Things to Do in the UAE this Week
Thu 13 Aug
See Roger Sanchez at Q43... for free!
The Grammy-winning DJ will be dropping beats at this Media City hot spot. Known for his UK number-one Another Chance and residencies at Pacha and Space in Ibiza, Sanchez honed his craft in the clubs of Eighties New York, rising through the ranks to remix tracks for Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai and No Doubt.
INFO: Thu 13 Aug, free, Media One Hotel, Al Falak St, Dubai Media City, 04 443 5403, 055 563 4015, firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook.com/Q43Dubai, mediaonehotel.com
From 10 Aug
Dubai Screen Acting & Writing Courses
Fancy yourself as the next Jennifer Lawrence or Quentin Tarantino? This August, Constellation, Dubai’s newest and most exciting performing arts company, launches a triple-bill of five-week courses in screen acting and screen writing. The courses will be run by Alex Broun, Co-Artistic Director of Constellation, who has over 20 years of acting experience working on TV series such as Home and Away and Neighbours.
Screen Acting for Beginners explores all the essentials of acting for the screen, from on-camera techniques to auditioning. Screen Acting – Advanced delves further into the craft, looking at how to portray deep emotions. In both courses, there’s an option to have a professional show reel created, and students will be introduced to filmmakers and agents who can advise on how to take the next steps into the industry.
For those who want to write tomorrow’s screen blockbusters rather than star in them, the Screen Writing Course trains students to develop interesting characters, write convincing dialogue and overcome the structural challenges of writing for film.
INFO: Screen Acting for Beginners, every Mon from 10 Aug-7 Sep; Screen Acting – Advanced, every Tue from 11 Aug-8 Sep; Screen Writing, every Wed from 12 Aug-9 Sep. All courses run 7pm-10pm. Each course costs Dhs1,000; get a Dhs200 discount when you sign up for book both for screen acting and screen writing courses; Constellation, suite 1002 (10th floor), Al Thuraya Tower 1 in Media City, 04 438 5574, email@example.com
Pin Down a Strike in Abu Dhabi!
For a sociable way to beat the heat, head down to Khalifa International Bowling Centre this summer. With more than 40 lanes and an automatic scoring system, it’s all good clean indoor fun.
INFO: 10am-1am, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, 02 403 4200, zsc.ae
Until Sat 29 Aug
Relive Your Childhood at Modhesh World
He’s the Middle East’s answer to Mickey Mouse – and now much-loved cartoon character Modhesh is back in town! This annual summer extravaganza offers heaps of themed entertainment for youngsters, with games, rides, trampolines and even zombie shooting. Fun yet educational, the event is aimed at helping kids to develop social skills, values and a sense of responsibility through play, so it’s sure to be money well spent.
INFO: 9am-12midnight Sat-Wed, 9am-1am Thu-Fri, Dhs20, free entry for under-fours, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd, 600 555 559, modheshworld.com
Aug & Sep
Embrace Flower Power at BurJuman!
Celebrate flora while catching the sales at this unusual event, offering free creative workshops. Learn the art of Japanese flower arranging, called ikebana; take a floral-themed cake-decorating class; paint and draw the prettiest of petals, or be taught how to photograph bouquets like a pro – bloomin’ ‘eck! Kids can also get crafty in the children’s corner – the ‘princess makeovers’ are sure to be popular!
INFO: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd, Bur Dubai; to book or for further details, call 04 352 0222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; burjuman.com
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Ladies, get the weekend started a little early at the French restaurant’s newest UAE branch. Bring along a female friend and you’ll get a free bottle of bubbles or grape to share.
INFO: 7.30pm, Dusit Thani Dubai, Financial District, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, 04 335 7769, email@example.com, mm-dusit.com
Club Night of the Week
Journey into the heart of Ibizan deep house music with twisted and dirty deep anthems.
INFO: 11pm-3am, Provocateur Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, 04 343 8411, 055 211 8222, firstname.lastname@example.org, provocateurdubai.com
Dine at Three Top Restaurants at a Time!
Embark on a classy culinary journey with The Gastronome’s Dinner, an enticing concept created by some of the city’s sassiest chefs…
1. Begin your evening with apéritifs and amuse-bouche at Alta Badia, admiring the view from 1,000ft up. While there, watch chefs whip up Italian starters before you wash them down with sparkling vino served in the kitchen at a private chef’s table.
2. For the main course, diners descend on The Rib Room to indulge in the steakhouse’s signature ‘Butcher’s Block’. With a sharing platter of high-grade succulent tenderloin, lamb cutlets, short ribs and mini burgers cooked to preference, all with grape pairings, it’s an experience confirmed carnivores will relish.
3. Last but not least is a delightfully indulgent platter served at The Ivy, after which guests sip salted caramel martinis while mixologists show off their skills.
INFO: 7.30pm, Dhs750 per person, reservation essential, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 366 5866, JRGreservations@jumeirah.com, jumeirah.com