The weekend is nearly here, and if you’re in need of some inspiration for how to make the most of it, well, we’re full of bright ideas. From brand new bars to feminist cinema and the best of the season’s closing parties, we’ve got you covered.
Thursday June 28
Head to a 90s-style house party
The House Party Bar has just opened in the Fairmont Dubai, and we have a feeling it’s going to be our new favourite hangout. Designed to look like an actual house from the 90s, the venue embraces the simple joys of a time before cellphones existed and when Justin and Britney were still a thing. Think red cups, arcade games, pizza served in boxes, and a playlist full of pop.
The House Party Bar, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, open daily from 6pm til late. Tel: (050) 995 5400. @thehousepartybar
Make the most of a cheese-lover’s deal
The Grape Escape is a little gem of a wine bar, tucked away inside The Hilton on The Walk at JBR. They have an end-of-the-week deal called L’apres-ski Thursdays where you get unlimited raclette, fondue, cheese and charcuterie, all washed down with a glass of grape, for Dhs129 per person.
The Grape Escape, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, Thursdays, 5pm to 1am, Dhs129. Tel: (04) 318 2319. hilton.com
Friday June 29
Soak up the sun at a luxe beach club
This weekend is your last chance to enjoy a pool day at Drift Beach Dubai before they close for the season on July 1. The gorgeous beach club in the One&OnlyRoyal Mirage boasts one of the most Instagrammable infinity pools in town. Grab your BFF and settle in for the afternoon on one of the luxury sun loungers or cabanas dotted around the pool.
Drift Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, open daily 10.30am to 8pm (until July 1), from Dhs300 for sun lounger. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com
Party by the pool at a season closing party
Nikki Beach is another one of our favourite spots which is shutting up shop for the summer months – but not before one final blowout weekend. The Pearl Jumeira hotspot will open from 11am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday for two days of pool parties, with beats provided by Nikki Beach’s resident DJs.
Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Friday and Saturday 11am to 8pm, from Dhs250. Tel: (04) 376 6162. @nikkibeachdubai
Saturday June 30
Find your zen at a free yoga and fitness event
Club Vista Mare on the Palm Jumeirah is transforming into an open-air workout arena for the ‘Core Beats’ fitness concert, organised in collaboration with Core Direction and Yoga La Vie. Expect an all-star lineup of some of Dubai’s best yoga and fitness instructors, as well as a live DJ. ‘Yoga Beats’ and ‘Fitness Beats’ classes are free to attend, but you have to RSVP first.
Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Saturday from 6pm, free. coredirection.com
Watch an award-winning documentary
Co-directed by Insiyah Saeed and Nora Poggi, She Started It follows five ambitious female tech entrepreneurs over two years as they pursue their startup dreams. The documentary has been brought to Dubai by independent film platform Cinema Akil, and is playing at Alserkal Avenue tonight – you don’t want to miss it.
Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Saturday 7pm, free. cinemaakil.com