Things to do in Dubai on a Friday

From brunches to sightseeing, there are loads of things to do in Dubai

Things to do in Dubai on a Friday

If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai on a Fridays, look no further. We’ve rounded up the very best things to do and ways to spend your day throughout the city, whether you’re after a brunch, pool day or sightseeing.

Try one of the city’s famous brunches
When you’re looking for things to do in Dubai on a Friday, brunch has to top the list. we just can't get enough of brunch and the city really comes alive at brunch-o’clock.

From bargain buffets to à la carte dining at some of the best restaurants across town, party brunches, evening brunches and everything in between, the city has it all – and then some.

If you’re not spending your Friday brunching, you’re not doing it right.

And let’s not forget the post-brunch parties.

Click here for your ultimate guide to all things brunch related in the city.

Become a tourist for the day
From the largest building in the shape of a picture frame, to world's tallest building (we’re looking at you Burj Khalifa), Dubai is home to some of the biggest and best attractions and things to do. Guinness World Records aside, the city has so much to offer so we’ve rounded up all the best attractions here – from the Dubai Miracle Gardens, to the human slingshot (yes, really), and the brand-new Coca-Cola Arena it’s time to get out and get exploring.

Spend the day lazing by the pool
Is there anything more relaxing than wallowing in a cool pool with an even cooler drink in hand? If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai on a Friday, why not spend your day splashing around to your heart’s content at one of Dubai’s many top beach clubs and hotels? Just remember to slap on the factor 50.

From chilled-out beach clubs to swanky resorts, head here for our ultimate guide to pool days across the city.

Explore old Dubai
If you’re not in the mood for brunching and poolside lounging, why not take a trip to old Dubai? Shop, visit museums, explore colourful hidden alleyways, and round it all off with a huge meal – or three – and a visit to one of the gems of the nightlife scene on this side of town.

Click here and here for all the best things to do and see in the historic part of the city – from tried-and-tested, age-old frontiers to the newer attractions, you won’t be bored, that’s for sure.

Escape the city

And no, we’re not talking about booking yourself into a luxury five-star resort for the weekend. With 80 percent of the country being rolling sand dunes and, well, more sand, it’s time to pack your sleeping bag and get camping. From a beachside barbecue under the sun, trekking along the peaks of the highest mountains to sleep overnight, going full Bear Grylls and roughing it in the middle of the desert – whatever way you think of camping, the UAE offers it in spades.

For your guide on where to camp, what to pack and how to get there have a gander here.

Treat yourself
Sometimes we just need to take a little time out for ourselves and what better way to spend a Friday that treating yourself to some well-deserved ‘me time’ in a spa? Whether it’s a detoxifying facial or a massage to get all those knots out, you’ll find everything you could ever want in the city in its many luxurious spas. We’ve rounded up all the best spas here and you can head here for all the latest deals.

Make a splash
So, the weather’s looking fine, you’re itching to get outside and soak up the sun, and you’ve got a whole day on your hands. What do you do? Mall? Not inside! Beach? Not in the mood for sand. How about a waterpark? We’ve rounded up five of the city’s best waterparks here to help you make the most of your time splashing around and generally getting up to all sorts of larks.

Go on a night out
It’s the weekend and it’s time to party. And luckily for you, Dubai is home to some of the best clubs and bars in the world. And that’s a fact.

And thanks to our annual Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2019 you can find out about all the best ones – officially – here.

While you’re at it, click here for all the latest nightlife news, deals, offers, nights and openings.

Catch the latest flicks – in style
A night at the movies in Dubai is never as simple as “what’s on?”, it’s more a case of “how are we going to watch the latest blockbuster?”. Looking for things to do? How about a movie night with a pint in hand? Need a mammoth-sized screen to fully enjoy the latest blockbuster? What about devouring a three-course meal from a menu devised by celebrity chef? For Dubai's best cinema experiences head here and you can find the best dine-in cinema experiences here. Pass the gold-sprinkled popcorn.

Splash the cash on a fancy meal
After a week of dining al desko one of the best things to do in Dubai is to treat yourself to a slap-up meal and whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find it here.

From newcomers that are taking to city by storm, restaurants backed by Michelin-starred chefs and world-renowned eateries galore, it’s time to loosen that belt buckle and get eating, there are few more fun things to do in Dubai than that.

For more Dubai restaurant news, click here.

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