What you can see and do in Dubai this week
Head down to the recently opened SKY 2.0 for a combination of top international DJs and massive production. Taking its lead from the original Sky Bar, in Beirut, the Dubai venue is located in Design District and can accommodate huge numbers. It’s a place to visit later in the week, with the venue open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. In terms of the music, it’s mainly house hits, R&B anthems and those big favourites everybody knows. So get yourselves down there and see what all the fuss is about.
When: Dubai Design District
Where: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Contact: +971 45 876 333
Al Murray and his alter-ego, ‘The Pub Landlord,’ play Dubai this week. Murray is renowned for involving audience members in his shows so be warned, but it should be a cracker. Get your tickets now.
When: Thursday April 11
Where: Dubai Opera
The sports bar has now launched Huddle Stadium, a dynamic venue in which fans can enjoy fantastic deals while you cheer your team to victory. A bucket of hops and chicken wings for AED159 is just one of many great offers.
Where: Citymax Hotel, Bur Dubai
Contact: +971 50 100 7046
Baker & Spice
A brand-new branch of the popular café brand is now open at The S Hotel near Dubai Miracle Garden. Get scoffing.
Where: Dubai Science Park, Al Barsha South
Contact: +971 4 871 2255
Enjoy a traditional taste of Spain with Paella Thursdays at Fish House in Dubai Festival City. With two choices of paella, which is perfect for sharing, on offer, you can also throw in a jug of sangria to start the weekend in style. If paella doesn’t float your boat, other classic dishes on the menu include lamb shank and lobster linguini. Tapas sides are also available.
When: Thursday 6-11pm
Where: Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City
Expert chefs at Purani Dilli have created a special kebab and biryani menu which you can take advantage of until Wednesday April 10. For the biggest biryani fans, the menu includes flavoursome lamb and prawn options. If they don’t whet your appetite enough, how about tawa machli, chicken tikka or seekh kebabs straight from a red-hot charcoal grill? There are also plenty of vegetarian options.
When: Until Wednesday April 10
Contact: +971 50 211 6816
Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day all week at Beastro by feasting on a selection of specially designed treats. Onion maple syrup grilled cheese, anyone?
When: Until Friday April 12
Where: Barsha Heights
Contact: +971 4 454 4950
Luca Valentini will be launching his new collection “Turn on the Light” at Sconci Art gallery, DIFC, on Monday April 8.
Italian-born but Dubai-based, Valentini is a self-proclaimed perfectionist who describes his work as an “expression of the true nature of the society in which we live today”.
Valentini has previously put on exhibitions across the globe in locations including Los Angeles, Hong Kong and London, receiving widespread acclaim on each occasion.
During the Dubai exhibition, which is scheduled to run for the next three weeks, Valentini will showcase 24 unique works which will be split into two sections, with the first focusing on the reinterpretation of newspaper covers, movie posters and advertisements, while the second is inspired by Valentini’s origins and reinterpreted in a modern way, placing the theme of social acceptance at the centre of his work.
When: April 8-29
Where: Sconci Art Gallery, DIFC
With her life and career heading in the wrong direction, Nico, the former Velvet Underground vocalist, model, actress and all-round star of the Swinging Sixties, is convinced by her manager to embark on a tour to promote her new album. By now approaching 50, living a solitary life in Manchester and struggling with the demons that have been brought on by a troubled life, her main priority is building bridges with her long-lost son many years after he had been taken out of her care. A captivating story that is well worth checking out.
When: Until Wednesday April 10
Where: Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Sharmila Dance Extravaganza
A show featuring both aspiring artists and established stars within the region, the 19th Sharmila Dance Extravaganza takes place on Saturday. Featuring performers of all ages, expect a show for everyone.
When: Saturday April 13
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 440 8888, dubaiopera.com