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My Kind of Weekend: Top Things to Do in the UAE October 20-22 – News

From Global Village to art pop-ups, the country is packed with activities this weekend

By Areeba Hashmi

Published: Thursday 19 Oct 2023, 18:44

life in the desert

Experience an authentic traditional Arabic adventure at One Degree Cafe, a winter pop-up in Dubai. It features camels, Bedouin tents, traditional music, fire shows, children’s activities and a delicious menu including burgers, fries, hot dogs, flavored cakes and all your favorite coffee options. After a successful run in Ajman last year, this year’s pop-up is now in Dubai. In the heart of the Margham Desert, a 40-minute drive from central Dubai, you will discover this winter cafe. The cafeteria will be open every day of the week from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. More information available on Instagram (

Digital Art Popup

Don’t miss the Panadol AI pop-up, a limited-time immersive experience offering free entry. This unique installation explores your feelings and emotions through art. Located at the Mall of the Emirates until October 19, The Walk has now filmed at JBR until October 22. Upon entering, you will receive a pair of headphones with an AI voice that will guide you to relax while surrounded by artwork on all three sides. . At the end, you will receive a bag with beautiful artwork and an image of your creation. It’s a free experience, so head on over to JBR and enjoy the experience.

All kinds of gadgets

The much-awaited 43rd edition of GITEX 2023, an annual technology convention, comes to a close today. With more than 6,000 exhibitors at the Dubai World Trade Centre, technology enthusiasts had the opportunity for a week to explore the world’s largest technology fair, with a particular focus on AI. In case you missed it, visit today to discover new companies and technological advances shaping our future, while learning how sustainability is integrated into technology to combat climate change in time for COP28.

The Global Village is back!

One of Dubai’s most loved tourist destinations, Global Village, has reopened for six months, until April 28, 2024. It is known for offering a unique shopping experience, a vibrant atmosphere with daily events and shows, global cuisine, everything In one single place. and local crafts and products from around the world. It is a family destination with something for all ages. Global Village is located in Dubai on E311 and is open daily from 4pm to 12am, Sunday to Wednesday, and 4pm to 1am, Thursday to Saturday, including public holidays. Tickets start at Dh22 and can be purchased on their official website or on the spot.

Tales of time

Theater Dubai presents a new show titled ‘Lost in Time’ that explores the concept of time travel. Follow two astronauts on a journey through different historical eras while enjoying the sounds of famous pop hits from each era. The experience combines entertainment and gastronomy with musical history. For dinner, savor dishes from chef Mattheus Stinnissen. The show runs Tuesday through Saturday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., with early seating on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. You can reserve your place through their official website.

himitsu afternoons

Enter the captivating world of ‘old school yakuza’ in Himitsu Nights. Explore a pop-up from BHype, a vintage street fashion store, and participate in a dance challenge with a chance to win exclusive BHype merchandise. Enjoy film screenings that pay homage to the history of Japanese cinema, accompanied by music from DJs Lehash and Kidy, with a mix of classic Japanese beats and old-school R&B. The venue is FRNDS Grande Cafe, Address Fountain Views, Downtown Dubai. Reserve your place through their official website.

Cinderella ballet performance

Bring your children to the enchanting family experience of the Cinderella Ballet show. Featuring immersive music by legendary composer Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, this show promises an evening of elegance and unreserved fun. Told by the fairy tale Cinderella, it combines classic ballet, colorful costumes, beautiful sets and dynamic lighting to recreate a magical world that will bring tears of joy and laughter. The show will take place at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation from October 20 to 21. Tickets start at Dh175 and can be purchased on Platinumlist.

Perform Sharjah

Perform Sharjah returns for its second season, offering new experiences that explore the city through a diverse collection of performances, workshops and more. This edition reflects Sharjah’s extensive development project, begun 30 years ago, to restore and revitalize the city’s historic district with a focus on arts and culture. Presented in the city’s renovated homes and spaces, it features works that explore handed down legacies and modern archives, questioning their role in the contemporary imagination. Performance spans various artistic disciplines, including theatre, literature, poetry, dance and video installations. The initiative, which takes place in a heritage house rich in stories from the past and is in operation, began on October 19 and will run until February 11, 2024. More information is available on the official website of Sharjah Art Foundation .

