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6 things to do in Dubai this week



Bryan Adams live
“I bought my first real six string…” There probably isn’t a person alive who hasn’t punched the air to “The Summer of 69”, Bryan Adams’ classic song about youth and optimism seen through the rear-view mirror. You can grab the chance to punch away to a live rendition this weekend as the Canadian rock legend makes his way back to Dubai for the first time in seven years. It’s far from his only hit, of course, and he might even be better known for his lighter-waving Robin Hood anthem “Everything I Do”, which spent roughly three years at number one. Older fans, though, will be yearning for “Run to You” and “Cuts Like a Knife”. He is playing at the Autism Rocks Arena as part of his Get Up tour, and it will underline just what a pro performer should sound like.
When: Thursday, March 9
Where: Autism Rocks Arena, Outlet Mall, Al Ain Road
Price: Tickets from AED295
Contact: website

Ya Latif: Works by Khaled Ben Slimane
This is the first solo exhibition in the UAE by Tunisian painter, sculptor and ceramist Khaled Ben Slimane. His latest collection of works focuses on paper, canvas and wood, although there are a number of ceramic pieces, too. His graffiti-like scrawls, Japanese-influenced calligraphy and slashes of colour also underline his wide pool of influences. He will conduct a tour of the exhibition with curator Rose Issa on March 16.
When: March 9 – April 8
Where: Elmarsa Gallery, Alserkal Avenue
Contact: +971 4 341 5806, website

La Bohème
The Puccini classics are coming thick and fast at Dubai Opera. La Bohème is one of his most beautiful and tragic, and tells the story of penniless poet Rudolfo and Mimi, a seamstress in Paris, whose romance can’t overcome the political and economic strife around them. This production was first performed by the Welsh National Opera in 2012.
When: Thusday, March 9
Where: Dubai Opera
Contact: +971 4 440 8888, website

Überhaus X Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE 
Beirut-born clubs are hardly new on the Dubai nightlife scene. White on the rooftop at Meydan is a Lebanese import, as is Indie in DIFC. The pop-up, though, seems to be gaining a favour as a means of bringing that unique Beiruti vibe to Dubai: Mar Mikhael’s Central Station Boutique Bar, for instance, is doing something at Billionaire Mansion this month.
Without question, though, the arrival of Überhaus to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE this weekend is the most spectacular – so big, in fact, we’re not sure “pop-up” is exactly the right word for its arrival. The centrepiece of the party experience- which will see three class acts perform – is a huge dome adorned with panels that illuminate in time with the music.
When: Thursday, March 9
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Contact:  +971 56 113 3400, website

Ladies Night at Mint Leaf of London Dubai 
Much like their mouthwatering food, Mint Leaf of London Dubai’s ladies night offering is also a gift that just keeps on giving. Ladies can enjoy three complimentary drinks, live entertainment and a 30 percent discount on all of its incredible menu items. The Lahori murgh tikka is one of the many must-trys. Now, that you’re sold on the night, remember to get there early because it fills up pretty fast.
When: 7pm-11pm, Monday
Where: Emirates Financial Towers
Contact: +971 4 706 0900, website

Logan (18)
Hugh Jackman dons the knuckle blades for a ninth and, we are led to believe, final time in Logan, the latest X-Men spin-off. This one, though, exists outside the current thread of the franchise, taking place some 20 years after we last saw him. Wolverine is ageing and, as every man on the wrong side of 40 will testify, the tightening grip of bitterness at his diminished capacity is beginning to eat away at him.
Proving that misery loves company, he is joined in his Mexico hideaway, where he works as a limo driver of all things, by his mentor Charles Xavier (a brilliantly gruff Patrick Stewart), whose own powers are severely compromised by a gathering albeit unnamed dementia. His plans for a new generation of mutants appear thwarted as none have been born in the last two decades and, just when you think, the X-Men series is about to go all Harold Pinter, a woman arrives with a young girl, Laura (Dafne Keen), in tow. It’s then, when we learn her background and who is chasing her, that Wolverine’s protective juices start flowing again.
This has a feeling of a darker, much more grown-up tale than we’re used to, which was the intention. Indeed, it’s Wolverine “without the seatbelt on”, according to Jackman, so there is a grimier, earthier quality that ought to help cast the character in a slightly less cartoonish light. It’s a shame this version didn’t appear a bit earlier.
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