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

A dragon boat festival, skateboarding extravaganza and the start of the Dubai Tour... it’s all going on in the city this weekend

Struggling to decide what to do with your Friday and Saturday? With so much on the go, it can be difficult to pick the perfect weekend pastime. To help you along, we've compiled a list of five of our favourites:

For the serious skaters… Dubai’s Downhill Car Park Race

Skateboard and longboard (the latter is meant for turning and travelling at higher speeds) experts from across the world will show off their skills at the Media One Hotel carpark on Friday, 27 January. Don’t judge a book by its board though – this competition is serious and winners can expect a prize of Dhs 10,000. The race starts at 2pm and promises to deliver high-speeds, a DJ and giveaways.

For the budding boaters… Dragon Boat Festival

If you’re partial to a walk by the water and some competitive sports, Marasi Business Bay on the Dubai Water Canal might be just the thing for you this weekend. From 8am-5:30pm on Friday and Saturday, you can watch dragon boats (long canoes) race… just try not to get splashed. And who knows, maybe it’ll inspire you to sign up for next year’s festival.

For the fashionistas… Fashion Swap Shop

Got some unwanted clothes? Head to Reform Social & Grill on Saturday from 1-4pm where you can exchange your second-hand has-beens for some fresh and funky finds, courtesy of someone else’s wardrobe. With over 30 brands, a swap shop zone – swap until you drop – and a chance to get a free manicure, this is one for unwinding before the working week begins.

For the calm and collected… morning and evening yoga

If you’re after a bit of relaxation and the chance for some weekend mindfulness, Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah is offering ‘Daily Sunset’ and ‘Full Moon’ yoga classes on the beach. Sessions starts at Dhs 90 per person and promise to ‘invite you to experience true inner peace’; amidst the pace of city life, who can argue with that?

For the aspiring chefs… learn to cook gnocchi

Doxis Bekris of Solo Bistronomia & Vino Bar is offering up a six weeks of cooking classes every Saturday from 11:30-2pm. At Dhs 300 it’s our priciest find (as the rest are completely free) but well worth the cash if you’re looking to perfect your gnocchi-making skills and enjoy a three course menu by the chef himself. However, if you’d rather hone your skills from the comfort of your own kitchen, we’ve got great recipes, like this roasted garlic and sage gnocchi with cherry tomato sauce, baked gnocchi with blue cheese, or pumpkin gnocchi with roasted chanterelles and lemon cream sauce.