15 brilliant things to do in Dubai this long weekend
Make the most of the extra day off with gigs, brunches and festive treats
Time Out Dubai staff
Tis nearly the season to be jolly, and with UAE National Day being celebrated this weekend, there’s an extra day with which to top up your jolliness. From Take That’s return to the UAE, to spectacular fireworks at La Mer, you’re bound to find something amazing to do over the next few days. Swipe through the gallery above to find your weekend plans.
WEDNESDAY 29 Meet a celebrity chef Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, will be heading to his Dubai Marina restaurant The Scene to host a festive meet and greet today (Wednesday November 29) from 6pm to 10pm. Book in advance or reserve a spot to chat cooking with the British chef. Free. Wed Nov 29, 6pm-10pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
Take That at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre World-famous boyband Take That are playing at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre tonight (Wednesday November 29) due to the dry night on Thursday November 30. Don’t miss what promises to be a great show. From Dhs350. Wed Nov 29, 7pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.800tickets.com.
KYGO live If you’re in the mood for a midweek DJ set, head to Burj Park for KYGO, the electronic dance music superstar. It’s the first UAE gig for KYGO, and it’s been rescheduled from Thursday November 30 to tonight (Wednesday November 29) due to the dry night. From Dhs395. 6pm-1am. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, www.platinumlist.net.
THURSDAY 30 7Elephants lays on a special menu The DIFC bar and restaurant is putting on a special National Day menu. Middle Eastern limited-edition dishes include lamb kebabs, beetroot hummus and The National Salad, made with kale, quinoa, cherry tomatoes and dates. Prices vary. Thu Nov 30 to Thu Dec 7, noon-2am. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 354 4354).
Dhs1 Coffee! Tub Of Butter is celebrating its first birthday by giving you coffee for just Dhs1 on Wednesday November 29 and Thursday November 30, saving you Dhs19 on the regular price. There will be other surprises and treats for those who stop in, too. Dhs1. Nov 29-30. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.tubofbutter.com (04 343 8884).
Last-chance tea Enjoy a fashion-inspired afternoon tea at Fairmont The Palm, which comes with a copy of Megan Hess’ book, Paris Through a Fashion Eye. Dhs210 (including a copy of the book). Daily noon-6pm. Until Nov 30. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Rugby 7s returns The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s is back, so don your best fancy dress and cheer on the teams. Today is free, too. Free (Thu Nov 30), from Dhs300 (Fri Dec 1 and Sat Dec 2). Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dubairugby7s.com (04 321 0008).
FRIDAY DECEMBER 1 Wild wadi deal Enjoy a special National Day exclusive offer from Wild Wadi. Pay just Dhs195 and you’ll get entry, plus a free meal. Dhs195. Dec 1-3, 10am-5.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.wildwadi.com.
Sign up to be a Spartan Sporty women – listen up. The first-ever ladies-only Spartan race in the region is taking place later this month, on Saturday December 16. The XDubai Spartan Race presented by Dubai Holding, will take place at Jebel Ali Racecourse and is open to women only. There are only 1,000 spaces available, though, so you better sign up fast. The race will be run over 5km and comprises more than 20 obstacles (think fire, barbed wire, mud et al) and is expected to attract women from all around the region. It’s open to any ladies aged 15 or older, and the first heat of the day will kick off at 9am. Think you’re tough enough? Sign up before you lose your nerve. Dhs294. Sat Dec 16 . Jebel Ali Racecourse, www.spartanarabia.com.
Free yoga Spurred on by the Dubai Fitness Challenge? Head to Marina Mall promenade every Friday throughout winter to take advantage of the free yoga classes. Led by Lululemon’s yoga experts, you can kick-start your weekend with a free session at 8.30am. Mats are provided and everyone is welcome, seasoned yogi or not. Free. Fri 8.30am. Ongoing. Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020).
Loca’s one-off night brunch Head to Loca this Friday for a one-off night brunch taking place at both of the restaurant’s locations. Kicking off at 6.30pm and running until 10.30pm, you can get your hands on a whole bunch of top Mexican grub, unlimited Mexican mixed drinks and house beverages, all for Dhs270 per person. There’s also be a live band and DJ to keep you company all night long. Dhs270. Fri Dec 1 6.30pm-10.30pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 449 4455). Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
SATURDAY 2 Celebrate National Day There will be events across the city this weekend to celebrate the 46th National Day. Head to Dubai Festival City Mall on Saturday December 2 from 1.30pm until 11.15pm, where events will include fireworks and a flypast by Al Fursan. Free. Sat Nov 2, 1.30pm-11.15pm. Dubai Festival City, www.festivalcentre.com.
Celebrate with Rüya Turkish restaurant Rüya has created a special National Day dessert – baklava with camel milk ice cream. Dhs50. Sat Dec 2, 6pm-midnight. Grosevenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).
Winter market There’s a special National Day-themed winter market at The St. Regis Dubai, where the hotel’s garden will be transformed into a UAE celebration. There will be pop-up stalls, live entertainment and more. Free. Nov 29-Dec 2, 3pm-11pm. Al Habtoor City (04 435 5555).
See some national day fireworks Head to La Mer in Jumeirah 1 on Friday December 1 to see the sky light up with a spectacular display of firewarks. And if you miss the display, you have another chance to catch them today (Saturday December 2) over at The Beach, opposite JBR. Free. Dec 1, 9.30pm. La Mer, Jumeirah 1; Dec 2, 9.30pm. The Beach, opposite JBR.