7 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Get ready for an outstanding weekend of pop, rap and R&B. Over two days, some seriously well-known international artists are taking to the Dubai Media City stage for the fifth edition of RedFest DXB. In the past, we’ve seen top-notch performances from the likes of Demi Lovato, Pitbull and Iggy Azalea. This year, we’ve got DJ duo The Chainsmokers (“Closer”, “Don’t Let Me Down”) headlining day one, followed by American singer and rapper Kesha (“Tik Tok”, “We R Who We R”) on day two. These superstars are joined by British R&B favourite Craig David, American rapper Russ, English singer-songwriter Kelli-Leigh, dance music producer Marshmello, and, bringing each evening to an end, Dubai’s own DJ Dany Neville. Ticket prices range from AED395 to AED1,195. It’s shaping up to be a top weekend…
When: February 8-9
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Long Drive World Series 2018
The breakout tournament from the world of golf returns to Dubai this week. The Long Drive World Series is still a relatively new stand-alone sport, but it’s quickly gained a following thanks to the glitz, glamour and fireworks that accompany each edition. The 2017 Dubai champion, Tim Burke, will once again line-up against the competition to see who can whack the ball furthest down the beautiful Jumeirah Golf Estates course. Rather than traipse around the fairways and greens as the golfers move to each pin, the Long Drive World Series is more of a social affair with canapes, drinks and light entertainment. Think going to brunch, but instead of someone with an acoustic guitar, it’s a guy swinging a club with all his might.
When: Friday, February 9
Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
Ludovico Einaudi Live
Ludovico Einaudi, the Italian pianist and composer, might not be a household name but we’re sure you’ll have heard a few of his songs. His albums have topped the charts and he’s worked on award-winning scores for the likes of Doctor Zhivago and This Is England. At his Dubai show, expect to hear his greatest hits. Tickets start from AED160.
When: February 8-9
Where: Dubai Opera
Why not work up a sweat by tackling Dubai’s highest climbing wall? It took two years to build, and at 15-metres tall, Dorell Sport’s outdoor wall, known as, ahem, The Wall, can be found at the World Trade Centre.
Rock up (sorry) and instructors will give you basic coaching before deciding what coloured “rocks” you should be clinging onto on your way up. Once you’ve done that, you can probably think about heading to Ras Al Khaimah with nothing but a pot of chalk and a sense of adventure. Don’t forget your factor 30.
Price: AED60 for a day pass
Contact: +9714 306 5061, website
No sooner has the steakhouse landed, it’s already serving up an irresistible brunch to boot. Dare to Brunch offers signature cuts of prime fillets and striploins alongside oysters, burrata and fries and broccolini. Top off the whole feast with a huge wedge of cheesecake, too.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Rixos Premium Hotel, JBR
Price: AED349 (soft drinks), AED499 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 323 0061, website
Brunch à la Marina
Staying true to the concept of brunch, this quaint Parisian eatery offers an à la carte menu that's filled with breakfast favourites such as eggs Benedict, baked duck egg, waffles and even hearty dishes such as truffle pasta. For dessert you can have a sweet crêpe with options including salted butter caramel, Nutella and strawberry jam, all of which are served with a side of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Plus, there’s a social table where you can help yourself to unlimited servings of cereals, cold cuts, breads, cheeses and fresh juices. For an extra AED75 per person, they’ll happily pour you three servings of a mixed beverage.
When: 10am-2pm, every Friday and Saturday
Where: Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina
Price: From AED99
Contact: +971 4 551 1576, website
Skreemin Egulz live
Head to this cool, musically charged spot for an evening of blues-rock, as the Skreemin Egulz take to the stage to perform covers of iconic tunes by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Metallica, The Doors, and many, many more. It’s just AED50 to get in, and you’ll get a free beverage with your entry fee.
When: 9pm-3am, Thursday, February 8
Where: Scarlet Cardinal, Sofitel Hotel JBR
Contact: +971 56 222 9914, website
Inspired by true events, this film tells the story of eccentric firearm heiress, Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), who believes she’s being haunted by vengeful ghosts.
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