14 things to do in the UAE this weekend
Market Outside the Box
Dubai Shopping Festival welcomes the return of Market Outside the Box – the unique retail pop-up that will be the temporary home of the most talented independent retailers and designers in the region. Now in its fifth year, the free event at Burj Park will run until January 20 and offers visitors the chance to get their hands on some truly original gifts. 120 designers will showcase their wares that includes everything from textiles, furnishings and jewellery to nutritional meal plans and pieces of one-off artwork. If shopping isn’t your thing you’ll still be able to enjoy an outdoor cinema, hip-hop performances and tunes from the DJ on the day.
When: 4pm-10pm (weekdays), 10am-10pm (weekends) until January 20
Where: Burj Park, Dubai
Price: Free entry
The organisers behind the Dubai Shopping Festival are giving you the chance to experience some of the city’s most exciting attractions at a discounted price. Passes start at AED399 and include access to destinations like Dubai Dolphinarium, Etihad Museum and IMG Worlds of Adventure. You can choose between packages of three, five or unlimited attractions – at an added cost, of course.
When: Until February 20
Where: Various locations across the city
Price: From AED399
Terry Fox Run
This year’s Terry Fox Run will see avid runners, beginners, youngsters and families “run” 8.5km in support of various charities. The fun-run starts and ends at the East Plaza on the Abu Dhabi Corniche at Al Sahil Beach. Onsite registration kicks off at 7am and the run starts at 9am. Click here to register online.
When: 7am, January 19
Where: Abu Dhabi Corniche
Price: Registration is free
Did you “brother” die of natural causes – or was he killed by a nefarious criminal? When the police siren goes off your hour in the locked room comes to an end. The Challenge Chambers offers both a 30-minute version of the game and one for the full hour, while the larger Mystery Challenge comes in two identical rooms, meaning that friends can be challenged to simultaneous battles. Games are offered in English as well as Arabic.
Where: Sunset Mall, Beach Road
Contact: +971 50 256 0587, website
Dubai Garden Glow
Yards of recycled luminous fabric and 10 million energy saving bulbs have been used to make the largest glow-in-the-dark garden. Expect to see illuminated animal sculptures, lanterns, sea creatures as well as a sections with installations that pay tribute to this city. We’re talking a deck of cards, the traditional coffee pot ‘Dallah’ and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s popular three-finger salute (symbolising win, victory and love). The venue is also home to a dinosaur park and ice park. If those bright lights at Dubai Garden Glow don’t make you happy, we don’t know what will.
When: 4pm-12am, daily
Where: Zabeel Park, Gate 6 and 7
Price: AED110 per person
Van Gogh Alive - The Experience
The world’s most visited multi-media exhibition is making its regional debut this week, and art fans across the nation would be wise to venture to the capital to see it. Van Gogh Alive – The Experience will see over 3,000 images displayed across the Abu Dhabi National Theatre’s floor, walls and ceiling using 40 high-definition projectors. Adding to its appeal is the fact that a special musical score has been created for the occasion. If you’re not too famailiar with the Dutch Post-Impressionist’s work fear not, there will be a number of highlighted sections in place to explain any possible questions that you might have. If Abu Dhabi is a bit too far for you, you’d be happy to know that the renowned exhibit will be making its way to Dubai’s Design District in March.
When: Until Feburary 26
Where: Abu Dhabi National Theatre
Price: From AED70 per person.
Dubai Garden Center
This Saturday market is one that’s perfect for the whole family. There’s food – the boerewors (hotdog) rolls from pop-up stand Yebo are to die for – music, tons of bargains ranging from clothing to accessories and of course, plenty of plants. The fresh fruit and veg stall is a nice added bonus.
When: 10am-2pm, every Saturday until April
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 590 4333
Freedom Pizza is celebrating its third birthday by giving back to those who made it possible. That’s right, the beloved pizza joint that caters to all tastes and diets – yep, they’ve even got vegan and gluten free options – is giving away 50 percent discounts to all of its customers who order online on January 15 and 16. What’s that, you want more? Well, you’re in luck, as any online orders between January 15 and 20 will receive five digital discount vouchers, too. So that’s next week’s meals sorted then.
When: Until January 20
Sit back, relax and let the good times roll as a mix of starters, salads, hand-tossed pizzas, pastas, desserts and a nice selection of drinks are served to your table. Great music, fabulous food and amazing service are always a winning combination, and you always find them here.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
Price: AED129 with soft drinks; AED199 with sparkling Italian grape
Where: Cluster A, JLT
Contact: +971 4 441 6342, website
As its name suggests, this gem sits on the 40th floor of The H Hotel and wows its guests with its glass walls that offer panoramic views of the city. The low seating makes it the ideal place to unwind after a long day at work. With the right beats, mouthwatering beverages and a menu to match (the veal Milanese is a must), this place won’t let you down.
Where: The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Ladies receive four complimentary drinks and 20 percent off dining every single Saturday! Hip-Hop fans will love the back to back tracks from 8pm to 11pm, while RnB lovers will love their club classics that play from 11pm to 3am.
When: 8pm-3am, every Saturday
Where: Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Hotel Barsha Heights
Contact: 800 58259, website
DJ Nasty at BASE Dubai
Hip-hop producer and long-time music scene collaborator, DJ Nasty is playing a unique set this weekend. The US star is part of a duo with his brother, LVM, but this solo performance will no doubt feature the tracks that the pair worked on with the likes of DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Ludacris. It’s bound to be an eclectic mix of banging tunes.
When: 10pm-4am, Friday, January 19
Where: BASE Dubai, d3
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Darius Syrossian and Sabb at Blue Marlin Ibiza
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE’s star-studded line-ups roll on into 2018 with a pair of house music acts you won’t want to miss. Darius Syrossian is first up with his unique blend of house and techno coming together to get the head’s bobbing. Then it’s Sabb’s turn to rock your body with his stylish grooves until it’s kicking out time.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, January 19
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Plus Minus presents Powel
It’s a day to night party at Bridgewater DXB this weekend courtesy of Plus Minus. This is the debut of their International Artist on the Terrace series, and the first instalment is being headlined by Berlin-based house DJ and producer, Powel. He’s known for his hypnotic and atmospheric beats, so expect a night of trance-like dancing and fun.
When: 4pm-3am, Friday, January 19
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website