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15 fun things to do in Dubai this weekend

Whatson.ae logo Whatson.ae 6 days ago Elise Kerr
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Go to a festival, walk some pups and check out a new club opening…

This weekend is so huge, it was almost impossible to choose only 15 highlights. Check out the new club opening in DIFC, or take care of yourself at a wellness weekend. Whatever you do, we hope you have a great one.

Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend. 

Thursday March 14

1. Enjoy a Michelin standard breakfast

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Two Michelin star chef Mathieu Viannay, mastermind behind The Pointe’s Rue Royale, has developed a breakfast of champions. The authentic French dishes include crêpe à la française, french toast and organic egg omelette with french comté cheese. Work your way through a breakfast feast while enjoying panoramic views of the Palm from the outdoor terrace.

Rue Royale, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 8am to noon, Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 2pm, Friday and Saturday. Tel: (04) 241 2828. rueroyalerestaurant.com

2. See the closing finale of a great activation

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WOW JBR is coming to an end for this season and has a big line-up of free entertainment for the closing weekend. From Thursday March 14 to Saturday March 16, you can expect three days of music and dance. Perfect for all ages, the fun activation at JBR is the ultimate place to enjoy some winter sunshine and live entertainment.

#WOWJBR, The Walk at JBR, March 14 to 16, free. @JBR_official

3. Go for a dog walk

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K9 Friends is a centre run solely by volunteers who give up their free time to carry out maintenance, care for the animals, and focus on re-homing the dogs to the right households. Animal-lovers who are unable to commit to adoption also have the option to foster a pup. Even if you only have a few hours to spare, you can offer to walk a dog from 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Thursday and give a canine a great day out.

K9 Friends, Dubai, office hours 9am to 1pm, Saturday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 887 8739. k9friends.com

4. Listen to some live music

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The newly renovated terrace of Urban Bar and Kitchen holds live music performances every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Enjoy the lively outdoor setting whilst listening to the vocal talents of the UAE’s finest live musicians.

Urban bar & kitchen, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, Dubai, 7pm to 10pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com

5. Feel the love generation

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Get ready to re-live the best of the noughties as Bob Sinclar headlines Base Dubai on Thursday March 14. The French producer was behind some of the biggest hits of the early noughties including ‘World Hold On’, ‘Love Generation’ and ‘Rock This Party’. Best of all, it’s ladies’ night, so girls can enjoy complimentary drinks until 2am as well as a host of live entertainment, light shows and exciting performances.

LYFE presents Bob Sinclar at Base Dubai, Thursday March 14, 10pm to 4am, free entry. Tel: (055) 313 4999. basedubai.com

Friday March 15

6. Spend the day at a music festival

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Live on the Lawns is a brand-new, free festival for families and friends of all ages to enjoy live music, food & licensed drinks stalls and pop-up market vendors. Go Play the World are providing the musical talent with Jay and Foe, Aman Sheriff, Red Around, Vandalye, ZeroDay and Jindi all on the line-up.

Live on the Lawns, Par 3 of Trump International Golf Course, Damac Hills, noon to midnight Friday 15 March, noon to 10pm Saturday 16 March, free entry. facebook.com.events

7. Take part in a female-focused summit

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The Shero Summit is a female-focused health, fitness and wellness event, taking place over two days this weekend. Global health, fitness and wellness professionals will give seminars, workshops and workouts to support women of all ages, religion, culture and fitness levels, and build a community of strong empowered women. The tickets start at Dhs3,000 which includes a two day pass and a year-long membership to The Shero platform which includes online educational content, monthly webinars and training programs.

Shero Summit, Platform Fitness Dubai, Warehouse 6 & 7 Nadd Al Hamar, Al Quoz, Dubai, 9am to 5pm, March 15 to 16, from Dhs3,000. thesherolife.com

8. Check out a long-anticipated new club

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Mantis can be found in Emirates Financial Towers. The 8,500 square foot space boasts a state-of-the-art light and sound system, a central DJ booth with a dramatic mantis head on the front, and a long bar which runs almost all the way down one side of the lounge. Initially, Mantis will be open on Thursdays and Fridays, with more nights set to be introduced in the new year. The opening night will offer welcome cocktails to guests on arrival.

