The weekend is in sight and we’ve never needed it more. It’s time to let loose, and whether that means clubbing, stretching or scoffing, you can do it to your heart’s content in this wonderful city of sun and sand. We’ve rounded up 15 of the best events and activities that will see you through the weekend ahead, so whatever you’re after, we have you covered.
2MANYDJS at BASE World-famous house DJ act 2ManyDJs will be taking to the decks at BASE nightclub in d3 tonight (Thursday January 18). The Belgian double act have lit up the dance scene since the mid ’90s, and along with alter-ego act Soulwax have released five studio albums between 1996 and 2017. If you’re a house fan, you won’t want to miss this. Free. Thu Jan 18, 10pm-3am. d3, www.basedubai.com (055 313 4999).
Alice in Wonderland Love the Lewis Carroll book Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland? Now’s your chance to see it come to life, right here in Dubai. On Friday, 130 Ballet Centre students will take to the stage at DUCTAC theatre to re-enact the take, with proceeds from the show being donated to cancer research. The ballet rendition of the classic story features students aged seven to 20, and combines ballet, tap and modern-style dance. We can’t wait to see Alice throw it down. From Dhs125. Jan 19, 3pm, 6pm. Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org.
Beauty week It’s your last chance to visit Galeries Lafayette’s Beauty Week, where shoppers will be able to try the latest products, take part in competitions and get some top make-up and beauty tips. Free. Jan 11-20. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
Carmen Lynch at The Laughter Factory It’s the last night of The Laughter Factory’s January tour on Friday, which in total will have performed nine shows in nine evenings. Expect raucous laughs from a big name on the US comedy circuit, with support coming from former Scottish Comedian of the Year winner Mark Nelson, and Luke Toulson. Dhs140. Fri Jan 19 only. 7pm, Jumeirah Golf Estates; 9.30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay, www.thelaughterfactory.com
Date Night Couples, head to The Exchange Grill where you’ll get steaks, sauces, sides and a bottle of grape, all for Dhs650. We do love a steak – and a bargain. Dhs650 Per Couple. Fri-Sat 7pm-Midnight. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Dubai Show Jumping Championships Bag front row seats to see top international horses and riders competing in a series of classes worth Dhs2m at The Dubai Show Jumping Championships this weekend. You’ll also get pony rides, bouncy castles, kids’ entertainment, free raffle draws, equine stands, Z7 horse entertainment, Skydive and Police dog shows, food trucks and more. Free entry. Thu & Sat from 9am; Fri 8am. Emirates Equestrian Centre, Dubai-Al Ain Road (050 558 7656).
Enjoy a hearty Italian If you’re an Italian food fanatic then why not try out new arrival Luigia this weekend? One of many new openings at the Rixos Premium Dubai, which is fast becoming a hub for foodies in the area, Luigia is offering up traditional pizza and pasta dishes. Boasting “authentic Italian home cooking”, the opening of Luigia in the city brings the chain’s global total to five – with restaurants across Switzerland. Buon appetito! Open Sun-Thu 5.5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat non-midnight. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 3496950).
Pamper those toes Tired tootsies? We know the feeling. The Spa at Address Boulevard is offering up an experience to revive your fatigued feet, including a foot treatment and back massage. Plus, you’ll get access to all the spa facilities to further relax and unwind after your treatment. Dhs400 (60 minutes). Daily 9am-10pm. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8126).
Rooftop yoga Join a weekly evening yoga class, held high on a rooftop. Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai hosts two classes a week (Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 6.45pm) on the 54th-floor terrace. Dhs80. Sat 5.30pm; Sun 6.45pm. Ongoing. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 4444).
Sabb and Darius Syrossian live at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE Head to this super-trendy Ibiza beach club export on Friday for some big sets by international DJs Sabb, as well as Darius Syrossian. Expect massive basslines, cutting beats and some infectious grooves. Free. Fri 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Sky-high drinks For drinks with a view, head to Weslodge Saloon at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai any night of the week and you’ll get two-for-one drinks from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Sit back and enjoy views from the 68th floor of the world’s tallest hotel. Prices vary. Daily 5.30pm-7.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
Watch the Fireworks Weekends in January mean one thing – fireworks! Celebrate Dubai shopping Festival by checking out the fireworks down at The Beach, opposite JBR on Thursday and Friday. Free. 9.30pm. Jan 18-19 and Jan 25-26. The Beach, opposite JBR, www.thebeach.ae.
“Yi by Yuan”, Atlantis The Palm Every Thursday ladies can get free mixed drinks all evening from a menu that changes weekly, as well as 30 percent off the bill from a specially-curated food menu. So get ready to wolf down some dim sum and bao buns. Bargain. Free. Thu 8.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Ying Yang Twins Performing on Monday at Cirque le Soir for the first time ever, hip-hop duo The Ying Yang Twins will take to the Cirque stage along with the incredible Cirque performers for a night like no other. There will be mayhem, but in the best possible way. Free entry. Mon, doors open 10.30pm. Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
Zero Gravity Time Out Dubai’s Beach Club of the Year’s regular Friday party, Ritual, is headlined on Friday by French house DJ and producer Sébastien Léger. Expect some cracking techno, house, funky tunes and hit singles including Hit Girl, Hypnotized and Aqualight. Head here early to make the most of the day by the pool in the winter sun and partying on the beach, too. Free. Fri-Sat 10am-3am. Near skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).