7 great things to do in Dubai this week
Dubai International Hospitality Week
To put it simply, the event held at the World Trade Centre is the place foodies, chefs and aspiring restaurant owners. The three day event will see a number of the biggest names in hospitality industry showcase their latest products and cost-effective dining apparel. Aside from cooking appliances, guests can also get their hands on a number cooking ingredients – provided you pay for them of course. And, as it’s a food event, there will, of course be a number of food vendors on site. We recommend heading to MATTO. The Italian restaurant will be showcasing its extensive pizza offering which includes everything from bufalina to patatosa to calzone pizza. Famed pizzaiolo, Guglielmo Vuolo will be on hand to help create both the aforementioned masterpieces as well as some that he has crafted especially for the event. If you’re a fan of the cooking show MasterChef, we recommend that you attend the 2017 Gulfhost Awards and gala dinner which will be held at the Armani Hotel on September 18. Top chefs from across the globe will compete with each other to create a signature dish in just 30 minutes. The winner will be selected by a member of the audience – nothing like a show and a mouthwatering meal.
When: September 18-20
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: Attendance is free provided you register here.
Dubai Desert Road Run
Time to set the alarm for ridiculous-o-clock and get back out on the road. The Dubai Desert Road Run returns with a 6.15am start, inviting guests to participate in either 3km or 10km distances – both of which are lined with water stations. At the end, there are multiple food and drink kiosks, shower facilities and places to rest your feet.
When: Saturday, September 23
Where: Dubai Sevens Stadium
Price: AED90 for 3km, AED130 for 10km
The fashion pop-up is back for a 16th edition at Taj Dubai, showcasing premium and niche designers specialising in South Asian attire, jewellery and home decor. Brands will include Pallavi Puri, Studio XI.06 by Taran C, Puja Bajaj, Joey and Pooh, Namaha, Eternity Jewels, Piece of You by Pure Gold Jewellers and, much beloved of Bollywood’s elite, Chic Therapy. This year, there is a collection specially catering to men, too.
When: Saturday, September 23
Where: Taj Dubai
Contact: +971 55 545 1760, website
Johnny Clegg live
One of the most famous and pioneering performers in South Africa, Johnny Clegg will be bringing his band to Dubai on what he says will be his final ever tour. Although born in Lancashire, England, he was brought up by his Zimbabwean mother in Johannesburg, where he developed his love of local music – which he blends with western rock and pop in his act. Catch him before he hangs up his guitar.
When: Wednesday, September 20
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED250
Contact: +971 4 440 8888, website
Vibe Series brings the deep house to Industrial Avenue at The Westin with London duo Eli & Fur topping the bill. The headliners have been making electronic music together since they were teens and have quickly progressed into an internationally in-demand act, where they meld together other their own original beats.
When: Friday, September 22, 8pm-3am
Where: Industrial Avenue, Mina Seyahi Beach
Price: Tickets range between AED50-100
Contact: +9714 511 7373, website
Butch and Lee Curtiss
Blue Marlin brings in two heavyweights for what promises to be a deep house sensation. Butch, a DJ/producer, is well-known for his effortless flow through genres that keep the dancefloors rammed throughout his set. Lee Curtiss is a songwriter by day, but switches gears at night and has DJ’d at super-clubs such as Fabric London.
When: Friday, September 22, 1pm-11pm
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Buzzy Brit-flick starring Taron Egerton as a Bond-like secret agent who teams up with a shadowy US organisation when The Kingsman HQ is destroyed.
In cinemas from September 21