Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
Thu 12-Fri 13 Mar
Swing with Michael Bublé!
The Canadian crooner needs no introduction, and he’s bringing his silky-smooth vocals to town as part of his Grammy Award-winning To Be Loved world tour. Get ready for renditions of big-band numbers including Frank Sinatra’s You Make Me Feel So Young as well as self-penned hits such as Everything and It’s a Beautiful Day.
INFO: Gates 7pm, show starts 8.30pm, Upper Grandstand Dhs295, Lower Grandstand Dhs395, Golden Circle Dhs595, VIP Grandstand Dhs1,000, Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd, book at www.timeouttickets.com
Thu 12-Sat 14 Mar
Get a Taste of Dubai
The top food festival is back with more feasts, cookery demos and celeb chefs including Atul Kochhar, Andy Bates and Jean-Christophe Novelli. Hot 100ers The Boxtones will also perform alongside Adam Baluch and Jon Bon Jovi tribute band Bon Jovie.
INFO: 4pm-12midnight Thu, 12noon-12midnight Fri, 12noon-11pm Sat; Dhs75, VIP entry Dhs240 with two drinks and three dishes; Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, tasteofdubaifestival.com
Sat 14 Mar
Get Busy with Drizzy
Hip-hop megastar Drake’s in Dubai for his first ever Middle East show. The multi-platinum-selling rapper’s Would You Like a Tour gig will feature hits from his substantial back catalogue, including Started from the Bottom, and some of the city’s swankiest clubs are gearing up to greet the megastar, including…
Thu 12 Mar:
People by Crystal Dubai is hosting a pre-concert party hosting the Canadian rappers label mates, which Drizzy founded with childhood friends Noah “40” Sherib and Oliver El-Khatib. Tunes will come from his crew OVO Sound, featuring his producers 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, plus up and coming recording artists PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, ILoveMakonnen and OB O’Brien.
INFO: Thu 12 Mar, Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha, 050 297 2097, www.peopleofdubai.com
Sat 14 Mar:
Mo*Vida Dubai’s hosting a VIP pop-up club within the stadium’s grounds. There’s table service, of course, and it’s right in front of the stage so you’ll get a decent view. After the show, make your way down Sheikh Zayed Road to Mo*Vida Dubai’s Prestige Saturdays night and party the night away.
INFO: Upper Grandstand Dhs320, Lower Grandstand Dhs395, Silver Dhs495, Gold Dhs550, OVO Pit Dhs950, Dubai International Stadium, www.timeouttickets.com
Thu 12 Mar
Head to Fred Perry’s Sub-Sonic Live
Sponsored by the British sportswear brand Fred Perry, Sub Sonic has previously played host to stars as big as Amy Winehouse. This year’s headline act is The Horrors’ lead singer, Faris Badwan – Virgin Radio’s Big Rossi is also set to make an appearance!
INFO: 9.30pm, Dhs100, Dubai International Marine Club, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai Marina, www.timeouttickets.com
Sun 15 Mar
Ahlan!’s Hot 100 Revealed!
This is the hottest ticket in town – and it can’t be bought! The annual tome listing the region’s biggest movers and shakers, created by the makers of Ahlan! (yes, that’s us!), will be launched at an exclusive star-studded event at Eden Beach Club, Rixos The Palm. The event, which will see some of the UAE’s biggest acts perform alongside synchronised swimmers, acrobats and dancers, is strictly invite-only, but Ahlan! readers have a chance to join the party. All you need to do is tweet “I wanna go to the #AhlanHot100 @AhlanLive” and we’ll pick five people at random to win a pair of passes. You’re welcome!
TUE 17 MAR: Ladies’ Nightof the Week
Sparkle in the Sand
The St Patrick’s Day Hops & Oyster Festival ends with free-flowing bubbles, a distinct green hue and glittering gems for the first 50 girls through the door, one of them a diamond.
