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6 things to do in Dubai this week

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The Void
Utilising sound, smell, touch and feel, the region’s newest virtual experience, The Void: Ghostbuster Dimension, is perfect for die-hard gamers, extraterrestrial fans and kids at heart. It’s packed with scares of all kinds – we won’t give any of them away – and, if you find yourself too scared to move, just remember it isn’t real.
When: Saturday to Wednesday 10am – 10pm, 10am-12am Thursday to Friday
Where: The Beach, JBR
Price: AED110 per person
Contact: website

UB40 with Ali, Astro and Mickey
There are, of course, two versions of UB40, the Birmingham, England band who rose to prominence in the early 1980s with their political-tinged reggae. One played with Billy Ocean at Taste of Dubai a couple of weeks ago, but it’s this one, UB40 with Ali, Astro and Mickey, that boasts the principal cast from the original band – including lead vocalist Ali Campbell. Supported by their 12-piece band, they will be mining all the hits from the previous 40 years, including their breakthrough song about unemployment “One in Ten” and 1986 hit “Rat in the Kitchen”. They have sold 70 million records and been touring almost non-stop for four decades, so they know how to entertain a crowd. If you miss them here, jump on a plane and catch them in Bahrain on Friday.
When: Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 9pm, March 30
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Price: From AED150
Contact: website

XL Beach Club’s Birthday Bash
The luxury party hub turns six this Wednesday and, to ensure that their birthday goes down in the history books, they’ve flown in Hip Hop singer Lloyd Banks. The G-Unit member who’ll be singing everything from “Hands Up” to “I’m So Fly” will be joined on stage by DJ Keza & DJ Kaboo.
When: 10pm-3am, March 29
Where: XL Beach Club
Contact: website

Arsenic and Old Lace
Theatricals takes on this classic comedy by Joseph Kesselring, which Frank Capra famously turned into the 1941 film starring Cary Grant. It charts the sudden unravelling of the Brewster family’s shocking secrets. Directed by Kailash Nair.
When: March 30 – April 1
Where: The Junction, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz Orb
Contact: +971 4 3388 525

DJ Sander Kleinenberg
The Dutch house music DJ is flying in directly from Ultra Music Festival, Miami, for this show. His eclectic tastes have led to collaborations with the likes of Jamie Callum and 1970s songstress Gwen McCrae, but his recent single “Midnight Lovers” is a slab of summery EDM perfect for the poolside. He is also known for his DVJ-ing skills, too.
When: Thursday, March 30
Where: Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton JBR
Contact: +9714 374 7888, website

Life (18)
“Lost in space” seems to be a trend in Hollywood right now. Hot on the heels of Passengers and not long after Interstellar and Gravity, the twin talents of Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds tackle another stratospheric disaster movie.
The premise of Life, though, offers more comparisons with Alien than those wide-open-space adventures. It revolves around the crew of the International Space Station who have been tasked with capturing a probe sent out to Mars and studying the samples that is has retrieved from the surface.
As the title implies, what they discover in the canisters is an organism, and one that rapidly gains in both size and intelligence – “all muscle, all brain” in the words of crew member Miranda Bragg (Rebecca Ferguson) – before deciding it really rather dislikes its new companions.
When they suspect it was behind the eradication of life on Mars, the crew become locked in a battle to keep it from entering the Earth’s orbit, where more havoc would undoubtedly ensue.
In cinemas from March 23

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