Things to Do in the UAE This Week
Fri 29 May
Party to DJ John Digweed at Pacha!
From staging raves with Sasha, The Prodigy and Carl Cox, to promoting progressive house, British DJ Digweed’s a stalwart of the UK’s dance music scene. His work’s been featured in films including Trainspotting, Ecstasy and Stark Raving Mad, and in the Nineties he shook up the US clubbing landscape with a seven-year residency at New York nightspot Twilo. Now John’s heading this way to bring Ibiza’s Insane party to the UAE, an event known for bringing the best emerging EDM talent to the masses.
Thu 28-Fri 29 May
Catch the Action at Dubai Duty-Free Darts Masters
Some of the world’s top darts players are coming back for the third edition of this annual event, the first leg of the Professional Darts Corporation’s World Series of Darts. Reigning champ Michael van Gerwen heads the field of eight players, while newly crowned world champ Gary Anderson will make his UAE debut.
Have a Shot at Flyboarding!
It looks like something out of a sci-fi film, but this crazy watersport is available to try in Dubai. For strong swimmers only, it involves wearing special boots attached to a board propelled by high-pressure water jets. Celebs love it – Drake had a go when he was here in March and Leonardo DiCaprio’s also said to be a fan.
INFO: 10am-12noon, 3pm-5pm, Dhs300 for 20 mins, over-18s only, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Dubai, 055 157 8393, www.searide-dubai.com
Take a Dinner Cruise!
Eat cuisine prepared by fine-dining chef Roeland Klein, formerly of Holland’s Michelin-star restaurant Hermitage, on this leisurely two-and-a-half-hour journey along Dubai Creek. An ideal treat if friends or relatives are in town, it’s a civilised way to spend an evening now that much of the city’s more raucous entertainment is wrapping up for the summer.
Thu 28 May
Club Night of the Week: Shibuya
This house night from the people who brought you Audio Tonic is a cheese-free zone with minimal posing. Brit Ralph Lawson, the veteran resident at Yorkshire institution Back to Basics, will headline the closing season shindig, supported by familiar faces Mr Mr, Smokingroove, Lee Drinky and David Craig.
Try The Gramercy’s Open Mic Night
Each weekend, the upscale DIFC bar welcomes established and upcoming musicians for raw performances infused with passion and energy. Hosted by resident singer-songwriter Abbo, who specialises in alternative rock-folk, the event features a constantly changing line-up and a tempting menu of gourmet bites.
Sat 30 May
Chill Out at the Purobeach End-of-Season Session
Resident DJ Adam Graca will be joined by four other Dubai DJs from buzzing venues around the city for one last alfresco party. Lasting from day to night, the session will pick up pace with each set as deep house aficionados Benyamin, Sam B, Tommygun and Major Flow command the poolside decks.
Every Sun & Tue
Learn the Latin-African Dance Kizomba – Absolutely Free!
A fusion of African and Latin dance, kizomba was born in Angola and influenced by the country’s Portuguese links. You might not have heard of it, but with free classes running twice a week in Dubai, there’s every reason to try it out for yourself. Hang around afterwards and mingle to a backdrop of zouk, salsa and bachata.
INFO: Beginners 8.30pm-9.30pm Sun, intermediate 9.30pm-10.30pm Tue, free, La Porte des Indes, The Address Dubai Mall, 052 560 8232, www.theaddress.com
Ladies’ Night of the Week: Up and Below
Women get free-flowing selected grape and sparkles at this recently opened rooftop terrace, which offers amazing views of Abu Dhabi Corniche.
INFO: 7pm-10pm, closes 2am, 12th floor, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, Hamdan St, 02 698 2222,
Brunch of the Week: McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi
This bargain brunch includes free-flowing house drinks and unlimited food from both the buffet and the à la carte menu, which features dishes such as salmon, spinach and tomato omelette; confit chicken supreme with Guinness potatoes and steamed Irish mussels in a tandoori and coconut broth. Hang around for the Friday Funday drinks deal to keep the party well oiled for three more hours. No wonder Irish eyes are smiling.
INFO: 12.30pm-4pm, Dhs199; Friday Funday happy hours 4pm-7pm, Dhs149; prices subject to 10 per cent service charge and 6 per cent tourism fee; Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha Beach Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 800 6247, firstname.lastname@example.org,