Mantis, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Dubai, 9pm to late, Thursday and Friday from Friday March 15. mantis-club.com

9. Dance under one million pieces of confetti

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The latest Elrow event will have an ‘Enchanted Forest’ theme, and will see Dubai’s party-goers flock to Meydan to witness a seven-hour party kicking off at 9pm. The night will see performances from Eats Everything, Toni Varga, George Privatti, and local talents Jixo & Danz, Adam Graca, Mar+Mer, and Jean B. Tickets are available on platinumlist.net from Dhs100.

Elrow, Soho Beach, Meydan, Dubai, 9pm to 4am, Friday March 15, Dhs100. Tel: (052) 388 8857. Facebook.com/SohoBeachDubai

Saturday March 16

10. Live it up at an epic birthday bash

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Popular beach club Nikki Beach Dubai marks its three-year anniversary with a massive celebration, featuring a lineup of exciting performances and musical acts such as Barbara Tucker, known as the “Queen of House” with hits including ‘Beautiful People’ and ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T’. Anniversary restaurant packages start from Dhs250 per person, luxury pool beds from Dhs2000 and luxury cabanas from Dhs6000 for groups of 8 guests.

Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, noon to 9pm, Saturday March 16. Tel: (04) 3766162. nikkibeach.com

11. Practice yoga with some familiar faces

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Love Disney? Big yogi? Well, Dubai Miracle Garden is set to host a one-off yoga class in the gardens of the Disney Avenue this weekend. The class will take place at 9.30am on Saturday March 16 to the stunning backdrop of the giant floral Mickey Mouse and Friends structures. You’ll need to arrive plenty in advance though, as places are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubailand, Dubai, doors open 9am, class from 9.30am, Saturday March 16, Dhs50 adults, Dhs40 children. dubaimiraclegarden.com

12. Add some ‘sparkle’ to your Saturday

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Villamore is offering ladies a complimentary upgrade to the sparkling package on their ‘barefoot lunch’. For Dhs475, ladies will receive a four-course lunch with unlimited house and sparkling drinks, sitting either on the stunning rooftop or the outdoor terrace overlooking views of Dubai’s skyline. The lunch deal also includes beach and pool access for the day so you can finish your feast with a lazy afternoon in the sun.

Villamore, Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays, soft Dhs375, house and sparkling Dhs475. Tel: (04) 248 8890. villamoredubai.com

13. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

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The three-day extravaganza of pure Irish craic at The Irish Village includes Irish bands The Logues and The Real Shindig flown in especially for the occasion, plus traditional Irish dancers and loads of entertainment for little ones including a petting zoo, face painting and bouncy castle. Brilliantly, entry is absolutely free.

Irish Village, Garhoud, Dubai, midday to late, Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17, free. Tel: (04) 2824750. theirishvillage.com

14. Attend a free self-care workshop

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The Retreat Palm Dubai is offering a complimentary workshop on how Women can practice better self-care. Experts in wellbeing, nutrition and health will give tailored talks, juicing demos and nutritional recommendations. The morning includes a tasting menu of The Retreat’s detox brunch and meditation session  All attendees will also receive a care pack with vouchers to help them on their wellness journey.

The Social Kitchen, The Retreat Palm Dubai, 10.30am to 1pm, Saturday March 16, free. theretreatpalmdubai.com

15. See a rap superstar perform

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Catch Rick Ross at super club White Dubai on Saturday March 16. Tickets for ladies are available at Dhs100 with one drink for super early bird, Dhs200 with two drinks for earlybird, and Dhs200 on the door all night.Tickets for guys are Dhs300 earlybird with one drink and on the door will start at Dhs400 and increase to Dhs500 later on in the night. Ross will also be performing at Drai’s on Friday March 15. Tickets for both venues are available from Virgin Megastore.

Rick Ross at White Dubai, Meydan, 11pm to 4am, Saturday March 16, tickets from Dhs100 for ladies and Dhs300 for guys. Tel: (050) 443 0933. whitedubai.com

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