12 great things to do in Dubai this weekend
The award-winning rapper will be performing at Dubai's latest night club, Gotha, tonight. Die-hard fans can expect to bust a move to a number of the 48-year-old's mega-hits which includes the likes of "Last Night", "I'll be Missing You" and "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down". This is one party, you really don't want to miss.
When: 10pm-3am, April 5
Where: Gotha Club Dubai, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront
Price: AED350 for ladies and AED700 for gents
Contact: +971 55 1 934 934, website
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
Chow down on some katsu curry and dim sum in this restaurants four course brunch, while staff parade up and down the venue singing chart-toppers, karaoke style. Make eye contact and they'll start serenading you instead, so just be aware your dim sum may be disrupted... in a fun way.
When: 4pm-7pm, Friday
Where: Media One Hotel
Price: From AED185
Contact: +971 4 420 7489, website
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge
Whoever said out with the old and in with the new was a good idea? Caramel has been around for a while now, and has hardly changed due to its comforting site and delicious bites. Speaking of which, Caramel's brunch offers plenty of small plates for sharing such as the mac ’n’ cheese bites, chicken lettuce wraps as well as kale and quinoa salad. There's also sushi and Japanese-inspired dishes, along with main courses such as beef short rib, braised lamb shank and pan-roasted salmon. Oh, and delightful chicken lollipops..
When: 7pm-10pm, Friday
Price: AED249 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 425 6677, website
Cédric Steinmyller aka Klingande will be spinning at Soho Garden tonight and, fans expect to hear an upbeat set that will undoubtedly include his mega-hit "Jubel" as well as his latest banger "Rebel Yell". He's be joined by local favourite Adam Garcia and DJ duo Jixo & Danz. Click here to read our exclusive interview with the 26-year-old French spinner.
When: 7pm-3am, Thursday
Where: Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse
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