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.
‘But… Al Ain doesn’t have a coast!’ we hear you cry. Indeed it doesn’t. Instead, it has Wadi Adventure, home to an enormous surfing pool, a white water rafting facility and air park (essentially an enormous climbing frame for adults). Book your slots in advance. Dhs50 (entry), Dhs25 (giant swing), Dhs50 (air park), Dhs100 (surfing), Dhs100 (rafting). Al Ain, www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 842203 781 8422).
Just off the east coast and accessible from Al Boom Diving’s Fujairah outpost, Martini Rock is home to an abundance of colourful, fascinating marine life. See cuttlefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, broomtail wrasse, rays and even a turtle or two if you’re lucky. Dhs400 per diver with full kit. Al Boom Diving, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, www.alboomdiving.com (04 341 494004 341 4940).
Salvation, Sara Rahbar’s solo exhibition at Carbon 12 gallery, depicts the suffering of humanity, discrimination and violence through heavy sculptures that are arranged precariously in order to evoke feelings of vulnerability in the viewer. A hard-hitting but important exhibition.
The latest resident act over at Q’s Bar & Lounge is the talented XRISS, accompanied by her guitarist, bassist and drummer. The Lebanese singer has worked with Quincy Jones himself and her energetic music puts a fun contemporary spin on swing, ragtime and jazz, fusing it with modern pop and vintage genres.
British comedian Eddie Izzard is performing in Dubai for one night only this Thursday April 27. As part of his Force Majeure tour, the standup will take the stage and simultaneously launch the first DXBLaughs event – a brand-new comedy series by Done Events, which will see top talent from across the globe performing in Dubai throughout the year.
Check out deep house names Milo Häfliger, Shkoon and Patrick Khach at the launch of this brand-new event. Promising a night for the mind, body and soul, expect hair braiding, face art, bubble shows, live statues and much more. Ticket prices to be announced.
Move out of the fast lane with the Breathe in, Bliss out session led by Emilie Mikulla, who’ll show you how to use therapy balls to release tension from your joints and tissues. The class will end with guided focused breathing meditation to leave you thoroughly relaxed. Dhs200. 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Fill up on unlimited popcorn and soft drinks for just Dhs25, and buy yourself a beverage from the bar before settling in for an old-fashioned movie night. Screenings have included Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Star Wars: Episode III, but this week’s flick is the hilarious animated comedy Hotel Transylvania. (We know you love it). Dhs25. Ongoing.
The Grand Hyatt Dubai is marking the German tradition of celebrating the arrival of spring with live music from Die Kirchdorfer (flown in all the way from Munich) and, of course, plenty of schnitzel and hops. Apr 26 to May 6, Wed 7pm-1am; Thu-Fri 7pm-2am; Sat brunch: 12.30pm-4pm.
Roger Sanchez needs little introduction, and will be live at Zero Gravity alongside Claptone (pictured), with his enigmatic “birdman” persona and constantly evolving electro-dance-pop-acid sound. Don’t miss the chance to party to this unique DJ, live.