6 awesome things to do in Dubai this week
Modern and Contemporary Art Auction
If Art Dubai has inspired you start collecting modern art from the region, then you and your millions of Dirhams should head to Christie’s auction, where a number of important works are for sale. They include six works by Egyptian painter Mahmoud Saïd (1897-1964), one of the most prominent figures in the Arab World’s modernist movement, one of which Assouan – île et dunes (1927) comes with a preparatory oil sketch and is expected to realise over a quarter of a million dollars.
When: 7pm, March 18
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Contact: +971 4 425 5647, website
Dubai Marina Street
This is now the seventh year the Dubai Marina Street Festival has taken place. It offers a street-theatre style collection of acts and performances to celebrate the last month when you can outside for longer than 20 minutes. It’s all free, too.
When: March 16-25
Where: Marina Promenade
Contact: +971 4 436 1020
Concerts on Wafi’s Rooftop Gardens area always popular, and the Franco-Spanish musical troupe the Gipsy Kings ought to maintain the interest. The band, put together by André Reyes, has been a live staple for 30 years and their flamenco-tinged music will get feet tapping.
Details: AED150 including two beverages.
When: 9pm, March 16
Contact: +971 4 324 4100, website
White have upped the ante for their Tuesday Ladies Night this week. Flying in from the UK, British rapper and Dubai regular Tinie Tempah will be performing a number of his biggest hits including “Girls Like”, “Written in the Stars” and “Not Letting Go”. The “Pass Out” singer will joined by DJ Charsley and DJ Moky Ezra. Aside from top quality entertainment, ladies will receive complimentary all night and sushi till 12.30am. Score.
When: Tuesday, March 14
Where: White Dubai, Dubai Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop
Contact: +971 50 4430933, website
Subb-An, Jixo & Danz & Ciryl Live
GQ Bar is the only place that die-hard house fans should be this Thursday. With not one but three acts set to play, guests can expect to hear the very best house beats provided curtsey of duo Jixo & Danz, Ciryl and Subb-an.
Details: Free entrance for cabin crew all night, guest list from 11.30pm and AED100 thereafter.
When: March 16
Where: GQ Bar, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 52 110 10 97, website
Kong: Skull Island (PG13)
There are certain tales that don’t seem to like being retold by modern cinema. No amount of money can make The Hulk watchable, Tarzan only gets more problematic and The Lone Ranger needs to permanently remain a kitsch 1950s TV show. King Kong has experienced similar celluloid misfortune but this 1971-set version with an all-star cast at least offers some interesting Vietnam-era context. Even Samuel L Jackson manages to rein it in.
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