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Here are our top picks for the weekend:

Fireworks, water and light shows at Dubai Festival City

Residents and visitors are in for a spectacular climax of the Dubai Fitness Challenge final fitness carnivals at Dubai Festival City on Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 November. The main stage area will celebrate some of the most inspiring stories of the city-wide fitness movement, with both carnival days culminating in a breath-taking water and light show and fireworks display that promises to light up the city’s skyline.

Among the weekend’s many highlights will be a Guinness World Record Attempt on Friday for the most number of people attempting jump squats. To add to the line-up, the exciting Dragon Boat racing is scheduled to take place on Friday 17 November from 1pm onwards. The much anticipated event will see teams of rowers ploughing through the sparkling waters around Dubai Festival City.

Location Dubai Festival City Dates and timings Friday 18 November, 1-9pm; Saturday 19 November, 1-8pm Cost Free

Sample Sweet Salvation


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Offering a menu of chef driven soft serve treats, shakes, hot beverages and cold brew from Dubai; Sweet Salvation is a welcomed addition to the popular City Walk district. A Dubai exclusive menu item comes in the form of the ‘Lotus Cookie’ cone with vanilla soft serve, date caramel sauce, lotus cookie crumb and chocolate sauce.

Location Al Mustaqbal Street, City Walk 2, Al Safa, Dubai Open from Sun – Wed 10am – 10pm; Thu – Sat 10am – 12am

Fun: Try the ultimate game of Auto Football

If you haven't had the chance to check out the Dubai International Motor Show, then it's your last chance this weekend! Nissan, the Official Global Automotive sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, has invited football fans and petrol heads to connect and engage in an amazing interactive stand at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show DIMS. Combining the region’s love of football and motoring, the auto manufacturer has equipped six Nissan Kicks to control a UEFA football game, converting the cars’ steering wheels and pedals into a PlayStation controller. Make sure you definitely stop by and challenge your friends.

Location Dubai International Convention Centre Cost Dh65 for entry Timings Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm 

Jennifer Lopez and Tyga perform at Base


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Base, Dubai’s homegrown super-club, adds Jennifer Lopez to confirmed artists and finishes November with the ultimate party line-up including French Montana, Tyga, and DJ Cruz, before counting down to 2018 in December with some guaranteed memorable performances. The mega venue is designed by some of the industry’s leading creative masterminds and is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and has one of the most advanced immersive lighting systems in the world.

Location Dubai Design District Dates November 16 and 17 Contact 055 313 4999 or email bookings@basedubai.com

Dukes Dubai Great British Street Party

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Head down to Dukes to celebrate all things British with an amazing sit down brunch and the chance to win prizes. The theme will be just like a British street party that you were used to going to as a young’un.   

Location Dukes Dubai on Palm Jumeirah Cost Dh450 per person Timings Saturday, November 18 froim1pm to 5pm Contact 04 4551111

A French-inspired family day

Enjoy family-friendly French market with food and grape tastings, live entertainment and the chance to win prizes awaits you this weekend.

Location Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina amphitheatre and gardens Cost Free (food and beverages start at Dh15 – bought with tokens) Date 18 November Timings Noon to 10pm

70 per cent off on beverages

On Friday November 17, McGettigan’s JLT turns 7 years old and to celebrate the bar will host a six hour mega-bumper birthday brunch from noon to 6pm for just Dh249. Guests can enjoy a wide range of unlimited house beverages, as well as dishes from the extensive a la carte brunch menu.

Guests can also enjoy 70 per cent off drinks from 7pm to 8pm on Friday. The entertainment line-up includes Scott Maher, The Maplejacks, Mike Ross, The Gentlemen Barstewards, Sean Gavin, The Supernovas and John Hayes. There will also be Dh7000 worth of prizes given away throughout the day including three Dh1000 bar tabs up for grabs.

Location McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers Cost Dh249 for brunch Dates and timings November 17 Noon onwards for brunch, and 70 per cent off from 7pm to 8pm Contact 04 378 0800

For the kids: Galleria’s children’s driving school

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is gearing up to welcome friends and family to a special race themed event, ahead of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Children are invited to meet young Emirati professional race car drivers, Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi for some inspiring tips, before putting their skills into action on the racing track. This weekend, starting today, children aged 4 to 11, will be offered complimentary driving classes. Once trained, they will suit up for a ‘driving test’ on the specially formulated driving track outside on the spectacular waterfront promenade. A dedicated children’s arts and crafts area will also be set up for kids to test their creative skills with clay car moulding, mug drawing and painting, and car-themed colouring. On Thursday 16th November, from 5pm till 8pm, Amna and Hamda will start their engines with the little ones, giving them a jump start on mastering their racing skills.

Location The Galleria on Al Maryah Cost Free Timings From Thursday November 16 to Saturday November 18 The racing track will be open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm and registration is located on the Level 1 of The Galleria

Weekends at the Oasis

Taking place each Friday and Saturday until the end of March, the curated programme of activities will begin at 2pm and continue until 12am in the Western Plaza of Al Ain Oasis. Weekends at the Oasis will feature children’s workshops - with a range of arts and crafts projects for children of all ages to enjoy - as well as traditional cooking demonstrations.

Buy traditional, hand-made and modern Emirati products and produce. Visitors will have the chance to go horse riding through the ancient oasis, enjoy an array of food truck dining options, and watch movies and television shows.

Location Western Plaza of Al Ain Oasis Cost Free but registration is required to participate in adult workshops


Justice League

Release Date: 16 November 2017
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams and J.K. Simmons
Language: English

Tumhari Sulu

Release Date: 16 November 2017
Starring: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul and Neha Dhupia
Language: Hindi

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai? Did you know that you can now order crowd-favourite McDonald's fries (more like ours as you can see) and meals on UberEats for delivery in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi?

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