5 Things to Do in the UAE This Week

See Armin Van Buuren, party with Jay Sean and pick up a bargain!
BySarah Hedley HymersThursday , 19 May 2016
5 Things to Do in the UAE This Week
5 things to do between now and the next Ahlan!
See Armin Van Buuren at Meydan 
Expect four hours of trance combined with pop, jazz, rock and hip-hop at the ‘Armin Only Embrace’. Van Buuren is considered the first DJ in the world to mix trance with different musical styles and his new world tour, which begins on 6 May, will feature the best of the themes from his new album Embrace. The Armin Only Embrace will begin at 8pm with the venue being transformed into a club playing exclusive tracks of Van Buuren, followed by the four-hour long set by the artist himself along with live performances, dance acts and striking visual effects. Artists including Betsy Larkin, Mr Probz, Kensington, Angel Taylor, Eric Vloeimans and Cimo Fränkel will accompany the world-renowned DJ on the tour. INFO: Dhs499 general admission, Dhs650 for Deluxe Area, Dhs1,250 for The Dining Experience, VIP Table Deck bookings can be made on 055 875 9254, vip@envie.ae, 8pm-2am, Meydan, Dubai, 04 314 8222, info@envie.ae, arminonlydubai.com
Brunch While You Still Can!
There are just three Fridays left before Ramadan begins, so book your last-chance brunches fast. There are a few new options on the table: Pierchic’s high-end brunch includes deluxe rickshaw transfers ferrying guests to the restaurant’s pod lounges on the pier where bubbles and oysters will be served before being seated for posh seafood platters, heirloom tomato and burrata salad, foie gras ballotine, and the like. Brunch Upon a Time at Garden, JW Marriott Marquis, is billed as “a late breakfast dedicated to fun, old skool music and food”, with the opportunity to play games such as Monopoly, Uno and Tetris to a soundtrack of vintage hip-hop tracks from DJ Keza. Of the established Friday feasts, we recommend Warehouse’s Hive brunch, which is an outstanding deal at just Dhs259 including house drinks and interesting food stations, from a massive wheel of molten brie and risotto mixed inside a great big boulders of parmesan, to a kebab stand. The service is fabulous too, and the place turns into a party, post-feeding time. INFO: Pierchic brunch, Dhs450-Dhs2,900, 12.30pm-4pm, Madinat Jumeirah, 04 432 3232, restaurants@jumeirah.com; Garden brunch, Dhs185-Dhs385, 1pm-5pm, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, 056 600 8750; Warehouse, Dhs249, 1pm-4pm, Le Meridien Dubai, 04 217 0000, warehouse.lmdubai@lemeridien.com, warehouse-dubai.com
Party with Jay Sean at Cavalli Club
British singer-songwriter Jay Sean debuted in the UK’s Asian Underground scene as a member of the Rishi Rich Project with their chart-topper Dance with You in 2003. He’s now a top-10 solo artist, with Eyes On You and Stolen his biggest hits to-date. He’s a fan of Dubai and back this month to perform his crowd-pleasers at Cavalli Club. INFO: Free before 11pm, Dhs250 after, 8:30pm-3am, The Fairmont Hotel Dubai, 050 991 0400, cavalliclubdubai.com 
Mercury Lounge Presents White Out
Getting a bit hot, isn’t it? How about a club night with a snow machine? Cool, huh? Other attractions at the Mercury Lounge’s White Out party include an illusionist, dancers and DJ Ilona. INFO: from 9pm, Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, 
04 270 7804
Pick Up a Bargain at Abu Dhabi’s Charity Flea Market 
The charity flea market at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi returns this weekend with more curiosities and bargains. Drop by if you want to shop, or book a stall if you want to de-clutter your home. The pre-loved goods on offer range from homeware and electronics to toys and fashion finds, with a jumble of novelties in between. Funds collected from the market will support children’s charities. INFO: Free entry to shoppers, exhibitor tables cost Dhs285, 9am-2pm, Arzanah Ballroom, Sheraton Abu Dhabi; to enquire about a stall contact 02 677 3333, sabine.farah@sheraton.com 


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