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.
If you live here and you’re looking for a staycation saving, give this Arabian resort a whirl. Stay at any hotel within the complex and you’ll be given a 20 percent discount on the best available rate, along with a free breakfast, unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and unlimited use of the facilities at Talise Spa. From Dhs790 per room, per night. Until Dec 20.
Dubai’s newest beach party is kicking off on October 21, on the shores of the Dubai International Marine Club. It’s a collaboration between event organisers Analog Room, who host weekly parties with international techno artists, and JK58.
Taking to the decks at the inaugural BE party will be a mixture of local and international artists from some of the world’s biggest dance music cities, including Detroit’s Delano Smith, D’Julz from Paris, and the Berlin-based DJ AlexKid.
Representing the UAE’s music scene will be Siamak Amidi, Nasrawi, and Liminal Roots.
The event is free before 7pm, and Dhs120 afterwards, and there’ll be more to do than just listen to music and dance in the sand – there’ll also be food trucks, as well as inflatable pools for you to take a dip in.
Although this will be the first BE event, there are more on the way, as there are plans for it to be a monthly event, so keep an eye out for news on more parties.
The first event of the new season at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre will be Oktoberfest DXB, a ten-day celebration from Thursday October 20 to Saturday 29.
A giant “festzelt” will be at the heart of the area, and will both be surrounded by and packed with traditional German entertainment.
Throughout the week, Oktoberfest DXB will host a series of special deals, including a ladies’ night on Tuesday, a Halloween-themed “Deadtoberfest” for the final three nights and a Bavarian brunch on both Friday 21 and Friday 28 of the month, priced from Dhs295.
Providing the soundtrack will be Munich-based Gaudiblosn, with their unique mash-up of German pop and party hits.
To celebrate The Irish Village’s 20th anniversary, there will be a performance from regular guest Bob Geldof. Drinks will cost Dhs20 from 7pm to 9pm, and you’ll get the chance to win signed guitars by artists including Billy Ocean and The Proclaimers. Free. 11am-2am.
Experience spectacular views of the city with a 15-minute aerial tour, courtesy of Uber Chopper, in partnership with Alpha Tours. Though you can normally book one of these amazing trips through your Uber app, we’re giving away a tour for two, including pick-up from your home. For your chance to win, head to www.timeoutdubai.com/competitions by Wednesday October 26.
Sukoun Gallery, founded by Walid Akawi and Imad Ghannam, both prolific art collectors, has opened up in Sunset Mall. It features an eclectic mix of art, furniture and antiques from across the Levant, including paintings, tables and ornate clocks, some of which are more than two hundred years old. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 1.30pm-10pm.
To celebrate its first anniversary, Bread Street Kitchen’s celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has designed a special three-course menu. Dishes include beef wellington and bread and butter ice-cream. Diners will also get the chance to see Ramsay himself, as he’ll be in Dubai for the occasion. Dhs550 (with grape pairing). Oct 20-21, 7pm.
Techno DJ and producer Guy Gerber, who has collaborated with artists from John Digweed to New Order, makes his debut at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE tonight. In 2014, he released the album 11 11, a collaboration with Puff Daddy. He’ll be joined behind the decks by the French electronic music trio dOP. Free. 1pm-11pm.
The annual six-day celebration of all things design is back for another year, this time with more than 150 events. Expect a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions, as well as a variety of exhibitions such as on typography, while another looks at the architectural journey of Egypt’s capital. Free. Oct 24-29, times and locations vary. www.dubaidesignweek.ae.
The working week has started. Ease yourself back into it with a lunchtime treat from Weslodge Saloon, as the Canadian venue has a new express lunch menu. Choose a starter, a main and a glass of hops of grape for just Dhs99. Dhs99. Sun-Thu 11.30am-3pm. Ongoing.
Vida Downtown Dubai has unveiled the latest art installation in the lobby of the hotel. This time, it’s a collaboration with Art Space to display an exhibition of books by Assouline, the artisan high-end publishing company. Each one of its books is hand-made, making them works of art in themselves, and showcase everything from watches to architecture. The books are housed in custom-made boxes and the installation is interactive – you’re free to flick through them.
Bodybuilders in the city, ready to show off those guns and get tips from the best?
