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The best places to hangout this weekend

A brand new JBR beach club, a brilliant all-you-can-eat dim sum deal, where to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day and much, much more.

Best places to hangout this weekend
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From left: Meydan Beach Club, Side A and Twenty20.

JBR's new beach club

 Why go?

1. You may have noticed a glam-looking white building on your strolls along The Walk at JBR recently. Well the wait to find out what it’s all about is over, as the place has opened as an exclusive beach club with its own Chillout Lounge.

2. While a day spent using the gorge gym facilities and the two infinity pools will set you back Dh500-per-person (luxury doesn’t come cheap!), visiting the chic bar, Chillout Lounge, is free – we predict a new JBR hangout.

3. While it’s not fully operational yet, the Meydan Beach Club is home to Giannino restaurant, which serves fantastic Mediterranean cuisine and was founded in Milan in 1899 (in fact, this is its first branch outside Italy – how lucky are we?) Book a table here, and they’ll waive the club entrance fee.

Cost Dh500 for pool and gym use, while the bar and restaurant are on an à la carte basis.

Meydan Beach Club, JBR The Walk | Open 10am-7pm for the pool, 4pm-midnight for the Chillout Lounge |

Enjoy endless dim sum

There are few food groups we could eat more of than dim sum, and so the fact that Shanghai Chic – which  ’s Farah has tried, and totes raves about – is offering bottomless steamed deliciousness until the end of September is some of the best news we’ve heard in ages. Enjoy a yum cha with unlimited refills of a steamed dim sum basket, which will be stocked with Barbecued chicken buns, Crystal shrimp, Glutinous rice with chicken, Bean roll in spicy dried shrimp sauce, and a Seafood and vegetable bun. Plus, you’ll also get a free tasting platter with Crispy wasabi prawns and Oven-baked honey cod among other things. See you there!
Cost Dh139 with unlimited soft drinks for 90 minutes, Dh199 with free-flowing house drinks for 90 minutes
Shanghai Chic, Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Jebel Ali | 7pm-11pm, every Wednesday | 04 444 5613

A night of Filipino music and comedy

This Friday, Dubai World Trade Centre is hosting three of Manila’s most talented acts, much-loved pop group, Side A, hot new band Callalily and Filipina comedienne K Brosas, who’ll be bringing the laughs with her spot-on impersonations of top Filipino and international artists. And while we’re sure fans will be keen to hear Side A’s most famous hit, Forevermore, the band – which is famous for its love songs – has plenty more than just that hit to offer, having been together a whopping 27 years.

Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road | Doors open 7pm, Friday September 7 | 050 853 7533

The 7th International Emirates Photography competition

Budding and established photographers from around the world are being invited to enter the seventh annual Emirates Photography Competition, which not only promotes the winners’ work, but also boasts a prize package of Dh130,000. The main theme this year is ‘Cultural Reflections’, and images that mirror the rich diversity of the world will be rewarded and also put on display at a two-month exhibition on Saadiyat Island. Last year’s winners are showcased here so you can pop along to get an idea of what they’re looking for.
Cost Free to enter
Enter by September 30 |

Twenty20 Pakistan vs India

Arguably the most exciting form of cricket, Twenty20 matches last only three hours, with each team batting for a single innings (of a maximum of 20 overs), and it doesn’t get more exciting than watching two of the world’s best teams battle it out. This Friday and Monday, Pakistan and Australia will play at Pakistan’s ‘home’ stadium Dubai Sports City, and while the Aussies have flair, our money’s on Pakistan, who are ranked fifth in the world for T20 (the men from Down Under are eighth).
Cost Dh40-Dh200 for regular seats (depending on positioning) and Dh1,000-1,250 for VIP hospitality tickets
Dubai Sports City, Emirates Road | 8pm-midnight, Friday September 7 and Monday September 9 | 04 425 1111

Hit the pool

The Address Dubai Marina has a gorgeous infinity pool that looks out over the boats of Dubai’s rich and richer in the Marina – in fact, we could totally see the next Flo Rida vid set here – and until the end of the month they’re offering a rate of just Dh150 for a full day’s pool use on weekdays. So go on, use up one of those leave-in-lieu days you have building up and just chillax (just don’t drop your Kindle in the pool – disaster!)
Cost Dh150
The Address Dubai Marina | 7am-8pm, Sunday-Thursday | 04 436 7777

Brazilian Spirit Independence Day party

September 7 is Brazil’s Independence Day – also known as Sete de Setembro – and while the people of Rio will be celebrating with a parade through the capital, Dubai’s Brazilian expats are set to party at Warehouse. Expect plenty of Brazilian beats from DJ Anderson Lima, and a fun crowd – South Americans know how to party.
Cost Free for ladies, Dh50 for men
Warehouse, Le Meridien Village, Garhoud | 10.30pm-2.30am, Friday September 7 | 04 702 2560