11 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Walk for a cause
Join Dubai Cares for a 45-minute walk at Dubai Creek Park to help raise awareness and funds for the education of millions of children in developing countries. Registration costs just AED30 (and it’s free for children under the age of five) and your participation can make a difference. Stay on for family-friendly activities and entertainment once you've completed the walk. Registration takes place at 8am.
When: 8am-12pm, Friday, February 16
Where: Dubai Creek Park
Watch Revival – the ABBA Tribute Band
Catch the award-winning ABBA tribute band, Revival, at the picturesque rooftop gardens of Wafi Mall this weekend. Expect to be taken back to the time when the Swedish pop group ruled the music scene. Enjoy a picnic basket filled with delish treats like Scottish smoked salmon, chilled roasted chicken, pasta salad and New York style baked cheesecake while you sing along to hits like "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen" and "Take A Chance On Me". Priced at AED250 per person.
When: 7pm, Friday, February 16
Where: Rooftop Gardens, Wafi Mall
Party the night away
Grammy award-nominated rapper and MC, Rick Ross will be performing at Dubai Design District this Friday. Expect several of his hit singles on the night, though we’re really looking forward to "Aston Martin Music" and "Hold Me Back". The American artist’s previous collabs have been with names including Drake, John Legend and DJ Khaled.
When: February 16, 10pm to 4am
Where: Dubai Design District
Spend the weekend at Rise
The view of the skyline isn’t the only thing that should be taking you to Dubai Creek Harbour. Though under construction, a section of the waterfront development is home to a weekly weekend festival. There’s a range of activities suitable of all ages – futuristic virtual reality pods, workshops, films, pop-up markets and food, of course. Entry is free.
When: 12pm-10pm, February 16 and 17
Where: Dubai Creek Harbour
Cheer at a camel race
Camels are an important part of UAE’s heritage, so a camel race would defo be a sport to watch. Some of the country’s most prized camels take to the tracks twice daily and you can watch the race for free. Race times are 6.30am and 2pm, the latter is ideal for those who struggle to get out of bed early on weekends. Plus, there’s interesting photo opp here.
When: February 16 and 17
Where: Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack
Contact: +971 4 832 6526, website
Have brunch at STK
No sooner has the steakhouse landed, it’s already serving up an irresistible brunch to boot. Dare to Brunch offers signature cuts of prime fillets and striploins alongside oysters, burrata and fries and broccolini. Top off the whole feast with a huge wedge of cheesecake, too.
When: Friday, 1pm-4pm
Where: Rixos Premium Hotel, JBR
Price: AED349 (soft drinks), AED499 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 323 0061, website
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Bring in the Year of the Dog at the largest theme park in the Middle East. Different sections of the park will offer an insight into Chinese culture and traditions. Learn about the Chinese New Year while building a giant Lego mosaic at Legoland. Then make your way to Motiongate to see entertaining acts and calligraphers before ending up at Riverland – home to a Chinese market featuring arts and crafts, Chinese food and a traditional wishing tree. Don’t forget to look up as the sky lights up with firewoks, daily.
When: Until February 24
Where: Dubai Parks and Resorts
Check out a cool sculpture
We’re not suggesting shopping or dining, but do visit the world’s largest mall to see an extremely impressive sculpture made of…*hold your breath* 20,000 balloons. Experimental artist Jason Hackenwerth’s latest work weighs around 30 kilograms and is around 18 meters tall – it hangs across three floors of the mall. Unlike our travel essentials, his suitcase was packed with red, orange and yellow latex balloons to complete this structure which will be on display until the end of the month, after which the balloons will slowly start to deflate.
When: Until the end of February
Where: The Dubai Mall
Attend the Mawaheb Exhibition
Operating on a vision of encouraging individuals to reach their highest potential through art, this beautiful studio for people of determination will be showcasing an Abstract exhibition until March 10. The artists, aged between 20 and 62, are UAE residents with a keen interest in painting, drawing, sketching and sculpture.
When: Until March 10
Where: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Hip Hop Friday with DJ Magnum
With a fan base that includes the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake, it’s safe to say that hip hop fans will be in good hands when DJ Magnum takes to the decks this Friday. Aside from A-list collabs, the renowned Parisian’s portfolio includes spinning at Wembley Stadium, the Monaco Grand Prix and the star-studded Cannes Film Festival.
When: 10pm-4am, Friday, February 16
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Night Vibes with Atish
The Night Vibes massive is bringing back one of their favourite DJs. If you’re new to Vibe Series, you might not know of Atish, but if you know anything about Burning Man then you may already be familiar with his choice of melodic deep house that’ll get you moving in the moonlight. It’s a real crowd-pleasing act – so don’t miss it.
When: 9pm-3am, Thursday, February 15
Where: Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel
Contact: +971 4 366 9111, website