From smoking Cuban cigars and sunset bites on the beach to evening walks in JBR and exhibitions with a cause, we’re feeling those #weekendvibes.
Bring a little Cuban spirit to Thursday
The one-night-only Cuban night at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel this Thursday has a strict dress code – men must arrive adorned in colour while ladies should be in dresses flowing enough to allow a lot of dancing. The night will be bursting with Caribbean spirit, from the eight-piece band the Sugar Kings providing entertainment all evening to the cigar bar and native Cuban food selection. VIP Gold Tickets are Dhs695 per person and include front row seats to the entertainment, unlimited sips and a shared dining experience while the Silver tickets are Dhs545p er person for the entertaining dining. Doors open at 7pm, the concert starts at 8:30pm, for more information and to book call (02) 4071138.
Shop till you drop
The weekend just got a little more extravagant thanks to the Debenhams Festival Weekend. At any and every Debenhams across the Middle East this weekend, there will be in-store attractions, instant prizes to be won, refreshments provided by Starbucks and Pinkberry and different daily shopping offers. There’s also the chance to win Dhs100,000 for two lucky shoppers, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. For more information about the festival, have at look their official Facebook page or Instagram.
Get a seat at the chef’s table
Every Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at Galeries Lafayette, make your appointment at the Chef’s table for an interactive, live-cooking station experience. Watch Le Gourmet’s chefs cook custom gourmet dishes in front of your eyes then tuck in for Dhs125 per person including one mineral water and one mocktail. At Galeries Lafayette, 2nd floor, The Dubai Mall, (04) 3399933.
Have a 360-degree dining experience
Everyone’s favourite Dubai nightclub has just revamped its food menu – doubling your reasons to put it on this weekend’s to do list. At 360, TheNineZero indoor dining concept will feature a Pan-Asian seafood fusion menu crafted by award-winning Chef Rosnani. Expect sumptuous Dim Sum plates, fresh sushi and Asian style Fish ‘N’ Chips or indulge in the the sociable sharing platters of cold and grilled whole lobster, fresh sashimi and king crab. For reservations call (04) 323232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care to share at Satine Nikki Beach
As temperatures slowly start to climb, enjoy the sea breeze while you still can at new Dubai hot spot Nikki Beach. Every Friday and Saturday from 5pm at the Lounge and Terrace of Nikki Beach’s restaurant Satine, guests can enjoy the sunset alongside mixed drinks, bottles of grape and delicious platters from the Lounge Bites menu. Starting at just Dhs35, find Satine on the 1st floor of Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah. Call (04) 3766168 or email email@example.com
Get Your Groove On
English drum and bass band Rudimental will be performing their full live show at the Love Music Your Way music festival at Media City Amphitheatre. The band will be sharing the stage with popular UK DJ duo Disclosure, who will be coming to the city for the first time ever. Love Music Your Way Festival, Dubai Media City Ampitheatre, Friday April 29, 4pm to 1am. Tickets from Dhs399 on platinumlist.net
See art for a good cause
Running until May 8, the Abolish 153 Exhibition at JAMM Art Gallery will be showing 40 artworks in an effort to raise funds for an important campaign to abolish article 153 from Kuwait’s penal code. The article effectively gives men regulatory, judicial and executive power over their female kin in blatant disregard of the constitution, international agreements on human and women’s rights and even the Islamic Sharia. All artworks are created for the purpose of the exhibition and include Kuwaiti photographers, Iranian painters and Iraqi multi-media artists. Fifty per cent of proceeds from the sale will go towards the fight to abolish Article 153. JAMM Art Gallery is at 86 8th street, visit jamm-art.org for more on the exhibition and abolish153.org for more on the cause.
Get down to JBR for the last night of Street Nights
Saturday is the last night of JBR 10-day Street Nights event, bringing local and regional talent to the beachfront walk through live entertainment, musical performances and street food. For the last night of the cultural festival, DJ Lord will be taking to the decks from 7pm – 10pm. Find the street come alive from 5pm onwards.
Have a laugh for the love of Syria and and Palestine
For the love of Palestine and Syria is a special comedy and urban arts concert in support of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. The show will feature an electic blend of creative arts including spoken word, stand up comedy, beatbox, music, dance and the Improv Revolution troupe. Admission to the concert is free at the Centre of Musical Arts located in the Gold and Diamond Park, building 7. Doors open at 7pm, the show will kick off at 7pm. For more information and to RSVP email LOL@dubomedy.com or call 800 COMEDY.
Go all out on a boat party
To celebrate the launch of the new UberYacht service, Uber is hosting a yacht party at Marine Pier 7 in Dubai Marina and will feature entertainment from Nikki Beach’s DJs. To attend book via the Uber app – slide to the UberYacht and book your spot for Dhs300. You have until 4pm on Thursday to book a place. The party takes place from 2pm to 6pm. get.uber.com.
Sunday May 1
Channel your inner Dita Von Tease at Rouge, the new bi-monthly night event at The Act Dubai. The immersive dinner show sets place in a room that becomes many rooms featuring shadow dancers, red welcome cocktails with strawberries and chocolate before the meal begins at 8pm. Dhs450 per person including one cocktail and the party will continue until Xam. For reservations call (04) 3551116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Every Tuesday
Get fighting fit this summer with Pret To Go! The home-grown eatery that provides movers and shakers in Dubai with healthy food on the go has teamed up with U Energy, the fitness club in DIFC Gate Village to offer free entrance from 12pm on for ladies for only as well as onetime access to one of two fitness classes. Following the sweat-session, enjoy a free energy shot and 50 per cent off Pret To Go sandwiches and wraps. At U Energy DIFC, Gate Village Building 4 open from 7am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 8am to 8pm Friday and Saturday. Contact U Energy on their website or at (04) 4228721 for more information.