13 great things to do in Dubai this weekend

You can smirk all you like, but the truth is, deep down, you can’t help but tap your feet and hum along to Steps. The British 90s pop group – consisting of Clare, Faye, H, Lisa and Lee – might be cheesier than a wheel of Edam, but they know and thrive upon it, which has created an enduring and endearing quality about them. Unsurprisingly then, their return has seen them welcomed back with open arms. The latest stop on their comeback tour lands at Dubai Opera this week and promises to be a journey through their pop classics. Catchy tunes such as their 1997 debut “5,6,7,8”, the Bee Gee’s inspired “Heartbeat/Tragedy” and their last number one hit, “Stomp” are sure to have you dancing in the aisles. There’s no need to be embarrased, you’ll be in good company.
When: 8pm-10pm, Saturday, April 28
Where: Dubai Opera

Yasmine Hamdan, Sharmoofers, The Wanton Bishops, Manal and Moh Flow are heading to Dubai Opera as part of DXBeats. It will represent the first ever Arabic music festival at the Dubai Opera, and the five hour live music gig will give fans the chance to hear the eclectic sounds of the line-up. Expect a musical journey spanning the genres of reggaeton, rock and roll, hip hop and much more. The ticket prices start at AED255 and doors will open at 5pm and starts at 6pm.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED255

International Dubai Fashion Week
The renowned fashion show returns for a three day event. It’ll cover all things luxury fashion and beauty at the palatial surroundings of the Palazzo Versace Hotel. The exhibition will showcase the hottest fashionistas around as well as introduce the up-and-coming designers from the region. You’ll see pieces from the likes of Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt and, of course, the UAE. It’ll be peppered with talks and workshops from industry specialists, live styling events to tune up your outfits, makeup tutorials and everything in between.
When: Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28
Where: Palazzo Versace Hotel

International Dubai Fashion Week

The PosH-RacK
The travelling fashion pop up is back and this year, it’s got something for the little ones too. The PosH-RacK will be making its much awaited return, which incidentally also marks its first birthday, this Saturday with a sale at Vida Downtown Dubai. With nine brands participating – Biori, Vikram Phadnis and Love Gen (the label responsible for the look below) are just three, the event is perfect for those looking to spruce up their wardrobe for the summer. Those with kids should make a bee-line for The PosH-RacK Junior, where outfits from brands like Elli Junior and Bravado Designs await them.
When: 11am-6pm, Saturday, April 28
Where: Vida Downtown Dubai
Contact: website

Levant Brunch @ Boulevard Kitchen
It’s a Middle Eastern affair here, as the extensive buffet offers a range of dishes from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. And, adding to the authenticity, there is also the option to take argileh on the terrace.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Manzil Downtown
Price: AED195 with soft beverages and argileh; AED295 with select beverages and argileh
Contact: +971 4 423 8899,

Saturday Fashion Brunch with Sam Starks and Michka
Blue Marlin Ibiza are coming two of our favourite things – fashion and food, for a brunch that promises to be one to remember. While you sit and indulge in moreish delights that range from fresh sushi to meats that have been char-grilled to perfection, local brands Dunesi, 4422 Millinery, and The Mode will have mentally adding to your chart with their latest collections while DJs Sam Starks and Michka set the mood for the occasion.
When: 1pm-3.30pm and 4pm-6.30pm, Saturday, April 28
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort
Price: From AED310

Dublin Guitar Quartet Live
There’s a night of classical and contemporary music from the Dublin Guitar Quartet this week. The Irish group – Tomas O’Durcain, Chien Buggle, Patrick Brunnock and Brian Bolge – will perform as part of the Dubai Concert Committee’s World Classical Music Series and offer an exciting night of various styles and tunes. Tickets for the show start from AED120.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: One&Only Royal Mirage

Full Moon Yoga
April 28, Fairmont The Palm The luxury resort is hosting another Full Moon Yoga event this weekend. It’s open to all yogi levels and is ideal for a good stretch and relaxation session on the sand. The hour long yoga session will be followed by 30 minutes of meditation, and there will be healthy refreshments for the evening, too.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Fairmont The Palm
Contact: +9714 457 3388,

Fairmont The Palm

OUTLOUD presents Danny Aridi
Virgin Megastores’s Outloud initiative to find and support local musical talent is hosting a special in-store concert. Danny Aridi was the inaugural winner of a 167-strong group of artists. As part of his win, he will perform a live set at Mall of the Emirates as part of his album launch, and will give his new fans the chance to meet and greet him at the store.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Virgin Megastores, Mall of the Emirates

#DXBExperiments Presents: The Garden
It’s the final weekend of the outdoor pop up bar that sees “garden” based drinks created in a posh botanical setting. If you’re a fan of nature or are just looking for an alternative night out, make your way to Le Royal Meridien, where chilli, guava, mandarin and lemon and many more ingredients and herbs await you. Be sure to charge your phone because the space that features a 100 year old olive tree, will do wonders for your Instagram game. Those looking to perfect or up their mixing game, would be happy to know that there’s a complimentary masterclass too.
When: 6pm-11pm, Thursday, April 26
Where: The Royal Meridien

BASE Anniversary Weekend
DJ Cassidy has been at the forefront of music and nightlife for a long time now, and is the go-to DJ for celebrity icons and world leaders. He even played at Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s wedding, so you know he’s a top draw. He’ll be spinning the wheels of steel at Base’s first birthday – yes, those last twelve months absolutely flew by, didn’t they? – so be sure to catch his Dubai debut.
When: Thursday, April 26
Where: Base Dubai
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website

Base Dubai

US rapper G-Eazy will grace the stage at Base this weekend as part of their birthday celebrations. You may not have heard of him, but there’s a very good chance you’ll have listed to one of his catchy tracks such as “Him & I”, “No Limit” and “Me, Myself & I”. You will almost certainly have heard his super successful “The Beautiful & Damned”. He’s performed on the same bill as Drake, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne so it’s bound to be good.
When: 10pm-4am, Saturday, April 28
Where: Base Dubai, D3
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website


The Gardens of Babylon
The weather is heating up, so enjoy the last of the cool-ish climate by heading to this party spot this Friday. The evening will showcase performances from the likes of Audiofly, Blond:ish, Viken Arman and YokoO in surroundings that recreate the mythical locations. The party experience has travelled from Amsterdam to Mexico City to Dubai, and offers a night of eclectic beats to help you step into summer in style.
When: 2pm-12am, Friday, April 27
Where: El Chiringuito, The Palm
Contact: +971 54 449 6464,

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