Your weekend in Dubai: five fun things to do

There’s plenty going on this weekend to keep you and your little ones entertained, but here’s our top pick to ensure you make the most of it. No matter what you decide, we hope it’s a good one!

Attend a family-friendly festival for free

Live on the Lawns is a homegrown event created by Stoke House for families and adults of all ages to bring the community together over live music, food, shopping and fun under the sun on the PAR 3 lawn area of Trump Golf Course, Damac Hills.

It’s a day to night festival and open for all to enjoy over the weekend, featuring a stellar line-up of homegrown bands and DJs. Entertainment and activities for kids will be available by Funky Monkeys Playland, as well as vendor booths, games and plenty of food and licensed drink stalls.

Details: Use promo code ”LiveontheLawns” to get 50% off while booking a Careem to and from the Trump Golf Course, Damac Hills. Open from 12pm to 12 am on Friday 15 March, and 12 pm to 10 pm on Saturday 16 March.


Sample seasonal organic produce at Ripe Market

Dubai’s most-loved community market will be open as usual this weekend, hosting art, jewelry, and fashion vendors alongside seasonal organic produce and yummy baked treats.

Perfect your floral finesse with a Mini Bouquet Tutorial on from Flourish Flowers on Saturday, from 10am – 11.30am, and if that gets your appetite going, Afro Taste Dubai will be back once again with their Carribean delicacies at 3pm. Get glowing from the inside out with some fresh juices from Bosch, who will be on site doing fruit juice sampling both Friday and Saturday.

Kids Inc will be around all weekend to help you tire out your tots, and GM will be doing test drives of the new Bolt EV electric car to help tempt even the most die-hard petrol head into going eco-friendly.

Details: Head down to Dubai Police Academy and check out the goods, every Friday and Saturday from 9am – 7pm.


Tuck into a Saturday roast dinner

Head down to Ranches restaurant at Arabian Ranches Golf Club to savour sumptuous culinary delights in a relaxed elegant setting. The bright and contemporary-chic interiors of the restaurant complemented with idyllic views of lush green fairways from the terrace, will make you feel right at home. This Saturday, enjoy a traditional roast with all your favourite sides and accompaniments from the buffet as you wind down the weekend – served every Saturday from 6pm-9pm.

Details: AED 129 per person and AED 65 per child aged 6-12 years old. To make a booking, call +971 4 360 7935 or email


Check out a new beach-front brunch

Kicking off at 12:30 pm every Friday, RIVA Ristorante will be offering a Friday feast including dishes such as salmon tartare, buffalo chicken wings, Greek salad, and freshly whipped up dips to accompany the focaccia on offer.

The mains will see the highly skilled chefs take to the grill, and break out the BBQ showstoppers, from succulent BBQ beef ribs, lamb kebabs, peri peri chicken and grilled prawns, each of which will be cooked to perfection. The extensive offerings will be offered alongside classics such as corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and coleslaw salad. Ending the meal on a sweet note will be crowd favourites such as the rich chocolate peppermint cakes, piquant lemon tarte and innovative graham cake.

Details: Prices start from AED 185 per person inclusive of soft beverages; AED 95 for children between 5-12 years old. Brunch runs from 12:30pm-4pm every Friday. For reservations, call +971 40 430 9466 or email


Take some time for you, and attend a free wellness day

To celebrate the month of International Women’s Day and as part of the MGallery brand’s “Inspired by Her” concept, including gestures and touches dedicated to women’s wellbeing throughout properties around the world, The Retreat Palm Dubai is offering a complimentary workshop on how to practice better self-care and be “Healthy From Within”.

Hosted by five award-winning wellbeing, nutrition and health experts, guests can enjoy tailored talks, juicing demos and recommendation on nutrition for women. As well as weight loss journey and fitness activities to encourage easy workouts for women in the comfort of their home, guests will enjoy a tasting menu courtesy of The Retreat’s detox brunch, in addition to a guided meditation session to energise feminine energies with Tibetan bowls. All attendees will also receive a care pack including a 100 AED SPA voucher, 50-minute health coach consultation voucher, free dental check vouchers along with other exciting offers.

Details: 10:30am-1pm on Saturday March 16 2019 at The Social Kitchen, The Retreat Palm Dubai. For more information, visit the website.

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