8 great things to do in Dubai this week
Counter Culture Café
Unwinding after work just got a lot better with Counter Culture Café’s happy hour offer. Catch up with friends over a number of light bites (we particularly
like their bruschetta and their BBQ short rib burger) and house beverages starting from just AED22.
When: 5pm-7pm, daily
Where: Counter Culture Café, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Contact: +971 4 319 4000, website
A pre-release screening of the animated film about the life and death of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. It has been billed as the world’s first fully oil
painted feature film, which attempts to bring the paintings of van Gogh to life by hand-painting each of the 65,000 frames.
When: From 7pm, September 29-30
Where: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
The Woman in Black
This spine-chilling adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 gothic ghost story, in which a young actor helps recount Arthur Kipps’ eerie journal about strange visitations from a mysterious woman, is back in the UAE, where it has become something of an autumn staple on the events calendar. This season, there will be a total of 11 performances over seven days, which is particularly gruelling when you realise that there are just two actors – and a third shadowy presence with no dialogue – throughout each run-through. This production, directed by John Payton, stars Malcolm James as Kipps and Mark Hawkins as
the actor whose name we never know.
When: September 26-October 2
Where: Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah
Premier Futsal League
Monetising the talents of some of the world’s best-known footballers once they’re no longer able to stay in the professional game is looking like a lucrative seam to mine for events organisers. Premier Futsal League is an Indian-born, IPL-style creation that is giving audiences around the world the chance to see some of the modern era’s great talents again in a truncated form of the game. MediaPro, the group behind it all, recruited Brazilian legend Ronaldinho and Luis Figo to front the league and, now in its second season, it has partnered with Dubai Sports Council to bring games here. Six teams are taking part and the final will take place in Mumbai.
When: September 26-October 1
Where: Al Wasl Sports Center
From 7pm-3am for three nights, revellers can enjoy all the unique hospitality of Munich under the roof of the Dubai Sports City Dome, with German band Die Derbys, a host of DJs and a stack of freshly prepared German food. It’s AED45 for a ticket, although anyone brave enough to turn up in either lederhosen or a dirndl, entry is free. Get oompah-ing, everyone.
When: 7pm-3am, September 28-30
Where: Dubai Sports City Dome
The season opener at El Chiringuito will start with a bang as techno specialist Petar Dundov applies his hypnotic tunes to proceedings before Carl Cox protégé and international superstar Nicole Moudaber rocks up to the ones and twos to bring the evening to an almighty crescendo.
When: Friday, September 29
Where: El Chiringuito Dubai
Contact: +971 54 449 6464, website
Analog Room presents Whatever
The underground specialists unearth a new night for the new season. They’re calling it, slightly cryptically, Whatever, and are playing an All Night Long
set which promises “proper music”.
When: September 28, 10pm-3am
Where: Industrial Avenue, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Price: AED100 on the door, ladies free pre-11pm
Contact: +971 50 883 3172, website
This is one of those films that you approach with a certain degree of trepidation: yes, you know it’s an inspirational tale of rehabilitation after a life-changing event, yes, you know you’ll be uplifted and moved by the time the end credits roll. But you also know you’ll have to confront the very real, very painful and very traumatic episode that to T Jeff Bauman losing both his legs at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and, in doing so, understand that his challenges remain when you head for the exit. Jake Gyllenhaal excels in the lead.
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