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6 brilliant things to do in Dubai this week



BASE grand opening
The electronic icon will be behind the decks at BASE in Dubai Design District for a huge launch party. The 39-year-old DJ found fame as part of the now defunct super-group Swedish House Mafia, but these days he’s a headliner in his own right. Tracks such as “Feel The Vibe” and “I Found You” have become floor-fillers, and he has remixed tracks for some of the biggest names in the business such as Madonna and Usher.
When: April 27
Where: BASE Dubai, Dubai Design District
Price: Free entry
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website


Eddie Izzard
The Yemen-born British comedian and endless marathon runner will be bringing his unique brand of rambling, sort-of-historical one-man-show-style comedy to Dubai. It’s less stand-up and more performance, a two-hour absurdist rumination on life, philosophy, religion and makeup, all shot through with impressions and strange tangents. As you get gradually drawn into his world, you really won’t know where the time has gone.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: April 27
Price: Only premium tickets for AED495 left
Contact: website

P4BLO & Floyd Lavine at House of Afrika
House of Afrika returns with a double header from P4BLO and Floyd Lavine. P4BLO is the alter ego of Pablo Martinez, who fuses Afro tech, deep house and techno genres, while South Africa’s Floyd Lavine is the resident for RISE.
When: 9pm-3am, Thursday, April 27
Where: BridgeWater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis
Price: AED100
Contact: website

ROAR by #PUMAWomen
PUMA Middle East has launched the region’s first women’s only ‘workout and work-in’ pop-up in the Dubai Design District. ROAR by #PUMAWomen will offer a programme of workouts activated through GuavaPass, as well as daily drink and dining options and weekly lunchtime beauty services. There will also be weekly workshops and innovative workouts on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as the weekends. The workouts that will be scheduled through GuavaPass will range from heart racing activities like hip hop and rave aerobics.
Where: Ground Floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District
When: Until May 18
Contact: +971 50 156 8462, website

Back2Basics feat Nick Warren
Tiger Sessions in collaboration with Back2Basics present Nick Warren, one of the most respected DJs on the circuit. Best known for the Global Underground series, he is coming up to his 30th year on the international scene. He will be supported by Ejaz Ahmed, Ilona Maras and Ghadz.
When: 9pm-3am, Thursday, April 27
Where: Pure, Hilton The Walk
Price: AED150
Contact: website

Ghost in the Shell (18)
Another film that reaches our screens with a casting controversy overshadowing every scene – and already the producers are blaming it for lackluster box office returns in the US instead of the fact that it’s simply not quite as good as it could be. Based on the Manga creation of the same name, the conspicuously non-Japanese Scarlett Johansson – which wasn’t an issue in Japan itself, incidentally – takes the lead as the part human, part cyborg soldier. Race aside, she is undeniably excellent, even if she can’t quite elevate the stiffness around her.
In cinemas from April 20


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