7 awesome things to do in Dubai this week
Are there many fans of Ukrainian groove metal in Dubai? We’ll be in a better position to judge after Jinjer have passed through The Music Room. Formed in 2009, they have gone on to share a stage with the likes of Caliban, Evanescence and The Rasmus, although this will be their first time to the Middle East. They’ll be supported by local acts Svengali, Pull Box, Wulfram Dxb and Riot Fist.
When: July 28
Where: The Music Room, Mankhool
Contact: +9714 501 2534, website
Plus-Minus with Matthias Meyer
Matthias Meyer is the main draw for the last Plus-Minus party of the month. The DJ has carefully developed a groove-laden, textured and almost organic approach to house and techno music, shunning obvious floor-fillers in exchange for ever-evolving sets that build to a crescendo. As with all Plus-Minus parties, there is a AED275 food and drink package available, otherwise it’s AED100 on the door from 9pm.
When: 6pm – 3am, Friday, July 28
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website
Ahmed El Bayed’s Take Off World Tour
The region's first illusionist Ahmed El Bayed stops by Dubai with a show that combines stunts, urban legends and spectacular storytelling. The Saudi star (just check his Insta likes to see how big he is now) has been performing for 14 years and has been a staple on regional TV. To give you an idea, there are plenty of his street-trick videos going around on YouTube in which he stuns members of the general public with nothing more than a pack of cards – including an incredulous Sheikh on the Dubai Metro in 2011. He has, though, done more daring stunts, including driving down Skull Valley, Arizona completely blindfolded, and being dropped into icy seas at the North Pole – all of which means he has well and truly earned his title of “Middle East’s Pioneer illusionist”.
When: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, July 27-28
Where: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Wasla Summer Session
A new season of Wasla kicks off with a special session. The initiative that seeks to showcase the best in contemporary Arab alternative and emerging musical talent has another great lineup, which encompasses styles as eclectic as Afro-rock, electronica and experimental Arabic fusion. The bands lined up are Algeria’s Speed Caravan, UAE fusion band NOON, and Fulltone and Aly Goede & Tito from Egypt. Noon are first up at 8.45pm, while Aly Goede & Toto are set to close things out at 1.15am.
When: From 8pm, Thursday, July 27
Where: ON42, Media One Hotel
Vii Dubai & Urban Decay EnVii
Vii latest ladies night sees the chic venue partner with Urban Decay to offer ladies a night filled with complimentary drinks, makeovers and giveaways. While Urban Decay’s regional makeup artist Izabela Cruz works her magic, the venue’s in-house DJ will keep the party going with his eclectic set. There’s also a 30 percent food discount, for all those who wish to eat. We recommend that you check it out because the event is only running for three weeks…
When: 8pm – 12pm, every Tuesday until August 15
Where: Vii Dubai, Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 50 169 6777, website
Move 02 with Adam Shelton
One of the new kids on the party block, this night was only launched in June and they’ve already managed to land a guest DJ spot from One Records boss, Adam Shelton. With influences going back to US house and the emerging Acid House scene of the late 1980s, his sets have found an enthusiastic audience at venues as diverse as Fabric, Glastonbury and, in Ibiza, Space and DC10. He is also known for his innovative collaborations with Subb-an.
When: 9pm – 2.45am, Thursday, July 27
Where: Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha
Contact: +971 56 477 6246, website
Sushi fans can look forward to a raw deal in the best possible sense every Monday at Waka. Between 8pm and 10pm, diners can enjoy unlimited maki rolls and a glass of something for AED150 per person. The Latin-American-flavoured Japanese restaurant serves up the likes of the Cusco, the crispy quinoa coated seabass, and the Abura, featuring tuna, prawn tempura and avocado.
When: 8pm – 10pm, every Monday
Where: Waka, Oberoi Hotel
Contact: +9714 444 1455, website