Things to do in Dubai this week: From Gulf Car Festival to a Comedy Festival and Spartan Race
Another week, another jam-packed calendar of events to stimulate both mind and body. And this November between the 11-17, there's really something for everyone...
Petrolhead? Head down to Gulf Car Festival. Spiritual type? There's a meditation masterclass happening. Just want to rave all night long? We feel you; Disciples are performing at Zero Gravity.
See, we told you. Here are our top picks of the happenings in the city this week:
DRIFT Beach Dubai turns 1
Time flies when you're having fun. That speed almost doubles in Dubai as DRIFT is already celebrating it's 1st birthday this week. Soak up some of that winter sun in a comfortable daybed with the finest beats of Version Originale – a modern-day French orchestra renowned for putting their own retro spin on both classic and current hit songs. What better way to kick off a long weekend than this?
Details: November 16. Sun Loungers start from AED300
Where: One&Only Royal Mirage
Gulf Car Festival
There’s no better place for petrolheads to be this weekend than at the fourth annual Gulf Car Festival. The vehicle event takes a wide array of activities, new car launches, and stunt shows to wow the crowds.
If you’re more of a stand and admire kind of car enthusiast, you’ll be delighted with the line-up of exotic cars and meticulously kept classic motors to snap until your heart’s content. Think souped up McLaren P1s and vintage Shelby Mustangs. There will also be a number of new car launches for the region that will debut at the show, so it’s the perfect time to have a nosey around one without the pressure of a salesman trying to close the deal with you. There will be drifting display, live entertainment, competitions and a car-themed magic show that we’re incredibly intrigued by.
Details: November 15-17. Tickets start at AED45 for one-day entry or AED60 for the entire weekend.
Where: Dubai Festival City Mall
If you haven’t got into meditation yet, you haven’t been doing it right. Give the zen-trend a try by booking yourself in to the Unveiling Infinity workshop, a two-day masterclass lead by spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The aim? Stimulate creativity, sharpen the old grey matter and shake off some deep-rooted stress. Prices for the seminar start at a cool AED1,000, but your inner peace and clutter free mind is worth the somewhat steep entry fee.
Details: November 16-17, From AED1,000.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
The British band is coming to Dubai to get the weekend party started. Known for hits such as They Don’t Know and On My Mind, the trio is set to take over the beach club with their upbeat house tunes come the evening, but the party will run from 5pm to 3am. Entry is free before 9pm (or all night for ladies) while tickets for late admission start from AED75.
Gather your gang together and get ready party.
Details: November 16, from AED75.
Where: Zero Gravity
Some of Africa’s most chuckle-worthy comedians are coming to town to deliver their sets of rib-tickling fun this week. 23 (23!) acts will descend on the emirate, each with their own particular brand of comedy across a laughter-filled evening. The talent includes sitcom writer Bovi and World’s Funniest Person finalist Salvador. This is a night that’s not to be missed.
Details: November 15, ticket prices start from AED100.
Where: Dubai Festival City Arena
If the average jog no longer cuts it, go Spartan with your next sprint and really test your limits. Wade through mud and water, clamber up hills and mountains and crawl under barbed wire and jump flames in one of the trickiest obstacle courses around. Taking part in this madness starts from AED254 for the shorter distances, and goes up depending on how brave you are. If you’re feeling lazy, you can always just watch it all.
Details: November 16, from AED254
After a weekend of heavy brunching, you probably should brush up on your cultural credentials and get yourself down to Alserkal Avenue’s Galleries Night. The exhibitions will celebrate a decade of thought-provoking pieces and talented artists. Spread across several of the arty district’s galleries, the event is free of charge and runs between 6-9pm.
Details: November 12, free.
Where: Alserkal Avenue