9 things to do in Dubai this weekend
We hope you’re well rested because this weekend is going to be a big one. Avicii is back and this time it’s definitely going to be bigger and dare we say better than the last time - it's his last trip to Dubai before he retires. Bag a bargain at the region’s biggest tech festival, Gitex, and get your spring fashion inspiration at Fashion Forward.
The Swedish chart-dominator is back in Dubai for a gig he promises will be bigger and better than ever. Expect all his most famous tracks, including “Wake Me Up”, “Hey Brother” and “You Make Me”. It may be on April Fool’s Day, but we promise he is actually coming…
When: Friday April 1
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
He’s probably the most talked-about rapper in the world right now. In part, that’s because his sixth studio album, Khalifa, was released a little over a month ago, reaching number six on the US Billboard chart. Then there’s the controversy surrounding the failure of his Furious 7 song “See You Again” to receive a nomination for last month’s Academy Awards. Catch him at Dubai International Stadium this weekend.
When: Thursday March 31
Where: Dubai International Stadium, Sports City
There’s so much that we like about this event. It’s all in the name of charity, as people come together for Autism Rocks. Tyga and Flo Rida are headlining the concert and
with tickets at just AED50, it’s bound to be busy.
When: Friday April 1, from 12pm
Where: Autism Rocks Arena at Dubai Outlet Mall, www.platinumlist.net
Gitex Spring Shopper 2016
The GCC’s bargain-hunting tech heads will be counting down to this event. It’s the year’s best opportunity to pick up some shiny new kit in the form of the latest smartphones, laptops, tablets, HD and UHD TVs, home appliances and gadgets – and all for knock-down prices. Look out for the new Apple iPhone SE and the Samsung S7 Edge, which will be among the stars. There will be prizes too, and who doesn’t like the combination of prizes and bargains?
When: 11am-11pm, March 30-April 2
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: Tickets are priced at just AED25 per person. But bring money. www.gitexshopperdubai.com
Fashion Forward Dubai S7
Fashion Forward has become a pioneering platform for local and regional designers to showcase their work to thousands of industry people over one weekend. It is now a powerful magnet for fashion editors, buyers, influencers and global brands; Dubai’s own version of Fashion Week, essentially. In recent years it has helped offer an important boost for local labels such as House of Nomad, Bedouin, Zayan the Label and Kage, all of whom have become household names in the GCC. The spring edition for 2016, its seventh season in total, is again ready to shine a spotlight on more designers, only this time from a new home as it relocates from Madinat Jumeirah to a new spot at Dubai Design District (d3). In addition to the labels, it will offer catwalk shows, panel discussions and talks, as well as workshops by the London Collection of Fashion, Milan’s Domus Academy, and The Showcase.
When: March 31 to April 3
Where: Dubai Design District, www.fashionforward.ae
The Big Spring Clearance Sale
Another chance for a bargain. This sale offers shoppers the opportunity to pick up designer products from some of the world’s biggest fashion, lifestyle and beauty brands at unbeatable prices. Free entry for all three days.
When: March 31-April 2
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, www.thebigclearance.com
Written and directed by Gagan Mudgal, the Hindi comedy Radio Dekkh aims to give viewers a humorous look at the working processes of radio and the voices behind the medium. Much like creating a magazine, there’s plenty the audience really doesn’t need to know.
When: April 2, 8pm,
Where: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Price: From AED90, www.ductac.etixdubai.com
SIN Brunch at Pacha Ibiza Dubai
This is a party concept that has been brought over from Ibiza and this weekend will feature duo Arcade 82. It is also followed by an afterparty between 5pm-8pm.
When: Friday, April 1, 2pm-5pm
Where: Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah
Eddie The Eagle (PG)
Although British cinema has emerged from its 1980s slump, you sense that any heart-warming tale of a plucky underdog is still its sweet spot – think The Full Monty, Billy Elliott and Brassed Off. Eddie The Eagle, the real-life tale of a ski-jumping hopeful from small-town England, is firmly in that camp, with Taron Egerton conveying both the spirit and the absurdity of Eddie Edwards’ hunt for Olympic glory. Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken add star appeal, while the soundtrack will keep the smiles coming.
In cinemas from March 31