10 Things to do This Week
Sat 28 Mar
See Horses, Hats & Kylie at Dubai World Cup!
Whether or not horse racing’s your thing, there’s no doubt that this action-packed day of fashion, fizz and fillies is Dubai society’s ultimate red-letter day. Throw pint-sized megastar Kylie Minogue into the mix and you have all the ingredients for a memorable occasion that combines everything the UAE does best. Only race ticket-holders get into the post-race concert to hear the Aussie perform some of her many hits, from I Should be So Lucky to Spinning Around. The Grammy-winning singer said: “Growing up in Melbourne, horse racing is a major and exciting part of our annual calendar, so to be able to bring my show to the Dubai World Cup is something I’m very much looking forward to. It will certainly be an unforgettable experience.”
INFO: Gates 12noon, races start 4pm, concert starts at about 10pm. General admission Dhs25 advance only, not available on day, call 04 327 2110 for details; Apron Views Dhs450, includes admission and concert entry; The Gallery Dhs1,500, includes selected drinks, afternoon tea and gourmet dinner snacks; Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Rd, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai; 04 327 2110; tickets, maps and directions at www.dubaiworldcup.com
Watch out for…
Jaguar Style Stakes sees fashionistas fight for titles including Best Dressed Lady, Longines Most Elegant Lady and Most Creative Hat. If you think you’ve got what it takes, fill in a registration form at Meydan’s Apron Views arena.
Fri 27 Mar
Get Down to Groove Armada on The Palm!
British DJ duo Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have achieved worldwide chart success since forming Groove Armada in 1996. Head down to Eden Beach Club’s Eden Black night to shake your stuff to surefire floor-fillers such as I See You Baby and the Grammy-nominated Superstylin’.
INFO: 5pm, free, venue opens 10am-12midnight, for VIP tables call 055 277 1477, Eden Beach Club, next to Rixos The Palm, West Crescent, The Palm Dubai, 04 277 1477, email@example.com
Swing in JLT!
If Michael Bublé’s concert has left you wishing you’d been born in the Big Band era, put your dancing shoes on and hop down to Jazz@PizzaExpress. The Swing Revue offers jazz and dance band tunes, harmony singing and even swing dance lessons before everyone jumps onstage to throw shapes from one of the classiest eras in modern history.
INFO: 8.30pm-1am, free, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 04 441 6342, pizzaexpressuae.com/jazzpizzaexpress
Fri 27 Mar
Fancy a Bounce after Dark?
The latest craze at indoor trampoline park Bounce is a party like no other. Bounce After Dark sees the fantastically fun Al Quoz centre shake to DJ sets from Music by Abs, who’ll play feel-good vibes, up-tempo beats and pumping tunes, followed by house music maestro Smokingroove! Lasers and LED lights will be thrown in for good measure.
INFO: 8pm-12midnight, Dhs80 per hour, add Dhs125 for VIP entry, which includes food, drinks and a private party room for two hours; ages 14 and above, booking recommended, 32 St 4B, behind ACE Hardware on Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 321 1400, www.bounce.ae/afterdark
Thu 26 Mar
Party with Sandy Rivera
One of the most highly regarded producers of his genre, Sandy’s the man behind party anthem Finally. This set from the US house music stalwart is definitely a diary date for club kids.
Thu 26 Mar
Hear Rick Ross
Best known for breakout track Hustlin’, the notorious rapper is sure to draw a crowd when he appears at Business Bay’s flash VIP Room.
INFO: 9pm-3am, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Business Bay, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org required, VIP reservations on 052 881 8888 or via email@example.com; www.viproom-dubai.com
Thu 26 Mar
Catch a Coldplay Tribute Act in Abu Dhabi!
Fans of Chris Martin and co have taken their love to a new level by forming the tribute act Coldplace. They’ve played shows around the globe for the past nine years and now they’re rocking up in the capital to share their renditions of Yellow, In My Place, and the like.
INFO: 7.30pm-12.30am, Dhs100, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, 19th St, Al Mushrif, 02 445 9600, book at www.platinumlist.net
Brunch of the Week: Fun Family Brunch
This kid-friendly affair features a clown, magician and face painting among its activities, as well as a separate children’s buffet. Grown-ups can feast on global cuisine while chilling out to the sounds of the lively Colombian band.
INFO: 12.30pm-4pm, Dhs204 with soft drinks, Dhs275 with house drinks, all prices subject to 10 per cent service charge and six per cent tax, Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, 02 508 0555, firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Night of the Week: Revival at People by Crystal Abu Dhabi
Revel in Eighties and Nineties nostalgia mashed up by Radio 1’s DJ Saif. Female cabin crew are treated to free drinks all night, while their male colleagues get a 40 per cent discount.
INFO: 11pm-4am, The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 050 826 9698, www.facebook.com/PeoplebyCrystalAbuDhabi
Ladies’ Night of the Week and Lounge
For bubbly-fuelled frolics, head to this Dubai Marina bar, where girls get three free flutes of fine French fizz. With whole bottles of Laurent Perrier going for just Dhs250, the only decision you and your mates will need to make is, bottle or glass?
INFO: 6pm-3am, ground floor, The Address Dubai Marina, Sheikh Zayed Rd, 04 551 9698, www.facebook.com/andlounge
Sat 9 May
He’s conquered Hollywood with roles in Gladiator, The Mummy and SATC2, and now the British-Iranian actor and comic is coming back to Dubai. Omid’s unpronounceable show Iranalamadingdong was a sell-out on London’s West End and sees him ponder overcoming his fears, ageing, relationships and the pitfalls of celebrity.
INFO: 7pm, balcony tickets Dhs195, regular tickets Dhs295, premium tickets Dhs495, MusicHall Dubai, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Dubai, 056 270 8670, book at www.platinumlist.net