From nights out to top restaurants, here's how to spend your weekend in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
The weekend is finally here - hooray! From concerts, to nights out, to top restaurants around town, we've got all your weekend plans right here. Swipe through the gallery above to find out what's happening. Have a good weekend.
#DXBExperiments presents The Garden DXBExperiments is back with the second of its three special winter events. This time, it’s called The Garden, and it will again be hosted on the hotel’s huge lawn, running between February and April for three of the winter season’s most enjoyable months. Dhs90. Tue-Thu, 6pm-11pm.Until April 27. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, JBR, www.facebook.com/DXBExperiements.
AÏDA at Dubai Opera A tragic tale of forbidden love, presented by The Polish National Opera right here at Dubai Opera. AÏDA tells the taile of the Nubian princess of the same name, and the young Egyptian warrior Radamès, who have to decide between love and their countries. From Dhs350. Feb Wed 14 to Sat 17. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Shang Palace Celebrate Chinese New Year at Shang Palace, which will be decked out with lanterns and plenty of Chinese music. You can also choose between four Cantonese-style ten-course set menu options created especially for the day. From Dhs258. Daily, noon-3pm;7pm-midnight. Until Feb 22. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Dinner deal at Moombai & Co. Fancy a curry? Moombai & Co. is offering a three-day Valentine’s menu for Dhs400 a couple, including a bottle of grape. Dhs400 (per couple). Feb 14-16, noon-midnight. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8607).
Fiesta at BOCA BOCA will be hosting a Friday brunch with a twist this weekend, featuring an exhibition about all things grape at the restaurant’s olive tree terrace. There will be more than 50 varieties from the old and new worlds, ten different reps, tasting competitions, live entertainment and more. Dhs395 per person. Fri Feb 16 from noon. BOCA Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
GRab some lunch at BB Social Dining Peckish at lunchtime? BB Social Dining in DIFC has launched a new lunch menu. You’ll get two dishes for Dhs80 or three dishes for Dhs100, think bao buns, cauliflower popcorn and pho. Dhs80 (two dishes), Dhs100 (three dishes). Daily noon-3.30pm. Ongoing. Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 407 4444).
Relax and unwind at Anantara Spa If your other half is more into being pampered than posh dinners, then book into the Anantara Spa for a special treat. This month-long Valentine’s deal includes a luxurious two-hour spa experience including a Anantara milk bath, body exfoliation and a couples’ massage. Plus, you’ll get free access for the children at the hotel’s Tuk Tuk Kids Club for the ultimate in peace and quiet. Dhs1,999 (per couple). Daily 10am-10pm. Until Feb 28. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8140).
Skyline at The Penthouse This brand-new bar on the Palm has launched its first weekly event offering. Skyline promises big DJs from the international circuit, with unparalleled views of Dubai Marina, plus two swimming pools. Free entry. Tables available with minimum spend from Dhs1,000. Thu, 4pm-3am. Ongoing. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (055 313 4999).
At Night We Play at McGettigan’s DWTC A brand-new night offering ladies three free drinks between 6pm and 9pm, while gents can get in on the action with unlimited house beverages at the same time for Dhs179. The Mike Ross Band then hits the stage from 9pm to see through the night. Free (ladies), Dhs179 (gents). Fri, 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 378 0800).
Ballet Under the stars Love the ballet? Treat yourself to this package at Desert Palm, where you’ll get a bubbly reception and a three-course meal, alongside feature performances from dancers from world-class ballet companies such as The Royal Danish Ballet and The English National Ballet. Dhs750 (gold seating), Dhs850 (platinum seating). Feb 16-17. From 7pm. Desert Palm Dubai, Al Awir Road (04 457 3212).
Catch Emeli Sandé in the UAE After bursting onto the scene back in 2009, the Scottish singer is finally coming back to the UAE for a one-off gig. Expect Sandé’s absolute best with her hit tunes Next To Me, which has over 70 million views on YouTube, Read All About It and the more recently released Hurts. With tickets ranging from affordable to “I can see her right before my very eyes” kind of seats, don’t miss out on one of the UK’s top artists in this special show at Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah. Dhs73.50-210 (pearl seating), Dhs255.50-365 (silver seating), Dhs367.50-525 (gold seating), Dhs476-680 (platinum seating), Dhs549.50-785 (diamond seating). 9pm. Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Sharjah (06 512 3440).
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Saffron Atlantis The Palm’s party spot Saffron will be presenting a range of contemporary Chinese dishes especially for the New Year. Expect a dim sum carousel, a selection of special soups and more live stations serving up some delicious dishes. What better way to enjoy and celebrate the lunar New Year than that? Dhs255 (food only). Daily, 6pm-11.30pm. Until Feb 24. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1000).
Live Pete Tong and Yousef live at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE Legendary UK DJ Pete Tong will be hitting the decks at this pumping Ibiza export. The Balearic beach club will also welcome global DJ Yousef to support the electronic master in what promises to be a top night for EDM lovers. Free entry. Sat Feb 16 only. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Rick Ross live in Dubai Fancy a big night out? Grammy award-nominated rapper will be making his grand appearance at BASE Dubai, so expect a Magnificent (one of his all time best) night out. Dhs500. Sat Feb 17, 10pm-4am. BASE Dubai, Ras Al Khor Road (55 313 4999).
SuperNatural Saturdays With unlimited food and drinks, some of Dubai’s best resident DJs and all-day access to the beach, Zero Gravity has a Saturday brunch worth noting down. Dhs249 (ladies), Dhs299 (gents). Sat noon-5pm. Ongoing. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).