Yacht party, beach party, ladies' night, live music. Whatever you want to do this weekend, we've got you covered
Time Out Dubai staff
Are you ready for the weekend? We’ve got your Thursday, Friday and Saturday night plans sorted. Swipe through the gallery above to find the events taking place in Dubai this weekend that you won’t want to miss…
Big Bite Out at Jumeirah Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah is hosting a huge night brunch tonight (Thursday October 5) to kick off Jumeirah Restaurant Week, which runs until Friday October 13. Madinat Jumeirah’s Big Bite Out launches a week of massive menu offers spanning restaurants and bars across the resort, including Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and Jumeirah Al Naseem hotels. For Dhs395, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks and dishes at 14 outlets, including steak and s’mores at The Hide, a crudo bar at Rockfish, duck pancakes at Zheng He’s, plus a spot of piñata-bashing at Tortuga. Summersalt, Pai Thai, Segreto, Pierchic and Khaymat Al Bahar will also be taking part, with some secret experiences lined up. Dhs395. Thu Oct 5, 7pm-11pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com/bigbiteout.
Disco Tapas Brunch This new offering from Les Cuisines is serving up a range of tapas-style bites including tempura vegetables and mini pizzas, as well as barbecue and pasta stations, all set to disco tunes. Dhs119 (soft drinks), Dhs190 (house beverages), Dhs290 (bubbly). Thu 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Les Cuisines, Sofitel Dubai Downtown (04 503 6111).
Fashion Hits Home at YAS Mall Domesticated followers of fashion will feel right at home at Yas Mall this weekend. The sprawling shopping complex has brought some of the best interior design minds on the planet to the capital for the five-day Fashion Hits Home event, which runs until Saturday October 7. Interior design help will be on hand from a host of experts, including lifestyle gurus and British TV favourites Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan. Free. Oct 3-7, 10am-10pm. Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmall.ae.
New Thursday night Ladies’ Night at Yuan Yi by Yuan is a brand-new ladies’ night from the Chinese hotspot at Atlantis The Palm. It takes place from 8.30pm until 11pm, when ladies get free mixed drinks, as well as 30 percent off a special Yuan menu. Thu 8.30pm-11pm. Yuan, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Boulevard One Festive Boutique fashion exhibition Fashion and events company Boulevard One are set to showcase more than 50 top Pakistani, Indian and international fashion designers during a two-day exhibition this weekend at the Royal Ballroom in the Palace Downtown Dubai. The exhibition will answer all your fashion needs, including luxury wear, jewellery, home, handbags and shoes. Get ready to strike a pose. Fri 3pm-10pm, Sat 10am-7pm. The Royal Ballroom, Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, www.boulevardone.com.
DJ MK at Zero Gravity The club is launching its new Friday festival on October 6 with international DJ MK taking to the stage. The weekly festival, called Ritual, promises to “awaken all your senses” and includes garden interactive zones such as infinity mirror walls, aroma tee pees and flavoured edible bubbles that you can discover before hitting the dancefloor, with a different international DJ each week. The festival kicks off with American DJ MK, whose remix of My Head is a Jungle among others has made him an international success on the club scene. Free for ladies all night, Dhs100 for gents. Fri Oct 6, 10am-3am. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Dream Theater Legendary rockers Dream Theater are heading to town, with Dubai set to experience arguably its biggest night of rock this year. The classic prog rockers launched their debut album Images, Words & Beyond 25 years ago, and are embarking on a massive tour to celebrate the anniversary. With tracks including Pull Me Under, and Another Day still drawing in sold out crowds a quarter of a century after its first release, combined with a spectacular light and visual show, a big night is in store when the band arrives in town tomorrow at The Dome in Dubai Sports City. Fri Oct 6, 7pm. The Dome, Dubai Sports City, www.bandsintown.com.
Dubai Vine Week at Lucky Voice Customers get a two-for-one deal on all bottles of grape this weekend as part of Dubai Vine Week and between 2pm and 4pm, you can pay for a glass of grape using only a grape bottle cork. Patrons are limited to one cork per person, per day. Prices vary. Daily 4pm-3pm. Until Oct 7. Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Groove on the grass The music and arts festival kicks off on Friday October 6 at Emirates Golf Club, bringing us live music from the likes of Jacques Greene, DJ Tennis, Nightmares on Wax and headliner Nicolas Jaar. From Dhs150. Fri Oct 6, 5pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates, Emirates Living, www.facebook.com/GrooveOnTheGrass.
