6 things to do in Dubai this week
Gitex shopper is underway, so if you’re looking to pick up a new smartphone, tablet, TV, or even a coffee machine, this is the place to go. Elsewhere in the city there are ladies nights to attend, cinema to see (including an incredible new fine-dining cinema by a celebrity chef) and something to keep the art enthusiasts happy.
Time to loosen those purse strings people, because the Middle East’s largest consumer electronics and IT show is back. And as it’s also the exhibition’s 25th anniversary, we’re expecting a plethora of product deals to boot. If it’s got a microchip, a battery, a screen or a keypad, chances are there will be a discount of varying degrees for buyers to enjoy, from some of the most recognised names in electronics and lifestyle products. For the cash-strapped, it’s worth noting that there’s AED3 million worth of prizes being given away as well, from 40-inch HD TVs to 4x4 cars. All you have to do is stump up AED30 for a ticket to get involved.
When: From Saturday October 3 to 10
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, www.gitexshopperdubai.com
Cinema – Black Mass
Based on a true story, Black Mass is about the most violent criminal in Boston’s history, Whitey Bulger. As the Mafia start to encroach on Whitey’s business, he teams up with the FBI, becoming an informant in order to rid South Boston of the Mafia’s hold.
For screening times and cinemas visit our film listings.
Madame Butterfly at China Grill
What: One of Dubai’s most generous ladies night offerings, China Grill gives the girls free drinks all night, including bubbles. If you decide to eat (and let's be honest, with a drink offer like that, you should), you’ll also get 50 percent off food. The venue often hosts pop-up shops on ladies night, with brands like InSeller showing their collection of second hand designer wears.
Where: China Grill, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
When: Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 12pm
Details: +9714 511 7333, www.chinagrilldubai.com
Visit VOX Theatre by Rhodes
VOX THEATRE by Rhodes is Gary Rhodes’ new fine-dining cinema concept. Already an established UAE restaurateur, not to mention one of the original “celebrity” chefs, the British kitchen king is now applying his Michelin-starred skills to the region’s first high-end gastronomic theatre experience. He explains to ShortList why we should be ditching our popcorn in favour of his superior cinema-seat offerings.
When: Visit website for screening times.
Where: Mall of the Emirates, uae.voxcinemas.com
Middle Eastern Talks at The Empty Quarter
Take a journey through Middle Eastern Culture. This September The Empty Quarter will be revealing its latest collection of unseen photographs, unknown places and traditional stories originating from the Middle East. Amongst the mixed artists, Al Moutasim Al Maskery portrays the story of Omani tribes migrating from the desert towards the coastline during July and August every year, whilst Issa Salah Al Kindy captures the magical process by which Omani Rose water is made from petals, following an ancient tradition. Now that we’re in the new season, this is the perfect time to immerse ourselves back into the culture of our residing region and be captivated in its beauty.
When: September 15 to November 5
Where: The Empty Quarter, DIFC, www.theemptyquarter.com
First opened: 1987
Popular for nearly 30 years now, Miyako opened in 1987. It owes much to Head chef Takeshi Sato’s tight reins on Japanese tradition and many have hailed the Teppanyaki “the best in town”. The décor feels clean and modern with a Tatami room, Teppanyaki tables with communal seating and a sushi Bar.
When: Contact restaurant for opening times.
Where: Hyatt Regency hotel, Bur Dubai, +971 4 317 2222, Dubai.regency.hyatt.com