The weekend is finally here! We’re going to be making the most of it with brand-new burgers, dance stars, and free workout classes and discounts.

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Thursday 9

Eat all your weekend calories in one night

black tap

Because hey, that’s what Thursdays are for, right? Iconic New York eatery Black Tap is opening its Dubai outpost tonight, and it promises a pretty memorable feed. Their craft burgers and craft beverages (including some drool-worthy ‘crazy shakes’) have diners queuing up around the block in the States, and even have some celebrity fans in stars including The Weeknd.

Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeira Road, Dubai, 11am to 12am. Tel: (04) 422 9904. More information on Facebook. 

… and then dance it off

clean bandit

Rockabye never fails to get us going in our HIIT class, and now you can hear Clean Bandit live at Nasimi Beach’s Solis DXB Festival. The one-night-only music event will also feature performances from Showtek and Wankelmut, as well as some local DJs, so get your dancing shoes on.

Nasimi Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 5pm to3am. Tickets from Dhs150. Tel: 056 675 68 34. Buy tickets here

Friday 10

Get yourself some great discounts


Our pals at What’s On are hosting a cool inaugural event this weekend, one that’s like a freshers’ party for the city’s groups, sports clubs and active brands. At the all-day event you’ll find free classes, cheap eats, prizes and a range of discounts for companies including Talabat, Classport, Courtyard Playhouse and Real Pilates. Basically this is your chance to try out all your New Year’s resolutions for less.

Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, free, 11am to 5pm. More information on Facebook. 

Indulge your inner reggae fan


Bob Marley’s music has been celebrated for its themes of love and peace by people around the world for decades. Now, to celebrate 72 years since the reggae star’s birth, his Grammy-Award-winning son Ky-Mani will frontline the fourth edition of this UAE-based festival. The concert will additionally feature Maestro Band on backing and the best DJs from Reggae Beachfest All Stars. Combined with some tasty street food from TruckersDXB, this event is bound to be jamming.

Dubai International Marine Club, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, 5pm to 3am, tickets from Dhs125. Tel: 055 232 3956.

Saturday 11

Enjoy jazz over French food

The Presidents la mome

Like jazz? Like food? Like dining at the same restaurant that Leonardo DiCaprio picked when he was in Dubai? Then you’ll want to make a dinner reservation over this weekend, as French band The Presidents will be playing a mixture of modern and classic tunes for three nights only. Their last performances at the Sheikh Zayed Road eatery sold out, so expect good things (and trust us, order the bottomless chocolate mousse).

La Môme, Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 7.30pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3080470.

Get a taste of the Middle East at Qasr Al Sultan

 Qasr Al Sultan

This new lifestyle destination offers more than just food – it’s all about living like a Sultan. Showcasing true Arabian hospitality, this desert experience by Meraas brings together a communal banquet with live cooking stations, traditional entertainment, souq shopping, heritage crafts and pony or camel rides.

Qasr Al Sultan, adjacent to Dubai Parks and Resorts and The Outlet Village, Dubai, from 7pm, from Dhs435 per adult and Dhs250 per child. Tel: 800 785826.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 14 February

Four Seasons spa


Treat the one you love to total relaxation this Valentine’s Day with a couples’ 60-minute aromatherapy massage and 30-minute collagen facial. Boasting a Burj Khalifa view, the treatment room is scattered with rose petals and candles are lit as you enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries and a glass of bubbly.

Four Seasons, Gate Village, Building 9, DIFC, Dubai, Dhs950 per person. Tel: (04) 5060000. 

Want more V-Day inspiration? Check out our list of February 14 dining deals here. 

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