Things to Do in the UAE This Week

See Paolo Nutini, Justin Moorhouse, Lisa Maffia and The X Files' Gillian Anderson
ByLauren SteadmanThursday , 09 April 2015
Things to Do in the UAE This Week

Fri 10 Apr
See Paolo Nutini in Dubai Media City!
The Scottish singer-songwriter is performing fresh from his mega-successful UK arena tour and a sold-out stint in Australia and New Zealand. Fans can expect the 28-year-old, deemed “Our best male soul singer this century” by the UK’s Daily Telegraph, to perform tracks from last year’s Caustic Love as well as from previous triumphs These Streets and Sunny Side Up.

INFO: Doors 6pm, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Early Bird tickets (limited quantity) Dhs295, Regular Standing Dhs350, Grandstand Seating Dhs450, Golden Circle Dhs500, VIP Dhs900,

Fri 10-Mon 13 Apr
Pick up the Latest Trends at Style Extravaganza Fashion Forward
Aiming to be the Middle East’s definitive platform for all things fashion, this biannual event is crammed with parties, talks, pop-up shops and catwalk presentations from top regional designers. Turn to page 38 for the Ahlan! lowdown on this showcase of all things sartorial.

INFO: Various locations including Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 432 7844,,

Thu 9-Thu 16 Apr
Catch Top British Stand-up Justin Moorhouse
He’s a regular on British TV, having made his name in cult comedy series Phoenix Nights, and now Justin Moorhouse is coming back to Dubai following a sell-out stint here in 2012. He’ll be supported by rising star Carl Donnelly.

INFO: 9pm Thu 9-Fri 10 Apr, Mövenpick JBR. 8pm Wed 15 Apr, McGettigan’s JLT. 9pm Thu 16 Apr, Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM. 8pm Fri 17 Apr, Societe, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina. Tickets for all venues Dhs140, 800 4669 or 04 444 3459,

Thu 9 Apr
Club Night of the Week Glitch
This underground techno night’s been offering clubbers something different for the past half-decade. Join its fifth birthday party to find out why it’s still so popular – you’ll get glow sticks and face paint on the door.

INFO: 10pm-3am free for women, Dhs100 for men, The Basement, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM, Dubai, 050 695 3797,

Thu 9-Sat 11 Feb
Meet Gillian Anderson, Karl Urban and William Shatner at Comic Con
The Middle East’s largest festival devoted to popular culture is back in Dubai – and it’s bigger and better than ever. The X Files’ Gillian Anderson and Star Trek’s William Shatner and Keith Urban are among the names jetting in for this year’s Comic Con, crammed with talks, screenings and merchandise related to film, TV, music, animation, gaming, comics and more. 

INFO: 4pm-9pm (10am-9pm with VIP tickets) Thu 9 Apr, 12noon-10pm Fri 10-Sat 11 Apr. Day pass, Fri or Sat only, Dhs100 advance/Dhs130 on door, weekend pass Dhs180/Dhs220, three-day pass Dhs250/Dhs300, VIP pass Dhs500/Dhs600. Dubai World Trade Centre, buy at or from Virgin Megastore across the UAE

Every Fri
Brunch of the Week
Big Apple Brunch at Tr!beca
The cuisine has Mediterranean and American influences at this newish organic restaurant, and with the launch of this New York-inspired lazy late brunch, you have one more reason to check it out. The drinks include organic vino, said to result in marginally less hellish hangovers.

INFO: 2pm-6pm, Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs349 with house drinks, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR The Walk, Dubai, 050 345 6067,,

Every Thu
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Women Crush Thursdays
Put on your highest heels, slip on a dress and dance the night away as you sip on free drinks until 1am. There must be worse ways to end the week.

INFO: 10pm-3am, free, People by Crystal Dubai, Raffles Dubai, Wafi complex, Al Rashid Rd, Oud Metha, 050 297 2097 

Fri 10 Apr
See Lisa Maffia, Romeo and Shola Ama at Garage Nation
The major British club night is back for its bimonthly stint in Dubai. It’ll be headlined by So Solid Crew’s Romeo and Lisa Maffia, who’ll perform chart hit 21 Seconds, while you can also catch garage pioneers Matt Jam Lamont and MC CKP, singer Shola Ama and a one-hour set from Oxide & Neutrino.

INFO: 9pm-3am, Early Bird tickets Dhs120, for Platinum and VIP table packages call 055 924 6496, Level 41, Media One Hotel, Al Falak St, Dubai Media City, book at, details at

Sun 12-Sat 18 Apr
3 Places to… Celebrate Songkran
April’s always been a special month in Thailand, with the country’s traditional New Year celebrated with the throwing and sprinkling of water. Food plays a major role in the festivities, with meat, seafood and veg adorned with exotic carved fruit – try these three celebrations to find out what it’s all about…

1. Songkran Splash Pool Party at Breeze
The 23rd-floor bar is getting into the spirit with a package offering food, shisha, pool access, raffle draws and water games, as well as Thai-style entertainment.

INFO: 5pm, Thu 9 Apr, Dhs145 with soft drinks, Dhs250 with unlimited house drinks, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Muroor St, 02 698 8137,,

2. Mango Tree
Savour a set menu that includes rice noodle rolls, chicken and ginger Thai curry, and yoghurt and honey fondue for dessert, all set against the backdrop of the Dubai Fountains.

INFO: 12.30pm-11.30pm Sun 12-Tue 14 Apr, Dhs275, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 04 426 7313,,

3. Sukhothai Specials
Chef Supachai has created a very special menu with traditional and speciality Thai dishes at this opulent restaurant, which is decorated with intricate wooden carvings for a touch of authenticity.

INFO: 7pm-11.45pm Fri 10-Sat 18 Apr, unlimited food and drink, Dhs199, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, 04 217 0000,

Fri 1 May

The singer, songwriter and producer is set to appear at the fifth edition of dance music beach party Nasimi Sessions. One of the UK’s biggest male artists, Example will perform hits including Say Nothing, Changed the Way You Kiss Me and We’ll be Back for You Again.

INFO: 5pm, free entry for women before 7pm, early bird tickets Dhs100 at Virgin Megastore branches across the UAE and at, Dhs150 on door, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai,

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