It's finally here – and we've got some plans for you
It's that time of the week again! We've all been counting down the days to Thursday since, well, Sunday and the weekend is finally here. As always, there's loads to do in Dubai – so we've picked out the best things to do tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday night. Swipe through the gallery above to find the events taking place in Dubai this weekend that you won’t want to miss…
Cirque de Cuisine at Atlantis The Palm Atlantis The Palm’s circus-themed megabrunch is making a triumphant return tonight, with diners getting unlimited food from Nobu, Ronda Locatelli, Bread Street Kitchen, Seafire, YUAN and Ossiano. Cue the circus music. Dhs535 (including free-flowing bubbly). Thu 7pm-11pm. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).
Zero Gravity Drunch Embrace every hint of the cool evenings while you still can with this al fresco drunch. Along with a buffet selection of comfort food and a drinks station, there’s a host of fun games to play, too. Giant Connect Four anyone? Dhs295. Thu 8pm-11pm. Zero Gravity, near Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 1313).
1Music1Sound Showcasing a list of artists, including American singer Ginuwine, this festival will be a blast. From Dhs250. Thu 8.30pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 457 3212).
Timmy Trumpet is here With a name like that, how could you not expect him to learn the trumpet? Okay, it’s not his real name, but this Australian DJ is sure to play some amazing tunes. Free before 8pm, Dhs100 thereafter (gents only). Thu Apr 19-21, 8pm. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
See Marti Pellow Live The lead singer of Wet, Wet, Wet will be showing Dubai just how well he’s doing solo, although he’ll be singing a lot of the bands’ previous hits. Join Marti Pellow and a full band as they perform timeless classics such as Love Is All Around, which spent 15 weeks at the top of the British charts in 1995, and Angel Eyes. Travel back to the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s and get to know some of the Scottish singer’s brand-new material in an event not to be missed. Dhs199 (seated), Dhs225 (standing). Thu 7pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 239 5000).
Beauty Pop DXB 2018 Setting up to be Dubai’s biggest beauty event of the year, this festival has come to beautify everyone who attends. Fittingly set in the heart of Dubai Design District (d3), Beauty Pop will showcase a wealth of the latest beauty products from local and international brands, so you can look more glamorous than ever before. Visitors will be able to attend masterclasses led by celebrity hairstylists and make-up artists, as well as learn from the masters including celebrity skin expert Nurse Jamie, make-up artist Bassam Fattouh and hair colourist Tracey Cunningham. From Dhs150. Thu Apr 19-21, noon-10pm. d3, Ras Al Khor Road, www.beautypopdxb.com.
The Laughter Factory The Laughter Factory is welcoming you for a night of, well, laughter. Expect to cry chuckling as Media One Hotel hosts three talented comedians. Kicking off the night is Canadian stand-up star Glenn Wool, along with Mock the Week’s hilarious Mark Watson and Danish dynamo Sofie Hagen. Dhs150. Thu and Fri, 7pm and 9pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 878 6728).
See Romeo and Juliet at Dubai Opera Forgotten how the famous two star-crossed lovers end up? Moscow City Ballet are performing Shakespeare’s love story of the ages with a stunning orchestra. From Dhs350. Thu Apr 19-21, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).
Backstreet’s back, alright! On Friday, our favourite ’90s boy band is coming to this year’s Blended festival so we can touch up on how to rock our bodies right. Expect absolute classics from Backstreet Boys, including Everybody, Shape of My Heart and I Want It That Way. If you haven’t got tickets to the sold out Blended, catch the boys for an after-party performance at White Dubai later on in the night. Blended: sold out. White Dubai: Dhs250 (ladies, in advance), Dhs350 (ladies, on the door), Dhs400 (gents, in advance), Dhs500 (gents, on the door). Fri 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Lost & Found Based on the bestselling children’s book Lost & Found, this family-friendly musical tells the story of a young boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep. Dhs135 (balcony), Dhs180 (VIP). Fri Apr 20-21, 10.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546).
Taste South Africa at Els Club Get a taste of South Africa at the Good Braai Open Bach. There will be lots of fun and festivities, surprise gifts, food and beverage offers and complimentary kids’ activities throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The best part? Entry is total free. Free. Fri 12noon-9pm. Els Club, Sports City (04 425 1000).
Ritual Pool and Beach Brunch Lay back and listen to the sounds of house duo OC & VERDE, who were named as ones to watch by Pete Tong in 2017. It’s an all-inclusive four hour Friday bubbly session including pool and beach access, so bring along those trunks! Dhs295 for ladies, Dhs315 for guys. Fri Apr 20, 1pm-5pm. Zero Gravity, near Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 1313).
The Rush-A-Way Challenge Calling all corporate competitors, it’s time to compete for the chance to win a grand prize of Dhs25,000. Dhs930 (team of three), Dhs1,176 (team of four). Sat 8.15am-3pm. Various locations across Dubai (050 552 3804). Delight your tastebuds at this pasta festival Quattro Passi Dubai is celebrating Italy’s most famous export at its Pasta Festival from Sunday 22-28 April. For one week only, the chefs behind the two-Michelin star Quattro Passi in Nerano will showcase a range of exclusive pasta dishes, including gluten free options. Call Quatro Passi on 04 4559989 for reservations. Sun Apr 22-28. FIVE Palm Jumeirah, No. 1 Palm Jumeirah.