10 things to look forward to in Dubai this May
A Queen tribute, pool parties, discounted theme park tickets and the return of Vox cinemas ladies’ day…
As we say goodbye to April, we head into another month to fill with fun stuff. And this May, there’s plenty to do. Queen fans, there’s a treat for you on the QE2, while the return of Ramadan brings some brilliant deals to the city’s spas, theme parks and beach clubs.
Whatever you’re doing this month, we hope it’s a brilliant one.
Here are 10 things to look forward to in Dubai this May.
May 1 to 3: Rock out at a Queen tribute concert
Whether you’ve been a Freddie Mercury fan forever or the smash hit Bohemian Rapsody renewed your love for the Brit rock band we’ve got a treat for you – Theatre by QE2 is set to host a Queen tribute show this May. The four-piece tribute act will take to the stage as Freddie, Brian, Roger and John take to the stage for a show described as an ‘all-action production’ that recreates ‘the excitement of their legendary stadium spectaculars’. Audiences can expect to be treated to an array of Queen’s superb songs over the two-hour show, from their earlier hits in the 70s including Bohemian Rapsody, Somebody To Love and We Will Rock You to their later top 10 hits such as Another One Bites the Dust, Under Pressure and I Want To Break Free to some of Mercury’s last works in the early 1990s, the show promises to deliver a score of non-stop Queen hits sure to have you on your feet.
Majesty by Queen, QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid, Wednesday May 1 to Friday May 3, theatre tickets Dhs180, supper club tickets Dhs495. Tel: (04) 330 3457. theatrebyqe2.com
May 3: Throw it back with a retro rave on the sand
On Friday May 3, the beach club at Atlantis, The Palm is throwing it back with the ultimate retro beach party, promising old school tunes and seaside games. The free-entry event will see the pool and beach area at Atlantis transformed with retro decor sure to have you reminiscing of your partying heyday, with complimentary beach access for all guests. Kicking off from midday, the first 30 ladies through the door will enjoy complimentary iced treats and VIP access to sun loungers, cabanas and sofas – so arrive early to bag the best bed. Free flowing bubbly will also be offered from 12pm to 1pm for ladies, as if you needed any other reason to be on time.
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 8pm, Friday May 3, free. atlantisthepalm.com
May 3: Fiesta at a red-themed party at Nikki Beach
Olé! Take a trip to Spain without leaving Dubai with Nikki Beach’s fist ever red party on Friday May 3. Guests can expect an afternoon of Flamenco-themed fun as they dance to the beats of Nikki Beach Dubai’s resident DJs.
Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, 12pm to 9pm, Friday May 3. Tel: (04) 376 6162. Nikkibeach.com
From early May: Experience a lavish Iftar
Although the official Ramadan date is still yet to be confirmed, it’s likely to be around May 5. Once Ramadan begins, there are a host of Iftars to experience across the city, from budget to blow out. Our pick is the Dubai Opera, which transforms into an extravagant banquet hall with food created by the team at one of our favourite restaurants, Sean Connolly
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, throughout Ramadan, daily from sunset, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com
Throughout May: Enjoy discounted entry to a stunning beach club
The oh-so-Instagrammable Drift Beach club will be reducing entry rates for guests looking to spend the day soaking up the sun this month. Entry throughout May will be priced at Dhs200, down from Dhs250 through the week and Dhs300 on weekends. Entry includes a sun lounger, towel and bottle of water, with food and drink available to order a la carte poolside, or at their provencal-style restaurant.
Drift Beach Club, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, throughout May, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com
May 9 and 16: Test your limits with a night time obstacle course
The UAE’s only night-time obstacle race, the NAS Night Challenge will see competitors from the UAE and around the world taking on the 5km course. Athletes can compete as part of a team of four people, on 9 May, or on their own on 16 May.
Nas Night Challenge, Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex, 9pm, May 9 and 16, Dhs202. Tel: (054) 3948228. registration.nasst.ae
May 10: Gather the girls for a cinema-based ladies’ night
VOX cinemas has launched a new ladies’ night, which takes place a couple of times a month at their locations in Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif. The next one will take place at 8pm on Friday May 10, with a screening of A Vigilante, starring Olivia Wilde. Tickets for the ladies-only cinema night are priced at Dhs80 and include tickets to the screening of a new blockbuster, popcorn, a soft drink, a choice of main course and goodie bags to take away.
VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif, Dubai, 8pm onwards, Friday May 10, Dhs80. uae.voxcinemas.com
From May 10 and 11: Check out a fun new weekend brunch
The London Project is one of the best additions to the brilliant Bluewaters island development, and it’s launching two new brunches this month. From Friday May 10, guests can enjoy The Shoreditch Brunch; a sharing-style menu that includes fish and chips, mango and jalapeno glazed chicken and wild mushroom and truffle gnocchi. While Saturdays from May 11 will be dedicated to The Chelsea Brunch; a three-hour serving of breakfast dishes, followed by dishes from the restaurants main menu.
The London Project, Bluewaters, off JBR, Dubai Marina, 1pm to 4pm, Fridays and Saturdays from May 10, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (054) 306 1822. thelondonproject.com
Throughout Ramadan: Get your adrenaline fix for less at Legoland
Looking for some family-friendly fun that won’t break the bank this Ramadan? Then head to Legoland at Dubai Parks & Resorts. Throughout the holy month, UAE residents can avail tickets for just Dhs100 to either Legoland or Legoland Water Park. From the first day of Ramadan, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park will open Saturday to Wednesday from 10am to 5pm, with Legoland Water Park operating from 10am to 6pm Thursday and Friday while LEGOLAND Dubai will open 10am to 8pm.
Legoland and Legoland Water Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, 10am to 5pm Sat to Weds, 10am to 6pm Thurs and Fri at Legoland Water Park, 10am to 8pm Thurs and Fri at Legoland. legoland.com
Throughout Ramadan: Pamper yourself with discounted spa treatments
Looking to enjoy some much-needed ‘me’ time this Ramadan? Then head to SensAsia Spa and enjoy a discounted treatment, such as the 75-minute ‘A Deeper Clean’ experience. It begins with a Charme d’Orient body scrub, to gently eliminate dead cells and impurities while refining the skin’s texture, followed by a ‘muscle-melting’ massage, using pure argan oils. A Deeper Clean is priced at Dhs299 (usual price Dhs459) for Ramadan.
SensAsia Spa, various locations including Golden Mile Galleria, Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Golf Club and Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City, throughout Ramadan, Dhs299. SensAsiaSpas.com