10 ways to absolutely set this whole weekend on fire

Dubai fire twirler

We’re speaking figuratively, of course. And seeing as it’s a metaphor, pour a can of gas on top and dance around it till the embers fizzle out.


Thursday, 11th October

Going Gaga

Lady Gaga

Little Monsters will love eccentric music star Lady Gaga in her first leading role, ‘A Star is Born’, where she plays the protégé of seasoned artist, played by Bradley Cooper. Critics say the pair breathe new life into a Hollywood classic and fans should prepare for a tearjerker with a belting soundtrack.

Cinemas in Dubai from Thursday, 11th October.


Ha ha ha

Paul Tonkinson

That’s one subtitular titter for each hilarious act on the Laughter Factory tour bus this weekend. We’ve got telly-famous Paul Tonkinson, the superb – and possibly funniest German alive – Christian Schlute-Loh and dark comedy supplied by Mick Ferry. The three comedians will be popping up at various spots over the weekend, so catch them near you.

AED 150, refreshment packages available from AED 300. Thursday Movenpick JBR, The Walk. Show begins 9pm. Check the website for scheduling of other shows and buy tickets at www.800tickets.com


Want Xtra Jam on that?


Zero Gravity always turns up when it’s time to get down. This Thursday night, the hallowed decks welcome the UK and Radio One Xtra’s MistaJam, who’ll be whipping the bass cones into a frenzy. Opt in for the Helter Skelter evening brunch featuring a host of carnival games to pass the time before the MistaJam slam.

5pm-3am. Free before 9pm. Men AED 100 after 9pm (ladies free all night). Helter Skelter Brunch 8pm-12am, men AED 325, ladies AED 275. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina. 04 399 0009.


Friday, 12th October

Double b for free


Filipino stars Bamboo and Barbie headline a free concert at Dragon Mart 2 on Friday. Get there early to grab the best spot to hear hits from two of the Philippines’  long-serving musical talents.

Free. Dragon Mart 2, Al Awir Road. Friday, 12th October from 7.30pm.


Blue Sky thinking

Pure Sky Lounge, things to do

Happy birthday, Pure Sky Lounge. The sundowner spot celebrates its fifth birthday with a party. Entry is free and DJ Bachir Salloum is turning up the volume on his trade mark ying/yang mix of progressive house, deep house and shades of tech house.

Entry is free. Friday, from 8pm. 5th floor, Hilton Dubai The Walk. 043 747 888.


It’s ripe

Ripe Market at DFCM (2)

Ripe Market returns to Dubai Festival City Mall this weekend. Fill your kitchen with organic veg from local suppliers and join a free yoga session at 4.30pm, all taking place in the air-conditioned bliss of the mall. Can’t make it? Order online before 3pm and Ripe Organic can now deliver boxes of good-for-you goodness on the same day.

10am-12am. Dubai Festival City Mall. ripeme.com


World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day, things to do

One in five people in the UAE are diagnosed with arthritis and they’re all welcome to a free day of activities and empowerment organised by Middle East Arthritis Foundation. Take part in a yoga session, join expert-led sessions in English and Arabic on nutrition and pain management, have hand and bone density scans and watch a fashion show of arthritic patients and their doctors.

From 8am, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (near Financial Centre Metro). Register at www.arthritis.ae/wad/ or by calling 050 534 3182. 


Saturday, 13th October

Tog out your tots

Baby Bazaar at BurJuman, things to do

Parents could save a packet by shopping for pre-loved kids essentials and maternity wear. Baby Bazaar does the hard work by rounding up second-hand items in excellent condition, like car seats, strollers, baby clothes, maternity clothes, toys, books, and so much more at BurJuman.

10am to 4pm in the mall’s main atrium. www.burjuman.com


Pep-up your footie skills 


City Football Schools (CFS) is coming to Dubai and their first season kicks off on Saturday with free training sessions. CFS is part of the growing world legacy of sporting giants, Manchester City FC and the coaches are all professionally trained experts from the Manchester club. Keen soccer stars can sign up for the new season on the day, learn a few skills and even win a trip to the Etihad Stadium in the UK.

Free. 8.15am-10.30. Ages 3-16. Brighton College Dubai, Al Barsha. 056 538 9501.


Lit chick

Roost roast dinner

There’s not much we wouldn’t do for a good roast dinner out here. And Roost Rotisserie has just launched a duo of delectable Saturday Roost dinners for us to carve into. Choose either beef or chicken, both are pampered with an extensive marinating and preparation ritual and are accompanied by a nesting of nutritious and delicious sides. It also includes a literal twist on Yorkshire Pudding.

AED 85 roast chicken. AED 90 beef. 12pm-11pm. Al Wasl Road and Al Thanya Street junction, Al Manara API 1000 complex.  800 76 678.

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