7 things to do in Dubai this week
The Laughter Factory
Gail Clough has been bringing over the best comics from London’s famous Comedy Store for 22 years now, packaging up monthly mini comedy tours for three comedians at a time for eight or nine shows across the Gulf.
For the summer, though, Gail has decided to expand the tour’s horizons, offering a pop-up version, with shows at new venues in the Media One Hotel (Wednesday, July 12, 8pm) and Jumeirah Golf Estates (Friday, July 14, 7pm).
“The Laughter Factory is not just about the world class acts on stage,” Clough says, “we are proud to say we have a wonderful comedy-literate audience that has grown with us over 21 years. Now it’s time more people got the Laughter Factory feeling.”
The three acts up this month are Ben Norris, Pierre Hollins and Rich Wilson.
Tickets for the shows are AED140, although there is a pre-show drinks and buffet package available before the Grand Millennium gig (Thursday, July 13) for AED260.
When: July 12-14
Where: Various locations across Dubai
Price: From AED140
Contact: +971 50 878 6728, website
Lucky Voice Jukebox Brunch
Following the tremendous success of their Friday brunch, Lucky Voice Dubai have decided to launch yet another brunch! This one will be on Wednesdays from 8pm-11pm. Much like its Friday feast, it will be offering three magical hours of endless food, great service and karaoke. Unlike its Friday offering, guests will be able be belt out karaoke songs with the crowd. If you’re shy, don’t worry, you can still rent out their private pods or just sing along on the massive inflatable mics.
When: 8pm – 11pm, every Wednesday from July 12
Price: From AED150
Contact: 800 58259, website
Plus/Minus with &ME
The Plus/Minus Summer Sessions continue to bring the quality by hosting &ME, the highly respected Berlin-based producer and DJ. Another tech-house specialist, he has delivered some excellent tracks for Terranova, a joint venture with Fetisch, and several EPs and albums for Kompakt.
When: Friday, July 14
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Price: AED100 between 9pm-12am
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website
Cadence Theory ft. Hip-Hop Karaoke
Virgin Radio’s Sheena Kay will be MC-ing this special, one-off 45 minute hip-hop spinning class. The cyclists will be undertaking a high-impact fitness session entertained by the best of Hip-Hop Karaoke.
When: Wednesday, July 12
Where: Cadence Theory, DIFC
Contact: +9714 393 4039, website
The Sound Of Bowie
Incredibly, it’s already been 18 months since the passing of David Bowie but the sense of loss is still palpable. This tribute show is, then, much welcomed, especially as it is being led by leading Bowie tribute act Martin Gough, who launched this show back in 2012. It comprises 24 of the singer’s most famous songs split over two 50-minute halves, with the likes of “China Girl”, “Let’s Dance”, “Sound and Vision”, “Star Man” and, of course, “Heroes” all reproduced with uncanny accuracy. He’ll be supported by Miss Sykes and Punjabi MC.
When: Friday, July 14
Where: The Music Room, Al Mankhool
Contact: +9714 359 8888, website
Kosta Athanassiadis at Analog Room
A DJ and producer from Göttingen, Kosta’s career dates back to the early 1990s when he started to play in a record store. He pumps out spacey house and techno at a reliable clip. He’s the kind of producer whose records slip into a set to provide a laid-back groove. He’ll be supported by Siamak Amidi.
When: Thursday, July 13, 10pm-3am
Where: Industrial Avenue, Westin Hotel
Contact: +971 50 883 3172, website
One Night At Tito’s Goa: Dubai Edition
This ought to be a pretty special night as Zinc welcomes Indian DJ duo Lost Stories – AKA Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi – for a one-off version of their One Night at Tito’s party. The pair are known for their progressive house beats and rose to prominence with their remix of the OneRepublic track “Wherever I Go”.
When: Friday, July 14, 10pm-3am
Where: Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai
Contact: +971 50 151 5609, website