Top Things to Do in the UAE This Week

Rock out at Sandance, check out TECOM's newest club night and snap up Saturday brunch
ByLauren SteadmanThursday , 08 May 2014
Top Things to Do in the UAE This Week
9 May: Hit the beach for Sandance. The UAE’s biggest beach festival is back… and with a typically varied line-up. Headlining are UK electro-pop pioneers Pet Shop Boys. Dance music fans will be catered for by Fatboy Slim and South African act Goldfish, with more mellow sounds coming from indie band Scouting for Girls and Grammy-winning hop-hop act Arrested Development. INFO: 3pm-3am, regular Dhs300, VIP Dhs450, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 055 200 4321, book at FYI Ticketholders for Sandance NYE 2013 will be admitted half-price – for details see

Sat 10 May
Snap Up Saturday Brunch & Beach Combo!
They say you should never swim on a full stomach, but if your perfect weekend involves a combo of brunch and beach, this new Dine and Dip deal could be just for you. After eating at Italian fave Luciano’s, you’ll get pool, spa and beach use for the rest of the day.
INFO: 12.30pm-3pm, every Sat, Dhs400 with soft drinks plus pool and beach pass; Dhs499 with selected free-flowing drinks plus spa, pool and beach access. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, 04 408 4257,

Sat 10 May
Check Out TECOM’s Newest Club Night!

With two new clubs opening within the past six months, TECOM’s definitely on the up, and this underground house music night is the latest event worth checking out. Aptly named Basement, it’ll kick off with a set fusing tech and progressive house from Finnish DJ Cid Ink.
INFO: 10pm-3am, free, Ego Urban Lounge, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites, TECOM, Dubai, 056 228 8411,

Thu 8 May
Dance to Disco in Dubai

Before house music there was disco, and new monthly night Reade St, named after a New York club, aims to revive the best of the era’s classics alongside modern-day interpretations. This month, DJ The Revenge will be hitting the decks to help clubbers step back to the mirror ball years.
INFO: 9pm-3am, Dhs100, Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn Express Internet City Dubai, Al Thuraya St, 04 365 9911,

Until Fri 1 Aug
Travel Back to the Past at the 100 Objects exhibition!

Based on the popular BBC TV series A History of the World in 100 Objects, this intriguing display in Abu Dhabi reveals the amazing stories behind quirky historical artefacts and more modern inventions, from ancient scrolls to a puppet and even a credit card! All are on loan from London’s prestigious British Museum.
INFO: 9am-8pm daily, free, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800,