It’s fair to say that this week has been unusually eggy. And if the weekdays are the egg white, no doubt weekends are the yolk. So whether you plan to enjoy your weekend sunny side up or spend the time scrambled – we’ve got you sautéed.
Thursday 17th January
Came for the comedy, Stade for Tom
Laugh your way into the year with the Laughter Factory’s New Year’s Dissolution Tour. A fresh start brings a trio of comedy greats – hardcore funnyman Tom Stade, Scottish comedian of the year Larry Dean and veteran performer Jojo Smith – and two new venues – TRYP by Wyndham Dubai in Barsha Heights (8pm Thursday) and Al Fujan Club House at the Pavillion Dubai (near Discovery Gardens), as well the usual haunts, all this weekend.
Visit www.thelaughterfactory.com for a full schedule and to buy tickets for AED 150.
Tech house wizard Karam Toubba is appearing at Analog Room this Thursday with a ‘surprise guest artist. We love a mystery almost as much as we love a savage industrial bassline and there are happy hour prices on select drinks (AED 30) until midnight.
AED 100. 10pm-3am. Stereo Arcade, JBR, Dubai. 054 337 7344
Party in the park
Eat, shop and relax at the three-day Winter Fiesta. At Zabeel Park’s Amphitheatre, you’ll find a market, food stalls, face painting, games, free health checks and more. Entry to the huge park, which is Dubai’s biggest, is AED 5, but we know how to get into Zabeel Park for free.
10am-10pm. Thursday, 17th January to Saturday, 19th January.
Friday, 18th January
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is hosting a very special party this weekend. Zoo Project is transplanted straight from Ibiza, where it takes place in an abandoned zoo in the Benimussa Hills. Ravers are invited to embrace their spirit animals, with fancy dress and even fancier face paint. For your audial delectation, Deutsch maestro Steve Bug will be on the decks, buzzing, along with regulars Frederick Stone, Aidin Karami and Michka.
Free entry. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot, Al Jazira Island. 056 113 3400.
In Da Club
50 Cent is undoubtedly one of the biggest names emBLAZEned on the noughties rap hall of fame. He’s the talent behind massive tracks like ‘In Da Club,’ ‘Candy Shop,’ ‘Just a Little Bit,’ and one of hip hop’s most underrated hits ‘Hate it or Love it. He’ll be turnt up, spitting that G-Unit fire LIVE on stage at Dubai super club BASE this weekend. Ch-ch-ch-check out his melodies.
Pricing on door policy TBA, but often operates as ladies – free entry, men AED 150. 10pm-3am. BASE, Dubai Design District. 055 313 4999.
Cinema Akil, Dubai’s first arthouse cinema, takes part in the Reel Palestine Film Festival 2019 with at least two screenings a day of prize-winning and moving films, from animation to documentary. Arrive early to make sure of a seat and enjoy a fantastic cuppa from the singing servers of Project Chaiwala.
Until 26th January. Tickets from AED 52.50. Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. Timings vary – check www.cinemaakil.com
Superstar American chef David Myers is in town this weekend, and he’ll be joining diners at his rural French-inspired restaurant, Bleu Blanc for Friday brunch. He’s here to work on some exciting new menu items for the eatery. We had the pleasure of speaking to Myers last year and not only is he an incredible culinary force, but he’s also a jolly nice chap.
Brunch is AED 399 incl house beverages. 12.30pm-4pm. Bleu Blanc, Renaissance Downtown Hotel. 04 512 5533
The Secret Garden brunch at Flair No. 5 is not a straight-up vegan feast per se. But, it does have a comprehensive offering for both those smashing Veganuary or a more permanent state of plant-based eating. Meatless eats include grilled mushrooms, beetroot sliders, fresh guac, pakoras and mint pesto. There’s also a slick range of blended beverages and a DJ curating the soundscape.
AED 399 including house beverages. Flair No. 5, Podium Level, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC. 04 372 2323.
In need of some post-NYE TLC? The Ghaya Grand Hotel is offering a 60-minute hot stone massage for only AED 199. Upgrade to 90 minutes and it’s still a very reasonable AED 249. The hotel, near Sports City, promises a tranquil spa experience, with a thermal and hydrotherapy steam chamber and sauna, a Jacuzzi and shower rooms open 9am-9pm.
