Fabulous news: it’s the weekend. If you’re casting your eye around for something to do, look no further. Whether it’s an outdoor festival, a major art opening, or some family time in the sun  you’re after, we’ve got you covered.

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Thursday 9

Enjoy some seriously affordable beverages

sheraton grand hotel

Now that it’s finally cool enough to have those end-of-the-week catchups outside, we’re thinking we’ve found the perfect spot. Fuze is a regular Thursday night event at the Sheraton Grand Hotel’s Dusk & Dawn where you’ll find fabulous views and selected house beverages from Dhs10 (yes, you read that right) from 8pm to 10pm. See you there.

Fuze at Dawn & Dusk, Sheraton Grand Hotel, 3 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Thursdays 6pm to 1am. Telephone: (04) 503 4444. sheratongranddubai.com

Have dinner right on the beach

key west

Grab a beanbag and relax on Nikki Beach’s private coastline with a bite to eat at this twice-weekly pop-up. Resident Floridian-Caribbean restaurant Key West is putting on three set menus, with dishes including jerk chicken and slow-cooked beef skirt, and the sundowners menu sets off the Arabian Gulf views a treat.

Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7pm, from Dhs180. Tel: (04) 376 6000. nikkibeachhotels.com/dubai.

Head to the one and only Party In The Park

party in the park

Where else are you going to see Liam Gallagher and the Chemical Brothers in one night? What’s On puts on Dubai’s best outdoor festival once a year, and while it’s all about the music, you can also expect great food, cool pop-up shops, and basically a great day (and night) out. Check the afterparty at Media One Hotel’s ON43, too.

Party In The Park, Media City Amphitheatre, Media City, Dubai. Doors open from 2pm. Tickets from Dhs350 at Platinumlist. partyinthepark.ae.  

Get out and enjoy the sun

the beach jbr

Chuck on the SPF, throw on some sunnies, and head down to The Beach JBR this weekend where they’re kicking off the good-weather season with a family-friendly schedule. From having an al fresco lunch on the picnic benches to performances from drummers and fire artists, there’s something to keep everyone entertained for a few hours at least.

The Beach (in front of the South Beach facilities), opposite JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, November 10 and 11, 2pm to 11pm. thebeach.ae.

Saturday 11

Check out the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening day

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The building is stunning, the collections inside are incredible, and after 10 years of talks, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally open. Online tickets for Saturday are sold out, but you can try your luck on the day. Organisers recommend you leave it for a few days – they’re expecting huge crowds – but if you just can’t wait, the option is there.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi. Tickets Dhs60 for adults, free for under 13s and people of determination. Telephone (+971) 600 56 55 66. louvreabudhabi.ae.

Go smell the roses

Dubai Miracle Garden

One of the city’s prettiest attractions, Dubai Miracle Garden, is back for another season—and since the weather seems to be pretty much perfect right now, we’re planning a leisurely stroll through the blooms. There are around 100 million flowers of 70-plus varieties on display, so you know you’re guaranteed a decent Instagram shot.

Miracle Gardens, Al Barsha South 3, Barsha, Dubailand, Dubai, Sun to Thur 9am to 9pm, Fri and Say 9am to 11pm. Dhs40 per adult, Dhs30 for children aged two to 10, under twos go free. Tel: (04) 422 8902. dubaimiraclegarden.com

Diary Dates

Get a personal trainer for free

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If you haven’t yet thrown yourself in to the Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30, it’s not too late. For three mornings next week, you can pop along to Black Palace Beach for some free morning Tabata-style workout sessions with qualified PT and rugby coach Frank Afeaki of the Gulf Rugby Academy. Anyone can attend the Australian Business Council Dubai-organised classes, so see you on the sand…

Black Palace Beach, Al Sufouh, Dubai, free sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 6.30am and 7am. Registration optional. dubaifitnesschallenge.com

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