10 things to do in Dubai this week
The Laughter Factory
To mark International Women’s Day, the Laughter Factory team is offering expectant mums an evening of giggles on the house “because happy mums make happy babies”. It might sound like they’re the ones having the laugh, but, according to them, “research has proved that a child’s personality can be shaped by the health and mood of the mother”. We can’t claim to know otherwise, so it sounds like good fun to us, especially as the line-up includes Irish funnywoman Eleanor Tiernan alongside Marlon Davis and Michael Fabbri. If you can’t catch it on the Thursday, then you can always grab a seat at the Park Rotana Abu Dhabi event on Wednesday or back in Dubai at Mövenpick JBR on Friday. Pregnant or not, you’ll be in for a night of belly laughs, guaranteed.
When: Thursday, March 8
Where: Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai
Price: From AED150
For The Love of Words
Contemporary poets from the UAE and UK are coming together for an awesome evening of spoken word performances, organised by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The likes of poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Afra Atiq and Khalid Al Budoor will wow you with their wit.
When: Tuesday, March 6
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED125
Create Art Like the Master's: Kandinsky
Learn all about musical art and be inspired by the late, great painter Wassily Kandinsky. What happens is the instructor will play some music into the room and you’ll fill up your paper with whatever springs to mind. Sounds groovy, right? Entry costs AED100.
When: Saturday, March 10
Where: The Workshop, Al Wasl Road, Dubai
Price: From AED100
Food Truck Jam
Wander around and sample the delights of all the food trucks at the hugely popular annual #truckersuae event. You’ve got a live band playing chilled music, plus a craft market to splash some cash at. Take some picnic blankets and enjoy a day of street food, spring weather and laidback vibes. Oh, and it’s free entry.
When: Saturday, March 10
Where: Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
Price: Free entry
Graze Gastro Grill Happy Hour
Get yourself down to Graze if you want to bag yourself 50 percent off selected beverages and a fantastic tapas menu. The luxury venue in City Walk has introduced a brand-new happy hour between Sunday and Thursday, 6pm to 9pm, so you now have a new spot for your afterwork sundowners.
When: 6pm-9pm, Sunday-Thursday
Where: Graze, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
Contact: +971 54 309 5948, website
A Most Eloquent British Weekend
To coincide with Taste of Dubai, the British style gastropub is relaunching its weekend offerings. First up is the British Fry Up (from AED32) on Friday and Saturdays complete with a belt-busting full English breakfast. Ditch the caffeine in favour of an early glass of apples, grapes or hops, too. Friday Crunch brunch (from AED199) is an à la carte menu that includes smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and a build your own burger. And finally, a Great British Roast (AED179) where you can choose from beef, lamb and chicken.
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai
Contact: +971 4 438 3100, website
Soho Beach DXB presents ANTS
A colony of ants is set to invade Soho Beach DXB, but in a very, very good way. ANTS, an underground music movement that originated in Ibiza, features some of the world’s best electronic dance music DJs, including Steve Lawler. Their intelligent dance music is renowned, and this promises to be a great night of techno and house music at one of Dubai’s hottest spots.
When: 1pm-3am, Friday, March 9
Where: Soho Beach DXB, Meydan, Dubai
Price: From AED200 for early bird tickets
Contact: +971 52 488 8839, website
Plus Minus with Third Son
Electronic dance musician Third Son has been training from a young age, using his innate passion for tunes to fuel his experimentation all over the world. He’s playing in the main room, supported by Mo Ezabyy, while on the outdoor terrace you’ll find Tifa, Masha Vincente and RAYA. Prepare for another great night of super Plus Minus entertainment.
When: 4pm-3am, Friday, March 9
Where: BridgeWater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 4 569 1848, website
BPM Dubai Residency: Nic Fanciulli, Carlo Lio B2B Nathan Barato
This is the second in a trilogy of events as part of a world-class house and techno festival at Base Dubai. It sees UK Grammy-nominated producer and acclaimed house and dance DJ Nic Fanciulli entertain alongside dance duo Carlo Lio B2B Nathan Barato. It’s bound to be another stellar night.
When: 10pm-4am, Thursday, March 8
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District (d3)
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
The Shape of Water
Finally, Oscar-tipped (at the time of writing) drama-fantasy film about a lonely janitor forming a relationship with a strange aquatic creature is in the UAE.
In cinemas from March 8