12 great things to do in Dubai this week
The Illusionists: Best of Broadway
Prepare for your mind to be blown this week, as The Illusionists return to Dubai for a set of outstanding shows at the Madinat Theatre. It features seven of the very best illusionists around who come together for an evening of death-defying stunts, levitation showcases and mind-reading feats with members of the live audience. It will also feature an escape artist and a magician plying their trade on stage, while you sit, slack-jawed at the wonders taking place before your eyes. It really is a superb show.
When: May 1-7
Where: Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Jason Byrne The Man With Three Brains Live
The hyperactive Irish funnyman brings his unique brand of energetic stand-up to Dubai this week. The comedian and radio personality has an energetic and infectious style that’s packed full of improvised bits and self-depricating humour. It all combines to create a show that’s bound to keep you chuckling long after the gig has finished. Tickets are AED120 and it’s for over 21s only.
When: May 3-4
Where: The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT
Price: From AED120
City Walk Matryoshka Festival 2018
Back for its third edition, the three-day Russian cultural festival returns with an array of shows and exhibits. It’s a great day out for the whole family and a chance to experience the best of Russia without jumping on a plane to Moscow. Expect live performances from singers, design exhibitions and the chance to win some tickets to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
When: May 2-5
Where: City Walk, Dubai
Contact: 800 637227, website
Nawal Al Zoghbi at Dragon Mart 2
Lebanese star Nawal Al Zoghbi will grace us with her musical talents for one-night only this week. The songstress will play a set full of fan-favourite tunes such as “Balaee Fi Zamany” and “Alou” that have helped her sell over 40 million albums throughout the years. Oh, and it’s free, too.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Dragon Mart 2, International City
Contact: +971 4 568 3556, website
Leyla Ghobadi Exhibit at Moe’s on the 5th
The street and mixed media artist from Montreal, Canada, brings her unique art exhibition to Moe’s on the 5th. Fresh from her sell-out show at this year’s Comicon Middle East, it will be packed full of the bespoke works Ghobadi is gaining a worldwide audience for. Her work has even appeared in the Graffik Gallery alongside the likes of Banksy.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel
Contact: +971 4 333 3055, website
Palayan Album Launch at The Fridge Dubai
Enjoy an evening of live music this Monday as singer-songwriter Palayan releases his new album Metanoia at The Fridge in Dubai. It’s all part of the venue’s Concert Series where they will host 26 events across the year to showcase a mix of genres from up and coming talents. Support on the night will be provided by local act, Aman Sheriff.
When: Monday, April 30
Where: The Fridge Dubai
Contact: +971 4 347 7793, website
Cinco De Mayo at Loca
Celebrate the Mexican national day in style on Saturday, May 5, with a five (yes, five) hour brunch at Loca. The Latin-American specialists are going all out for the big day, too. As well as the tasty fajitas, huervos and outstanding desserts, Loca will be putting on some fun and games for guests to enjoy. Chief of these will be the Mexican Loteria, which is a game that follows the rules of bingo. If you’re one of the lucky ones to win a game, you’ll bag yourself a mystery prize. It’s AED285 and takes place between 12pm-5pm.
When: 12pm-5pm, Saturday, May 5
Where: Oulets across Dubai
Price: From AED285
Quiz night at P&B
There’s a brand new quiz taking place at Perry & Blackwelder’s on Monday nights. From 8pm-10pm, the five round competition will pit teams against each other across a number of categories. The evening will be presented by the familiar voice of Dubai Eye’s Ross Crist, too. It’s free entry, and there’ll be special offers on beverages throughout.
When: 8pm-10pm, Every Monday
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
The latest nightspot on the block has landed. Bar Rumba is on the upper level of the recently opened Asia de Cuba and has launched not one, but two ladies nights that offer free-flowing grape and bubbles. The music is a mix of 80s, house and R ‘n’ B, so you can get your groove on every Tuesday. Oh, and did we mention it has its very own Hot Dog stall?
Where: Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
Contact: +971 4 511 7333, website
Groove On The Grass
See off the end of the winter season in style as Groove on the Grass’s run comes to a close this week. For those that don’t know, the festival brings the hottest best bands, DJs and performers to Emirates Golf Club for an art and music showcase. This week German DJ Apparat and Maribou State from the UK are on hand for a pumping set. They’ll be joined by Austrian band HVOB and British sensation Max Cooper. As always you can enjoy a selection of fashion and art at the marketplace, a handful of sunset games and other activities. Tickets are AED160.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Price: From AED160
Time to dig out your retro clothes for this night dedicated to the fluorescent decade. There are 80s themed beverages and the staff are all in fancy dress to set the tone for the rest of the evening. DJ Samer will line up his old school mixtape of tracks, so expect cheesy pop classics from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince and more. And the best part is that entry is free.
When: 6pm-12am, Thursday, May 3
Where: RIVA Beach Club
Contact: +971 4 430 9466, website
Gotha presents Idris Elba
The Luther and Avenger’s star will take to the decks for a midweek party at Dubai’s latest and greatest nightspot. Don’t worry, the actor is well versed in spinning the wheels of steel and always puts on a show of floor-fillers for the crowds. Entry is free for all before midnight, and then AED150 for gentlemen. Ladies will get free drinks between 11pm and 1am.
When: 11pm-3am, Wednesday, May 2
Where: Gotha Club Dubai
Contact: +971 55 1934 934, website
Ritual presents Oliver Heldens
Zero Gravity’s electric night Ritual returns this week with international superstar and house music pioneer Oliver Heldens at the helm. DJ Tiesto’s prodigy will put on an epic night of tunes, which is bound to include his smash hit, “Gecko” as well as his remixes of Coldplay and Martin Garrix tracks.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, May 4
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website