9 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon feels like it speeds around the bend quicker every year. With iconic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa dotted along the route, it’s certainly one of the more scenic courses in the world, which is one of the reasons it attracts such illustrious athletes. Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa will look to retain their titles in what is expected to be a close contest. Dubai Marathon 2018
When: 6am (elite runners), 7am (masses), Friday, January 26
Where: Umm Suqeim Road
Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2018
Some of the world’s greatest golfers are heading to Dubai, including Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, for the tournament that’s now known as the Middle East Major. The legendary sports stars will battle it out for the trophy over four days of action. Tickets range from AED175 to AED795 for various access passes.
When: Until January 28
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Evita The Musical
Watch as the story of Evita Peron, Argentina’s First Lady, comes to life on the Dubai Opera stage. Musical legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice originally produced the show, which ran for more than 40 years on Broadway and in the West End. Listen out for classics such as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and a host of other hit songs at this epic performance.
When: Until February 3
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED250
Burns Night at Bread Street Kitchen
In celebration of famed poet Robert Burns,
Bread Street Kitchen is hosting a special dinner in celebration of famed poet Robert Burns. For AED130 per person, guests will be treated to a number of Scottish themed pies – the venison and girolle sounds delicious as does the classic fish pie. Complement your pastry of choice with an equally tasty beverage prepared by the venue’s team of mixologists.
When: Thursday, January 25
Where: Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm
Price: From AED130 per person
Comme ça Friday Brunch
As the name suggests, there’s a French theme to this brand new brunch. David Myers’ signature dishes are served direct to your table, so expect grilled king prawns, skirt steak, oxtail tartine, and much more. There’s also a wide variety of house beverages and bubbles to be had.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, Friday
Where: Bleu Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 4 512 5533, website
Brunch à la Marina
Staying true to the concept of brunch, this quaint Parisian eatery offers an à la carte menu that's filled with breakfast favourites such as eggs Benedict, baked duck egg, waffles and even hearty dishes such as truffle pasta. For dessert you can have a sweet crêpe with options including salted butter caramel, Nutella and strawberry jam, all of which are served with a side of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Plus, there’s a social table where you can help yourself to unlimited servings of cereals, cold cuts, breads, cheeses and fresh juices. For an extra AED75 per person, they’ll happily pour you three servings of a mixed beverage.
When: 10am-2pm, every Friday and Saturday
Where: Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina
Price: From AED99
Contact: +971 4 551 1576, website
Family Day at Reform Social & Grill
The British gastropub will be serving up hearty dishes from its Great British BBQ for a whopping six hours. Guests can unwind outdoors (we would) over a glass of something cold, great tunes and equally food which will include the likes of traditional roasts, skewers and the odd steak or two. There’s a bouncy castle for kids as well as face painting and a magician too – that’s the little ones sorted then.
When: 12pm-6pm, Saturday, January 27
Where: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes and The Black Lion, H Hotel
Contact: +971 4 454 2638, firstname.lastname@example.org
Analog Room presents Daylomar ANL
Daylomar is back at Analog Room for an extended set, which will keep you partying all night long. The name has become well known on the London scene through his residency at the city’s notorious Unleash parties, where the rising star has performed alongside the likes of Derrick May, Martin Buttrich and Audiofly.
When: 10pm-3am, Thursday, January 25
Where: Analog Room, The Westin Dubai
Contact: +971 50 883 3172, website
People Like Us: Mathew Jonson (Live) and Yaya
Hand-crafted mixed beverages and white canopies await at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE this weekend, where you can party until the sun goes down. Yaya brings his Afro-influenced, bass-heavy beats, while Mathew Jonson performs a signature live set that’s full of original experimentation. Should be a good one.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, January 26
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website