The weekend has landed and we are raring to go. The weather is cooling down, balcony doors are swooshing open and we’re taking the brunches to the terrace. As always there’s a tonne of cool stuff going on across the city and we intend to embrace it with every fibre of our being. We suggest you do the same.
THURSDAY August Alsina at WHITE US rapper August Alsina is appearing at WHITE tomorrow (Thursday October 4) for a special one-off gig. What’s more, entrance is totally free, with WHITE Dubai opening at 11pm and closing at 4am and an open bar for ladies until midnight. Free. Thu Oct 4, 11pm-4am. Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Brunch and staycay Want to taste the exquisite food from famed Japanese Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto during a staycation? You’ll want to keep an eye on this foodie getaway at Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai. The five-star hotel in Business Bay has a brunch and staycation package that offers two lucky guests the brand-new Morimoto Dubai brunch along with an overnight stay for Dhs1,850, Dhs1,850 per night (two guests). Until Fri Dec 28. Thu-Fri only. Brunch: Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Marasi Drive, Business Bay (04 512 5555).
DJ Cruz at BASE It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to shake off the working week’s nasties. Head to BASE Dubai, Time Out Dubai’s Club of the Year this Thursday for a special one-off appearance from DJ Cruz as part of its new weekly event, LYFE. Tagged as an “elemental extravangaza,” the event is based around the four elements of earth, air, water and fire. Smokin’. Free entry. Thu Oct 4, 11.30pm-4am. d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
DJ Purple Disco at Zero Gravity Funk DJ Purple Disco Machine is performing at Zero Gravity tonight (Thursday October 4), kicking off a stellar season of music at our Beach Club of the Year. Free (before 9pm and for ladies all night), Dhs100 (men after 9pm) Thu Oct 4. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina, (04 399 0009).
Free Tacos at Taqado Thursday is International Taco Day, and we intend to treat it with the reverence it deserves – namely by scoffing a load of them. Luckily for us, Taqado is offering two-for-one tacos all day on the day itself, to make our quest more achievable (and affordable). All you need to do to redeem your free taco is to post an Instagram story using the hashtag #InternationalTacoDay tagging@taqado and you’ll get two orders of tacos for the price of one at the Mexican eatery. Dhs36 (three tacos). Locations include Dubai Media City and Mall of the Emirates, www.taqado.com.
Make a steal at Gitex Shopper The five-day electronic shopping extravaganza is finally back, bringing in the top tech brands, retailers and experts around, all under one roof. There’s a load of promotions going on at Gitex shopper this weekend, including a HWAUEI MateBook X Pro for Dhs629, a trade in where you can exchange your old electronics for shopper vouchers and the chance to win one of ten dream holiday packages. Free parking, Dhs20 entry (tickets available at door). Tue Oct 2-Sat Oct 6. Daily from 11am-11pm. Za’abeel Halls 4-6, Dubai World Trade Centre, tickets at www.gitexshopperdubai.com.
Restaurant week at Mina Seyahi's Le Méridien and The Westin Set menus at El Sur, Bussola, Hunters Room & Grill, Asia de Cuba and Fish Beach cost Dhs210 per person, while three courses at Gourmet by Kcal, Barasti Beach, Spice Emporium, Horizon and Oeno cost Dhs150. Dhs35 (grape by the glass), from Dhs150 (grape by the bottle), from Dhs150 (three course menu). Sun Sep 30-Sat Oct 6. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina and Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina (04 399 3333).
Rooftop Soirée The Burj Club’s Rooftop Soirée is back, and lazing on a pool float while taking in spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa never sounded more fabulous, darling. Dhs175 (including Dhs100 in food and drinks). Thu-Fri 6pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Rooftop Pool, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (800 2875 2582).
Singing Bee at Lucky Voice Sing the first line of the song correctly on the spot to proceed to the next round, or get eliminated. Contestants will battle it out on stage on the night until there’s only one victorious lyrical mastermind left to bag the top prize of Jukebox Brunch for four plus two hours in a karaoke pod for ten people with two bottles of any house beverage. Free. Thu Oct 4 8pm-11pm. Gran Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Soulful Nights with Claudia Patrice Enjoy a night of food, music and dancing with soulful music from Claudia Patrice. There’ll be a menu of hearty sharing bites, salads and succulent pasta dishes, paired with classic bubbly and grape. Free. Thu 8pm-midnight. Ongoing. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1816).
Visit Nara Pan Asian in JLT If you’re looking for a fun way to round off the week, try this new night brunch. Enjoy unlimited dim sum, sushi and desserts as well as a choice of main course at this cool new Asian eatery in JLT. There’s also a live DJ to keep the vibe upbeat. Dhs349. Thu 8pm-11pm. Cluster A, JLT (04 421 1356).
