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6 things to do in Dubai this weekend



One of the biggest DJs in the world is flying in for the weekend, as Hardwell brings his tour to Dubai. We’ve also got a bendy event with XYoga pitching up at Burj Park, French DJ Popof is heading to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, and if you fancy getting in touch with your teenaged self, the violently humorous Deadpool hits the big screen this weekend.

Audio Tonic presents Kolombo
A huge booking in Olivier Gregoire AKA Kolombo. He last played in Dubai for Audio Tonic in 2013 and sold out the venue – so arrive early! He’s fresh off the back of his stadium-filling South America tour and ready to recreate the riots. Support from Arcade 82, Jason Dodds and Mr Mr.
When: Friday, Thursday 19
Where: 360º, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Sufouh

I Am Hardwell
One of the biggest names in EDM is coming to Dubai this weekend. Dutch DJ Hardwell is treading the same stage compatriot Martin Garrix did on New Year’s Eve and will probably attract a similar sized crowd for a set that will be at least three hours long.
When: Friday, February 19
Where: Meydan Dubai,

XYoga Dubai
Relax, unwind and maybe even make friends with fellow lotuses with the UAE’s first ever Yoga festival, XYoga. Expect lots of downward facing dogs, tree poses and expert advice from internationally acclaimed Yogis. Part of the crew is Indian actress and superstar Shilpa Shetty, who has carved a niche as an online yoga instructor and champion in recent years. Alongside instructor Suneel Singh, she will host the main yoga session on February 19 morning. “Yoga helps to develop a strong, clear, aware and appreciative outlook on all aspects of life,” she said. “I think the festival is a great platform to promote this form of exercise and I’m glad that through this I can introduce the benefits of following yoga to such a large global audience. I urge the people of Dubai to spend a few minutes every day practicing yoga and feel the change.” Convinced? Head down to Burj Park and you can see hundreds of people who share her enthusiasm.
When: February 19-20
Where: Burj Park, Downtown Dubai,

Popof at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
The latest all-day party at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is the perfect example. After you’ve cruised up in your yacht, lounged around the pool and eaten from the fusion Mediterranean menu, you can stick around for three DJs who are very much part of the house revival. Hot Since 82 and Josh Butler from the UK will be warming things up for French star Popof.
When: February 19, 1pm-11pm
Where: Al Jazira Hotel, Ghantoot, +971 56 113 3400

Under The Sky
This is the heart-rending story of a Syrian mother who has lost all her children to war. She recounts her memories, steps through her favourite places and remembers a mixture of reality and illusion. Directed by Maher Salibi, it stars acclaimed actress Yara Sabri. In Arabic.
When: February 17-19
Where: DUCTAC Theatre,

Cinema – Deadpool (PG18)
As you can tell from this week’s cover, Ryan Reynolds is back. He pushed to get a Deadpool film off the ground since his much-unloved version in X-Men. This time round, they got it right: there’s plenty of violence, blood and bad language.
For those unfamiliar, Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a soldier-turned-mercenary who falls in love with a teenage mutant shapeshifter. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wilson leaves and volunteers to be experimented on as part of the government’s mysterious Weapon X programme (also responsible for Wolverine’s claws), in the hope that it might result in a cure. Instead he leaves with accelerated healing powers.
He is also the snarkiest, sweariest Marvel creation, which makes this – with Reynolds at the helm – a riotous, clever and eminently quotable movie, and one that offers a darker antidote to the generic action sludge of the Avengers series. Between this, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, 2016 is already shaping up to be a big hitter. Peak superhero? Never.
In cinemas from February 18

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