Expect sun, sand and sips this weekend.
With Barbie fever continuing to take the country by storm, we’re preparing you to enter a Barbie world at pool parties and roller rinks. Elsewhere, brunches and live entertainment reign supreme, so read on for your UAE weekend guide to the best things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Friday 25 August
Sample a limited-time cocktail menu
The bar team at Nobu Dubai will host a special collaboration with Shingo Gokan this weekend. Here, guests can enjoy four signature cocktails and two meticulously crafted mocktails designed exclusively for this event. Shingo Gokan, celebrated worldwide for his bartending prowess, has created a unique menu that includes offerings like Shibuya (Bombay Sapphire gin, SG Shochu MUGI, tomato, osmanthus, and yuzu) and Okinawa (Bacardi 8 rum, Kokuto de Lequio, Campari, passionfruit, and orange wine). The à la carte Nobu bar menu will also be available throughout the evening. Friday 25 August, from 9pm to midnight. Signature cocktails are priced from AED 75.
Strut your stuff
Gather your Barbie’s and Ken’s for a night of roller-skating revelry at RollDXB this weekend. The venue will be transformed with neon illuminations, sparkling disco balls, and infectious tunes, paying homage to the nostalgia of Barbie. Come dressed in your pinkest Barbie-inspired attire, and you could win a prize. Available on 25, 26, and 27 August, from 11am to 11pm.
Visit www.rolldxb.com for more information.
Enjoy sunsets by the sea
Indulge in the ultimate sundowner experience at Myrra, where a new golden hour menu awaits. Guests will embark on a gastronomic journey that traverses Greece and Spain as Myrra’s skilled team prepare an assortment of small plates for sharing, paired with signature handcrafted cocktails designed to tantalise the taste buds. Expect Beef Tartare, Crispy Calamari, the much-loved Feta Fries, classic Sangria, Greek beer and signature cocktails. Available on weekdays, from 4pm to 7pm.
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Saturday 26 August
Come on, Barbie, let’s go pool party
The Barbie-themed pool party at La Piscina is your ultimate ticket to unwind in true superstar fashion. Nestled amid the palm trees enveloping Palazzo Versace Dubai’s East pool, La Piscina will be transformed into a Barbie world this weekend. Enjoy the sun-soaked setting while capturing Insta-worthy photos amidst the specially designed Barbie-themed decor. Delight your taste buds with a Barbie-inspired menu, perfectly complemented by unlimited beverages and music from live DJs. Saturday, 26 August, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 150 (ladies) and AED (gents).
GO: Follow @lapiscinadubai on Instagram for more information.
Head to the races… for brunch
The Social Brunch is a limited-time brunch experience at The Coterie that will transport you to a day at the races. Crafted from locally sourced ingredients, the brunch menu includes battered fish n’ chips, glazed chicken poppers, grain-fed steak tartare and Marmite roasties, complemented by cocktails and a selection of refreshing beverages. The brunch experience is accompanied by live music and 19 high-definition screens, where virtual horse races take centre stage each week. As part of the brunch package, guests receive tokens to partake in “dine and win” excitement based on the race winners. Children can venture downstairs to indulge in the facilities at Precision Football. Saturdays from 1pm to 4:30pm. AED 225 (soft beverages, AED 325 (house beverages) and AED 395 (sparkling and selected signature cocktails).
GO: Visit https://coteriegroup.com for reservations and more information.
Experience Jazz by City
Conceived by celebrity Chef Jason Atherton, Jazz by City at City Social invites you to an evening in the heart of the city. With its New York-style grill cuisine, soulful jazz harmonies, and breathtaking views of Dubai, jazz fans can immerse themselves in the captivating tunes of Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and Duke Ellington. Jazz by City also boasts a dedicated Jazz Bar, where you can relish delightful libations and bar bites paired with your preferred jazz melodies. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8pm to 11pm.
GO: Visit www.citysocialdubai.com for reservations and more information.
Sunday 27 August
Hit the beach
Experience the ultimate pool day at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, where you can unwind in the swimming pool, soak up the sun, and enjoy breathtaking views of Saadiyat beach. Lounge on comfortable sunbeds, sip refreshing mocktails and bask in the sun’s warm embrace. Children will enjoy the water jets that shoot from the mouths of the poolside turtles. Available daily, from 7am to sunset. AED 350 per adult (inclusive of AED 250 food and beverage credit), AED 600 per couple (inclusive of AED 400 and beverage credit) and AED 100 (children aged four to 15 years old).
GO: Visit www.rotanatimes.com for reservations and more information.
Shop at a plant-based market
Teaming up with the ethical enterprise Not Just For Vegans, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens will be home to a market showcasing vendors who share the ethos of sustainability. The lobby area of the hotel will be home to an impressive lineup of brands, including Ta Ha Po, known for its plant-based nut milk; PXB, a plant-based studio offering delectable desserts; Thyme Bistro, a French vegan confectionery; Camps Kitchen, creators of handmade sauces; Glamucci, crafting handmade accessories and jewellery; Pamukme, artisans of handmade cotton products; KSR Apothecary, a natural cruelty-free skincare line; and Brooklyn Creamery, creators of plant-based ice creams. Sunday 27 August, from 12pm to 6pm.
GO: Visit www.jumeirah.com for reservations and more information.
Participate in a free Salsa class
Transform your leisurely Sunday afternoon into an energetic one at Trader Vic’s, Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah. Here, guests are invited to enjoy a free Salsa class with the venue’s in-house salsa dancers, Frank and Paula. Under the guidance of these experts, you’ll master fundamental salsa steps, including cuadrado, copa, and patada. And the best part? The class is free of charge.
GO: Visit www.palmjumeirah.hilton.com for reservations and more information.