FRIDAY Time OutDubai Brunch Club We’ll spin you right round, baby, right round… Sorry. Join Time Out Brunch Club at Al Dawaar, the city’s only revolving restaurant, for an afternoon packed with top prizes, excellent food and head-spinning good fun. It’s two-for-one when you quote ‘Time Out’ while booking. Sweet. Dhs229 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house drinks), Dhs549 (bubbly). Fri Oct 5 12.30pm-4pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 209 6887).
Chinese-inspired afternoon tea at Al Bayt Lounge Enjoy a special Chinese-inspired afternoon tea every Wednesday. Friday and Saturday until October 7, to celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Take your pick from sweet delicacies from the tea stands, sip on gentle tea infusions and be serenaded by the soothing harpist. Dreamy. Dhs188. Afternoon tea: daily until Sun Oct 7, 2pm-6pm, buffet: Wed, Fri and Sat 2pm-6pm. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Have a Vegan brunch Tr!beca Kitchen & Bar has launched a new completely plant-based brunch and it will be less limp lettuce leaf, more sizzling Latino flavour. Diners can expect carrot tartare, vegan burgers and desserts. Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house drinks). Dhs449 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-5pm. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (050 345 6067).
Head to Hidden Brunch This Friday will see the ever-popular party brunch pile out onto the terrace, so get your pouts ready for some serious shameless selfies – but with views that good, who can blame you? Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (bubbly). Fri 1-4pm. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.hiddenbrunch.com.
Oktoberfest at The Balcony Bar Who says you can’t celebrate Germany’s Oktoberfest in a Chinese hotel? The Balcony Bar at Shangri-La is getting in on the action with Bavarian-style bites such as traditional weisswurst sausages and tenderised schnitzel, along with speciality German hops. The celebrations go on all month. Prices vary. Open daily 9am-3am. Until Wed Oct 31. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Restaurant Week at Atlantis The Palm Atlantis The Palm are running a week of cheap dining deals at its top restaurants, from until Saturday October 6 as part of its Culinary Month.You’ll be able to get stuck into set menus at Time Out Dubai's Best Seafood Restaurant Ossiano, Nobu and Seafire Steakhouse for Dhs350, or at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Ronda Locatelli and Ayamna for just Dhs150. Dhs150 (Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Ronda Locatelli and Ayamna), Dhs350 (Ossiano, Nobu and Seafire Steakhouse).Until Oct 6. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
SATURDAY Head down to Drift Beach Honeypot of bronzed bods at the One&Only Royal Mirage is one of the newest beach clubs on the Dubai circuit. It’s back for a new season, with top views of Dubai Marina on one side and the Palm on the other. From Dhs250. Open daily 10.30am-8pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh (04 315 2200).
Have a spa day Dreamworks Spa has arrived at the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront, and is be offering its signature four hands wave massage, as well as a load of other relaxing treatments. And until the end of October selected treatments are buy one, get one free. Prices vary. Open daily 10am-11.30pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay (800 627 7243).
Kid Ink at WHITE Kid Ink will taking to the stage at WHITE on Saturday October 6 at the club’s weekly URBN ladies’ night, where ladies get complimentary beverages until 1am. Free. Sat Oct 6, 11pm-4am. Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Rum Kitchen at Soho Garden ondon import Rum Kitchen is in town for one-night only, taking over the Glasshouse section of Soho Garden with a focus on Caribbean beach shack drinks. Expect plenty of coconut. Prices vary. Sat Oct 6, 7pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (056 822 2559).
SUNDAY 50 percent off sun loungers Sea Breeze is offering a special 50 percent discount on its lounging facilities during the later part of the day at The Beach opposite JBR and over at La Mer. Prices vary, 50 percent off. Daily 4pm-7pm. Until Wed Oct 31. Various locations including The Beach, JBR and La Mer www.thebeach.ae/play/sea-breeze.
Have a facial at NStyle Beauty Lounge The new HydroPeptide express facial helps to balance stressed skin, while echinacea stem cells provide deep hydration. Finally a papaya enzyme mask exfoliates. Dhs250 (25 mins). Open daily 10am-10pm. Various locations including DIFC and JBR (04 339 8414).
MONDAY Get a free burger Every weekday it's two-for-one burgers, for the whole month, between 5pm and 7pm at The Burger Shack in the Dubai Mall. Tuck into the delectable chef’s specialty rib meat burger – a one-of-the-kind dish, prepared with perfectly braised rib meat, lettuce, tomatoes, caramelised onions and drizzled with special burger sauce. From Dhs48. Until October 31. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thegrilllshack.com (04 388 2382).
Indian food and drink pairing at Masti Indian beverage master Paul John will be at Masti on Monday for a night of mixed drink tasting. You’ll have the opportunity to try a limited edition drink, as well as five other creations, paired with the restaurants tasty bites including banana leaf branzino. Dhs400 (six courses paired with mixed drinks). Mon Oct 7, 8pm. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (800 62784).