INFO: 8pm-11pm, Dhs75, The Beach House, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, 04 567 8304, dubai-palm.anantara.com
Every Sat: Club Night of the Week
URBN Saturdays at White Dubai
Upscale rooftop club White is set to receive the Highly Acclaimed Award by nightlife network The World’s Finest Clubs. Venues such as Soho Room, Cirque Le Soir and Armani Privé share the honour, so if they’re your cup of tea this is just the place for you.
INFO: 11pm ’til late, Rooftop, Meydan Grandstand, 050 443 0933, www.whitedubai.com
Party with Ahlan! at Tr!beca
Head to the Queen Bee ladies’ night hosted by Ahlan! at trendy new restaurant Tr!beca. You’ll get four free glasses of organic house grape before 11pm, after which time house drinks will be half-price, plus, there’s 50 per cent off main courses should you choose to dine.
INFO: 8pm-1am, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, Dubai, 050 345 6067, www.tribeca.ae
Fri and Sat: Brunch of the Week
Belge Fest on a Soif
This brand-new brunch-style knees-up features a three-course menu with appetisers such as crispy shrimps, followed by roast chicken, veal sausages and steamed mussels.
INFO: 12noon-3.30pm, Dhs225 with unlimited house drinks, Belgian Beer Café, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127/28, www.diningdfc.com
Tue 17 Mar
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day
Irish expats won’t be the only ones painting the town green this week. Here are our top picks of Emerald Isle-style entertainment happening around the 17th…
Fri 13 Mar: See Sir Bob Geldof at the Irish Village
The Irish rocker’s a regular on these shores and says his calamitous concert last year, hit by torrential rain and a thunder storm, hasn’t put him off playing here again. He said: “This is my ninth visit to Dubai and it’s now become a bit of a tradition to celebrate St Patrick’s Day here. After last year’s downpour, playing on Friday 13th doesn’t faze me at all. We Irish certainly know how to party and, what’s more, it’s highly infectious, so it’s going to be a great craic playing to a couple of thousand lunatics at the Irish Village again!”
INFO: Dhs100 advance, Dhs120 on the door, Irish Village, Al Garhoud, Dubai, www.timeoutickets.com
Fri 13-Tue 17 Mar: Hops & Oyster Festival at The Beach House
Get your Gaelic groove on at the inaugural five-day Irish fest, featuring a limited edition a la carte menu, including dishes such as smoked Irish salmon with caper berries, seafood chowder with Guinness bread, Galway oysters and Guinness and beef pie, washed down with your favourite choice of Irish tipple, from 7pm until late.
INFO: The Beach House, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, 045678304, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 17-Fri 20 Mar: Paddy’s Day at McGettigan’s
McGetts’ in Abu Dhabi, Dubai World Trade Centre and JLT will come alive with the sound of music. Dublin band Keywest will fly in especially for the occasion to perform alongside chart-topping Irish singer Paddy Casey, and visitors to both its JLT and DWTC venues can also catch traditional Irish dancing.
INFO: Various times, free, McGettigan’s JLT, The Bonnington Hotel JLT; McGettigan’s DWTC, next to Dubai World Trade Centre metro station; McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel; for all venues call 04 378 0800, email email@example.com or see www.mcgettigans.com
Thu 30 Apr-Fri 1 May
The eclectic festival is back to shake up Dubai with rock, reggae, disco and soul. Blurring the genre lines this year will be Robin Thicke, who’ll headline jointly on Friday with Seventies funk legends Kool & the Gang of Ladies’ Night fame. On the first evening, proceedings kick off with energetic rockers Kasabian, soulful songstress Jessie Ware and a stripped-down acoustic set from garage star Craig David.
INFO: 6pm-1am Thu, 2pm-1am Fri; Picnic-Style tickets Dhs395, Lounge tickets Dhs695, VIP tickets with food and drinks, Dhs1,395; Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, 04 439 0900, buy tickets at www.timeouttickets.com