This weekend is already looking hot, but we’ve got a gallon of Dubai Week hot sauce to pour on top and really give it the kick it deserves.
Wednesday, 12th June
1975 reasons why
The next big act to perform at Dubai’s Coca Cola Arena has been announced. The 1975 will be bringing their festival head-lining live act to the emirate, for a stand-alone performance on the 14th August. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 5pm and are expected to sell fast, so if you want to see their pop rock smash hits ‘Chocolate’; ‘Somebody Else’; ‘Love It If We Made It’ and ‘Girls,’ get flexing those ‘add to basket’ trigger fingers.
Keep your eyes on the Burj Khalifa tonight for a real thriller from Manila. Watch The world’s tallest tower lights up in the colours of Pambansang Watawat, Philippine’s national flag from 9.40pm. Spanning 32,467 square metres, the LED display is the world’s biggest and has captivated watchers of all nationalities since it switched on in 2016.
Free. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. 9.40pm.
Thursday, 13th June
Cricket on a Reel-y big screen
Wanna see those important wickets on a big screen? Like a really really big screen? Select Reel Cinemas are screening ICC Cricket World matches throughout the tournament. It caught our interest when we realised this included dine-in theatres. SIX! Orders of Guy Fieri trash can nachos please. Take advantage of the giant screen and huge flavours this Thursday when India take on New Zealand.
Tickets from AED 75. At The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk, Al Ghurair Centre, Jebel Ali Recreation Club and The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah until 14th July. Book tickets at www.reelcinemas.ae.
So Farzi, so good
Farzi Cafe, ‘the modern spice bistro,’ just opened a second location – the second floor of Mall of the Emirates, near Vox cinema. The menu is filled with clever and tasty Indian fusion dishes like the Amritsari ‘Fish n Chips’ which comes with Chukki Peas Hummus, Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie and Indian-spiced seared Wagyu. It’s a dining experience that we’re assured, delivers illusion and grandeur.
Mains from around AED 40. Second floor of Mall of the Emirates, near Vox. Saturday-Wednesday, 11am-11pm. Thursday-Friday, 11am-12.30am. 04 335 9539.
Friday, 14th June
XPark Jr. is an outdoor adventure park designed specifically for pint-sized pioneers, and they’ve got an excellent way to beat the heat this Friday. The ‘Water Fun Festival’ adds slip n’ slides, foam guns, water balloons, super soakers, soap bubbles and buckets of water to a beautiful, activity-filled green space.
AED 80 for two hours (one child and one adult), including all water activities and snacks from Park House Café. 8am-12pm. XPark Jr, Kite Beach (next door to XPark). 054 582 5561.
June’s Laughter Factory tour puts another great range of stand-up on stage. Alfie Brown is a young British stand-up with an impressive TV show resume. ‘King of Slapstick’, Greg Morton has been the opening comic for several global artists’ stadium tours. Then there’s Fern Brady – a Guardian journalist, wit wizard and hilarious addition to the UK comedy circuit.
AED160. 9pm. Grand Millennium Barsha Heights. Tickets www.thelaughterfactory.com
It’s your birthday and you’ll brunch if you want to
June babes get a birthday brunch on BiCE. The Italian eatery is offering one complimentary brunch for any Friday in June, when you flash your Emirates ID or passport (nope, a bunch of birthday cards will not do). Packages usually start from AED 250 with soft drinks and include beach and pool access, so it’s a real birthday bargain.
Fridays during June, 12.30pm-4pm. BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. For bookings, call 04 318 2520.
Saturday, 15th June
Water great deal
Laguna Waterpark is launching an annual pass. There’s weekday access for as little as AED 249, and AED 399 for weekends too. A whole year of adrenalin thrill flumes, temperature controlled pools, swim-up juice bar, lazy river, surf simulators, kids and toddlers splash zones – that price is certainly in the shallow end of what you might expect.
Single entry from AED 125. Annual passes from AED 249. 10am-6pm. Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Jumeirah 1. 800 637 227.
Sprint ‘n’ shop
Ibn Battuta is staging an Indoor Fun Run for the whole family with the help of RaceME. It all kicks off 8.30am with a pre-race warm-up from Fitness First. Don’t wanna pull those hammies before you get to browse the bargains. Participants will race along tracks of either 2.5km or 5km through China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and Andalusia (courts). Runners. walkers and wheelers all get a 25 per cent discount on selected brands from the mall’s branch of Dynamic Sports.
Free. 8.30am. China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall. register www.raceme.ae/battutarun
Tipid sulit! Kabayans get a cut-price day out at Dubai Parks and Resorts. The three-part theme park has gone crazy in honour of the 121st Philippine Independence Day, welcoming Kabayans with AED 39 admission when they book online. That’s entry to Motiongate Dubai, the region’s largest immersive Hollywood-inspired theme park, Bollywood Parks and Legoland Dubai.
ID must be shown. Until 15th June. Motiongate, Dubai Parks & Resorts. www.motiongatedubai.com