WEEKEND HOTLIST: 18 Ways To Treat Yourself To A Good Time

Anika Eliz Baby

The weekend is here and it brings with it so much to do!

Here are a bunch of fun things to check out so you can start the fun this weekend

Catch a play, try a new restaurant, attend a music festival…Dubai has officially entered its busiest season with so much for you.


18. Watch Joaquin Phoenix in Napoleon at Roxy Cinemas and get a complimentary gift from Duchini

Roxy Cinemas’ Boys’ Night is here with a banger!

This special event occurs once a month on a Wednesday, starting at 7:30PM at Roxy Cinemas’ Dubai Hills Mall. On Wednesday, 22nd November, guests can watch the pre-screening of Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated epic historical drama film, ‘Napoleon’ – a day before its official UAE release! This special pre-screening includes a complimentary gift from Duchini, a popular men’s footwear brand

Guests booking Boys’ Night get exclusive access to the Platinum Lounge where the boys can play vintage arcade games, snooker and foosball while sipping on unlimited mocktails and digging into chicken wings, jalapeno poppers and one main course of your choice. Juicy burgers, hotdogs or classic pizzas can be ordered in the lounge before the movie begins or from the auditorium and served right to their seat as they enjoy the movie in their fully reclining Platinum seats

Where? Roxy Cinemas’ Dubai Hills Mall

When? Wednesday

Time? 7:30 pm

Priced at AED 159 per person, tickets can be booked online through theroxycinemas.com or via the Roxy Cinemas app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

17. A first-of-its-kind cinema wellness experience at Roxy Cinema

Roxy Cinema has teamed up with Core Direction for a first-of-its-kind in-cinema wellness experience.

A revitalizing program that nourishes your body, mind, and soul with live acoustic music, sound journey, yoga, meditation and breathwork to engage all your senses.

The experience also includes:

– A delightful and healthy breakfast buffet

– A gift bag with an eco-friendly bottle from Wiacee and a voucher for one complimentary activewear of the guest’s choice from Mohuki.

The morning starts off with a Hatha Yoga session with live piano in the Roxy Platinum lounge at 8AM, led by the amazing Sarah Madina.

So, mark your calendars and let’s make this morning unforgettable!

Where? Dubai Hills Mall

When? Saturday, 18 November

Time? 8 am to 12 pm


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16. New Cantonese restaurant XU promises its diners an escape from the ordinary

Half hidden away in the Kempinski Hotel lies Dubai’s newest and most enigmatic restaurant is now open. In a setting adorned with lanterns, neon lights, crimson-tiled walls and mirrored ceilings, XU will be serving exceptional Cantonese-inspired cuisine with additional Southeast Asian flavours.

An extensive wine list is complemented by signature cocktails inspired by Chinese pop culture. Favourites include the Bruce Lee inspired Be Water with a gunpowder infused vermouth, the tequila-paloma Year of the Dragon, and the Hungry Ghost with the traditional Chinese spirit, baijiu. Serving dinner only, XU promises diners a late night escape far from the ordinary and the mundane.

Where? Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, 2nd Floor

When? Sunday to Wednesday

When? Sunday to Wednesday- 6 pm to 1 am | Thursday to Saturday- 6 pm to 3 am

To find out more or to make a reservation, please call +971 4 394 6252 or email book@xudubai.ae.

15. Buffalo Wings & Rings has three budget friendly offers for you!

Elevate your dining experience with these budget-friendly offers at Buffalo Wings & Rings! There are endless ways to enjoy great food without breaking the bank.

  1. Daily Lunch Special: Bond with your workmate over lunch, while you savour a 2-course meal + a drink from just AED59 solo or AED89 for buddies and opt for some lunch-shisha offer for only AED99. Crash the lunch scene- Mon-Sun, 12-4PM.
  2. Longest Happy Hour: This is a daily thing from 12-8PM. More hours to sip, mingle, and celebrate with your favourites. Don’t miss out!
  3. Weekend Brunch: Embracing the sunshine, chillout under the stars and savour every bite at their alfresco weekend brunch!

Where? DIFC, JLT branches

When? All day every day


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14. ISD Padel is hosting the Inclusive Padel Tour Dubai 2023

Get ready to be a part of something extraordinary!

