The Weekend Guide: Get Away from It All with Shakespeare, Blues, and Food

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Dubai is like Disneyland for adults (and kids too), but it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to filter through everything our gorgeous city has to offer on the weekends. Let’s be honest, after you’ve worked all week long, the last thing you want to do is waste your precious R&R time sifting through offers and websites. Sometimes, you miss the best events because it takes too long to find them.

Savoir Flair is here to help start your weekend off on the right note. We are giving you our favorite picks for what you should be doing this weekend in Dubai. So whether it’s a much-needed day at the beach, a well-deserved spa treatment, or a day of adventure, you have never felt more on holiday than you will in Dubai this weekend.

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Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is Playing at Alserkal

William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, his most beloved comedy about four young lovers, a band of actors, and the magical fairies who help them find love, laughter, and light while creating hilarious pandemonium, is opening this weekend at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue. But this is Shakespeare with a twist. The cast of over 20 people – including professionals alongside teenagers, and children – have taken popular songs and contemporary dance and woven them into the original text creating a spectacle of music, dance, theater, and fairies.

“Shakespearean English is nobody’s first language. But if you hear U2’s epic ‘With or Without You,’ all of a sudden, you know and feel exactly what Oberon is thinking in that moment, and it brings the text to life in new ways,” says Lydia Medeiros, director of the production. “And, you know, it’s fun.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens this Friday and runs December 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:30pm with 2pm matinees both Saturdays. You can purchase your tickets at BookMyShow.com.

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Get In Some Jazz and Al Frasco Dining

The Jazz Garden in DIFC is bringing a winter celebration of live music and al fresco dining as part of ‘Winter Vibes’ at Gate Avenue. Featuring some of the best jazz and blues musicians from around the world — think Ronald Baker, Monique Thomas, Fabi Medina, Roy Young, and Sylvia-Howard André. This weekend you can catch the soulful stylings of André and her perfect blend of jazz and blues as you sit overlooking the striking skyline views and the iconic DIFC Gate Building. Enjoy the culinary cuisine and crafted beverages for a truly unique, enjoyable, and entertaining evening under the stars.

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Get Away From it All in Hatta

The Dubai Fitness Challenge may be over, but you might still want to spend your weekend out and about. Well, there really is no better place for all of the adventure and activities than Hatta. You can take a horse ride by the lake with a picnic lunch ready for you in the middle of your journey, race your bestie down the dual zipline, shotgun down the slides into the cool water, try out the go-karts, or just go on a long and wonderfully active hike on one of the many trails available. There are so many activities available now, that one cannot possibly do it in one week. So pitch up a tent in their campground for some real away from it all time. Leave your phone on airplane mode so you can still take pictures, but not receive work calls, and enjoy getting out into nature and letting the world just be for one weekend.

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Celebrate COVID-19 Not Being Able to Swim

Apparently, coronavirus can’t swim. So… yacht party, anyone? Choose a group of friends, pack your sunscreen, floppy hat, sunglasses, and most fabulous boating outfits, and take to the water for a sunset boat cruise. You can charter your own boat with any number of Yacht rental companies. We recommend Gold’s Yacht luxury yachts — you can bring your own food and beverage or order ahead of time. A day out on the water with some good friends, just watching the waves and sun, might be just what December ordered.

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Attend a Food Festival

As we lead up to the end of this hairbrain of a year, Alserkal Avenue is bringing people together over what they enjoy the most: food. This weekend and next, head over to Al Quoz to check out the new What the Food 2020 festival. Meander through the lanes, visit various pop-ups, food trucks, exclusive dishes, and one-time-only culinary experiences from home-grown favorites such as Mattar Farm, BB Social Dining, Pulled, Inked, Akiba Dori, and many more. And hey, after you’ve had a wander and a bite, you can make your way back to the Junction so you don’t miss the show. It’s a win-win.

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