7 things to do in Dubai this weekend
DWA with Crown Prince and Junior J
If you’re looking for a hip hop night then look no further than The Act this Thursday where DJ Crown Prince and Junior J are playing a mix of the best hip hop and R&B from West Hollywood to Berlin. Starting from 8:30pm, you can enjoy The Act’s new Peruvian menu, with the party lasting until 3am. And let’s not forget - free sparkling until 1am for all the ladies.
When: August 25, 8:30pm
Where: The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 355 1116
Some comedians look at stand-up as a performance. Others as a form of group therapy. Others see it as personal validation, craving the laughs and the applause. Then there are the likes of Jason Manford, a regular bloke from Manchester who sees it as a way to pay his gas bill. The one-off show, which is being put on by the Laughter Factory, follows on from his sell-out performance here in 2014, when he received two standing ovations.
When: August 25, 9pm
Where: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.thelaughterfactory.com
Promise Land in Dubai
Fans of electronic music can look forward to an intense clubbing experience this Friday with EDM (Electronic Dubai Music) at Armani/Privé. Italian duo Promise Land, who have been around for more than 10 years, will be the evening’s headliners (some of their famous remixes include Swedish House Maffia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” and Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You”, while Dubai’s very own Greg Stainer will be completing the lineup.
When: August 26, 10pm
Where: Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 56 9411426
The Prohibition era in the States in the 1920s and early 1930s has become a fertile ground for culinary and entertainment inspiration in Dubai of late; the word “speakeasy” seems to have accompanied half of the city’s new bars this year alone. Prime68, the signature steakhouse in the JW Marriott Marquis, offers its own take with a menu that is paired with “spiked classics” and live jazz music. Main highlights include braised Creekstone short ribs and salmon on cedar plank with herbs.
Where: Prime68 Steakhouse, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay
When: Fridays, 12:30pm-3:45pm
Price: AED450 (with house beverages)
Contact: +9714 414 3000
This “late night party spot” in JBR stays true to Dubai’s “something for everyone” promise. It’s open until 3am every night with resident DJs pumping out ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s hits, and occasionally screening sporting events, with the boon of ten pool tables and private karaoke rooms. The interiors are inspired by the New York subway, but the food is Canadian themed – finger-lickin’ smoked BBQ ribs, bagel burgers (held together with a knife, grrr) and loaded sharing platters. The menu is to be refreshed every ten weeks to reflect changing trends. Expect nightly surprises too, like the Red Light Rush, offering discounted drinks, and a spin of the Lucky Wheel on arrival may bag you a prize.
Where: Oasis Tower, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Contact: +9714 399 8993
Authentically American Saturday Brunch
American food does seem uniquely suited to weekends, especially when there is nothing on the agenda other than sitting around eating with friends and family – and the success of several new US-style eateries does underline the point.
Latitude in Jumeirah Beach Hotel has caught this welcome bug and has just launched its new American-themed Saturday brunch, which has goodies such as stuffed jalapenos, beef brisket, chicken wings, burgers, smoked sliders and sweet potato chips. The desserts are the calorific, guilt-inducing indulgence you’d expect, too. Bring a group and dive in.
Where: Latitude, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Sufouh
When: Saturdays, 1pm-4pm
Price: AED350 (house beverages), AED275 (soft drinks)
Contact: +9714 432 3232
Cinema - Skiptrace (15)
One compliment rarely proffered in the direction of Jackie Chan movies is the sheer beauty of the cinematography. In this odd-ball buddy movie, though, his all-action stunts and witty byplay are relegated behind the sheer majesty of China’s landscapes, which are shot in gorgeous light and sweeping panoramas as Chan, a Hong Kong cop, and Johnny Knoxville, a small-time hustler, attempt to hide from a notorious local gangster. Not quite Rush Hour but a visual treat all the same.
In cinemas from August 18\