This is going to be an unforgettable sporting extravaganza. The incredible Inclusive Padel Tour Dubai 2023, hosted by ISD Padel, is just around the corner.

Where? ISD Padel, Dubai Sports City

When? Friday and Saturday- November 17 and 18

Time? 9 am onwards

All details here.

13. If you are a dreamer, then Coulrophobia is a play you need to see

Coulrophobia- Fear of Clowns is a musical-sih comedy play written and directed by Gaby Milky. With an award-winning cast at its helm, this is a mesmerizing journey that will make you laugh, cry and above all…dream.

Where? The Junction, Alserkal Avenue

When? November 17, 18 and 19

Time? 7:30 pm

Tickets start at AED 120, book here!


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12. ‘Groove on the Grass’ at Dubai’s homegrown electronic music festival

Dubai’s homegrown iconic electronic music festival, Groove on the Grass, is gearing up to celebrate 11 years of unforgettable musical experiences at the prestigious Emirates Golf Club this weekend. Music enthusiasts from across the region will gather to commemorate this milestone with an extraordinary lineup of international and local talents.

Headlining Acts: Folamour (Bruno Boumendil), Catz ‘n Dogz (Grzegorz Demiañczuk and Wojciech Taranczuk), Habibi Funk, and John Bowlie

Where? Emirates Golf Club Dubai

When?Saturday, November 18th, 2023

Time? 5pm to 3am

Age: 21+

Tickets start at AED 195, book here!

Group packages can be booked by calling 056 769 6656.

11. It’s Japanese Seafood Delights at Le Gourmet’s Sushi Night in Galeries Lafayette

Dubai’s beloved Le Gourmet at Galeries Lafayette, known for its all-day dining excellence, has undergone a tantalizing transformation just in time for the bustling winter season. Amidst the fresh menu additions and a stunning new look, there’s one shining star that’s set to dazzle food enthusiasts – Sushi Night!

Every Thursday, Le Gourmet offers a culinary voyage through the exquisite flavours of Japan with its special Sushi Night.

Where? Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall

When? Every Thursday

Time? 7 pm until closing

Price? AED140 per person

10. Indulge in a private and intimate taste of Tuscany at Luciano’s

Luciano, a chic Italian restaurant, is introducing a private dining affair with a chef-table experience that captures the soul of Tuscany.

From homemade pasta to ripe heirloom tomatoes, the gastronomic masterpieces reflect the bounty of the season. Witness culinary artistry unfold before your eyes, with live pastry preparation and more, as Chef Caicedo’s creativity leaves an indelible mark on each creation.

Whether it’s a special dinner or an unforgettable gathering with friends and family, Luciano’s Chef-Table experience promises an unparalleled evening of Italian flavors, ambiance, and artistry.

Where? Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

When? Daily

Time? 7pm to 10pm

Price? AED 380 per person – Four-seater chef’s table

For reservations, please Call or WhatsApp: +97150 780 6342, email hgrs.fbreservation@habtoorhospitality.com or visit website and follow @habtoorgrandhappenings and @habtoorgrandresort

9. Waldorf Astoria DIFC is hosting a lovely Christmas wreath-making workshop

‘Tis the season to gather friends and family at Waldorf Astoria DIFC as the world-renowned hotel prepares to host a Christmas wreath-making workshop with UAE’s leading gifting platform, BloomingBox.

With limited spaces, 10 participants have the chance to get creative and embrace the joy of the holiday season as the florist takes attendees step-by-step through the creation process to help arrange a bespoke wreath that could be displayed on a door, above a fireplace, as a centrepiece, or even be given as a bespoke gift.

Priced at Dh395, in addition to the workshop, participants can expect two Christmas-themed cocktails or mocktails, along with some festive pastries and treats.

Where? Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre

When? Sunday, November 19

Time? 3 pm- it is a three-hour long workshop

Price? AED 395

For further information or to reserve your place, please contact dxbwa.mkt@waldorfastoria.com

8. Join a community run along the picturesque Business Bay Canal

Hyde Hotel Dubai, in collaboration with KO8 Fitness, invites Dubai Business Bay residents and neighboring communities to join a delightful community run along the picturesque Business Bay Canal with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa skyline for this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30.
Push your boundaries, find your pace, and be part of the Dubai 30×30 on November 18th! Participants will be treated to refreshing refreshments and surprise goodies from Hyde Dubai and KO8.

