10 great things to do in Dubai this week
Great British Royal Beach Party
In celebration of one of the biggest weddings of the year between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Barasti is hosting a massive British bash at the beach resort. On Saturday, May 19, the Dubai institution will air the entire event on their massive outdoor LED screen. To accompany the action, if you can call it that, there will be a number of live acts and DJs spinning the tunes. You can also get your hands on some British delicacies (think party food, and other nibbles) and the whole place will be decked out in traditional bunting while there will be hats and flags to wave as the couple make their way down the aisle. There’s the promise of some mysterious party games, too.
When: May 19
Where: Barasti Beach Bar
Contact: +9714 318 1313, website
NAS Sports Tournament
The city’s best athletes are being encouraged to take compete or watch the action at this annual sporting event. There’s futsal, paddle tennis, a 5km or 10km run or even a 75km cycle race. You can also take part in fencing or new for this year, 3 v. 3 basketball or a spot of Jiu Jitsu. As always the NAS Night challenge will be take place so you can test your obstacle climbing skills.
When: May 17 – June 5
Where: Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
Contact: +9714 383 3833, website
Dubai Sports World
Summer is in full effect so any physical activity needs to be done in moderation. Or at least that’s our excuse for not going for a run. But thanks to the annual Dubai Sports World, you can carry on all of your energetic pursuits in the lovely air-conditioned surroundings of Dubai World Trade Centre. For the next three months, the exhibition centre will once again transform into the largest indoor sports venue in the UAE. You can go skateboarding, play badminton and football or even run a ninja warrior obstacle course, all whilst avoiding the harsh summer heat. There’s even a running track around the hall, too. So instead of crying off your weekly outdoor football until September, just sign up to Dubai Sports World and carry on your kicking. It’s either that or you’ll put on that “Dubai Stone”. Again.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: May 17- September 8
The annual art exhibit is back for its third edition. Much like previous years, it will see the city’s aspiring artists portray what Ramadan means to them in art form. The free event is open to all and guests are encouraged to make their own submissions. In short, it’s a great way to learn more about the blessed Holy Month and to do so in the company of friends and family.
When: May 14 – June 17
Where: The Gallery of Light, DUCTAC
Contact: +9714 341 4777, website
Cheese fest dxb
Axe House is hosting what could just be one of our favourite events this year, an entire evening dedicated to the magic of cheese. Gather your friends and embark on a tasty journey across some of the world’s best dairy products such as cheddar, brie, blue cheese and more. To accompany these cheesy night will be the sounds of Busker’s Code with Ibby. There will also be beverage offers on throughout the night.
When: May 14
Where: Axe House, JLT
Contact: +9714 399 9577, website
24-Karat Gold Burger
There are fancy burgers and then there’s this. Maison Rouge has come up with a decedent creation that consists of 330g of Angus beef, tomatoes and crispy greens inside a bun that on the bottom is a red velvet blend and on the top, a 24 Karat gold edible frosting. As you’d imagine, it comes with a hefty price tag – AED365, to be exact – so be sure to eat every crumb.
Where: Maison Rouge, Conrad Hotel
Contact: +971 4 352 8169, website
If you really want to go for it, Tribeca is a hop, skip and a jump from Double Tree by Hilton in JBR. Their Queen Bee ladies night offers free bubbly and house beverages from 8pm until 1.30am. Plus there’s 50 percent off main meals. We walked into the usual party atmosphere Tribeca radiates whether there’s 50 people dancing or three friends who “really love this song”. It’s a fun extension to flip ladies night into a midweek blowout if that’s what you are after.
When: 8pm-1.30am, Wednesday
Where: Ocean View Hotel, JBR
Contact: +971 50 345 6067, website
Hibiki Karaoke Lounge
Described as the first “authentic” karaoke lounge in the emirate, Hibiki offers private rooms as well as a main stage, accommodating for the varying levels of confidence in the wannabe Dubai divas. Happy hour deals start at 7.30pm and the lounge features a resident singer, who takes over in between karaoke breaks.
Where: The Hyatt Regency, Deira
Contact: +971 4 209 6914, website
Irish pubs are almost as commonplace as Arabic restaurants in Dubai, but the Dublin Arms claims to be the original and is certainly a favourite of Deira-dwelling sports fans with a regular supply of Premier League and Spanish matches on TV. There’s also an energetic live band to entertain guests seven days a week. The daily happy hour from 12pm to 8pm is great too.
Where: Nihal Palace Hotel, 40C Street, Near Deira Clock Tower Roundabout
Solo: A Star Wars Story
It’s finally time for the tale of young Han Solo as this spin-off follows the early events of his life including his encounter with the treacherous Lando Calrissian.