Things to do this Weekend

The weekend's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more

Congratulations, you made it through the week and now it's time to relax and enjoy the many wonders Dubai has to offer, from morning until night. So whether it is parties or peaceful places you're after, we have it covered.

04 399 0009 Dubai Marina

Ladies and gentlemen of Dubai – whether you’re a tourist, a recent expat or a well-rooted, long-term resident – if you’re looking to hit the beach by day, or party by night then Zero Gravity should be on your must list.

This is one of the city’s most perennially popular party destinations, which is why it’s our Best Beach Club for the second year running. At the weekend you can laze by the pool or brunch – at the Ritual Brunch on a Friday and Supernatural Saturdays, both of which come in at under Dhs300 for four hours of unlimited drinks and food, accompanied by some top beats. And the party ramps up later in the evening when DJs take to the stage.

Zero Gravity is more than just a weekend hangout though, and midweek is a massive draw for ladies’ across town thanks to its two consecutive ladies’ day offerings – on a Tuesday and a Wednesday – and a ladies’ night on Tuesday.

The beach club has also ramped up its efforts to put itself at the forefront of the nightlife scene. Early 2018 saw Rudimental, Fatboy Slim, Chase & Status, Judge Jules, Kungs and more all take the stage, and its every-so-often festival One Big Friday continues to rake in huge international acts.

So whether you’re chilling out in the temperature controlled, 39-metre, glass-fronted infinity pool, the Jacuzzi or down by the sea – you’ve got everything you need here. You’ll love it, trust us.

04 345 5888 Satwa
Once a stalwart of Dubai’s pub scene, Boston Bar may today crop up less regularly on most people’s itinerary for a night out, but the Satwa bar is still going strong.
An American-style pub modelled on that of US ’80s sitcom Cheers, it’s a compact space with an island bar taking centre stage. Expect to find football fans clustered around it whenever there’s a big match on, while a huge raft of nightly deals keep the rest of the punters pouring in.
From ladies’ nights to men’s nights and billiard competitions, you’re never far from an offer, whatever day or time you visit.
With its low ceilings, dark lighting and all-round snugness, however, that old-school bar smokiness can make it feel a little claustrophobic at times, while service can be a little short of friendly.
But if it’s bargain drinks and a no-frills, authentic pub vibe you seek, you’ll be hard-pressed to do better in Satwa.

And given it’s just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best kebabs and curries, you might still find reason to visit…

The bottom line
Long-standing Old Dubai pub with regular deals and sports.
British 04 408 4257 Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

This spot excels at doing the basics right for a sports bar. Plenty of screens: check. Good drinks deals: check. In fact it’s so good that we named it Sports Bar of the Year at our 2018 Music & Nightlife Awards. But does the pub grub live up?

While you may spend a bit of time perusing the menu of British classics (we’re talking steak pies, a full English brekkie et al), there’s one dish that keeps us going back.

The toad in the hole is, by our reckoning, the stand-out option on the menu. Four whopping great sausages perfectly baked into a crispy-on-the-outside-but-soft-in-the-middle Yorkshire pudding, topped with creamy mashed potato and lashings of onion gravy.

It’s a real homely treat and each element balances perfectly together. About halfway through you may consider asking for the rest to take away, but we bury our pride and devour the lot.

If you don’t eat meat, pickings can be a little slimmer – this place is prime for carnivores. A Caesar salad, served with prawns instead of chicken, is not hugely generous in terms of the crustacean, and we’d hope for something a bit more substantial for our Dhs65. It’s an odd contrast to the ginormous toad in the hole, but there are other options such as fish and chips and fajitas.

You’ll go here for the sports, but the food isn’t bad, either.

The bottom line
Hearty grub paired with endless sport.

04 439 9903 Jumeirah

Tucked in the corner of La Mer’s burgeoning restaurant and bar scene you’ll find an American sports café with a twist.

Enter Stars ’N’ Bars – the famous Monaco haunt frequented by celebs.

Now, you could be traditional and ask the barman to pour your drink, hand over your card and go merrily on your way. Or, like us, you could do it the Stars ’N’ Bars way by pouring it yourself at its own DIY dispensing bar. Just load up a card with credit, grab an empty glass and proceed to filling up – as the hops goes in (fun), the cash goes out (not so fun).

Don’t want a full pint? Just fill up the glass to wherever you want, as you’re charged only for what you pour.

It certainly grabs our attention as novel way to spend an afternoon and as we find a table upstairs we pass the barman, who stares at the ATM-style machine and remembers when he had a purpose.

Inside, the space is decorated in a surfer’s beach bar style – surfboards on the walls, light wooden furniture to match and an eclectic collection of California-themed pictures. And the obligatory VW campervan for good measure.

And we love it. Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors unfold to connect the bar to the terrace, bringing in a sea breeze (in cooler months) and plenty of light.

There are arcade games, table football and a stage for live music. There’s a daily happy hour from 5pm until 8pm and a menu of burgers (buns made in-house), pizzas and oh-so-gooey cheese wedges.

It really is one of the most laid-back bars we’ve been to and perfect for lazy days on weekends.

Star by name, star by nature, this space shines above the rest.

The bottom line
A fun beach hangout with a twist.

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