8 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend
The weekend is finally here. And, to make sure that you make the most of the next two days, we've shortlisted 8 great activities to try in Dubai this weekend.
Gulf for Good Snow Hike at Ski Dubai
Get your beanie out because Ski Dubai is offering a free hike in the snow, during summer, with adventure challenge specialist Gulf for Good. It’s a great way to escape the heat, get those muscles working and keep extra cool. All you need to do is bring along some water, your hiking shoes, comfortable trousers (no jeans), a fleece or thin jacket, a hat and your gloves. You’ll learn how to hike in the snow like a real mountaineer.
Where: Mall of the Emirates
When: 8am-9am, June 8
Contact: +9714 368 0222, website
Baker & Spice
It's long been synonymous with words like ‘fresh’, ‘organic’ and ‘local’, so it’s no wonder Baker & Spice has quickly become a Dubai institution. Its menu is packed with flavours that marry European and Middle Eastern flavours to fantastic effects and this latest addition only builds on it. The rotisserie chicken, which is organic, of course, is marinated for 24-hours in a mixture of homemade lebna, ginger, garlic, spices and lemon. It’s then placed in the titular rotisserie oven for two-hours where it slowly spins itself to deliciousness. You can have it with chunky chips, salad and more.
Where: Baker & Spice All outlets across Dubai
When: 8am-11pm, daily
Price: AED 99 for full roast, AED 79 for half roast with an early bird (geddit?) offer between 5pm-7pm from AED69.
Contact: +9714 362 4686, website
Sense8 - Season Two
This science fiction series surprised us when it first came out with its diverse cast and nail-biting plotline. Since then, it’s been an anxious year and a half and we’ve been waiting with bated breath and crossed fingers for the writers to maintain our interest. Is it possible to do any better? In the first season, we saw eight Sensates from all over the world confusingly connect to one another through their psychic abilities and shared skills. But their abilities seem more like a bad thing as the Sensate villain who’s been targeting them has gotten too close. In the Christmas Special, the show delved into their personal lives. Season two picks up with the Sensates on the run together as they are forced to live with and protect each other against all odds. There’s no point in keeping secrets anymore either, what with them all being in each other’s minds all the time. It’s also much harder for the eight to hide their location from Whisper, the Senate hunting them down and using their powers against them. Perfect weekend fodder.
Where: Available on Netflix now
Tibetan Bowls Healing Meditation
After a tough and hectic week, this is the perfect place to unwind at for some peace, finally. The one hour class will help heal and rejuvenate your mind and body with vibrations from Tibetan Singing Bowls, said to help with realigning you heart, mind, body and soul. The class is taught by Mathilde Lumiere and should help your energy balance and creative power.
Where: Zen Yoga, BBC building #10, Dubai Media City
When: 4pm-5pm, June 8
Contact: +9714 367 0435, website
Dubai to RAK for free
Travel bugs, listen up! You can now get a free shuttle bus from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah. The shuttle bus will be up and running until September 30 of this year and will travel from Terminal 1 and 3 of the Dubai International Airport to Ras Al Khaimah. The bus will stop at various key locations in the emirate as well as a number of hotels such as Rixos Bab Al Bahr and The Waldorf Astoria. It will be equipped with free Wi-Fi, water and maps. Score. If you’ve not yet been to the nature-filled, northern emirate, be sure to check out the Ras Al Khaimah Zipline or the Ice Land water park.
Where: Dubai International Airport to Ras Al Khaimah
When: Ongoing till September 30
Ramadan Big Bazaar
With Eid right around the corner, it might be a good idea to check this big bazaar out for gifts, there's tons available from clothes to toys and jewellery. There's even grand majlis for ladies who'd like henna and an entertainment corner for the little ones. With free parking and a wide variety of dining options, be sure to catch it all before it ends on June 11.
Where: Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre
When: On till June 11
Contact: +9714 397 3099, 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.
Our picks: WaveOz180, Free fall, Manta and Mad Racer
Where: La Mer, Dubai
When: 10am-8pm daily
Price: AED99 for UAE Residents
Contact: 800 MERAAS (637227), website
It’s not too late to try out this urban Balkan bistro for one last Iftar before Ramadan ends. Expect warm European vibes with a menu that serves fresh specials such as a succulent lamb shank with cauliflower púree, sweet chutney and a meat jus. Or even a post-meal Cherry Baklava, which sounds interesting to us.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Road
When: During Ramadan 8am-11pm
Price: AED85 for main dish and dessert
Contact: +9714 361 4042, website