9 amazing things to do this weekend in the UAE

Movies, parties, food festivals and food trucks, brunches and more; here are our top picks

07:00 March 9, 2017
Truckers Marasi

From staying in and enjoying a quiet weekend to spending all weekend out enjoying UAE, we have something for everyone. 

1. Your last weekend for Etisalat Beach Canteen

You know us, anywhere there’s food! After trying the Beach Canteen out and we have to say – it is a must visit, and this is the last weekend to enjoy it. Here’s what we saw,

Location Sunset Beach Cost Free Entry 

2. Truckers at Business Bay

Offering an al fresco dining experience, the three-day event at Marasi, Business Bay will feature 20 home-grown food trucks serving fusion cuisines and authentic food from all over the world. In addition to food on wheels, guests can also shop at the craft market; enjoy live performances; and participate in interactive entertainment for the whole family - from a mechanical bull ride, jugglers, face painting, to kids’ cooking stations and more.

Location Business Bay, Dubai Cost Free entry Dates and timings March 9 to 11; 4pm to 11pm More details

3. Ladies’ only celebrations at Happiness Island

Happiness Island

As a gift to all women visiting on March 10, Happiness Island is offering complimentary access (usually charged at Dh100 per person). Located 10 minutes by boat off Abu Dhabi via the British Club dock, Happiness Island features Taboo 101, an exclusive sanctuary especially for ladies and couples. It has a dedicated pool, a waterfall bar and chalets.

Location Happiness Island, Abu Dhabi Cost Complimentary for ladies Date March 10 only

4. Friday brunch and party at Sho Cho 

Featuring unlimited starters and a choice of four mains, the Friday brunch menu includes new dishes and classic Sho Cho favorites such as the legendary rock shrimp tempura, shima aji ceviche, calamari salad, yellow fin tuna tartar, donburi black cod with den miso, and beef tenderloin with teriyaki. The after-brunch party kicks off with music and beverages priced at Dh30.

Location Sho Cho, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh195 including soft drinks and mocktails; Dh325 including house beverages from 12pm to 4pm; Dh30 for selected hops, grape and house beverages Dates Fridays Timings 12pm to 4pm (Brunch) 4pm to 7pm (After-brunch party)  

5. Rio Carnival at BU!

Bu! Abu Dhabi

Paying homage to Brazil’s legendary yearly party, Rio Carnival, BU! are going all out – lighting up the alfresco terrace, turning up the salsa beats and serving up their award-winning South American cuisine street style.   

Location World Trade Centre Mall, Abu Dhabi Cost Approximately Dh400 for two including drinks (a la carte) Dates March 9 from 8pm

6. Outdoor cinema at Last Exit E11

Celebrating the Dubai Food Festival in classic retro style this year with a unique pop-up, open-air cinema concept sponsored by Dubai Parks and Resorts and Roxy Cinemas, Last Exit invites all food and movie lovers this weekend. It is sci-fi week and the outdoor cinema will screen eight blockbuster science fiction movies.

Here’s what you can watch;

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6pm - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island5.30pm – Smurfs6pm – The Lego Movie
8pm – Ant Man7.30pm – Men in Black: 38pm – Ghostbusters
10.30pm – The Martian10.30pm – Star Wars: Force Awakens 


Location E11, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai Cost Free entry; a la carte menu Dates March 9 to 11 

7. Order in healthy food

Healthy dine-in is never a thought on your mind, but food delivery sites bring you some excellent options for healthy pizzas and burgers in the UAE. Featuring stores like 800 Pizza, Burgerfuel, Skinny Genie, Wokyo Noodle Bar, Munch Box and more for healthy food options including desserts, smoothies and snacks. We are going to order in some gluten-free but tasty pizza tonight!

Cost Starts at Dh35 (based on item and outlet) Order at Talabat, Deliveroo or UberEats

8. Movie Pick: Hidden Figures

Our movie pick for the week is Hidden Figures - a true story based on three female African-American mathematicians who helped shape space history. Before you go, read our guide to four reasons to watch this movie. 

Taraji P. Henson arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars

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. 

9. 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.

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai?

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