12 great things to do in Dubai this week
The weekend has unfortunately been and gone, and now it's time to get back to work. We've shortlisted 12 great activities to help you ease back into the swing of things. Suzanne Vega will be performing at Dubai Opera, there's an all-female comedy line-up at The Hive and an action packed racing event taking place at Dubai Autodrome.
With over 30 years of experience to her name, Vega is sure to put on quite the show when she takes the Dubai Opera stage in what will be her first ever gig in the region. Fans can expect the seven time Grammy nominated singer to belt out a slew of classics that include the likes of “Tom’s Diner”, “Marlene On The Wall” and “Luka”. If you haven’t heard of her yet, check her out now – she is one of the founding members of folk music after all. Tickets start at AED95 and the show starts at 8pm sharp. We recommend getting there a bit earlier so that you can take in the magic that is The Dubai Opera and maybe even have a drink before the now 52-year-old takes you on a journey down memory lane.
When: Thursday, July 5
Where: The Dubai Opera
Contact: +9714 444 0888, website
The Big Desi Open Mic Night : Female Edition
If you’re a fan of comedy and open mic, you’d best make your way down to The Hive for a night that promises to be packed with laughs and the occasional tear. The free to attend event will see some of the region’s best female comedians take to stage to perform their skits. And should you wish to give it a go, you can. The two day event is open to all but prior registration is required.
When: July 7
Where: The Hive
Roll Racing DXB
Like the Fast & Furious franchise? If the answer is yes, then you are going to love Dubai Autodrome’s latest concept, Roll Racing DXB. For AED420, drivers can compete against fellow speed lovers in the venue’s spacious circuit. The one off event that is open to all car owners yes, even SUVs, kicks off at 8.30pm and lasts for just over three hours. Prior registration is required.
When: 8.30pm onwards, Thursday, July 5
Where: Dubai Autodrome Circuit
Contact: +9714 806 2220, website
Nothing says “I’ve been to Dubai” more than a snap of you high above The Palm, Jumeirah. It’s the done thing to do when you’re here and will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Obviously, jumping out of a plane isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s certainly an experience like no other. There’s no need to fear plummeting to earth like a dart, thanks to the professional skydivers that you’ll tandem dive with. Dropping in over the aforementioned backdrop of The Palm will set you back AED2,199, but if you fancy a more tranquil setting, you can touch down in the desert for AED1,699. And don’t worry about trying to capture the moment on your smartphone as part of the fee, a videographer will take snaps and clips of the whole stomach churning event.
Where: Al Seyahi St, Dubai Marina
Contact: +9714 377 8888, website
Jebel Ali Shooting Club
Whether you’re a gun slingin’ expert or a complete beginner, this shooting range caters to all levels. There’s an indoor bit where you can pop off rounds at a number of targets, or you can head outside for a spot of skeet-shooting. You can even fulfil your Robin Hood dreams at the resorts archery range.
Where: JA Resorts, Jebel Ali
Contact: +9714 883 6555, website
Located inside the JW Marriott Marquis hotel, this lively sports bar is illuminated by wall-spanning TV screens showing NBA, football, rugby, boxing and mores. Bar stools pepper the outside of its central island as more screens loom down to the craned-necked clientele below. And, while it may be a sports bar, the food is also five star. Expect to find everything from moreish boneless chicken wings to the venue’s signature black burger – a black brioche bun served with a perfectly seasoned slab of beef that literally melts on the tongue, to equally delightful Nutella donuts. Definitely check this one out.
Where: JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay
Contact: +9714 414 0000, website
FIFA World Cup at Perry & Blackwelder's
With 10 screens airing every second of the footie madness, you sure not to miss a single goal, penalty or “dive” at P&B’s this World Cup. If you’re a foodie, be sure to check out their “Wing Your Way Around The World” offering, that features a selection of dishes from the many countries taking part in this year’s FIFA World Cup. The venue’s daily happy hour and special drink package – a bucket of six bottled hops, will keep you hydrated throughout the tournament. There’s a “Season Ticket” too. For every AED200 spent, guests will receive one stamp. The goal is to get to five stamps to receive an AED100 “milestone” voucher.
When: Daily until July 15
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
FIFA World Cup at Areia Beach Bar & Grill
Footie fans will be treated to live entertainment, free valet parking and a selection of finger food at this buzzing beachside venue located in DoubleTree by Hilton JBR. There’s an outdoor garden – don’t worry it’s cooled, a shisha corner and an after party.
When: Daily until July 15
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton JBR, The Walk, Dubai Marina
Contact: +971 55 166 8092 or +971 58 260 9761, booking is essential, website
FIFA World Cup at Kickers
Footie fans will be treated to daily food and drinks offers – AED150 for six bottles of brew and a glorious seven hour long happy hour (12pm-7pm) that sees select beverages slashed to half price. There’ll be plenty to eat – nachos, hotdogs and more as well as not one but four large screens and 10 TV screens – talk about extensive coverage.
When: Daily until July 15
Where: Sports Village, Dubai Sports City
Contact: +971 4 448 1001, website
To say Candypants is a lively brunch would be a complete understatement. Tables are topped with inflatable toys, flags and fancy dress accessories. There’s a DJ booth in one corner pumping out some upbeat chart stuff and party classics, and a buffet that looks alarmingly small in another. People aren’t really here for the food though, the real show-stoppers are the drinks and mixed beverages that come in a variety of colours, decorated with sparklers, dry ice, umbrella things and the like. The crowd are impeccably dressed and raring to go, so arrive ready to party.
When: 1pm-4pm, Fridays
Price: AED295 (mixed drinks), AED350 (bubbles)
Where: XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina
Contact: +971 52 634 1040, website
The Amityville Horror on Netflix
Don’t be so quick to jump on the ‘oh it’s only a remake’ bandwagon. Sure, the ‘79 original starring screen queen Margot Kidder can still reduce us to nervous wrecks, but this 2005 retelling of the true story of a demon-riddled house with a murderous history is a killer remake, especially Ryan Reynolds’ decent into darkness.
Watch the trailer here
Elle Fanning stars in this biopic about the famous author’s life. It follows her relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley and how it inspired her to write Frankenstein.