Hidden gems, beachside parties, amazing shows and new opportunities…
Welcome to Dubai weekend, welcome to success. If you are wondering how to spend Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, we have selected a selection of the biggest and best events in Dubai. There really is something for everyone.
Here are the best things to do in Dubai this weekend…
Friday, October 21
See The Mayyas at The Pointe music festival
To celebrate two years of spring breaking the Guinness World Record, The Pointe is hosting a major three-day music festival called the RELM Festival. Viral Lebanese dance group and America’s Got Talent 2022 winners, The Mayyas will be making their UAE debut and grace the East and West stage on Friday, October 21 alongside Lebanese indie-pop band, Adonis. Although RELM FEST is free, all visitors must reserve a table at their preferred restaurant on the East or West promenade to enjoy the festival.
RELMFest, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. Friday, October 21, 6pm onwards. thepointe.ae
Get the Premier League trophy with Aleks Kolarov at the Dubai Store
Are you a fan of current Premier League champions Man City? The Premier League Cup will be in Dubai at the PUMA store this weekend, with football legend and former Man City defender Aleks Kolarov on hand to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs.
PUMA Store, Dubai Mall, Dubai. Friday, October 21, 7pm to 9pm. thedubaimall.com
Try the special Diwali menu at Bombay Bungalow
Feeling festive? Head to Bombay Bungalow in JBR for a special Diwali menu available from October 17 to October 31. For starters, we recommend sharing a few dishes to try everything including grilled avocado mahi, chili prawns, and seasonal vegetables. Main courses include potato and mutton curry, pickled chicken and pickled onion, and grilled cheese, mild garlic masala. Offering unique views of Ain Dubai, Bombay Bungalow is the perfect place to meet friends or spend quality time with your family.
Bombay Bungalow, Beach, JBR. October 17 to October 31. @bombaybungalow
Saturday, October 22
Dance the night away with your feet in the sand at RAKtopia
RAKtopia is the emirate’s first music and wellness festival that brings together leading health professionals, music creators and talented artists. It takes place over two days on October 22nd and 23rd at the beautiful Longbeach Campground. When the sun goes down, the atmosphere comes alive with famous DJs who will take festival goers on a musical journey through the world of electronic music. There will be meditations led by Sarah White, pilates with Tamara Khoury – personal trainer specializing in HIIT and Cardio pilates, and for the jam session, Charles Chaka it will make you play your way to prosperity.
RAKtopia, Longbeach Campground, RAK, Oct 22 (12pm to 3am) and Oct 23 (6am to 7pm). visittrasalkhaimah.com/raktopia
Relax on the daybeds at the new White Beach
Located on the grounds of Atlantis The Palm, White Beach closed for the summer in July and will reopen with a spectacular new look this weekend, Saturday, October 22. The refreshed space now features a new diamond-shaped pool and six luxury cabanas, each one proud. its private pools and secluded relaxation space. Stay inspired by the Mediterranean-inspired menu. Think arancini, sautéed gambas tava, grilled Spanish octopus, and crispy eggplant mille feuille alongside White Beach cocktails like the yellow diamond, zakura and costa del razzz.
White Beach, Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Every day 10am to 8pm. 21 years and older only. Weekdays Dhs250 with Dhs100 redeemable and weekends Dhs300 with Dhs100 redeemable. Tel:(0)4 426 0700. @whitebeach / atlantis.com
Travel to Japan in this new ‘undercover’ party
CLAP’s hidden room, Ongaku, has launched a delicious new meal to celebrate the start of the new season with the opening of its outdoor terrace. Every Saturday, from 12.30 pm to 16:00, the delicious lunch will feature unique, colorful and neon events, Instagrammable events, cosplay artists and live entertainment. Guests can expect a suspended sushi display, a lobster eating tower, a fresh oyster bar, a ceviche station, as well as plenty of vegetarian options. Indulge in a selection of main courses including black cod, pistachio-crusted baby chicken, and meatloaf. But save room for dessert as there is matcha cheesecake, miso chocolate tart, and mochi for every table.
