End the month in style…
The search for the best things to do in Dubai on weekends is not exactly the easiest endeavor. Why? Because there are so many options – like a phenomenal desert drive through the dunes, a new beach restaurant with a view of the Burj al Arab, a free yoga class, a complete hotel takeover party, a magical winter wonderland where you can meet the real Santa Claus, and more.
Here’s our shortlist of 12 amazing things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Friday Nov 25
Bring back the 90s with Roll DXB
Cheer up with an hour of unadulterated fun at Roll DXB’s 90s theme nights this Friday and Saturday. Priced at Dhs 115 per hour, bring back the iconic era with 90s tunes from Shabab Al Wadi Recording and retro vibes. Don’t forget to wear your best vintage fits.
Roll DXB, Port Rashid, Dubai. Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26. 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Dhs 115 per hour. rolldxb.com /@rolldxb
Celebrate the first anniversary of 25hours hotel
Dubai’s quirkiest hotel turns one this weekend, which means it’s party time – and we’re all invited. In true 25hours Hotel fashion, the unconventional hotel pulls out all the stops with a full-day party packed with delicious food, intoxicating drinks and mind-blowing music. From the Nomad Courtyard (currently home to Salt) and Ernst’s winterfest to Tandoor Tina, all the way to Monkey Bar, visitors can visit their favorite venue or opt for a gold wristband (Dhs750) for unlimited access to all parties, with free-flow house drinks all day and all night.
25 hours Hotel One Central, Trade Centre, Dubai. Saturday November 25. From 3 p.m. to late. Dhs750 for gold wristband. Tel:(0)4 2102566. 25hours-hotels.com
Don’t miss this two-day Porsche festival for a weekend of family fun
The second edition of the Icons of Porsche festival has arrived. The two-day event takes over the Dubai Design District for an action-packed weekend of classic cars, art exhibitions, live music performances, homegrown food trucks and much more. The free festival is your chance to get an up-close look at some of Porche’s most iconic releases, including a first look at the all-new 911 Dakar, making its regional premiere at the event. Admission is free, just register at iconsofporsche.com to receive your ticket.
Icons of Porsche 2022, Dubai Design District, November 26 and 27, free. iconsvanporsche.com
Watch the game against the most beautiful background
With the incredible backdrop of the Museum of the Future, this outdoor arena features huge screens, private VIP lounges and delicious food. Emirates Towers Arena is located on the ground floor of Plaza Terrace and offers a more sophisticated football experience; however, the football camaraderie is still at an all-time high. Don’t miss this iconic fan zone.
Jumeriah Emirates Towers, Downtown Dubai, [email protected]
Saturday Nov 26
Experience a unique four-hand dinner at Le Guépard
Treat your senses to something new with a special one-off dinner at funky French brasserie Le Guépard. The spot on Alserkal Avenue hosts a four-handed dinner with in-house chef, Yanis Yahoui, better known as Chef Yax, and chef Franckelie Laloum from a Michelin-starred French restaurant all the way from Hong Kong. On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November, the two chefs will work together on an experimental seven-course dinner “where the senses work together”. The four hands experience costs Dhs800 per person.
The Cheetah, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Nov 25 & 26, 8pm, Dhs8 @the_cheetah_dubai
Get ready for the ultimate day of adventure with Desert Drive
Fancy some off-road and dune-bashing thrills? This is for you. The fourth edition of Khaleej Times’ Desert Drive kicks off this weekend in the desert of Ras Al Khaimah. The one-day event begins at Al Hamra golf club where participants will enjoy breakfast in the beautiful par-72, 18-hole golf venue before lining up to leave. The seven-hour self-driven journey gives residents a chance to explore the desert as expert marshals guide them every step of the way. Evening entertainment and dinner start at 6:00 PM.
Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah. Saturday November 26. 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dhs 450 per person, children from 6 to 11 Dhs 250.
Stretch it out with a free yoga event at Fairmont The Palm
Yogis can relax and practice downward dog with an ultra-serene hatha yoga event at Fairmont The Palm. Open to all, the free event is a relaxing way to move the body and challenge the body’s limitations while emphasizing mindfulness. The afternoon includes a gentle hatha yoga session with Anna Krukovskaya to focus on mind, body and breathing, improving strength, flexibility and balance.
Arabian Courtyard, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Saturday, November 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. reconnectprogram.com
Check out the new Nikkei restaurant at Summersalt beach club
The well-known beach club Summersalt recently launched a new restaurant concept, Summersalt by Kayto. With a fusion of Peruvian-Japanese cuisine, diners can expect favorites like Tuna Tarte Sticky Rice, citrusy Yuzu Ceviche, and hearty Wagyu beef. With an unparalleled view of the Burj al Arab, this is the ideal place to relax. Resident DJs transport guests every day from 2pm with unique acoustic sounds.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: 800 323232. Book a table: sevenrooms.com / @summersaltbeachclub
Do not shop at K9 Friends adoption open day
This Saturday K9 Friends is organizing an open house for adoption and an information session. The two-hour session runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There are so many dogs waiting for their forever homes, so you’re sure to find a furry friend that fits your lifestyle. The volunteers and organizers of K9 Friends can answer your questions and give their opinion on a particular pup’s personality.
K9, Saturday, November 29, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call to confirm attendance and find the location. Tel:(0)4 887 8739. @k9friendsdubai
Sunday Nov 27
Visit the new Lakrids by Bulow at Mall of the Emirates
…the first 100 shoppers will receive an exciting goodie bag! Licorice lovers will be happy to hear that these heavenly chocolate treats have made their way to Mall of the Emirates. To celebrate, they’re offering a goodie bag to the first 100 buyers between November 25 and 27. For those who haven’t yet tried these crowd favorites, we recommend the bronze taste and salted caramel.
Drop of Bulow, Mall of the Emirates, Level 1, Dubai. dropcitybulow.com
Get a tea-to-go from the recently reopened TWG Dubai Mall
Are you planning to do some Christmas shopping this weekend? Instead of your usual coffee break, you might want to try this new tea takeaway at the recently reopened TWG in Dubai Mall. Choose from over 100 teas, served hot or cold and prepared using careful infusion methods and specially filtered water. The takeaway cups, priced at Dhs 29, are served in cups that mirror the signature gilded teapots with a white sugar stick and a TWG Tea Glass Straw for iced tea. Who’s up for a cup of tea?
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Dubai Mall, Ground Floor. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tel:(0) 04 878 1838. twgtea.com
Take the little ones to meet the real Santa Claus in Expo City
It’s starting to look more and more like Christmas… especially in Expo City Dubai. The magical winter wonderland has a variety of festive activities and experiences for all the family, such as traditional chalet-style Christmas markets, fir trees, fun fairgrounds, Santa’s cave and a mailbox station. Families can also enjoy ziplining, gingerbread making workshops, wreath making, and ornament making. There will also be a toy factory where you can customize teddy bears. Don’t forget to tell Santa and Mrs. Santa what’s on your list this year.
Expo City, November 23 to January 8, admission is free, while tickets may be purchased for some activities. expocity.com