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6 awesome things to do in Dubai this week



Sensations of Space
This is the first solo exhibition by US-born emerging artist Rohan Khanna and it will present both small and large-scale paintings on canvas. They are characterised by layers and swirls of colour that encourage the viewer to spend time in front of them, discovering all of the depths and textures within. Indeed, it is Rohan’s stated desire to “submerge the viewer” and demonstrate that what might appear dark and foreboding at first is actually full of light and life. The exhibition continues throughout the Holy Month.
When: May 25-June 26
Where: XVA Gallery
Contact: website

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters 2017
The best players in international darts are back in Dubai for what is now a traditional “end of season” tournament in the open air – the only time players ever compete outside. The likes of new World Champion Michael van Gerwen, the man he dethroned, Gary Anderson, and the greatest there’s ever been, Phil Taylor, will be taking to the oche at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, which will be packed out by sweating fans who will be seriously regretting turning up in velour fancy dress outfits and animal onesies. The players, who will have only just wrapped up the Premier League season, will be competing for a prize pot of $200,000, which ought to help pay for a couple of extra nights in the Palazzo Versace. Last chance of silverware until Shanghai in July.
When: May 24-25
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Contact: website 

Dubai’s biggest interior design exhibition starts this week – and will be open to the public for the first time. If you have a passion for interior design, home décor and styling or simply in search of inspiration for a new home, this will be a good place to head. Public nights are on Wednesday and Thursday only.
When: May 24-25
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: website

Art Jameel presents Hazem El Mestikawy  
Alserkal Avenue Project Space’s Art Jameel initiative presents works by Egyptian artist Hazem El Mestikawy. It includes Alif Beh (2006-2009), a sculptural installation of 60 letter-shaped parts based on the idea of negative and positive.
When: May 23-July 22
Where: The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Contact: website

Mark Knight
Mark Knight is all set to headline Q43’s Than-Q Part V party this May! The Grammy-nominated DJ and producer is sharing the line-up with some of the region’s finest spinners. Known for his eclectic house and tech house beats, the founder of Toolroom will fill the floor with tracks like “Alright”, “In And Out” and his current song “Your Love”.
Joining the line-up is ShortList‘s very own Commercial Director and one half of Arcade 82, Mark Pickup, Natalie Brogan and Q43’s resident mixer DJ Guess Hu.
When: May 24
Where: 43rd floor, Media One Hotel Office Tower
Price: Free entry all night
Contact: +971 4 443 5403 / +971 56 102 4298, website

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (15)
You instantly know that Guy Ritchie is piloting this retelling of the Arthurian legend when you see leading man Charlie Hunnam stripped to the waist and slugging it out in a bare-knuckle brawl. It might well be one of the weirder directorial motifs, but backstreet boxing has now appeared in Snatch, both Sherlock Holmes films and now this. It’s no accident; the device works to place the director’s protagonists in a certain rougue-ish, battle-hardened light. You might assume that King Arthur wouldn’t need the contextual support, but in this origin story, the man who would be king is essentially a medieval street urchin, raised in back alleys by various mentors of dubious character – which is also familiar Ritchie territory. It’s only when he pulls the sword from the stone that the truth of his royal lineage is revealed, setting him on a collision course with Vortigern (Jude Law), the uncle who seized the crown when Arthur’s father was murdered. With castles, wizards and loads of fights, it has all you’d want from an epic fantasy tale. Big, bold fun.
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