The weekend is finally here (and it’s a long one at that!), and we’re going to be making the most of it with pop-up brunches, live comedy, dining discounts and underwater yoga.

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Wednesday 20

Take a culinary journey

sheraton dubai creek

Can’t choose between Italian or Indian for dinner tonight? At this East Meets West experience, you won’t have to. Italian Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo and Indian Michelin-starred chef Manjunath Mural have teamed up for a one-night-only dinner that brings together flavours from their two homelands. We’re definitely intrigued…

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo,Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Creek Road, Dubai, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs250 per person. Booking necessary. Tel: (04) 207 1717.

Sign up for the Dubai Women’s Run

This fun run is back for its seventh year, and looks to be bigger than ever. The event itself isn’t until November 17, but registrations are open now. Commit early and give yourself time to train, we say. There are five and 10 kilometre options, and the race is open to girls and women over 14 years of age. It’s all about celebrating women in the region, and that’s a good enough reason to lace up your runners. It’ll be based in Marasi Business Bay.

Dubai Women’s Run, November 17, 7am. Registrations close November 12 at 12am. Email registration:

Thursday 21

Take in some opera


This is a one-night-only show, so if your Thursday eve is free, we’ve got you sorted. Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov are truly world class (she was named female singer of the year at the International Opera Awards in May) and they’ll be performing a selection from composers like Verdi, Puccini, Giordano, and Leoncavallo.

Anna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov at Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. Tickets start at Dhs350, show starts at 8pm, doors close five minutes before. Tel: (04) 408 8888.

Sing for your supper 

lucky voice

Opera not your speed? This next idea is still musical, but a bit more casual. With all the to-ing and fro-ing over dry night this week, no one was sure what was happening. Lucky Voice have us covered, though – they’re putting on an evening brunch (so, dinner) from 7pm to 10pm on Thursday. How does unlimited food and drink, plus karaoke sound? You’ll see us there.

Lucky Voice, Grand Millenium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, 7pm to 10pm. Packages from Dhs150 for soft drinks, Dhs250 house drinks, Dhs295 sparkling drinks. Tel: (04) 800 58259.

Friday 22

Celebrate the weekend on the water 


There’s an extra day this weekend, and summer is on its way out. Why not get out on the water? The Dubai Marina Yacht Club has the luxury yacht Athena available for charter, and you can go with a group of 12. The only way to see the city, we say. The 43ft vessel has a sundeck, swimming platform and sound system, and packages include soft drinks and a captain.

Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Address Dubai Marina. Price on application. Tel: (04)  362 7900.

Have a Balearic-inspired brunch

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

A leisurely brunch is just what long weekends are made for, and Blue Marlin UAE is dishing up an Ibiza-themed extravaganza on Friday. You can tuck into dishes and unlimited house beverages while overlooking the beach, as some soothing tunes will make you feel like you’re really on the party island.

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot, brunch served 1pm to 4pm, venue open until 11pm. Brunch is Dhs350 per person. Tel: 056 113 3400.

Get your cheese fix

la serre

Foodies, rejoice – this gourmet tasting event means you can get your hands (and tastebuds) on more than 40 different types of fromage from around France. Hosted by cheese master Patrice Marchand, this one-night-only experience will teach you plenty of cheese-based history, as well as fill your bellies with traditional fare and expertly matched drinks.

 La Serre, Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Dhs175 with one glass of grape, Dhs225 with three. Booking necessary. Tel: (04) 428 6969.

Saturday 23

Have a giggle with some live comedy


Stand-up fans, this one’s for you. Frankie’s Comedy Cellar is back in the capital after a break, with the bi-weekly event offering up a side dish of giggles over dinner. This week’s edition will be hosted by Tai Paschall, with comedians Colin Armstrong, Grace Chng, Manju Naidu and Osman Rohail rounding out the lineup.

Frankie’s Bar & Grill, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 10pm. Free entry, table reservations recommended. Tel: (02) 654 3238.

Get a slap-up family meal for less

the scene

To celebrate the new year, Pier 7 favourite The Scene is dishing up free kids’ meals throughout the weekend. For every adult main bought at the British eatery, you’ll get a complimentary children’s dish – and that offer is running all day.

4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, open 8am to 2am Thurs to Sat. Kids’ dining deal available September 21 to 23. Tel: (04) 222 2328.

Stretch under the sea

dubai aquarium yoga

Every Saturday morning during September, Dubai Aquarium will turn into an underwater workout spot thanks to Piloga Studio’s weekly sessions. The classes blend elements of pilates and yoga, and sound like a pretty perfect way to reset your zen before heading back to the office…

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 8am to 9am, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 456 4499. More information on Facebook

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