8 great things to do in Dubai this week
#DXBExperiments Presents: The Cinema
Outdoor cinemas are certainly a thing in Dubai at this time of year but here is one that we think might appeal to ShortList readers in particular. #DXBExperiments Presents: The Cinema, which takes place in Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, is an initiative from a certain famous Scottish beverages company and offers a range of interesting and innovative creations to accompany the films. Between October 30 and December 26, a total of 27 movies will be screened on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and they’re not the usual seen-them-a-million-times fodder of Grease and The Breakfast Club – think Withnail & I, The Big Lebowski and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s on a first come, first served basis, but you can book a pre-show meal at Maya, Geales, Zengo, Al Khaima or Rhodes Twenty10.
When: October 30-December 26
Where: Le Royal Mériden Beach Resort & Spa
Chamber Orchestra of Europe Plays Beethoven
The title says it all. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, led by conductor Robin Ticciati and with Christian Tetzlaff lead violinist, will come to Dubai Opera to perform some of the German composer’s most famous and best-loved works. These include Coriolan Overture, Violin Concerto and the iconic Symphony No 5.
When: November 3
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: Tickets from AED250
Beach Soccer Cup Dubai 2017
This has been going since 2011 and is one of the picks of the autumn sports calendar – and now has a new location in Business Bay. It’s a simple concept: some of the best beach soccer players in the world duke it out in a custom-made, 3,000 seat arena, in which volleys, headers and all manner of improvised skills will be on display.
When: October 31-November 4
Where: Marasi Business Bay
Price: Admission is free
You wait all year for a new club to open up and two come along in a month... and both in JBR, too. After the launch of Inner City Zoo, Scarlet Cardinal comes to the Sofitel, with live music as the main draw here. It’s jazz night on Sunday, Latino night on Monday, retro tunes on Wednesday and power pop on Thursday. Sound City is the resident band and there’s karaoke, too.
Where: Sofitel JBR
Contact: +971 50 423 1823, website
KT Tunstall Live
Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will be in Dubai as part of her world tour, put together to support Kin, her fifth studio album which was released last year. For this gig, though, she ditches the band in favour of an intimate acoustic show, so you can hear hits such as Ivor Novello Award-winning song “Suddenly I See” in its rawest form.
When: November 2
Where: Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina
Price: Tickets from AED200
There’s a free festival at Barasti featuring a BBQ, yoga, body glitter stands, drum sessions and much more. Thursday will be headlined by Dutch house DJ Bakermat and Friday will see chart-topping UK musician, songwriter and DJ Duke Dumont hit the decks. Saturday will see a mix of DJs play sets out on the water.
When: November 2-4
Where: Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Contact: +971 4 318 1313, website
Coco on 8
The eighth floor of the Media One Hotel has been transformed. Coco on 8 is the new name for the poolside lounge, which brings a taste of Miami’s renowned style and entertainment to Dubai. There’s a brand new menu that includes poke bowls, sushi and freshly shucked oysters, and a host of new happy hour options, too.
When: 12pm-2am, Thursday, November 2
Where: Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website
Pure Sky Lounge 4th Birthday Party
JBR’s highest nightspot is celebrating its fourth birthday this week. Guests will be treated to Pan Asian canapés while master mixologists put together your favourite beverages. The evening will be soundtracked by DJs Jixo and Danz, plus DJ Lucy Stone. There will also be a soulful performance from saxophonist Matt West, too.
When: 9pm-1am, Thursday, November 2
Where: Hilton Dubai The Walk
Contact: +971 4 374 7888, website