Yes, weekends are for lying-in. They’re also for blowing you hair back, painting the town red and making life-long memories and that’s just the kind of multi-tasking we major in.
Thursday, 25th April
Para bailar Mo Bamba
The track Mo Bamba, written about basketball legend Mohamed Bamba, was one of 2017’s biggest records and the fire-bar-breathing rapper behind it, Shack Wes, is coming to BASE. Yep, Wes be ballin’ in BASE. The now indisputably ‘super’ club is also letting in ladies for free all night.
AED 150 for gents. 10pm-3am. BASE, Dubai Design District. 055 313 4999
In Louvre with photography?
The Louvre is a short drive up the Sheikh Zayed Road for many of us, but it’s certainly worth the ride. The building’s architecture and permanent exhibits alone make up for the mileage. But opening on Thursday is ‘A World of Exchanges, Photographs 1842 – 1896: An Early Album of the World.’ Featuring some of the oldest known still images of global explorers, it offers a fascinating insight into the period.
Exhibition entrance free. Museum entrance: AED 63 for adults, AED 31.50 for 13-22 year olds and free for those 12 and under. 10am-10pm. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat. 600 56 55 66.
The Laughter Factory is back for its April/May tour this week, teeing off in Arabian Ranches Golf Club. This time we’ve got Daliso Chaponda, a stand-up star who received a Golden Buzzer at Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, the wild and brilliant Canadian comic Dana Alexander and a glut of global gags, from Grecian comedian George Zach.
AED 160. 7.30pm at Arabian Ranches. 9pm Movenpick JBR. www.800tickets.com
Friday, 26th April
There’s a brand new ‘Desi night’ at The Huddle. An we are fully on board. DJ EXON will be whipping the dancefloor into a full-on Bollywood meltdown. There’s the added incentive of special AED 15 drinks being served all night.
Free entry. 12am-3am. The Huddle, Citymax, Bur Dubai. 050 100 7065
Royal wedding parties are so 2018. But royal birthday parties – now there’s a 2019 shindig to get in on. BiCE Ristorante is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s this weekend. The usually Italian-centric kitchen will be swapping out vigorous hand gestures for a stiff upper lip and serving up a royal English spread fit for a queen. Guests are invited to don their formal best (tuxedos and dresses) and raise a glass of bubbles to ‘er Maj.
AED 295 (kids six-12 are AED 100). 12.30pm-4pm. BiCE at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. 04 318 2520.
I heart IKAT
Those intrigued by the centuries old art of IKAT have an opportunity to learn about the elegant textile craft from experts. Shri Rahul Vinayak Salvi is leading the history lesson, with 40 generations of master weavers behind them. Come and discover why passion for this art form has kept it alive for an entire millennium.
AED 150. 2.30pm-6.30pm. Flora Creek Deluxe Hotel Deira. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
The markets are up
Nope, we’re not the Financial Times, but we can assure you that Al Barsha’s flea markets will be up and ready for your investment on Friday. Scour the stalls for your next conversation-starting piece of interior decor, for many hidden treasures lurk between various nic nacs and items of pre-loved paraphernalia.
Free for buyers, stands for sellers AED 290 + VAT. 11am-6pm. Al Barsha Pond Park. www.dubai-fleamarket.com
Gimme Arthur chance
Zero Gravity will be hosting billion-view-boasting smash vocalist, James Arthur live on stage. The British X Factor winner’s banger back catalogue includes ‘Impossible’, ‘Can I Be Him’, ‘Say You Won’t Let Go.’ If he times his performance of ‘Sun Comes Up’ with the sun going down over those glistening Zero G sea views, you my friends, are in for something momentously special.
Saturday, 27th April
Roast with the most
Rounding off the weekend with a roast is a precious ritual for many of us. But it must be done right. Spuds must be fluffy and golden, and sorry to disappoint the beef purists- but Yorkshire puddings go with all meats. May we present to you Riva’s fabulous affair, filled with traditional preparations and a few welcome curveballs (we’re talking prime ribs). Get the kettle on, we’re coming in hot.
AED 85. 6pm-11pm, Saturdays only. Riva, Building 8, The Shoreline، Palm Jumeirah. 04 430 9466.
Born, touches a needle, sleeps, wakes up many years later. The story of Sleeping Beauty as told by somebody without joy. If you like your renditions a little more beautiful, and realised through the medium of exquisite classical dance, you’re in luck. The National Ballet of Ukraine is in town, with a symphony orchestra, and they’ll be performing the ballet version to Tchaikovsky’s moving score.
AED 125. 2pm-4.30pm and 8pm-10.30pm Friday and Saturday. Dubai Opera, Downtown. www.dubaiopera.com
We’re don’t know if festivals were invented in the Caribbean, but they certainly gave it a spiritual home there. Our very own islands, Palm Jumeirah, will be hosting a Caribbean themed carnival this Saturday, CariDubai Weekender. The event will feature over 20 DJs with record bags full of dancehall, affrobeat, reggae, soca and more. There’ll be dance spectaculars, incredible food from the region, live acts and all the fun of a sun-kissed carnival.
AED 125 on the door. 12pm-8pm. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (trunk). 04 455 1111.
Previously in April…
We can’t promise this weekend’s ‘things to do’ will be a completely GOT free zone, but we can guarantee that there’s enough other stuff there for you one per centers to occupy you, should you need a distraction.
