The weekend's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more
Congratulations, you made it through the week and now it's time to relax and enjoy the many wonders Dubai has to offer, from morning until night. So whether it is parties or peaceful places you're after, we have it covered.
Embrace the world of Van Gogh’s art all around you, literally. This acclaimed art exhibition in d3 will display more than 3,000 images by the Dutch painter on the walls, the ceiling, and even the floor via high-definition projectors. It’s been amazing people all over the world and is finally stopping off in Dubai.
If you love meat, brace yourself. McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah has launched a steak night – and it’s a pretty good deal. Get two prime cut steaks – sirloin or rib-eye and a bottle of grape – for just Dhs250 every Monday night. Ongoing.
Pasta-lovers, get ready. Italian restaurant Barilla – the chain behind all that pasta you can buy, too – will be celebrating Carbonara Day (it’s a thing) with a two for one deal on its carbonara dishes. Bellissimo!
This is an 18th birthday bash you don’t want to miss. Long’s Bar is celebrating 18 years in the business with cheap deals on selected beverages. If those prices won’t make you dance with excitement, the live bands and tunes from the DJ will. From Dhs18.
From acrobatics to fire-breathers, Cirque Le Soir at Fairmont Dubai is one of the freakiest – and most entertaining – nightspots around. If the awe-inspiring shows aren’t enough to keep you coming back, now you can roll up every Friday afternoon for the ultimate after-brunch party, offering an unlimited drinks package. Ongoing.
You wouldn’t want to hold back the next Steven Spielberg from making the biggest movie of the century, would you? Of course not, and neither does Roxy Cinema. Every Tuesday, mums are encouraged to bring their babies to the movies, adapted with dimmed lights and the volume lowered to make sure there are no frights. Expect modern classics such as The Devil Wears Prada. Dhs95. Every Tue, from 10am. The Beach, JBR, The Walk and City Walk, Al Safa Street (800 7699).
A part of a series of outdoors pop-up winter events The Garden, and it will again be hosted on the huge lawn at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa in JBR. Open Tuesday-Thursday, this trendy outdoor bar has live jazz, mixed drinks and a cozy feel representative of its name. Lovely.
Already playing at the biggest venues in the world – including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Royal Albert Hall – this orchestra of talented musicians is finally coming to Dubai Opera to serenade us with classical tunes.
#DXBExperiments is back, this time with The Garden, a pop-up bar on the lawns of Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa. It’s based around a “lush urban oasis”, with plants, trees and herb-based drinks. www.facebook.com/DXBExperiments.
Sometimes an early run through nature is just what you need to invigorate the senses, and the 2XU X-Country run is perfect for this. For the first time in the UAE a series of X-Country runs will take place in and around Mushrif Park, with a range of distances that people can participate in. From the fun 3km run to the more serious half-marathon, each distance follows a unique route to suit the needs of the runner. The entry fee includes an exclusive T-shirt and a medal for finishing your race, too. Get your activewear on, its time to get those legs pumping.
Want to show the world your musical talents? Every star has to start somewhere, and this year’s Short+Sweet Voices talent show could be your ticket to fame. Whether it’s a solo act or a group performance, you have ten minutes to impress the crowd, and win some prizes while you’re at it, too.
The -ing (not a misspelling) Creatives Festival is coming to Dubai Design District (d3). Major artists and players from National Geographic, Disney and Dreamworks will be giving workshops and talks on their success. Do tell.