9 things to do in the UAE this weekend
Yas Mall Spring Fashion
It’s Spring time and you know what that means, time to spruce your wardrobe and if you need a little help, Yas Mall has all the answers. For three days, the mall that is home to a number of alluded fashion houses such as Calvin Klein, BCBG Max Azria and Bebe will be hosting a three day fashion festival. The free to attend event will see a number of fashion savvy influencers give out some tips on how to dress to impress. The event that takes place from March 22 to March 24 will also include a number of hair and makeup tutorials as well as competitions an advice from fashion editors – nice.
When: Thursday, March 22 to Saturday, March 24
Where: Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi
Human, the debut album by soul and blues artist Rory Graham (AKA Rag’n’Bone Man), was immediately certified gold when it dropped in February 2017. Three weeks later, it went platinum after spending two weeks at number one in the UK charts. In just over a year, he’s garnered a serious fan base. He won two BRIT awards – “British Breakthrough Act” and “Choice Award” – and went on to perform at sold-out tours across Britain and Europe. Now he’s bringing his talent to the Dubai Opera stage, where we’ll be treated to a one-off performance of some of his best hits to date. Sure, he might only be human, but this is going to be an extraordinary night. He’ll be supported beforehand by the UAE’s own super group Abri and the Dreamfleet (we suggest you take a listen to their song “We Fly”). Tickets start from AED195.
When: Friday, March 23
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
California Superbike School
Petrolheads, get ready for a lesson in superbikes, brought to you by the crew at Ducati UAE. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning, or already have, your own two-wheeled roadster, then head over to hear the California Superbike School’s step-by-step, structured approach to achieving your riding goals.
When: March 23-24
Where: Dubai Autodrome Grandstand, Motor City
The exhibition, returning for its 12th edition, will feature 105 galleries from 48 countries and is delivered in such an approachable way, that you needn’t feel that dread of feeling like a cultural outcast. Stretched out across the Madinat Jumeirah, you’re free to take a walk around the portraits, installations and more. You’ll find the galleries split across three categories; Contemporary, Modern and Residents.
When: March 21-24
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
If you want the very best dishes that Thailand (more specifically Bangkok) has to offer then over to Thiptara. They've also got great views of the city and the Dubai Fountain as well as some seriously delicious desserts.
Where: The Palace Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 428 7961, website
Comme ça Friday Brunch
As the name suggests, there’s a French theme to this brand new brunch. David Myers’ signature dishes are served direct to your table, so expect grilled king prawns, skirt steak, oxtail tartine, and much more. There’s also a wide variety of house beverages and bubbles to be had.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, every Friday
Where: Bleu Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 4 512 5533, website
Bongo’s Bingo featuring Boyzlife
Get ready to welcome the Irish duo that’s made up of Westlife’s Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy who will be performing their former group’s biggest hits. It’s all set to the backdrop of a raucous night of bingo. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Or, you know, “fly without wings”. We could go on, but will spare you that.
When: Thursday March 22, 8pm-1am
Where: ON42, Media One Hotel, Media City
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website
Café Mambo with Watermät
The world-renowned French artist Watermät is headlining for Café Mambo Ibiza as it returns for its Friday residency at Soho Garden DXB. There will be a range of exciting support acts on the night, too, plus a sunset brunch package that’s available from 4pm to 8pm (AED450). Sorted.
When: Friday March 23, 8pm-3am
Where: Soho Garden DXB, Meydan
Contact: +971 52 388 8849, website
Plus Minus with Edu Imbernon
Edu Imbernon is known for his emotive sets that blend electronica, house and indie genres together to wonderful effect. He’s played at the likes of Coachella, BPM Festival and TomorrowLand across London to Berlin and Tokyo. Now the Plus Minus guys are bringing him to do his thing in Dubai this weekend.
When: 4pm-3am, Friday, March 23
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website