10 things to do in Dubai this week
Human, the debut album by soul and blues artist Rory Graham (AKA Rag’n’Bone Man), was immediately certified gold when it dropped in February 2017. Three weeks later, it went platinum after spending two weeks at number one in the UK charts. In just over a year, he’s garnered a serious fan base. He won two BRIT awards – “British Breakthrough Act” and “Choice Award” – and went on to perform at sold-out tours across Britain and Europe. Now he’s bringing his talent to the Dubai Opera stage, where we’ll be treated to a one-off performance of some of his best hits to date. Sure, he might only be human, but this is going to be an extraordinary night. He’ll be supported beforehand by the UAE’s own super group Abri and the Dreamfleet (we suggest you take a listen to their song “We Fly”). Tickets start from AED195.
When: Friday, March 23
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
The exhibition, returning for its 12th edition, will feature 105 galleries from 48 countries and is delivered in such an approachable way, that you needn’t feel that dread of feeling like a cultural outcast. Stretched out across the Madinat Jumeirah, you’re free to take a walk around the portraits, installations and more. You’ll find the galleries split across three categories; Contemporary, Modern and Residents.
When: March 21-24
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
#Stealing Sadness by Majd Kurdieh
The second solo exhibition of Majd Kurdieh, being held at The Workshop Dubai, will present a new collection of pieces featuring “Fasaeen & The Very Scary Butterfly Gang”. These whimsical cartoon-like characters are on a mission to steal sadness everywhere. It’s a topical and unique body of work that deserves your attention.
When: Until April 12
Where: The Workshop Dubai, Jumeirah 2
California Superbike School
Petrolheads, get ready for a lesson in superbikes, brought to you by the crew at Ducati UAE. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning, or already have, your own two-wheeled roadster, then head over to hear the California Superbike School’s step-by-step, structured approach to achieving your riding goals.
When: March 23-24
Where: Dubai Autodrome Grandstand, Motor City
“Reconnect with Happiness” Yoga Retreat
This retreat will be held in the vast desert expanse of the Marmoom Reserve. You’ll learn how to let go of all the blame, anger and hurt weighing you down, and then figure out how to listen to and understand your own wisdom. It’s AED300 per person, and transport there is available.
When: Saturday, March 24
Where: Al Qudra Desert
If you live in Downtown or old Dubai, the thought of driving out so far might dissuade you from visiting but let us assure you that the venue is as pretty as a picture with its bougainvillea drapes and beachside cabanas. Lounging by the pool to the sounds of deep electric tunes in this tropical haven is absolute bliss!
Where: Rixos The Palm
The Italian Way presents The Supper Club
Between March 19-24, guests to Maine Oyster Bar & Grill will get a taste of Italy via Milan’s most famous supper club, Ma’ Hidden Kitchen. The menu features Fried Pizza, Risotto with Smoked Clam Sauce, Pan Roasted Snapper and Saffron Tiramisu. Each seat at the table costs AED350 and it kicks off at 7.30pm each night.
When: From 7.30pm, March 19-27
Where: Maine Oyster Bar & Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR
Price: From AED350
Contact +971 4 457 6719, website
Five Guys at La Mer
One of the world’s best burger joints has opened up shop in Dubai’s La Mer. The new Five Guys location boasts all the tasty customisable burgers and, in our opinion, the best fries around, at a venue with indoor and outdoor seating where you can drink in the views of the sea while chugging down one of their unique milkshakes.
Where: La Mer North
What sounds better than a night celebrating everything Mancunian? Nowt, that’s what. There’ll be a #TopManc pool competition (a AED1,000 bar tab up for grabs), special drinks such as the “Rover’s Return”, and Lancashire Hot Pot on the menu. Meanwhile, Andre Nel will be beat-boxing, loop stationing and crooning his way through Manchester classics (think Oasis, The Smiths and Take That). You can even pick up some Manc-themed artwork from Drawdeck. You’ll be reet, love.
When: Monday, March 19
Where: Axe House, JLT
Bongo’s Bingo featuring Boyzlife
Get ready to welcome the Irish duo that’s made up of Westlife’s Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy who will be performing their former group’s biggest hits. It’s all set to the backdrop of a raucous night of bingo. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Or, you know, “fly without wings”. We could go on, but will spare you that.
When: Thursday March 22, 8pm-1am
Where: ON42, Media One Hotel, Media City
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website
Café Mambo with Watermät
The world-renowned French artist Watermät is headlining for Café Mambo Ibiza as it returns for its Friday residency at Soho Garden DXB. There will be a range of exciting support acts on the night, too, plus a sunset brunch package that’s available from 4pm to 8pm (AED450). Sorted.
When: Friday March 23, 8pm-3am
Where: Soho Garden DXB, Meydan
Contact: +971 52 388 8849, website