9 great things to do in Dubai this week
Media City Amphitheatre is hosting three-fifths of the original Take That, the boyband that acted as the template for all the others that followed. We’re now down to Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow, but the crowds will probably help beef up their renditions of “Back for Good”, “Relight My Fire” and “Shine”.
When: Wednesday, November 29
Where: Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From AED350
Contact: +971 4 277 9047, website
The Kerala-based music band, founded by cousins Govind Menon and Siddharth Menon and featuring musicians from across India, has developed into a musical powerhouse with its 18-member set-up. The ticketed event will take place on a specially constructed stage in Zabeel Park. Should be a good one.
When: Thursday, November 30
Where: Zabeel Park
Price: Free to attend
Contact: +971 4 398 6888, website
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
The last of November’s sporting trifecta comes to the Sevens Stadium this weekend, a three-day rugby bonanza that now traditionally sits astride UAE National Day. This has become one of the key events on the calendar and, following the DP World Tour Championship and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, keeps the UAE in the international sporting spotlight for a third straight weekend. The Dubai Rugby Sevens is the traditional start of the 10-stop World Series, which was won last year by South Africa (men) and New Zealand (women), but includes an ever-expanding roster of competitive teams – Scotland and Canada won tournaments last year, for instance. It’s also a huge community event with teams from schools, clubs and veterans all taking part in a party atmosphere.
When: November 30-December 2
Where: The Sevens Stadium Dubai
Price: From AED300
National Day Parade
The city’s annual parade will see a convoy of cars and vehicles decked in UAE colours complete a round of Downtown. Bring a camera.
When: Saturday, December 2
Where: Downtown Dubai
Friday Lazy Lunch
One of the very best seafood restaurants in the city has launched a new lunch for Fridays. With sand in your toes, you can dine on fresh seafood, sip innumerable beverages and enjoy views of Burj Al Arab. Chef Jean Pascal has devised four courses: seafood from the crudo bar; the likes of Tasmanian salmon crudo and wild mushroom risotto served at the table; mains of seafood mixed grills and oven-braised Australian short ribs; and desserts such as strawberry and cream cheesecake. AED450 with house beverages.
When: 1pm-4pm, Every Friday
Where: Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah
Price: From AED450
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
The Norwegian DJ and producer will have the Burj Park crowd dancing the night away when he gets behind the deck this Wednesday. Die-hard fans can expect to hear tracks like “Fire Stone”, “It Ain’t Me” and “Stargazing’. Wear comfy shoes and remember to bring a power bank.
When: Wednesday, November 29
Where: Burj Park
Future at BASE
Acclaimed US rapper, singer and songwriter, Future has announced a surprise gig at BASE this Saturday, which literally just dropped as we were typing. The chart-topping artist has worked with musical greats such as Jay-Z, Drake and DJ Khaled. A performance by Future is definitely a bit of a coup for Dubai.
When: 10pm-4am, Saturday, December 2
Where: BASE Dubai, d3
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Elrow at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Elrow is infamous for throwing the craziest parties around, so Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is in for some madness. Think ticker-tape cannons, buckets of glitter and a selection of street performers that will wow the crowds. The headline act is DJ Jackmaster, who will be supported by Russ Yallop and George Privatti.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, December 1
Where: Al Jazira Golden Tulip Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Ritual presents CamelPhat
Zero Gravity’s Ritual series continues this weekend as the iconic Dubai venue welcomes British-based DJ and production duo CamelPhat. The pair who are most famous for their collaboration with Elderbrook on the 2017 chart-topping hit “Cola”, will provide the crowd with an eclectic set of house tunes that are sure to keep the party rolling until the early morning.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, December 1
Where: Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai
Price: From AED100
Contact: +9714 399 0009, website