7 great things to do in Dubai this week
Scouting for Girls at Dubai Opera
The Brit band of sweeping ballads and soaring choruses – think Keane and Snow Patrol with a dash of Coldplay – come to Dubai Opera as part of their tenth anniversary tour. You’ll hear their radio-friendly anthems such as “This Ain’t A Love Song”, “It’s Not About You” and “Elvis Ain’t Dead”. Get the phone flashlights out and your vocal cords at the ready.
When: Friday, October 20
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED195
Toni Braxton live
If you haven’t heard “Unbreak My Heart”, you’re either three years old or have been living in a cave in Peru since 1992. But it’s just one of a huge repertoire of songs from the acclaimed singer, who is making her second appearance in Dubai – the first coming at the conclusion of the 2012 Dubai World Cup. Also listen out for “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again”.
When: Thursday, October 19
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Price: From AED255
Dubai Desert Warrior Challenge
This is one of those events that the well-toned people in your office start talking about in June, filling up their Facebook timelines with training pictures, progress reports and sweaty Saturday morning selfies. It’s also a gruelling physical and mental challenge that we might sign up for one of these years. No, really.
When: Friday, October 20
Grill Night at The Observatory
Every Wednesday this chic venue located on the 52nd floor of Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, gives you the chance to feast like royalty for just AED399. The package includes unlimited food and drinks for two glorious hours – the interrupted view of Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah isn’t bad either.
When: 5pm-11pm, every Wednesday
Where: The Observatory, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Price: AED249 for unlimited food and AED399 for unlimited food and drinks.
Contact: +971 4 319 4000, website
Remix 92 Live on the Lake
It’s a retro flashback in Dubai this Friday as nine stars of the 90s descend on the Irish Village. Performing live on the day are 5ive, Sonique, BoyzLife, Snap, Dr Alban, C+C Music Factory, Robin S, Rozalla and N-Trance, who will serve up a veritble feast of classics that are bound to lift you off your seat. There’s also a strictly 90s set from DJ Tim Cheddar, too.
When: Friday, October 20, 1pm-12am
Where: The Irish Village, Garhoud
Contact: +971 4 239 5000, website
Richie Hawtin at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Techno music genius Richie Hawtin is flying into town to grace us with his presence. The show at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is a one-off, and promises to be an unforgettable night as Hawtin pumps out a set of EDM-tinged tunes to keep the dancefloor bumping. He’ll be supported on the night by resident DJs Frederick Stone, Jixo & Danz, DJ Jean B and Aidin Karami.
When: Friday, October 20, 1pm-11pm
Where: Golden Tulip, Al Jazira Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain
More snow, this time on the piste as Josh Hartnett’s snowboarder gets lost in a winter storm in the High Sierras – where survival is as much mental as physical.
In cinemas from October 19