Things to do this Weekend

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.
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.

04 438 3131 Business Bay

With winter Came the arrival of a brand-new terrace for Taj Dubai’s The Eloquent Elephant – and it’s a top addition to the cool Business Bay pub.

In October the swish new terrace was launched, and it’s been busy over the winter. By night it’s cosy and friendly, with twinkling lights and comfy green furnishings. By day it’s bright, airy and chilled. It’s fresh, it’s modern and it’s a great pub garden. It also means that what was once a non-smoking bar now has an outside smoking area.

Indoors it’s all dark woods and moody lighting with a cool, mellow vibe. It’s also a great place to watch the match, thanks to several large TV screens, and it’s quite frequently packed on weekends and game days.

The menu has also had a revamp recently, so expect dishes including the barbecue-glazed Angus short rib – as well as several new vegan options including the Elephant’s Barley Burger, a veggie patty made of barley, carrot and celery, encased in a soft chia seed bun.

We’ve long been fans of the food here, too – it’s a former winner of our Best Pub Food title – and so if you’re heading along it’s definitely worth trying some of the hearty, gastrogrub dishes.

However, the pub is just as good if you’re just after a quick drink after work.

Drinks are relatively reasonably priced, starting at around Dhs40 for house grape and Dhs62 for mixed beverages, while the pub also prides itself on its range of craft hops.

And there’s a heap of deals throughout the week, including a quiz night on a Monday and live music on Tuesdays to make it even more appealing. Ladies, visit on a Wednesday and you’ll get three free drinks plus 30 percent off food, while there’s a brunch on Friday from

Dhs199, too.

The weekends offer a top deal as well, where you can get four drinks and a dish (roasts are included, but we also recommend the pie) for Dhs179.

If you’re looking for an excellent pub in Business Bay, look no further.

Trendy gastropub in Business Bay

The swish new terrace and daily deals

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.


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