The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to make the most of it with cinema trips, seafood dinners, new brunches and a spot of pampering…

Thursday 6

Check out the latest Hollywood blockbuster 

Gone Girl left us with a thirst for psychological thrillers, and this new release should help quench it somewhat. The Girl on the Train – adapted from the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins – follows the story of recent divorcee Rachel, whose people-watching on her daily commute lands her in dangerous territory. Grab some popcorn and a front row seat and watch Emily Blunt work her magic onscreen.

In cinemas across Dubai from October 6.

See a top DJ in action

trevor nelson

Hip hop and R’n’B lovers, this one is for you, as Dubai With Attitude will have renowned UK DJ Trevor Nelson in house for the night. With years of experience under his belt, including stints at KISS FM and Radio 1, this guy knows what he’s talking about when it comes to music.

The Act Dubai, The Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 355 1116 or email reservations@theactdubai. (reservations required). Doors open for dinner from 8.30pm.

Dine on the fruits of the sea


Because weekends are made for eating, right? You’ll be able to get your hands (well, mouths) around plenty of daily catches at Conrad Dubai’s Seafood Night (which happens every Thursday), where chefs will cook up a storm at live stations. It’ll set you back Dhs220 per person for soft drinks, and Dhs295 per person for house beverages.

Ballaro, 6th floor, Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, from 6.30pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 444 7111. 

Friday 7

Treat yourself to a mani

nail spa 

Get your fingers into shape with a trip to The Nail Spa’s newest location, Mall of the Emirates. We recommend trying out the long-lasting polish Evo Gel – the halal-friendly formula lets your nails breath so it’s prayer friendly.

 The Nail Spa, Mall of the Emirates, E11 Sheikh Zayed Road, 10am to 8pm. Tel: 600 544 001.

A proper family day out

the beach 

With temperatures finally starting to cool off, there’s no better excuse to embrace outdoor activities again. Grab the family and brace yourself for a fun-filled day of rides and arcade games at THE BEACH’s Carnival.

The Carnival, The Beach, JBR, Dubai, open from 10am to midnight. Click here for more information.

Party with the king of trance 

paul van dyke

Ready to blow off some steam? With the return of One Big Friday at Zero Gravity you can boogie into the early hours with German superstar DJ Paul Van Dyk, Dubvision and 99 Souls for a party you won’t want to miss.

Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Dropzone, Dubai Marina, 3pm to 3am, free before 6pm, Dhs150 after. More info on Facebook. Buy tickets here. 

Eat your way around the world

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

It can be a struggle trying to decide on a brunch spot but why not try somewhere different this time? JW Mariott Marquis Dubai is launching a new brunch this week, and it sounds pretty tempting. The place is divided into 10 themed cooking stations, and for only Dhs395 guests are given the chance to indulge in a culinary journey around the world in a fun, vibrant space. Is anyone else’s mouth watering at the thought of more than 360 dishes available?

Garden Restaurant, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, 1pm to 4pm. Tel:056 224 0956.

Saturday 8

Indulge your artistic side 

Contemporary Portrait Painting and Mixed Media with Mohamed Abou El Naga

Always wanted to learn how to paint but never known where to start? This new course taught by artist and professor Mohamed Abou El Naga should help. Discover all about portraits and mixed media, and just broaden your art knowledge and skills in general.

Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Classes take place on Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am – to 12.30pm and Saturday 6.30pm to 9.30pm for five consecutive weeks, Dhs980.

Diary Dates

 Tuesday October 11 

Grab your favourite pals for the ultimate girls’ night as Level 43 relaunches its ladies night. Manicures, massages, makeovers – you name it, Vanidays’ glam squad is on hand to provide it. With complimentary drinks, an open-air terrace and endless pampering, this is a definite date for your diary.

Level 43 Sky Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, from 8pm. Tel: (04) 323 0343. 

Monday October 10 – Saturday October 15 

The ladies of Tawlet (an all-day farmer’s kitchen) are flying in from Lebanon and setting up shop in Dubai for a few days. What can you expect? Dinners, brunches and workshops courtesy of a different cook from a different region every day, all drawing on their own hometown flavours.

El Tayeb’s Kitchen, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz, Dubai, for bookings contact Tel: (04) 344 1788.

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