Battle of the Bands
Calling all up-and-coming bands! Aloft hotels are searching for hot new unsigned acts for their battle of the bands contest in collaboration with British band We Are Scientists. The winners will get to spend 12 hours with the indie rockers, writing tracks and recording them in front of a live audience! This could be your big break into the music industry. The competition is open globally so enter now to represent the UAE!
INFO: To enter, send a demo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions will take place throughout September across the world and the competition closes on 8 October. Good luck!
All-Day Happy Hour!
Friday 24 August
Forget happy hour, ICON Bar & Lounge host a happy day! With 40 per cent off pre-selected beverages, it’s the perfect place for daytime chilling with friends. ICON also serves a range of food from salads to paninis, plus coffees and desserts. See you there!
INFO: 12pm to 1am, ICON Bar & Lounge, Radisson Blu Media City, 04 366 9111, www.radissonblu.com.
Hit the Movies
There are some great movies opening at the cinema this week. We’re in the mood for comedy and our top two faves are The Watch, starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn as three dads who form a neighbourhood watch group, and Doghouse, a comedy/horror flick starring Danny Dyer which follows a group of men who stumble across a village where all women have become man-hating zombies! We’re thrilled it’s finally here. Shaun of the Dead fans will love it!
INFO: Vox Cinemas, www.voxcinemas.com, Grand Cinemas, www.grandcinemas.com, Reel Cinemas, www.reelcinemas.ae.
Start Zumba Classes
Saturday 25 to Thursday 30 August
By now you should know about the Zumba exercise craze that’s swept the globe. The Latin-inspired dance fitness programme is popular with celebs including Jennifer Lopez, and the classes have finally arrived at James & Alex Dance Studio in Dubai! If you want J-Lo’s body, try it now.
INFO: Dhs150 for five classes, Dhs275 for 10 classes. Studio open Saturdays to Thursdays, 2pm to 10pm, James & Alex Dance Studios, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, 04 447 0773, www.jamesandalex.com.
New Orleans BBQ Night
Tuesday 28 August
It’s back! Enjoy sumptuous ribs, barbequed prawns, traditional jambalaya and more as you listen to jazz. Perfect for an evening with friends Big Easy-style!
INFO: Dhs130, Dhs150 with soft drinks, Dhs185 with grape and grain, 7pm to 10.30pm, The Californian, Dusit Thani Dubai, 04 317 4515, www.dusit.com.
Nuts and Bolts Night at Double Deckers
Tuesday 28 August
If the name of this night doesn’t intrigue you, the game will! The concept is very simple – guys get given a bolt and ladies get a nut and you have to find your match. The people who find their matches first get a free drink and there are loads of other prizes up for grabs on the night. A great game to play with a group of friends!
INFO: 7pm to 12am, Double Decker, Al Murooj Rotana, Dubai, 04 321 1111, www.rotana.com.
Maryam Al Falasi Exhibit
Thursday 23 August
Thursday is the last chance you have to catch upcoming artist Maryam Al Falasi’s exhibition. Maryam mixes modern and traditional styles using a range of elements including carvings, photographs, calligraphy, painting, digital art and more. It’s not your average gallery event!
INFO: Free entry, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 04 427 1000, www.mediaonehotel.com.
Visit the Hippos at Al Ain Zoo
Animal lovers, this one’s for you! Al Ain Zoo just opened a brand new exhibit with five hippos in an enclosure which has been made as similar to their natural habitat as possible. It’s not just for kids!
INFO: Al Ain Zoo, 03 782 8188, www.alainzoo.ae.
Yoga Nidra Workshop
Saturday 25 to Wednesday 29 August
Yoga Nidra is a practise which uses meditation techniques to reduce tension and anxiety! Practising it is said to send you into a semi-conscious sleep state during the session. We’ll take it! If you want to try it out, expert instructor Guruji Sanjeev Krishnan is teaching a five-day course on the basics.
INFO: Dhs600, 6pm to 7pm over five days, 04 384 7010, www.balance-wellness-centre.com.
Movies and Munchies at Desert Palm
Wednesday 29 August
First up is Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. In this flick, Nelson Mandela attempts to unite the torn-apart land by enlisting the national rugby team with a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Other upcoming movies include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on 5 August and A Knight’s Tale on 12 September.
INFO: Dhs30 including popcorn, 7pm, Desert Palm, Dubai, 04 323 8888, www.desertpalm.ae.