10 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Summer Vibes featuring Just Her
Vibe Series is back in a purpose-built air-conditioned tent on Tamanya Terrace. This weekend Just Her will headline along with local artist Pro-Moe, Jay M and Timo Higgs. If you get there early (from 7pm and 8pm) you’ll get two free drinks with the door price of AED50. From 8pm to 9pm you get one free drink. From 9pm-10pm it’s AED80 with one free drink… and after that the free drinks stop. If you get there after 11pm the door price goes up to AED100.
When: Friday, August 19
Where: Tamanya Terrace, West Tower, Radisson Blu Hotel, Media City
Shelebration at Pier Chic
Pier Chic are taking diners around the shores of Europe this summer with their Shellebration offer. This week it’s Blighty’s turn with some posh fish and chips. Made with wild turbot coated in a light batter, and served with pea & mint puree and triple cooked beef dipping chips, this is certainly a few notches above what you’d expect at a local chipper. Over the next two weeks Shellebration will go to the Amalfi Coast before finishing with a Galician Octopus Fiesta.
When: Until September 4
Where: Pier Chic, Al Qasr Hotel, +971 4 366 5866
W Dubai’s Feed Me Brunch
A new brunch is on the scene, and this one offers something a little different to the standard buffet set-up. W Dubai’s Friday brunch is full of miniature single-serving dishes, such as poached eggs with caviar, beetroot risotto and scallops covered in a creamy sauce. It’s a Mediterranean theme, so expect lots of fresh food. Don’t forget to leave space for the dessert room, which looks like a slice of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. From AED395.
When: Fridays, 12.30-4pm
Where: W Dubai, Al Habtoor City, www.wdubaialhabtoorcity.com
Friday Brunch at JW Marriott Dubai
Serving up a huge array of food, JW marriott’s Friday brunch is spread across three different restaurants. Expect Bavarian feasts at Hofbräuhaus, and Asian favourites at Bamboo Lagoon, while The market Place is packed full of international dishes. Live entertainment comes courtesy of the live band playing Polnesian tunes. AED295 with soft drinks and AED395 with house beverages.
When: Fridays, 12.30-4pm
Where: JW Marriott Dubai, Deira, +971 4 262 4444
Urban Hustle at Industrial Avenue
It’s the launch of a brand new night at Industrial Avenue this weekend, as a mixture of R&B, hip hop, dub-step and garage fills the venue. Expect plenty of throwback tunes mixed in with modern hits. Entry is free.
When: Friday, August 19, from 10pm
Where: Industrial Avenue, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, www.industrialavenue.com
The Lords of the Strings
Five of the region’s biggest guitar talents plus a celebrity guitarist from India are coming together for a special night of axe-wielding mayhem at The Music Room. The show’s headliner, VJ Joseph, has travelled the world with his guitar, playing at Womad, Glastonbury Festival and BBC’s Later With Jules Holland programme, and has even shared stage with Robert Plant (Led Zepplin) and Eric Clapton. From the Arab World, there is Tarek Reda (Egypt), co-founder of funk-rock band Carl & The Reda Mafia, Jordan’s Alaa Al Faqir, who has just moved to the UAE and seems to have brought his entire fanbase with him, and Fadi Stanboulieh (Syria), the lead guitarist of metal band Angmar.
Then from India, there is Ashish Shetty, founder of Blood & Iron, and Vivian D’Souza, who plays with The Naser Mestarihi band, Steel and the Vin Sinners, the band of Vin Nair, whose Musicians United is putting on the concert. Tickets are priced at AED100.
When: Friday, August 19
Where: The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, www.platinumlist.net
Cinema - The Shallows
An hour and a half of Blake Lively avoiding an almost comically large great white shark sounds like the plot for a movie that should go straight to DVD. Somewhat surprisingly, though, it’s not terrible. In fact, it’s a pretty good deep sea thriller. Apparently the bloody nose you see in the movie is real, as Lively cracked her nose on a buoy while the cameras were rolling.
In cinemas now
The new Lebanese restaurant in Jumeirah has launched their “After Hours Meal” concept, which was partly responsible for their rise to prominence in Beirut. They will satisfying any late-night cravings until 4:40am with a menu that includes mana’eesh and saj, hummus with meat and pine nuts, sujuk and country-style labneh – all perfect for post-party snacking.
Where: Opposite Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Road
This a capella group from India have been bridging the East-West musical gap since 1996 – and have even managed to catch the wear of President Obama. The group sing their own compositions, with Hindi and English lyrics. Premium ticketholders can also meet the artists.
When: Saturday, August 20
Where: DUCTAC, www.platinumlist.net
Sapan Verma live
Hit Indian comic Sapan Verma is coming to Dubai with his Obsessive Comedic Disorder show, a personal autobiography that spans his schooling, parents, house hunting and his love of Game of Thrones. Sapan has performed more than 700 shows in the last five years. Tickets from AED150.
When: August 20
Where: Boudoir, Dubai Marine Resort, www.platinumlist.net
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