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

Outdoor movie nights, live music, a marathon and more

If you’re wondering what to do with those treasured two days off work, wonder no more:

For those looking to kick back...Hop Fest 2017

This free festival at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club promises nine food stations, live entertainment and plenty of fun activities – think Jenga, face painting and a petting zoo. Head down tonight from 5pm-1am, or Friday and Saturday from 1pm-1am to join the party.

For those with a classical eye...Ballet Under the Stars

Today and Friday from 9-11pm, you can witness the beauty of ballet at The Desert Palm Hotel and Resort. The production features famous dancers from a wide range of world-class companies and while tickets might not be cheap (starting at Dhs 750), we can bet you any money they’ll be worth it.

For the pop princes and princesses...Jessie J at Mall of the Emirates

It seems Jessie J’s main concern is to ‘make the world dance’, which means she’s completely forgotten about the ‘price tag’ for her performance at Mall of the Emirates this Friday. To catch the UK pop sensation hitting those high notes and busting a few moves, journey to Central Galleria for 6pm to enjoy the free show.

For the movie buffs...Urban Outdoor Cinema Series

Blockbusters are always better on an outside screen, right? Well, if Hollywood hits are your bag, head down to the Habtoor Grand Resort where you can enjoy classic films in the dreamy night air. Saturday promises a sing-along number with Mamma Mia, while Sunday’s offering is more on the romantic side. To get into the spirit of things, snack on this easy-to-make popcorn. All showings are from 19:30-22:00 and tickets are Dhs 75.

For the strong hearted...Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Whether you’ve already signed up to run or are simply planning on supporting, expect to see Ethiopian long-distance runner Tesfaye Abera making an appearance. If you’re in need of something on the go (because, let’s face it, who wants to wake up at 4:30am to make breakfast if you don’t have to complete 42km), these cluster snack bites are ideal. And, if watching the athletes gets you in mood to pick up your trainers, why not have a look at our beginner’s guide to running?