7 things to do in Dubai this weekend

We’ve got a great line-up of closing parties this weekend, as the season comes to an end. Blue Marlin welcomes Richy Ahmed, Jasper James and Cirillo to the decks, while underground fans can head over to Level 42 at Media One Hotel for Gabriel Floriani. There’s also a play at DUCTAC and a trunk show featuring some seriously cool designers.

Bounce turns the lights off
To celebrate its second birthday, Bounce has a night of hip-hop beats, acrobats and trampoline performers for their epic After Dark party. From AED80 per hour, you can enjoy everything you love about Bounce, from jumping off the walls, flying through the air, shooting hoops with tunes from DJ Kaboo and DJ Nuff and plenty of flashing lights. The event is strictly 14-plus (we won’t tell on you, boy in the corner) and is set to show Bounce’s trampoline successors that this is the place to party.
Where: Al Quoz, Bounce Middle East
When: Thursday, June 2, 

Blue Marlin Season Closing Party
Richy Ahmed, Jasper James and Cirillo are on the line-up for Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE’s final party of the season. The three big names will entertain crowds from 1pm until 11pm, in what is expected to be one of the venues busiest Fridays of the year. Reservations or guestlist is strongly advised.
When: Friday June 3, 1pm-11pm
Where: Ghantoot Al Jazira Hotel, +971 56 113 3400 or email 

Plus-Minus ft. Gabriel Floriani
Underground fans in Dubai won’t need any introduction to Argenitnian DJ Gabriel Floriani, who is now resident in the city. A regular at the Plus-Minus sessions, he has opened for the likes of Nick Warren and James Zabiela. It’s a fitting way to bring another great season from the guys to a close.
When: Friday, June 3
Where: Level 42, Media One Hotel, Media City

Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
The odes to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death are continuing this week with an all-male cast ready to bring Shakesphere’s ridiculous and raucous comedy ‘Merry Wives’ to the stage in Dubai. First published in 1602 the play is comes as light relief to The Bard’s heavier productions like Hamlet and King Lear and comes as an encore to a very successful outdoor theatre run. Sit back and get ready to chortle.
Tickets start at AED100, matinee at 14:30 and evening show at 19:30.
When: Thursday 2 June, Friday 3 June, Saturday 4 June
Where: Kilachand Studio at Ductac, +97143414777, ductac.org

Presents The Parlotones & Step On Live
A rock band that look at least at first glance like a chaotic mix of The Cure’s Robert Smith with loud hints to Green Day and The Hives (lopsided upward gazes, smudged eyeliner with prim suits) and sing with anthem generating intentions and melodic odes to the likes of Interpol and Radiohead, without quite reaching the same shades of intensity. If that sounds interesting, or South African rock is already your thing the four-piece who formed in 1998, will be performing live on The Baggot stage at McGettigan’s, JLT on Thursday. Expect material from their six studio albums and they will be followed by a live DJ set from ‘Step On’ who will take over the decks until very, very late. Entry is AED90 which includes a complimentary pint of the black stuff.
When: Thursday 2 June at 9.30pm
Where: McGettigan’s, JLT, cluster J, +9714 378 0800

Ramadan Trunk Show
After the success of the Spring Summer Boutique ’16 and the Mumbai exhibition, Boulevard One presents an opportunity for all the style hounds of Dubai to release their inner shopaholics (like we haven’t already) just in time for all the Iftar and Sahoor parties come Ramadan. Expect a fantastic designer lineup featuring design talent from Pakistan across ready to wear and accessories.
When: Saturday 4 June, 10am
Where: The Palace Downtown Dubai, +9714 428 7888

Cinema – Me Before You (PG15)
Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You gets the big-screen treatment via first-time director Thea Sharrock. It tells the tale of a recently paralysed and embittered investment banker (Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games fame) who moves to the English countryside to live as a recluse, only to discover, via the delightful form of his caregiver (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), that life might be worth living after all. There’s sufficient prettiness and spark to keep it interesting.
In cinemas from June 2

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