24 magnificent ways to spend this weekend in Dubai
Brunches, ladies’ nights and live music this weekend in Dubai
The weekend is almost here and we’ve never needed it more. As usual there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into (quite literally) – and as well as feasting and partying, there’s also plenty of live music and fashion events to fill your time. Whatever you’re after, we’ve got it covered.
FEATURED EVENT Join us at Carnival by Trèsind Fans of Indian flavours are in for a real treat at Time Out Dubai’s latest brunch. Carnival by Trèsind is launching a spectacular new menu, and we want you to try it out with us. On Friday (April 27), you can get an exclusive preview of the restaurant’s SEASON 5 from just Dhs250. The fresh menu features around 20 dishes, pays tribute to the legendary flavours, style and the ambience reminiscent of the famous cafés, bistros and supper clubs of “Old Bombay”. It all kicks off at noon — so prepare for a historic culinary ride along the Spice Route and beyond. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house and signature beverages). Fri Apr 27, noon-4pm. Burj Daman Building, DIFC (052 242 4262).
Healthy Breakfast at Demoiselle by Galvin A healthy breakfast is what you need to kick-start the weekend on the right note, and the luxurious Demoiselle by Galvin’s new set of menus delivers just that. Morning fans can enjoy freshly baked flaky croissants, plus natural yogurt with olive oil, datterino tomatoes and flatbread. Yum. Dhs112 (set menu), Dhs96 (detox menu). Daily 8am-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5076).
Have a drink in a flying cup Fancy dangling in the air, refreshment in hand? The Flying Cup Dubai at The Beach allows you to enjoy a beverage while being suspended 40 metres in the air. Just don’t drop that capuccino. Dhs80 (adults) Dhs60 (kids 4-12). Sun-Thu 10am-midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-1am. The Beach, JBR, www.flyingcup.ae.
International Dubai Fashion week 2018 at Palazzo Versace Prepare for a three-day extravaganza brimming with all things fashion. Dubai Fashion Week will be showcasing some of the biggest emerging designers from across the region, along with couture from Europe, and North and South America. Plus, it’s held the ultimate in high-end fashion names spot, Palazzo Versace. Free. Apr 26-28, times vary. Palazzo Versace, Culture Village, www.dfw.ae.
Lunch with a view Head to the newly-opened Italian restaurantBellavista at Grosvenor House Dubai for hearty grub with stunning views across the Marina. We don’t mind if we do. Open daily, noon-7pm (lunch), 7pm-11pm (dinner). Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Maifest at Hofbräuhaus It’s time to don your finest lederhosen. Maifest is in town, and kicks off at this classic German spot. Try a special Bavarian menu with German hops on the side. Live music to suit the theme will be happening all night long. Prices vary. Daily until Fri May 11, 6pm-11pm. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).
Pasta Festival Quattro Passi Dubai is celebrating Italy’s most famous export at its Pasta Festival from Sunday April 22 until Saturday April 28. 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. Prices vary. Apr 22-28. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (04 455 9989).
Your Age is your discount French restaurant Le Cirque is offering diners a discount equal to their age, when their birthday falls in April. Getting older is an advantage for this one. Prices vary. Open daily noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2444).
THURSDAY Rock the Mic at Lucky Voice Channel your inner rock star and Rock The Mic at Lucky Voice every Thursday with an offer that is sure to set a crazy start to your weekend. Get your own private karaoke pod for two hours with free-flowing bubbles for only Dhs99. Dhs99. Thu Apr 25 6pm-10pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
The Laughter Factory featuring Mark Watson The Laughter Factory ends its week-long tour tonight, with UK comedian Mark Watson being joined by Canadian star Glenn Wool and Danish dynamo Sofie Hagen. Find them at Courtyard by Marriott in Dubai Green Community from 8pm tonight, and at the Grand Millennium Dubai in Barsha Heights from 9pm. Don’t miss it. Dhs150. Thu Apr 26, 8pm & 9pm. Courtyard by Marriott, Dubai Green Community & Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, www.thelaughterfactory.com.
