6 great things to do in Dubai this week
Dubai rugby sevens
It’s the event we’ve been counting down to pretty much since the last one wrapped up. But this year we’re more eager than ever to get ourselves down to Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. Not only to see which team (if any) will steal the crowns from the Men’s South Africa team and the Australia Women’s squad, but we’re desperate to get stuck into the three-day music festival that’s taking place alongside it. Candypants is flying international DJs Mick Willow and Tango Williams especially for the weekend, there’s a Queen tribute act, Flash, to rock the stage and London-born clubbing institute Clockwork Orange will host the ultimate 90s party. Thursday admission to the festival is free, and has So Solid Crew’s Lisa Maffia and Romeo topping the bill, but tickets across the weekend start at a very reasonable AED315.
When: November 29 - December 1
Where: The Sevens Stadium
Chef Yann Bernard Lejard at Le Cirque
The French chef’s culinary skills are practically a work of art, and every plate is a blank canvas. And for one evening only, Chef Yann Bernard Lejard will be putting on a spectacular show within the walls of Le Cirque, with a conceptualised menu that’ll leave you (and your Instagram followers) in awe. Tickets cost AED588 for five courses complete with a grape pairing.
When: November 29
Where: Ritz-Carlton DIFC
For the first time ever, two-day extravaganza BAO is coming to Dubai, and it’s promising to redefine EDM festivals as we know them. The star-studded line-up includes Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Afrojack, so you know it’s going to be epic. In fact, there’s going to be seven unmissable sets each evening. Ticket prices start at AED395, going up to AED550 for weekend packages.
When: November 29-30
Where: The Meydan Hotel
Five million records sold, ten studio albums made and 40 singles released, and one night taking to the stage in the UAE this month. British band Feeder will bring an indie-rock flavour to the Dubai Opera to perform a string of hits such as Feeling a Moment, Piece by Piece and the foot-stompin’, air guitarin’ Just a Day. Tickets for entry start at AED150 and go up to AED450 if you feel like you want to get closer to the UK rockers.
When: November 27
Where: Dubai Opera
Run the track
While some of us will be spending the long weekend indulging with copious amounts of food and drink, other more athletic folk will be setting their alarms for the so-dark-it-could-still-be-night 6.30am start to ensure their fitness doesn’t falter. If you are the latter, then you need to sign up for this. Prices start at AED105, with three distances – 3km, 5km or 10km – on offer for all levels of runners.
When: December 1
Where: Dubai Autodrome
PUBG Star Challenge finals
If you’re a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds fanatic, then this is probably already on your radar. If not, it needs to be as you’ll bear witness to the first global e-sports tournament for one of the world’s most popular mobile game. Tickets to watch the thumb action start at AED35, with weekend packages ranging up to AED340.
When: November 29-December 1
Where: Festival Arena