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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

iFly Dubai
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
Price: AED110
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

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