We’ve rounded up the best ways to spend your weekend in Dubai, from spa days to the circus
The first full week back at work is a tough one, but congratulations, we’re teetering on the edge of the weekend – and it looks like a good one. With everything from chilling out with a massage to letting loose at a DJ event, we’ve got you covered, whatever exertion level you plan to hit.
BASE Tomorrow (Thursday January 11), international house DJ and producer Tiga is getting behind the decks. Having mixed tracks with artists including Moby, Depeche Mode and even the Scissor Sisters, expect an eclectic night. Tiga is followed by Harlem hip-hop artists A$AP Ferg on Friday (January 12) who is known for his recent collaborations with Nicki Minaj. Open Thu-Fri 10pm-3am. Dubai Design District, www.basedubai.com (055 313 4999).
BBQ Under The Stars at Dokuz Head to this new night out at the rooftop bar and restaurant at Fairmont Dubai. Turkish food and drinks are included and you can enjoy the live music and cracking views of Downtown Dubai. Dhs120 per person (soft drinks), Dhs160 per person (Turkish hops), Dhs230 for two (soft drinks), Dhs299 for two (Turkish hops). Wed-Fri 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Blue Marlin The SoHaSo (something happening somewhere) Showcase will be taking over the golden sands of Ghantoot, with talented duo Nuno Dos Santos and electronic dance guru Love Over Entropy spinning the decks this Friday. Free entry. Fri Jan 12, 19, 26, 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Buy One, Get One Free at Jekyll and Hyde Buy one beverage and get another one absolutely free all day every day at Jekyll and Hyde. The offer is available on all house beverages including grape and hops and grains. Open daily 8am-2am. Level M, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai (04 343 5518).
Horseracing Carnival kicks off The Dubai World Cup Carnival series, culminating in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 31, starts tonight at Meydan Racecourse. Expect some top racehorses and exciting races. Free (general admission). Thu 6.30pm. Until Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com.
Charl Chaka at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE The beach club is hosting this long-term resident Dubai DJ for its Saturday brunch. Expect smooth tunes and heady beats. From Dhs295. Sat 1pm-4pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Chill out time It’s time to Relax and Rewind. The 60-minute massage is designed to calm, and it’s great for friends, as you’ll both get afternoon tea at Fairmont The Palm’s Mashrabiya Lounge, too. Dhs450 (per person). Open daily 9am-10pm. Ongoing. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3545).
Cirque is in town Don’t miss your chance to see the new Cirque du Soleil show Toruk – The First Flight, which is in town this week. Pitched as a “riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score”, this Avatar-themed show is on at Dubai World Trade Centre until Wednesday January 17. Book now. From Dhs295. Timings vary. Until Jan 17. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.tixbox.com.
Have a laugh New York funny woman Carmen Lynch will be leading a top bill for one of The Laughter Factory’s most ambitious tours yet – eight gigs in eight days. It starts tomorrow night at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach at 9pm. Joining Lynch on the tour is Mark Nelson and Luke Toulson, so get ready for some belly laughs. Dhs140. Jan 11-19. Various locations, www.thelaughterfactory.com.
Jazz Lunch at Galvin Dubai Head to Galvin Dubai at city walk for a live jazz performance from Jad & the band every Friday from 1pm onwards. Eat from the à la carte menu, and there’s a drinks package for dhs220 from noon to 4pm. Dhs220. Fri 1pm-4pm. Galvin Dubai, The Square, City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5444).
Lazy Lunch at Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar The Saturday Lazy Lunch at Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar now includes complimentary beach and pool access with the house beverages package. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear. Dhs380 (House Beverages). Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
McGettigan’s Annual Comedyfest Chances are after the New Year you might be feeling a bit fat, miserable and skint. Luckily McGettigan’s can provide you with belly-busting laughs at their eighth annual comedyfest. The festival will see comedians from across Ireland take to the stage at The Baggot in McGettigans JLT, to try and cheer up your wretched face. The festival will run on Thursday and Friday and will be headlined by Fred Cooke, Barry Murphy, Karl Spain and Eric Lalor. Dhs50 (including a free drink or burger). Jan 11-12, doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).
MEEN On Friday, Scarlet Cardinal is bringing MEEN band, one of the most famous Lebanese rock bands, to the stage for a live show. MEEN was founded by Fouad and Toni Yammine in 2006 and is best known for its humorous style, and most notably for performing in native Lebanese, adding a twist and a bit of flare to traditional rock music. Dhs100. Fri Jan 10, 9pm. Scarlett Cardinal, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (050 423 1823).
Motorbike Festival The Dubai Motorbike Festival roars into town this Friday (January 12) showcasing the release of the industry’s 2018 product lines, while hosting a Motorbike Stunt Battle and crowning one fearless rider the Stunt Battle King. Dhs30 (per day), Dhs40 (weekend pass), free (children under 12). Fri Jan 12, 10am-10pm; Sat Jan 13 10am-9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dxbmotorbikefestival.com.
Shop and then stay at Rixos What better way to unwind after a day of retail exertion than with a relaxing stay? Rixos The Palm Dubai is offering visitors an exclusive package during the shopping festival that includes complimentary buffet breakfast, complimentary room upgrade on arrival and 20 percent off on all treatments at Anjana Spa. Prices vary. Until Jan 21. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
Straight Outta Que at Q43 This Friday sees DJ Keza mixes R&B, hip-hop and old-school classics from 10pm. Happy hour runs from 5pm to 8pm, with two-for-one on drinks and games of pool – so round up your mates and get ready for a night hitting the tables and listening to some classy tunes. Free. Fri 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5404).
Taco Time At Loca 2.0 Loca 2.0 has opened a new Taco Room. Head over to indulge in three hours of unlimited make-your-own tacos, Loca’s famous table-side made guacamole and Mexican mixed drinks, all for Dhs149. Dhs149 (Mexican mixed drinks), Dhs199 (Mexican mixed drinks and hops). Open daily noon-midnight. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 449 4455).
Weekend Turkish Brekkie Start the day in style with a full brekkie at Günaydın Dubai. The Turkish restaurant is now offering up a special weekend breakfast with dishes including authentic Turkish staples and a handcrafted selection of oven-fresh breads and unlimited Turkish tea. That’ll fill you up ahead of a Dubai Mall trip… Dhs98. Fri-Sat 8.30am-noon. Ongoing. Souk Al Bahar (04 554 0700).