8 amazing things to do this weekend in the UAE

Guides pick out the top things to do each weekend in the UAE; movies, parties and brunches

07:00 March 16, 2017
Equinox party

With the weather getting slightly warmer, what are you planning to do this weekend? Here are our top picks:

1. Nikki Beach celebrating its first anniversary

Nikki Beach Dubai is set to host its official first year anniversary party on Saturday. Partygoers will be treated to an extravaganza of live performances, entertainment, trendy vibes, gourmet cuisine and a line-up of resident DJs playing the very best dance beats. In one year, 81,588 guests from 88 nationalities have visited Nikki Beach Dubai.

Location Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeirah Cost Various packages available; reserve in advance Date March 18 Timing 12pm to 12am Contact +971 4 376 6162

Did you know most people get the least sleep on Saturday nights?

2. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

With this Irish holiday falling on Friday, most of the venues in the UAE are going green and we have picked out ten of the top spots to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. From unlimited food and beverages to all-day fun and live performances, there’s a lot going on this weekend.

3. Break brunch at Rove Downtown

Bench Brunch

Kick off the weekend with an open buffet featuring a wide selection of cold cuts, sandwiches and fresh fruits, alongside an a la carte menu of freshly cooked breakfast treats and main courses.

Location Rove Downtown Dubai Cost Dh99 per person (Inclusive of unlimited buffet, main course and coffee/tea ); Dh49 for children aged 6 to 12 years old; Complimentary for children under 6 years old Dates Friday and Saturday Timings 11am to 3.30pm Contact +971 4 561 9000

4. Yalumba Brunchology

Only in Dubai will you see enjoying Friday brunch an art and a science. The newest addition to the Yalumba brunch sees their outdoor space transformed into a rustic garden-like setting with a selection of beverage stands featuring jars of infused fruits, hops and signature beverages. Menu highlights include smoked duck with roast pumpkin, cold cuts and barbecued meats cooked on request to your preference.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Hotel + Conference Centre, Airport Road Cost Dh499 per person Dates Fridays Timings 12.30pm to 3.30pm Contact +971 4 702 2455

5. Italian Mina Beach Festival


Enjoy a celebration of the best in Italian culture, produce and food. Taking place in Le Meridien Mina Seyahi’s amphitheatre on Thursday, it’s sure to be an evening of incredible sights, smells, tastes and sounds. Complimentay parking is available.

Location Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Cost Free entry Date March 16 Timings 4pm to 11pm 

6. Equinox at Blue Marlin Ibiza

The beach club’s famous Equinox party is back on Friday bringing with it Davide Squillace and Magdalena to rock the crowd as residents hail in spring after an unusually long winter.

Location Ghantoot Al Jazira Hotel, Dubai Cost Free entry (reservations required) Date March 17 Timings 1pm to 11pm Contact +971 56 113 3400

7. Go to the Dubai Opera

Having an opera house in our city is pretty cool and they have already welcomed in over 100,000 visitors since opening. Have you been yet? Here are five shows you must try and watch.

8. Movies - Kong: Skull Island

With a stellar cast and impressive visuals, this movie is a must-watch this weekend. 

Check into Gulf News to learn which movies are running every day along with timings and cinemas across the UAE. Click here for more details. 

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