12 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
Great British Royal Beach Party
In celebration of one of the biggest weddings of the year between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Barasti is hosting a massive British bash at the beach resort. On Saturday, May 19, the Dubai institution will air the entire event on their massive outdoor LED screen. To accompany the action, if you can call it that, there will be a number of live acts and DJs spinning the tunes. You can also get your hands on some British delicacies (think party food, and other nibbles) and the whole place will be decked out in traditional bunting while there will be hats and flags to wave as the couple make their way down the aisle. There’s the promise of some mysterious party games, too.
When: May 19
Where: Barasti Beach Bar
Contact: +9714 318 1313, website
Perry & Blackwelder’s
American eatery Perry & Blackwelder’s are celebrating Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s big day with a party of their own. For AED395, guests can watch the ceremony live while enjoying a number of British culinary delights and drinks. Those looking for something a bit more “fancy” should opt for the “Meghan Sparkle” package that includes unlimited bubbles. Regardless of what package you choose, be sure to wear something old, something borrowed or something blue.
When: 1pm-4pm, Saturday, May 19
Where: Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat
Contact: +9714 432 3232, website
Beat the heat by flying in a vertical, air conditioned wind tunnel that aims to give you a taste of what it feels like to skydive. First time flyers will get a one-on-one training session with a certified trainer, flying gear and two flights in the tunnel. And if you’re a UAE resident, you get a discount. Nice.
Where: Mirdif City Centre
When: 12pm-10pm, Sunday to Wednesday; 12pm-11pm,Thursday; 10am-11pm, Friday and Saturday
Price: AED220 and AED185 for UAE residents
Contact: +971 4 231 6292, website
3D Mini-golf at JBR
With themed rooms and neon backlit panoramas, we’re witnessing a whole new way of playing mini golf with friends and family. Everything glows in the dark, and we mean, everything. With Chroma Depth glasses, watch as the 3D effects painted on the walls come to life. Take out an hour or two from your day and spend it trying to get a hole-in-one.
Where: Glowing Rooms, Dubai Marina JBR, Bahar Plaza Level
When: 2pm-12am, Sunday to Wednesday and 2pm-1am, Thursday to Saturday
Contact: +9714 565 7621, website
Wild Wadi Water Park
Wild Wadi is known by most for its action packed rides, great views – it's located opposite the Burj Al Arab and next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and its excellent service. When it comes to rides, the Jumeirah Sceirah is our favourite. The ride’s trapdoor mechanism counts down to one before you free fall down the tube. You can document your experience using a GoPro, that is welcome on any and all rides.
Our picks: Jumeirah Sceirah, Tantrum Alley, Burj Surj and Master Blasters
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
When: 10am-7pm, 1 May to 14 May; Ramadan: 10am-7pm, 15 May to 14 June; Ladies Night 8pm-12am, 3 May
Price: From AED169 for UAE Residents
Contact: +971 4 348 4444, website
NAS Sports Tournament
The city’s best athletes are being encouraged to take compete or watch the action at this annual sporting event. There’s futsal, paddle tennis, a 5km or 10km run or even a 75km cycle race. You can also take part in fencing or new for this year, 3 v. 3 basketball or a spot of Jiu Jitsu. As always the NAS Night challenge will be take place so you can test your obstacle climbing skills.
When: May 17 – June 5
Where: Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
Contact: +9714 383 3833, website
Dubai Sports World
Summer is in full effect so any physical activity needs to be done in moderation. Or at least that’s our excuse for not going for a run. But thanks to the annual Dubai Sports World, you can carry on all of your energetic pursuits in the lovely air-conditioned surroundings of Dubai World Trade Centre. For the next three months, the exhibition centre will once again transform into the largest indoor sports venue in the UAE. You can go skateboarding, play badminton and football or even run a ninja warrior obstacle course, all whilst avoiding the harsh summer heat. There’s even a running track around the hall, too. So instead of crying off your weekly outdoor football until September, just sign up to Dubai Sports World and carry on your kicking. It’s either that or you’ll put on that “Dubai Stone”. Again.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: May 17- September 8
The annual art exhibit is back for its third edition. Much like previous years, it will see the city’s aspiring artists portray what Ramadan means to them in art form. The free event is open to all and guests are encouraged to make their own submissions. In short, it’s a great way to learn more about the blessed Holy Month and to do so in the company of friends and family.
When: May 14 – June 17
Where: The Gallery of Light, DUCTAC
Contact: +9714 341 4777, website
Picture this: vast, vintage-glam décor (complete with glittering chandeliers, ice sculptures and gleaming cutlery), a terrace with sea views, impeccable service and opulent tables laden with treats that cater to all tastes. Tempting, right? Right. We suggest you book your spot early because it’s bound to fill up, fast.
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm
When: Sunset onwards
Contact: +9714 453 0444, website
DIFC Ramadan Majlis
Proving that the Ritz puts on the glitz, each year during the Holy Month the hotel partners with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to lay out a lavish majlis that takes guests on a culinary journey through the tastes of Arabia with its 16 live cooking stations.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton DIFC
When: Sunset until 8.30pm
Suhoor: 9.30pm-2am, à la carte menu with a minimum spend of AED100; excluding shisha
Contact: +9714 372 2323, website
Floating Iftar and Suhoor
Dubai’s first ever floating Iftar and Suhoor is taking place above the luxurious QE2. The purpose-built majlis on the ship’s deck can host up to 250 guests and will serve up an array of traditional cuisine through buffets and live cooking stations. Iftar is sunset until 9pm (AED250) and the Suhoor buffet is 9pm-1am (AED175).
When: Daily during Ramadan
Where: Mina Rashid
Price: AED250 for Iftar and AED175 for Suhoor
Contact: +971 4 526 8888, website
Solo: A Star Wars Story
It’s finally time for the tale of young Han Solo as this spin-off follows the early events of his life including his encounter with the treacherous Lando Calrissian.