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, by 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.
Take in the 2021 Edition of Art Dubai
One of the world’s first live art festivals of 2021 and the largest international art festival in the region, Art Dubai, is finally back this weekend after a COVID break last year. Fifty galleries are featured, from over 31 countries, with a focus on art and artists from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and the Global South. Make sure you keep an eye out for works by Emirati artist, Hashel Al Lamki, Dubai-based artist and philanthropist Sacha Jafri, the joyful wall sculptures by Takashi Murakami, and the sculpture park surrounding DIFC’s iconic Gate Building. Tickets are AED 25, but if you use Savoir Flair’s exclusive code: SAVOIRFLAIR_VP when purchasing tickets on the app, you will be given free tickets to the entire festival!
Watch the Officially Licensed Broadway Production of 'Betrayal' in Alserkal
The officially licensed Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal is opening this weekend at The Junction theater in Alserkal Avenue. The play – about married couple Emma and Robert as well as Jerry, Robert’s best friend and Emma’s paramour – is arguably considered one of Pinter’s greatest works. It was largely inspired by his own clandestine affair with Joan Bakewell, and chronicles the deterioration of three relationships caught up in a web of lies. Shown in reverse chronological order, Betrayal starts with the end of the relationship and ends with the beginning, leaving little betrayal crumbs in every scene that the savvy theatergoer will enjoy discovering from beginning to end. Betrayal, starring Asad Raza Khan and Arjun Burman and directed by Sikendar Hemani is the first production post-lockdown by Dubai-based Tall Tales Production.
Take the "Kids" to Oli Oli
Oli Oli, Dubai’s playful children’s museum, is the perfect place to take the kids while they are off for two weeks of school to keep their little minds active. Not only are the interactive exhibits extremely fun for all ages, but the experiential nature makes them perfect for some stealthy science lessons as well. Oli Oli currently has installed an exclusive and thoroughly engaging games element called ‘Game On’ during these two weeks when kids are off school. In addition to the regular exhibits, each child has the opportunity to compete against themselves in new challenges like Arcade games, harnessing wind energy, obstacle courses, building lego-mobiles and launching them, and other such games that develop important skills without your child ever feeling like they’re back in school. The special Game On exhibit finishes on April 10th.
Catch the Outdoor Screening of 'Casablanca'
Cinema Akil is bringing back its outdoor screenings with some of our favorite heavy-hitting movies of all time. On the schedule is Casablanca, the ultimate love story played to heart-breaking perfection about a weary American nightclub owner in Casablanca whose long-lost love walks into his bar looking for help for her rebel husband and coining that famous line: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” You can also tap your feet along to the infectious music of Buena Vista Social Club, one of the most beloved documentaries of the 90s that followed incredible musical talents from a forgotten-era in Havana to the international stage and success for a truly memorable night under the stars. Sign us up.
Take an Easter Cookie Decorating Class
The family-friendly neighborhood cafe of Town Square, Caya, is the perfect spot for a relaxing, fun, entertaining, and Easter-themed afternoon this weekend. Set in a prime location overlooking the verdant park, kids can run free while parents chill and enjoy some delicious food in the chic, Mediterranean-style cafe. The joint is also hosting cookie decorating classes with Easter egg and bunny themed cookies to unleash your inner child and creativity. Due to COVID regulations, bookings are encouraged as only two to a table are permitted. Try your hand at the decorating yourself, or let your kids do all the hard work while you sit back and enjoy a warm cup of joe for a fun and satisfying Easter weekend activity.