Urban Jungle Party The Urban Jungle Party is back with top original Studio 54 DJ Kenny Carpenter, who has collaborated with the likes of Michael Jackson. The Square at City Walk will be throwing open its doors for a musical journey of soulful sounds across LIMA Dubai , Galvin Dubai and Toro + Ko. Free (entry), Dhs295 (drinks package). Thu Apr 26, 9pm-1am. The Square, City Walk (04 590 5444).
Zero Gravity 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).
FRIDAY Fatboy Slim returns Get right here, right now for a wonderful night of top-notch tunes from Fatboy Slim at Zero Gravity’s beach fest. Festival brunch Dhs350 (before 5pm), Dhs200 after 5pm. Fri Apr 27, 8pm. Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone (04 399 0009).
Get your grill on at Big BBQ Special Get ready for a chilled-out afternoon filled with smoky grills as the Big BBQ Social is back for its second season. You can bring the family (as well as your dog, it’s pet-friendly) for a day in the sun while you cook that meat the way you want it at The Secret Garden’s communal grilling stations. Don’t forget the apron. Dhs120 (adults), Dhs50 (kids under 21), free (kids under six). Fri Apr 27, 2pm-late. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (050 871 7493).
JLT – Just Like That premiere Why yes, it is the JLT we’ve come to know in Dubai starring in its very own play. JLT Just Like That is a new comedy set in an apartment block in JLT, where a group of people from different nationalities and backgrounds all live together on the same floor. Relatable. Dhs100. Thu Apr 26- Fri Apr 28, 7pm. The Junction, Alserkal Avenue (04 338 8525).
McGettigan’s Ladies’ Night Every Friday ladies can enjoy three free drinks from 9pm to midnight at McGettigan’s JLT. DJ John Hayes from Dubai 92 will be playing all the best and latest chart hits, cheesy pop and more. There’s not many ladies’ nights where you can treat yourself to a plate of gravy and chips. #winning. Free entry. Open Sun-Fri, noon-3pm; Sat 11am-3pm. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).
South African Sin Bin Brunch at Nezesaussi Grill Celebrating South African Day on 27 April, Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina will be offering a laid-back South African themed Sin Bin Brunch including potato and cheese pockets, beef sosaties and South African boerewors hotdog, bunny chow and fish and chips. Dhs199 (house beverages). Fri Apr 27, noon-4pm. Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Step it up! Get those dancing shoes tightly tied – you’ll be on your feet dancing the night away with these guys. For one night only, ’90s Brit pop band Steps will take to the stage at Dubai Opera. Fans can expect to hear tracks from the new album, Tears on the Dancefloor, as well as some old time classics to get you in the groove. Don’t miss this pop extravaganza. From Dhs275. Fri Apr 27, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).
SATURDAY DXBeats The first ever Arab music festival is upon us, showcasing reggae sounds and rocking music from talented artists at Dubai Opera. From Dhs225. Sat Apr 28, 6pm-midnight. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).
G-Eazy at Base Dubai Known for his dapper style and West Coast flavour, the artist will take the stage with his hit singles including Him & I, No Limit and Me, Myself & I. Dhs200 (men), free (ladies). Sat Apr 28,10pm-4am. BASE Dubai, d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
KFC Pop Up Who doesn’t love fried chicken on the sand? This Saturday KFC will be handing out delicious free food and putting on some live entertainment at Kite Beach. It’s even rumoured that Colonel Sanders will be making an appearance. We can’t risk missing out on that. Free. Sat Apr 28, 1pm-3pm. Kite Beach, in front of Parking 2, Jumeirah 1, www.kitebeach.ae.
Miss Tess’ Asian fever It’s time to bust a move and get funky at this Asian-themed disco extravaganza. Celebrate the glitz and glamour of the ’70s with groovy performances and delightful Asian street food. Dhs198 (including two beverages). Sat 7pm-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (050 650 4988).
SUNDAY 3 Fils Japanese Import Night Japanese chef Yoshiyuki of Yoshi Restaurant is bringing his Kaiseji cuisine to Dubai from Singapore this weekend for a one-off feast at 3 Fils. The dinner will be served from 6pm on Sunday (April 29) and will include a whopping eight to ten courses as part of a set meal. Tables are limited so get booking for this one. Dhs475. Sun Apr 29, 6pm. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah (04 333 4003).