6 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE wraps up a pretty incredible season of parties with one of the biggest names of the year: Jamie Jones.
The British DJ has been incredibly influential in recent years, helping to drive techno in a more emotional, more melodic direction, infusing it with disco, house, funk and experimental touches that have helped the genre find a new generations of clubbers. His unique sound he says is the result of trying to find tracks that stuck in clubbers’ minds, giving full value to each component of a set – even if that meant digging around for rare or leftfield beats.
The Hot Creations label founder will be joined on stage by New York based DJ Serge Devant.
When: Friday, May 19, 11am-11pm
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
WHITE Dubai, the only nightlife venue in the MENA region to be classified in DJ Mag’s prestigious Top 100 Clubs in the World, will be closing their season off with a performance from Grammy award-winning rapper Lil Jon. And, while he’ll be spinning tracks and not singing his string of mega-hits, we’re sure that his set will include his infamous party tunes “Turn Down For What” and “Get Low”.
When: Thursday, May 18
Where: WHITE Dubai
Kai Humphries live at the Laughter Factory
The latest batch of top-notch comics comes over to the Gulf via the Laughter Factory. May’s selection includes Dominic Holland, noted stand-up veteran and comedy writer – and, well, the father of new Spiderman Tom Holland. He’ll be joined by Kai Humphries, whose conversational style has a feel of Eddie Izzard’s more surreal moments, and Addy Van Der Borgh, who has become a favourite with other comedians since his emergence a decade or so ago.
When: May 18-19
Where: May 18, Grand Millennium; May 19, Gramercy
Contact: +971 50 878 6728, website
Mika Singh and Daler Mehndi
Dubai World Trade Centre Singer, songwriter and composer Mika Singh has built an unrivalled reputation over two decades, beginning with his first album Saawan Mein Leg Gayi Aag in 1998 and moving through to his work in Bollywood. He’s joined by singer Daler Mehndi.
When: 7.30pm, Friday, May 19
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
The French DJ will be headlining Zero Gravity’s last One Big Friday session of the season. The spinner who’s responsible for massive party hits like “Intoxicated” and “Hey Now” will be joined by Black Saint and mixing duo Showhawk as well as a string of local DJs such as Chris Wright and Mark Pickup.
When: 12pm-3am, Friday, May 19
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website
Dubai Tango Festival
You can learn all there is to know about the expressive dancing style from South America in the 2017 edition of the Dubai Tango Festival. Aficionados are set to fly in from all over the world to enjoy this vibrant show, which is topped off by an Argentine-style gala dinner (AED350).
When: Until May 21
Where: Meydan Hotel
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