The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with free pool parties, evening brunches and two-for-one manis.

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Thursday 20

Go for a late-night dip

Nasimi Beach,

You can now maximise the weekend fun with a new weekly late-night party at the Atlantis’ picturesque pool. From 7pm, you can grab a floatie and hit the water, as resident DJs spin some tunes. There’ll be snacks to snap up if you get peckish, as well as games throughout the night offering prizes. Sounds like the perfect way to shake off the working week…

Nasimi Beach, The Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from 7pm until midnight. Free entry, happy hour from 7pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 426 2626.

Hit the brunch a bit early…


Why wait until Friday afternoon when you can fill your belly on a Thursday night? That’s what you’ll find at Reform Social & Grill, which has just launched a new weekly evening brunch. Between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday, you can find a two-hour unlimited package of British bar snacks and drinks, plus some nostalgic 90s tunes to set the mood. Our tummies are already rumbling at the sound of a mini toad in the hole…

Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 6pm to 8pm. Dhs199 per person. Tel: (04) 454 2638.

Friday 21

See two Arab stars perform live

 Dalia Mubarak

To celebrate this year’s edition of Dubai Summer Surprises, two local singing sensations are putting on a free concert in the City Centre Mirdif mall. Fouad Abdulwahed and Dalia Mubarak (who recently collaborated on the single Mamnou) will take to the stage from 9pm, meaning you can pick up a few treats, grab a quick dinner and catch a gig, all before bedtime.

Central Galleria, City Centre Mirdif, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai, 9pm. Free entry.

Get a mani with a gal pal


This newly-launched salon (part of the nail chain’s UAE portfolio) is offering a special deal to celebrate its opening. Until September 30, you can get two essential manicures for the price of one as part of their Glam with your Girlfriend promotion. So grab a pal and have a leisurely gossip as you get pampered (and this offer is only on in the d3 salon, FYI).

N.Bar, Building 6, Dubai Design District, Dubai. Dhs75 for one essential manicure. Tel: (04) 553 8998.

Saturday 22

Check out a new yoga studio

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He’s been working with fitness fans in the UAE for 14 years, and now yoga coach Sanjeev Krishna has set up a new studio and wellness centre in Jumeirah. There are classes for beginners and pros alike, with varieties taught including hatha, yoga nidra, yoga for couples, teens or the elderly, and prenatal and post-natal options. There’s even zero-gravity swing yoga on offer, if you’re feeling more adventurous (and meditation, in case you’re not).

Villa 674, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai. Prices for group sessions start from Dhs100 per class and individual consultations start from Dhs350. Tel: (04) 398 7595.

Try some new bites designed by a Michelin-starred chef

Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar

Feel like rounding the weekend off with a taste of a different country? Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s new street-food menu should fit the bill. At his JW Marriott Marquis restaurant you’ll find a six-course set menu inspired by Kochhar’s childhood, with dishes including lamb kebabs, keema toast and fisherman-style crispy fried fish. Anyone else’s tummy grumbling right now?

Rang Mahal, fourth floor, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, open daily from 6pm until 11.30pm. Dhs275 for set six-course menu, grape pairing Dhs195 extra. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.

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