8 great things to do in Dubai this week
There's a lot happening in Dubai this week. Eid al-Fitr is set to take place on Friday, June 15, the FIFA World Cup is all set to kick off this Thursday, June 14 and there's a new brunch to try.
Eid al-Fitr 2018
To celebrate the end of Ramadan and the arrival of the 10th month, the region is getting together for Eid. While there’s tons of foodie events happening, there are also other festivities to mark the three-day holiday. For shoppers, the gift-giving occasion includes sales and bargains at the malls as a teaser to the Dubai Summer Surprises festival. Shopping venues will also see roaming live entertainment with freestyling footballers at the Mall of the Emirates and a wearable art show at The Outlet Village, Ibn Battuta and Dragon Mart 2. And if you just can’t wait, you can get your Dubai Pass now at a 60 percent discount for over 30 deals across the city’s greatest attractions, including experiences such as theme parks, water parks and an indoor skydiving tunnel. There’s certainly plenty to entertain you.
When: June 14- June 16
Where: Various venues across the city
Assala Nasri Live
The Syrian vocal artist is well-known in the region for great tunes and renditions of classics. Her Egyptian track ”Law Ta’rafou” (red: If You Know) launched her musical career. With 28 years in the industry, her work revolves around a range of Arabic genres, from pop to tarab. Prepare to enjoy her soulful music as Nasri performs her old singles as well as her new hits.
When: June 16
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED450
Contact: +971 4 440 8888, website
Atif Aslam Live
With Race 3 hitting the cinemas, you’ll hear Aslam’s vocals on the track, “Selfish” penned by Salman Khan. But you can also catch Pakistan’s biggest sufi singer-songwriter perform live at the Sheikh Rashid Hall this week. Best known for his belting technique, he sings in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and sometimes even in Bengali. Tickets start from AED88.
When: June 17
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: From AED88
Contact: +971 4 332 1000, website
Atelier M has set up a fan zone especially for the tournament. Four massive screens will air every single second of the tournament so you can be sure that you won’t miss a single goal, penalty or theatrical dive. There will be special food and beverage packages to keep you fueled throughout the daily screenings that take place from 6pm onwards. The venue will also be hosting daily competitions that will see lucky fans walk away with jerseys from the teams taking part and one lucky winner also stands the chance to grab a Brazil shirt that has been signed by the legend that is Pelé.
Where: Atelier M, Pier 7
Contact: +971 4 450 7766, website
Brunch on the QE2
All aboard for a floating meal with rows of great food for Eid. From buffets to live cooking stations and even a junk-food corner, the QE2 serves up British roasts, Sushi and Seafood as well as International dishes. And if you bring your kids along, there’s even an indoor playing area with loads of activities and sweets to keep them busy. Step on-board on June 15 and 16 between 1pm to 4pm for a feast. Package start from AED250 and while you’re there, be sure to check out the after-brunch party at the Yacht Club.
When: 1pm-4pm, June 15-June 16
Where: Mina Rashid Port
Price: From AED250
Contact: +971 4 526 8888, website
It’s not too late to try out this urban Balkan bistro for one last Iftar before Ramadan ends. The bistro offers a main dish and dessert for AED85 during Iftar. Expect warm European vibes with a menu that serves fresh specials such as a succulent lamb shank with cauliflower púree, sweet chutney and a meat jus. Or even a post-meal cherry baklava, which looks delicious.
When: Until June 14
Where: Jumeirah Beach Road
Price: From AED85
Contact: +971 4 361 4042, website
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
You haven’t truly dined until you’ve had an Iftar at an award-winning restaurant in the world’s tallest hotel. This Iftar is one of three that the hotel is hosting (others are at Kitchen6 and at Al Fanous Lounge, which also hosts Suhoor). Sample a three course menu that celebrates the heritage of Indian cuisine, while showcasing Michelin-starred Kochhar’s signature contemporary twist.
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
When: Sunset until 8pm
Price: AED325 per person
Contact: +9714 414 3000, website
Starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, eight women form a crew to pull off a heist at the annual Met Gala. Expect to laugh, cry and leave a bit jealous.