Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
Fri 30-Sat 31 Jan
Meet Nicole Richie in Dubai!
The reality show star-turned-fashionista is in the UAE – and you could meet her as she launches her pop-up shop. The first outlet of Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 line to hit the Emirates, it’ll offer designer buys including clothes, jewellery, accessories and shoes – expect beaded jackets, striped cardies, tasselled suede shorts, fringed clutches and her trademark oversized cat-eye frames. The collection’s already won a firm following in Celebville, with everyone from Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus to Rihanna sporting her quirky Boho-chic pieces.
INFO: Fri 30 Jan: personal styling session 6pm-7pm, meet and greet 7pm-8.30pm; House of Harlow 1960 pop-up shop, The Beach at JBR, Dubai, thebeach.ae. Shop opens until Sun 1 Feb. Sat 31 Jan: live styling and Q & A session 6pm-7pm, Fashion Catwalk, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com
Fri 30 Jan
Check out Latin Art Fest in Al Quoz!
A one-off happening showcasing art, cuisine and entertainment, this cultural fiesta will occupy a whole street and represent a number of countries in the Americas, plus Spain. One attraction will be a solo exhibition by British photographer Tariq Zaidi; called Latinos in the UAE, it’ll run for the next two weeks.
INFO: 7pm-11pm, free, Artissima Art Gallery, St 8, Building 2, Unit 6, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, 04 380 6479, www.allquozproject.com
Thu 29-Sat 31 Jan
See Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein!
National Theatre Live is a ground-breaking project which beams some of London’s finest stage shows directly from the West End to screens all over the globe. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Trainspotting’s Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie’s long-forgotten first husband, this production of Frankenstein was directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and has been seen by almost half a million people worldwide since its broadcast in 2011.
INFO: 8pm-11pm, Dhs100, book at www.courtyardplayhouse.com, then pay on the door; The Courtyard Building, 4B St, off Sheikh Zayed Rd, behind Al Tayer Motors and Ace Hardware, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, 050 986 1761
Mon-Wed throughout Feb
Roll along to New Dinner
Show Rocker Girlz at The Act
Rocker Girlz – Who Says Boys Get to Make All the Noise? traces a woman’s rise to fame when she splits up with her rock star boyfriend and finds she has a hidden musical talent of her own. Expect plenty of leather, fishnets and PVC in the supper club’s first show of 2015, plus creative Peruvian dishes from head chef Roberto Segura.
Sat 31 Jan
Go Fly a Kite and Help Set a World Record!
If you ever wanted to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records, now’s your chance. The highlight of the all-day Dubai International Kite Fest will be a bold attempt to smash the record for the greatest number of people simultaneously flying kites – currently more than 15,000. Show your support and you’ll get a certificate proving you took part. If you can’t join in, head down anyway – there’ll be kite-making workshops, face-painting, food, music and more.
INFO: Dubai International Kite Fest runs 11am-9pm, Thu 29-Sat 31 Jan, Kite Beach, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 336 0782, email@example.com, ikfdubai.com/index.html
Until Fri 6 Feb
See a Top Elvis Tribute Act in Abu Dhabi and Dubai!
Elvis Presley’s return from the grave has long been predicted, and fans who catch Rob Kingsley may well do a double take, so well does he capture the star’s looks, voice and swagger.
INFO: Until Sat 31 Jan, from Dhs225, Madinat Theatre; Thu 5-Fri 6 Feb, from Dhs250, Emirates Palace, www.timeouttickets.com
Thu 29-Sat 31 Jan
Plan the Wedding of Your Dreams!
If you’ve just got engaged, then congrats all round! If you haven’t, there’s no harm in dreaming, and this event devoted to all things nuptial is the perfect place to start. A girly-girl’s delight, The Bride Show features everything from fashion and beauty to honeymoon destinations. If you can’t make it to the capital, don’t worry – it’s coming to Dubai in March.
INFO: 3pm-11pm Thu and Sat, 4pm-12midnight Fri; Dhs35 advance, Dhs50 on the door; VIP ticket Dhs175 advance, Dhs200 on the door; ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, www.thebrideshow.com
Fri 30 Jan
Club Night of the Week
Trus’me at The Basement
The Manchester native and international jet-setter is playing the UAE for the first time ever, bringing his special blend of soul, disco and techno-tinged house to TECOM.
INFO: 10pm-3am, Dhs90, free for women until 12midnight, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites, TECOM, Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brunch of the Week
The Must-Sea Open-Air Brunch at 360°
For a breath of fresh air in a truly impressive setting, 360’s all-new brunch can’t be surpassed. There’ll be plenty of pan-Asian fare and an Audio Tonic DJ on the decks.
Fri 10 April
The Scottish singer-songwriter will perform in the UAE fresh from a sold-out stint in Australia and New Zealand and a mega-successful UK stadium tour. Fans can expect tracks from his acclaimed third album, Caustic Love, as well as from his previous multi-platinum-selling records, 2006’s These Streets and 2009’s Sunny Side Up.
INFO: Doors 6pm, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Early Bird tickets Dhs295, Regular Standing Dhs350, Grandstand Seating Dhs450, Golden Circle Dhs500, VIP Dhs900, www.timeouttickets.com