Dubai once again proves it’s a hot-spot on the world music touring map this weekend. With four huge urban A-listers playing at multiple venues, whilst the cream of K-Pop lights up the stage at the Autism Rocks Arena…
…And that’s just the soundtrack to what’s on offer
Thursday, 5th April
Blades of Dory
It’s a scientific fact that the word ‘Disney’ has the same effect on a child’s face as discovering large denomination banknotes scrunched up at the bottom of your pocket. Disney on Ice has come to town with ‘Passport to Adventure.’ It’s a magical theatrical performance and, from Elsa to Minnie, it will be strapping skates on the Kingdom’s biggest stars of past and present.
AED 132. Until the 7th April. Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets and rimes one www.dubai.platinumlist.net
Diddy used to be called Puff?
Diddy is coming – the man whose name is as transient as the Defence Aginst The Dark Arts faculty of Hogwarts. A true global megastar, producer, rapper, actor and fashion designer will be in Dubai for the most fleeting of moments at new brand and brand-new super club Gotha. Oh and rap game buddy and multiple-time collaborator, Ludicris will be adding yet another layer of crunk on to proceedings at the same venue, the following night (Friday).
AED 350 ladies, AED 700 for men. 11pm-3am. Gotha, Radisson Blu, Business Bay. 04 513 9008
Friday, 6th April
Promising Korea in music
The SMTown Live Tour has finally arrived. For fans of K-Pop in The Middle East, this concert is a huge deal, with some of the biggest names of the genre dropping their catchy hooks and impossibly coiffured looks all up in the Autism Rocks Arena for the very first time. Catch the likes of Kangta, BoA, TVXQ!, Girls’ Generation, f(x), EXO, Red Velvet, NCT U, NCT DREAM, TRAX and HENRY – all live and loud.
From AED 375. From 4pm. Autism Rocks Arena, Al Ain Road (allow plenty of time to get there). www.dubai.platinumlist.net
Zero Gravity just keeps on lining up those bangers doesn’t it? Not even a full 24 hours after DJ Paul Van Dyk wraps up his trance set on the Zero G decks, Chase and Status, possibly the biggest Dubstep and Dum and Bass act of the decade, step up to set baseline fire to the dance floor.
Ladies free entry all night. Men free before 8pm, AED 100 after. Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai. 04 399 0009
Dubai’s first and currently only Mexican wrestling-themed restaurant has crafted an appropriately exuberant brunch. Four rounds, totaling 16 differing dishes – are available in unlimited supply over the course of the meal. Expect magnificent latin flavours, carnival atmosphere and infectious rhythms.
AED 295 house beverage package. 12.30pm-4pm. Luchador, Aloft Palm Jumeirah. 04 247 5550
The art of The Game
Ex- G-unit member The Game, is also in Dubai this weekend, performing at, as well as spitting, bars. The rap star will be performing at Drai’s DXB, Dubai’s newest beach-less beach club on Friday, some time around 7pm. Doors open from 12pm.
Tickets AED 100 before 3pm (includes one drink), AED 200 after 3pm (includes one drink). Meydan Racecourse. o52 388 8857
Saturday, 7th April
There is an awesome Spring Social family party happening on Ras Al Khaimah’s beautiful Al Marjan island this weekend. Find beach games, market stalls, family activities, a healthy smattering of food trucks, desert sunshine and the turquoise hues of Al Marjan’s Gulf shores.
Free (parking is also free). 10am-7pm. Pacific, Al Marjan Island. www.facebook.com
All weekend Middle East Film and Comic Convention (Mefcc) will be taking over Dubai World Trade Centre. Thousands of cosplaying, fancy dress-sporting film, comic and video game fanatics will descend on the locale to experience exhibitions filled with a variety of fandom paraphernalia and Q&A sessions with the stars of screen and comic.
AED 140 (one day), AED 300. From 11am, 5th-7th April. DWTC. www.tickets.virginmegastore.me
STK has a new deal to baste your Saturdays in garlic-enhanced medium-rare meaty love. Saturdays Taken Kare Of is a package that almost seems to good to be true: AED 329 per couple (that’s AED 165 each) gets you three drinks each and A seven mini (tapas-esque) course tasting menu (including Dibba Bay Oysters, beef carpaccio, mini burgers, soft shell crab and vanilla creme brule).
AED 329 for two. Between 2pm-7pm. STK rixos Premium Dubai, JBR. 04 323 0061.
Ramp-up your enthusiasm
If you have even a little time to spare for a good cause, you won’t find many better than Wings of Angelz Year of Zayed ramp day. It’s an event that relies on volunteers to spread the awareness of ramp access to businesses within a given area. The evening begins with a quick briefing, followed by two hours of community action and then a social get-together around a dinner table afterwards to share stories with like-minded, socially-responsible, thoroughly good human beings.
Meeting location: Main entrance Of Mercato Mall parking lot, Dubai. 5.30pm. www.facebook.com