More than 500 local and international athletes will be descending on Dubai come Friday October 21 for a feast of muscle-flexing competitions, challenges and seminars.
Guest stars will include the likes of Jay Cutler, Ronnie Coleman, Lazar Angelov and Andreia Brazier. If you’re into pumping iron you’ll most likely know who these legendary monsters are.
Guests can also look forward to an exhibition featuring 100 of the world’s leading health and fitness brands, offering free samples and special offers on their health products.
As for the challenges mentioned above, they will include six tests on strength, such as atlas stone lifting, tyre flipping and yacht pulling, seeing the best of the 12 competitors crowned as Dubai Muscle Show’s Strongest Man.
The event will also include the TK Amateur Championship, in which a dozen of Dubai’s best amateur cage fighters will put mixed martial arts skills to the test in emphatic style.
“This event is set to be a landmark show for the local fitness industry due to the business development opportunities it will facilitate and the inspiration that so many of the athletes will give to those looking to reach their fitness goals,” Hessa Al Kous, director of Events Department at Dubai Sports Council,told Sports 360.
Organizers are expecting 10,000 attendees over the weekend. Tickets cost Dhs40 for a day and Dhs65 for a two-day pass.
Would you believe someone if they told you that all your deeply rooted fears could be removed with a 90-minute yoga session? No? Neither would we. But according to the principles and energy of kundalini yoga, even the most powerful of emotions can be overcome.
Kundalini yoga was born in the 20th century, and even though it includes similar techniques and postures to hatha yoga, its focus is on the emotional aspect of the participant.
Yogi Nizar Saab is hosting a new eight-week workshop teaching this discipline, starting Sunday October 23 at Sonata Art Center in JLT. It’s aimed at not only helping participants understand the ideologies of kundalini, but also helping them find serenity. “The workshop aims to empower participants so they can conquer their fears through the power of specific yoga and meditation exercises. It will help them overcome fear and find inner peace,” explains Saab.
“The practise includes various stretching exercises for the lower back and thighs, deep breathing patterns and energy meditations, keeping in mind the different needs of each individual, to help participants overcome their fears in a smooth and gradual way.”
In addition to asanas, kundalini includes chants and mantras to help connect the body with the mind and essentially awaken the sixth chakra, the energy of which allows us to experience clear thought as well as self-reflection.
You might be used to the suryanamaskar (sun salutation) and child’s pose of other forms of yoga, but come prepared for a wholesome, holistic experience at this workshop. Saab says a regular kundalini yoga class is considered to be the most powerful form of the practise, increasing vitality, enhancing health and facilitating energy flow. Kundalini is also said to produce results up to 16 times faster than other forms of yoga. Sign us up.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and events and shows have taken place worldwide to mark the occasion. One was The Complete Walk in London, a series of 37 ten-minute-long films adapting all of The Bard’s films and starring the likes of Gemma Arterton and Omid Djalili.
Later this month, a selection of the films will be shown here in Dubai as part of the film festival Shakespeare in the Sands. The first event will feature nine of the videos, with more planned over the next few months.
One of the organisers, Asad Raza Khan, chatted to us about the power of Shakespeare and some of the films on show.
“There has never before been a festival that covers all of his work with such detail and finesse – the videos are made by the Globe Theatre, using the best of the UK’s talent,” he says.
As well as screenings of the films, there will also be panel discussions, monologues and costume competitions. Here, Khan talks you through it…
A Midsummer Night’s Dream “Shakespeare’s most popular comedy portrays the adventures of four youths and a group of amateur actors in an enchanted forest. There’s a fairy king, star-crossed lovers and a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey.” The film stars Nikki Amuka-Bird and David Caves.
Measure for Measure “It’s classified a comedy, but it can’t easily be described as either a comedy or tragedy. The plot centres on a judge employed by the Duke of Vienna to rule his land while he investigates the moral decay of his dukedom.” Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen plays the Duke.
Othello “It revolves around four characters: Othello, his wife, Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio and his unfaithful ensign Iago. Given its enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, it’s still performed in professional and community theatre alike.” David Harewood stars.
The Merry Wives of Windsor “This is the most farcical of the plays. Full of surprises, suitors, false identities and brilliant punchlines, this is the only one of his plays that you could call a modern sitcom.” Mel Giedroyc, who you may recognise from The Great British Bake Off plays one of the titular wives.