Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week
J-Lo Concert After-Party
Thursday 22 November
Jenny’s on our block! The superstar is bringing her Dance Again world tour to Dubai – her first performance ever in the Middle East! If you missed out on getting tickets for her sell-out show at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, then head to the official Dance Again tour after-party at Rixos the Palm’s White X Beach & Lounge, where our sources say she’ll be making an appearance! There are also hotel packages available that include golden circle tickets to the concert.
INFO: Dhs350, www.timeoutstickets.com, hotel stay packages start from Dhs7,465, 10.30pm to 3am, Rixos The Palm, Dubai, 04 457 5455, www.rixos.com.
McGettigan’s JLT 2nd BirthdayThursday 22 November
Celebrate two years of McGettigan’s with Aslan, an Irish band from Dublin who recently celebrated 30 years in the industry! Expect the musicians to bang out their classic hits such as Crazy World, Shine a Light and maybe even numbers from their covers back-catalogue like Wish You Were Here.
INFO: Free, Aslan on stage from 9pm, 22 November, McGettigan’s JLT, Dubai, 04 35 60 560, www.mcgettigansdubai.com.
Happy Hour at Calabar
Catch happy hour at Calabar from 6pm to 8pm every day, with a new extended happy hour on Fridays from 4pm. The outdoor bean bag area is a great spot for after-work drinks or chilled-out Friday evening sundowners. We recommend the berry and passion fruit martinis!
INFO: The Address Downtown Dubai, 04 436 7700, www.theaddress.com.
Premiere of Argo
Thursday 22 November
Ben Affleck, here we come! Hottie Ben’s latest flick Argo is finally out this week, showing at most UAE cinemas. The movie, which also stars Bryan Cranston and John Goodman among other big names, is a dramatisation of the 1980 CIA-Canadian secret operation to rescue American diplomats from revolutionary Iran. Exciting!
INFO: Vox Cinemas, www.voxcinemas.com, Grand Cinemas, www.grandcinemas.com, Reel Cinemas, www.reelcinemas.ae.
Dinner at Tomo
Here at Ahlan! we love a new restaurant, and Raffles Dubai has just opened a great Japanese restaurant, Tomo. Tomo translates literally to mean ‘a long-time friend’, and it’s a great place for an authentic Japanese dinner with your besties! Check it out.
INFO: Average food price Dhs250 to Dhs350 per person, 7pm to 11pm, Raffles Dubai, Wafi, 04 3577888, www.raffles.com/dubai.
Gourmet Christmas Show
THE One has started Christmas early and are showing off their festive menu with special two- and three-course feasts, including free mulled punch and coffee, at both Dubai and Abu Dhabi outlets. Try it out for Christmas dinner inspiration!
INFO: Dhs79 (two courses), Dhs96 (three courses), THE One Jumeirah Deli, Dubai, THE One Restaurant in Khalidiya Theatre, Abu Dhabi, www.theone.com.
South Asian Festival
Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 November
South Asian international festival, Masala! Mehndi! Masti!, is being hosted at Global Village, and will celebrate South Asian cultures with food, music and lots of entertainment!
INFO: Free, Global Village, Dubai, 04 362 4114, www.globalvillage.ae.
Gotye in Concert
Friday 23 November
It’s finally here! Gotye, creator of one of the hottest hits of the year, Somebody That I Used to Know, is performing in Dubai. Got your concert tickets?
INFO: Dhs350 (regular), Dhs750 (VIP), www.timeouttickets.com, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.gotyedubai.com.
Gossip at The Dek on 8
Wednesday 28 November
Grab the girls and head to the new weekly ladies’ night at poolside bar The Dek on 8, where you get free-flowing unlimited cocktails! What’s even better, until 11pm it’s ladies only!
INFO: 8pm to 11pm, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 04 427 1000, www.mediaonehotel.com.
Indonesian Festival at Sontaya
Wednesday 28 November to Thursday 6 December
Southeast Asian restaurant Sontaya is hosting a week-long Indonesian Festival to showcase art, culture and cuisine from the region. Foodies, don’t miss it.
INFO: 7.30pm to 12am, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8888, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com.
“I’m a fan of Jenny from the block, so I will be heading to White X Beach & Lounge to track her down at the after-party! FYI, if you’re planning to go too, our insider says J-Lo will be arriving at about 12.30am. I’ll be sure to report back with all the goss from the night…”
RACHEL, FEATURES WRITER