6 things to do in Dubai this week
Those of you who are into the showmanship that goes along with professional wrestling have a lot to look forward to this week. The first event of its kind in Dubai brings the WWE Dune Bash to the city with some big names fighting it out. There’s also a chance to hit the dancefloor to some classic R&B tracks courtesy of Ja Rule, who is taking to the mic at Cavalli Club. In between all that there are ladies nights, concerts, workshops and brand new films at the cinema.
Ja Rule at Cavalli Club
American rapper and singer Ja Rule is best known for his hit “Always on Time”, as well as a string of other R&B tunes that have made it into the throwback hall of fame. Ja is now 40 years old (we know, this fact made us feel ancient too) and still gigging. Catch him at Cavalli this Wednesday, supported by Scottie B and Michka.
When: Wednesday April 13
Where: Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 50 991 0400, email@example.com
Ladies Night with a View @ Vault
Topping the 71st floor of the world’s tallest hotel, this is officially the highest ladies night in the city. Even if altitude isn’t a major draw for you, resident DJ Nicol’s eclectic mix of RnB, house music and 80s and 90s hits alongside three free made-to-order cocktails ought to be. Throw your arms high in the sky until the 3am elevator stampede kicks off.
When: Tuesdays, 7pm-10pm
Where: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay
Contact: +971 50 738 1388
WWE Dune Bash
When we read the title of this event, we’d hoped it would be old WWE stars driving 4x4s in the desert… But no, it’s definitely more tailored to hard-core wrestling fans. Catch Dean Ambrose, Kalisto, The New Day, Big Show, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on Thursday and Friday for what is set to be the first event of its kind in Dubai.
When: April 14-15
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, www.dubai.platinumlist.net
Atif Aslam in concert
One of the biggest Pakistani music stars today is headlining his own show at the World Trade Centre this weekend – which wasn’t too far from selling out when we went to press. Atif Aslam made his breakthrough as part of the rock band Jal before releasing his first solo album, Jal Pari, in 2004. Containing a reworked version of “Aadat”, a song that he had co-written and released while part of the band, it quickly built his reputation as a major artist. The album also gained a global audience when two of the songs were used in the acclaimed independent movie Man Push Cart. Two more albums followed, as did a burgeoning career in front of the camera, which began with 2010 drama Bol. He has since gone on to work with international artists such as Pitbull and Evanescence, appeared in four seasons of the music show Coke Studios and recorded a stream of songs for Bollywood. He is, in short, a big deal.
When: Friday, April 15
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubai.platinumlist.net
Jewellery aficionados can get their dose of sparkle at Vicenzaoro Dubai. Festival goers can not only bag great deals on exclusive jewellery, they can also get the inside scoop on the latest trends with four days of seminars and workshops Online registration is required.
When: April 14-17
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubai.vicenzaoro.com
Cinema - Demolition (15)
A muddled, often bleak offering from the director of Dallas Buyer’s Club sees Jake Gyllenhaal as a widower struggling to process the sudden death of his wife. While channelling his emotional numbness through complaint letters to a vending machine company (having been stung out of a packet M&Ms), he meets Naomi Watts (the good natured employee who answers the letters) who then attempts to shake Gyllenhaal out of his inertia and reconnect him to the world.
In cinemas April 7