9 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend
The Laughter Factory
Get ready to laugh, a lot, when comedian Ben Norris takes the Jumeriah Golf Estates stage this Friday. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, expect a “polished” set that has landed him three Edinburgh Fringe solo shows and a regular guest spot on Mock of the Week. The 25-year comedy veteran will be joined by Pierre Hollins and Rich Wilson.
When: Friday, July 14
Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates
Price: From AED140
Contact: +971 50 878 6728, website
ARTE The Makers Market at #TruckersSummerWarehouse
Bag a one of a kind bargain at this festival that aims to showcase the talent of artists in the UAE. The pieces on sale include jewellery, fine-art and fashion. There’ll also be a number of food items and food trucks present. You’ll be able to grab a burger, some freshly prepared pasta and plenty of first-rate street food from Asia and South America and listen to a host of live music from the local scene. Kids will be pretty well catered for, as well.
When: 4pm-11pm, every Saturday
Where: Hall 8, Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: +971 55 567 4158, 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
Literaturhaus at Nadi
Alserkal Avenue will attempt to reinvent a 19th-century style literary salon with a series of weekly talks, debates and seminars on various cultural topics.
Until the end of September, the cultural quarter will be welcoming international and regional authors, poets, critics, curators, publishers and musicians to share their ideas at Nadi Al Quoz.
The author of Between Two Wives, Hussain Ali Lootah will be headlining the festival this Saturday.
When: Every Saturday until September 30
Where: Alserkal Avenue, Nadi Al Quoz
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
Work up a sweat by tackling Dubai’s highest climbing wall fittingly called The Wall. Rock up to (sorry) Dorell Sports where the instructors will give you basic coaching before deciding what coloured “rocks” you should be clinging onto on your way up.
Where: Dorell Sports, World Trade Centre Hotel Apartments Building C, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: AED60 for a day pass
Contact: +9714 306 5061, 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
Lapita Hotel & Resort
This summer the Polynesian-themed hotel is offering guests the chance to experience the stunning hotel and the already world-renowned theme park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, from just AED822. Aside from a one night's stay in the hotel, you’ll receive two tickets that offer you unlimited access to Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark, plus unlimited Q-Fast access to Motiongate and Bollywood Parks Dubai.
When: Until September 30
Where: Lapita Hotel & Resort, Dubai Parks and Resorts
Contact: 800 2629464, website
Jagga Jasoos (15)
What happens when a high profile couple has a very public break-up in the midst of shooting an extremely ambitious film? Well, it takes two and a half years to finish it for one thing. The parting of ways of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif certainly overshadows this movie, but there are more than enough songs – 29 in total, due to an unusual plot twist – and stunning locations – Cape Town and Thailand included – to ensure this will be a Bollywood blockbuster of lasting impact.
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