Things to do in Dubai this week: From watching Dave Chappelle live to partying at Haçienda Classiçal
He’s one of the biggest names in comedy, and he’s coming to Dubai for an explosive one-night only gig. Yes, Dave Chappelle is in town, and you really don’t want to miss the outspoken star who’s always on the ‘best stand-ups of all time’ lists. From his self-titled, cult classic Chappelle Show to his recent hilarious Netflix specials (more information on the right), he’s been entertaining the world with his laser-targeted, not always PC, jokes for decades, and we’re excited to see this latest set will be about. In a bold, but welcome move, the show is stepping up the security to stop people from filming the gig. You’re advised to leave your smartphones at home, but if you must take them, they’ll need to be locked away. We like it. After all, what’s the point watching one of the greatest comedians in history through a smartphone screen? Tickets start at AED295.
When: November 20
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
A little taste of Manchester is coming to Dubai, and it’s not only Mancunians that should be chuffed at the news. The UK city’s legendary Haçienda nightclub is taking over the stage at Dubai Opera with original DJ duo Graeme Park and Mike Pickering reinventing their hottest mixes. Decks will be swapped out for a live orchestra to perform the house tunes that soundtracked a generation. Ticket prices start from AED250 and go up to AED450 for VIP.
When: November 22-23
Where: Dubai Opera
African Food Festival
You don’t have to ask us twice to attend a free food festival. Especially a newcomer that’s promising to draw together cuisine and culture from the African continent in a vibrant carnival. But the fun of colourful food, live music and artistic displays goes beyond the one day event, as you’ll get to sample the delights from local restaurants and caterers that’ll no-doubt become your new go-to haunts.
When: November 24
Where: Dubai Creek
Dubai Fitness Challenge carvinal
Give yourself a pat on the back – you survived the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Hopefully, you can make it up that extra flight of stairs without losing breath now. See the groundbreaking event come to an end and take your fitness crew downtown to soak up the spirit of happier, healthier people. But mostly, take advantage of the last free workouts.
When: November 23-24
Where: Burj Park
The weekend is behind you and the work week is ahead. Take a little time out for some zen with a bit of “downward dog” on the beach. In collaboration with Reebok, local yogi Melissa Ghattas is hosting the sandy session for AED60 per person. We’re not saying it will eradicate the damage done at Friday brunch, but it might help balance the scales a little.
When: November 24
Where: Caesars Bluewaters Island Resort
Come Home, Sit Down, She’s a Star. If you fancy nodding along to these 90s indie tunes once again, get yourself down to the Irish Village this week, as James are set to perform a one-off gig. As well as old favourites, fans will be treated to hits from their latest album, “Living In Extraordinary Times”, too, all while rocking out in the open air venue. Tickets cost AED175 and doors open at 7pm for the 9.30pm show.
When: November 22,
Where: The Irish Village