The weekend is almost upon us and this week’s round-up of things to do is an absolute beast. There are all sorts of cultural things going on at Art Dubai, with top names including Rag‘n’Bone Man, American rapper T.I. and Judge Jules descending on the city to whip the party crowd into a frenzy. We are spoilt for choice, and we imagine you will be too. See below for the best ways to celebrate your days off in this wondrous city. It’s going to be a good one.
Al Bayt Easter Afternoon Tea Buffet Palatial Arabesque décor, inspiring views of Burj Lake and The Dubai Fountain, a top spread and melodies played by a live harpist and violinist. This is how we celebrate spring in Dubai. Dhs170. Until Mon Apr 2, 2pm-6pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai - Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Art Dubai Art Dubai returns for its fifth year, featuring a record 104 galleries from 47 countries making the fair the largest and most globally diverse to date. Alongside 77 returning galleries, the fair will welcome 27 first-time exhibitors from around the world. From Dhs60 (day ticket, from Dhs90 (on the door), from Dhs100 (three-day ticket). Wed Mar 21-23. Fort Island, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.artdubai.ae, www.800tickets.com.
Art Tour Hosted by artist Dina Sami, this tour will get you in touch with Dubai’s cultural side with its hidden gems. Free. Sat Mar 24 and Sat Mar 31, 10am-1pm. Rove Trade Centre, Al Jafiliya, www.rovehotels.com.
Brekkie at McGettigan’s Weekends at McGettigan’s JBR is now serving the most important meal of the day, including a classic fry-up. From Dhs36. Sat Mar 24, 12.30pm-3pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2580).
Brunch discounts Looking for brunch in Dubai? Of course you are, it’s Dubai. The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites has launched huge discounts on two of its Friday brunches – Sky High Brunch at Observatory and Brunch Nation at The Croft. Tuck in. The Observatory: Dhs300 (house beverages); The Croft: Dhs250 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Until Mon April 30, 2018. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Burj Khalifa laser show at Via Veneto Prepare to be dazzled by Dubai’s record-breaking light show at the Burj Khalifa as you dine on a traditional three-course meal at Via Veneto. From the tasty Italian cuisine to the jaw-dropping effects of the laser show, you won’t know where to look. We suggest the laser show, as it ends on Saturday March 31. Dhs99. Tue, Wed and Sat from 7.30pm; Thu and Fri from 9.30pm. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 242 7882).
Candypants ladies’ day at The Penthouse Famous party brand Candypants now hosts a weekly pool party on the Palm, where ladies can get unlimited packages. Two pools, music, fun, and even boutique fashion brands on hand if you fancy a bit of impromptu shopping. From Dhs149 (ladies), Dhs249 minimum spend (gents). Sat Mar 24, noon-5pm. Ongoing. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (050 900 4868).
Celebrate 30 years with Emirates Golf Club To celebrate 30 years of golf, Emirates Golf Club is offering Dhs30 deals on a range of facilities, such as four-ball golf where the fourth player plays for just Dhs30, along with slashed prices at Spike Bar on selected beverages. There’s no better time to play a round. Prices vary. Until Sat March 31. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9999).
Dine with a multi-million dollar balloon dog Dine in the presence of a massive balloon dog at La Petite Maison. From tonight until Saturday March 24, the restaurant will become home to a collection of innovative sculptures and paintings from contemporary art masters Jeff Koons and Eduardo Guelfenbein, including a balloon swan, rabbit, and a monkey, not forgetting the massive dog that sold for $58.4 million at auction. Thu Mar 15-Sat Mar 24. La Petite Maison, DIFC (04 439 0505).
Earth Hour at Conrad Dubai Conrad Dubai is putting on a three-course candlelit dinner to celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday. We love the Earth and we love dinner, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer, really. Dhs175. Sat Mar 24, 7pm-11pm. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).
Free entry to watch the polo action at Dubai Challenge Cup 2018 Returning for the third year in a row, this tournament is brimming with thrilling matches and entertainment for the whole family. The 18-goal tournament (which makes it one of the highest handicaps in the region) will see society turn out in force, while cheerleaders will be on hand to warm up the crowd. Free. 1pm-8pm. Until Fri Mar 23. Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, off Emirates Road (04 435 4444).
Get your grill on at Key West After a week of hard work, there is not much that can beat a good ol’ chill and grill at one of the most relaxing beach resorts in Dubai, Nikki Beach. The Key West Chill & Grill is the perfect way to kick-start your weekend, with dishes priced from Dhs20 and an all-you-can-eat option for Dhs350 for those who can’t get enough of the perfect blend of Floridian and Caribbean cuisine. Scrumptious. From Dhs20, Dhs350 (all you can eat). Daily 6pm-11pm. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah (04 376 6000).
Half Price Steak To mark one year of business, DXB Grill is dishing out an incredible deal on all of its signature cuisines, from seafood to steak. The offer is available on Thursday March 22, with diners able to indulge in a selection of gourmet steaks and delicious seafood. The birthday celebrations are from 7pm-midnight, so get booking those tables. Prices vary. Thu Mar 22, 7pm-midnight. Millennium Airport Hotel, Casablanca Street, Al Garhoud (04 702 8783).
