9 things to do in Dubai this week
Get ready for an outstanding weekend of pop, rap and R&B. Over two days, some seriously well-known international artists are taking to the Dubai Media City stage for the fifth edition of RedFest DXB. In the past, we’ve seen top-notch performances from the likes of Demi Lovato, Pitbull and Iggy Azalea. This year, we’ve got DJ duo The Chainsmokers (“Closer”, “Don’t Let Me Down”) headlining day one, followed by American singer and rapper Kesha (“Tik Tok”, “We R Who We R”) on day two. These superstars are joined by British R&B favourite Craig David, American rapper Russ, English singer-songwriter Kelli-Leigh, dance music producer Marshmello, and, bringing each evening to an end, Dubai’s own DJ Dany Neville. Ticket prices range from AED395 to AED1,195. It’s shaping up to be a top weekend…
When: February 8-9
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Long Drive World Series 2018
The breakout tournament from the world of golf returns to Dubai this week. The Long Drive World Series is still a relatively new stand-alone sport, but it’s quickly gained a following thanks to the glitz, glamour and fireworks that accompany each edition. The 2017 Dubai champion, Tim Burke, will once again line-up against the competition to see who can whack the ball furthest down the beautiful Jumeirah Golf Estates course. Rather than traipse around the fairways and greens as the golfers move to each pin, the Long Drive World Series is more of a social affair with canapes, drinks and light entertainment. Think going to brunch, but instead of someone with an acoustic guitar, it’s a guy swinging a club with all his might.
When: Friday, February 9
Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
Drinkers Of The Wind: Photographs by Tariq Dajani
An exhibition of limited-edition fine art photographic prints by artist Tariq Dajani are at Showcase Gallery. The portraits of majestic horses and falcons are intimate and dynamic, telling a story of personal reflection and the artist’s exploration of Arabian culture and heritage. Dajani will be signing copies of his book ASIL: Portrait Studies of the Purebred Arabian Horse at the launch on Feb 6.
When: February 6-March 11
Where: Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue
Think one big fair that promises a fun day out. You can shop products from 30 different countries (each boasting their own pavilion) or try out cuisines from all over the globe. Thrill seekers and little ones have enough rides to keep them occupied. If that isn’t enough, the venue also hosts cultural shows, stage shows and concerts.
When: 4pm-12am, weekdays and 4pm-1am, weekends
Where: Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Aquarius Ladies Day
You can now enjoy the Aquarius Ladies Day on three separate occasions per week. Yep, the 12 hour pool party will take place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 10am-10pm. There’s free-flow ice treats alongside a 50 percent discount across all food and beverages throughout. The best part about all this? It’s still absolutely free to get in.
When: 10am-10pm, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Where: Barasti Beach Bar
Contact: +9714 318 1313, website
Ludovico Einaudi Live
Ludovico Einaudi, the Italian pianist and composer, might not be a household name but we’re sure you’ll have heard a few of his songs. His albums have topped the charts and he’s worked on award-winning scores for the likes of Doctor Zhivago and This Is England. At his Dubai show, expect to hear his greatest hits. Tickets start from AED160.
When: February 8-9
Where: Dubai Opera
Disconekt presents Artbat
One of Ukraine’s most successful electronic acts is on hand to present an energetic night of unreleased tunes from their repertoire that’ll take in everything from house to techno. The duo have performed all over the globe, and especially in the world’s party capital, Ibiza. Their tunes have been played by superstar acts such as Solomun and Richie Hawtin, too.
When: 11pm-3am, Wednesday, February 7
Where: Vii Dubai, Conrad Hotel
Contact: +971 50 957 9471, website
Skreemin Egulz live
Head to this cool, musically charged spot for an evening of blues-rock, as the Skreemin Egulz take to the stage to perform covers of iconic tunes by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Metallica, The Doors, and many, many more. It’s just AED50 to get in, and you’ll get a free beverage with your entry fee.
When: 9pm-3am, Thursday, February 8
Where: Scarlet Cardinal, Sofitel Hotel JBR
Contact: +971 56 222 9914, website
Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville star in this drama about Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker whose life is disrupted by his muse, Alma.
In cinemas from February 8
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