden. Expect to see illuminated animal sculptures, lanterns, sea creatures as well as a sections with installations that pay tribute to this city. We’re talking a deck of cards, the traditional coffee pot ‘Dallah’ and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s popular three-finger salute (symbolising win, victory and love). The venue is also home to a dinosaur park and ice park.
Where: Zabeel Park, Gate 6 & 7
Scape’s California-fusion brunch
Malibu meets Dubai at The Terrace, Burj Al Arab this winter as Scape reveals a new Saturday brunch from 12.30pm-4pm. It’s served straight to the table and comprises dishes inspired by Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America. Starters, for instance, include sushi doughnuts, angus beef tataki, tempura, quesadillas and lashings of burrata, which are then followed by chicken, octopus, lobster, braised short ribs and glazed Baltic salmon. Desserts include sweet tacos and doughnut cheesecake. From AED495 per person.
When: 12.30pm-47pm, Saturdays
Where: The Terrace, Burj Al Arab
Price: From AED495
Contact: +971 4 301 7600, website
Ladies can end the weekend in some style on Saturdays between 8pm-11pm at Gaucho, which has a rather appealing new terrace to enjoy at this time of year. Guests will be greeted with three roses which can then be exchanged for a beverage throughout the night. There’s also 50 percent off a menu that features lobster tacos, burrata tostada and tuna ceviche, plus music from DJ Bret Turner.
When: 8pm-11pm, Saturdays
Where: Gaucho, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 422 7898, website
Café Mambo Dubai
DJs Franky Rizardo and Mat.Joe. are all set to kick off the Ibizan brand’s second Friday bash. Expect quality tunes, drinks and a stellar view of the Burj Khalifa. For more information on the party brand coined by brothers Christian and Alan Anadon aka the Mambo Brothers, click here.
When: 5pm-3pm, every Friday
Where: Soho Garden
The Greatest Showman
Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron star in this rather sugar-coated tale of the legendary showman PT Barnum, who unleashed his circus in the 19th century.