The Spinneys List: 5 things to do in Dubai this weekend

The ultimate barbecue, an on-stage rivalry, a clown class and more

For the meat lovers… grass-fed beef barbecues at Spinneys Umm Suqeim

When it comes to flavour and quality, our sustainably sourced grass-fed beef comes out tops, and we’d like you to see why: join us this Saturday at Spinneys Umm Suqeim (from 11am-3pm) to sample our new and exclusive range of Argentinian, Australian and New Zealand grass-fed beef sizzling away at live barbecue stations . Bring partners, parents, children, friends – this is a free community event and we’re thrilled to have you down. Just remember to come with an empty stomach – there’s no chance of leaving hungry!

For the theatregoers… West Side Story

If you’re looking to get dressed up and be entertained we’ve got just the thing: West Side Story, an epic tale of love, hate, and loss, at the Dubai Opera tonight from 8pm, and Friday and Saturday for the 3pm or 8pm showings. Remaining tickets range in price, starting from around Dhs 250. So who will it be… the Sharks or the Jets?

For the happy chappies… the Happiness Festival

Some say happiness is the key to success. Well, it’s definitely the key to having a good weekend and Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club has the perfect (free) way to make you smile. The Happiness Festival is a chance to explore your emotions in group sessions; a variety of wellbeing experts will host talks and workshops throughout the day to discuss lifestyle issues and the themes surrounding happiness. Some of these include ‘active constructive communication’, ‘yoga for kids’ and ‘mindfulness and meditation’ – for a list of all that’s on offer, click here.

For the jokers… learn how to clown around

Ditch the business attire, dig out that red nose and have a laugh at The Courtyard Playhouse this Friday from 7-10pm. Run by circus veteran Felipe Ortiz, this is way more than just clowning around – it’s a chance to study an art form over the course of three sessions. While it’s the priciest on our list at Dhs 900 per ticket , it’s definitely worth a go if you’re in the mood to be silly. Sign up for classes here.

For the homebodies… comfort food indoors

Gloomy weather got you down? When the skies are grey and the rain just won’t go away, there’s something to be said for staying in your PJs, working your way through a bunch of TV series and cooking up some seriously decent comfort food. We’re talking freshly baked bread to fill your house with that mouth-watering aroma, soul-soothing soups and rich, rewarding slow-cooked stews.