10 Things To Do in the UAE this Week

From reliving the nineties at Mixtape Rewind, to seeing We are the Champions and singing along to Texas
BySarah SwainSunday , 19 January 2014
10 Things To Do in the UAE this Week
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Sing Along to Texas Thu 23 Jan The band will mark their 25th anniversary with their first ever UAE gig, at Dubai’s Irish Village. About time, we say! The band, led by glam frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri, will run through their hits including I Don’t Want a Lover, Halo, Inner Smile and Say What You Want. Here are five fast facts about the band… 1 Their name was inspired by the 1984 movie Paris, Texas. In fact, they hail not from the Wild West but from Scotland. 2 The band was founded by Johnny McElhone, who used to be in the group Altered Images, best known for their hit Happy Birthday. 3 As well as a solo career, lead singer Sharleen Spiteri has lined up an alternative job as a TV talent show judge. She offered her advice on British X Factor-style show Must be the Music. 4 Sharleen used to date Bob Dylan’s son Jakob, frontman of LA band The Wallflowers. 5 She used to be a hairdresser in Glasgow, and still uses her crimping skills on her family, including daughter Misty Kyd. INFO: Dhs175, Thu 23 Jan, 9pm, Irish Village, Dubai, 800 4669, www.timeouttickets.com

Relive the Nineties at MiXTAPE rewind
Fri 17 Jan
Hop aboard the Vengabus – the Vengaboys are coming! The Europop group behind sing-along hits such as Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!, We’re Going to Ibiza and We Like to Party are among the acts at this Nineties throwback gig, returning to town for the second year. We caught up with Robin Pors from the Dutch ensemble, who’ll share the bill with fellow retro pop faves Dr. Alban, Snap, N-Trance and Boney M.

You sang about Ibiza, but what’s your fave holiday destination?
Dubai! It’s one of my favourite cities in the world. We decided to stay in Dubai for a few days after the show! Us Vengas are always up for a place where you can hang out on the beach, soak in the sun and party ’til dawn. 

Will you be coming by Vengabus?
We left the Vengabus safely in El Segundo. We are coming with Venga Airways this time!

You’re known for your crazy outfits. What will you wear in Dubai?
It’s gonna be glitter all over the place. We’ve had new outfits made especially for the show in Dubai.

What can we expect from the show?
High energy and uplifting craziness!

We hear you wrote a song with showbiz guru Perez Hilton?
We met him backstage during a Kylie Minogue show in Vegas. It was so much fun that we asked him to join us in our video in 2010. He is so funny!

We hear there’s a Venga baby?
Yes, Kim gave birth on 29 October to Joveyn, a gorgeous little boy.

INFO: Dhs295 (advance), Dhs350 (door), 6pm-1.30am, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, 04 457 0336, www.facebook.com/SundanceLIVE‎ or timeouttickets.com

See We are the Champions
Thu 16-Sat 18 Jan

Fancy seeing Michael Jackson, Elton John, Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury and Pink all on one bill? Well, you can at epic show We Are the Champions, being dubbed ‘the tribute of all tributes’. Danny Goodman, a dead ringer for MJ, will sing some of the King of Pop’s best loved songs, including Billie Jean, and Bad, while Tina Turner impersonator Samantha Tirivacho will belt out hits like Proud Mary. Pop maestro Elton John, or rather someone who looks just like him, will bring some Crocodile Rock to the stage. Completing the line-up are sound-alikes of Freddie Mercury and Pink. With a cast of 10 and a band flying in from South Africa, we expect a highly entertaining night.
INFO: 8pm (Thu-Fri), 8pm (Sat), Dhs250 (stalls), Dhs250 (balcony), Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 800 4669, www.timeouttickets.com

Watch an epic smackdown at the American Wrestling Show
Thu 16 Jan
This event, branded “the wildest wrestling show ever” will see big names Chris Masters, Carlito, MVO, Vampiro and Chavo Guerrero flying in to take on a series of bouts in Dubai. They’ll include the ‘ladder match’, which sees contestants battle for a prize belt placed high above the ring, fighting off their opponents at the same time. All we can say is we’re glad we’ll be on the other side of the ropes.
INFO: Dhs225, 9pm, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.facebook.com/americanwrestlinginDubai

Take a Spin at a Dubai Brunch
Fri 17 Jan

Want to switch up your brunch experience for the new year? What about trying one in a restaurant that moves? The city’s only revolving restaurant, Al Dawaar at the Hyatt Regency Dubai, has just launched a bubbly brunch every Friday. Snack on sushi, ribs, baked fish, seafood and desserts, all while gazing at the ever-changing view.
INFO: Dhs450 (bubbly), Dhs275 (house drinks), Dhs225 (soft drinks), 12.30pm-4pm, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira, 04 317 2222, www.facebook.com/HyattRegencyDubai

PLUS

Learn to Paint
Sat 18, Sun 19, Tue 21 & Wed 22 Jan
Artist Susan Thomson is brings her expertise to this plant-themed workshop. Don’t worry if you can’t wield a paintbrush, though – it’s open to aspiring artists of all abilities!
INFO: Dhs350 (including materials), Majlis Gallery, Al Fahedi historic neighbourhood, near the Ruler’s Court, Bur Dubai, 04 353 6233, www.themajlisgallery.com

Enjoy a sizzling new steak night
Mon 15 Jan
Reform Social and Grill has launched a steak and vino night every Monday. Any steak ordered after 5pm comes with a free half-bottle of vino.
INFO: Steaks start at Dhs155, The Lakes, Emirates Living District, 04 454 2 638, www.reformsocialgrill.ae

Dress Up for Golf & win a holiday
Thu 16-Sun 19 Jan
Not only do ladies get in free to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on 17 January, the best dressed will win a trip to Bangkok!
INFO: Dhs50 (daily), Dhs150 (four-day pass), Abu Dhabi Golf Club, www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com

Do Family Brunch
Fri 17 Jan
Abu Dhabi’s Shangri-La Hotel has added new activities to occupy the kids, including a bouncy castle and face painting.
INFO: Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs285 (including house drinks), 02 509 8555, www.shangri-la.com

Go Downtown for a barbecue
Fri 17 Jan
Cabana at The Address Downtown Dubai has fired-up the barbecue for an outdoor brunch.
INFO: Dhs335 (house drinks), Dhs225 (soft drinks), 12.30pm-4pm 04 888 3444, www.theaddress.com

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