8 things to do in Dubai this weekend

A new brunch, a new movie, a new musical and plenty of old favourites, 2016 has well and truly arrived and it’s shaping up nicely. There’s so much going on this weekend, we don’t know where to start…

The Brunch Bunch at Story Rooftop
This brand new Friday brunch concept offers more than all you can eat and drink. As well as a Peruvian menu, the tables are filled with “pre night out games” including Kings Cup and Centurion. Dubbing itself “the perfect adult playground” the brunch is great value at AED299 for four hours. Just make sure you bring you’re A-game because things could get competitive!
When: Fridays from 12.30pm-4.30pm
Where: Story Rooftop Lounge, Media City, www.thebrunchbunch.me

The Revenant (18)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Grizzly Adams-like tale, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson, has already had the seal of approval from critics and filmgoers – it currently has 8.2 on imdb and 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film focuses on the truish story of Hugh Glass, who in the 1820s sought vengeance on John Fitzgerald, the man who killed his son and, following a bear attack, left Glass for dead.
In cinemas from January 7

Saturday Beach Brunch with Nya & The Groovebusters
For a chilled out Saturday brunch with fantastic Mediterranean food including a beachside grill and select cocktails, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE has it covered. To top it off, you’ll have Nya & The Groovbusters playing you through the day. There are multiple different sittings, depending on how lazy you want your Saturday to be. Choose to start at 1pm, 2pm or 3.30pm and enjoy all you can eat and drink for three hours.
When: Saturday January 9
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, +971 56 113 3400 or email Dubai Shopping Festival
The largest shopping event in the Middle East is back with a packed calendar of events and promotions. You can find discounts of up to 75 percent on jewellery, perfume and clothes, as well as some great deals on electronics. Aside from all the shopping to be done, there are plenty of concerts, fashion events and sports to take part in.
When: From January 1-Febraury 2
Where: Locations include Dubai Mall, Global Village, Mall of the Emirates and Gold Souk. Visit the website for more 

Culinary Boutique
One of our new favourite breakfast hangouts is this classy place down in Jumeirah. The food is every bit as Instagrammable as the name suggests, and the terrace is ideal for weekend catch-ups. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as cooking classes, this is definitely one to add to you 2016 hit list. Our top tip – try the eggs benedict. Delicious.
Where: Jumeirah Road, +971 4 345 0023,

Al Faris
This ought to be one of the more memorable events put on in Dubai in 2016. Al Faris is an epic musical play based on the poems of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It depicts the long horseback journey of a knight to rescue his lady love, Shomoos, from her kidnapper, Ghairan, telling the story of a warrior’s determination to ensure his people are safe and prosperous in a world surrounded by violence and hatred – a fairly clear metaphor for current times.  Al Faris will take place in Sheikh Rashid Hall for four consecutive nights, with tickets starting at AED195.
When: January 6-9, 6pm,
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Rashid Hall, onlineticketshop.ae

Treehouse, Taj Dubai
Another new terrace with a playful theme opened in Dubai this week. Following Park in the nearby JW Marriott Marquis is something called Treehouse within Taj Dubai.  With renaissance décor, it’s like an ornate outdoor living room, complete with bite-sized plates of Mediterranean food.
When: Open ‘til late.
Where: Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 

Paris Opera Ballet Gala
The third annual Paris Opera Ballet Gala will again French classical ballet to Dubai – and from one of the best companies in the world. Under the direction of Benjamin Millepied, it will feature Dorothee Gilbert, Ludmila Pagliero, the Argentine dancer who became the first non-European to achieve Etoile status, and Karl Paquette, who will run through a repertoire of ballet standards.
When: January 7-8
Where: Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, +9714 366 6546,www.madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com/default.aspx

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