Offer available until the end of January. The Ghaya Grand Hotel, Al Fay Road, IMPZ. To check timings and book, call 04 429 3300.
Atlas something for the kids to do
It’s not just the sales that are lighting up at Burjuman shopping centre during the Dubai Shopping Festival. Oh no, these guys absolutely LOVE a free activation – and DSF is just too good an opportunity to miss. So joining the up to 75 per cent off discounts, is ‘Around the World.’ A cleverly curated collection of interactive games and activities, inspired by landmarks and cultures around the world. They’ve even got VR cricket… OWZAT.
Free. Customers spending AED 200 can also enter a raffle 2-10pm, until 6th February. Burjuman, Bur Dubai.
After brunch at the exceptionally good Bleu Blanc by David Myers, ask for directions to his secret cubbyhole of a hangout. Poppy bar launches hot new Friday night Strictly Turntable with turntablists the Deep Crates Cartel. Spanish-born, Dubai-based DJ Lobito Brigante plays a foot-tapping vinyl mix of funk, disco, reggae and more from 10pm.
Entry is free. 6pm-3am. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay. 04 512 5555.
Saturday, 19th January
Meet Jane Goodall, the world’s leading authority on chimpanzees, at DIFC Conference Centre. The English primatologist and anthropologist will talk about her educational project at an event called ‘Reasons for Hope,’ hosted by the Emirates Literature Foundation. Her pioneering research on wild chimpanzees and battle against illegal wildlife trade are on the agenda and a book signing follows.
From 4pm. DIFC Conference Centre, DIFC. Tickets are available for AED 75 from www.elfdubai.org
Walk on the wild side
Take in all aspects of wildlife with an exhibition in The Sustainable City. Off Al Qudra Road, incredible photos by Dr Harold Vanderschmidt bring colour to the debate on animal conservation. Find them at Beitfann, a community art studio devoted to experimenting with recycled materials, where kids can try wildlife drawing and African drumming. A farmers’ market completes the vibe.
Free. 9am-9pm. The Sustainable City, near Arabian Ranches 2. Wildlife drawing workshop: 12pm-6pm. African Drumming Workshop: 2pm-3pm. 04 347 5955.
The waterfront promenade of The Dubai Mall is the place to be for the next week or so, as 22 performers from around the world entertain us with more than 500 live shows. From a French hip hop and break-dancing crew to breath-taking stunts on a static trapeze, you have until 19th January to catch everything Street Fest has to throw, flip and tumble at us.
Until 19th January. The Dubai Mall. Download a full schedule here.
Earlier this month:
Thursday, 10th January
Time for a chuckle?
Laugh your way into the year with the Laughter Factory’s New Year’s Dissolution Tour. A fresh start brings a trio of comedy greats – hardcore funnyman Tom Stade, Scottish comedian of the year Larry Dean and veteran performer Jojo Smith – and two new venues – TRYP by Wyndham Dubai in Barsha Heights and Al Fujan Club House at the Pavillion Dubai (near Discovery Gardens), as well the usual haunts, all this weekend and next.
Visit www.thelaughterfactory.com for a full schedule and to buy tickets.
Still WOW-ing us
Outdoor extravaganza #WOWJBR moves into a new theme for January. From this weekend, explore your creative side as the beachside destination fills with caricaturists, speed painters and roaming graffiti brought to life. The soul-loving, 70s-channelling one-man-band Jindi is performing too.
Timings: 7pm onwards Thursday and 4pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. Entry is free. Keep an eye on what’s coming up at www.instagram.com/jbr_official/
Friday, 11th January
The DSF rages on this weekend with big discounts in hundreds of retail outlets across Dubai. But it’s not just slashed prices vying for your attention – as we’ve mentioned before Spongebob will be hanging out at Dubai Marina Mall – where as Mall of the Emirates becomes a temporary camp for Masha and the Bear – in Marsha’s World. MOE also has a Transformers Gaming Station with an exclusive PlayStation interactive game. Autobots – roll out.
Free. Transformers Gaming Zone 10am-12am. Marsha’s World shows and activities from 1pm-10pm. Mall of the Emirates. 04 409 9000.
