Things to Do in the UAE This Week
Sat 18 Apr
Catch R‘n’B Star Eric Bellinger at People by Crystal
The Grammy-winning artist is the latest name to take to the stage at People by Crystal for its popular urban night, 411. It’ll be Eric’s first time in Dubai, and the Los Angeles native, the grandson of Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day, has collaborated on hits for Chris Brown, Usher, Selena Gomez and (cough) Justin Bieber, as well as penning and performing his own material with his Born II Sing mix tape series.
INFO: 11pm-3am, free, People by Crystal Dubai, Raffles Dubai, near Wafi complex, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha, 050 297 2097
Sat 18 Apr
Hear from Inspirational Women at BOLDtalks
From a powerful talk by a cancer survivor to the bravery of an investigative journalist who documented life under Taliban rule, this annual event is renowned for giving extraordinary women from all over the world a platform on which to share their stories. The programme includes a matinée performance of the play Rest Upon the Wind, which has come to Dubai direct from London’s West End.
Thu 23 Apr
Club Night of the Week: Bob Sinclar at Cavalli Club
The man who brought disco back into vogue with hits such as World, Hold On and Love Generation is coming back to Dubai, and these days he’s throwing elements of reggae and dance hall into the mix as well as funk and hip-hop.
Every Fri: Brunch of the Week
Brunch-elicious at Avec
Remember a time when ‘brunch’ didn’t involve high heels or hangovers? If you’d rather start the weekend chilling and reading the papers, Avec offers five hours of food, tea and coffee, plus books and mags to browse as you fill up on British, Arabic and Continental breakfast fare.
INFO: 11am-4pm, Dhs95 with soft and hot drinks, kids dine for Dhs50, Aurora Tower (Al Thuraya Tower 2), Al Falak St, Dubai Media City, 04 430 3700, www.facebook.com/avecdubai
Sat 18 Apr
Party at Piknic électronik!
The family-friendly music fest is back, with artists confirmed so far including My Favorite Robot, Manik, Arcade 82, Toyboys and Josephine De Retour. New this time are water activities to help visitors beat the heat, and there’ll be plenty of healthy food on offer alongside burgers. Adults aged 21 and up will get wristbands giving them access to kid-free zones as well as to the bar.
INFO: 3pm-11pm, Dhs130 advance, Dhs150 on door, Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City, piknicelectronik.com/en
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Girls get a buy-one-get-one-free deal from the Japanese restaurant’s Let’s Roll sushi menu – choose your own ingredients, dressing and garnish, then watch the staff rustle it up! If you’re cutting down on carbs, try the rice-free options made with salmon or tuna.
Sat 18-Wed 22 Apr
Pick Up Some Pictures at Part With Your Art!
This new concept enables you to buy preloved artworks for a fraction of the original price, all within the sociable, informal atmosphere of a bar.
INFO: 4pm-7pm, Iris Dubai, The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay, 056 951 1442, 04 444 1444, www.add-mind.com/iris.html
Sun 19 Apr
See Dance Music Maestro Roger Sanchez!
Grammy award-winner Roger Sanchez rose from humble beginnings in New York to work with some of the biggest names in pop. Michael Jackson, Madonna and Alicia Keys are some of the many stars he’s worked with, making this a must-do for dance music fans.
INFO: 10pm-3am, free, reservations required for tables, Provocateur Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, 04 343 8411, 055 211 8222, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.provocateurdubai.com
Social Monday at Andreea’s
Fill up on fine-dining cuisine in a lively atmosphere at this popular night, when conservative conventions of fine-dining restaurants are tossed aside. Dishes are drawn from a number of culinary traditions including French and Italian, with truffle risotto, seafood spaghetti and beef tartare among the treats in store. A DJ will get diners on their feet later on.
INFO: 8pm-1am, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, 050 502 8666, www.andreeas.ae
Fri 17 Apr
Try Toast Sanza Festival
SANZA stands for South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and you can celebrate the cultures of all three countries at this event aimed at bringing expats a little taste of home. There’ll be a DJ, bands, games and pop-up shops, plus culinary treats from bush tucker to boerewors.
Fri 15-Tue 26 May
Take a Short Course in Interior Design at Chelsea College of Art Dubai
Budding interior designers can gain practical skills and technical know-how with a short course from Chelsea College of Arts in Dubai. The UAE outpost of the prestigious London art school is holding a number of sessions on topics such as sketching, interior lighting and furniture design, 3D modelling software and even business skills for creatives.