10 great things to do in Dubai this week
Fiesta de Los Muertos
Now in its second year, the Fiesta de Los Muertos (read: festival of the dead) returns bigger and better than before, with a lineup that is genuinely outstanding – British grime artist Stormzy, American singer Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian-Lebanese crooner Massari and British virtual band, Gorillaz are all on the bill. The gig is designed to mark Halloween in the biggest way possible and will take place at the Autism Rocks Arena in Outlet City on October 27. Get ready to dance, a lot and, don’t forget to dress up.
When: 4pm-1.30am, Friday, October 27
Where: Dubai Autism Rocks Arena
Price: From AED350
The Live on the Lake series from The Irish Village, which is one of our very favourite places to watch live music, continues with new-wave-turned-rock-vets The Pretenders. Fronted by Chrissie Hynde, they started out in the late 1970s as a kind of edgier, less polished Blondie and unleashed a barrage of hits including the now iconic “Brass in Pocket” and “Back on the Chain Gang”. They will be joined by Heather Small and Aswad.
When: From 8.45pm, Thursday, October 26
Where: The Irish Village, Al Garhoud
Price: From AED225
More rock royalty comes to Dubai, this time in the form of Status Quo, whose legacy stretches back more than 50 years. Although founder member Rick Parfitt passed away late last year, Francis Rossi and his crew have been keeping the flame alive with a string of performances, reprising the classic songs “Rocking All Over The World”, “Whatever You Want” and “Down Down”. This show is part of their Last Night of the Electrics tour.
When: From 9pm, Friday, October 27
Where: Dubai Opera
Contact: +9714 440 8888, website
DJ Jazzy Jeff at Barasti
DJ Jazzy Jeff – the Fresh Prince’s old chum – is back in town to host a Halloween party at Barasti. “The Magnificent” will delve deep into the classic dancefloor fillers he’s renowned for, so this promises to be one of the places to be this Halloween. Brilliantly, entry to the event is free so you really don’t have an excuse to miss out.
When: 11pm-3am, Friday, October 27
Where: Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi
Contact: +971 4 318 1313, website
Dappy Live at Armani Prive
Dappy, the former NDubz star, returns to Dubai to headline a special Halloween evening at Armani Prive inside the world’s tallest building. The five-time MOBO award-winner will be performing a set full of his solo tracks, including his most recent song, “Straight Facts”. Dappy will be supported on the night with sets from DJ Brooklyn and DJ Adam J.
When: 11pm-3am, Thursday, October 26
Where: Armani Prive, Burj Khalifa
Contact: +971 52 777 6953, website
Candypants launch at Inner City Zoo
The brand new club in Rixos Premium Dubai is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Just one week after its grand opening, Inner City Zoo has announced that it will be hosting the city’s very first Candypants midweek party. If you’ve ever been to Candypants’ seemingly always packed Friday brunch, you’ll know that this is going to be epic. If you haven’t, be sure to go, soon. The inaugural event kicks off this Wednesday, October 25. If you can’t make it, there's always next Wednesday and every Wednesday after that. The venue's Tuesday ladies night is also worth a try. From 11pm to 1am, ladies are treated to three complimentary beverages and some of the best music in town. No, seriously, the club’s resident DJs Emma Love and Henry X do a great job of spinning both head bobbing house tunes and hip swaying RnB tracks – wear comfy shoes, because you’ll be dancing all night.
When: Wednesday, October 25. Ladies night; 11pm-1am, every Tuesday
Where: Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, The Walk
Contact: +971 58 867 5357, website
Fashion Forward FW2017
The tenth installment of the fashion-focused convention, showcase and market takes place at d3, with the usual blend of catwalk shows, trunk shows, talks and seminars. The event will feature the latest collections from the likes of Arwa Al Banawi, Atelier Zuhra, Babak Vosoughi, Lara Khoury and Madiyah Al Sharqi.
When: October 26-28
Where: Dubai Design District
Price: Free registration
Daycation at Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
The daycation offer at the glitzy Ritz Carlton DIFC gives you unlimited access to the steam room, sauna, the indoor spa pool and the fitness centre for just AED150. On arrival, you can expect to be warmly welcomed by complimentary drinks.
When: All year around
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 372 2222, website
Disco Tapas Brunch
Back again for the new season, this brunch offers a range of tapas-style bites including tempura vegetables, mini pizzas and bruschettas, as well as a selection of succulent cuts from the BBQ and a live pasta cooking station. The disco part is provided by the 70s and 80s soundtrack.
When: 8pm-11pm, Thursday
Where: Les Cuisines, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Price: AED119 with soft drinks; AED190 with selected house beverages; AED290 with premium beverages.
Only the Brave
Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the film starring Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller and Josh Brolin follows a group of firefighters, who risk everything to protect their town from a wildfire.
In cinemas from October 26