12 things to do in Dubai this week
Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC)
It’s the siren call to the region’s comic book and movie zealots, where seeing Batman in deep conversation with Captain America, or Thor sipping coffee with Superman is commonplace. It really is a fantastic sight. As is the way with all annual events, MEFCC promises to be bigger and better than ever, and if we’re honest, it does actually appear to be this way. Sure, Dr Who and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star, Karen Gillan may have pulled out of her scheduled visit (boooo), but the event is as star-studded as it’s ever been. There’ll be guest turns from your favourite shows and movies, a dedicated video game zone to flex your skills and a tricky escape room to try to get yourself out of. Not to mention the amount of food trucks on standby ready to provide epic portions of fare to hungry heroes.
When: 5-7 April
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: From AED110
Dubai Cup 2018
The Dubai Challenge Cup returns for its fifth edition. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Cup, the final tournament of the series is the perfect excuse to pack a picnic and head to the green fields of Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Then marvel as horses and riders bring the Gold Cup Series to a close.
When: 6-13 April
Where: Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
Walk for Arthritis 2018
The Middle East Arthritis Foundation (MEAF) is hosting a free 3.5km walk to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and encourage physical activity amongst people in the community. It’s a perfect way to make the most of the fleeting Dubai winter weather and there will also be interactive exercise sessions on pain management available for all to take part in.
When: April 6
Where: Dubai Creek
Contact: +971 50 534 3182, website
Red Bull BC One Middle East Cypher
Calling all B-boys and B-girls, Red Bull is hosting a dance-off this weekend to find the “top rock”, “windmills” and more. They’re looking to crown a Middle Eastern winner from either the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, KSA, Jordan, or Lebanon. If you fancy just going to watch the gravity-defying moves go down, then you can watch for free.
When: 1pm-9pm, April 6
Where: Rimal, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Reform’s Cinema Nights
The outdoor area of the popular gastropub is playing host to a number of cinema nights on its huge screen. To tie-in with the Middle East Film and Comic-Con (see page 14) April’s movie line-up is themed around comics and kicks off with Marvel’s brilliant Guardians of the Galaxy. The weeks that follow will showcase The Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four, to really quench your nerdy thirst. Movies begin at 7pm and entry is totally free.
When: April 3
Where: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes Club
Contact: +971 4 454 2638, website
If you’re off today, make your way to Mercure Dubai where an unlimited international buffet awaits you. If you’re not, make your way there regardless because the spread, that features cold cuts, designated veggie stations and ample desserts, makes for a great lunch break, too.
When: 12pm-3.30pm, Sunday, April 1
Where: Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments
Price: From AED59
No Ties at Le Petit Belge
Thursday evenings in Business Bay have just become even more exciting as Le Petit Belge launches an afterwork offering that’s not to be missed. “No Ties” is the theme at the Belgian bar and demands you rid yourself of work, pressure and other unwanted commitments across a happy hour that lasts for, get this, ten hours. From 4pm until 2am you can grab a whole host of beverages for a discounted price. Need more convincing to go? Well, they’ve also got the Take The Shot brunch that’s packed with great food, and even more beverage deals.
When: 4pm-2am, Thursdays
Where: Le Petit Belge, DoubleTree by Hilton, Business Bay
Contact: +971 4 564 6538, website
International Burrito Day
No, we’d never heard of it either, but we’re certainly on board with any occasion that celebrates the humble burrito. Taqado is offering customers four burritos for the price of two on April 6 at stores across the country. All you have to do is use the hashtag #InternationalBurritoDay, tag Taqado and then show the post to the staff to claim your feast. Go hungry, or go home.
When: April 6
Where: Taqados across the UAE
Paradise at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Two stages. 15 names. 15 hours of non-stop music – Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is the place to be this weekend. Created by Ibiza icon DJ Jamie Jones, Paradise has shaken the grounds of the likes of Miami, Amsterdam, Manchester and, of course, Ibiza. The phenomenon is jolting its way to the shores of the UAE for an epic party. Leading the pack is Jamie Jones, alongside Montreal-born DJ, producer and Teutonic legend Tiga, techno-funk connoisseur Richy Ahmed, Detroit’s techno master Stacey Pullen, and dance floor expert Mark Jenkyns. Live sets from the always surprising and unconventional trio dOP, Matador and the superb Rodriguez Jr. will dominate the turntables with their skills. It’s free entry before 3pm and AED150 afterwards for what should be a fantastic festival.
When: April 6
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Price: Free entry before 3pm and AED150 afterwards
Friday Night LIVE with 13 Daze Unplugged
Here’s an event where you can expect plenty of hair-whipping tunes, head-banging beats and rocking vocals to enjoy as live music by 13 Daze is the flavour of the evening at Lock, Stock & Barrel. Expect a typically raucous atmosphere, delicious eats, and more at from 11:00 pm. Arrive on time to experience a full voltage performance you won’t forget in a hurry.
When: 11pm-3am, Friday, April 6
Where: Lock, Stock & Barrel, Barsha Heights
Contact: +971 4 514 9195, website
Ritual Presents Chase & Status Live
After many memorable nights in Dubai, drum ‘n’ bass duo Chase & Status are welcomed back to Zero Gravity with open arms. With back catalogue of platinum albums, massive singles and collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Rihanna, expect the crowds to be jumping from start to finish. Entry is free for ladies all night and AED100 for gents after 8pm.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, April 6
Where: Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai Drop Zone
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website
Benny Benassi at Barasti Beach
Sound Collective is set to return to Barasti Beach this week headlined by Grammy winning artist Benny Benassi. With 15 years at the top of his game, Benassi will serve up an electric set, which will no doubt include classics such as “Satisfaction”, “Beautiful People”, “Cinema” and “Able To Love”.
When: 8pm-12am, Thursday, April 6
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Contact: +971 4 318 1313, website