What? Dubai 30×30 Community Run by Hyde Hotel Dubai

When? Sat, Nov 18, 2023

Time? 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Where? Hyde Hotel Dubai

*Valet Parking available

Register here; Sign Me Up!

7. Puma’s fast November sale allows you to buy 2 or more and get 35% off

35% off your PUMA bill…the shopper dream!

It’s Fast November at PUMA and this means whopper discounts. Buy 2 or more items to score your discount. This sale runs for the whole month.

Where? Across all stores and online

6. Live it up with this feast for the senses at Gastronomy, Atlantis the Royal

It is a feast of food dreams at Gastronomy, the world’s most exquisite dining food hall.

Let your palate travel the world with a spread of cuisines like no other. Experience an array of flavours and the finest ingredients as you walk through the finest dining space in the world. Gastronomy, a feast of food dreams you will never forget.

Where? Atlantis The Royal

When? Daily, 6 pm to 10 pm

Price? AED 325 per person

5. Citadelle is a new dinner & dance club launched by Dubai nightlife veterans

Citadelle is a tribute to music & design set to the mood of an eternal sunset. Developed and run by the people behind Republique, Stereo Arcade & Salmon Guru, Citadelle is the dinner & dance club that Dubai has been missing. With a unique seating style & musical direction, guests can expect to go from being seated in a romantic lounge dinner vibe to being up on the benches for an 80s-style dance-
battle in a matter of minutes!

Where? 3rd Floor, Pullman Dubai Downtown

When? Fri-Sat: 5.30 pm to 3 AM | Sun: 5:30 PM to 1 AM


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4. Thursday nights are all about Greek vibes at Ammos

AMMOS Greek Restaurant is thrilled to announce the launch of its exciting new “Greek Night”.

Greek Night promises an exhilarating atmosphere with fun-filled Greek vibes, including the opportunity for guests to participate in the fun tradition of plate smashing. The event will also feature a live singer and Greek DJ spinning a selection of vibrant Greek and international tunes to keep guests entertained throughout the night.

Where? Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR

When? Every Thursday

Time? 8pm to 11pm

For reservations, email info@ammosgreek.com or call +971 52 777 9473. 

3. The 100-Year-Old extraordinary Circus Of Europe is coming to Al Ain

Prepare to be amazed as world-class acrobatics, mesmerizing aerialists, mind-bending contortionists, exceptional daredevils, and hilarious clowns will take centre stage. Nothing defines ‘edge-of-your-seat’ entertainment quite like the exhilarating acts of the international circus talents.

Where? Al Ain Square, Al Ain

When? From November 17 – December 16

Show times:

  • Fridays at 7pm
  • Saturdays at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7pm
  • Sundays at 2pm and 4:30pm

For more info and to buy tix, CLICK HERE!


2. Women in Wine: Asil is hosting a sumptuous 6 course wine dinner with the prestigious Chateau Kavaklidere

Asil at Rixos Premium in vibrant Jumeirah Beach Resort (JBR) is preparing to host local foodies for a dazzling evening to remember as it welcomes Turkey’s number one wine producer – Chateau Kavaklidere. This unique event will see the two brands join forces to offer an exceptional dining experience with curated dishes inspired by Arabesque cuisine created by Chef Mohamad Ourad, whose culinary flair is sure to enhance the wines.

Where? Rixos Premium Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence.

When? Sunday, Nov 19

Reservations: 04 520 0055 / WhatsApp 052 160 0333 or email: dine@asilrestaurant.com


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1. Amr Diab is coming to Dubai

Dance into an unforgettable night with the iconic songs of “Al Hadaba.”
Amr Diab, the globally acclaimed, World Music Awards winner and Guinness World Record holder, will be performing for the first time at the Coca-Cola Arena. Get your dancing shoes on and sing along to “Al Hadaba”, with the all-time bestselling Middle Eastern artist is brought to you by none other than Artist House.
Where? Coca-Cola Arena
When? Saturday, Nov 18
Time? Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 9pm

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