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6 things to do in Dubai this week



Middle East Film and Comic Con
These three days at the Dubai World Trade Centre are probably the highlight of the year for many people in the UAE – and beyond. It’s where the region’s comic book lovers, cosplayers, gaming geeks, sci-fi fans and general pop culture vultures gather to celebrate their passions with fellow-travellers. There have been a few imitations over the years but this remains the largest event of its type, with more than 60,000 people streaming through the doors of last year’s convention. Again, there is a full programme of panel sessions, collector stations, animation workshops and, of course, an awful lot of dress up. There’s also plenty of entertainment courtesy of UAE acts Carl & The Reda Mafia, Chronicles of Khan and Naser Mestarihi. So grab a cape and fly down.
When: April 6-8
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: website

Go Vintage Festival
Bee-bop your way back to the 1950s with this huge celebration of all things retro. It’s all about diners, Elvis and Marilyn, rock’n’roll, Jimmy Dean and huge finned cars, and offers markets, drive-in-style cinema, live music from the era and plenty of foodie stuff. It ties in nicely with the next column…
When: April 6-13
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: website

Carl Cox and Jon Rundell at Blue Marlin
Techno champion Carl Cox will be at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE along with London-based producer Jon Rundell. It’s going to be a massive party at the day-to-night beach club, especially with the long summer just around the corner.
When: April 7
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, or email

Decibel with Miguel Bastida
DJ Miguel Bastida has taken his sound around the world, from Mexico to Australia and over to electronic music strongholds such as New York and Chicago and now he is coming to Dubai.
When: Thursday, April 6
Where: Media One Hotel
Price: Ladies go free before midnight or it’s AED100 on the door.
Contact: +971 55 656 6554, website

Ladies night at Caramel
Known for its cool, laidback attitude, this American-style joint will rid you of all your mid-week woes with its great views, friendly staff and excellent food menu that features tasty dishes such as their signature chicken lollipops, crispy lobster tail and burrata cheese. The unlimited bubbles offer isn’t bad either and is one of the reasons this is still a firm favourite on Tuesdays.
When: 6pm-9pm, Tuesday
Where: Precinct Building 3
Contact: +9714 425 6677, website 

CHiPS (15)
There’s already been plenty of controversy about this big-screen remake of the late-1970s, early-1980s TV show, CHiPs – the acronym-slash-nickname for the California Highway Patrol personified by motorcycle-riding cops Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.
The show’s original stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada suggested that writer-director and co-star Dax Shepard (Employee of the Month) had diminished the brand by turning it into a slapstick comedy that leant too heavily on violence.
CHiPs wasn’t even really about the police, it was a latter-day Lone Ranger in which Tonto became the unwitting star.
So what Dax Shepherd, who takes on the Jon Baker role, has done is provide a caricature buddy cop movie that, like Ben Stiller’s Starsky & Hutch, will very much appeal to current tastes.

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