The high life
See accomplished kite fliers and a colourful array of kites at the beautiful green space of Creek Park for the annual Kite Festival. Entry to the festival is free and you can hire kites to fly (for a “reasonable price”). Clowns, music, stalls selling a range of Indian food and Mumbai DJs Mr Kips and Mrs Kimi complete what’s sure to be a fun day.
9am-6pm. Park admission AED 5. Creek Park, Umm Hurair. Kite Festival Facebook event page.
Tee your Friday evening up with beautiful terrace views over Business Bay, a slamming BBQ buffet full of precision grilled grub AND unlimited house beverages for AED 299. The Urban BBQ takes place in one of our favourite Business Bay spots, recently given a graffiti makeover by t.ra.amy and Mawaheb.
AED 299. 4pm-8pm. The Backyard, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay. 050 213 5816
Where all our house music people at? Gather the whistle crew and head directly to Tribeca on Friday for a sick night of smooth grooves. Artists Space K and Milko Moustache, have already won a place in our hearts for their excellent choices in DJ name but dancefloor rumour has it they’ve got a record bag full of beat seeking bangers they want to share with you.
Free entry. Select beverages AED 25 until 8pm. Deep Tribe event 11pm-3am. First floor, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 050 345 6067.
On Friday, hear the soulful voice of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as he tackles his wide trademark mix of devotional qawwalis, Arabic poetry ghazals, classical music and Bollywood numbers. You might recognise his sound from collaboration with American rockers Pearl Jam and appearances on Hollywood soundtracks including Dead Man Walking and Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. As usual, your ticket price covers admission to the gig.
Exit 37 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. Tickets from AED 15. Open 4pm-12am (1am Thursday/Friday). www.globalvillage.ae
Oshi such a good deal
A Japanese meal for AED 50? Yes, if you dine at Sumo Sushi & Bento in Silicon Oasis. Menus include a soup, appetiser, salad and main course and shake up regularly. Choose from fresh treats including crabstick salad, iced tea and sushi rolls while the limited edition deal is running.
Daily 11am-11pm. Ground Floor, Le Solarium Building, Dubai Silicon Oasis. 04 526 0774.
Saturday, 12th January
It’s a laughter-filled weekend as the ninth annual Comedyfest returns to McGettigan’s JLT. The line-up is as Irish as Taytos and the black stuff, which we’re sure will be well supped. Danny O’Brien, Karl Spain, Deidre O’Kane and Colm O’Regan are on stage Thursday and Friday, with the metaphorical curtain rising at 9pm.
Doors 7pm. Tickets are AED 50, which includes a free beverage before 10pm. Lobby Level, Bonnington Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lake Towers. 04 3780 800.
It’s still in the group stages, but the action in the AFC Asian Cup is beginning to heat up. On Saturday Lebanon will be taking on Saudi Arabia in a highly charged battle of local footballing talent, at Al Maktoum Stadium. Saudi’s team will be tough to break down, strengthened by their adventures in the last World Cup.
Tickets from as little as AED 25. 8pm kick off. Al Maktoum Stadium, oud Metha. www.ticketmaster.ae
Beef bistro at La Promenade, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre is remixed, refreshed and relaunched. Thankfully though, the outlet formerly known as M’s Grill, is still serving up choice cuts at un-miss-steak-ably good value.
12.30pm-11pm. M’s Grill, Le Meridien Dubai, Airport Road. 04 702 2455.
It’s slime time! Kids will love having gunky, messy fun at the Meliã Desert Palm Slime Party. Slime used at the supervised party is safe and while they’re having fun, parents can make the most of the Saturday Pool BBQ at Epicure, starting from AED 245 per person. Kids can also order from their own menu of finger food treats, with pizza, min chocolate cakes, popcorn and more.
12.30pm-2.30pm. Epicure Lounge, Meliã Desert Palm. AED 100 per child. Call 04 602 9303.
Tons of dogs in Dubai need new homes. Meet some of them at DogWalk in Al Quoz today. A foster and adoption day is taking place at the pet sitting service from 1pm-3pm. All the dogs are from UAQ Stray Dogs Centre, so could you make them stray no more?
DogWalk, Warehouse 1, Street 4, Al Quoz 4. 1pm-3pm. Entry is free. Adoption fees may apply. Contact Benita or Julie for more information on 050 457 0057/056 329 0052.