12 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
Dubai Fitness Challenge Carnival
Following the tremendous success of last week’s Dubai Fitness Challenge carnival in Safa Park, the event’s organisers have announced that it will be adding four more festivals to the bill. The first takes place this Friday, October 27, at Kite Beach and, much like the last one, will feature a number of action packed activities – expect everything from volleyball, beach cricket and capoeira – and live entertainment. If you, unfortunately, can’t make it this weekend, you can attend the one happening next weekend (November 3 -4) at Skydive Dubai or the one taking place the following weekend at Burj Park from November 10 to November 11. If you’re really that busy (lies), you can attend the fourth and final carnival at Dubai Festival City on November 17 and 18.
When: 1pm to 9pm, Friday, October 27
Where: Kite Beach
Fashion Forward FW2017
The tenth installment of the fashion-focused convention, showcase and market takes place at d3, with the usual blend of catwalk shows, trunk shows, talks and seminars. The event will feature the latest collections from the likes of Arwa Al Banawi, Atelier Zuhra, Babak Vosoughi, Lara Khoury and Madiyah Al Sharqi.
When: October 26-28
Where: Dubai Design District
Price: Free registration
“Et tu, Brute?”, “The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves” and “let slip the dogs of war” are some of the most notable lines from Shakespeare’s tragedy on the rise to power of Roman emperor Julius Caesar. Arjun Burman directs the 22-member cast in what will be the final play of H72 Productions for 2017.
When: October 26-28
Where: The Junction Theatre, Al Serkal Avenue
Price: Tickets AED100, unreserved seating
Contact: +971 55 125 9634, website
This elegant brunch combines amazing food and an unbeatable location. Even a table inside this ever-impressive space feels like the deck of an ancient dhow.
When: Friday, 1pm-5pm
Where: Pier Chic, Madinat Jumeirah
Price: AED395 with soft drinks; AED595 with select beverages; AED750 with French bubbles
Contact: +971 4 366 6320, website
The Live on the Lake series from The Irish Village, which is one of our very favourite places to watch live music, continues with new-wave-turned-rock-vets The Pretenders. Fronted by Chrissie Hynde, they started out in the late 1970s as a kind of edgier, less polished Blondie and unleashed a barrage of hits including the now iconic “Brass in Pocket” and “Back on the Chain Gang”. They will be joined by Heather Small and Aswad.
When: From 8.45pm, Thursday, October 26
Where: The Irish Village, Al Garhoud
Price: From AED225
More rock royalty comes to Dubai, this time in the form of Status Quo, whose legacy stretches back more than 50 years. Although founder member Rick Parfitt passed away late last year, Francis Rossi and his crew have been keeping the flame alive with a string of performances, reprising the classic songs “Rocking All Over The World”, “Whatever You Want” and “Down Down”. This show is part of their Last Night of the Electrics tour.
When: From 9pm, Friday, October 27
Where: Dubai Opera
Contact: +971 4 440 8888, website
MTV India Unplugged
MTV India hosts its latest Unplugged concerts and brings in two contemporary stars. Pakistan’s Ali Zafar, whose “Ab Khel Jamay Ga” was the official anthem of the last Pakistani Super League, is joined by Bollywood actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana, who has enjoyed a stellar 2017 with the films Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan.
When: 8pm-2am, Friday, October 27
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Price: From AED49
Dappy Live at Armani Prive
Dappy, the former NDubz star, returns to Dubai to headline a special Halloween evening at Armani Prive inside the world’s tallest building. The five-time MOBO award-winner will be performing a set full of his solo tracks, including his most recent song, “Straight Facts”. Dappy will be supported on the night with sets from DJ Brooklyn and DJ Adam J.
When: 11pm-3am, Thursday, October 26
Where: Armani Prive, Burj Khalifa
Contact: +971 52 777 6953, website
Fiesta de Los Muertos
Now in its second year, the Fiesta de Los Muertos (read: festival of the dead) returns bigger and better than before, with a lineup that is genuinely outstanding – British grime artist Stormzy, American singer Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian-Lebanese crooner Massari and British virtual band, Gorillaz are all on the bill. The gig is designed to mark Halloween in the biggest way possible and will take place at the Autism Rocks Arena in Outlet City on October 27. Get ready to dance, a lot and, don’t forget to dress up.
When: 4pm-1.30am, Friday, October 27
Where: Dubai Autism Rocks Arena
Price: From AED350
Halloween Special at Bongo’s Bingo
Bongo’s Bingo’s Halloween night proved so popular that it sold out in a number of minutes. But fear not, they’ve added another day. So, if you’d like to dress up, play games (bingo, namely) and potentially win some cash prizes for your get-up, click here to buy your tickets.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, October 27
Where: ON42, Media One Hotel, Media City
Price: AED150 per ticket
Midnight Freakshow at Nasimi Beach
As the name suggests, Nasimi Beach will be crawling with creepy creatures – clowns, no doubt – and infamous carnival characters – more clowns. Aside from clowns (sorry but there will be clowns), be sure to look out for eerie performers who will be passing out special drink cards. Keeping the crowd and carnival going are DJs Danny owad, Alex Evander, David De Luca and Scottie B.
When: 7pm-3am, Thursday, October 26
Where: Atlantis The Palm
Price: AED150 at the door
Contact: +971 55 200 4321, website
Burning Beach at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
It’s a bit like the Burning Man festival in the US, only a way more chilled. Expect everything from crazy costumes to live entertainment from Jixo & Danz, DJ Frederick Stone as well as this weekend’s headliners Hosh and Lehar. Be sure to wear comfy shoes because you are going to be dancing, a lot.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, October 27
Where: Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website