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Guide: How to spend your weekend in UAE

Staff Report

Published on February 27, 2020 at 12.03

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here's our guide to spend your days off.
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DFF returns

Dubai Food Festival 2020 is well under way, lasting for 18 days across town. Now in its seventh year, DFF includes the Foodie Experiences Programme, Dubai Restaurant Week, the Etisalat Beach Canteen, Hidden Gems and brand-new to DFF 2020, ‘Home Edition’ and ‘Tasty Tunes’. Fireworks will mark each weekend of the event, starting tonight at Etisalat Beach Canteen at 8.30pm.
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Carnival brunch

Botanical Garden at the Capital Club, is celebrating the world’s biggest festival, the Rio de Janerio carnival, with its very own Rio Carnival Brunch on Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm from Dhs200. Serving a vast selection of South American cuisine, try empadas and coxinhas to start.
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Homegrown goodness

The city’s first eco-friendly food festival is coming to Souk Madinat Jumeirah this weekend. From tomorrow until March 7, Homegrown@Souk will have a week-long schedule of food and beverage masterclasses and its own Souk Restaurant Week. Also, a number of visitors to the VeggiTech Farmers’ Markets will be able to pick up free ingredients for one of three special recipe cards, engage with homegrown producers and learn more about produce options grown within a 50-mile radius.
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Patch work

As quilting remains a popular hobby for people of all ages, the 2020 edition of the International Quilt Show Dubai is set to break records. It is taking place from today until Saturday at the Roda Al Murooj Hotel, Downtown Dubai. ‘Sew’ cool!
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Guru Randhawa

Pop singer Guru Randhawa is heading to the Global Village Main Stage from 9pm on Friday. Enjoy several hit songs including High Rated Gabru and Lahore. Entry to see Randhawa is included in Global Village’s Dhs15 admission ticket.
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ChoirFest is here

The biggest annual choral festival in the region, ChoirFest Middle East, is bringing Canada’s premiere a cappella voice group, Cadence, to its calendar of events with a performance on Saturday at The Fridge in Al Serkal Avenue. Tickets are available at or at the door starting from Dhs30. Doors open at 5.30pm and concert starts at 6pm.
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Lionel Richie and Spyro gyra

Hello, is it Media City you’re looking for? It’s Jazz Festival time, which means the Dubai hub will once again be flooded with great tunes and fans of the artists set to perform. Tonight it is the legendary Lionel Richie’s turn to impress with some of his classics. Supporting the star will be American jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra.
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Akon at Base

Get ready for a ‘sweet escape’ this Friday as multi-platinum singer, songwriter Akon brings his eclectic energy to Base at d3 from 11pm.
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