Guide to the best events in town
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.
Street Theatre The world’s best street theatre artists are performing for free at Al Ghurair, the oldest shopping mall in Dubai, which has just undergone a relaunch. Circus acrobats from Colombia, street musicians from America, jugglers and magicians from all over the globe are just some of those taking part in the action-packed calendar of performances which will carry on until the end of the year. This weekend, illusionist James More, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, will be performing his free show in the central atrium.
Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, Dubai
Tel: (04) 80024227 Taxi: Al Ghurair Centre
Thursday 6.30pm and 8.40pm; Friday 6pm, 7.40pm and 9pm; Saturday 6.30pm and 8.40pm Free
Bobby V LIVE at Mo*Vida This multi-award winning artist, who has appeared on songs with Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Ludacris, returns to Dubai on Thursday to perform hits from a back catalogue that stretches back to 2005. Mo*Vida is offering free drinks for ladies from 11pm to 1am, with the club closing at 3am.
Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: (055) 174 4449 Taxi: Radisson Royal Hotel
DP World Tour Championship The grand finale of the Race To Dubai will unfold on the pristine fairways of the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates this month, with the best golfers on the European Tour vying for supremacy in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship. Last year’s champion Rory McIlroy has been in danger of dropping out of the top 60 Race To Dubai rankings and sacrificing his invite, but fans will be hoping he is back to defend his title at the four-day event. There will be plenty to entertain the 60,000 spectators expected to descend on the course, including live music, food and a Left Bank pop-up bar at the 17th hole.
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3759999. Taxi: Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Moscow City Ballet Following the enormous success of Sleeping Beauty last year, the Moscow City Ballet returns to Dubai for three days with Cinderella at the Madinat Theatre. The classical show will be accompanied by timeless score by Sergei Prokofiev. There will be two performances playing at 4.30pm and 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3666546 Taxi: Souk Madinat
New menu at Lafayette Gourmet With eight kitchens ion one location, foodies will be sure to find something to tickle their taste buds as Lafayette throws open its doors for an afternoon (3pm-6pm) of tasting sessions and demonstrations to celebrate the launch of their new menus.
Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai
Tel: (04) 339 9933 Taxi: Dubai Mall
Flavours of the world Boasting an array of cuisines from different parts of the globe, Mirdif City Centre launches a month-long international food festival from November 15. It celebrates the onset of the outdoor dining season with the mall’s extensive range of more than 80 restaurants, cafés and food outlets that will suit all palates.
Mirdif City Centre, Emirates Road, Dubai
Taxi: Mirdif City Centre
Alicia Keys Dubai Media City will dance to the sound of Alicia Keys on Friday November 15 as she returns to the UAE for the first time five years, as part of her Set The World On Fire tour. Except the American to rattle through her impressive back catalogue, including Falling, A Women’s Worth and Brand New Me.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai
Tel: (04) 44390900. Metro: Nakheel.
Sandance Continuing its reign as the No 1 party in Dubai, the Sandance bandwagon is back on Nasimi Beach on Friday November 15. The crowd will be treated to performances by Jamiroquai, Rudimental, Nile Rodgers, Martin Solveig, Laidback Luke and Basement Jaxx, as well as hearing official confirmation of the full line-up for the NYE bonanza next month.
Sandance Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Taxi: Atlantis, The Palm
Put a sock in it So often the unseen element of our daily dress, socks are enjoying something of a boom, with the attitude of ‘the brighter, the better’ dominating our choices. And now Dubai Festival City is leading the charge in the city with Happy Socks. The brand, which launched in Sweden in 2008, retails in 70 countries around the world, and you can get yours right here.
Dubai Festival City, Creek, Dubai
Taxi: Dubai Festival City
From now. 10am-12am on weekends
Education at The Archive The second Pecha Kucha event in Safa Park takes place on Saturday November 16, with speakers sharing their work and ideas through the format of ’20 images for 20 seconds’. Graffiti artist Steffi Bow, businessman Laurent Frangie (helping raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer) and Tamer Nahas from BOLDtalks will all showcase their work.
The Archive, Safa Park, Gate 5, Jumeirah, Dubai.
Tel: (o4) 04 349 4033 Taxi: Safa Park
Cinema There are five big new releases in Dubai this weekend.
– Elysium, from the writer/director of District 9, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The film is set on a spaceship to which the planet’s wealthier inhabitants moved when Earth became overrun by people, pollution and poverty.
– Romeo and Julliet The classic tale rises again, this time set in the original era but without the Shakespearean dialogue. It stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), as well as Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti.
– Bad Grandpa The boys from Jackass return for yet another big screen installment of their hugely successful prankster show. This time, star man Johnny Knoxville plays Grandpa and the hidden camera follows him on a road trip with his grandson.
– Free Birds With more than a hint of Terminator to the plot, Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson provide the voices for time-travelling turkeys on their way back to 1621 and the scene of the first ever Thanksgiving.
– All Is Lost Robert Redford stars all on his own in a stunning character piece about a sea skipper who collides with a tanker and is left stranded on a sinking boat without enough food and water.