7 things to do in Dubai this week
Sunday may signal the start of the working week, but there’s no need to feel down – this week is set to be a corker. House music fans will be in their element as Axwell takes to the decks at Provocateur, while American friends have feasts aplenty to celebrate Thanksgiving. And there’s a whole lot of cinema and brunching to do in between.
Solo Bistronomia Genius Loci
Genius Loci runs on Tuesdays after 6pm, offering a range of five cheese and house grapes, selected by their expert sommelier, for just AED120. With a deal like that, this one should definitely be on your to-do-list.
Where: Raffles Hotel, +971 4 370 8999, www.solodubai.ae
Toko Ladies Night
Gone are the days when ladies night offers were exclusive to cheap grape. Toko gives the girls a generous four cocktails and 30 percent off food. The ‘izakaya-style’ restaurant in Downtown Dubai is an ideal Wednesday after work hangout. When the weather gets cooler, there’s a fantastic terrace to drink in the views.
Where: Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
When: Wednesday, 6pm to 10pm, +971 4 442 8383, www.toko-dubai.com
Cinema - The 33
In 2010, when an old Chilean mine collapsed trapping 33 miners inside – the world held its breath for 69 days, prayed for the safe return of all the men buried over 200 hundred stories underground. Starring Antonio Banderas, James Brolin and Gabriel Byrne, The 33 documents the incredible, life-affirming struggle of both the brave souls trapped in the mine’s depths, and the families who refused to give up on them – offering a coruscating look at what went on behind the headlines. For extra authenticity, the film was shot in Chile’s Atacama desert, only meters from where the whole event took place. Watch the trailer, we challenge you not to well-up… let alone the film.
For cinemas and screening times visit our film listings.
Thanksgiving at Ruth’s Chris
Considering there isn’t a particularly sizeable American contingent in the region, it’s solid testament to the UAE’s welcoming disposition that so many restaurants here continue to serve up special Thanksgiving menus to cater for our transatlantic friends. American steakhouse Ruth’s Chris is putting on a holiday feast includes a three-course menu with seared jumbo scallops, a whole roasted turkey and sweet potato casserole. As authentic as it gets.
When: Thursday November 26
Where: Ruth’s Chris, The Address Dubai Marina
Axwell at Provocateur
For dance music fans, Axwell needs no introduction. But even those who aren’t ardent EDM listeners will probably know of him as one third of the now defunct super-group Swedish House Mafia. Although he’s one of the world’s most famous DJs, away from the limelight the list of artists he’s worked with is varied, having produced tracks for the likes of Flo Rida and written for more surprising names like Cyndi Lauper. He’s one of the music industry’s go-to guys, lending his skills to official remixes of popular songs such as Usher’s “Burn” and Dirty South’s “Sweet Disposition”. Check out our interview here.
When: Thursday November 26
Brunch at Na3Na3
Na3Na3 puts on an impressive spread for Friday brunch. The restaurant is a dream for seafood lovers, with stations full of freshly shucked oysters, pan-seared scallops, and the chef’s signature seafood paella. With impressive Burj Khalifa views and a post-brunch happy hour at nearby bar Cabana until 6pm, this is the ultimate Friday brunch destination.
When: Fridays, 12.30 to 4pm
Where: Na3Na3, The Address Dubai Mall
Breakfast at Fraiche Café & Bistro
Aiming to offer “a democratic fine-dining experience”, which we tried to explain in Issue 3, there’s no denying Fraiche’s experimental approach to breakfast yields great rewards. Maryland Eggs Benedict, which comes atop a crab cake, is worth treating your tastebuds to, as is “Breakfast Surprise,” which consists of poached eggs with pastrami on hot French toast, topped with a zingy basil and lime hollandaise. The menu may be avant-garde, but the down-to-earth setting is laid back and casual.
Where: JLT, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 369 7821