14 great things to do in Dubai this week

Yasmine Hamdan, Sharmoofers, The Wanton Bishops, Manal and Moh Flow are heading to Dubai Opera as part of DXBeats. It will represent the first ever Arabic music festival at the Dubai Opera, and the five hour live music gig will give fans the chance to hear the eclectic sounds of the line-up. Expect a musical journey spanning the genres of reggaeton, rock and roll, hip hop and much more. The Ticket prices start at AED255 and doors will open at 5pm and starts at 6pm.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Dubai Opera

International Dubai Fashion Week
The renowned fashion show returns for a three day event. It’ll cover all things luxury fashion and beauty at the palatial surroundings of the Palazzo Versace Hotel. The exhibition will showcase the hottest fashionistas around as well as introduce the up-and-coming designers from the region. You’ll see pieces from the likes of Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt and, of course, the UAE. It’ll be peppered with talks and workshops from industry specialists, live styling events to tune up your outfits, makeup tutorials and everything in between.
When: Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28
Where: Palazzo Versace Hotel
International Dubai Fashion Week

You can smirk all you like, but the truth is, deep down, you can’t help but tap your feet and hum along to Steps. The British 90s pop group –consisting of Clare, Faye, H, Lisa and Lee – might be cheesier than a wheel of Edam, but they know and thrive upon it, which has created an enduring and endearing quality about them. Unsurprisingly then, their return has seen them welcomed back with open arms. The latest stop on their comeback tour lands at Dubai Opera this week and promises to be a journey through their pop classics. Catchy tunes such as their 1997 debut “5,6,7,8”, the Bee Gee’s inspired “Heartbeat/Tragedy” and their last number one hit, “Stomp” are sure to have you dancing in the aisles. There’s no need to be embarrased, you’ll be in good company.
When: 8pm-10pm, Saturday, April 28
Where: Dubai Opera

Chef Federico Belluco at Postiano
Michelin-starred Italian, chef Federico Belluco will be on hand this week to take diners on culinary journey at Postiano. The event is being billed as a way of getting a taste of Venice in Dubai and promises to delight guests with the meticulous attention to detail that Chef Belluco is known for. It’s a one night only affair and takes place on Wednesday, April 25 from 7pm until 10pm. Prices are AED380 for a four-course menu or AED680 with paired beverages.
When: 7pm-10pm, Wednesday, April 25
Where: JW Marriott Marquis, Downtown
Price: From AED380
Contact: +971 4 414 3000,

Celebrated chef Izu Ani is the brains and curator behind this new venue. The laidback restaurant, named after Izu’s wife, is serving up French Meditteranean cuisine which features delights such as lobster linguini, crispy calamari and passionfruit cheescake that you definitely need to make space for. All of which is served against the idyllic backdrop of the golf course.
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Contact: +971 4 417 9999,


Ladies Night at Lucky Voice
Ladies receive four complimentary drinks and 20 percent off dining every single Saturday! Hip-Hop fans will love the back to back tracks from 8pm to 11pm, while RnB lovers will love their club classics that play from 11pm to 3am.
When: 8pm-3am, Saturday
Where: Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Hotel Barsha Heights
Contact: 800 58259,

Lucky Voice

BASE Anniversary Weekend
DJ Cassidy has been at the forefront of music and nightlife for a long time now, and is the go-to DJ for celebrity icons and world leaders. He even played at Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s wedding, so you know he’s a top draw. He’ll be spinning the wheels of steel at Base’s first birthday – yes, those last twelve months absolutely flew by, didn’t they? – so be sure to catch his Dubai debut.
When: Thursday, April 26
Where: Base Dubai
Contact: +971 55 313 4999,
Base Dubai

Ladies Night at Tribeca
Tribeca is a hop, skip and a jump from Double Tree by Hilton in JBR. Their Queen Bee ladies night offers free bubbly and house beverages from 8pm until 1.30am.
When: 8pm-1.30am, Wednesday
Where: Ocean View Hotel, JBR
Contact: +971 50 345 6067,


Dublin Guitar Quartet Live
There’s a night of classical and contemporary music from the Dublin Guitar Quartet this week. The Irish group – Tomas O’Durcain, Chien Buggle, Patrick Brunnock and Brian Bolge – will perform as part of the Dubai Concert Committee’s World Classical Music Series and offer an exciting night of various styles and tunes. Tickets for the show start from AED120.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: One&Only Royal Mirage

Full Moon Yoga
April 28, Fairmont The Palm The luxury resort is hosting another Full Moon Yoga event this weekend. It’s open to all yogi levels and is ideal for a good stretch and relaxation session on the sand. The hour long yoga session will be followed by 30 minutes of meditation, and there will be healthy refreshments for the evening, too.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Fairmont The Palm
Contact: +9714 457 3388,
Full Moon Yoga

OUTLOUD presents Danny Aridi
Virgin Megastores’s Outloud initiative to find and support local musical talent is hosting a special in-store concert. Danny Aridi was the inaugural winner of a 167-strong group of artists. As part of his win, he will perform a live set at Mall of the Emirates as part of his album launch, and will give his new fans the chance to meet and greet him at the store.
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Virgin Megastores, Mall of the Emirates

US rapper G-Eazy will grace the stage at Base this weekend as part of their birthday celebrations. You may not have heard of him, but there’s a very good chance you’ll have listed to one of his catchy tracks such as “Him & I”, “No Limit” and “Me, Myself & I”. You will almost certainly have heard his super successful “The Beautiful & Damned”. He’s performed on the same bill as Drake, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne so it’s bound to be good.
When: 10pm-4am, Saturday, April 28
Where: Base Dubai, D3
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website

The Gardens of Babylon
The weather is heating up, so enjoy the last of the cool-ish climate by heading to this party spot this Friday. The evening will showcase performances from the likes of Audiofly, Blond:ish, Viken Arman and YokoO in surroundings that recreate the mythical locations. The party experience has travelled from Amsterdam to Mexico City to Dubai, and offers a night of eclectic beats to help you step into summer in style.
When: Friday, April 27, 2pm-12am
Where: El Chiringuito, The Palm
Contact: +971 54 449 6464,
The Garden

DJ Solomun
Beatport’s number one deep house spinner, and somewhat Dubai regular, DJ Solomun is back in town to put on a masterclass of his signature style. If you’ve never been to one of his gigs, you’re in for a treat. He’s known for creating sets that are fused with all things house music (obviously), especially the kind that comes with a hypnotic European flavour. So you should expect to be bouncing to his beats all night long.
When: 11pm-3am, Friday, April 27
Where: Gotha Club Dubai
Contact: +971 55 1934 934, website
DJ Solomun

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