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6 things to do in Dubai this weekend



We hate the phrase “there’s something for everyone” but this weekend… there kind of is. Blue are in town (don’t even pretend you don’t know who they are), DUCTAC are putting on Madame Butterfly and He Named Me Malala is on at the cinema. If you’d rather chill out then we recommend the BBQ at Zero Gravity.

Madame Butterfly
One of the most memorable of all Puccini operas, Madame Butterfly is the story of a young geisha in Nagasaki, Japan, who takes her own life after a failed romance. It is a lyrical, melodic melodrama of east colliding with west that has enraptured audiences for over 100 years now. This production features internationally acclaimed, soprano Monica De Rosa McKay in the title role of Cio-Cio San, and tenor Gian Luca Pasolini as naval officer BF Pinkerton. Hosted in association with the Italian Industry and Commerce Office.
When: Thursday November 12
Where: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates,

Celebrate Diwali at Bombay Brasserie
OK, we know that Diwali was on Wednesday, but we just can’t get enough of this place. If you didn’t head out to your favourite Indian restaurant during the week, we recommend you book in for dinner here to make up for it. Head chef Jitin Joshi cooks up stunning contemporary Indian cuisine.
Where: Taj Hotel, Business Bay, +971 4 4383100,

DIY Grilla BBQ at Zero Gravity
This is our new favourite way to spend the weekend. Get a group of mates together and head to the beach for a mammoth BBQ. The Zero Gravity team provide you with all the tools and plenty of food – a platter of cheese and meats to start followed by salmon, steak, burgers, chicken and prawns, all ready to grill. Nominate a chef from your group and have fun cooking it yourself. You also get ice cold drink buckets to keep you going throughout the day, and a fruit platter to finish. Bliss. Prices start at AED733 for groups of two to five people.
When: Call ahead to book.
Where: Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, +971 4 399 0009,

Blue Live
The Brit boy band who burst onto the scene in 2000 with their slick brand of high-pitched pop reformed in 2013 and have been entertaining audiences with their superior shows ever since. Don’t expect too many surprises just energetic and well-choreographed fun from the 30-something quartet.
When: Friday November 13
Where: Emirates Golf Club,

Galleries Night at Al Serkal Avenue
Alserkal Avenue hosts its latest gathering to introduce the new art season in Dubai. It will collect the city’s creative forces to showcase both the key exhibitions of participating galleries and the themes for 2016 and beyond. This year’s programme has been designed to critically examine expanding concepts of community and belonging taking shape in this globalised city. A series of talks, films and workshops that interrogate these concepts have already been announced. Alserkal Avenue is home to 25 creative spaces, nine top contemporary galleries, and a private museum.
When: Saturday November 16
Where: Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz,

Cinema – He Named Me Malala
This documentary gives an insight into Malala Yousafzai’s world, focusing on events that led to the Taliban’s failed attempt on her life. The story shows her use this horrific event to make a difference in the world.
For cinemas and screening times visit our film listings

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