Looking to spend a fully-occupied, fun-tastic weekend this summer? We’ve got your inspiration – from comedy shows, poolside fun, bonkers bingo to therapeutic yoga – watch the video then scroll away.
Thursday, 10th August
Give your nightlife a much-needed kick with Bongo Bingo – the phenomenon party that is a hit in the UK and around the globe. The show blends traditional bingo with dance offs, pumping music, audience participation and even magic. For 21+ years and above.
AED 100. 8pm-3am. Media One, Dubai Media City. 04 427 1000. Get tickets.
Wrap up your week with an evening of laughs at the Hangry Hangar. Enjoy some of the funniest guys in UAE for free, while gorging at the resident food trucks. The first 100 customers who spend AED 50 or more at My Mosa will be handed a free Nutella mosa stuffed with chocolatey goodness and vanilla ice-cream. YUM.
Free entry. 8pm-11pm. Hangry Hangar, Warehouse Four. For more information contact 056 758 7729
Have an artistic epiphany at the Citizen E gallery in d3, where all kinds of contemporary art is on show. There’s no charge to visit the work created by new artists, as well as established ones from around the world. Then check out one of these seven cool places to eat at the happening design hub.
Find them on the first floor of building six, Dubai Design District. Daily 6pm-10pm. www.citizene.net
Devour a whopping one metre of pure Italian pizza at this weekend brunch at Andiamo. What’s up for grabs? An unlimited selection of pizza, plus salads and even more exciting, a variety of refreshing beverages to wash down all that flavour.
AED 175, with minimum of two people per table. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, near Dubai Creek. 04 317 2222.
Friday, 11th August
Whether you’re a cat lover or not, this documentary film presented by Cinema Akil about furry felines roaming the streets of Istanbul is a must-see. Titled Kedi, the movie takes a unique look on how cats play an integral role in the community – bringing joy and purpose to the people, while serving as reflection to the society they belong with.
Free. 7.30pm-9pm. Warehouse G59, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. 055 760 9260, cinemaakil.com
Cats make you itchy? Stick around to see Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard star in this 2016 film directed by Eleanor Coppola. The movie titled, Paris Can Wait, follows a Hollywood’s producer wife, who reawakens her senses while on a car trip from Cannes to Paris.
Free. 9.30pm-11pm. Cinema Akil, Warehouse G59, Alserkal Avenue. 055 760 9260.
Sick of the mainstream dance music played at clubs (yes, we’re looking at you Despacito)? The White Noise night will provide escape through tunes that leans toward dark industrial genre: distorted drum machine sounds and beats clouded with suspense. Supplying the sounds are the quartet of Osmosis, Der Abyss, Miya Santa and Neno Mal Vecino.
Free. Complimentary drinks for ladies from 10pm-11pm. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha. 04 399 6699
Fashion Swap Shop is collaborating with food and craft market Ripe, so whether you have to clean out your wardrobe to make space for new or get some great discounts, Times Square is where you need to be. And of course, there will be tons of organic fresh produce on sale so you can finish your week’s shopping.
Free entry. 9am-3pm. Ripe Market, Times Square Center. Find out more.
Dubai Astronomy Group is hoping The Perseids meteor shower will light up the skies this weekend. Join them at Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre for a talk by leader Hasan Al Hariri and you’ll be invited to a secret location the following evening to hopefully see 160-200 meteors an hour dazzle in Earth’s atmosphere.
Saturday, 12th August
Kids are never too young for some serious (but fun) workouts. Sign them up to this Pilates class, which can help develop muscle control and reduce stress – yep, kids get anxious too. Mums can participate in a separate fitness session. Towels, water and fitness mats, are provided, while tea and coffee will be served afterwards.
AED 50. 9.30am-10.30am. Body Language, Al Barari. 04 326 7277, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to hone your jokes with the help of seasoned stage comedians in this two-week workshop running until 26th August. More than just improving the quality of gags, the classes will teach student comics on how to improve their stage presence, timing and delivery. Open to all levels, from aspiring comedians dreaming to hit the stand up circuit soon or veterans wanting to improve their material or get back into the game.
AED 900. 3pm-5pm. One Lake Plaza, JLT. 800 266339, email@example.com.
Spoken word artists get to sharpen their skills over one day, in five stages: watch videos of established performers to gain insights, perform in front of a camera, undergo performance critique and a discursive session to improve style and methods.
Free. 4pm-7pm. Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org