14 Brilliant Weekend Activities in Dubai

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Weekend Activities in Dubai: Get ready for another action-packed weekend in Dubai! From International Women’s Day celebrations to comedy shows and even a Bollywood night, there’s something for everyone. But beware, the UAE government has issued a weather warning for potential heavy rain and thunderstorms. So, keep an eye on local advisories and prioritize safety if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Outdoor weekend activities might also be affected, so be prepared for last-minute changes.

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Here are 14 of the best weekend activities in Dubai to make the most of your time, sunshine permitting:

Weekend activities at Couqley Downtown (Friday, March 9): 

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a creative twist! Couqley Downtown is hosting a “paint and grape” weekend activities where you can choose to paint portraits of iconic women like Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, or Frida Kahlo. Sip on a drink and enjoy nibbles while discovering your artistic side. Spaces are limited, so book now! (Dhs390 includes two house drinks or three soft drinks; 4pm-7pm; Pullman Dubai Downtown)

Be Inspired at Expo City Dubai (Friday, March 8): 

Expo City Dubai is celebrating International Women’s Day with a lineup of inspiring talks, panel discussions, sound healing sessions, complimentary health screenings, and a musical performance by the all-women Firdaus Orchestra. This free event requires online registration.
(Free; Fri Mar 8, 9am onwards; Women’s Pavilion, Expo City Dubai) (Dhs20 per person; Sat Mar 9-Mon Apr 8, 5pm-midnight; Expo City Dubai)

Celebrate Mother’s Day on a Budget (Sunday, March 10): 

Treat your mom to a special Mother’s Day outing without breaking the bank! Several restaurants are offering special deals, including Stables, where moms eat for free when dining with a paying adult.

Dine Under the Stars at Nikki Beach (Every Friday): 

Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner under a blanket of stars at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. Their “Dinner in the Sand Experience” features a beachside buffet with gentle waves lapping the shore and a cool evening breeze. (Dhs250-Dhs450 depending on package; Every Friday, 7.30pm-10.30pm; Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai)

Dance the Day Away at Privilege Pool’s Peach Party (Saturday, March 9): 

Get ready to party at the SLS Dubai’s Peach Party weekend activities at the Privilege Pool! Live music, dancers, and DJ Cyril will keep the party going. Relax by the pool with inflatables, dance the night away, or simply lounge and enjoy the stunning views of Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. Entry is free for hotel guests, but reservations are required. (Dhs99-Dhs199 depending on gender and package; Sat Mar 9, 2pm onwards; 75th Floor, SLS Dubai, Business Bay)

Enjoy Bollywood Beats at Korma Sutra (Saturday, March 9): 

Calling all Bollywood fans! Korma Sutra, a multi-cuisine restaurant, is hosting a musical evening featuring Bollywood band Anahat. Sing along to your favorite tunes and discover some new Bollywood hits. (À la carte; Sat Mar 9, 10pm; Al Barsha 2)

Laugh Out Loud with Shawn Chidiac (Saturday, March 9): 

Get ready for a night of side-splitting laughter with Shawn Chidiac, the mind behind the hilarious YouTube channel “My Parents are Divorced.” His stand-up comedy show, WAEW, will have you in stitches. Joining Chidiac on stage are fellow comedians Imah Dumagay and Maher Barwany, plus DJ Jad Habib spinning beats between acts. (Dhs175-Dhs500 depending on package; Sat Mar 9, 8pm; Zabeel Theatre, Palm Jumeirah)

Recharge with New Moon Yoga (Sunday, March 10): 

Looking for a way to unwind and reconnect with yourself? Rayya Wellness is hosting a New Moon Yoga session at The Retreat Palm Dubai. Enjoy Hatha yoga poses under the gentle moonlight followed by an energy healing meditation session. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, plus receive a complimentary 30-minute spa voucher valid at any Rayya location. (Dhs

Family Fun at Sunkissed Beach Brunch (Saturday, March 9): 

Enjoy a fun-filled family day at Al Manara Beach with their Sunkissed Beach Brunch. This value-for-money experience starts with breakfast, including coffee, pastries, and juice, followed by all-day beach and pool access. Kids can enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, magic shows, and other activities, while live music sets the mood for the entire day. (Dhs125-Dhs450 depending on age and package; Sat Mar 9, 12.30pm-4pm; Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection)

Solve a Crime at Global Village (Until Friday, March 8): 

Put your detective skills to the test at Global Village’s Crime Scene weekend activities! Work your way through clues to solve a mystery. (From Dhs22.50; Until Fri Mar 8, 4pm-midnight; Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road)

Double Dose of Laughter with The Selfdrive Laughter Factory (Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9): 

Get ready for weekend activities full of laughter with The Selfdrive Laughter Factory shows. American-Egyptian comedian Maria Shehata and rising star Dimitri Bakinov with his dark humor, will be making their Dubai debut. Emirati comedian Abz Ali will also be performing at two venues – Dukes The Palm and Movenpick JBR Dubai. (Dhs160; Fri Mar 8 & Sat Mar 9, 8.30pm; Dukes The Palm (Thu Mar 7) & Movenpick JBR Dubai (Fri Mar 8 & Sat Mar 9))

Last Chance to See The Phantom of the Opera (Until Sunday, March 10): 

This is your final opportunity to catch the iconic musical, The Phantom of the Opera, before it leaves Dubai on Sunday, March 10. Immerse yourself in the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece as it tells the story of the “Phantom” and his unrequited love for Christine. (From Dhs250; Thu Feb 22- Sun Mar 10; Downtown Dubai)

Savor a New Arabic Latte at Black Sheep Coffee (Daily): 

Welcome Black Sheep Coffee to Dubai! This beloved brand offers a region-exclusive drink – the Arabic Latte – alongside classic coffee options like espresso, macchiato, cortado, and more. (Boulevard Plaza and Opera District)

Family Fun at Time Out Market (Daily): 

Bring the kids to Time Out Market for a weekend filled with entertainment and delicious food options. A magician, juggler, face painting station, balloon bending, and a feast of popcorn and cotton candy will keep the little ones entertained. (Mon-Thu noon-midnight; Fri noon-1am; Sat 10am-1am; Sun 10am-midnight; Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai)

With this diverse range of weekend activities in Dubai, you’re sure to find something to suit your interests, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, looking for a laugh, or simply seeking some family fun. Remember to check the weather forecast and make adjustments as needed. Don’t forget to book reservations in advance for events requiring them and have a fantastic weekend in Dubai!

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