7 things to do in Dubai this week
Three-day Super Sale
Not sure this requires much explanation beyond the title, does it? This is a pre-Ramadan mini shopping festival in which the majority of stores across Dubai will be offering discounts of between 30 and 90 percent from select lines in their stores. And it includes everything, from fashion, tech, homewear and jewellery, with a host of major brands participating such as: Guess, IDdesign, Steve Madden, Kurt Geiger, Galeries Lafayette, Missoni and Charles & Keith.
When: May 18-20
Where: various venues across Dubai
Provocateur Season Wind Down Party
Bringing the curtain down on the activities for the season, the Provocateur team serve up the usual array of top-notch underground house music from the resident team comprising DJ Razdar, Sam Farsio and DJ Michka.
When: 9pm-3am, Friday, May 19
Where: Four Seasons Dubai
Contact: +971 55 211 8222, website
Cirque De Cuisine Night
This is a brunch with a difference – a big difference. The Cirque De Cuisine Night Brunch at Atlantis will transform The Avenues, the luxury shopping arcade at the resort, into a street carnival of acrobats, performers, entertainers and – of course – an awful lot of food. In fact, you might argue that this is the best selection of food at a brunch ever assembled, opening as it does the kitchens of Nobu, Ronda Locatelli, Bread Street Kitchen, Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, Ossiano, The Burger Joint, Shawafel and Asia Republic. And this really is a “culinary journey”, with diners moving from one venue to the next to sample the signature dishes from each. It will then culminate in dessert at The Lost Chambers Aquarium and an afterparty at N’Dulge with DJ Dany Neville. The whole thing will cost AED595.
When: 7.30pm -10.30pm, Thursday, May 18
Where: The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm
Contact: +9714 426 2000, 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: May 17-21
Where: Meydan Hotel
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
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
This is the last drum ‘n’ bass party of the season, although it will also be the debut of their new sound system – the 6000W Martin Audio subs. Goodinglish, Masscon and Anderson Lima will be on the decks, supported by residents Woodle and Espace.
When: 8.45pm-2.45am, Thursday, May 18
Where: Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha
Cinema - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (15)
You instantly know that Guy Ritchie is piloting this retelling of the Arthurian legend when you see leading man Charlie Hunnam stripped to the waist and slugging it out in a bare-knuckle brawl. It might well be one of the weirder directorial motifs, but backstreet boxing has now appeared in Snatch, both Sherlock Holmes films and now this. It’s no accident; the device works to place the director’s protagonists in a certain rougue-ish, battle-hardened light.
You might assume that King Arthur wouldn’t need the contextual support, but in this origin story, the man who would be king is essentially a medieval street urchin, raised in back alleys by various mentors of dubious character – which is also familiar Ritchie territory. It’s only when he pulls the sword from the stone that the truth of his royal lineage is revealed, setting him on a collision course with Vortigern (Jude Law), the uncle who seized the crown when Arthur’s father was murdered. With castles, wizards and loads of fights, it has all you’d want from an epic fantasy tale. Big, bold fun.
In cinemas from May 11