6 things to do in Dubai this week
West Side Story
One of the most iconic musicals of the 20th century gets a Dubai runout as the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks overshadows the budding romance of Tony and Maria. Great songs and superb choreography.
When: 14-18 February
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Price: From AED450
Contact: +971 4 4408888, website
Let go of your emotions and unleash unburdened creativity at this art class with a difference. You can paint left handed, blindfolded and accompanied by music – and hopefully create something bold and visceral.
When: 6.30pm, Wednesday, February 15
Where: Soul Art Center, Downtown Dubai
Price: From AED285 including materials
Contact: +971 4 551 7440, website
TEDx IMT Dubai
The theme of this TEDx event is “Where Magic Happens” and, in this context, means the moment when people confronted and overcame a substantial challenge. The speakers include fitness expert Essa Al Ansari, skydiver Jarrett Martin and genetic research pioneer Dr Maryam Matar.
When: 11am, Thursday, February 16
Where: IMT Dubai, Academic City
Price: From AED100
Valentine’s Day dinner on the beach
Spend one of the most romantic days of the year in one of nature’s most romantic settings, the beach. Aside from stunning views of Jumeriah beach and the relaxing sound of the waves, you’ll also be spoilt with a five course meal, bouquet of flowers, bubbly and you’re very own VIP butler service. Nice.
When: 7pm-11pm, Tuesday, February 14
Where: Jumeirah Al Naseem
Price: AED800 per couple or AED700 with non-alcoholic beverages
Contact: +971 4 364 7955
Art 101 | Laila Binbrek
Coordinating director at the National Pavilion United Arab Emirates, Laila Binbrek will be holding a talk to discuss the ways in which the UAE will be represented in the prestigious Venice Biennale art festival which takes place from May 13 to November 26. During the hour long discussion, Binbrek will also touch on Hammad Nasar’s 2017 exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, which explores the theme of playfulness across generations of UAE-based artists. It’s a must for aspiring artists as Binbrek will also be discussing the Pavilion’s internship program for the year.
When: 6.30pm-7.70pm, Sunday, February 12
Where: Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue
Price: Entry is free but registration is recommended, click here to register
Contact: +971 50 556 9797, website
Cinema – Rings (18)
An urban legend surrounds a video that is said to kill the viewer exactly seven days after watching it. When Holt gets a hold of it, his girlfriend Julia tries to intervene – only to discover its real secret. Go on then… discover the secret, we dare you.
In cinemas now