We’ve beat the back to work blues, our resolutions are a work in progress, now here are 12 things we’re looking forward to in the start of 2018.
Dubai is on a retro tip…
Bubblegum British pop-band Steps come from the ’90s to Dubai Opera. The five-piece bring their anniversary tour to town for one night only on Friday, 27th April. No discount for knowing all the dance moves to Tragedy, sadly.
Tickets start from AED 275 at www.dubaiopera.com.
Redfest DXB is back! EDM duo The Chainsmokers headline the weekend-long bash at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, which starts on Thursday, 8th February. Also on the line-up are pop star Kesha, American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, returning noughties R&B star Craig David and the masked DJ Marshmello.
AED 395 for single day tickets and from AED 695 for weekend access. www.redfestdxb.com
Seven chart toppers from the 90s and noughties; one evening of fun at Dubai’s Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on Friday, 2nd February. Retro night Remix 92 returns and officially declares cheese o’clock with acts B*Witched, S Club 3, 2 Unlimited, Corona, Black Box, Urban Cookie Collective and Liberty X.
Doors open from 1pm. Tickets from AED 195, at The Irish Village, platinumlist.net and Virgin Megastores.
UK rapper Rag and Bone Man struck gold with his bluesy 2017 hit ‘Human’ and is now on an international tour that includes a date at Dubai Opera. Real name Rory Graham, his distinctive baritone will be booming out on Friday, 23rd March.
Tickets from AED 195 at Dubai Opera. 9pm start.
A few favourites are back...
Quoz Arts Fest brings a gigantic festival of culture to Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz from 26th-27th January. Markets, food trucks are a cert at the sixth edition of this popular event, as are workshops, performances and gallery tours. As usual, there’s no charge to attend.
10am-10pm. Entry is free.
Dubai Food Festival dates are confirmed and we’re hungry just waiting for more details to come out. Celebrate all things edible from 22nd February to 10th March, when highlights will include Dubai Restaurant Week, the Beach Canteen, Taste of Dubai and Hidden Gems of Dubai.
The 10th annual instalment of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature brings the usual assortment of A-list authors, and literary-themed activities and entertainment. Big names at the 10-day event, which starts on 1st March, include children’s author David Walliams; Mohammed Hasan Alwan – winner of the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction – and amazing children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson (her best-seller The Story of Tracey Beaker is a must-read for all ages.)
Lit Fest tickets are on sale now at www.emirateslitfest.com
The largest event of its kind in the region, Middle East Film & Comic Con will prove a haven for lovers of pop/gaming culture and their heroes when it arrives at Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday, 5th April. Already confirmed for the weekend-long happening are Karl Urban, who’s appeared in the Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Thor: Ragnarok. He’ll be joined by original Green Ranger in Power Rangers Jason David Frank, and more TBC.
From 2pm, Thursday 5th April. Day passes from AED 110 and three days for AED 250, from virginmegastore.me
Mall, hotels and more…
Due to open this year, the Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Al Jaddaf will be the biggest in the Arab world, with more than 1.5 million printed books in over eight libraries. It’s even been designed to look like an open book, which is of course the best sort.
Off the coast at JBR, Meeras’ Bluewaters Island is shaping up for completion in 2018. Its centrepiece is 210-metre attraction Ain Dubai, which is set to become the world’s largest Ferris wheel. The island will also have residential, hospitality, shopping and entertainment zones – including 200 retail and dining concepts.
Central Park in the desert is the intriguing concept behind Cityland Mall. As well as boasting six themed pavilions, the 2.2 million square foot development will be home to a sprawling 200,000 sq fr open-air garden created by the team behind Dubai’s Miracle and Butterfly Gardens. It’s slated to open in the second half of 2018.
Overlooking Dubai Water Canal, Grand Millennium Business Bay Hotel won’t just offer canal views. Developers say the under-construction hotel in Al Abraj Street will have seven restaurants. Only one name is confirmed – Mexican rooftop eatery Toca Madera – but Downtown dwellers must be hoping that tenants of Grand Millennium Barsha Heights such as Lucky Voice and Lock, Stock & Barrel are there too when the hotel begins welcoming guests in the second quarter of the year.