Horse racing, Easter egg hunts and global music superstars
Time Out Dubai staff
In a matter of hours the weekend will be upon us. As usual there’s a huge amount of activities to get up to on these cherished days, and this weekend we have a tonne of Easter fun as well as a load of Dubai World Cup racing events to have you stampeding across the city. We’re leading the charge. Who’s with us?
10-hour happy hour Le Petit Belge in Business Bay is launching its mammoth No Ties happy hour this Thursday (March 29) from 4pm until 2am with drinks from Dhs20. There is also an evening brunch to enjoy every Thursday from 8pm until midnight featuring authentic hops and Belgian cuisine in modern classic interiors. Happy hour: From Dhs20 (house grape, hops & mixed drinks). Thu Mar 29 4pm-2am. Brunch: Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (mixed drinks). Thu 8pm-midnight. Bay Square, Business Bay (04 564 6538).
1D Star Liam Payne at Global Village One Direction fan? This is the news for you. Head down to Global Village this evening and you’ll get to see the former boyband star Liam Payne. Payne will be performing some of his best hits including Strip That Down and Bedroom Floor, and the best news is it will only cost you the price of entry to Global Village (Dhs15). Dhs15. Fri Mar 30, 9pm. Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.globalvillage.ae.
Black coffee at Base No, not actual black coffee. The award-winning South African DJ. From performing at Coachella and collaborating with Drake, this is a DJ you need to see. Free (ladies), Dhs200 (men). Thu Mar 29 10pm-4am. BASE, d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
Celebrate 18 years with Dhs18 drinks This is an 18th birthday bash you don’t want to miss. Long’s Bar is celebrating 18 years in the business with cheap deals on selected beverages. If those prices won’t make you dance with excitement, the live bands and tunes from the DJ will. From Dhs18. open Daily noon-3am. Until Thur Apr 12. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).
Dennis Cruz live at Zero Gravity Multi-award winning DJ Dennis Cruz is live in Dubai as part of Zero Gravity’s epic season of superstar DJs and dance acts. With recent weeks featuring Rudimental and Subfocus, the club is really increasing its nightlife game. Don’t miss Dennis Cruz. Free entry (ladies), Dhs100 after 8pm (gents), free entry before 8pm (gents). Fri Mar 305pm-3am. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (055 500 9111).
Dubai World Cup 2018 The world’s richest raceday is finally upon us. Don those gladrags for a day of horse racing worth US$30 million (Dhs110,000). Don’t miss the after-party at Soho Garden from 9.30pm, while US rapper FLO RIDA will take to the stage at WHITE later in the night. From Dhs630. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com WHITE: Dhs200 (advance, ladies), Dhs300 (advance, men), Dhs300 (on the door ladies), Dhs500 (on the door men). Sat Mar 31, 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba, www.whitedubai.com (050 443 0933).
Dubai Super Key Yacht Party The Dubai World Cup is a flash event, so what better way to get geared up for the action than on board a luxury yacht? Dubai Key is hosting a Super Yacht party boarding from Pier 7 in Dubai Marina for a four-hour cruise with an on-board swimming pool and Jacuzzi and room for up to 200 guests. DJs Timothy Knight and Callum Ross will also be on board. We don’t mind of we do. Dhs250 (women), Dhs400 (men), Dhs6000 (VIP table package with bubbly, bottle service and six tickets). Fri Mar 30, 12.30pm-4.30pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (05 852 6868).
Dubai World Cup at Farriers Terrace Farriers Terrace at the Meydan Racecourse is the place for fashionistas to be seen (and cast a discerning eye over the clobber of other guests). There will also be a lavish spread prepared by a world-class team of chefs to have you strutting to the buffet like models on the catwalk. There’ll also be a selection of canapes, afternoon tea, mixed beverages and bubbles. You’ll also get Grandstand Apron views and access to the closing ceremony show. Dhs1,650. Sat Mar 31 from 2pm onwards (last race at 8.50pm). Meydan Racecourse, Meydan City (04 381 3111).
