Top events and a whole host of other things to do in Dubai this weekend
The weather outside is frankly wonderful. Now that the working week is (very nearly) through, it’s time to get ready to hit the town for three days of live music, weekend festivals, new food events, huge parties and more.
Swipe through the gallery above to make this weekend a great one.
Thursday November 16 Beard-Off at Lucky Voice Have you ever fancied winning a modelling contract for your beard? Well then, now is your time to shine. Lucky Voice will be hosting The Beard-Off 2017 on Thursday November 16, where participants can choose exactly how to style their fuzz in an attempt to win big. The champion will get 12 months of free grooming from Chaps & Co, plus a Dhs5,000 Lucky Voice tab and gifts from Monkey Shoulder. Thu Nov 16, 8pm-11pm. Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Birthday celebrations at D&A The British gastropub is turning 20 this month and celebrations are going on all weekend. Party-goers can enjoy live music on the terrace, extended happy hours, a ladies’ night offer and free Best of British canapes. Proceedings kick-off on Thursday November 16 with a seven-hour happy-hour, and conclude on Saturday 18 with live music and the cutting of the cake. Free entry. Nov 16-18 from noon. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 406 8999).
Dubai International Motor Show Calling all petrol heads. The 14th edition of the largest international automotive event across the Middle East has returned at full throttle with more than 600 cars on show from around 150 of the world’s most renowned manufacturers. And you’ll actually be able to ride in them. From Dhs50. Nov 16-17, 11am-11pm; Nov 18, 11am-10pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaimotorshow.com.
Movies under the stars An outdoor screening of The Lord of the Rings trilogy takes place in JBR this weekend as part of its #WOWJBR event, a 24-week celebration of street art, live entertainment and immersive experiences, which began on Thursday November 9. On Thursday November 16 catch The Fellowship of the Ring, followed by The Two Towers on Friday 17 and The Return of the King on Saturday 18. Free. Nov 16-18, 7pm-10pm. Rimal, by the Spanish steps, The Walk, JBR.
Nobu and Locatelli join forces in the kitchen Culinary geniuses Nobu Matsuhisa and Giorgio Locatelli will be cooking up a storm when they take to the kitchen together for one night only on Thursday November 16 for the first time, as part of Atlantis The Palm’s culinary month. The pair’s six-course tasting menu comes in at Dhs550 a head and features Dubai’s favourite ingredient, truffles. Dhs550. Thu Nov 16, 7pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1110).
Friday November 17 Do the Santa Shuffle Ready for Christmas already? The Santa Shuffle is a monster 15-hour tour around three Dubai bars taking place on Friday November 17. It all kicks off at Jekyll & Hyde, where you get five vouchers that can be redeemed for drinks or a bacon and egg butty and ends at Mr Miyagi’s. And you get a free Santa outfit when you buy your package. Dhs499. Fri Nov 17, 11am-2am. Various locations including Jekyll & Hyde, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 343 5518); firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dubai Fitness Challenge Closing Ceremony The 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge draws to a close this weekend, and to celebrate, Dubai Festival City is hosting a huge closing ceremony, including fitness sessions with undefeated heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua. The action packed schedule also includes dragon boat racing and even sunset yoga on the Festival Bay Helipad. Free. Fri Nov 17, 1pm-9pm; Sat Nov 18, 1pm-7pm. Dubai Festival City Mall, www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
J-Lo at Autism Rocks Jenny From The Block, J-Lo, whatever you want to call her, Jennifer Lopez is in Dubai this week. The US mega star will be playing the Autism Rocks Arena on Friday November 17. She’ll be putting on a massive fiesta, so expect classics like On The Floor and Love Don’t Cost a Thing. From Dhs345. Fri Nov 17. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.800tickets.com.
Outdoor activities at JA Hatta Fort Hotel With the 30-day fitness challenge coming to an end this weekend, what better way to celebrate your dedication and new-found drive than with a jaunt along to Hatta and a day of fun activities in the open air? On Friday November 17, for 30 minutes each, you can enjoy archery, mini golf and a target driving range, for free. You can also get involved with mountain biking across the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre and a delicious barbecue lunch at the rock pool. Free (activities), Dhs175 (lunch, adults), Dhs90 (lunch, kids). Fri Nov 17. JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta (04 809 9333).
Red Bull Car Park Drift Final at City Walk See the regions most talented drifters at City Walk on Friday November 17, where they’ll battle it out around a course designed to push them to their limits. The judging criteria will be based on how well the drivers continuously drift through two sections around boxes and gates, before they take on the infamous pendulum. Free. Fri Nov 17, from 2pm. Green Planet Parking area, City Walk, Al Safa Street, www.redbull.com/cpd.
Six-hour brunch at McGettigans JLT McGettigan’s JLT turns seven on Friday November 17, and to celebrate, the bar is hosting a six-hour bumper brunch. Dig into salads, seafood and a carving station with roast beef and more. Plus, there will be sets from seven local music acts and Dhs7,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. Dhs249. Fri noon-6pm. Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).
Saturday November 18 Colour your appetite at Molecule This Saturday November 18, Emirati Entrepreneur Fatima Al Shirawi, owner of the lifestyle brand The Gracious F, will be hosting an experiential dining in partnership with celebrity Michelin starred chef Udo Moreau of Molecule restaurant. The three-course menu and experiential drinks will be a combination of the four colour groups that we all fall under, identified as Morninglight, Dreamlight, Firelight and Starlight. Dhs200. Sat Nov 18, 8pm. Ground Floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District (04 254 4700).