13 things to do in Dubai this weekend

Aquaspin classes, indie cinema and a two-day Mexican birthday brunch

Head to a free-spirited electro night
Kaynouna, the soulful, free-spirited music event that debuted earlier this year, is back for another live show on Friday August 25. Head to Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar in JBR, where you can expect some traditional Middle Eastern vibes mixed with contemporary electro – as well as body art, hoola hooping and flowery, festival-themed décor. Entry fee includes a free drink on arrival.
Dhs150. Thu Aug 25, 9pm-3am. Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (55 829 8168).

Notting Hill Carnival hits Dubai
Head over to Lucky Voice in Barsha Heights on Friday for Notting Hill Carnival – Dubai’s take on London’s street festival. Expect Caribbean vibes, samba dancers, steel pans, themed beverages and live music from house band Game Over, plus DJ Mitchell. Entry is free, and there’s a two-for-one happy hour between 4pm and 8pm.
Free. Fri Aug 25, 8pm-3am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, reservations@luckyvoice.ae (800 58259).

Go for a two-day Mexican brunch at Muchachas
A traditional Mexican birthday party with a Dubai twist. Piñatas aplenty as Mexican cantina Muchachas celebrates its first birthday with a two-day brunch on Friday August 25 and Saturday 26, between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Expect a range of zesty Mexican dishes and plenty of fiesta spirit. You had us at piñatas. Feliz cumpleaños, Muchachas. We’ll see you there.
From Dhs185. Aug 25-26, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Holiday Inn Express, Safa Park, hola@muchachasdubai.com (04 327 5878).

Watch some indie flicks in Alserkal Avenue
Cinema Akil has a summer schedule packed with independent films from around the world. Click here for full details of all screenings . This week, watch Mohamed Kordofani’s hard-hitting film Nyerkuk. Set in Sudan, it follows the story of 12-year-old Adam, who is forced to flee from his village after his family are killed in an air strike. He finds himself homeless in the big city, and mixed up with thugs who steal from people’s homes to make a living.
Free. Aug 25-29, 7pm. Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.cinemaakil.com

Head to the Palm for discounted dining
Prices at luxury resort Anantara The Palm have been slashed until the end of August, so don’t miss your chance to get 25 percent off some brilliant restaurants. Experience a whole range of cuisines, from the Mediterranean, to East Asia and even as far as Australia – including Time Out Dubai’s Best Asian Restaurant 2016, Mekong. We’ll see you there, fork in hand.
Prices vary. Until Thu Aug 31. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8888).

Perfect your golf swing at Arabian Ranches
Can’t face the heat? Gather a group of your pals and head indoors for a special summer practise session at Arabian Ranches Golf Club’s state-of-the-art indoor facility, The Academy. Take part in nearest the pin or longest drive challenges. And don’t miss happy hour, every day from 5pm to 9pm at Birdies Sports Lounge, with discounts on selected drinks.
Dhs500 (90-minute session for four to seven people), Dhs800 (120-minute session for eight to 12 people). Until Sep 1. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches (04 366 4700).

Explore a new fine-dining menu
There’s a new menu at Rhodes W1 from celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. British-inspired dishes including salads, grills and desserts such as peach melba all feature.
Prices vary. Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).

Go for a spa treatment and afternoon tea
For a luxurious chill-out, take advantage of a spa and tea deal at Palace Downtown. Enjoy a two-hour pampering session including a 50-minute massage, 30-minute body scrub and 30-minute facial. Follow this up with afternoon tea at Al Bayt, where the tea sommelier will recommend brews to go with a selection of scones and sandwiches.
Dhs1,100. Daily 9am-10pm; tea 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).

Have a lazy weekend breakfast at Reform
Kick back and dig into a range of new breakfast items at Reform Social & Grill. Dishes include a bull Breakfast of Champions (above), as well as avocado on crumpets.
Prices vary. Daily 8am-11.30am. The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).

Check out Sesame
If you’re looking for a health kick, head to Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road, where new healthy eating restaurant Sesame has opened. Sesame is offering a “plant-forward” approach to its cuisine, and has recruited the assistance of chef Gohei Kishi – the Michelin-star chef who was previously the head of Asian cuisine concepts for Gordon Ramsay Group, and the group executive chef for Ramusake. For this reason, we’re already excited by what to expect from Dubai’s latest opening.
Open daily 7.30am-10pm. Level 1, Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 339 1300).

Aquaspin at Fairmont The Palm
This aquaspin class takes place in the outdoor pool at Fairmont The Palm, so you can enjoy views of the Marina while you’re pedalling. Set to upbeat music, this is a fun, full-body workout that takes you through various phases. As well as the variations on cycling, you’ll also do body weight exercises using the bike as a prop for movements such as tricep dips, press-ups and stomach crunches.
Dhs75 per class. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3330).

We unearth five more water-based workouts that will keep you fit (and cool) this summer, from aquabiking, to aquafit, to aqua yoga and beyond. Click here to find them all.

Arrange an Eid al-Adha getaway
Eid al-Adha is only a week away, so now is the time to make the most of a discounted weekend away at some of Dubai’s best hotels. There are a range of offers to take advantage of, so book your trip now and put your feet up for the holiday weekend.
Click here to read our round up of the best deals on offer.

Book your tickets for Sensation
The white party is returning to Dubai for its fourth year, so book your tickets now. The theme for this year is “Celebrate Life” – although at this stage little additional information has been served up. We’re expecting some huge live DJ announcements pretty soon though, for the day-long festival on Friday November 10.

Check out the preview trailer below for what is already promising to be a highlight of the season in Dubai:


From Dhs340. Fri Nov 10. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, tickets available at Dubai.platinumlist.net.

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