No plans this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Get back in touch with nature, celebrate the Year of the Monkey, party like an A-lister and snatch up Dubai’s hottest tickets all before Sunday morning.
Head To The Market Outside The Box
As part of Dubai Shopping Festival, Market OTB is back at Burj Park Downtown. Launching today (January 21) from 4pm yo 10pm, and the weekend from 10am to 10pm, the market will host over 40 fashion brands including some of our faves from Deborah Henning to Boom & Mellow, yApparel and VESMASINA. Get there at 10am tomorrow and start with a free workout with FAST Athletic Training then get a bit to eat at Circle Cafe’s pop-up stand, take some selfies with Burj Khalifa in the background and the shop ’til you drop. If that’s not the key to an awesome weekend, we don’t know what is. For more details visit here
Swing into golf season at The Westin, Abu Dhabi
As the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship gets ready to tee off, The The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa located on the fringes of the sprawling Abu Dhabi Golf Club is hosting a weekend of exciting events. Starting on Thursday 21 at 7pm the Abu Dhabi Big Band – a legendary 18-piece jazz band – will be taking the stage whilst guests enjoy drinks and canapés (Dhs275 per person). Friday night is for the fashion lovers… Heels on the Grass will involve a collection of fashion brands, make-up artists and hair experts offering beauty advice and handing out complimentary gifts (Dhs200 per person). And finally, the Golf Gala dinner on Saturday night (Dhs600 per person) tops the weekend off with a lavish four-course dinner designed by Michelin star chef Ron Blaauw and with entertainment from fire dancers, drummers and Irish dancers. Reservations at (02) 6169999. westinabudhabigolfresort.com
Celebrate Chinese New Year the traditional way
This Chinese New Year it’s the Year of the Monkey and to celebrate, we’re heading to Hakkasan to indulge in their celebratory new menu available from January 22 to February 22. The inspired meals include Crispy Duck, wok-fried lobsters and dim sum platters that can be paired with the 9 Hou cocktail, a cocktail comprised of nine components representing the monkey’s ninth position on the zodiac. Chinese traditions like the Wishing Tree and good lock coins will also be available for patrons to really get into the festivity in the most authentic way possible. Dhs488 per person, for reservations email email@example.com or call (02) 6907999.
Talk to our agent
We’ll be rubbing shoulders with the It crowd at VIP Room this weekend at their newly launched Talk to my Agent night. The mantra is – if you’re there, you matter. Girls drink on the house and their resident DJs (DJ Rawdolff and DJ Yann Turner) will be keeping us on our feet all night. Find us among the models, celebrities and socialites of Dubai this Friday at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay. Guest list is essential, of course. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (052) 881 8888 to get involved.
Brunch done “summer picnic” style
Reminiscent of our childhood summers, the Saturday family brunch at Iris Yas Island is a fun-filled day for the whole family. There’s not a BBQ picnic favourite that they don’t provide: from drumsticks, steak and traditional bangers to hot dogs, pizza and burgers. And let’s not even get started on the dedadent desserts. Children are well catered for with a grass-covered play area with arts and crafts and Iris staff keeping them safe so parents can relax and enjoy their weekend. From Dhs200 (buffet and soft drinks) to Dhs450 (buffet with bubbly).
Want to buy your special someone something a little different this Valentine’s Day? Tom Jones, the legend himself, is coming to Dubai on April 15 and tickets are available now! Get them online at ticketmaster.ae and in Virgin Megastores across the UAE for Dhs350.
Next month, the Great Moscow State Circus will be bringing the world’s biggest flying saucer to our Emirate in their international circus project “UFO: Circus from Another Planet”. The circus will be packing 80 tons of equipment and huge light displays under the roof of the Dubai World Trade Centre every afternoon night between February 10 and February 13. Get tickets for Dhs140 at onlineticketshop.com and dubai.platinumlist.net
Words: Jennifer McNeill