To keep your social engine running smoothly, you need to service it routinely and fill it with premium input. So lift up the hood and pour in the very best things to do this weekend.
Thursday, 11th April
This is the last call for tickets to see veteran British comic, Al Murray AKA The Pub Landlord, performing live onstage at the Dubai Opera. Murray’s intellect and polished performances make for a thrilling character-driven ride across a variety of subjects. Brexit almost certainly being one of them.
From AED 150. 7.55pm-10pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. www.dubaiopera.com
Yoganna love this
Finish the working week in a state of bliss with a totally free yoga session on the grass at Dubai Studio City. Neighbourhood gym optimalFITNESS is offering complimentary outdoor yoga classes, in collaboration with the freezone, every Thursday during April.
Every Thursday in April. 5.30pm-6.30pm. Dubai Studio City Amphitheatre. Free to attend.
A song of eggs and flour
Just in time for the premiere of the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones (April 14th), Sugarmoo, The Hatchery and Deliveroo have a launched a trio of limited edition ‘Dragon Egg’ cakes. The hand painted easter eggs come in three different flavours, Fire (red velvet and Oreo), Ice (chocolate peppermint), and Nature (carrot cake). As Rhaegar always used to say, the dragon must have three heads.
AED 118 for three eggs. Available from The Hatchery on the Deliveroo app.
Brie-live or not, burger chain McDonald’s has launched a cheese festival. Until 6th May, you add nacho cheese sauce to any item on the menu for AED 2, or for free, between 1pm to 2pm every Wednesday. If you have grater plans than that, the Double Jalapeno Cheese Melt burger (AED 25 for a regular meal) or chilli cheese fries (AED 12) are almost too gouda to be true.
Until 6th May. McDonald’s around the UAE. www.mcdelivery.ae
Friday, 12th April
The fast and the glorious
If you live your life a quarter mile at a time, you’re in for a treat with the 10 day automotive spectacular, City Overdrive, returning to City Walk this weekend. Check out 80 modified and rare collections of cars, bikes and trucks. For hands on fun, there’s a pedal race circuit, an RC race circuit and at weekends a room for virtual car racing. And remember, it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile, winning is winning.
Free. City Walk, Al Safa Street to Al Mustaqbal Street, Jumeirah. 800 637227.
Vishu where here
Where are all our Malayalam friends at? There are BIG Vishu celebrations happening at Bollywood Parks. Expect celebrity guests (Manju Warrier and Shamna Kasim), dance spectaculars (Thaikkudam Bridge), playback singers (Srinivas, Akhila Anand and Abhijith P S Nair), a tug of war, traditional food, treasure hunting, and a painting competition just for kids.
AED 49 – or free for annual pass holders. 1pm-10pm. Bollywood Parks, Dubai Parks and Resorts. 800 262 9464.
Market this date
Last chance to shop from local farmers at Dubai Farmers’ Market on the Terrace. Find them in Bay Avenue, Business Bay, where you can stock up on veggies, fruit, eggs, honey and more, from 8am-1pm. Remember, they get to keep all of the profits, prices are much lower than the supermarket and parking is free for two hours – what a veggie good deal!
Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay. 8am-1pm Friday and Saturday. Entry is free. 04 427 9856. facebook.com/TheFarmersMarketOnTheTerrace
No business like show jumping
The Emirates Longines Show Jumping League is heading into its final three weeks, and this week’s action will be held in Sharjah. Both adults and children, advanced and novice riders will be competing for a prize purse of AED 140,000. It’s free to spectate and the stands are air conditioned, so well worth the short road trip up to the northern emirate.
Free. Thursday, April 11th from 2.30pm onward and Friday, April 12th from 1.30pm onwards. Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club Arena. 02 666 1800.
Saturday, 13th April
Claws for thought
How about NOÉPE? Saturdays are lobster bake days, where guests are invited to feast upon a seemingly endless conveyor of the luxurious langoustes. Please indulge us while we channel a little Bubba ‘there’s fried lobster, lobster ceviche, boiled lobster, lobster rolls, lobster burger…’
AED 295 soft drink package, AED 395 house beverage package. 12.30pm–4pm. NOÉPE, The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai. 04 602 1234.
You want frescos with that?
Shake Shack is already a well known stop in flavour town, but it appears they’ve also branched out in the art world too. The stores in The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, JBR, Souk Al Bahar and Dubai International Airport have all sprouted some neat new ink on their sleeves, with wall-mounted murals curated by Samira Saliba of ArtPaintingLAB. The featured artists include Dina Sami, Khalid Mezaina, Maria Iqbal, Max Laurence, Melvin San Miguel and Reem Al Mazrouei.
Burgers from AED 30. Locations across Dubai.
All geek to us
The seventh annual Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre for a joyful celebration of the finest elements of geekdom and pop culture. For a weekend packed with celebrity meet and greet opportunities, collectables, professional cosplayers, art, celebrity Q&A panels and e-sport tournaments, there is simply only one place to be. This year’s line-up is not limited to, but includes, Shazam! Man, Zachary Levi; Game of Thrones (very) bad man and consummate sausage wobbler, Iwan Rheon; Arrow’s Katie Cassidy; Luke Cage’s Mike Coulter; The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand and Avenger’s Benedict Wong.
MEFCC 2019 takes place from 11th-13th April at Dubai World Trade Centre. Thursday: 2pm-10pm, Friday: 12pm-10pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm. Tickets are available at Platinumlist and Virgin Megastores. From AED 115.
