8 things to in Dubai this weekend
It’s an exciting weekend for those who like to party, with One Big Friday at Zero Gravity bringing over Oliver Heldens to headline the 12-hour event. Over at Blue Marlin Nu, &ME and Joseph Capriati will play the day-to-night beach gathering, and Saturday brings a massive boat party with decks manned by the likes of ShortList favourites Jixo & Danz. If you’d rather something slightly more relaxed we’ve got two new brunch options – and those of you who’d prefer a challenge this weekend can sign up to Dubai Desert Road Run.
Dubai Desert Road Run
The famous road race is back for another outing. It comprises of a 10km race for those aged 14 years and above, a 3km junior race for ages between six and 18, and a 3km fun run. If you want to wait until the sun becomes the main obstacle, the next race is on June 4.
When: Saturday, April 16
Where: Al Ain Road, www.dubairunning.com
Sharmila Dance Extravaganza
The Sharmila Dance School was set up in Dubai in 1999 by Indian-born dancer and choreographer Sharmila Kamte. Every year for the past 15 years more than 200 of its 700 students put on a gala show, which acts both as a billboard for the school and also an important showcase for the emerging talent it produces. Expect hip-hop, ballet and jazz.
When: April 15-16
Where: Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org
Cocktail Kitchen Vinyl Brunch
For a chilled out brunch packed with throwback motown and funk tunes, the Vinyl Brunch at Cocktail Kitchen has it covered. The best part of this brunch is that you can actually bring your own vinyl and share a few songs. Food is served as an all-inclusive a la carte menu and the dress code is smart casual. AED345 including house beverages and AED195 with soft drinks.
When: 1-4pm, Fridays
Where: Cocktail Kitchen, Cluster P, JLT, +971 568280727
Prime68 1920s Brunch
For a throwback to a slightly earlier decade, check out Prime68’s Friday brunch, which launches this weekend. Live jazz music will transport you back to the 1920s, and the selection of premium Butcher’s cuts will ensure you don’t leave hungry. All of this with impressive views stretching from Downtown to the Burj Al Arab. AED275 with soft drinks, AED450 with house beverages, AED550 with sparkling and AED650 with premium sparkling.
When: Fridays, 12.30-3.45
Where: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
One Big Friday
Oliver Heldens will be spinning his mega-hits like “Gecko” and the best soul and disco-funk tunes from the 1970s and 80s. In short? Expect to hear lots of powerful, groovy and uplifting tunes at Zero Gravity this weekend.
When: Friday, April 15, 3pm-3am
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
You simply must not miss this lineup! ShortList favourites Jixo & Danz will be sharing the stage with Nu, &ME and Joseph Capriati. Expect lots of quality tunes in an upbeat, friendly vibe.
When: Friday, April 15
Where: Golden Tulip, Ghantoot
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale has received its boldest reimagining yet with an impressive chunk of Hollywood firepower – including Christopher Walken, Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson – adding their weight. The role of Mowgli, though, falls on the young shoulders of debutant Neel Sethi, who does a stellar job as the child protagonist. He also plays the only flesh-and-blood character on screen. Retaining the original plot, Elf director Jon Favreau has ensured it is also a visual treat.
In cinemas from April 14
Offshore Sunset Sessions Volume 2
A unique boat party experience that will sail at 3pm on Saturday for an unforgettable four hours of house music with Michka, Jixo & Danz and Mario Bazouri. Capacity limited to 250 revellers.
When: Saturday, April 16
Where: Pier 7 Marina – and then the Arabian Gulf, +971 507663753