8 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
St. Practice Day at McGettigan’s JLT
In preparation for Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 – we know it’s a long way off, six months to be exact, but they say that practice makes perfect – McGettigan’s is throwing a special “practice makes perfect” bash. The event kicks off this Friday, September 15, at 12pm with the venue’s weekly brunch and ends at 3am when the live band wraps up. If brunch isn’t your thing, opt for the venue's unlimited drinks package. From 5pm to 8pm guests are treated to unlimited house drinks for just AED199 per person. If you can’t make it before 8pm, don’t worry, you can also get half price deals on premium Irish drinks from 8pm to 10pm. Now that’s sorted all you need to do is wear something green, bring cash and get ready to have a great time.
When: 12pm-3am, Friday, September 15
Where: McGettigan’s JLT
Price: Friday brunch: AED249 per person, 12pm-5pm, Unlimited house beverages: AED199 per person, 5pm-8pm, Half price drinks from 8pm-10pm
Contact: +971 4 3780800, website
Blue Marlin Ibiza season opening party
It’s back! You know the outdoor weather is approaching when one the country’s premier beach clubs swings opens its doors again and the weekly drive down E11 to Ghantoot begins again as Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE hosts their first party of the season. They’re hosting DJ Anna’s hard-hitting techno and tech and, making his Blue Marlin debut, British DJ Latmun.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, September 15
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Straight Outta Que
Q43 has relaunched its premier hip-hop and RnB night, Straight Outta Que. DJ Keza is on hand to spin up the floor-fillers from the likes of Drake and DJ Khaled and going way back to pull out the old-school classics from hall of famers such as N.W.A, Snoop Dogg and Public Enemy.
When: Friday, September 15
Where: Q43, Media One Hotel
Contact: +971 4 443 5403, website
The latest regular night to hit Provocateur is fast becoming the place to be on a Thursday night and aims to “bring out the lord and lady” in its clientele. Quite. So it’s dress up, rather than down for the hoi polloi as DJ’s Taya Kruzz and Flippside keep the basslines pumping with a hip-hop flavour throughout.
When: Thursday, September 14
Where: Provocateur, Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach
Contact: +971 50 226 1662, website
The second half of the latest Laughter Factory tour swings around to the southern end of Dubai, with London stand-up comedy veterans John Maloney, JoJo Smith and Jeff Innocent taking to the stage at the Grand Millenium in Barsha Heights (Thursday, 9pm), Jumeirah Golf Estates (Friday, 7pm) and then ON42, Media One Hotel (Friday, 8.30pm).
When: September 14-15
Where: Various locations
Price: From AED140
Contact: +971 50 8786 728, website
Roshanak Aminelahi’s new collection is a series of mixed-media paintings that illustrate the themes of war, love and heroism in ancient Persian myths and how they resonate today – not least the tale of Gordafarid and its parallels with Syrian women taking up arms to protect their homes.
When: Until Thursday, October 26
Where: Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz
Contact: +971 4 323 6242, website
The Middle East’s biggest gaming event returns to Dubai with its boldest line-up yet. Games Arabia descends on the World Trade Centre with the year’s hottest games available to play before they’re out in the shops. The show will also play host to live entertainment performances from local artists, special celebrity guest appearances and much more.
When: September 14-16
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: From AED75
The Limehouse Golem
Victorian London is rocked by a series of gruesome murders, and a mythical creature is suspected to be behind them all. Bill Nighy and Eddie Marsan star.
In cinemas now