WEEKEND HOTLIST: 11 Things To Do As Summer Begins!

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The weekend is here and so are a bunch of fab activities to do.

Here are some fun ideas that you can get up to this weekend

Whether it’s stargazing or watching the lunar eclipse, indulging in the #DubaiFoodFestival, or going to an art exhibition… we’ve got it all!


11. An explosion of Asian flavours awaits you Demon Duck

An explosion of Asian flavours awaits you this #DubaiFoodFestival at the hands of legendary duo, Chef Alvin Leung and Eric Chong.

Join them for a Four-Hands dinner featuring delights from their unorthodox approach to Asian cooking.

Where? Caesars Palace

When? Until Saturday, May 6th


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10. Your last weekend to check out the Etisalat Beach Canteen in Jumeirah

Dubai’s immensely popular beachside dining popup, Etisalat Beach Canteen is marking 10 delectable years of the Dubai Food Festival. Beach Canteen will highlight the opportunities Dubai has to offer and the diversity of its gastronomical landscape by hosting a wide range of Dubai’s food favorites, combined with entertainment and activities provided by the local community.

With 17 days of food offerings, live entertainment, and engaging family activities, Etisalat Beach Canteen is one of the most anticipated events of the citywide celebration!

Where? Jumeirah Beach (behind Sunset Mall)

When? Until Sunday, May 7

Time? 4 pm to 12 am

For more info click here. 


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9. Watch the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and indulge in some stargazing too

The penumbral eclipse may not be as visually striking as a partial eclipse because the Moon only passes through the outer part of Earth’s shadow, and just misses the darker inner part (which is called the umbra). As a result, the Moon may appear to be a slightly darker shade of grey, rather than experiencing a more dramatic change in its appearance.

Where? Al Thuraya Astronomy Center – Dubai, Mushrif Park – Mushrif

When? Friday, May 5

Price? AED 40 for kids | AED 60 for adults

Book here!

8. Disney Princess – The Concert celebrate 100 years of Disney wonder with Firdaus Orchestra

Concertgoers are encouraged to dress up in their best ‘royal’ attire for an unforgettable evening, where the acclaimed cast will perform more than 30 favourite Disney Princess and Frozen songs, including classics like “Let It Go,” “A Whole New World,” “Reflection, and “How Far I’ll Go”.

The performers, appearing as themselves, will celebrate these iconic characters and share exclusive, hilarious and heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen.

All ages are welcome, however, below 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult

Where? Coca-Cola Arena

When? Today, May 5 to Sunday, May 7

Grab your tix here.

7. The youth takeover returns to the Jameel Arts Center

Marking the culmination of a year-long talent development programme, the Youth Takeover presents ‘Composite’, an exhibition featuring new commissions by young artists based in the UAE and works from the Art Jameel Collection, accompanied by a public programme of free workshops and the yearly Takeover Curators Panel.⁠

This year’s theme, ‘composite’, asks “What makes us?”⁠

Where? Jaddaf Waterfront

When? Until May 28

Time? Mon-Sun: 10am – 8pm | Fri: 12pm-8pm | Tue: Closed⁠

6. The Wings for Life World Run is happening at Expo City this week

You run with thousands of people worldwide at the same time! Run as far as you can until the Catcher Car passes you. And you’ll be doing all that running not only for yourself but for a good cause. 100% of your entry fee goes into research to find a cure for spinal cord injury🫶

Where? Expo City

When? Sunday, May 7

Time? 3 pm

5. Have you checked out #LITSPOT at Kite Beach Dubai?

Don’t miss out on the fun and fanfare at Lipton Ice Tea Camper at Kite Beach! Beat the heat with deliciously refreshing mocktails, get your gang and play games and win exciting gifts!

Where? Kite beach

When? May 5 until May 7

Price? Between AED 8 to AED 20

4. Brunch 105 at La Cantine du Faubourg is your not to be missed rendezvous

Make the most of your weekends & try the Brunch delicacies, from the wide selection of Pastries, Eggs, Signatures and Sweets. Served A la table, choose your preferred dishes from the Brunch menu, along with beverages.

Where? 1st floor, Emirates Towers Hotel, Trade Centre 2

When? Every Saturday

Time? from 12 pm

Dress code? Smart Elegant

A valid ID is required, Pick up the all-inclusive package of your choice starting from AED 360, including of Mocktails, Fresh juices, Soft Drinks & Hot Beverages

3. Raise your glass and watch King Charles III’s coronation from these spots around Dubai

King Charles III is set to be crowned on Saturday, May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London, and while the ceremony may be taking place thousands of miles away, Dubai has plenty of spots where you can watch it all unfold.

Check out the royal list here! 

2. Lana Lusa revives the neighbourhood soul of old Southern Europe

Inspired by Portuguese roots, their menu is full of big dishes and real flavours, best shared across the table with cutlery clattering, plates stacking and conversation filling the air. Come to their bar for a quick coffee and a pastry, or grab a table for a casual meal that turns into one of those get-togethers lasting from noon ’til night.

Where? Wasl 51, Al Wasl Road Dubai, UAE


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1. Cocktail Festival UAE is back and 80 venues are taking part this year

This is one fabulous festival that pays tribute to the not-so-humble cocktail, putting the art of cocktail creation on a pedestal, Cocktail Festival UAE is a month-long celebration of mixology happening across 80 amazing venues in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Come experience an exclusive menu of expertly crafted cocktails including a brilliant mix of classics and crowd favourites too.

Where? Check out the festival map

When? May 1 – 31

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