11 Awesome Things To Do in Dubai this Long Weekend

Get ready to celebrate, because we’ve got a 3-day weekend just around the corner! If you’re even half as excited as we are, you’ll be glad to know that there’s sooo much going on! From Dubai Design Week to incredible light shows to live music nights, here are 11 awesome things to do in Dubai this long weekend…

1. Dubai Design Week

Dubai Design Week is back, and there are loads of art workshops, exhibitions and even a pop-up Ripe Market happening at d3 this weekend! Check out the events here.

Price: Free
When: Daily until Saturday 17th November
Where: All across Dubai

2. Canyoning & hiking

Ready for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure this weekend? Join Adventurati Outdoor for a fun beginners canyoning and hiking trip! You can expect to be jumping, swimming, climbing and scrambling your way through the wadis – before enjoying a traditional Emirati lunch.

Price: AED 250
When: Sunday 18th November, from 8am to 2pm
Where: Meeting point at ADNOC Sharjah/Kalba Road

3. Waterlicht light show

To mark the opening of Jameel Arts Center, there will be an insane light show happening in Al Jadaf this weekend. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this. Head to the Dubai Creek waterfront this weekend to check out the epic Waterlicht show by Daan Roosegaarde.

Price: Free
When: Friday 16th & Saturday 17th November, from 7pm
Where: Dubai Creek waterfront, Al Jadaf

4. Adriatique at Playa Nomade

Calling all techno & house music fanatics! Round up your mates and head to Playa Nomade (the new El Chiringuito) this weekend to catch Swedish duo Adriatique live, alongside Kaytek and Nasrawi.

Price: Free entry
When: Friday 16th November, from 4pm
Where: Playa Nomade, Rixos the Palm

5. Kite Beach Fitness Village

Dubai fit fam – don’t miss all the fun activities happening at the Kite Beach fitness village this weekend. From paddle boarding and kayaking to beach volleyball and yoga, there’s so much going on.

Price: Free
When: All weekend
Where: Kite Beach Dubai

6. One Africa Music Fest

Wagwaan fam! The One Africa Music Fest is finally here, and if you’re a fan of dancehall and afro beats – you cannot miss this. With live performances from Wizkid, Sarkodie, Davido, Tekno – you gotta be there or be square!

Price: AED 150
When: Friday 16th November, from 6pm onwards
Where: Dubai Festival City Arena

7. Movie night at Cinema Akil

Film buffs, there are some seriously good movies to watch at Cinema Akil this weekend! Don’t miss LETO, Shoplifters, Black Girl and the classic Bollywood film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (a Diwali special). Check out the full schedule here.

Price: AED 50
When: All weekend
Where: Alserkal Avenue

8. Sushi at Toko Downtown

Foodies, this one’s for you – especially if you love sushi! Toko Downtown has a special sushi offer every Sunday, where you can enjoy unlimited maki rolls for 4 hours!

Price: AED 168
When: Sunday 18th November, from 6pm to 10pm
Where: Toko, Downtown Dubai

9. The Hideout Dubai

There’s a funky new restaurant & club in town, and it’s launching this weekend! Excited? The Hideout, which is replacing Societe in Dubai Marina, will have daily evening brunches, live entertainment and more!

Price: Free entry
When: All weekend (launching Thursday 15th November
Where: Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina

10. Paint & Grape night at Couqley

Think you can re-create the iconic American Gothic painting by Grant Wood? You totally can – just sign up for this fun painting class with We Love Art and they’ll teach you how to! Trust us, you’ll walk out of there with a masterpiece, even without any prior experience.

Price: AED 387
When: Saturday 17th November, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Where: Couqley Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah

11. Sinatra Nights at Seafire

Because what’s better than Sinatra and steak?! Head to Seafire Steakhouse every Saturday to enjoy delicious food and awesome live tunes, ending your weekend on a high note.

Price: Set menus available for AED 350
When: Saturday 17th November, from 8pm
Where: Seafire Steakhouse, Atlantis the Palm

12. Drift Beach’s birthday bash

Ready to soak up some sun this weekend? Drift Beach Dubai is celebrating its first birthday this Friday, and everyone is invited! Round up your best mates and head there to enjoy the creative drinks, retro beats by a modern-day French orchestra, live entertainment and so much more.

Price: From AED 300 (sun loungers)
When: Friday 16th November
Where: One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina

Image credit: Via Instagram | @dubaidesignweek

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