The week's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this week and weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more.
Sure, five of the seven days are supposed to be 'work, sleep, repeat', but frankly we see 16 hours either side of your 9-5 that need filling with fun things to do. So, round-up, because this is your ultimate guide to the week and weekend ahead, with the latest events, deals, sports, film releases and more.
Let the JW Marriott Dubai transport you to Germany for the next month, to celebrate Oktoberfest. The world’s largest folk festival is held in Munich every year, but Dubai is never short of venues for the Bavarian celebration. At Hofbräuhaus, you’ll be able to get authentic Bavarian food, from pretzels to apple strudel, as well as German hops. There’ll also be a live band performing every evening, who’ve come all the way from Germany, so put on your lederhosen and head down. Alternatively, if you fancy winning an Oktoberfest brunch for four at Grand Hyatt Dubai. Dhs296-Dhs395 for buffet on Thu and Fri, à la carte menu on weekdays. Sept 29-Oct 28.
US rapper Yo Gotti – also known as Mario Mims and Lil Yo – has collaborated with artists like Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, and will be performing hits including Champions and Down in the DM. Free before 11pm, Dhs250 or Dhs500 after, redeemable on food and drinks. 8.30pm-3am. Sept 30.
Australian house DJ Dirty South is in town this weekend, spinning at XL Dubai. The Grammy-Award-nominated artist has collaborated with the likes of David Guetta and The Pussycat Dolls, and has appeared in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list every year since 2007. Dhs150. 10pm-3am.
Try some of Loca’s limited-edition and fiery dishes (including fish tacos) throughout September, with a menu to celebrate Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Daily, noon-midnight. Until September 30. Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah 1 (04 346 1111). Other location: Souk Al Bahar, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 449 4455).
Photographer Constance Kratsa has captured a snapshot of six cities
in which she has lived for her exhibition Cities of the World with a
Past, Present & Future, featuring Shanghai and Dubai exploring the
future element. It’s on today only. Don’t miss it. Free. 6pm.
Symphony in Cubism, the new exhibition by Pakistani artist Nazar Haidri, focuses on music and musicians. The artist blends a range of styles and motifs to create each final piece. See them at Z Gallery. Free. Until December 1.
Head to A4 Space tonight to catch a screening of Art: Interrupted, a documentary about the behind-the-scenes efforts involved in putting together India’s first contemporary art biennale in Kerala back in 2012. Directed by Hattie Bowering, the film follows the challenges that two of the artists faced in putting together the event, which eventually welcomed more than 400,000 people. The film also features appearances from singer M.I.A. and Bollywood actor John Abraham. Free. 7pm.
Quatuor Hermes, a classical string quartet, will be kicking off the new season of World Classical Music in Dubai with a performance at the One&Only Royal Mirage. The group got together in 2008, and this will be their first performance in Dubai. Dhs250. 8pm.
Can’t decide between a croissant or a muffin? Fear not, the cruffin is here to take away that painstaking choice. The flakey hybrid features a different centre each day including Nutella, vanilla custard, apple and caramel, raspberry and lemon curd. Dhs15. Crema Lobby Lounge. Daily 24hrs.
Zero Gravity’s new season of poolside parties kicked off last weekend, and club night Velocity is back every Thursday. Taking to the decks tonight will be the Zero Gravity residents, including some of Dubai’s biggest local DJs, such as Chris Metcalfe, Somn3um, Adam Aldous, and Soulninja. They’ll also be joined by a line-up of international DJs over the next few weeks, including Beardyman and DJ EZ. Free for women before midnight and men before 10pm, Dhs100 after. 5pm-3am.
Bad House Party keep on bringing bands you’ve probably never heard of to play in the city. This time around, they’ve got The Younger Lovers from California, who’ll be playing their brand of lo-fi garage rock. Taking to the decks before and after the band will be the resident DJs. Dhs100. 9pm-3am.
Fans across the world were glued to their screens this summer as Euro 2016 threw up some big shocks, while the Rio Olympics and Paralympics saw athletes produce incredible feats of sporting achievement. To celebrate these spectacles, Alliance Française Dubai has joined forces with Agence France-Presse to bring us an exhibition of some of the most awe-inspiring images at A Summer of Sports. Photojournalists captured exceptional performances and intense emotions, producing dramatic and sometimes unusual results that combine information and graphic perfection, pushing the boundaries of photography. Free. Until October 20.
For that Friday feeling, kick back at an authentic US backyard-style barbecue at Perry & Blackwelder’s. Feast on chicken, burgers and Cajun-style shrimp, with a range of salads and sides including coleslaw, potato salad, and corn on the cob. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs65 (children under 12). Fri noon-4pm. Ongoing.
Treat the whole family to a bargain staycation at the new Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City, with two nights for two adults and two kids with free access to dining, spa and other facilities. Dhs1,004 per room. October 6-8. Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.1004forreal.com