6 things to do in Dubai this week
The Blue Man Group
The sort of genre-defying music spectacular that seems designed for a Las Vegas residence, Blue Man Group always draw huge crowds across the world. They’ve completely updated their show for 2017 with entirely new music – much of it hand-waving, banging tunery – and custom-made instruments and all new technology. It’s perhaps best to leave any preconceptions at home.
When: April 11-15
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED195
Contact: +9714 440 8888, website
World Art Dubai
This is the third edition of the contemporary art fair that seeks to democratise the appreciation and collection of fine art. Artists from five continents, which have been gathered up by 150 international galleries, will come to Dubai in this unique combination of exhibition, education and entertainment in which the overarching message seems to be: enough with the posturing, art really is for everyone. That certainly isn’t to lessen the value or importance of the works on display, but you won’t need to sell your apartment to buy a sculpture or abstract work that catches your eye here – everything in the fair is priced between AED360 and AED73, 500. There is also a programme of workshops, music and even a contemporary craft market.
When: April 12-15
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
ING Creative Festival 2017
ING Creatives takes over Alserkal Avenue for a new kind of market. There will be more than 50 artists from across the world displaying their works, while creative minds from companies like Pixar, NASA, National Geographic and the Museum of Modern Art will be hosting talks.
When: April 13-15
Where: Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Willy Wonka's Afternoon tea
If you're a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you’ll love Anantara The Palm’s Willy Wonka afternoon tea offering. Hosted by renowned Dutch pâtisserie, Marike Van Beurden, the three hour long gathering will feature everything from finger sandwiches to freshly baked scones to a selection of Willy Wonka chocolates and sweets. There will also be a number of characters from the beloved Roald Dahl novel-turned-film to keep the little ones entertained as well a raffle draw which can see one lucky ticket holder win a night’s stay at Anantara The Palm.
When: 2pm-5pm April 15-17
Where: The Lotus Lounge, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Price: From AED195
Contact: +971 4 567 8304, website
Ladies night at Cocktail Kitchen
You get three complimentary glasses of house grape, plus 50 percent off of the food bill. The vibe is slightly dressier without being pretentious. Look out for their “Hot Topics” talks on selected ladies nights. There’s also a DJ between 7pm-11pm.
When: 8pm-11pm, Tuesdays
Where: Armada Hotel, Cluster P
Contact: +971 56 828 0727, website
The Boss Baby (15)
Animated comedy featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi and Jimmy Kimmel in which a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of Puppy Co.
In cinemas from April 6
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