Judge Jules live at Zero Gravity It’s party season at Zero Gravity, with huge acts like Fatboy Slim still to come. Top house DJ Judge Jules is here tonight, with support from Freemasons. Free entry before 8pm. Fri Mar 23. Dhs150 (gents) thereafter. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Lock, Stock & Barrel Birthday Bash Dubai party bar Lock, Stock & Barrel is celebrating its second birthday – and it's going to be a big one. Six-strong band Pop Gunn will return with a bang to the Barsha Heights nightlife spot on Friday and there’ll be two-for-one beverages on offer until 8pm. What's not to love? From 4pm onwards, Fri March 23. Lock, Stock & Barrel, 8th Floor, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, lsbdubai.com (04 514 9195).
Rag’n’Bone Man arrives For one night only, fans of this break-out artist will finally get the chance to see what the fuss around his live performances is all about. The award-winning British soul and blues artist behind the massive track Human will be performing at Dubai Opera – and it could very well be one of the top gigs of 2018 in the city. It’s currently sold out, but one can dream. Sold out. Fri Mar 23, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
SIKKA Art Fair From live music and open-air film screenings to poetry readings, dance, improv, exhibitions, and large-scale artworks, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is transformed into a hub of artistic and cultural events from emerging Emirati and UAE-based creatives for Art Week. Feeling like the edgy sister of Art Dubai, SIKKA is smaller in scale, but daringly creative. Far from a stand-and-observe type of art event, the fair gathers together a collection of risk-taking artists for a week-long schedule of events that you can really engage and interact with. It all happens around a central courtyard where you can chill out on beanbags and watch local live music. Free. Sat Mar 17- Mon Mar 26. Al Fahidi Historical District, Bur Dubai, www.artweek.ae.
Sing Disney tunes at Lucky Voice All that practise of belting out Let it Go in shower will finally pay off with Lucky Voice’s Disney Edition Brunch. There’ll be plenty of interactive entertainment, including themed lip sync battles with host Alan J Amazing and crowd karaoke where you can unleash your inner Elsa or, our personal favourite, Mulan (if you fancy getting down to business and striking a kung fu kick). Food and drink is unlimited and, at 4pm, each group gets a free hour in a karaoke pod. Carry on the party with the post-brunch happy hour to let out any lingering Disney tunes Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (mixed drinks), Dhs350 (sparkling). Fri Mar 23, 1pm-4pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Spanish Feast at El Sur Looking for a satisfying feed for you and an amigo? Your search is over, compadre. El Sur’s traditional Spanish tapas brunch, complete with a fiesta twist, including five signature dishes, a hearty paella main and a selection of desserts, is the two-for-one deal you’re looking for. From Dhs395 (for two). Sat 12.30pm-3:30pm. Until Sat Apr 21. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 7700).
The 1,001 Flavours Brunch at Ewaan Get stuck into 1,001 delectable flavours at Ewaan’s sumptuous brunch. Enjoy views of the Burj Khalifa and The Palace gardens between jaunts to the fresh oyster station, outdoor barbecue, lobster station and cheese table. Sounds delightful. Dhs345 (detox juices, tea and coffee), Dhs510 (grape and mixed drinks), Dhs735 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4.30pm. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
T.I. in Dubai T.I. – the man behind massive hits including Whatever You Like, Live Your Life (ft. Rihanna) and Dead & Gone (ft. Justin Timberlake) – is playing live at Drai’s Dubai on Friday March 23. T.I. will then go on to play at WHITE Dubai on Saturday March 24, where there’s a free bar for ladies all night and complimentary entry. Dhs100 (ladies before 3pm), Dhs200 (ladies after 3pm, gents all day). Fri Mar 23, noon-midnight. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
Triple Trouble Ladies’ Night The ladies’ night at Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay is spread over three venues and best of all, it’s on a Thursday night. Get your mates together for a sashay around The Backyard, Swim & Tonic and The Secret Terrace on Triple Trouble Thursday every week. Ladies get three complimentary drinks - and the first 100 women through the door will get unlimited selected drinks all night. Free (three drinks). Thu Mar 22 7pm-11pm. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Business Bay (04 369 0000).
Van Gogh An internationally acclaimed multi-media art exhibition bringing the works of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh to life is going on display in Dubai this Sunday. Van Gogh Alive, which will take over d3 for a six-week run, brings together more than 3,000 images adorning the walls, floors and ceilings of the sprawling art space, using 40 high-definition projectors. Dhs65 (kids up to 16, students), Dhs70 (adults). Sun Mar 11-Mon Apr 23. d3. Tickets available through Platinum List, Virgin Megastore, dubai.platinumlist.net, tickets.virginmegastore.me/ae.
WeBrunch Discounts This week WeBrunch are slashing their brunch prices to spread the joy off the back of International Happiness Day. Book the soft beverage package and you will be upgraded free to the house beverage brunch and book the house beverage package for a free upgrade to bubbly. This does make us very happy indeed. Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs375 (bubbly). Fri Mar 23, 1pm-4pm. Accents Restaurant, InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 446 6669).
World Doctors Orchestra Let’s set things straight, this is not an orchestra for doctors. It’s one by doctors. For the first time in the region, physicians from all corners of the globe will take off their white coats to perform a charity concert in Dubai. From Dhs250. Thu Mar 22, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).
Yas Mall Spring Trends If you fancy a bit of a trip this weekend, head for Abu Dhabi. Yas Mall is hosting a 3-day event all about the spring trends and how to wear them. This weekend the central area of Yas Mall will be overrun by trendy folk including fashion editors, models walking the catwalk and make-up artists and hair stylists who will be putting on free tutorials. Free. Thu Mar 22 & Fri Mar 23, 10am-midnight, Sat 24 Mar, 10am-10pm. Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.spring.yasall.ae.