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11 Things To Do in Dubai with Friends this Weekend

Excited for the week to get over? It’s never too early to start planning out your weekend… (right?) If you’re looking for something super fun to do in Dubai with your mates, you’ve come to the right place! Scroll down for 10 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend.

1. Pool Party

Winter is here, which means it’s time to party on the beach! (Only in Dubai…) So get your EDM-loving friends and head to Barasti on Saturday for a FREE pool party by the beach, with Dubai’s local DJs on the decks. All you need to bring is your swimsuits and sunglasses.

When: Saturday 16th December, from 10am to 10pm
Cost: Free
Where: Barasti Dubai

2. Ugly Christmas Jumper Brunch

Get into the festive spirit, put on your ugliest, most atrocious, Christmas jumper, and head to Jazz at Pizza Express this Friday! Everyone is invited to the Ugly Christmas Jumper brunch, where you can enjoy unlimited food and house beverages all afternoon.

When: Friday 15th December, from 12pm to 4pm
Cost: AED 179 per person (if you’re wearing a Christmas jumper), AED 199 (if you’re not)
Where: Jazz at Pizza Express

3. Groove on the Grass

Ready to groove one last time? Don’t miss the season closing party of Groove on the Grass at Emirates Golf Club this Friday! With 2 stages, 11 artists performing live, live art, a fashion market, food trucks, good vibes and super chill people, you know it’s going to be awesome!

When: Friday 15th December, from 5pm to 3am
Cost: From AED 210 (online at
Where: Emirates Golf Club

4. The Yard Sessions

If live music gigs are you’re scene, you won’t want to miss this! The Yard Sessions is a mini music festival featuring talented local musicians, all of whom will be performing original music. On top of that, there will be a live BBQ station, homemade cakes, a pop-up art studio, and coffee!

When: Friday 15th December, from 4pm to 9pm
Cost: Free
Where: The Fridge

5. Festive yoga

Yogis, don your Santa hats and head to Skydive Dubai on Saturday for a free yoga class! The instructor will take you through the basic asanas, using simple props to achieve the correct posture. Visit the Facebook page for booking details.

When: Saturday 16th December, from 5pm to 6pm
Cost: Free
Where: Next to the outdoor gym, at Skydive Dubai

6. Comedy Nights

Dubai’s talented comedians will be performing live on stage this weekend for the annual Short + Sweet Comedy Festival! Get your buddies together for a night filled with laughter, while supporting our local talent.

When: Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th December, from 7.30pm to 11pm
Cost: AED 40 on Thursday & Friday; AED 80 on Saturday
Where: The Junction

7. Sunrise Market

Fancy an early morning workout, followed by a healthy breakfast (and a little bit of Christmas shopping)? The Sum Of Us invites all of you down on Saturday morning for its weekly Sunrise Market! There will be baked treats, delicious coffee and unlimited juices.

When: Saturday 16th December. 7am (fitness class), 8am (market)
Cost: AED 135 for the food and drinks
Where: The Sum of Us


There’s a music festival happening at d3 this weekend, and it sounds awesome! There will be over 50 artists performing live, immersive installations, workshops and more. Don’t miss the 3-day celebration of technology, dance, music, art and culture.

When: Saturday 16th December. 7am (fitness class), 8am (market)
Cost: Prices vary, visit for details
Where: Dubai Design District

9. Movie night

Kick off your weekend with a chilled out movie night with your best buds. This Thursday, West 14th will be screening The Time Traveller’s Wife – a romantic drama about a man who travels to time, and his wife, who has to deal with his random disappearances.

When: Thursday 14th December, at 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Where: West 14th

10. Miami vibes

Want to party like they do in Miami? Little Havana at Coco on 8 is the place to be on Thursdays, especially if you’re in to Latin house music. There will be shisha, tropical drinks and loads of dancing.

When: Thursday 14th December, from 6pm to 2am
Cost: Free entry
Where: Coco on 8

11. ARTE market

This Friday, ARTE Maker’s market is bringing together a hugeee range of Christmas gifts, decor and more – all of which are unique, and handmade in the UAE! Get ready to shop till you drop. More details on the Facebook page.

When: Friday 15th December, from 10am to 10pm
Cost: Free entry
Where: Mercato Mall, Jumeirah 1

Spending the weekend with your family? Check out these 9 family activities going on in Dubai this weekend, or if you’re up for a new bucket list adventure, try out the new zipline in Dubai Marina!