Dubai World Cup at McGettigan’s DWTC Enjoy Easter with the Dubai World Cup horseracing event and McGettigan's pre-races brunch in the outdoor garden. There'll be unlimited house drinks and food from noon until 4pm to be enjoyed with live music before the racing action. There will also be complimentary transport to MeydanRacecourse. Seats on the bus are based on limited availability, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Dhs209 (mixed drinks), Dhs289 (sparkling package). Sat Mar 31, noon-4pm. McGettigan’s DWTC, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 378 0800).
Dubai World Cup at Meydan Ballroom Terrace The Ballroom is an ideal venue for young horse lovers to spectate from the dedicated play area. The friendly team will supervise the kids while parents relax and enjoy the races in the lovely al fresco setting. There will also be a lavish international buffet for everyone to get stuck into and one babysitter per family dines complimentary at a dedicated area. Dhs950 (soft drinks), Dhs1,250 (house beverages and bubbles), Dhs475 (kids aged 9-12), free (kids under eight). Sat Mar 31, from 2pm onwards (last race at 8.50pm). Meydan Racecourse, Meydan City (04 381 3111).
Dubai World Cup at The Millennium Terrace The Millennium Terrace is the prime spot at Meydan to hear the horse hooves from your seat. You’ll be right up close to the action on one side, and just a few steps away from a luxurious buffet on the other featuring sophisticated delicacies from around the world. We imagine you’ll be dizzy from trotting back and forth. Dhs2,950 (mixed drinks and bubbly). Sat Mar 31, from 2pm onwards (last race at 8.50pm). Meydan Racecourse, Meydan City (04 381 3111).
Easter egg hunt brunch If you think you have what it takes to look for a total of 10,000 eggs stashed all over Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and Jumeirah Al Naseem, then get your hunting hat on and head to Madinat Jumeirah’s massive Easter egg hunt brunch. Gifts are up for grabs inside the hidden eggs, including hundreds of free meals and drinks at a selection of restaurants. There is also one golden egg, which entitles the holder to a one-night stay in a suite, including breakfast. Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages), Dhs750 (bubbly), Dhs275 (kids aged four to 11), free (kids under four). Fri Mar 30 11.30am-4pm. Madinat Jumeriah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Easter Italian Picnic Celebrate Easter the Italian way with a special picnic brunch featuring an authentic Italian feast at BiCE Ristorante. There will be also be live barbecue stations and a performance from a jazz band as well as face-painting and bouncy castles for the kids. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (mixed drinks and bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Dubai Marina (04 318 2520).
Family retreat at Alma Need a weekend with the family for some much-needed rest and relaxation? Alma’s stunning outdoor retreat is just the ticket. From Dhs550. Thu Mar 29-Sun Apr 1. Ras Al Khaimah (054 327 0409).
FLO RIDA at WHITE DUBAI The US rapper is playing at the official Dubai World Cup after party, from 11pm at WHITE Dubai. Dhs200 (advance, ladies), Dhs300 (advance, men), Dhs300 (on the door ladies), Dhs500 (on the door men). Sat Mar 31, 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Fun house brunch Fun House, it’s a whole lot of fun... you know how it goes. The popular ’80s show’s host Pat Sharp is coming to town for the McGettigan’s Fun House Brunch. Expect unlimited drinks and a whole bunch of cheesy tunes. Dhs269 per person. Fri Mar 30, 1pm-6pm. Bonnington Hotel Dubai, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 0800).
Gotha Tonight Grammy award-winning DJ Tiësto is kick-starting an A-list weekend at brand-new French superclub Gotha, and tomorrow (Friday March 30, singer, songwriter and YouTube sensation Conor Maynard will be performing at the club. Maynard will be joined by his mate and Australian singer William Singe, who rose to fame on TV talent show X Factor in his homeland.
