12 great things to do in the UAE this weekend
Jason Byrne The Man With Three Brains Live
The hyperactive Irish funnyman brings his unique brand of energetic stand-up to Dubai this week. The comedian and radio personality has an energetic and infectious style that’s packed full of improvised bits and self-depricating humour. It all combines to create a show that’s bound to keep you chuckling long after the gig has finished. Tickets are AED120 and it’s for over 21s only.
When: May 3-4
Where: The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT
Price: From AED120
The Illusionists: Best of Broadway
Prepare for your mind to be blown this week, as The Illusionists return to Dubai for a set of outstanding shows at the Madinat Theatre. It features seven of the very best illusionists around who come together for an evening of death-defying stunts, levitation showcases and mind-reading feats with members of the live audience. It will also feature an escape artist and a magician plying their trade on stage, while you sit, slack-jawed at the wonders taking place before your eyes. It really is a superb show.
When: May 1-7
Where: Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Nawal Al Zoghbi at Dragon Mart 2
Lebanese star Nawal Al Zoghbi will grace us with her musical talents for one-night only this weekend. The songstress will play a set full of fan-favourite tunes such as “Balaee Fi Zamany” and “Alou” that have helped her sell over 40 million albums throughout the years. Oh, and it’s free, too.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Dragon Mart 2, International City
Contact: +971 4 568 3556, website
Leyla Ghobadi Exhibit at Moe’s on the 5th
The street and mixed media artist from Montreal, Canada, brings her unique art exhibition to Moe’s on the 5th. Fresh from her sell-out show at this year’s Comicon Middle East, it will be packed full of the bespoke works Ghobadi is gaining a worldwide audience for. Her work has even appeared in the Graffik Gallery alongside the likes of Banksy.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel
Contact: +971 4 333 3055, website
White Collar Boxing
Back for its 19th edition, this season sees a group of hopeful coroperates take to a boxing ring and battle it out in front of fellow suits. The night's competitors include Lawrence ‘the Machine’ Coward, a 28 year old business development executive working with the Transguard Group, Stuart ‘The Sledgehammer’ Rodgers, a South African construction project manager working with Plafond Fit Out, SME owner, Kyle Baker, Chris ‘The Riddler’ Ridley, group sale and marketing director of an oil and gas company and tech company managing director Kareem 'The Money' Monem as well as Gianluca Ruggeri, a corporate pilot and more. In short, it will be night filled with great food, company and the occasional laugh.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Andalous Ballroom, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
Contact: +971 50625 7359 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cinco De Mayo at Loca
Celebrate the Mexican national day in style on Saturday, May 5, with a five (yes, five) hour brunch at Loca. The Latin-American specialists are going all out for the big day, too. As well as the tasty fajitas, huervos and outstanding desserts, Loca will be putting on some fun and games for guests to enjoy. Chief of these will be the Mexican Loteria, which is a game that follows the rules of bingo. If you’re one of the lucky ones to win a game, you’ll bag yourself a mystery prize. It’s AED285 and takes place between 12pm-5pm.
When: 12pm-5pm, Saturday, May 5
Where: Oulets across Dubai
Price: From AED285
Brunch at Mr Miyagi's
Chow down on some katsu curry and dim sum in this restaurants four course brunch, while staff parade up and down the venue singing chart-toppers, karaoke style. Make eye contact and they'll start serenading you instead, so just be aware your dim sum may be disrupted... in a fun way.
When: 4pm-7pm, Friday
Where: Media One Hotel
Price: AED185 with soft drinks; AED275 with house beverages; AED550 with sparkling grape
Contact: +971 4 420 7489, website
With one of the best tasting Peking ducks around, and it being a gathering spot for the most famous faces around London, Hakkasan's brunch will make you feel like the celebrity you've always wanted to be. The menu is made up of modern Cantonese cuisine, the main idea is to share, but it's hard to when each bite is filled with delectable flavours.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Price: AED199 with selected teas; AED299 with soft drinks; AED420 with house beverages, AED638 with bubbles
Contact: +971 4 384 8484, website
Rock vs Classic
The UAE’s highest concert ever is back and this time it's line up consists of Moscow’s Symphony Orchestra, former member of Chicago Bill Champlin as well as former member of TOTO Bobby Kimball and former member of Survivor Dave Bickler. The gig starts at 7.30pm on both Friday and Saturday but we advise you to get there early to watch the sunset. If you're looking to experience a concert that is different, this is the one for you.
When: Doors open at 4pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm, May 4 and May 5
Where: Jebel Jais Mountain, Ras Al Khaimah
Price: From AED300
Groove On The Grass
See off the end of the winter season in style as Groove on the Grass’s run comes to a close this week. For those that don’t know, the festival brings the hottest best bands, DJs and performers to Emirates Golf Club for an art and music showcase. This week German DJ Apparat and Maribou State from the UK are on hand for a pumping set. They’ll be joined by Austrian band HVOB and British sensation Max Cooper. As always you can enjoy a selection of fashion and art at the marketplace, a handful of sunset games and other activities. Tickets are AED160.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Price: From AED160
Time to dig out your retro clothes for this night dedicated to the fluorescent decade. There are 80s themed beverages and the staff are all in fancy dress to set the tone for the rest of the evening. DJ Samer will line up his old school mixtape of tracks, so expect cheesy pop classics from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince and more. And the best part is that entry is free.
When: 6pm-12am, Thursday, May 3
Where: RIVA Beach Club
Contact: +971 4 430 9466, website
Ritual presents Oliver Heldens
Zero Gravity’s electric night Ritual returns this week with international superstar and house music pioneer Oliver Heldens at the helm. DJ Tiesto’s prodigy will put on an epic night of tunes, which is bound to include his smash hit, “Gecko” as well as his remixes of Coldplay and Martin Garrix tracks.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, May 4
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website