11 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Ultimate Paddy’s Party by McGettigan’s
Make your way to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre for the ultimate festival atmosphere as McGettigan’s presents the biggest party in the region. It’s a full day of food, beverages and live music. You’ll be treated to traditional Irish dance routines, U2 tribute band, The Joshua Tree, before The Coronas and Kodaline close out the evening with a bang.
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
When: March 16, 1pm-12am
Price: From AED250
Celebrated Irish comedian and TV presenter Dara O’Briain is returning to the UAE just in time for St Patrick’s Day weekend, courtesy of the region’s top comedy providers DXBLaughs. This is all part of his international Voice of Reason tour, and the comic – who’s been host of iconic TV shows such as Mock the Week, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and Robot Wars – will perform for just one night. Book in those laughs now.
When: Thursday, March 15
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
Six Nations Rugby Final Round
So, it’s the final round of the Six Nations Rugby Championship AND it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Clearly, there’s no better place to head to on such an occasion than one of Dubai’s best Irish pubs. Catch all the tackles, tries and tension of the tournament live on the big screens (there are more than 20 plasma-screen TVs dotted around the place – inside and out). Expect some nail-biting moments, as there are some seriously exciting matches on the schedule. On top of all that, McGettigan’s is giving us all the opportunity to win some prizes throughout the day/night (you’ll have to go and find out what they are). Sounds like a great craic.
When: From 12pm, Saturday, March 17
Where: McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Annual Zurich Touch 6s Tournament
Back for its seventh edition, this year’s Touch 6s Tournament will see a record 32 teams battle it out on the greens of the Dubai Polo and Equestrian club on Friday, March 16. The annual event will see a number of business across the UAE take part in a number of sporting events for their chance to win prizes. Aside from competitions, there'll be a number of food stalls and entertainment for the little ones. In short, it's a great way to network and makes for a fun, family-friendly day out.
When: Friday, March 16.
Where: Dubai Polo and Equestrian club, Arabian Ranches
Under nine custom built domes, you’ll see 35,000 butterflies. Don’t be surprised to find them land on your arm or shoulder as you walk around the garden, but please don’t try and forcefully grab them for a selfie…you’ll harm them. It’s a small space therefore it’s worth a visit on the same day you go to Dubai Miracle Garden.
Where: Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand Area
Contact: +971 4 422 8902, website
Garden on 8
The Media One Hotel venue is throwing a party for the entire St. Patrick’s Day weekend. On Thursday there will be special Irish dishes served consisting of lamb stew and burgers. Friday’s Notorious Day Brunch will have an Irish twist too, with a beverage station dedicated to Irish drinks on standby. And on Saturday, the big day, the chefs will serve up traditional fare such as beef sausage with mustard champ mash and onion gravy. They’ll also show the Six Nation’s finale between England and Ireland.
Brilliantly, Garden on 8 will also air the Cheltenham horse races over the weekend and for every Irish horse that wins, they’ll raffle off a bottle of traditional Irish beverage.
Where: Media One Hotel, Dubai
When: March 16-17
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website
A festival is taking place up at The Dubliner's as they embrace the festivities of the Emerald Isle with three days of celebrations. Each day offers an all-you-can-eat deal for just AED109 that will contain Irish delicacies. There’ll also be a live band to get the party going with traditional tunes that will have you slapping your thighs and tapping your feet all night.
Where: Le Méridien Dubai
When: March 15-17
Contact: +971 4 217 0000, website
Anniversary – Celebration of Life at Nikki Beach
To mark its two-year anniversary, Nikki Beach Dubai is having a “massive celebration of life”. That means a line-up of musicians and performers that, they say, “promises to be the talk of Dubai”. The chic venue is perfect for daytime sunbathing, sundowners and evening parties set to a backdrop of lapping shores and the crisp, clean, all-white colour scheme.
When: 12pm-12am, Saturday March 17
Where: Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 376 6162, website
The award-winning slick rapper will be performing at White's #DisturbingDubai event this Friday! Fans can expect the 29-year-old, London native to belt out a number of his hit songs that includes the likes of "Pass Out", "What Girls Like " and "Not Letting Go". In short, this is one party that you don't want to miss.
When: 11pm-4am, Friday, March 16
Where: White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse
Contact: +971 50 443 0933, website
Antika Night is returning to swanky DIFC day/night hotspot 7 Elephants for an “ultimate party experience”. Dress up in your smart-casual gear and dance the night away with a fun and crazy crowd. We suggest you also go before 9pm and have a bite to eat from the eclectic menu they have.
When: 9pm-2am, Thursday March 15
Where: 7 Elephants, DIFC, Dubai
Contact: +971 52 222 2929, website
Tomb Raider (18)
Can you believe it’s been 15 years since the last Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie came out? This gritty reboot of the series places Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) in the role of Lara Croft – the iconic video game character who leapt onto the big screen in 2001.We follow as she attempts to uncover the secrets behind her father’s disappearance (that’s Richard Croft, who interestingly didn’t actually turn up in the series until the 2001 movie).
That means picking up where her dad left off, hunting down the genocidal “Trinity”, jumping into a seriously scary patch of sea, defying death at every twist and turn, closing the tomb and generally saving humanity in her unique way.
In cinemas from March 15