12 things to do this weekend in Dubai

New stand-up comedy nights, Friday ladies’ nights, and fitness classes on Palm Jumeirah

1) Improv nights
A brand-new improvisational theatre and comedy night, This is Impro’ at Rove Hotels, is launching tonight (Thursday August 17) at Rove Downtown. Expect fun and laughter as the actors create, on the spot, the plot, characters and dialogue of a story – with some suggestions coming from the audience. Top improv actors from the Courtyard Playhouse Company will be putting on two shows a night, and everything is totally unrehearsed, unscripted and simply improvised – so anything could happen.
Free. Thu Aug 17, 8pm. Rove Downtown, www.rovehotels.com.

2) Shanghai30 Ladies’ Night
Shanghai30 in Al Jaddaf is offering an absolute bargain for ladies to start the weekend with. Head down from 8pm to 11pm on a Thursday night and get three mixed drinks for just Dhs9 (that’s Dhs3 each), three glasses of house grape for Dhs19 or a bottle of house grape for Dhs49. There’s also 30 percent off food, so plenty to sink your teeth into.
Prices vary. Thu 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf (04 317 7777).

3) Fitness classes on the Palm
If you want to do your bit for charity while getting in a healthy workout, this will be good for your body and mind. On Friday August 18, head over to Al Ittihad Park on the Palm for an early morning box-fit session at 7am, where the only cost will be whatever you wish to donate to the cause. Expect a high-intensity session, before going for a relaxing stint of paddleboarding on Saturday August 19 at Oceana Residence on Palm Jumeirah. Head along at 7am for the session, which costs Dhs100 per head, to help raise funds for UNHRC (the UN Refugee Agency).
Box-fit: Fri Aug 18, 7am. Al Ittihad Park, Palm Jumeirah, www.facebook.com/events/1480561055343620. Paddleboarding: Sat Aug 19 7am. Oceana Residence, Palm Jumeirah, www.facebook.com/events/117727732215398.

4) Head to a Friday ladies’ night at Billionaire Mansion
Billion*Her is back by popular demand. Billionaire Mansion, the club, restaurant and lounge from Flavio Briatore, at the Taj Dubai in Business Bay, is bringing back its weekly ladies’ night every Friday. Whether you’ve been lazing in the pool, or at brunch, women get free drinks including grape, bubbly and mixed beverages, as well as canapés such as home-made mini paninis with bresaola, rucola and emmental cheese, all night. There’s also music from resident DJs Lucas Dirty and Ramz, which is guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing.
Free. Fri 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).

5) Slow Hands live at Summer Vibes at Tamanya Terrace
If you haven’t heard of Slow Hands, he’s someone you should get to know. Specifically by checking out his live set at this week’s edition of Summer Vibes in Dubai Media City. He combines funky live guitar with groovy house music that’s guaranteed to put you in the mood to dance. Arrive before 8pm for a cheaper entry fee of Dhs50, Dhs80 before 10pm and Dhs100 after 10pm.
From Dhs50. Fri Aug 18, 6pm-3am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

6) Frankie’s comedy night
Prepare yourself for Frankie’s Comedy Cellar, which returns to Marco Pierre White and Frankie Dettori’s Italian restaurant, Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill, this Saturday August 19. Simeon Goodson will host this first show, which will see a number of comedians take to the stage, including UAE-based acts Rushdi Rafeek, Erik Thornquist, Tai Paschall and more. The show starts at 7pm, but get there early to catch happy hour from 6pm to 8pm. You’ll need to reserve in advance, though, so get booking your table now to avoid disappointment.
Free entry. Sat Aug 19, 7pm-10pm. Fortnightly thereafter. Oasis Beach Tower, JBR (04 399 4311).

7) Go for a roast dinner
We recently rounded up 21 of the best roast dinners you can find in Dubai, so why not go get your hands on a brilliant British dinner this weekend? Choose a roast from our top picks, and tuck into some giant Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, chicken, beef or lamb, and all the trimmings.

8) Check out the relaunched M&S store
Following a major revamp, Marks & Spencer’s flagship store in Dubai Festival City Mall has re-opened. For the first time in the UAE, you can now take a swift break from shopping at M&S and check out what the retailer is calling a premium, table-waited dining experience at the M&S Café. M&S has also launched its Food Hall, featuring more than 1,200 premium grocery brands and lines. We’re hoping the Food Hall will stock its bottles of Belgian chocolate milkshake – they are amazing.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-1pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Dubai Festival City Mall, www.marksandspencerme.com (04 206 6466).

9) Take on Black Tap’s freaky cake freakshake
Head to Black Tap at Jumeirah Al Naseem to fill your face with the brand-new Cake Shake – a glorious cake batter milkshake adorned with a vanilla frosting-coated rim, peppered with rainbow sprinkles. The milkshake is then topped with a slab of cake, coated with whipped cream and finished off with a cherry on top for good measure. It’s Dhs65, and well worth a try.
Dhs65. Open daily 11am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 422 9904).

10) Get breakfast at JBR’s new bakery
Bouchon Bakery threw open its doors on Wednesday August 16 at The Beach, JBR, and is likely to be a popular addition to the family-friendly area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bouchon Bakery also boasts breakfasts including on-trend avocado on rustic toast (complete with piquillo marmalade, picked red onion and feta) and a turkey and cheese croissant, among a variety of other scrummy dishes. Lunches and dinners vary from soups (the curried chicken sounds a delight), salads, sandwiches and mains.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. The Beach, JBR (04 419 0772).

11) Hire a private abra
According to the RTA, a range of new, motorised abras are hitting the water, and you and 20 of your buddies can rent one for an hour, a day, or even a month, depending on how hydrophilic you’re feeling. It’s open to all, although it doesn’t necessarily come cheap. It’ll cost you Dhs580 for an hour, Dhs5,100 per day – and if you are planning on renting one for a month, set aside Dhs151,800. That’s an awful lot of cruising along the waterways, but there are many, many worse ways to spend a day or 30.
From Dhs580 per hour. Visit www.rta.ae for further information.

12) Make a weekend of it at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
This beach hotel is declaring madness this summer in the form of 50 percent off all food, beverages, spa treatments and watersports when you stay at the hotel.
From Dhs499 per room, per night. Until August 31. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 399 3333).

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