Things to do This Week
Sat 4 Apr
Dream on with One Direction
It’s been a tough few weeks in the world of 1D, with troubled member Zayn Malik dropping out due to mental health woes and the other lads fearing for the boy band’s future. If you’re one of the lucky One Directioners to have got hold of a ticket – the concert sold out in 22 days – make sure you plan ahead as a humongous 32,500 screaming fans plan to descend upon Dubai’s Sevens Stadium. It’s the UAE’s biggest-ever concert, so to ensure you don’t get caught up in any ensuing chaos, see doneevents.com for travel tips and download the government’s Event’s Security Committee app for iPhone, Android and Windows.
INFO: Gates 4pm for 8pm start, 7he Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Rd, Dubai, 04 809 6605, www.thesevens.ae
Thu 2-Sat 4 Apr
See John Newman & More at Meet D3 – for Free!
Dubai Design District, or d3 for short, is a purpose-built community intended to promote UAE creativity – and this weekend festival is being held to tell the public what it’s all about. British singer John Newman will perform on the Thursday, one of a roster of music acts that also includes hip-hop from Dubai’s Dust Crew and a performance from Mercury Prize-winning musician Talvin Singh. Other highlights include screenings of Dubai documentary Raw Metropolis and street artist Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, the exhibition Evolution of Emirati Dress and a plethora of pop-up cafes and fashion boutiques.
INFO: 6pm-12midnight Thu, John Newman’s set starts at about 9.30pm; 2pm-12midnight Fri-Sat, free, Dubai Design District, 04 433 3000, www.meetd3.com
Fri 10-Sat 11 Apr
Go Star-spotting as you Watch Polo Being Played on the Beach!
Playing ‘the game of kings’ on the sand is a UAE invention that’s since spread to more than 200 countries worldwide. Fast & Furious stars Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson attended Beach Polo Cup last year, and organisers expect “several big names” to be in attendance at this week’s tournament too.
Club Night of the Week
House of Afrika Abu Dhabi
It’s held a weekly residency at Dubai’s Media One Hotel, and now clubbers in the capital can experience this eclectic night showcasing the best of South Africa’s house scene. Expect a melting pot of dance music genres, from tech house to deep Afro soul.
Try iFly Dubai!
Be blown away at iFly Dubai! UAE residents can now experience indoor skydiving for a reduced rate. The iFly Residents’ First Time Flyer Package includes a briefing on posture, safety and flying techniques, followed by a one-on-one practical training session with a professional instructor. They’ll then accompany you inside the adventure centre’s double vertical wind tunnel – its massive fans can blow wind at speeds of up to 300kph!
INFO: Dhs157.50, on production of Emirates ID, UAE driving licence or labour card, usual price Dhs175, offer not valid Fri or national holidays; Mirdif City Centre, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd, Dubai, www.facebook.com/iflydubai
Try Italian Treats at Prego’s!
Prego’s presents a month of regional specialities drawn from Italy’s farthest-flung corners. For starters, Prego’s takes you to the regions of Liguria and Toscana, offering a seafood platter and crispy duck breast on artichokes and asparagus salad, followed by cream of potatoes with sautéed porcini mushroom soup from the Piemont region. For the mains, chef Salvatore Barcellona’s recreated dishes from Campania, Calabria and Sardinia, including stuffed chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, grilled octopus on sautéed Tropea red onion and pan-roasted fresh herbs marinated lamb loin. No Italian meal would be complete without pasta, so sampling the pumpkin cappellacci and orecchiette pasta inspired by recipes from Puglia and Lombardy, is a must. INFO: Media Rotana, Hessa St, Tecom, Dubai, 04 435 0000, www.rotana.com
Brunch of the Week: OKKU Disco Sushi
This Miami Vice-themed party starts at noon with a classy cocktail reception followed by a 12-course bespoke menu of Japanese faves served to your table.
INFO: 12noon-6pm, table service 1.30pm-3pm, Dhs399 with soft drinks, Dhs599 with cocktails, spirits and premium French grape; 04 501 8777, email@example.com
Ladies’ Night of the Week: Sake in the City at Karma Kafé
The Pan-Asian bar has put a Japanese slant on its Tuesday offerings, with women offered three drinks apiece. If the thought of downing sake-based cocktails on a work night doesn’t appeal, you can opt for red or white wine.
INFO: 7pm-3am, deal runs until 9pm, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 04 423 0909, www.karma-kafe.com
Three things to try… This Easter
Until Sat 11 Apr
Explore Abu Dhabi’s Easter Village
With a rabbit-petting zoo, egg hunts, mini tennis and chocolate-themed cookery classes among the activities planned, there’s more than enough to keep the little terrors busy. Adults can relax with pool and beach access, browse food stalls and enter a raffle to win prizes including hotel stays, spa sessions and brunches.
INFO: 9.30am-5pm daily, adults Dhs250, kids Dhs150, North Plaza Beach, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, 02 509 8888, www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi/shangrila
Thu 2-Mon 6 Apr
Sample a three-course Meal at Soul
This New York-inspired restaurant’s serving up a set menu including a choice of two starters, main courses and desserts each. There’s also entertainment on the Thursday and Friday evenings in the form of a jazz and soul singer and a modern jazz saxophonist, respectively.
INFO: 5pm-1am, live music 7pm-11pm Thu-Fri, Dhs225, JBR The Walk, Dubai, 04 449 8888, hotel.jumeirahbeach.FB@moevenpick.com, moevenpick-hotels.com/JumeirahBeach
Sun 5 Apr
Fill up at Imperium’s Easter Lunch
Enjoy a festive lunch on Easter Sunday at this opulent eatery, feasting on an international buffet from live cooking stations including lamb and chocolatey desserts.