The World Cup semi-finals, a new stand-up comedy night and a floating BBQ on Dubai Creek…

Welcome to a brand new week in Dubai, and with the World Cup hitting the business end of things, all eyes are on the game. Of course, for all the moments in between there’s still plenty to keep you occupied from creative art workshop and local singer-songwriters to a sundowner BBQ with a floating twist.

Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week.

Sunday July 8

1. Laugh it up at a new stand-up comedy night

Comedians At Work is a fresh new stand-up night where seasoned pros and comedy students from local funny house Dubomedy take to the stage to make you chuckle, guffaw and snort your evening away.

Warehouse Four, Al Quoz 1, Sun July 8, 8pm to 10pm, free. Tel: (050) 738 0158.

2. Carve and print your own scarf

If you’re feeling creative this workshop will walk you through the process of carving and printing your own custom scarf using a lino stamp. Taking place at the popular Sum of Us cafe near the Trade Centre, dinner with a main course, dessert and a fresh juice included in the Dhs355 admission cost.

The Sum Of Us, 6 Street, Trade Centre 1, Sunday July 8, 7pm to 10pm, Dhs355. Tel: (056) 445 7526.

Monday July 9

3. Enroll in a pottery class for beginners

Yadewi Potteru Studio hosts regular classes for all levels of ability. You can sign up for a beginners class where you are introduced to the art of throwing clay on the wheel.

Yadawei Pottery School, Warehouse 30, Al Quoz 1, Mon 7pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 379 1312.

4. Combine your love of painting with your love of wine

Here’s a novel concept: spend an evening trying to recreate the famous ‘Son of Man’ painting by Belgian master Magritte while you indulge in wine and assorted nibbles. This three-hour class should yield some interesting results, armed with a paint brush in one hand, a glass in the other and an appropriately jazzy soundtrack.

InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Monday July 9, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs369 (+5% VAT).

Tuesday July 10

5. BBQ along the creek in a floating donut

The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club have launched a fun way for you to catch the sun as it sinks over Dubai in a floating BBQ donut along Dubai Creek. At only Dhs155 for adults and Dhs75 for children, this special package is available until the end of September and is inclusive of an array of succulent meats with tasty sides and a complimentary dessert platter. Yum.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, daily until the end of September, 12pm to 9pm, Dhs155 for adults, Dhs75 for children. Tel: (04) 295 6000.

6. Check out local pop songstress Nya Crea at her newest residency

Pop songstress Nya Crea takes the stage every Tuesday at popular Downtown gastropub Eloquent Elephant for an evening of crooning that perfectly compliments an all-night happy hour and 30-per cent off your total food bill.

Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai, Downtown Dubai, every Tuesday, 3pm to 11pm (Nya Crea live from 8pm). Tel: (04) 438 3100.

Wednesday July 11

7. Watch the World Cup semi-finals in a proper party atmosphere

Thoroughly into the business end of the World Cup, England square off against Croatia in the second of two quarter-final fixtures. If you want to join legions of party-ready revellers to celebrate either team winning, we suggest heading to DOME at The Westin, Al Habtoor City as not only do they throw an excellent party but there are some cracking F&B deals during the matches ad daily happy hours until 6pm.

Dome, The Westin, Al Habtoor City, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (05) 6992 6774.

8. Binge-watch a gripping crime drama

Season 5 of the excellent American crime drama-thriller Power kicked off last week, and if you haven’t yet caught up on the exploits of James “Ghost” St. Patrick and the criminal underworld of Manhattan, Starz Play has all previous four seasons of the show exclusively primed and ready for a little mid-week binge watching.

Star Play is Dhs35 per month or Dhs11 per week. Visit for more info.

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