Naaaanaanaaaananananaaaaaaa (that’s us singing the Game of Thrones intro, sorry not sorry)
Wednesday, 17th April
Escape the office, grab a beanbag (first come, first served) and settle down for a free film screening. Tonight kids’ classic Kung Fu Panda is showing in DIFC’s Gate Avenue. Nearby restaurants, including Refresh and Caribou Coffee, have deals and special menus for cinephiles who didn’t pack their popcorn for Po.
6pm-8pm. Gate Avenue at DIFC. Free.
Thursday, 18th April
Free al fresco films? Here we go again
Yas Movies in the Park returns to du Arena this weekend. Is it in Dubai? No. Is it worth the super quick road trip? YAS…. access to all starlit screenings is completely free, and there are some cult classics playing out across the three days. Thursday’s line up includes The Incredibles and Jurassic World. On Friday there’s Finding Dory and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, complete with London West End performers singing and dancing live on stage. On Saturday we’ve got Happy Feet and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in addition to an arena full of entertainment and dining options.
Free. VIP tickets available from AED 65. 19th-20th April. du Arena, Yas Island. Register for free at www.yasmovies.ae
Something wicked this way comes
By the pricking of our thumbs – advanced warning that The Courtyard Playhouse will be screening Rufus Norris’ interpretation of Macbeth. Filmed live at London’s National Theatre, this production stars Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff in a Shakespearian tragedy of unchecked ambition and murderous greed.
AED 100. 8pm-11.30pm. The Courtyard Playhouse. www.courtyardplayhouse.com
Island Ice cream
Jelly Belly Ice Cream has opened its latest Dubai outlet on Bluewaters Island. It’s still the same mix of gourmet gelato, freshly cooked waffle cones, ice cream eclairs, vegan-friendly options, indulgent toppings and over 50 different flavoured scoops to choose from, just now with an exclusive island address.
Scoops from AED 17. 10am-12am. Bluewaters. 04 3795178.
Friday, 19th April
Party on the pasture
Groove on the Grass is back for the final show of the season. Don’t expect the sound system to be given any mercy though – this time round the verdant music festival’s headliners will be British drum and bass revivalists, Rudimental who’ll be performing an epic DJ set. They’ll be joined by dance music architect, Bill Patrick, the man behind 808 State. And of course, there’s all the other fun of the festival, capoeira, craft pop-ups, food trucks, yoga seshing and artisan market. We can already feel the love.
From AED 165. 5pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club. www.dubai.platinumlist.net
Cooked from scratch
Catch an evening brunch and a night of vinyl-only Deep Tribe house music at Tribeca this Friday. There are big eats at Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch from 7pm-11pm, followed by Deep Tribe’s big beats, which start at 10pm and are shepherded by Tommy Outside and Ghostproject.
Brunch from AED 225. Deep Tribe entrance is free. Closes 3am. Tribeca, first floor, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 050 345 6067.
Ooh ooh ooh, Dirty South rapper Rich Homie Quan will be the latest in a stellar chain of hip hop maestros to take the stage at BASE Dubai in d3, this weekend. The artist is probably best known for his tracks ‘Type of Way’ and the infectiously rhythmic ‘Flex.’ His club-friendly jump-up style beats make him a great choice for BASE.
Free entry for first 100 ladies (AED 100 after); gents enter for AED 150. 055 313 4999. BASE, Dubai Design District.
Fur-ever homes needed
Four animal loving agencies come together at Reform this weekend to do some paw-some work. Umm Al Quwain Stray Dogs Centre, PARA UAE, Ahmed’s Rescues and 38 Smile all have pooches looking for love. Would-be pet parents can also pick up advice from trainer Mark McFadyen of DOG TAG, The Veterinary Hospital, Furchild dog nutrition, Howl & Growl Pet Boutique and day-care and boarding centre SPOT!
3pm-7pm. Reform Social and Grill. The Lakes Club. 04 454 2638.
Drama from Karama
If a comedy of modern folk in JLT sounds likely to find your funnybone, get yourself to The Junction this weekend. Just Like That sold out on its previous run, so make sure you pick up tickets for performances in Alserkal Avenue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to see a hilarious clash of cultures, shawarma and Karama unfold.
Thursday and Friday, 7.30pm; Saturday 3pm and 7.30pm. The Junction, Alserkal Avenue. Ages seven and up. Tickets AED 100 from dubai.platinumlist.net
Saturday, 20th April
We’re fitness brunch into our schedule
If you’re into fitness, there’s a special one-off brunch at Le Meridien Dubai, especially for you beautiful people. Dig into sublime cuts of lean meat, protein-packed portions of your must-have macros, freshly prepped fish and whole plates full of wholesomeness. It’s a brunch for anyone that wants to let loose at the weekend, but stay looking great.
Packages from AED 149. 1pm-4pm. Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud. 04 217 0000.
Two birthday parties, who do you think you are, the Queen of England? Yep actually, Queen Elizabeth II AKA QE2. The world’s most beloved permanently docked cruise ship is throwing a pair of birthday parties to celebrate HM Elizabeth’s own name day. There’s an unashamedly brilliant British brunch at Lido between 1pm and 4pm, followed by a performance from HM Royal Marines Band from 4pm to sunset. It promises to be victorious, happy and glorious.
Brunch, AED 195 per person including one adult beverage. 1pm-4pm. 04 526 8811.
Run, flow and golden glow
Jog, dance, stretch and generally rhythmically own Saturday with the return of Golden Mile Galleria’s Run & Flo day. There’s a whole programme of free cardio, yoga, meditation and dance activities available, as well as an appearance by handpan artist Anas Alhalabi.
Free. From 5pm. Meeting point – the terrace of Golden Mile Galleria Building 8, adjacent to Al Ittihad Park. www.goldenmilegalleria.com