7 things to do in Dubai this week
The art-lovers, the foodies, the gig-goers and the cinema buffs are all taken care of this week… And, er, so are people who like being chased by zombies. Yes, that is a thing. Whether you want to get dressed up like a walking monster or check out a new pool bar and relax, we don’t judge.
Swim & Tonic
The recently opened Steigenberger Hotel has a happy hour worth taking advantage of. The pool bar, Swim & Tonic, which features views of the Burj Khalifa, is an idyllic setting for light bites and cocktails. Every day from 5pm until 7pm it’s two-for-one on all beverages.
When: 5pm-7pm daily
Where: Steigenberger Hotel, Swim & Tonic
Gaucho Interactive Cinema
Now this is a concept that’s right up our street. Gaucho are putting on an “interactive cinema” evening, allowing you watch a film while enjoying a menu inspired by what the actors are eating. The movie of choice is The Great Gatsby, so expect dishes that throwback to the upper class 1920s, old sport. AED295 per person including food and select beverages.
When: Sunday April 3, 7pm
Where: Gaucho, DIFC
Exhibition - Machine Hearts by Athier Mousawi
Atheir’s temporary studio in Alserkal Avenue boosts large-scale artworks that attempt to visualise the mechanical heart of an active soldier and asks: what is the unseen core that powers a human killing machine? The art pieces take onlookers on a visual journey through its use of colour and intriguing hidden context. One of the pieces includes arteries and veins that have been entwined with industrial cables and pipes, and steel construction rods puncture soft tissue-like matter, leaving the viewer with doubts about the humanity of the subject.
When: Until 28 May
Where: Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 12
If being chased by zombies sounds like your idea of fun, and you don’t mind paying for the privilege, the Zombie Challenge might be up your street. This week there are three nights of scares, as people pick a side – zombies or survivors. Survivors will work together through a course of physical and psychological obstacles, trying to make it to the end without being ‘infected’. The team of zombies will be transformed by a special effects artist with a mission to ‘infect’ as many humans as possible.
When: April 7, 8 & 9
Where: Wonderland Park, next to Creek Park, dubai.platinumlist.net
Nasimi Sessions featuring Sigma & The Magician
Drum & Bass duo Sigma are taking to the beach this Thursday with their famous number one singles “Nobody to Love” and “Changing”, which features Paloma Faith on vocals. The Magician will also get behind the decks, playing a set of house tunes including some of his famous re-works like Lykke L’s “I follow Rivers” and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”.
When: Thursday April 7
Where: Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, dubai.platinumlist.net
Cinema - 10 Cloverfield Lane (18)
Although this film began life as a script called The Cellar, the rights were bought up and turned into a successor – if not exactly a sequel – to 2008’s Cloverfield. A tense sci-fi-suspense movie, it charts the attempts of Michelle (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to make sense of an underground dungeon in which she finds herself after being “rescued” by John Goodman’s Howard. She has been told the outside air is toxic following a mysterious attack, but is Howard a saviour or a captor?
In cinemas from March 31
Exhibition – Sole presents Lisa Leone
Sole DXB has spun off a special event this week at the same venue, a photography exhibition from iconic photographer Lisa Leone and music from hip-hop act The Beatnuts. It’s a celebration of the life and work of the pioneering Bronx-born hip-hop photographer who has worked with the likes of Moby, Maxwell, TLC and D’Angelo, as well as contributing to British Vogue and Vibe.
The exhibition will showcase some of Lisa’s never-seen-before archive, as well as standout selects from her notorious Here I Am book, along with images captured on her recent trip to Sole DXB in November, 2015.
When: March 22–April 5, www.soledxb.com