14 Exciting Things To Do This Weekend!

Dubai is in full swing and this weekend seems to be rounded up with activities spread over very diverse tastes and styles. From epic musicals to movie screenings and sports tournaments to musical concerts and family activities, you are literally spoilt for choice this weekend. Here is a roundup of some of the different things you can do with friends and family, this weekend.

When: Thursday, 10 January
Where: Irish Village
Evening With Phil Taylor

Phil "The Power" Taylor, regarded as the best darts player ever and the winner of 16 World Darts Championships, will be in Dubai for a one off dinner and a question and answer session covering his sporting career and experiences in the world of darts.

When: Thursday, 10 January
Where: Meydan Racecourse
Dubai World Cup Carnival

The second meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, a three-month horse-racing series leading up to the Dhs 44 million (US$ 12m) Dubai World Cup in March, takes place at Meydan Racecourse. General admission is free, however if you want to make a night out of it, packages including food and beverage are available.

When: 10-12 January
Where: Movenpick JBR, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights and Media One Hotel
The Laughter Factory

Scattered at different locations throughout the UAE, The Laughter Factory will ensure you and your crew are laughing non-stop. One of the worlds most respected stand ups, Tom Stade will have your sides splitting as well as Larry Dean and Jojo Smith - comic legends in their own rights. Tickets are priced at Dhs 160.

When: 10-12 January
Where: Dubai Opera
Mughal-e-Azam at Dubai Opera

The Indian Musical Mughal-e-Azam, a fitting tribute to the India classical movie on the love story of Salim and Anarkali is coming to Dubai. The grand Indian musical follows the story of the Mughal Prince Salim who openly declares his love for a lowly court dancer named Anarkali and leads a rebellion against his mighty father, Emperor Akbar, who disapproves of their relationship. The musical will bring extravagant sets and the costumes from the Mughal era, live singing, classic dialogues and more to this epic musical. Tickets start at Dhs 250.

When: 11 January
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Arjit Singh Live

The soulful star behind hits such as “Tum Hi Ho” and “Channa Mereya” and “Dilliwaali Girlfriend” is back again this January to perform his tracks. Arjit Singh will be performing at Dubai World Trade Centre for one night only.

When: Friday, 11 January
Where: Global Village
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Live

Legendary Qawali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will perform live at Global Village on Friday 11 January from 9pm onwards. Enjoy an extraordinary evening with the best of his live melodies! This is one performance that shouldn’t be missed. The concert is included within Global Village’s entry ticket of Dhs 15.

When: Friday, 11 January
Where: Al Mamzar Park
Kite Masti 2019

What better way to spend a weekend other than watching a blue sky filled with colourful kites gliding in air along with the wind. The family fun festival will have activities for one and all. From kite making workshops for children to food stalls, and kites for adults to fly, this is going to be an epic family event that you must not miss. Tickets start at Dhs 25.

When: 11-12 January
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
The Dubai Motorbike Festival

For lovers of anything on two wheels, the second edition of The Dubai Motorbike Festival is back. The event gathers local and regional motorcycle companies and communities in Dubai every year to introduce the release of the industries 2019 product lines as well as the latest models and technology.

When: 11-12 January
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
The Schools And Childcare Show

The Schools And Childcare Show has gone to extra lengths to make choosing the right curriculum for your child easier. Save time, be informed and find the perfect school as the region’s schools, preschools and nurseries gather together to help you make the right decision. Entry is free.

When: 11-12 January
Where: Dubai Autodrome
Hankook 24H Dubai Endurance Motor Race

One of the world’s biggest car races is set to take place at Dubai Autodrome, the 5.39km racing track at Motor City. The Dubai leg will see more than 90 teams from 40 countries taking part, driving more than 20 different car brands. Admission is free.

When: 11-18 January
Where: Cinema Akil
Screening: Thunder Road

This comedy drama, starring, directed and written by Jim Cummings, follows a Texan police officer who loses his mother, custody of his daughter, and eventually his job. Inspired by one of the greatest songs ever written, we see officer Jim Arnaud apply this lullaby of his mother's, to his life during his ongoing and  hilarious nervous breakdown. Tickets start at Dhs 52.50. 

When: 10-12 January
Where: Children's City, Creek Park Gate 1
Children’s City Winter Festival

This is the last weekend of this Winter Festival, where children can learn everything there is to know about camping and experience a winter camp in the UAE. Activities include how to be ready for camping, how to camp safely, setting up a tent and much more, with competitions, games and stage shows. Tickets are Dhs 10 for children Dhs 15 for adults and Dhs 40 for 2 adults and 2 children.

When: Saturday, 12 January
Where: Jebel Ali Golf Resort Hotel
JLL Triathlon Series

Jebel Ali Golf Resort Hotel is hosting the JLL Triathlon series for triathletes of all ages. The race has two categories: Sprint which includes  a challenging 750m swim, 20km bike route and 5km run and Super-Sprint Distance which includes a 375m swim, 10km bike route and 2.5km run. These categories are further divided by age groups. Tickets start at Dhs 241.50

AFC Asian Cup

The battle among the best footballing teams from Asia is picking up the pace and this weekend, 18 teams will come face to face in nine matches. Here’s the schedule:


10 January

11 January

12 January

Al Maktoum Stadium

Bahrain vs Thailand (3pm)


Lebanon vs Saudi Arabia (8pm)

Rashid Stadium


Palestine vs Australia  (3pm)


Zayed Sports City Stadium
(Abu Dhabi)

India vs UAE



Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
(Abu Dhabi)


Philippines vs China (5.30pm)


Al Nahyan Stadium
(Abu Dhabi)



Vietnam vs Iran

Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium
(Al Ain)

Jordan vs Syria



Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
(Al Ain)


Kyrgyz Republic vs Korea Republic (8pm)


Sharjah Stadium



Yemen vs Iraq



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