12 great things to do in Dubai this week
The Laughter Factory Tour
Fresh off the back of the widely successful tour that included the excellent Sophie Hagen, Mark Watson and Glenn Wool, comes a brand new May tour that’s equally as riotous. The Laughter Factory is flying in three more side-splitters in the shape of longtime funny woman, Jojo Sutherland, young upstart Adam Rowe and popular US comedian, Louis Ramey. As part of the new tour, a couple of new venues have been added to the regular Laughter Factory haunts – Jumeirah Islands Club and the brand new Jebel Ali Club. For tour dates and ticket bookings for your next hilarious night out, visit the website below.
When: May 9-11
Where: Various venues across Dubai
The Welsh band will be rocking the emirate this weekend. They’re celebrating 20 years since their debut album and if their 2015 Dubai gig is anything to go by, you can expect an energetic set that will leave their hits ringing in your ears. “Local Boy in the Photograph”, “I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” and “Dakota” will all get an airing. Plan B will on hand to lend the band some support with his mega-hits like "She Said" and "Stay Too Long".
When: Friday, May 11
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From AED399
Beautyworld Middle East ‘18
The 23rd edition of one of the biggest beauty and wellness events around returns to the UAE even bigger and better than before. It’s a great chance to check the latest hair and skin products alongside new fragrances and wellbeing options, too.
When: May 8-10
The Mentalist at the Junction
German stage performer, Juliet Arndt wants to dig into your mind at her show. From mind reading and hypnosis to psychology and storytelling, the performance is fascinating and demands audience participation for those that are brave enough. Arndt tours the world with her one-woman show and will team up with local band, Cosmic Roots for an enthralling evening.
When: May 11
Where: Alserkal Avenue
Price: From AED110
Salt Black Summer
Salt’s dark and limited edition menu is back for another year. The comfort food specialists Black Summer theme sees your favourite burgers, sides and desserts served up in black, which are sure to bring in the Likes on Instagram. Until the beginning of Ramadan, you can grab Wagyu beef sliders and crispy chicken fillets packed inside a black bun. Thick cut fries coated in black salt and vinegar sauce and a refreshing black lemonade that’s activated by charcoal. You can even bag three items off the menu for just AED75, too.
Where: Various outlets across the UAE
Fogo de Chão happy hour
There’s another great reason to head to the Brazilian steakhouse during the week. The new happy hour is available 4pm-7pm, Sunday to Thursday and includes 2-4-1 on beverages and Brazilian bites such as tasty Coxhina chicken bites, beef pastels and the venue’s signature Picanha burger and braised beef sliders.
Where: Central Park Towers, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 343 8867, website
7 Elephants’ ladies night offering is one that we like, a lot. Every Monday from 6pm to 11pm, ladies are treated to five (yes, five) complimentary beverages from the venue’s signature drinks menu. Adding to its appeal, is the fact that it boasts great views of the city and, is home to some of the best shisha and nibbles in town.
When: 6pm-11pm, Monday
Where: 7 Elephants, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 354 4354, website
Ting Irie Island Daze Brunch
Head to the Jamaican favourite for its all-new Friday brunch. It’s a five-course menu deal that takes in the soul-warming cuisine from the Caribbean shores including classics such as Spitfiyah jerk chicken, traditional patties and curried goat. It takes place between 12.30pm and 4.30pm and prices start from AED205.
When: 12.30-4.30pm, every Friday
Where: Souk Al Manzil, Downtown
Price: From 205
Contact: +971 4 557 5601, website
Gotha Presents Steve Aoki
Superstar DJ Steve Aoki is set make his presence felt at Gotha this week. The Grammy nominated and Guinness World Record ((Longest Crowd Cheer and Most Traveled Musician in One Year) holding spinner is one of the most in-demand artists around, so we’re lucky that he’s here at all. Entry is free until 12am and then AED150 for men after. Ladies can enjoy the delights of a complimentary bar between 11pm and 1am, too.
When: 11pm-3am, Thursday, May 10
Where: Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront
Contact: +971 55 1934 934, website
Zero Gravity is in for a treat this weekend as trance and house specialist, Mark Schulz drops by for an epic set. As well as hosting the Global DJ Broadcast radio show, he’s also known for lighting up the dancefloors with an eclectic mix of progressive beats that are sure to keep the party bouncing all night long.
When: Thursday, May 10, 8pm-3am
Where: Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website
Dixon and Vaal at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
It’s the closing weekend of the party spot and the venue plans to go out with a bang. UK DJ Vaal will be pumping out her emotive sounds through the deep macabre tunes that she’s gained fame for. Then it’s the turn of German artist Dixon who has been an underground legends since the early 90s. He’s quietly built a solid reputation for evocative tunes that has propelled him to the top of the Resident Advisor’s Top DJ poll for four years running.
When: Friday, May 11, 1pm-11pm
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
The Mansion featuring Timati
One of Russia’s most successful hip-hop artists is coming to town. Timati has had hits all over the world and collaborated with the industry heavyweights such as P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg, so you know he’s got the right pedigree to light up a show. Expect to hear his biggest hit “Welcome to St. Tropez” amongst an eclectic set of head-bobbing beats. Support will be provided by DJs Skinny Loop, Mr Shef Codes and Kaboo.
When: 8pm-3am, Thursday, May 10
Where: Billionaire Mansion
Contact: 800 7493, website