14 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
The weekend is finally here and to help you make the most of it, we've shortlisted 14 great things for you to do over the next two days. There's a number of brunch options, fun activities and even a gaming event – the largest in the Middle East, mind.
ShortList World Cup Tour with Atelier M
This FIFA World Cup, ShortList is going on tour and we would like you, our readers, to join us. We’ll be taking our own sofa down to Atelier M on Thursday, June 28 to watch as England and Belgium duke it out in Kaliningrad, Russia, in the hopes of getting one step closer to winning this year’s tournament. We will have a VIP zone for ShortList readers, where you will receive 10 percent off your total bill. All you have to do is mention “ShortList10” when making your booking.
When: 7pm onwards, Thursday, June 28
Where: Atelier M, Pier 7
Contact: +971 4 450 7766, website
DSS Gaming Challenge
After a week of gaming, the finals kick off this Saturday and will see the tournament's finalists take on YouTube sensation and boxer, KSI in a game of FIFA 18 and PlayLink. Influencencers Tariq Al-Harbi and Ahmed Al-Nasheet will be at the event from 2pm.
Where: Star Atrium, The Dubai Mall
Contact: +971 4 444 3316
The famed comedian and actor will be bringing his alter egos Gutthi and Dr Mashoor Gulati with him when he takes to the Bollywood Parks stage. As the star of the Kapil Sharma show, you can expect to be left in stitches as he proves that laughter really is best medicine. Tickets start
at AED95 and we recommend booking your place soon, as they’re bound to sell out quickly.
When: June 29
Where: Raj Mahal Theatre, Bollywood Parks Dubai
Contact: 800 2629 4646, website
When you feel the need for speed, there’s only one place you need to go. The FIA-approved track is Dubai’s number one spot for petrol-heads to get together and race fast cars. You can practice drifting in the specially modified cars such as the Nissan 370Z or push a Ferrari GT to its (your?) limits down the straights. There’s even the chance to slide into the cockpit of a Formula DXB vehicle, which will allow you to pretend to be Lewis Hamilton for a while… Want to see how fast your own car can go without fear of being fined? Head down to one of the special track days where you can thunder around the track in your vehicle. If karting is more your thing, then you’re in luck. Kartdrome, which is just off from the main track, offers a world-class go-kart experience either indoors or outside.
Where: Motor City
Contact: +9714 367 8700, website
A ski slope in the middle of the desert. Specifically, it’s a 400m slope that features the world’s first indoor black run (read: super-technical route) that’s smack bang in the middle of Mall of the Emirates. You can ski or snowboard, obviously, and if you’re feeling a bit adventurous you can hit the rails and kickers to show off to your mates/land yourself in A&E. It’s up to you, really. You get all of the snow gear as part of your entry fee, so don’t worry about having to splash out on boots, jackets and salopettes for the session. If you’ve never tried it before, you’ll be pleased to know that you can book private lessons from the on-site instructors.
Where: Mall of the Emirates
Contact: 800 386, website
Nothing says “I’ve been to Dubai” more than a snap of you high above The Palm, Jumeirah. It’s the done thing to do when you’re here and will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Obviously, jumping out of a plane isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s certainly an experience like no other. There’s no need to fear plummeting to earth like a dart, thanks to the professional skydivers that you’ll tandem dive with. Dropping in over the aforementioned backdrop of The Palm will set you back AED2,199, but if you fancy a more tranquil setting, you can touch down in the desert for AED1,699. And don’t worry about trying to capture the moment on your smartphone as part of the fee, a videographer will take snaps and clips of the whole stomach churning event.
Where: Al Seyahi St, Dubai Marina
Contact: +9714 377 8888, website
Looking for a way to release some stress in a controlled environment? We got you. Smash Room is the ultimate venue to uncork all of that tension you’ve had building up inside you. Starting at AED99 you can buy a load of items and take a sledgehammer to them with wild abandon.
Where: Umm Sequim Street
Contact: +971 339 7810, website
FIFA World Cup at The Penthouse
This rooftop experience comes with an air-conditioned tent, pool parties and a line-up of live enterainment to create a matchday atmosphere. Multiple screens mean you won’t miss any goals and there’s the chance to win tickets to a World Cup match and a holiday of a lifetime. Nice.
Where: Five Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +9714 455 9989, website
FIFA World Cup at Toro + Ko
The Barcelona-inspired tapas venue is set to offer all the action across three large screens. Klaus, the goldfish will be on hand (fin?) to help predict the weekly match results for a bit of theatre and fun. Be sure to check out Toro’s social pages for predications and offers.
Where: The Square, City Walk
Deal: AED120 for a bucket of five beverages, Happy hour during games AED26 for a glass of grape AED100 for a bottle of grape
Contact: +9714 590 5433, website
It’s never too hot to brunch, well that’s how Zero Gravity sees it, anyway. The popular venue is hosting a new unlimited food and beverage Friday brunch with a fresh menu. It features delights such as Jamaican beef patties, shrimp and avocado salad and chicken and pineapple salad. AED295 for ladies and AED345 for gents.
When: 1pm-5pm, every Friday
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone
Price: AED295 for ladies and AED345 for gents
Contact: +9714 399 0009, website
London Social at Caravan
London is already known for its mix of cuisines from many different countries, and Caravan only amplifies this in its London Social brunch. It’s inspired by each tube station in London – think curries at Brick Lane, Asian fare at Piccadilly Circus and Caribbean food at Brixton. Along with the lush gardens of The Ritz-Carlton, this is one superstar brunch you just have to try.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Price: From AED495
Contact: +9714 318 6150, website
La Cantine du Faubourg
If you’re looking for the most laid-back of Saturdays, it’s hard to go wrong with this top notch restaurant. The trendy French eatery at Jumeirah Emirates Towers has the ideal vibe for a lazy weekend afternoon. Focusing on the breakfast side of brunch, you can have your eggs cooked any way you want. Fluffy scrambled eggs are a must-have, but the real star of the show is the Egg Royale served with salmon and grilled avocado. Named after fashion avenue 105 in Paris, the whole venue has a homely feel to it, and, in fact, has an actual bed in the centre of the restaurant just in case you need to nap after feasting. Your Saturday will get off to a flyer when you start here.
When: 12pm-4pm, Saturday
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Price: AED250 (soft drinks), AED380 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 352 7105, website
Lock, Stock & Barrel
For excellent portions of epic gastropub comfort food, LSB is the spot for you. This Friday brunch features multiple rounds of sharing plates, with delectable deep-fried favourites kicking off the first round, followed by a lengthy mozzarella-topped flatbread, sliders, and fish and chips, to name just a few, for round two. A tasty load of ice cream and cheesecake arrives for the KO blow in round three.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights
Price: AED99 (soft drinks), AED299 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 514 9195, website
A newlywed returns from a trip to find his home in pitch black darkness and a strange hooded figure stalking his abode. It’s certainly edge of your seat stuff.