10 great things to do in Dubai this week
There's a lot to get through this week. Jones the Grocer has a cool, new masterclass to try out, there's a new film screening at Cinema Akil and a brand new Lebanese lunch to try at Khaymat Al Bahar. There's also a new hip hop night and a brand new food challenge to try.
Viva Venezuela: the Art of Molina and Gonzalez
Ajala Project’s next mission sees the social enterprise use art to raise awareness for Venezuela. More specifically for Simón Bolívar Day, an occasion that marks the birthday of one of the men responsible for freeing Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and, of course, Venezuela from a Spanish regime. The Dubai-based initiative has flown in two Venezuelan artists, painter Ruben Molina, whose key pieces will be displayed throughout the gallery. The second is filmmaker, Arnaldo Gonzalez. The 32 year old’s film Impuls will be aired during the course of the free to attend event. Live traditional music will be provided by Venezuelan performers. There will also be a number of art pieces available to purchase, too, so remember to bring your wallet for a bespoke item.
When: July 24
Where: Hai d3, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 55 164 6270, website
Wagyu Burger Master Class
Jones the Grocer is giving burger connoisseurs the chance to learn how to make its signature wagyu beef burger – this includes how to mince, marinate and present it on the venue’s classic brioche bun. The class will be led by Chef Dayan Anthony and is priced at AED295. The fee includes a welcome drink, tea, dessert and a fancy branded apron. Nice.
When: July 25
Where: Jones the Grocer, Emirates Golf Club
Contact: +971 4 417 9999, website
Having sold out his previous three gigs at The Junction, the Dutch illusionist is back with a performance that promises to be bigger and even more spectacular than the last. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, get ready to be mesmerised by his sleight of hand and excellent play on visuals that he’s performed in front of the Dutch royal family.
When: July 27
Where: The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Fitbit x Yoga
A free yoga class waits fitness fans at The Westin Al Habtoor City this Wednesday. The free class that takes place from 6.30pm onwards aims to inform guests of Fitbit’s new model Fitbit Versa (the nifty device on the lad's hand above) – a device that monitors your heartrate, syncs your music and apps and has more than 15 exercise modes including yoga, will be followed by an opportunity to win your very own Fitbit Versa. There will also be a selection of refreshments, healthy snacks and a goodie bag. Exciting stuff.
When: 6.30pm onwards, Wednesday, July 25
Where: The Westin Al Habtoor City
Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot
There’s a sweet (and savoury) challenge taking place at Eggspectation this July. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Canadian restaurant is challenging guests to take on its 25-stack – one for each year they’ve been going, obviously – of pancakes. Take the tower down in 25 minutes or less and you’ll get a voucher for a discount on your next meal. If you fail, then you hand over AED98. To make it slightly easier, you can take three friends with you to help out. Just be sure to go hungry.
Where: Eggspectation, JBR and City Walk
Contact: +971 4 430 7252 (JBR) and +971 4 240 6877 (City Walk), website
Hip Hop Karaoke
Palms a bit sweaty? Knees weak? And what’s that on your sweater? It’s time to showcase that lyrical flow you’ve been practicing in front of the mirror all these years at Tribeca’s resurrected Hip Hop Karaoke. It all goes down from 11pm, following the all you can eat and drink madness of Limitless Thursdays (AED249).
Where: Tribeca, Ocean View Hotel, JBR
Contact: +971 50 345 6067, website
Lebanese Friday Lunch
The popular upmarket Lebanese restaurant with snap worthy beach views has launched a new Friday lunch menu. Not only can you enjoy the delights from the live cooking stations, but you can also take in the Lebanese music and live entertainment. It’s AED237 and runs 1pm to 4pm.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Khaymat Al Bahar, Jumeirah Al Qasr
Contact: +971 4 366 6730, website
Three strangers lives become intertwined in this powerful courtroom drama as a mother fights for custody of her children whilst fighting allegations of child neglect and physical abuse towards them. It contains a star-studded cast of Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Hayden Panetierre (Heroes) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (American Gothic).
When: July 28
Where: Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Price: Free entry
Contact: +971 58 524 6362, website
Orange Is The New Black
Minor spoilers ahead: Following the riot at the end of season five, the ladies find themselves in completely new surroundings for the new season. The drama follows their adjustment to life in a new place and – *GASP* – different coloured jumpsuits.
When: July 28
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
For the sixth entry in the espionage franchise, Ethan Hunt finds himself having to outwit assassins (including Henry Cavill’s burly, bruising August Walker) after a failed IMF mission leads to the escape of a new bad guy, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). While the plot is predictable, the set-pieces scintillate once again. And let’s be honest, this is the reason you’re buying a ticket to see it anyway. Whether it’s a blistering rooftop chases across London, a high-octane HALO jump, or that whirlybird chase, director Christopher McQuarrie frames the action with breathless panache. Even at 56, Cruise serves up exhilarating action like no-one else.
In cinemas July 26