10 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
You did it, you made it to the weekend. It's been a long five days, but you're finally there. Come six o' lock, you'll be a free bird. And to help you fly into the weekend, we've shortlisted 10 great activities that will hopefully ensure that the flight is nothing but smooth.
Dubai Sports World
With summer well and truly here, it’s tough to go out for any physical sporting activity without turning back around to bask in the A/C at home. Here’s an alternative before we all get too lazy and blame the heat, Dubai Sports World is offering an indoor and air-conditioned venue for three-months for everyone who enjoys playing sports. From football to badminton, you can book a pitch or a court with your mates regardless of your skill level. If you’re not quite a team player, you can always pop in and go for a run on the free running track or even have a go on the Ninja Warrior Obstacle course.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: Until September 8
Price: Free entry
Contact: +971 4 306 4000, website
Trampolining might not come top of most lists of manly pursuits, but you’ll certainly get a full workout. The dodgeball sessions are great for settling old scores with friends, while the X-Park parkour course will test test your agility and mental strength.
Where: Building 32, 4B Street, Al Quoz
Contact: +971 4 321 1400, website
The double story park is home to three great virtual experiences; Dubai Drone, Ape X and John Wick Chronicles. Our favourite being "Dubai Drone". Set in 2050, the ride is based around a taxi journey in the sky. The only issue is, the sky is full of traffic and your taxi spins out of control – great fun.
Where: The Dubai Mall, Level 2
Price: From AED 45
Contact: +971 4 448 8483, website
There’s a sweet (and savoury) challenge taking place at Eggspectation this July. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Canadian restaurant is challenging guests to take on its 25-stack – one for each year they’ve been going, obviously – of pancakes. Take the tower down in 25 minutes or less and you’ll get a voucher for a discount on your next meal. If you fail, then you hand over AED98. To make it slightly easier, you can take three friends with
you to help out. Just be sure to go hungry.
When: Until July 31
Where: Eggspectation, JBR and City Walk
Contact: +9714 430 7252 (JBR) and +9714 240 6877 (City Walk), website
Thursday nights are for the gents at Oeno now. Between 8pm and 11pm, you can grab an all-inclusive offer for AED249 that gives you free-flow food and hops to really kick the weekend off in style. Not to be left out, ladies can help themselves to three complimentary drinks on the night or enjoy the happy hour between 11pm and close.
When: 8pm-11pm, Every Thursday
Where: Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Contact: +971 4 511 7139, website
Friday Lebanese Lunch
The popular upmarket Lebanese restaurant with snap worthy beach views has launched a new Friday lunch menu. Not only can you enjoy the delights from the live cooking stations, but you can also take in the Lebanese music and live entertainment. It’s AED237 and runs 1pm to 4pm.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Khaymat Al Bahar, Jumeirah Al Qasr
Contact: +9714 366 6730, website
Le Méridien’s fittingly named sparkling brunch serves up cuisines from all over the world, including Arabic, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, British, Italian, French and more. However, the live entertainment is what makes this night brunch dazzle its customers. Experience it all from the comfort of your seat with show-stopping acrobats and talented musicians. It's a delightful treat for the whole family or a bunch of your friends.
When: Sunday, 7pm-10:30pm
Where: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Price: AED265 with soft drinks; AED400 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 511 7373, website
Not only does this place have a fine selection of craft hops on offer – with guest beverages changing regularly – a brilliant brunch to indulge in and a superb 2-4-1 happy hour, it also has pool and an air hockey table to really test out your reflexes.
Where: Armada Hotel, JLT
Contact: +971 4 399 9577, website
Anantara, The Palm Dubai
For a staycation that manages to give the illusion that you’re in a completely different place in the world, then you need to head to Anantara. The luxury destination on the Palm Jumeirah is home to some of the most idyllic and picturesque accommodation across the emirate. It's home to a number of culinary gems and bars as well as a state of the art spa and pool. You can even go on a tranquil longtail boat ride around the crystal clear waters.
Where: The Palm
Contact: +971 4 567 8888, website
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