8 great things to do in Dubai this week

It’s Sunday and that means that most of us are counting down the clock until 7pm when the final of the FIFA World Cup is set to kick off. The rest of us, well, we’re counting down the days until the weekend, again… To help you do just that, we’ve shortlisted eight great activities that will, hopefully, help you not only survive the week ahead but enjoy it.

The Laughter Factory July Tour

Dubai Comedy - Jimmy Shubert

The rib tickling continues throughout the summer thanks to The Laughter Factory’s latest tour. As always, the comedy bookers are flying in the international stand-ups acts to that will have you guffawing in the aisles. Philadelphia-born Jimmy Shubert jets in to deliver his no-holds barred brand of comedy that’s definitely not for the faint hearted. Like The Simpsons’ Troy McClure, you’ll probably recognise Shubert shows such as Entourage, Maron and The King of Queens. British radio and TV star Sally-Anne Hayward will bring her act tinged with relatable and hilarious takes. And Canada’s own Nick Beaton completes the trio with his laser-targeted jabs at his own personal life and the world around us.
When: Until July 20
Where: Various locations across Dubai
Price: From AED150

FIFA World Cup Final

FIFA World Cup Final

It doesn’t matter if your team made it to the final or not, the climax to one of the most exciting World Cups to date is time to get out there and celebrate. The best part, well, apart from the football, is that pretty much every venue showing the game will have some sort of food and beverage deal on to entice you in. Click here for a full list of places to see off the tournament in style.
When: 7pm onwards, July 15

Tibetan Sound Healing

Tibetan Sound Healing

Amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life you really should find time to zone out and remove the busyness. So what better way to do this than meditation with the calming sounds and vibrations of Tibetan Singing Bowls. A sequence is played to help you melt into relaxation and lower your heart rate. Ideal for completely unwinding then.
When: Friday, July 20
Where: Zoga, South Ridge Tower 6, Dubai

Tap Out Tuesdays

Dubai bars - Black Tap

It’s not just about flipping burgers it’s about throwing shapes, too, at one of Dubai’s favourite joints. Tap Out Tuesdays will transform Black Tap from 8pm onwards as DJ Katerina steps up to the ones and twos to spin old school RnB and hip hop tracks into the small hours. And what better way to work off your meal than to trot out an energetic “Running Man” routine. The fun continues at Black Tap on Thursday nights from July 19 as they launch Throwback Thursdays – another big night that will play out to some equally classic tunes.
When: 8pm onwards, Every Tuesday
Where: Black Tap, Rixos Premium Hotel, JBR
Contact: +971 4 399 9076,


Dubai Licensed Bars - Oneno

Thursday nights are for the gents at Oeno now. Between 8pm and 11pm, you can grab an all-inclusive offer for AED249 that gives you free-flow food and hops to really kick the weekend off in style. Not to be left out, ladies can help themselves to three complimentary drinks on the night or enjoy the happy hour between 11pm and close.
When: 8pm-11pm, Every Thursday
Where: Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
​Contact: +971 4 511 7139,

The House Party Bar

Dubai Clubs - Cirque Le Soir

Prepare to be teleported back to the 90s in this brand-new retro themed bar. Riffing on the house party theme, you can dip into a games room with a Nintendo and a ‘Beirut’ setup, you can have pizza delivered in a box and the soundtrack is covers all the cheesy hits from Britney and N*Sync to Nirvana and Michael Jackson.
Where: Cirque Le Soir, The Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
​Contact: +971 50 995 5400,

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Dubai Brunch - Lock, Stock & Barrel

For excellent portions of epic gastropub comfort food, LSB is the spot for you. This Friday brunch features multiple rounds of sharing plates, with delectable deep-fried favourites kicking off the first round, followed by a lengthy mozzarella-topped flatbread, sliders, and fish and chips, to name just a few, for round two. A tasty load of ice cream and cheesecake arrives for the KO blow in round three.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Grand Millennium
Price: AED99 (soft drinks), AED299 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 514 9195, website

Ant-Man and the Wasp (15)

Picking up after the events of Civil War, director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man sequel sees Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) initially under house arrest and making real headway with his magic tricks. In other words, rotting away under lock and key. In classic cinematic tradition he’s just a couple of days away from serving the full two-year sentence handed to him when former associates Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) are back in touch to kickstart – well, if not a high-stakes epic then at least a medium-stakes caper with pitch-perfect blending of Marvel spectacle with Paul Rudd’s everyman comedy. It’s about saving family and vanquishing foes, sure, but it’s also about watching a twenty-foot man ride a flatbed truck like a scooter.
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