6 things to do in Dubai this week
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts aka the home of Legoland, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks is giving families the chance to enjoy the rides for just AED85. That’s not all, for an added AED40, guests can enjoy unlimited food and drinks at Bollywood Parks when they opt for the 1 Day, 1 Park offer.
When: Until August 31
Where: Dubai Parks and Resorts
Irish National Fish and Chip Day
On Wednesday, May 31, the beloved gastropub franchise will be giving out free bite-sized fish and chips for 60 whole minutes (7pm-8pm) in celebration of the Irish National Fish and Chip Day. We suggest that you get to one of McGettigan’s many venues (Souk Madinant Jumeriah, DWTC, JLT and Abu Dhabi) early to secure your spot.
There’s also a number of special offers on drinks. McGettigan’s DWTC is offering all ladies who arrive between 8pm-10pm five complementary drinks, while McGettigan’s JLT is throwing a massive eight-hour long happy hour.
When: 7pm-8pm, Wednesday, May 31
Where: Various McGettigan's venues across Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Al Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah
The spectacular Al Majlis is a great venue that offers an unforgettable Ramadan experience with its beautifully decorated interiors and traditional Arabian hospitality. Following Iftar, a superb Suhoor awaits guests that contains a delicious á la carte menu. There is also a VIP area for that exclusive dining vibe.
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
When: Sunset until 8.45pm
Price: AED210 including beverages
Suhoor: 9pm-3am, starting from AED100.
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
Ramadan Night Market 2017
A huge indoor market with stalls selling fashion, personal care, handicrafts, home appliances, electronics and toys. There’s also a food court, grand majlis, “play and win area” and kid’s play area. One of the big set-piece events during the Holy Month.
When: June 1-10
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: +9714 388 5191
Dubai Sports World
The halls and spaces of the World Trade Centre are once again turned into a massive sports hall. There will be, for instance four five-a-side football pitches, four seven-a-side football pitches, six basketball courts, three tennis courts, 12 badminton courts, a mini cricket pitch, a volleyball court, a state-of-the-art gym and a dedicated fitness studio for group classes. There is also a skate park and a trampoline park. Coaching clinics will also be available.
When: From June 1 to September 2
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
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.
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