11 fun things to do this weekend in the UAE

From modified cars and Titanic-style dining to volleyball brunch and Easter fun, you're sorted

07:00 April 13, 2017
Dubai Garden Glow

Family weekends to a lot of partying, here are the top picks on how to spend this weekend in the UAE.

Easter Weekend

This is Easter weekend and here’s how to spend it in the UAE with Easter offers, egg hunts, sweet treats and more.

We have your ultimate guide to celebrating Easter in the UAE.

TruckersDxb at Emirates Golf Club

Food truck lovers rush to Emirates Golf Club this Saturday for the event sponsored by Etisalat. Summer is definitely here now, but the evening vibes here might just be one of the last events you can attend comfortably outside.

Location Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills 2, Near Nakheel Metro, Dubai Dates April 15 Timings 5pm to 11pm Contact +971 4 417 9999

Family Al Dana weekend in Abu Dhabi

Al Dana Weekend

The family event will take place on Al Dana Island within Al Raha Beach. Organic food producers and food trucks will provide visitors with a wide variety of international and local cuisines. This will be complemented by street performances, live mural painting as well as adventure and sporting activities such as parents’ and kids’ yoga, climbing walls, and trampolines. For children, a dedicated kids zone, farm and beach play area, will be on offer. A pop up market will feature vintage goods, fashion, arts and crafts, eyewear and beauty.

Location Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi Cost Free entry for all Dates April 13 to 15 Timings 5pm to 11pm

Cars mania at City Overdrive

City Walk's annual modified car show, City Overdrive, is rolling back into town for its 3rd edition this year. The spectacular 10-day event will see a collection of over 85 uniquely modified, super-tuned, 4X4 and classic cars on display, alongside thrilling activities and underground parties for the city’s auto enthusiasts to experience all things automotive. Modified cars on display will include the Devil 16 which is the fastest car on planet Earth, the original Batmobile from the 1989 set of Batman, a Rolls Royce monster truck, 20 colorful Mini Coopers, Italian supercars from Lamborghinis to Ferraris and much more.

Location City Walk Entry Free Dates April 13 to 22 Timings 4pm to 10pm

Volleyball and brunch

How much more summery can you get than volleyball and brunch? Combine your favorite beach sport and Saturday brunch in one fun afternoon. Brush up on your skills and whip out your best beach wear and join the friendly competition. Once you win, or let them win (being nice of course) enjoy refreshing brunch and beverages.

Location Ghantoot Al Jazira Hotel Cost Dh 249 for seating in restaurant 1st seating (1pm to 3pm) 2nd seating 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Dh295 for Terrace and Beach brunch 2pm to 4pm, Dh550 for Moët Ice Imperial Brunch Dates April 15 (Saturday) Contact +971 56 113 3400 Email

Xriss and crew at Q’s Bar 


Dubai Music Week winner, Xriss, is the latest performer to take to the stage at Quincy Jones’ first ever jazz bar, Q’s Bar and Lounge at Palazzo Versace Dubai. Handpicked by Jones himself, Xriss and her accompanying trio will be performing at the Q’s Bar and Lounge in Palazzo Versace Dubai from April 11 to May 26.

Location Q’s bar, Palazzo Versace, Dubai Dates April 11 to May 26 (Tuesday to Saturday) Timings 7pm to 2am (Venue timings) Reserve at 04 556 8865 or email

Experience dining as in the Titanic

On 14 and 15 April, Bord Eau, nestled within the main lobby of Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, will serve a lavish 10-course menu originally served to the first-class passengers aboard the Titanic on 14 April 1912. When tables sold out in less than three hours that they had to host it for a second night.

Location Bord Eau  Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Dates April 14, 15 Timings 6.30pm onwards Cost Dh496 (inclusive of welcome canapes and beverages) Contact +971 2 509 8555 Email 

Red Bull Weekender

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender is a musical event that will bring together over 30 international and regional artists for four days of musical exploration. The participant’s musical talent will entrance the city, partaking in inspiring and energetic events, workshops, parties and an exhibition in Dubai’s most original venues across four days – celebrating the many elements and unique counterparts prevalent in the city’s new musical and cultural identity.

Read our complete event guide here

Location Across the city including, Music Hall at Zabeel Saray, On 42 at the Media One Hotel, Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay, Kite Beach, d3 and the Tap House Club at Vista Mare in Palm Jumeirah Dubai Dates Wednesday April 12 to Saturday April 15 Cost Dh100 to Dh130 per person

Louie Vega live in Dubai

Louis Vega

A living legend in his own right, the Grammy winner’s career spans over 35 years and more than 25 compilations, having mesmerised sell-out crowds at the world’s premiere music festivals and clubs from New York to Ibiza.

Location 360, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Date April 14 (Reserve in advance) Contact +971 55 500 8518 Email

Springtime Festival at Yas Marina


Attendees will be able to enjoy a full day of themed entertainment, an array of deals on food and beverages and live music along the promenade. Children can enjoy activities such as petting farm, pony rides and crafts while their parents can participate in workshops such as making flower head bands and bracelets, vintage furniture painting, acrylic painting and clay modelling. Apart from this, visitors can shop at the pop-up market and dine at any of Yas Marina's seven licensed restaurants.

Location Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi Dates April 14 and 15 Timings 1pm to 6pm Cost Free entry, Dh30 per child in children’s zone for all activities, Varied costs for adult workshops and family buffets

Musical fest at Dubai Garden Glow

Every weekend young children from Sing and Swing (a Thomsun group institute) will show off their musical prowess for visitors to enjoy. This is an effort to promote music amongst children and engage the young visitors at the park. This also provides a great platform for young talent. The children performing are of 6 to 15 years of age and have lined up some great performances that include piano, drums, vocals, ballet and more.

Location Dubai Garden Glow Dates Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April)

Movie: Take Off

This is one movie everyone should watch, because it brings to light how the terrorism actually affects people on the ground. A group of 20 Indian nurses are stranded in Daesh occupied areas in Iraq and the movie follows the Indian government's attempts at rescuing them. The incidents are inspired by true events. Parvathy, Fahadh Fazil and Kunchacko Boban play the lead characters.

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai? Try these Easter sweet recipes from across the globe.

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