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8 things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Unite with Tomorrowland
Even accounting for Dubai’s impressive history of mega clubland parties, Unite with Tomorrowland on Saturday, July 29 might just be staking a sizable claim to be the biggest of the lot. Taking place in a specially built dome inside Dubai Festival City’s Arena, it will be the Dubai hub for a unique, trans-world, interconnected eight-city party – all of which will be synced to the main event in the city of Boom in Belgium. The DJs and acts at Unite with Tomorrowland in Dubai will include Martin Solveig, Arcade 82, Tom Swoon and Franky Rizardo.
When: From 2pm, Saturday, July 29
Where: Dubai Festival City Arena
Contact: website

Ahmed El Bayed’s Take Off World Tour
Arabia’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: Thursday and Friday, July 27-28
Where: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Contact: website

Jinjer
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: Friday, July 28
Where: The Music Room, Mankhool
Price: AED120.
Contact: +971 4 501 2534, website

Hangry Hangers
We know, we know, not another food truck festival. Hangry Hangers – neat name – is much more than that though. It’s an entertainment destination. There’s live music, comedy and yes, some great food. The best bit? It’s free. That’s right, the Friday music night (8pm to 11pm) and the Saturday evening stand-up (7pm-10pm) shows are free. So, really, the least you can do is buy a burger and enjoy the show.
When: Friday and Saturday, July 28 – 29
Where: Hangry Hangers Warehouse 4, Al Qouz
Contact: +971 56 440 6022, 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 an AED275 food and drink package available, otherwise it’s AED100 on the door from 9pm.
When: Friday, July 28, 6pm-3am
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website

Road Trip: Guggenheim at Manarat Al Saadiyat & NYUAD Art Gallery
Alserkal Avenue’s latest adventure will see them take art-lovers to two of Abu Dhabi’s art galleries, completely free of cost. The half-day adventure kicks off at 3pm with Saadiyat Cultural District being the first stop. Once guests have finished pondering at the magic stored in the Guggenheim, they will be taken to the NYUAD Art Gallery which showcases the work of writers, filmmakers and visual artists.
When: 3pm-8.45pm, Saturday, July 29
Where: The bus departs from Alserkal Avenue, Nadi Al Quoz at 3pm
Contact: [email protected]

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

Jab Harry Met Sejal (18)
Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma star in this road-trip romance as Harry and Sejal travel across Europe in the hunt for the latter’s engagement ring – which, in turn, helps Harry understand more about love and loyalty.
In cinemas from July 27

 

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