The weekend's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more
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One of the most iconic characters in film is being celebrated at a special exhibition at the Burj Khalifa.
007: Fifty Years of Bond Style runs from Monday November 14 to Monday
February 13, 2017, and features one of the largest collections of
official memorabilia ever collated in one place.
elements – music, gadgets, fashion, technology and more – from five
decades of the franchise will be showcased in a specially designed space
at the world’s tallest building. A star-studded launch party will be
among the most glamorous events to be held at the iconic Dubai tower.
will recognise Scaramanga’s titular pistol from The Man with the Golden
Gun and Daniel Craig’s wardrobe from Casino Royale, as well as the
Spectre Aston Martin DB10, while the range of props, production design,
costumes and weapons offer something for everyone, regardless of their
interest in Ian Fleming’s spy.
The exhibition was first
launched at London’s Barbican Centre in 2012 and has since visited
Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne, Moscow, Rotterdam, Madrid, Mexico City and
As part of the celebration, Emaar Properties will run a
number of exciting activities during the run of the Designing 007
exhibition, among them movie marathons at Reel Cinemas, special exhibits
at At The Top and even at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (whether
or not that’s Wet Nellie, the custom-built Lotus Esprit S1 submarine car
from 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, remains to be seen).
The SunSets Music Festival returns to Barasti this weekend for three nights of concerts. Electropop singer Little Boots (pictured), DJ Sandy Rivera and Apl.de.Ap from the Black Eyed Peas perform tonight.
Punk isn’t dead. At least, not as long as The Stranglers are still touring. On Thursday November 24, the legendary band, best known for their songs Golden Brown, Peaches, and No More Heroes, will take to the stage at The Irish Village, returning to Dubai for the first time in eight years. We caught up with one of the band’s original members, bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel, at his home in France to find out what we can expect from the gig.
In 2014, The Stranglers celebrated their 40th anniversary, and when they started out, Burnel had no idea that they’d still be touring and performing all these years later. “We were lucky to even get a pub gig in the early days, and it just sort of developed,” he says. “Forty years ago, music had a limited shelf life. We thought we might get the chance to have a hit record, and then go back to our real lives.”
Despite that, though, The Stranglers stuck around. “An awful lot of people dismissed us and wrote us off,” Burnel says, “so you can’t blame us for enjoying the fact that we’ve survived and made a living out of it”.
The Stranglers have released 17 studio albums, and had 23 Top 40 singles in the UK, since they started out as the Guildford Stranglers. In 1977, they released their first two albums, Rattus Norvegicus and No More Heroes, and for a while, they were both in the charts at the same time. “And that was when people sold lots of records,” says Burnel. Their debut album, Rattus Norvegicus, spent 34 weeks in the Top 40.
Then, four years later, The Stranglers released one of their biggest hits, Golden Brown. A lot of people were surprised, Burnel says, including their record company. “Everyone thought they’d seen the last of us, and suddenly we had a worldwide hit. That was a real highlight.”
Over the past 40 years, the band have seen original singer Hugh Cornwell leave in 1990 only for his replacement to leave in 2006. Now, vocal duties are split between Burnel and guitarist Baz Warne. Original drummer Jet Black is still a part of the band, but health issues prevent him from touring. “There’s still two of us from the original line-up still playing,” Burnel says. “And Baz, our guitarist, has been with us for 17 years so he’s hardly a newcomer. We’ve never split up – we just sort of evolved.”
Their current line-up, according to Burnel, is one of the most successful they’ve ever had.
They’re also working on new music, he reveals, but don’t expect to hear it any time soon. “We want to produce something that will last, otherwise what’s the point? We’ve got about three songs recorded, and about 150 other pieces we have to look at. We’re in no rush.” Until that’s finished, The Stranglers are concentrating on their live shows. When asked about their gig later this month, Burnel says that people should “expect the unexpected – and a bit of a laugh”.
As well as DJing and producing dance music, Chilean electronic music artist DINKY plays classical guitar and jazz piano, so you can expect to hear some pretty unique tunes from her tonight. Dhs50 before 8pm, Dhs80 from 8pm-11pm, Dhs100 thereafter. 6pm-3am. Fri Nov 18.
Australian drum ’n’ bass band Pendulum, who are famous for hits including Blood Sugar and Watercolour, take to the decks at Nasimi Beach this evening for the club’s latest Full Moon Party. Local DJs are also on the line-up, including David De Luca.
Electronic music festival Groove on the Grass has teamed up with Red Bull Music Academy for their latest gig. The line-up includes two of the biggest names on the underground electronic music scene right now – Mano Le Tough and Agoria. From Dhs180. 5pm-3am. Fri Nov 18.
The latest event from local music collective Tse Tse Fly sees performances from a mix of musicians and multimedia artists including Isaac Sullivan, Golden Lion and Visqueen. Free. 8pm-2.45am. Fri Nov 18.