Previously in April…
April traditionally showers us with sunshine, lets us fool around for a day and even allows some of us a spring break. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help you roll it in some glitter.
Thursday, 4th April
Work of artists
The fifth season of World Art Dubai is coming to the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) this weekend. It’s a huge four-day celebration of international talent, with galleries displaying more than 3,000 inspiring pieces, available to peruse and purchase. We’re looking forward to the ‘Taking Art Beyond Walls’ element, which features emerging urban artists with works on sale from as little as AED 370. There are also opportunities to get interactive with the exhibition’s workshops and artist-led talks.
AED 25 for the day. DWTC’s Sheikh Saeed Halls 2 and 3. 1pm-9pm from Thursday 4th-Saturday 6th April. www.800tickets.com
From Thursday, ‘Art Meets Water’ at The Beach by Meeras brings 14 days of aqua-themed fun. There’ll be drumming workshops, daring ‘bubble’ acrobats and an arts hub for kids to get creative in. If you’re reluctant to cut off from the virtual world, the interactive Virtual Reality gaming zone, in The Courtyard next to Laduree, is where you’ll want to head.
Thursday, 4th April-Saturday, 20th April. The Beach, Jumeirah. Entry to most activations is free. Minimum AED 200 spend for the VR gaming zone, which is open 10am-10pm daily. Full schedule at www.thebeach.ae
Friday, 5th April
No kitten around
Kittysnip is an organisation that’s been set up to rehouse abandoned cats from around Dubai. They’re holding an adoption day on Friday and it is the purrrfect way to find a forever feline – one that’s been fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, for just a small adoption fee. With no hidden contract claws.
11am-6pm. Dubai Garden Centre (Sheikh Zayed Road Exit 40), Al Quoz. www.facebook.com/Kittysnipadoptiondxb
WASLA going on here?
Celebrate “alternative Arabism” with an eclectic line-up of Middle Eastern and North African musicians. Names like Massar Egbari, El Morabba3, Cairokee, 47Soul and Mashrou’ Leila will share a soulful stage, celebrating diversity at an event that derives its name from an Arab word used to describe a link or connection. You can also join The Facebook x Blank Canvas Community to paint along the walls of a human-sized maze.
Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. 10am-midnight. Tickets from AED 195 at www.ticketmasteruae.ae
A date for the princess diary
You don’t get too many ladies’ nights on a Friday, so it’s always refreshing when a new one starts up. Bubbles Bar at Novotel Al Barsha’s Princess Night won’t guarantee you meet your prince, charming or otherwise, but they can promise courtly treatment. The fairer gender gets free-flowing cocktails from 8pm-11pm, EDM bangers courtesy of the resident DJ, and the possibility of winning amazing prizes.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Bubbles Bar, Novotel Al Barsha, SZR.04 304 9000.
On a roll
New club Mantis lures us in with a Friday feast of bottomless house bevvies and sushi. No Limits Fridays also takes place on Wednesdays, but it’s tonight that you can enjoy all of the above with a soundtrack of hip hop, commercial, old school, Latin and afrobeat.
AED 199 per person. Mantis, Podium Level, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC. Every Wednesday and Friday, 10.30pm-1am. 058 892 2488.
A side of British music
An American party with British music is the best of both worlds. At Perry & Blackwelder’s day-long celebration this weekend, there’s entertainers, craft brews, games, BBQ stations and P&B’s famous nachos and wings. Kids can join the party with a bouncy castle, tepees and face painting booth.
Drinks from AED 40. Food from AED 30 per serving. Friday and Saturday, 2pm-2am. Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road. 04 432 3232.
Potterheads, free movie alert!
Catch Harry Potter-Philosopher’s Stone on the big screen at the swanky Dubai Design District this Friday. The show is free for all, so gear up to Expelliarmus the screening with some loud cheers for the trio as they battle their way through Hogwarts. This is one experience that will not obliviate from your memory, especially if you try one of the d3’s many excellent places to eat afterwards.
Free. From 6pm. Outdoor between Buildings 9 and 10, Dubai Design District.
Saturday, 6th April
Ripe for exercise
It’s not just artisanal honey and covetable boutique craftwork, there’s a bunch of fun fitness stuff happening at the Ripe Market this weekend. You can run wild with a parkour sesh on Friday from 2pm-4pm and on Saturday at 9.30am there’s a free yoga class. Saturday’s market will also have an extended opening, to accommodate Music Under the Stars, with live moonlit acoustic sets to see your weekend off right.
AED 5 entry fee. 9am-9pm. Dubai Police Academy Park, Umm Suqeim. 04 315 7000.
Saturday, 6th April
Meat sweat free
Treat your tastebuds to a roast dinner with a difference this weekend. Dubai Vegan Days and Rove Healthcare City team up to bring you meat and dairy free ‘vrunch.’ Unlimited salad starters pave the plant-powered way for a Wellington nut roast and heaps of mushroom gravy.
11.30am-3.30pm. AED 99 adults and AED 49 children. Rove Healthcare City, Oud Metha Road. 04 561 9200.
Springtime in Sharjah
Al Montazah Parks in Sharjah is the place to be this weekend, with a colourful ‘Toy Soldiers’ show and parade, and the sure-to-be-hilarious ‘Funny Orchestra & LOL Dolls.’ If you miss this one, there’s entertainment every weekend now up until 12th April. Entry to the newly-refurbished park, where entry is AED 30 for adults and free for kids under 80 centimetres.
From 5pm, Friday and Saturday. Al Montazah Parks, Flag Island on Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah. Open 10am-10pm daily. online.almontazah.ae