On Saturday March 31, French DJ legend Martin Solveig will be back in Dubai, taking the stage with his seriously funky, edgy house style. Conor Maynard and William Singe: free entry. Fri Mar 30, 11pm-3am. Martin Solveig: free (ladies), Dhs250 (gents). Sat Mar 31, 11pm-3am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay (055 193 4934).
Have a cracking time this Easter Finally, the excuse to eat chocolate all day along is nearly here, and Dubai has a whole host of brunches to celebrate at, too. A top choice is at Lock, Stock & Barrel, which will be holding Easter hunt extravaganza with golden eggs hidden around the venues with a wealth of prizes to be won. Head over to www.timeoutdubai.com for a full list of Easter activities to keep you occupied this weekend. Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (mixed drinks). Fri Mar 30, 1pm-4pm. Barsha Heights: Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195). JBR: Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
Luchador brunch Inspired by Mexico’s famed wrestling sport Lucha Libre, the Mucha Lucha Brunch is a four-round Latin fiesta with unlimited servings of 12 exceptional delicacies in a four round spectacle. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (mixed drinks), Dhs395 (sparkling). Fri Mar 30 12.30pm-4pm. Aloft Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 247 5550).
Ramz at Drai’s UK rapper Ramz, who took the charts by storm earlier this year with his million-selling smash hit Barking, is getting ready for a headline performance at Drai’s Dubai this Saturday. If you’re in the mood for a bit of post-race partying, head over to this huge venue, where ladies can get entry for Dhs100 and guys for Dhs200 – both entry fees coming with a free drink on arrival. Dhs100 (ladies), Dhs200 (gents). Sat Mar 31, 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
Spring break at Weslodge Everyone deserves a little break – a time to come away from books, meetings and all things serious, and Weslodge has just the trick. Treat your friend to a drink and get yours on the hotel. Prices vary. Daily, 5.50pm-8.30pm. Until Sat Apr 7. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
Sunset and sushi Enjoy one of the first and a pile of the second at Sho Cho Dubai during Sunset Fridays. It’s trendy, sophisticated and warmly welcoming ambience creates the perfect scene to unwind after a long week. Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (mixed drinks). Fri Mar 30 8pm-12am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
Thursdays at Drai’s Dubai This Las Vegas import has been slowly expanding its weekly nights, and now runs a Thursday night with live music and late night beats. Head to Meydan from 10pm until 3am, with free entry, and party the night away at this swanky pool club. Free entry. Thu, 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (52 388 8857).
Time to relax A day of personal pampering can go a long way in restoring your inner calm, and Address Montgomerie is offering a revitalising spa day where the treatments are chosen by you. Dhs535 (90-min). Until Sat Mar 31. Address Montgomerie, Emirates Living (04 390 5600).
Turkish Food Festival Love a bit of pide? A dollop of hummus? Some mixed grills? You’re in luck. Head to Glasshouse Brasserie this week for a three-day Turkish Food Festival. Dig into baklava, sweets and more. Delicious. Dhs149 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages). Daily 7pm-11pm. Thu Mar 29-Sat 31. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7550).
Treehouse at Dubai World Cup The folk at Treehouse will be venturing over to Meydan with their shakers in tow to whip up some of their speciality cocktails for race-goers. Mixed drinks from the inventive menu include the Elixir of Life and The Bitter and Twisted. Sounds interesting. Sat Mar 31, from 12pm onwards. Meydan Racecourse, Meydan City (04 327 0000).
St Regis Brunch The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City is hosting its Indulgent Easter Family Brunch in the Le Patio courtyard this weekend, and it’s the perfect opportunity to soak up the brilliant weather while enjoying live music from a jazz trio. It’s also the perfect opportunity to win yourself a night’s stay at the luxury five-star hotel, as a special Easter egg hunt for adults will see one of the hidden eggs packed with a prize for exactly that. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs130 (kids aged five to 12), free for kids aged under five. Friday March 30, 1pm-4pm. The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com (04 435 5577).