8 great things to do in Dubai this week
Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk
This is the latest Cirque Du Soleil production to come to Dubai’s World Trade Centre. This time, James Cameron’s ground-breaking animation Avatar is the inspiration for the show, which will run for two weeks. Toruk: The First Flight is set in the fictional world of Pandora, where a natural catastrophe is threatening to destroy many sacred elements of the Na’vi’s world.
When: January 4-17
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
With more than 45 million blooming flowers (in as many as 70 varieties), this is the region’s biggest flower garden. Nothing short of an immersive art exhibit, you’ll spot arrangements in the shapes of houses, hearts, faces and even characters (Snow White’s seven dwarves being our favourite). Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the massive airplane – it won a Guinness World Record for being the largest flower arrangement, forming the shape of an Airbus A380.
Under nine custom built domes, you’ll see 35,000 butterflies. Don’t be surprised to find them land on your arm or shoulder as you walk around the garden, but please don’t try and forcefully grab them for a selfie…you’ll harm them. It’s a small space therefore it’s worth a visit on the same day you go to Dubai Miracle Garden.
Free yoga classes at Marasi Park
The free classes take place at Marasi Park four times a week. The schedule includes warrior yoga classes on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as swing yoga on Sundays and Tuesdays. The views of the Dubai Canal are a nice added bonus.
Where: Marasi Park
Catch a free movie screening
Drop the traditional cinema experience for an outdoor screening at Alserkal Avenue instead. Cinema Akil brings films, documentaries and animations from across the world to the city for you to watch for free - yep, it's completely free of charge.
Where: Alserkal Avenue
Scape’s California-fusion brunch
Malibu meets Dubai at The Terrace, Burj Al Arab this winter as Scape reveals a new Saturday brunch from 12.30pm-4pm. It’s served straight to the table and comprises dishes inspired by Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America. Starters, for instance, include sushi doughnuts, angus beef tataki, tempura, quesadillas and lashings of burrata, which are then followed by chicken, octopus, lobster, braised short ribs and glazed Baltic salmon. Desserts include sweet tacos and doughnut cheesecake. From AED495 per person.
When: 12.30pm-47pm, Saturdays
Where: The Terrace, Burj Al Arab
Price: From AED495
Contact: +971 4 301 7600, website
Ladies can end the weekend in some style on Saturdays between 8pm-11pm at Gaucho, which has a rather appealing new terrace to enjoy at this time of year. Guests will be greeted with three roses which can then be exchanged for a beverage throughout the night. There’s also 50 percent off a menu that features lobster tacos, burrata tostada and tuna ceviche, plus music from DJ Bret Turner.
When: 8pm-11pm, Saturdays
Where: Gaucho, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 422 7898, website
Pitch Perfect 3
Anna Kendrick and company are back in yet another sorority-style tale of public singing that seems to be incredibly popular among people we’ve never met.