10 things to do in Dubai this weekend
For AED75, you and three members of the family will be treated to a kite experience like no other. Watch as team from across India battle it out with their high-flying devices whilst unwinding over a moreish meals from one of the many food trucks at hand. The sky is going to be full of colour, so make sure to bring a camera. There will be special kite workshops too.
When: 10am-5pm, Friday, February 2
Where: Dubai Outlet Mall
Price: AED75 for families of four, AED35 per person or for kids under the age of six
Live on the Lake presents Remix 92
Remember the song "C’est La Vie"? "No Limits"? "S Club Party"? Well, it’s time to reconnect with your ’90s/noughties roots and head over to the Irish Village this weekend, where there’s a line-up of retro stars just waiting to take you back down to nostalgia town. Irish girl group B*Witched will headline the event, alongside SC3 (the members left from the hit band S Club 7), 2 Unlimited, Liberty X, and many more. DJs Tim Cheddar and Rich from Dubai 92 will also be there, blasting out nothing but ’90s classics. Get your denim jackets and scrunchies at the ready – it’s going to be a big one.
When: 9pm-12am, Friday, February 2
Where: The Irish Village, Dubai
Price: From AED225
Ironman 70.3 Dubai 2018
You’re probably not taking part in the event, but you can at least cheer on the folks that are undertaking a 3.86km swim, 180.25km bike ride and 42.16km marathon run. Perhaps you’ll get inspired to take part next year! Maybe.
When: Friday, February 2
Where: Jumeirah Beach Running Track
El Chiringuito by Night
Taking advantage of the cooler climes, El Chiringuitohas just launched its brand new “By Night” event that will see its guests unwind in utmost style and comfort on the venue’s newly built beach terrace. Laid back tunes set the mood while the stars, candlelight and city lights set the scene. There’s food too. Overseen by head chef Jèrome Palayer, the night’s menu includes a number of delicious meat cuts like the roasted sucking lamb shoulder, lamb chops and Black Angus filet mignon. Veggies options include the moreish Italian burrata and the venue’s signature fattoush salad.
When: From 8pm, every Wednesday and Thursday
Where: El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm
Contact: +971 54 449 6464, website
The Ripe Market at Zabeel Park
Ripe is already a bit of an institution among foodies and craft hunters in the UAE. It aims to support local businesses – from farmers to jewellery designers – with markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that also offer hours of mooching opportunities. Where else do organic fruit, raw honey, kimonos and clutch bags sit side by side quite so effortlessly?
When: 9am-4pm, Friday, January 26
Where: Zabeel Park
Come the end of February, Nobu will be launching a brand-new brunch that’s bound to have fans flocking in from across the emirates. The Japanese restaurant is launching The World of Nobu, a culinary experience unlike no other. It’ll be stacked with dishes from 10 different countries, a live DJ, Japanese drummers, violinist and saxophonist. Once per month, Chef Herve will randomly release 1kg of caviar from Le Maison Nordic for diners to enjoy. Oh, and if you’re a loyal bruncher here, you can earn discounts, complimentary beverages and a signed Nobu cookbook.
When: Friday, 12pm-3pm
Where: Atlantis The Palm
Price: AED395 (soft drinks), AED585 (house beverages), AED650 (bubbles)
Contact: +971 4 426 2626, website
Dubai’s latest nightlife spot has a Balearic brunch and after party. Taking its name from the famous Ibiza club, the Café Mambo brunch is on between 1pm and 5pm, and goes on right into the night with an after party of epic proportions. On the food side of things, you can help yourself to Mediterranean dishes such as crayfish eggs Benedict, wagyu burgers and much more.
When: Friday, 1pm-5pm
Where: Soho Garden, Meydan
Price: AED450 (house beverages), AED550 (house beverages and bubbles), AED650 (premium beverages), AED750 (premium beverages and bubbles)
Contact: +971 56 822 2559, website
Back in Dubai for a second edition is this awesome alternative Arabic music festival. On the line-up are the likes of Egyptian rock group Cairokee, Bahrain’s progressive fusion-folk band Majaz, Jordanian indie outfit Autostrad, and the Algerian gnawa group Gnawa Diffusion. Overall, it’ll be an eclectic mix of genres from rock, folk and jazz to electronica, funk and reggae. Tickets are AED245 online and AED295 at the door. It runs from 2pm until 1.30am.
When: Friday, February 2
Where: Dubai Design District
Price: From AED245
The BPM Festival featuring Stacey Pullen and Jesse Calosso
This is the first of three events in The BPM Festival: Dubai Residency at Base series. It kicks off with Detroit techno heavyweight Stacey Pullen, who has played at the BPM festival every year since it started. He’s taking to the decks alongside New York house music producer and DJ, Jesse Calosso.
When: 10pm-4am, Thursday, February 1
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Decibel with Stranger
Independent club night specialists Decibel are hosting Stranger, said to be one of Rotterdam’s “best-kept secrets” in techno. The DJ/producer, who has been working on his own Self Reflektion label in the background, can be found on the line-ups of some of the biggest clubs and events in techno.
When: 10pm-3am, Thursday, February 1
Where: On42, Media One Hotel, Dubai
Contact: +971 55 656 6554, website