Bring on the weekend…
Goodbye weekdays, hello weekends. Over the next few days, there are so many events and so little time. Whether you’re looking for great brunches or beach parties, family fun or a falafel festival, here are the best things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Spend a fashionable day at the beach at SĀN Beach
Put your most fashionable foot forward. SĀN Beach becomes chic thanks to its takeover by Valentino. It’s the final day of the collaboration, which sees the fashion house add its seasonal flair to the venue, from the internationally inspired menu to the decor.
SĀN Beach, The Club, Palm West Beach, The Palm, Dubai, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to midnight, Friday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. sanbeachdubai.com
Drop the kids off at a cooking class
Create your own little chefs and enroll your kids in one of Sweeties’ popular cooking classes. Mondoux Dubai Creek Harbor organizes classes for children every Friday in June. This week toddlers can learn how to make homemade brownies and later classes will cover mini Oreo cheesecakes (June 17) as well as cupcakes (June 24). The plus: you can drop off the children and they will be supervised by the chef.
Mondoux Dubai Creek Harbour, Building 1, South Promenade, Ras Al Khor, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai, Dhs150 June 10. Tel: (0)50 1189401. @mondoux_dubai
Try the new limited edition dishes at 3Fils
3Fils offers you the catch of the day: new fish dishes in limited edition. Additions to the menu include the Hotate Guratan, which is Hokkaido scallops in a candied corn and leek sauce, which is topped with Parmigiano Reggiano sauce and chives; and the Spicy Salmon Garlic Toast topped with sakura watercress, chives and sudachi zest.
3Fils, Shop 02, Jumeirah Fishing Port, Al Urouba St, Dubai. Tel: (0)4333 4003.3fils.com
Book yourself a Portuguese brunch at Tasca
Happy Santos Populares. If you’re lost in translation, it’s a Portuguese festival that celebrates saints and sees locals take to the streets to eat and drink. So treat yourself to Portuguese-inspired food, entertainment, and decorations at this celebratory brunch. The themed brunch has a limited time and takes place every Saturday until July 2.
Tasca, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, 350 Dhs to 450 Dhs, Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Such : (0)4 777 2231. mandarinoriental.com
Bring the whole family to FamilyFest Brunch
Kids are more than fine at Caesars Palace Dubai. If you still feel uncomfortable taking your kids to brunch, you can relax because FamilyFest Brunch is back. Brunch takes place at Bacchanal, an air-conditioned luxury tent that overlooks the Fortuna Pool. There’s face painting, slime stations, balloon art, and a magician.
Caesars Palace Dubai, Bluewaters, Dubai, Dhs150 (children), from Dhs350 (adults). Tel: (0)50 836 1513. familybrunchdubai.com
Dive into the pool party at FIVE Palm Jumeirah
One of the coolest pool parties in town is back: the social pool. Pool parties at FIVE Palm Jumeirah know how to make a splash and are every Instagrammer’s dream. It not only includes resident DJs and cocktails, but also impressive views of Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah, No. 1 Palm, Dubai, from Dhs 3,000 for four people, Saturday 12 p.m. Such : (0)4 455 9988. palmjumeirah.fivehotelsandresorts.com
Watch a cook with Battle of the Burgers
It’s time to find out which burgers are really well done, because it’s the battle of the Dubai burger. Social Distrikt organizes the event, which sees 28 entries from local foodies and chefs compete for the title. The top three chefs will have the chance to represent the United Arab Emirates at the world championships in Dallas, Texas. Let the battle of the buns begin.
Social Distrikt, The Pointe on The Palm, Dubai, June 11, 7 p.m. Such. : (0)52 515 8995. socialdistrikt.com
Party the night away at the Boombox
Launch shapes, from your big box to small box, to SKY2.0’s Boombox. Saturday night Signature hosts the biggest DJs in town and offers a mix of hip hop, R n B and house music. When you need a break from the boogying, dive into the Japanese cuisine, which includes rolls and suhi trays – a 50-piece one, no less.
SKY2.0, Boombox, Dubai Design District, Dubai, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Such. : (0)4 6333 633.skydubai.com
Enroll the children in a creative workshop
Let your child explore their inner Picasso (or maybe more like Neil Buchanan) during these creative workshops on Alserkal Avenue. Masterclasses cover a different topic each week and include creative writing, art, and problem solving. Aimed at ages seven and up, it’s a great opportunity for kids to get in touch with their creative side. Classes run until June 26.
Wisdom Warehouse, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Dhs189, Sunday 2-2:50 p.m. alserkal.online
Celebrate International Falafel Day at Allo Beirut
It’s no surprise to find that the much-loved humble Arabic sandwich is having its own day. International Falafel Day falls on June 12 and Allo Beirut celebrates with limited-edition falafels. You’ll feel like a star as you sample dishes ranging from falafel kaak to falafel salad, both only available June 10-12 for dinner and delivery.
Hello Beirut, Hessa Street, Dubai, open 24 hours. Such. : 800 86234788. allobeirutstreetfood.com
Dine at Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant
If you’re a fan of Brits in Dubai, you’ll be delighted to hear that Jamie Oliver has recently been spotted in the city. The celebrity chef has opened his new restaurant in Dubai Mall. The menu offers casual Italian dishes including fresh pasta, homemade pizzas and sweet desserts.
Jamie’s Italian, lower ground floor, The Dubai Mall, 11am-2am daily. Tel: (0)4 362 7500, @jamiesitaliangcc