Top Five Things to Do in the UAE This Week

Catch Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' gig, dance to Dub Pistols and see some street art in Al Quoz
ByLauren SteadmanThursday , 24 April 2014
Top Five Things to Do in the UAE This Week
They dazzled at the 2014 Grammy Awards, snapping up four of the hottest gongs in rap, and now Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be striding out at the du Arena for their first show in our region! They’ll arrive in Abu Dhabi off the back of one of the biggest international tours of 2013, covering hundreds of thousands of miles at shows all over the world. They’ve built a huge following during this time for their innovation, ideas and lyrics, which go against much of hip-hop’s traditional swagger. The UK’s ‘Godfather of grime’, Wiley, will join the duo onstage. Don’t miss out! INFO: General admission Dhs295, with early entry Dhs395; Golden Circle Dhs495, with early entry Dhs595; Platinum table for 15 guests (21+) Dhs10,000, tickets at and from Virgin Megastore, table bookings on 800 86 823 or at, du Arena, Yas Leisure Drive, Abu Dhabi,

Also Playing with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis...

Rick Ross
The bearded man behind club bangers Aston Martin Music, Hustlin and The Boss, will be making his second trip to the UAE after his Dubai debut in 2013. This is Rick’s first time in Abu Dhabi, and the Teflon Don is rumoured to be bringing a few special guests with him.

He may not be as popular as his old garage music comrade Dizzee Rascal, but Wiley has continued to set the UK charts alight with hits Wearing my Rolex, Take That and Heatwave. He’s landing in the UAE for the very first time so expect a set filled with energy!

Thu 24-Fri 25 Apr 
Sing Along with Dublin Folk Star Damien Dempsey
The famously morose folk star is playing two free gigs at McGettigan’s, where you can expect to hear songs inspired by a number of sombre subjects including substance abuse, pollution and unemployment; his first song to gain airtime was Cardboard City, based on his own experience of homelessness. It’s not all bad news, however – he’s since released a ‘greatest hits’ album, It’s All Good, and toured with U2 and cheery souls Morrissey and Sinéad O’Connor.
INFO: 9pm, Thu 24 Apr, McGettigan’s JLT; 9pm, Fri 25 Apr, McGettigan’s DWTC, both events free,

Thu 24 Apr 
See Street Art in Al Quoz

The All Access Experience fuses art appreciation, music, fashion and food in unusual places. The latest event will showcase the work of respected US graffiti maestros Pose + Revok, who are in Dubai for their debut Middle East show. Among a growing number of street artists who’ve made the transition from ghetto to gallery, they’ve enjoyed considerable success in the US, with sold-out exhibitions in New York, Detroit, Miami and LA.
INFO: 8pm-12midnight, email to confirm attendance, The Mine, Street 8, Warehouse 38, Al Quoz 1 (Exit 43, Al Manara Rd), Dubai,,

Fri 25 Apr 
Dance to Dub Pistols at Barasti

If breakbeats, dub and hip-hop are your thing, catch this genre-busting British act while they’re in town. They’ll be headlining Sugar Beach Party, a regular free music event that’ll take you from brunch to bedtime.
INFO: 11am-3am, Dub Pistols set 6pm, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, 04 399 3333 or 04 318 1313,

Thu 24-Sat 26 Apr 
Catch Comic Phill Jupitus in Whose Line is it Anyway? 
After a sell-out world tour last year, the hugely popular improv show is back in Dubai. Based on the long-running British TV and radio series, it’ll be fronted by funnyman Phill Jupitus. Miss it at your peril.
INFO: 8pm Thu and Fri, 7pm Sat, balcony tickets Dhs170, stalls Dhs200, book at, details at