Ongaku brunch, inside CLAP, DIFC, Gate 11 Village Building, level 9. Saturday, 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm. Dhs495 house, Dhs650 champagne and sake. Tel: (0)4 569 3820. claprestaurant.com
Test your fitness in the Dubai Festival City half marathon
Whether you’re taking part in a 1km fun run with your family or challenging yourself with the full 21km, the Dubai Festival City half marathon takes place on Saturday, October 22 and has races to suit all skill levels. There will be prizes for the first, second, and third place winners of each race including Sh1000 for the half marathon winner, Dhs500 for the 10km winner, and Sh500 for the 5km winner. From 6am onwards, the runners must register online by Friday, October 21.
Festival Plaza, Dubai Festival City, Saturday, October 22, 6am to 9am. Dhs50 for 1km, Dhs165 for 5km, Dhs215 for 10km, and Dhs295 for 21km. Registration: raceme.ae
Meditation and stress by energy reader Justin Andries
Feeling tired? October you insist? Relax… Mandarin Oriental hosts private energy reading sessions and meditation groups with spiritual guru Justin Andries. The 60-minute group meditation session will be held on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 from 10am and costs Dhs110. Guided meditation will include deep breathing practices, bringing relief from internal stress and encouraging a calmer, more accepting outlook on life.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dhs110. Private sessions: October 21 to 26, 9am to 7pm. Group meditation: October 22 and 23, 10am to 11am. Phone: (0)4 777 2243. @mo_jumeira
Sunday, October 23
Discover this new artistic restaurant in Al Quoz
Looking for a place to get your caffeine fix this weekend? You may have already seen this lovely new cafe on your Instagram feed… Recently opened in Al Quoz, La Nena is a cafe with a Spanish concept, with coffee, delicious snacks, and stylish home pieces to buy such as mugs , plates and candles. . What more? It’s dog friendly so come along with your four-legged friends!
La Nena, Al Marabea St, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1, Dubai. Tuesday to Sunday, 7am to 6pm. @lenenacoffee
Nourish your soul at this all-day beach party
Music lovers and sun seekers, this is for you. The ultimate night-to-night party, Surf Club has launched a new Sunday beach treat, Odyssey. Guests can dance on the dance floor to an incredible line-up of international DJs and complement the number of delicious seafood dishes and drinks. For the very first party this weekend, international legend, Allen Hulsey (Monality) he will bring the vibe and live performance dropping his signature beats.
Surf Club, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Sunday, 12 noon to dusk. Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house. @surfclubdubai
Congratulations on the last weekend of Ernst Oktoberfest
This weekend is the last weekend you can enjoy the real Bavarian Oktoberfest held at the 25hours Hotel. Those who have not yet arrived, expect a large outdoor configuration of the wonderful country of Germany with traditional German food, beef sausages, fresh pretzels and bread. Along with a live German band, you’ll also be able to get a live stream of Munich’s Oktoberfest so you’ll feel like you’re in the Bavarian beer gardens. Ernst offers two-hour drinks packages for Dhs250 – so you can have as much beer, house wine and spirits as you want. Cheers!
Ernst Biergarten and Wirtshaus, 25hours Hotel One Central, Dubai, Thursday to Sunday, September 17 to Oct 23, Tel: (0)4 210 2511. @ernstdubai
Don’t miss Shakespeare’s Macbeth at The Junction
Halloween has come a little early in the form of the cursed king of Scotland, Macbeth. Shakespeare’s dark and bloody play about a Scottish general who finds himself on the wrong path after three witches predict that he will become king is being performed live this weekend at the Junction in Alserkal Road. Award-winning actors Mario Silva as Macbeth, Lydia Medeiros as Lady Macbeth, and Sahar Ali as Macduff, along with Satya Baskaran as the Thane of Ross and Craig Arnolds as Hecate, are all-star casts coming together for the first time. and you won’t want to miss it.
Macbeth and William Shakespeare, The Junction, Oct 22, 7.30pm, Oct 23 at 2pm and 7.30pm. dubai.platinumlist.net