What’s On has a list of things to do in Dubai this weekend, including brunch, drinks deals, festive events, live entertainment and new openings.
You know that moment on a Thursday afternoon when your work buddy asks what you’re doing this weekend and your mind goes blank? Well worry no more, friends, because What’s On has the perfect solution, whatever mood you are in.
7th Dubai Tango Festival
Enroll by yourself or as a couple to learn the beautiful and traditional art of Tango dancing and witness some of the masters in the field at work. Top it all off with a gala dinner.
May 27 to 31
Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, prices vary. Tel: (050) 4516281. tangodubai.org
Backstage theatre presents the world’s longest running play. The story follows a group of strangers stranded by a snowstorm in a boarding house, with a murderer lurking among them.
May 28 to 30
Kilachand Studio, Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates, Barsha, Thur 7.30pm, Fri and Sat 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Dhs100. Tel: (04) 3414777. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. ductac.org
Nosh restaurant are satisfying seafood lovers with sushi, sashimi, prawns, squid, salmon, mussels, crab, clams and pretty much anything else from the deep blue, for just Dhs205.
Movenpick JLT, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Tel: 04 438 0000. Metro: JLT.
George’s Marvellous Medicine
Adapted from the original Roald Dahl text by celebrated playwright David Wood OBE, this fantastically funny production is perfect for all the family. Expect lots of Roald Dahl rhymes and songs in this not-to-be-missed award-winning show
May 28 to 30
Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Thur 4pm, Fri 2.30pm and 5pm, Sat 4pm, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 3666546. Taxi: Souk Madinat. soukmadinat.jumeirah.com
Boeing Boeing by Dubai Drama Group
Based on a play written in the 60’s by Marc Camoletti, Boeing Boeing is the story of playboy Bernard and how he juggles three airhostess fiancées.
May 28 to 30
The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Thur 7.30pm, Fri and Sat 3.30pm, Dhs80. Tel: (056) 1027363. Taxi: Times Square Center. courtyardplayhouse.com
Asia Asia welcomes back Latin music legends Mario and Georges Reyes for an evening of their classic hits including ‘Djobi, Djoba’, ‘Bamboleo’ and ‘Volare’.
Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, free. Tel: 04 276 5900. Taxi: Pier 7. asia-asia.com
Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
Eight men step up to the oche to battle it out at the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters. Who will you cheer to victory? Read the profiles of each player.
May 28 and 29
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, Dubai, 5pm, Dhs180 per night, Dhs299 for both nights. Tel: (04) 2395000. Metro: GGICO. duubai-darts.com
Arab Indo Bollywood Awards
This is the first Arab Indo Bollywood Awards – to promote Indian Cinema in the Arab World. The three day star-fest allows fans to get close to their favourite celebrities. Entertainment and performance from Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez Varun Dhawan, Parineethi Chopra, Neha Dhupia, Kanika Kapoor and Meet brothers.
May 28 and 29
Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, Dhs200. Tel: (055) 7148715. Taxi: Meydan Racecourse. aibagulf.com
Socio Presents Dj Optick & Dj Melu
Ride through house and tech house by one of the smoothest DJs from Romania.
The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 4271000. Metro: Nakheel. mediaonehotel.com
Party like you’re on Copacabana
Mercury Lounge, the gorgeous rooftop bar at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, is bringing the curtain down on its first season with a beach party inspired by Brazil. The Copacabana Party will be transformed into a beach, with live samba stars and other acts keeping you entertained until the early hours.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, 9pm, free. Tel: 04 270 7804. Taxi: Four Seasons. fourseasons.com/dubaijb
World Classical Music Series by Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Spend an evening at the opera watching It’s all about love – Famous love songs performed in German, Russian, French and English languages.
The One & Only Royal Mirage, Royal Ballroom, 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (050) 8702674. Taxi: The One & Only Royal Mirage. mpremiere.com
Superheroes XXXL Presents: MJ Cole and Stanton Warriors
Superheroes are back spitting out garage, bass and house tracks.This time around, they are hosting English music producers Stanton Warriors and English producer/remixer M.J Cole.
Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 4271000. Metro: Nakheel. mediaonehotel.com
Sugar Beach party
It’s the closing party of Sugar Beach and DJs include Purple Disco Machine and Mark Allan, with Marty Metcalfe, DJ Venus, Berry Latte, Just Lance, Tom Ferguson and Marc T. The party moves inside to China Grill Dubai at 11pm.
Barasti bar, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, 4pm, free. Tel: (04) 3993333. Taxi: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. barsatibeach.com
Surf N Turf
Spanish flavours and a relaxed vibe make up new ‘Surf & Turf’ night at Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. With a focus on all things Latino, you can enjoy mounds of fresh guacamole with mixed salsas, made-to-order fish and meats, and tacos alongside your sushi. A live band keeps the chilled party going.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Ibn Battuta, Dubai, 6.30pm to 11pm. Dhs199 soft drinks, Dhs299 house beverages. Tel: (04) 444 5613. Taxi: Ibn Battuta Gate
Invasion at The ACT
Get ready for a night of electronic vibes of international Djs. Amine Edge & DANCE have pretty much conquered the world. The duet was able to inject a stream of cool in the middle of the house music by creating their own style, “G-House” or Gangsta House for non-museos.
The ACT Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel Dubai. Tel: (04) 3551116. Taxi: Shangri-La Dubai. theactdubai.com
The underground elite storm Blue Marlin with Cesar Merveille, ARGY and Gianni Callipari on decks.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort. Tel: (056) 1133400. Taxi: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort Abu Dhabi. bliemarlinibiza-uae.com
Ice Factor Skating Challenge
The Olympic-sized ice rink will be set up to host children for a series of challenges, awarding the best performing skaters with medals.
Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Mall, 5.45 to 8pm. Tel: (04) 448 5111. Metro: Burj Khalifa/ Dubai Mall. dubaiicerink.com
Wander through Ripe Market – (indoor edition)
The alfresco market experience is coming inside for summer. Shop for arts and crafts, fashion, jewellery, kids items, gifts and homeware. There’s also the usual array organic groceries from Ripe, including fresh organic fruits and veggies, eggs, local honey, superfoods, tea, gluten free items and more.
Times Square Centre, Dubai, Sat 9am to 2pm. Tel: (04) 3790441. ripeme.com