Jumeirah Restaurant Week If you can’t make the Big Bite Out, you have a whole seven days afterwards to take advantage of Jumeirah Restaurant Week. A total of 40 restaurants and bars at Jumeirah Group properties across the city put on three-course menus at set prices, ranging from Dhs95 to Dhs350. Participating restaurants include Zheng He’s, The Hide and Rockfish. For bookings and more information, visit www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017.
La Cala Brunch Beach Club La Cala has relaunched its brunch for the winter. Expect beach bites and pizzas, plus music from live DJs. Dhs199 (house beverages), Dhs499 (sparkling grape). Fri noon-9pm (three-hour package). Ghantoot Marina (050 151 8407).
Narcosia This promises to be one of the biggest bashes this weekend. This is the first yacht gathering party, without the exclusivity of having to own your own liner. Indeed, if you’re boatless but fancy getting your hands on the rudder for the day, tailored packages are available for you and your mates to have your own private vessel. Packages for the day include the boat itself, food, drinks, inflatable fun, towels and, of course, brilliant music from DJs playing off the shores. Dhs490 (regular package), Dhs780 (premium). Fri Oct 6 2.30pm-7pm. Dubai Marina, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/Narcosiadxb (050 822 5554).
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest has arrived in Dubai, and that means the most exuberant, fun-loving and musical German hops festival is upon us. There are plenty of places you can get into the German party spirit, including Brothas Bakery, where you’ll find schnitzel, bratwurst and lebkuchen (German gingerbread) and packages of hops, plus, take part in stein-holding competitions, eating contests and more. The weekend brunch on Friday and Saturday will carry the theme between noon and 4pm, with packages costing Dhs195 for soft drinks, Dhs350 for hops and Dhs400 including German herb beverage. Prices vary. Daily noon-midnight. Until Oct 31. Brothas Bakery, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 369 0000).
R3HAB at Destination Dawn The 12-hour beach party is back at Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island, featuring some awesome headline acts throughout the night. DJ and producer R3HAB headlines, with support from Bassjackers and trio Swanky Tunes, among others. It’s promising to be a massive night in RAK, which runs from 5pm until 5am and will feature food trucks, beverages and chill-out zones. Coaches from Dubai leave Dubai between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, and return from RAK between 2am and 5am on Saturday. From Dhs150. Fri Oct 5, 5pm-5am. Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.destinationdawn.com.
Room 108 Cigar Lounge This brand-new malt beverage and cigar spot has opened up at Majestic Hotel Tower in Bur Dubai. It’s small, but don’t let that fool you, this place is cool, suave, sophisticated, and super-affordable. It has multiple humidors, décor like an old-time, classy London gentleman’s club and videos of authentic Cuban cigar manufacturing plants. It’s easy to lose track of time here. Open daily noon-3am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
SoundOpia Full Moon Festival The desert shindig is making its return this weekend for a massive 24-hour party. The music and art festival will feature non-stop tunes, activities and fun throughout, and claims to be like a Middle Eastern version of the Burning Man festival (think blasting techno, deep house and robotic dance). There will be two stages and more than 20 artists at the event at Badu Land, including international DJs Zanon and Virtual Light. It kicks off at 6pm on Friday October 6 and comes to a close at 6pm on Saturday October 7. From Dhs150. Fri Oct 5, 6pm until Sat Oct 6, 6pm. Badu Land, Umm Al Quwain, www.facebook.com/SoundOpiaFestivals.
Soul Jam The jazz, soul and R&B festival takes place tonight at The Irish Village. At the top of the bill this year sits Alexander O’Neal, the ’80s soul sensation with arguably his biggest hit Criticize recently re-entering the UK single charts 30 years after its release. The line-up also includes British funk and soul sensation Omar, ’80s soul singing sensation, Jackie Graham, and fellow ’80s star Mica Paris. Dhs175. Thu Oct 5 from 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.800tickets.com.
JW Marriott Hotel Dubai 12-hour brunch The hotel’s noon-til-midnight brunch bonanza kicked off back in July, and now you can add pool access to what Marriott claims is “the longest brunch in the UAE”. Take your time, stay for the day and go for a dip with complimentary pool access chucked in on top of your day-long brunch access. Dhs399 (soft drinks), Dhs499 (house beverages). Sat noon-midnight. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 262 4444).