8 things to do in Dubai this weekend
The toe-tapping, singin’-in-the-aisles musical celebration of 1960s phenomenon Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons comes to Dubai Opera. Listen out for tunes such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” and “Bye Bye Baby”. Tickets from AED250.
When: October 11-14
Where: Dubai Opera
Contact: +9714 440 8888
Put your hands up for Dubai as international DJ and chart-topping star Fedde Le Grande headlines a fantastic bill at Nasimi Beach. The Dutch producer will be supported by Blonde, 99 Souls, Tough Love and Karen Harding in what promises to be one of the biggest parties of the season – and we’re only a few weeks in.
When: 7pm-2am, Friday, October 13
Where: Nasimi Beach, Atlantis Hotel, The Palm
Contact: +971 55 200 4321, website
The Wadali Brothers
The Wadali Brothers are among the leading exponents of Sufi music and have embraced the gurbani, kafi, ghazal and bhajan genres in particular. As part of the Emirates NBD Classics series, the duo come to Dubai for
the first time, providing a chance to experience their soulful, spirit-warming live performance.
Tickets range between AED50-AED300.
When: October 13
Contact: +9714 341 4777
On N On
A relatively new Saturday pool party at the Intercontinental at Dubai Marina is hitting its stride and expanding on the resident DJ offering with a selection of one-off sets from international disc spinners being lined-up. It’s free entry for ladies and AED200 for men folk. Sunbeds can be reserved for AED150, too.
When: 2pm-8pm, Saturday, October 14
Where: Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Price: Free entry for ladies and AED200 for men
Contact: +971 56 216 6230, website
Urban Outdoor Cinema: Grease
Watching films al fresco is one of the joys of a Dubai winter and there is an entire season at Al Habtoor Grand to enjoy. It kicks off on October 14 with Grease and takes in a whole range of classics, including Dirty Dancing (October 21), Top Gun (October 22) and La La Land (October 28).
When: October 21-28
Where: Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai Marina
Contact: +9714 408 4444
That 80s Party
The soundtrack to Thursday nights at Pure Sky Lounge are going way back to the era of blinding neon and gigantic hairstyles as a new 80s night launches. Expect DJ Anderson Lima’s set list to include an eclectic mix of decade defining bangers from anyone including Michael Jackson, Madonna and Culture Club. And who doesn’t like a bit of “Karma Chameleon”?
When: 9.30pm-2am, Thursday, October 12
Where: Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Hotel JBR
Contact: +971 4 374 7888, website
ITC Fest 2017
This would ordinarily be a little bit B2B for us to mention in these pages, but this is a conference that touches on practically every facet of our modern working lives – and does so in a slick, consumer-friendly, end-of-term type way – that we felt it warranted inclusion this week. ITC Fest 2017 is a conference and expo (and party) that brings together entrepreneurs, experts and visionaries from across the world of tech to discuss the latest strategies and innovations in this ever-evolving landscape. The two-day festival is packed with talks, seminars, workshops and networking sessions to help foster the next wave of digital creativity. In addition, there are also stand-up comedy sessions, the inevitable food trucks and plenty of live entertainment – including live performances from Romanian pop acts Akcent and Fly Project. 10am until late, tickets from AED250.
When: October 11-12
Where: Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba
Cinema - Amityville: The Awakening
The much-awaited and delayed sequel to The Amityville Horror (yes, the one that starred Ryan Reynolds and Chloë Moretz) is finally here. This time, it’s former Disney darling Bella Thorne’s turn to be taunted. The film also features Cameron Monaghan of Shameless, Mckenna Grace and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who takes on the key role of sn uninformed single mother, looking to provide the “best” for her kids. Piece of advice: always do research on a house before you buy it.
In cinemas from October 12