10 ways to live the long weekend

Make the most of the extra day with these handy hints and tips

Whether it’s taking an extra day to chill by the pool, singing your heart out, finding your Zen or doing that double brunch weekend you’ve always wanted, here are a few ways you can make the most of this extra-long weekend.

Asia Asia

Asia Asia is extending its epic Friday brunch to Saturday this weekend – giving you the chance to really fill your face across the weekend, or take your time and have a lazy Saturday brunch, safe in the knowledge that the start of the week is still another day away.
2pm-5pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina. info@asia-asia.com (04 276 5900)

BOCA

Meanwhile, BOCA is extending its brunch deal on to Saturday too. The European tapas restaurant is doubling down on brunch between 1pm and 4pm. Packages start from Dhs245, ranging up to Dhs545 for bubbly.
1pm-4pm. BOCA, DIFC. www.boca.ae (04 323 1833)

Burj Facial

Over at the Burj Khalifa, The Spa at The Burj Club is bringing forward a 30-minutes of bliss with the Comfort Zone express facial. Designed for all skin types, the half an hour facial also includes use of the spa facilities, including a sauna, for full rejuvenation. Sunday guests benefit from a slightly cheaper rate, priced at Dhs275.
Dhs275, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. Book at reception@theburjclub.com (04 888 3900)

COYA

COYA is extending its brunch on to Sunday this weekend, if you really fancy seeing out the long weekend in style. The Latin American joint is offering an extra brunch session down at Jumeirah Beach Road, starting from 12.30pm and running through until 4pm. Packages start from Dhs328 per person.
12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road. Reservations@coyarestaurant.ae (04 316 9600)

Kaynouna

Up at The Secret Garden, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Kaynouna is launching its first night promising a range of deep house DJs from around the world. Kaynouna is all about wholeness through the combination of music, arts, ideology and happiness, and the event is putting together a bunch of cultural activities, as well as music, to treat attendees. Expect henna, face painting, live bubble shows, live human statues and lots more.
Dhs125 tickets, Dhs150 on the door. 5pm-2am, Fri April 21. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Al Garhoud. Tickets on sale http://bit.ly/2plZBNb

Lucky Voice

National Karaoke Week is actually a thing, and it’s taking place during the fourth week of April. From Saturday April 22 to Wednesday April 27, you can grab a mic and get singing for just Dhs25 per person for two hours in the booth.
Dhs25 per person. Sat April 23 – Wed April 27. Lucky Voice Dubai, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Reservations@luckyvoice.ae (800 58259)

McGettigan’s Souk Madinat

Irish pub McGettigan’s is celebrating the long weekend by extending its Saturday happy hour. Enjoy a selection of house drinks for just Dhs29 between noon and 8pm. There will also be a traditional roast dinner with complimentary beverage, or tuck into a selection of meat cuts served with all the trimmings for Dhs109 all day. Plus live music between 9.30pm and 12.30am on Saturday night
Noon-12.30. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).

Naya Yoga & Pilates

Move out of the fast lane with the Breathe in, Bliss out session led by Emilie Mikulla, who’ll show you how to use therapy balls to release tension from your joints and tissues. The class will end with guided focused breathing meditation to leave you thoroughly relaxed – all for Dhs200.
6.30pm-8.30pm. Kojak Building, Motor City. (04 551 6262)

Russel Howard

Bristolian Russell Howard, the funny man behind the BBC TV show Russell Howard’s Good News will perform across three nights at the Dubai College Auditorium running from Thursday April 20 to Saturday 22. Expect a brand new show for his 2017 world tour, involving politics, the mad, mad world, and unicorns...
From Dhs295. Apr 20-22. Dubai College Auditorium, Knowledge Village, www.800tickets.com.

Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity’s Saturday brunch is basically an excuse not to move from a sunlounger for a full five hours, except to load up your plate with food. Brunch is followed by three hours of two-for-one deals on beverages from 5pm to 7pm. Beforehand, on Friday 21 April, UK DJ Jax Jones is headlining at the beach club, bringing massive hit You Don’t Know Me to Dubai’s shores.
Noon-5pm. Dubai Marina. (04 399 0009)

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