Twilight Brunch

An immersive experience that combines culinary mastery with stunning views of the majestic Burj Khalifa and Dubai’s sparkling skyline, this is an ideal way to spend your Saturday night. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or a get-together with friends, this adventure will help you create lasting, cherished memories. Every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The Restaurant, Address Fountain Views.

Pamper yourself

Enjoy a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at Hyde Hotel Dubai’s Cinq Mondes Spa for just Dh500 per person. Enjoy a day of pure bliss, access the rooftop pool with spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa, state-of-the-art gym, and steam and sauna facilities. The offer also includes a luxurious 45-minute full body massage that will wash away all your stress and tension and after the treatment, you can delight your taste buds with a delicious meal and a refreshing drink from the pool bar menu. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Offer subject to availability and prior reservation is mandatory. For reservations call 04 248 8888.

Try a new menu

Parlor Boutique, a renowned French restaurant in Dubai, has introduced an innovative menu for an elevated dining experience. The menu features diverse flavor profiles in starters, such as the Tomato Fromage Buratina and the Tuna Tartar. Breakfast offerings include sweet French crepes and vegetable omelette with French cheese for sweet and savory preferences. The main course includes dishes such as salmon, asparagus, panacotta and crispy beurre blanc. Fresh salads like Kale Quinoa Salad and Green Lentil Salad offer a symphony of freshness. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, try the steak sandwich or the Mediterranean wrap. Finally, indulge in exquisite desserts such as chocolate soufflé and Black Forest Dome. For reservations or more information call +971 50 626 9977.

Good music and vibe

Hyde Hotel Dubai presents Hyde Weekender, a festival of music and good vibes on October 21 from 12:00 to midnight. The event includes a pool party, live DJ performances, glow stations, pop-up food and fashion events, shisha at Cleo, and an after-party at Hudson Tavern. DJs will keep the party going all day and registered guests will enjoy a 20 percent discount at Katsuya. Admission is FREE, but limited spots are available.

Check out the Blumfest activation

This October, Universal Pictures Middle East and Blumhouse bring “Rooms of Doom” to life. Experience two terrifying rooms inspired by movies. The exorcist: believer and Five Nights at Freddy’s. Find this horror pop-up in front of the VOX cinemas in City Center Mirdif, offering jump scares and photo opportunities. Capture a spooky photo and get FREE pizza-flavored popcorn at VOX Cinemas while you watch Five nights at Freddy’swhich will be released on October 26. Don’t miss this chilling Halloween experience!

Enjoy a new menu

Rove Hotels partners with Dubai burger sensation SLAW, known for its innovative dishes. The new SLAW X ROVE menu combines quality ingredients and creativity. Highlights include BurgeriZZA, Taco Cheeseburger, Parma Sando, and Overloaded Fries. This limited time menu is available at all The Daily restaurants at Rove Hotels. Rove and SLAW have also created an exclusive themed room for burger lovers. The immersive space features SLAW-branded linens, burger-themed decor and more.

free movie night

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL), in association with Cineolio, will host the screening of an international award-winning short film on October 20 to promote film culture. Dr. Mohammed Salem Obaid Al Mazrooei, member of the board of directors of MBRL, emphasized the cultural importance of this event, which aims to enrich cinematic taste and encourage debate on social issues. The event will feature four diverse films, including a Lebanese documentary, Japanese animation, Slovenian animation and South Korean narrative, showcasing unique global experiences. The event will also include a talk by Emirati director Nawaf Al Janahi, emphasizing the importance of short films in the local and international art scene, followed by a question and answer session. Registration is open on the MBRL website and all ages are welcome. The initiative aligns with MBRL’s mission to enhance cultural life and foster artistic interaction in society.

Delight yourself with delicious hot dogs

Sausage Saloon, the renowned South African hot dog brand, has opened its first branch in the UAE in the food court of the Dubai Festival City mall. They offer a unique vision of hot dogs with more than two decades of experience, known for their quality, size and innovation. Its standout feature is the “build your own hot dog” option, offering a personalized dining experience. Families, children and busy people will find the Sausage Saloon convenient. Their menu, with items starting at Dh20, offers eight types of sausages, including beef, cheese chicken, chilli lamb, Russian and the classic Manhattan. Pure meat guarantees high quality sausages, complemented with top quality ingredients. The menu extends to loaded fries, milkshakes, corn dogs and kids’ hot dogs. The UAE community can now enjoy these tasty hot dogs and more at the Dubai Festival City location.

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