9 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
The double story park is home to three great virtual experiences; Dubai Drone, Ape X and John Wick Chronicles. Our favourite being "Dubai Drone". Set in 2050, the ride is based around a taxi journey in the sky. The only issue is, the sky is full of traffic and your taxi spins out of control – great fun.
Where: The Dubai Mall, Level 2
Price: From AED 45
Contact: +971 4 448 8483, website
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
Flip Out Dubai
The deals at Flip-Out Dubai may just make you want to jump for joy, quite literally. The trampoline park features more than 200 trampolines, a 3D climbing wall, volleyball court, a half-pipe and foam pit. All this can be enjoyed from just AED70. There’s a neat archery section too and, we’ve been told that the dodgeball battles are a sight to be seen.
Where: Flip-Out Dubai, Al Qouz 3
Price: From AED80 for one hour session
Contact: 600 567568, website
The Green Planet
The vertical tropical rainforest is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. Aside from an extensive array of flora, guests can interact with a number exotic animals – the sloths are adorable! General admission starts from AED95, all UAE residents will receive up to 25 percent discount. If you plan on staying a while, we recommend you get the HubZero and Green Planet pass for AED120 – the rides and games at HubZero are great for those seeking an adventure of a different kind.
Where: Green Planet, City Walk
Price: AED95 for general admission with 25 percent discount for all UAE residents (UAE ID’s are required)
Contact: +971 4 317 3999, website
Burrowed in the heart of Dubai’s retro beachfront destination, Laguna overlooks the sea on one side and Dubai’s skyline on the other. Its best bits are the lazy pool filled with splashing surprises as well as the surf experience, WaveOz180 FloRider – it's only available in two other locations across the globe. When the time comes to unwind, there are a number of cabanas overlooking the sea, while the Surf Club offers roof-top dinning with a beautiful view of city's skyline.
Where: La Mer, Dubai
When: 10am-8pm daily
Price: AED99 for UAE Residents
Contact: 800 MERAAS (637227), website
The Burj Club
Grab a pool float from The Rooftop and glide across the pool as you overlook panoramic views of the entire city. With an exclusive angle of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa, this scene is to die for. And just when you think it can’t get any better, get this, there’s a live BBQ station and we’ll bet the weather is probably cooler up there too. The Burj Club offers the entire package, from a gym to a spa and to a rooftop pool.
Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
When: 7pm-9pm, Fridays
Price: From AED295
Contact: +971 4 888 3900, website
The lavish two-storey spa features palatial hammam facilities – think marble floors, trickling fountains and brightly coloured mosaics – for men, women and couples. We recommend the Turkish hammam body escape treatment. After a steam and skin-renewing scrub with a kese mitt, your skin will be slathered in dollops of shea butter enriched with Argan oil. Its AED800 for 90 minutes.
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort & Spa
Contact: +971 4 567 8140, website
A La Turca
Homemade Turkish treats such as traditional kebabs and hot and cold mezzes await you at this opulent venue located in Rixos The Palm. Be sure to leave some space for dessert, their Baklava is some of the best in the region.
Where: Rixos The Palm
When: Sunset to 10pm
Contact: +9714 457 5454, website
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
The lavish venue will be celebrating its first Ramadan with a specially crafted Suhoor menu. The à la carte offering will include traditional Middle Eastern dishes as well as a number of Connolly’s signature dishes such as the duck fat chips and the whipped feta salad that’s served with watermelon, strawberry and tomato.
Where: Dubai Opera
When: 10pm-2am, Sunday- Saturday
Price: À la carte
Contact: +9714 362 7312, website