Things to Do in the UAE This Week
Sat 25 Apr
See Robbie Williams in Abu Dhabi!
The ex-Take Thatter is stopping off in the capital as part of his Let Me Entertain You world tour, bringing hits including Angel, Millennium and No Regrets to the UAE for the first time. Fans can catch him a day earlier than originally planned, as Robbie dramatically changed the date of the show just a few weeks ago. He stated: “Hello Abu Dhabi, Robbie Williams here with a public announcement,” he said. “I have decided that I don’t like Sundays any more and I much prefer Saturdays, so I’m not going to ruin your working week by performing on a Sunday, I am going to perform on your weekend, which is Saturday, the 25th of April.” The singer signed off with: “Many thanks. Best wishes to you all.”
INFO: Village doors 6pm, venue doors 7pm, general admission Dhs395, early entry Dhs495, VIP Platform Dhs695, Inner Pit Dhs895, Inner Pit early entry Dhs995, Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 86 823, buy from Virgin Megastore branches across the UAE or at ticketmaster.ae
Thu 23 Apr
Catch Comic Jason Byrne at McGettigan’s!
The Dublin-born funnyman headlined last year’s McGettigan’s ComedyFest and is returning to the Irish pub’s JLT branch for more high jinks. A familiar face on Irish TV, Jason’s known for shows featuring plenty of audience participation with often- mortifying outcomes, so if you don’t want to become the star of the show, you’d better sit near the back.
Thu 23 Apr
See French Montana at VIP Room
It’s been a good couple of months for rap fans in Dubai, and it’s about to get better. After his Formula 1 performance in November last year, French Montana is heading back to Dubai to perform at VIP Room’s On Air night. With his relationship with Khloé K back on and the two spending loads of time together, fans will be crossing fingers for a surprise Kardashian appearance too. Whatever the case, it’s bound to be an epic performance.
Club Night of the Week
Defected in the House
More than half a million partygoers attend Defected events each year, and Pacha Ibiza Dubai’s next in line to honour the globally known dance music brand. After a three-hour barbecue brunch, you can hear the label’s DJs including Simon Dunmore, Sonny Fodera and Shovell.
Fri 24 Apr
Dance the Can-Can at a Moulin Rouge Party!
Terrace bar Mercury Lounge is offering a flamboyant soirée inspired by the legendary Paris cabaret club, which inspired the 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. It wouldn’t be the Moulin Rouge without burlesque, cabaret or, of course, the can-can, so strap those stilettos on tight. Ooh la la!
INFO: 7pm-2am, free, table reservation may be necessary, Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Jumeirah 2, near Jumeirah Beach Park, Dubai, 04 270 7777, www.mercurydubai.com/FourSeasons
The first in a series of day-to-night music festivals, it boasts an impressive inaugural line-up, with superstar producer Mark Ronson headlining. Best known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, he’s behind recent smash hit Uptown Funk, plus Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven. Other acts including BBC fave Danny Howard, Sweden’s John Dahlbäck and electronic music maestro Nightmares on Wax.
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Madame Butterfly Fashion Tuesdays
Spread your wings and check out this new midweek offering at China Grill Dubai. Girls get free-flowing vino, spirits and bubbles, plus 50 per cent off their food bill as long as they’re not eating with men – time to banish the boyfriend! There’ll be pop-up shops each week, selling fashion, accessories and homeware from local and international brands.
Fri 24 Apr
Celebrate South Africa Freedom Day with DJ Kent at House of Afrika
Check out the Soweto-born DJ while enjoying special deals on some of the country’s best-known tipples including Savanna, Amarula and Klippies. Fellow countrymen Carl Chaka, Just Lance and Che will warm up the decks with deep Afro house, tech house and soul. South African Freedom Day commemorates the country’s first post-apartheid elections, held on 27 April 1994, in which Nelson Mandela swept to victory to become the country’s first black Prime Minister and President.
Brunch of the Week
Café Rouge Saturday Brunch
The UK’s fave French bistro has arrived in the UAE! Its three-course à la carte menu features a number of traditional dishes, including croque-monsieur, poulet escalope and crème brûlée with raspberry sorbet.
Sat 25 Apr
Buy from Local Designers at Fashion Saturday
Reform Social & Grill is hosting an afternoon of style in which 10 local brands will showcase fashion, homeware and accessories, with Desert Chic, Pretty Little Things, Killer Curves, Pure Candles, 2 Birds, Soleil Boutique and Dot Your Teas among the vendors. There’ll be a burgers and kebabs on the barbecue, plus sandwiches, quiche and the traditional British roast for those who want something more substantial. Buy two glasses of Italian fizz and get the rest of the bottle free.
INFO: 3pm-7pm, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes Club, Emirates Hills, Dubai, 04 454 2638, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 27-Sun 31 May
Dubai Tango Festival
Tango fever is set to take Dubai by storm when an impressive line-up of international tango dancers hit the dance floor for the 7th Dubai Tango Festival. The event will feature workshops in the sensual Argentine dance taught by some of the best in the business, as well as free performances and a spectacular gala dinner.
INFO: Workshop and milonga times, dates and prices vary, see www.dubaitangofestival.com for the full programme. To register for workshops or the gala dinner, priced Dhs350, call Eleanor Brodie on 050 451 6281 or Maya Saliba on 050 622 3679 or email them at email@example.com