12 things to do in Dubai this week
Celebrated Irish comedian and TV presenter Dara O’Briain is returning to the UAE just in time for St Patrick’s Day weekend, courtesy of the region’s top comedy providers DXBLaughs. This is all part of his international Voice of Reason tour, and the comic – who’s been host of iconic TV shows such as Mock the Week, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and Robot Wars – will perform for just one night. Book in those laughs now.
When: Thursday, March 15
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
Six Nations Rugby Final Round
So, it’s the final round of the Six Nations Rugby Championship AND it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Clearly, there’s no better place to head to on such an occasion than one of Dubai’s best Irish pubs. Catch all the tackles, tries and tension of the tournament live on the big screens (there are more than 20 plasma-screen TVs dotted around the place – inside and out). Expect some nail-biting moments, as there are some seriously exciting matches on the schedule. On top of all that, McGettigan’s is giving us all the opportunity to win some prizes throughout the day/night (you’ll have to go and find out what they are). Sounds like a great craic.
When: From 12pm, Saturday, March 17
Where: McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Annual Zurich Touch 6s Tournament
Back for its seventh edition, this year’s Touch 6s Tournament will see a record 32 teams battle it out on the greens of the Dubai Polo and Equestrian club on Friday, March 16. The annual event will see a number of business across the UAE take part in a number of sporting events for their chance to win prizes. Aside from competitions, there'll be a number of food stalls and entertainment for the little ones. In short, it's a great way to network and makes for a fun, family-friendly day out.
When: Friday, March 16.
Where: Dubai Polo and Equestrian club, Arabian Ranches
A Botanical Workshop
Jennifer Ipekel is leading this workshop, which will ask you to think about the secret language of nature. She’ll use the work of Karl Blossfeldt, who creates magnified photos of plant life, as a study tool, as well as provide a sound demo using a device that reads electrical variations when attached to leaves or roots. The event is being hosted in partnership with Art Dubai.
When: Sunday, March 11
Where: Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai
Mica Paris sings Ella Fitzgerald
So you’ve got British soul queen Mica Paris belting out the tunes of the late, legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald – including the much-loved classic ”I’ve Got You Under My Skin” – in the stunning Dubai Opera for one night only. That’s a great way to spend any Friday night in our books. Tickets start
When: Friday, March 16
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED195
Introduction to Classical Feng Shui
We could all do with feeling a little more zen, so why not learn more about feng shui, the ancient Chinese science that studies how Qi (cosmic energies) can be used to benefit our inner and outer environs, and allow us to reach our full potential? This talk by Susanne Schutz will walk you through the basics and it’s absolutely free, too.
When: Saturday, March 17
Where: Life ‘n One Dubai
Ultimate Paddy’s Party by McGettigan’s
Make your way to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre for the ultimate festival atmosphere as McGettigan’s presents the biggest party in the region. It’s a full day of food, beverages and live music. You’ll be treated to traditional Irish dance routines, U2 tribute band, The Joshua Tree, before The Coronas and Kodaline close out the evening with a bang.
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
When: March 16, 1pm-12am
Price: From AED250
Jean-Georges Goes Vegan
When a food movement reaches some of our favourite classy Dubai restaurants then you know it’s gaining traction. So vegans will be loving the fact that the swanky Jean-Georges has introduced an all-new menu catered to them. Amongst the list of new plant-based French fare is an avocado pizza that we’re particularly drawn to. It’s on all week during lunch and dinner.
Where: Jean-Georges, Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Contact: +971 4 343 6118, website
Baxzar Business Lunch
Wait, what’s this? A new business lunch that’s available at a ridiculously low price? That’s right, the international cuisine merchants are serving up a deal that starts at AED65 for two course (AED90 for three) that’s perfect for your next power meeting. You’ll also get a coffee for free. Bargain.
Where: Gate Precinct Building 4, DIFC
Price: From AED65
Contact: +971 4 355 1111, website
Candypants Dubai 10th birthday tour at Inner City Zoo
Candypants was created by a team from the UK who are now known for infamous club nights around the world (and one of Dubai’s most famous brunches). DJs Willow and Tango are there to entertain. And there are three free drinks up for grabs for the first 150 ladies.
When: 11pm-3am, Wednesday March 14
Where: Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR
Contact: +971 58 867 5357, website
Anniversary – Celebration of Life at Nikki Beach
To mark its two-year anniversary, Nikki Beach Dubai is having a “massive celebration of life”. That means a line-up of musicians and performers that, they say, “promises to be the talk of Dubai”. The chic venue is perfect for daytime sunbathing, sundowners and evening parties set to a backdrop of lapping shores and the crisp, clean, all-white colour scheme.
When: 12pm-12am, Saturday March 17
Where: Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 376 6162, website
Tomb Raider (18)
Can you believe it’s been 15 years since the last Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie came out? This gritty reboot of the series places Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) in the role of Lara Croft – the iconic video game character who leapt onto the big screen in 2001.We follow as she attempts to uncover the secrets behind her father’s disappearance (that’s Richard Croft, who interestingly didn’t actually turn up in the series until the 2001 movie).
That means picking up where her dad left off, hunting down the genocidal “Trinity”, jumping into a seriously scary patch of sea, defying death at every twist and turn, closing the tomb and generally saving humanity in her unique way.
In cinemas from March 15