Things to Do in the UAE This Week
1. Thu 14 May
See Nicky Romero at Eden Beach Club!
Electro-house icon Nicky is UAE-bound for his first ever show on these shores. The Dutch DJ and producer, real name Nick Rotteveel, has been championed by some of the biggest names in commercial house, counting Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Hardwell and Tiësto among his big-name fans. Best known for the tracks Toulouse, Symphonica and the global smash Legacy with Krewella, he also teamed up with Avicii on I Could Be the One, hitting the UK’s top spot.
Eat Camel on Saadiyat Island!
Are you an adventurous eater? If you fancy trying something a little different, Fanr Restaurant has launched a menu offering modern takes on the protein-rich meat of the so-called ‘ship of the desert’.
On the menu...
Start off with a bowl of this hearty Moroccan broth with camel meat, onion, garlic, chickpeas, tomatoes and lentils, served with grilled Arabic bread, Dhs48
Homemade pasta stuffed with camel meat, garlic and ricotta, topped with pine nuts, capers and oven-dried tomatoes, Dhs75
Bread and butter pudding
This comforting classic is made with camel milk and served with saffron-flavoured camel-milk ice cream topped with dates, nuts and chocolate chips, Dhs53
3. Every Fri
Club Night of the Week
Offering a mash-up of rock, pop, funk and old-school hip-hop, the newest night at VIP Room has been launched in association with fashion label The Kooples and that trendy brand of black mineral water, .blk. The dress code is strictly “urban-chic, edgy, rock-chic” – interpret that as you will.
INFO: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, reservations and guest list only, 052 881 8888, www.viproom-dubai.com
4. Sat 16 May
Hautletic Summer Reboot
A day filled with fitness and fashion from home-grown gymwear firm Haut-Elite team, featuring free workout classes and professional advice on everything from nutrition and juicing to body image and exercise-related pain management, with the aim of leaving participants feeling inspired and invigorated.
INFO: 10am-7pm, Hautletic, Warehouse 5, Al Marabea St, Al Quoz 1, Dubai,
5. Every Fri & Sat
Brunch of the Week
Add some fizz to the weekend with a European-style feast of fresh bread, pastries and eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, followed by a choice of waffles with Nutella or French toast topped with homemade ice cream. If you’re really hungry, turn up early to tuck into the food before cracking open the champers at midday.
INFO: 12noon-3pm, food available from 5am, Dhs125 per person with two glasses of bubbly, Dhs250 for two people with two glasses of bubbly each, Dhs300 for two people with a bottle of bubbly to share; Maison Mathis, Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Rd, 04 335 7769, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mm-dusit.com
6. Thu 14 May
Party with Grammy Winner Matthew Koma at Pacha!
Matthew’s created a genre-bending sound by merging organic production with left-of-centre melodic finesse honed through his work with industry-leading artists such as Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, Afrojack, Alesso, Fedde Le Grand and Zedd, for whom he co-wrote Grammy Award-winning song Clarity. This year promises to be Matthew’s best to date, with a debut album on the way and collaborations with Steve Aoki, Giorgio Moroder and Flux Pavilion in the pipeline.
INFO: Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 04 567 0000, www.pacha.ae
7. Thu 14-Thu 28 May
Launch Your Dream Career with London College of Fashion
If you dream of working in fashion, check out the new courses in Downtown Dubai this month. The UK’s prestigious London College of Fashion, which boasts Jimmy Choo, Donatella Versace and British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman among its alumni, is running 13 short sessions covering a wide spectrum of industry disciplines, from styling and footwear design to illustration, journalism, brand management and buying.
INFO: Vida Dubai Downtown, prices vary, courses run each May, October and February, for details see Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Blvd, Downtown Dubai, +44 20 7514 7552 or 050 915 0759, email@example.com, www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/courses/short-courses/dubai-short-courses
8. Every Wed
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Women can enjoy unlimited four hours of free-flowing fresh-fruit Margaritas while DJ Chem spins a selection of Eighties, Nineties and Noughties party tunes. While you’re there, take time to peruse the menu, which features well-known Mexican dishes such as ceviche, fajitas and burritos along with lesser known dishes such as corn-husk tamales and roasted lamb wrapped in banana leaf.
9. Play Pool in DIFC!
The Den is a new concept combining an open kitchen, large bar, booth seating and loads of pool tables! Based at the McGettigan’s branch at Dubai World Trade Centre, it offers a varied menu of snacks and more substantial dishes, including flatbread pizza, fish ‘n’ chips and Wagyu chilli nachos, plus a fine selection of regular and craft hops.
10. Every Wed
Lounge until Late at Clé’s Levant Nights
Drift away to the Eastern Mediterranean at Clé Dubai’s midweek celebration of the region’s music and food. As well as moreish mezze by Michelin-starred chef Greg Malouf, there’ll be exotic entertainment in the form of belly dancers and traditional drummers, as well as some of the UAE’s upcoming musical acts.
INFO: 9pm-3am, Clé Dubai, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai, 04 352 5150, firstname.lastname@example.org, cle-dubai.com
Fri 30 Oct
It sold out last year, and now the legendary dance music event is back with all-new attractions for 2015. The theme of this year’s party is Ocean of White, in reference to the event’s strict colour-free dress code, and organisers promise giant jellyfish and plenty of fountains alongside a top DJ line-up.
INFO: 6pm-3am, Dhs425, Meydan, Al Meydan Rd, Nad Al Sheba, 04 457 3212, www.platinumlist.net