A world-breaking ladies’ night, cultural highlights and more

Not sure what to do over the long weekend? Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Dubai…

Wednesday September 14

Ladies’ night at the top of the Burj Khalifa


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Start the long weekend off with a bang at the new At.mosphere ladies’ night. Situated at the top of the tallest building in the world, the restaurant-come-bar offers floor to ceiling panoramic views over Dubai. Best of all – for just AED 120 women can enjoy a bottle of bubbly and a selection of canapés all night, every night of the week. 

9.30pm-midnight, daily, AED 120,  At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE. For more information visit atmosphereburjkhalifa.com


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Thursday September 13

Enjoy a laid-back pool party


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Make the most of the extra day, by heading down to the Andreeas ladies’ day by the pool. For just AED 125 women can enjoy free sunbeds, food platters and frozen drinks all afternoon long. Running from noon until 6pm, you can get a tan while listening to the live DJ or cool off in the temperature controlled pool. Can’t make it on Thursday? The deal will be available all afternoon Saturday too. 

12 noon-6pm, Thursday and Saturday, AED 125, Andreeas, Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina, UAE. For more information visit http://andreeas.ae/events/ladies-day-by-the-pool/


Have a pizza night with a difference


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Fancy something low key on a Thursday eve? There’s a new evening brunch at Jazz@PizzaExpress in JLT. Enjoy some of your pizza favourties alongside chilled live acoustic music from 8pm to 11pm. The party doesn’t stop there – after the brunch DJ Andy Swift will be spinning the decks until the early hours.

8pm-11pm (happy hour runs from 6pm-8pm, the after party from 11pm-2am). Brunch packages: AED 150 for soft drinks, AED 225 for house beverages, AED 250  for premium beverages. Jazz@PizzaExpress, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, UAE. For more information visit https://www.thestagebrunch.com/


Friday September 14

Try out a celebrity bootcamp


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Popular with the rich and famous, international fitness brand Barry’s Bootcamp has made its way to Dubai. The classes promise to burn up to 1,000 calories per session and include a mixture of group cardio and weight classes. Different packages are available throughout the week which focus on specific areas from their Butt & Leg class on Tuesday to their Abs class on Thursday. Their Friday class is a great all-rounder, covering every area of the body. If you’ve not been before you can also enjoy a 33% discount for your first session.

Class times vary, prices from AED 84 per class, Barry’s Bootcamp, DIFC and Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE.  For more information, visit https://www.barrysbootcamp.com/


A Latin-American brunch with panoramic city views


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Latin American restaurant Hotel Cartagena have started a Friday brunch. Situated on the 72nd floor of the J W Marriott Marquis hotel, the restaurant has some fabulous views of the city with 360° windows of Business Bay. The venue is worth visiting for its incredible décor if nothing else – the two-floor restaurant and bar is kitted out in some enigmatic tropical interiors from green foliage to tropical fruit and neon flamingo signs. Expect Latin American dancers, party music and popular dishes from the region including aji tuna poke and short ribs from the al a carte menu.

1.30pm-4.30pm, every Friday. Hotel Cartagena, J W Marriott Marquis hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE. AED 195 children aged 12 and under, AED 295 soft beverages, AED 395 house beverages. For more information, visit https://www.marriott.com


See Mozart’s last-ever opera


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For three nights only, Mozart’s last ever work The Magic Flute will be showing at Dubai Opera. The comic production follows the trials and tribulations of the Queen of the Night who seeks rescue her daughter with the help of Prince Tamino.

Times vary, September 13-15, tickets from AED 350pp, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE. For more information visit http://www.dubaiopera.com/

Saturday September 15

Visit an internationally-acclaimed traveling museum


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Visit the incredible Museum of Illusions which is in Dubai for a limited run from September 12. The travelling show has had successful tours of both Europe and the US, and includes 80 eye-opening exhibits. From cylinders which trick the mind into thinking the ground is moving, to eye-deceiving exhibits – this is certainly one to visit.

10am-midnight Thursday-Saturday, 10am-10pm Sunday-Tuesday, September 12 2018- September 12 2019. Museum of Illusions, Al Seef, Dubai, UAE. For more information, visit https://museumofillusions.ae/

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