7 things to do in Dubai this weekend
The Laughter Factory
Three more top-flight comedians make the journey from London to the Middle East for a six-date tour. Beginning with back-to-back nights at the Mövenpick in JBR, Marlon Davis, Tom Wrigglesworth and Christian Hugo star.
When: August 11-12
Where: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, www.platinumlist.net
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop with Salman ZQ
Inspired by the Laughter Factory guys? Want to know how to do it? Salman ZQ is offering a five-week course from August 12, with two-hour sessions designed to hone your stand-up. Priced at AED1,000.
When: August 12
Where: Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, +9714 314 8222
Shaan Live in Concert
There is distinct Indian flavour to this issue’s To Do List as some of the biggest names in Bollywood come to Abu Dhabi for a series of concerts. In addition to the event at Du Forum (over), the Emirates Palace is hosting one of the industry’s genuine icons, Shaan, known for songs like “Loveology”, “Chand Sifarish” and “Suno Na”. He is also the host of star-finding TV talent shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Star Voice of India.
When: August 11
Where: Emirates Palace, www.platinumlist.net
Sun and Bass BBQ
It’s all about drum & bass with this 10 hour party. The day kicks off with a BBQ brunch from 5pm until 8pm for AED275, followed by an after party until 3am for AED50 with 20 percent off house beverages until 10pm. The event will be headlined by A Sides, aka Jason Cambridge, who’s a veteran on the drum & bass scene.
When: Friday, August 12
Where: Story Rooftop Lounge, Media City, +971 436 59911
South American techno, straight from Buenos Aires. He’ll be behind the decks at XL on Friday night – and before you worry about getting sweaty in the outdoor venue, it’ll be fully covered with an electric roof and pumped full of air conditioning.
When: Friday, August 12
Where: XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand, +971 52 6341040, info@XLDubai.com
The summer edition of this popular market moves the food and crafts indoors to Times Square Center. There are stalls from local artisans and designers offering unique jewellery, homeware, fashion and skincare. There will also be food trucks and a market filled with fresh and organic ingredients.
When: Saturdays, 9am to 3pm
Where: The Ripe Market, Times Square Center
Cinema - Suicide Squad (15)
At last. The most talked-about film of the decade, a DC Comic-based project from Warner Bros that began back in February 2009, has finally landed. This motley band of antiheroes has long been a presence in DC Comics, usually as support to Batman or Arrow, but under the direction of David Ayer they’ve gone it alone. The ensemble cast includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne – and it definitely won’t be the last we’ll see of them.