15 Exciting things to do in UAE this Weekend

How to make the most of your Thursday, Friday and Saturday. KT recommends…

A lot of interesting events are set to be held across the UAE this weekend. We select some of the best events to make it an exciting week for you. Here are our pick of events to check out this weekend.

Ramadan souk

Seeking some new additions to your wardrobe? Take a look at SoPritti and Ensemble who are in Dubai to present their curation of Indian and Pakistani fashion designers. The subcontinent’s fashion elite will be showcasing their seasonal collections at the one-day Ramadan Souk at Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers on Saturday. Some of the top names to look out for are Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Deepak Perwani, Jewels by Queenie, Nomi Ansari and Sania Mastakiya. Entry is free.

Street Food market

Foodies, here’s an exciting place to head to this weekend. Go to the  Street Food Market in Abu Dhabi at Du Forum on Friday and Saturday where there’s an exciting food event on. The place will be transformed into a food haven serving mouthwatering options by some of the city’s best street vendors. The market features some homegrown food pop-ups and food trucks, all in an urban outdoor setting. Moreover, there will be exciting skill games for adults and kids, hula hooping, mechanical bull ride and more. Du Forum will be filled with vibrant vibes by live band performances, plus sets from local DJs.

Gujarat day

Four popular Gujarati stand-ups are coming to Dubai to celebrate Gujarati Daya at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium today. Shahbuddin Rathod, Dhirubhai Savaiya, Nirav Mehta and Gunvant Chudasma will have you in splits with their witty lines. Doors open at 7.30pm. Call 04-2691512

IPL Live

Bored of watching your favourite 20-20 cricket tournament on TV at home? Here’s your chance to see IPL live on a large  screen. As Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab you could treat yourself to some sumptuous food and beverages. Be at Four Points by Sheraton at Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai. Toss at 6.30pm!

Indian classical

Listen to the mesmerising voice of Indian Hindustani classical singer Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty on Friday at DUCTAC. Although considered a scion and doyen of the Patiala-Kasur Gharana (style), he can portray the subtle features of other major classical gharanas of India like Indor, Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Agra, Kirana, Rampur and Carnatic music of South India. Call 04-3414777 or visit www.platinumlist.net

Summer splash

Be it casual, designer wear or Bollywood replicas, if you’re looking for some exciting outfits this summer, head to Tiara exhibition on Friday at Indian Social Centre Abu Dhabi where you will see an enticing collection of salwar suits, kurtis, tunics and sarees (in handloom, jute and gicha silks, satins and cottons). Call 055-2979555

Shop for style

The 16th edition of the Ramadan Boutique Show by Glitterati is taking place today at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road from 11am to 8pm. The event will showcase the collections of designers from across the region including Sonia Ahuja, Sanskriti (Dubai), Meher and Riddhima, Bhavna, Itna Drama, Sadivas, Biori, HiiToes, Native Nukkad and menswear brand Stile by Ghulam Ali.

Araby by nature

Guys give it up for Dubai-based Mina Liccione as she films her stand-up comedy show on Saturday. Liccione, who has been performing comedy in the UAE for nine years now, says that she preferred to film her show Mina Liccione: Araby By Nature in Dubai rather than her home city of Manhattan to bring positive attention to the region. Mina’s style blends physical comedy with observational humour and storytelling.  At Warehouse Four in Al Quoz. Call 800 COMEDY.

Afro experience

Start your weekend with an Afro experience. Go to Gursha Dubai, an Ethiopian restaurant at Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah on Thursday where you can binge on exotic Ethiopian dishes or simply laze around on the beach. A DJ will spin up-tempo Afrobeats, Afrofunk, Dancehall, Reggaetón and Old School, live Djembe by Samuel. Also check out some African art there. Call 04- 5509223.

TAGFest set to rock Dubai

Popular Filipino radio station Tag 91.1FM is gearing up for the first ever TagFest this weekend featuring some of the top recording in artists in the Philippines.  From the iconic pop rock of Parokyani Edgar, to edgy alternative of Sandwhich, to the heartwrenching melodies of Ebe Dancel and Marion Aunor and the explosive hip-hop beats of Gloc 9, the one-day music festival is expected to gather a huge crowd of Filipino fans to fill Zabeel Hall 4 of the World Trade Center this Friday, May 12.  TAGFest 2017 will open at 3pm and music will run on the main stage throughout the day.  To book tickets, visit www.tagfest.ae or call 056-3875111

Lightning strikes twice

Iconic Liverpool band the Lightning Seeds will be lighting up Irish Village on Friday May 12 as part of the iconic 90s indie night alongside Toploader and The Farm.

Cancel all your clubbing plans, we’ve got you covered

Fetty Wap

Hip hop star Fetty Wap will be hosting Hip-Hop On AIR today! The chart-topping rap star rose to fame thanks to his award-winning hits such as Trap Queen and 976 and his debut album Fetty Wap reaching number one on the Billboard 200, showcasing his authentic and unique take on the trap and rap genre. Where: VIP Room


Kutmah, famed for his 2004 brainchild, Sketchbook has since released original records that are hip-hop and beyond. Watch him perform his best tunes when he hits the decks at Tiger Sessions with DJ’s James Locksmith and Essarai from 264Cru tomorrow.

Where: Uncle Jheff

Destination Dawn

The much-anticipated 12-hour beach festival on Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island, starts today! The headliners include Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas and electro and progressive house starlet Juicy.M.

You can also bring your own tents and sleep under the stars before the DJs take to the stage!

Where: Marjan Island

Ibiza to Dubai

Solomun is famed for being a key player in redefining European house music forever! As one of the most sought after DJs in Ibiza we are so excited that he’ll be here in Blue Marlin Dubai on Friday. Make sure you reserve as soon as you can because we anticipate that this will definitely be a full house!

Where: Ghantoot Al Jazira Hotel