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.
The award-winning Irish theatre group Danú Dubai is putting on a production of the most famous vampire story (no, not Twilight), Dracula. This adaptation by American playwright Steven Dietz features Iraqi-Scottish actor Hussain Hadi as the titular vampire. Dhs60-150. Oct 28-29, 3pm, 7.30pm.
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.
One of the world’s most spectacular sporting events is coming to Dubai, as the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series makes its UAE debut.
The world’s finest exponents of this most gravity-defying of disciplines will gather in the Dubai Marina on Friday October 28 for the final round of the series, which began in Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, back in June.
Since then, the athletes have crossed the globe, diving at some stunning locations, witnessed by a growing band of fans.
But all eyes are now on the series finale, with the intrepid competitors set to leap off Pier 7, landing in the water at speeds of around 85kph – and all after performing an array of flips and twists in a bid to impress the judges.
One athlete who is particularly looking forward to coming to Dubai is Orlando Duque, the legendary Colombian who won the first-ever series back in 2009.
“I’m really excited to be going there,” he tells Time Out. “Every time we go to a new location it’s a completely different situation for all the divers and that, in a way, makes the competition more interesting. We have to adapt to the new conditions really quickly, having only one day of practice before we start with the first round of competition.”
Cliff diving is certainly a niche sport in the UAE, but Duque is positive that once spectators see their exploits in the Marina, they will spread the word and help increase exposure. He is also hopeful that after the Pier 7 event there might be a few athletes from these shores joining the tour soon.
“If that were to happen, it would be the best,” he adds. “To get cliff diving included in the Olympics we will need as many national federations as possible. I know the country has some great facilities for diving so it’s possible that in the near future we could have some divers from the UAE.”
Duque and his rivals, including five-time champion Gary Hunt, will be leaping into the unknown, somewhat, and the Colombian feels this could be a great leveller.
“It’s hard to make any assessments without having seen the location,” he says.
“I know from experience that when diving into flat water, for me at least, the impact feels really heavy. The only thing is that all the divers will be in the same situation.”
And Duque believes the pure spectacle of the competition should mean fans head down to Dubai Marina in their droves. Apart from Cargo and Ocacti, from whose terraces competitors will dive, it is expected to be business as usual for other Pier 7 outlets, and those in the area with views of the action.
“It’s such a fun competition to watch,” he adds. “Live, you can really appreciate the speed of the fall, the sound of the impact and also be really close to all the divers. The atmosphere is great, too.”
If you’re still not sure about witnessing the spectacle, go to www.redbull.tv for some incredible footage of previous stages.
Following the success of the Eat: Ramen pop-up in March, Time Out Dubai’s Best Café, Tom&Serg, is bringing it back for today only. For Dhs130, feast on ramen, gyoza, salad, dessert and a drink. The ramen shoyu with char sui chicken roll (pictured) is sure to be popular. Dh130. 6pm.
With its 236 spacious rooms and suites offering views of the Dubai skyline, The H Dubai is perfect for a staycation in the heart of the city. Book at least 72 hours in advance and you’ll get 15 percent off the best available rate, money you can re-invest in dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants including Okku (pictured). Prices vary (deal not applicable to groups). Until Dec 12.
In honour of Diwali, Mint Leaf of London has a special five-course set menu including cardamom and cream cheese prawns and a classic chicken tikka or lamb leg braised with spinach and garlic. Enjoy the classy Indian cuisine with views of the Burj Khalifa. Dhs245. Oct 27-31, noon-midnight.
The festival at Reform Social & Grill returns with more than 40 varieties of hops and apple-based beverages available until Saturday October 29. There will be live music and barbecued deliciousness all weekend long. Start that Whatsapp group and gather friends over for an al fresco weekend of fun in the sun. Dhs50 (day entry ticket), Dhs225 (five beverage tokens), Dhs380 (ten beverage tokens). Oct 27-29, 5pm-10pm.
To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Arjaan by Rotana is hosting a free health talk, check-up and consultation this afternoon. This service is open to the public, and is an important one to attend. Free. (pre-registration required). 12.15pm-2.30pm.
The Act is transformed into The Manor for Halloween, so head down to party in your spookiest costume. Resident DJs Sam Starks and Mitchel provide the beats to keep you from feeling (as well as looking) like a zombie. Free, reservations required. Sun 8.30pm-3am.
Salsali Private Museum in Alserkal Avenue is hosting a new exhibition curated by award-winning designer Hossein Rezvani. The exhibition, Carpetized, will showcase some of the best contemporary 21st century Persian carpets, which mix modern colours with classic patterns and techniques. Free. Sun-Thu 11am-6pm; Sat 1pm-5pm. Until November 5.
Head over to McGettigan’s in JLT, where they’re screening Halloween-appropriate flicks tonight for the Monday Movies night. The first film showing is family-friendly – they’re screening ’90s movie Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, to warm the crowd up. It’s only Dhs35 to get in, and that gets you a drink and unlimited popcorn. Then, if after that you’re feeling brave, hang around past midnight, because that’s when the frights really kick in. They’re screening horror classic The Hills Have Eyes. Dhs35. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7pm.
You haven’t celebrated Halloween until you’ve danced to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. There will be performances tonight at The Dubai Mall. Get involved. Free. 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and SEGA Republic.
In celebration of the hot and spicy ingredient, jones the grocer is serving a limited-edition menu until Sunday November 6, starring mole-marinated steak and chimichurri, and fire-roasted tomato and chipotle chilli soup. From Dhs20. Until Nov 6. Various locations.