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6 things to do in Dubai this weekend



Sensations of Space
This is the first solo exhibition by US-born emerging artist Rohan Khanna and it will present both small and large-scale paintings on canvas. They are characterised by layers and swirls of colour that encourage the viewer to spend time in front of them, discovering all of the depths and textures within. Indeed, it is Rohan’s stated desire to “submerge the viewer” and demonstrate that what might appear dark and foreboding at first is actually full of light and life. The exhibition continues throughout the Holy Month.
When: May 25-June 26
Where: XVA Gallery
Contact: website

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters 2017
The best players in international darts are back in Dubai for what is now a traditional “end of season” tournament in the open air – the only time players ever compete outside. The likes of new World Champion Michael van Gerwen, the man he dethroned, Gary Anderson, and the greatest there’s ever been, Phil Taylor, will be taking to the oche at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, which will be packed out by sweating fans who will be seriously regretting turning up in velour fancy dress outfits and animal onesies. The players, who will have only just wrapped up the Premier League season, will be competing for a prize pot of $200,000, which ought to help pay for a couple of extra nights in the Palazzo Versace. Last chance of silverware until Shanghai in July.
When: May 24-25
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Contact: website

Ramadan celebrations at Asateer
Atlantis, The Palm’s official iftar will be hosted by Asateer – one of Dubai’s most famous Ramadan tents. Entertainment will be provided from sunset until 3am to accompany the traditional iftar buffet and Suhoor á la carte menu.
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
When: Sunset to 8.30pm
Price: AED210, additional shisha AED95.
Suhoor: 9.30pm-3am, with a minimum spend of AED160.
Contact: +971 4 426 0376

Inspire Yoga and Fitness are treating yogis to free hour-long mediation session this weekend. The class aimed for Level 1 and 2 fitness enthusiasts will be followed by an in-depth Q&A session with their lead yoga trainer Natalia Fata. The event aims to raise awareness and encourage people to take part in their 200 hour Yoga Study and Teacher Training Program.
When: 1pm-3pm, Friday, May 26
Where: Inspire Yoga and Fitness, T and G Avenue Building, Indigo Central 8, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 321 9771, website

Audition for Julius Caesar
If you fancy yourself to be Broadway’s next up and coming actor make your way to Alserkal Avenue and audition to be part of Shakespeare’s beloved play, Julius Caesar. Directed by stage veteran and full-time financial analyst Arjun Burman, the story follows the political conspiracy against Roman leader Julius Caesar as well as the events surrounding and following his assassination. There are 25 spots available including the lead, so make sure you practice those vowels and perhaps come in costume (not really, but it might even the odds).
When: 26-27 May
Where: The Junction Unit H72, Alserkal Avenue, St. 8, Al Quoz
Contact: +971 4 338 8525, website

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (18)
Johnny Depp is probably in need of some friendly territory right now. After recent spats with dogs, Australian customs, Amber Heard’s lawyers and an army of film critics, dressing up like an 18th century Keith Richards and cavorting around a large galleon for a fifth time is probably as good a respite as any – and no doubt Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge will pay a few bills, too.
Depp might have tried some leading man roles of late – Public Enemies, Black Mass – but he’s most at home in technicolour capers, where he is able to shed any pretence of reality and create something that isn’t so much a character as a three-dimensional catchphrase, a cartoon around which everyone else can circle. Much like Scooby Doo, he’s best when he’s providing all a film’s laughs and most of its heart.
Captain Jack Sparrow has fulfilled this brief throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and he does so again here as he tries to avoid old nemesis, Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his Spanish Navy ghost crew. It puts him on the hunt for the Trident of Poseidon, which will grant the possessor total control of the seas. Or something. The umbilical cord to the previous films in the series is provided by newcomer Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a British navy shipmate who we learn is the son of Will and Elizabeth Swann (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley respectively). In addition to escaping the ghost crew, he has to free his father from the clutches of the Flying Dutchman and is helped along the way by Carina (Maze Runner’s Kaya Scodelario). All good fun.
In cinemas from May 25

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