Blockbuster movies, hypnotic comedy, last-gasp rugby and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 13 See Robin Hood
In cinemas from Thursday another summer blockbuster arrives in the shape of Ridley Scott’s seemingly needless new take on the myth, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. But how will it compare to the Kevin Costner/Alan Rickman classic? Find out for yourself.
Thursday 13 Choose a bridal gown
Getting married? See Dubai’s first-ever in-store bridal trunk show and browse the latest catwalk collection from designer Carolina Herrera. Advanced booking is essential. The show continues until May 15 and brides-to-be will be able to make appointments following the trunk show.
Frost, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, 10am-6pm. Call 04 345 5690 for more information.
Thursday 13 Check out arty skateboards
Ditch your usual nightly hangout and mingle with the arty crowd at the opening of Fakie, an exhibition of painted skateboards by 30 artists from nine countries. All boards are priced at Dhs2,000. The Shelter , Al Quoz, 7pm-10pm. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Thursday 13 Feast on surf and turf
Choose from a range of options featuring shellfish and steak (you can even try some wagyu). Menus start at Dhs210, and the offer continues until May 21. Latino House , Al Murooj Rotana , 7pm-11.30pm. Call 04 321 1111 for more information.
Thursday 13 Be hypnotised
Local personality and life designer Dave Crane hypnotises audience members into doing bizarre and funny things. ‘Yes, you are a chicken…' Diamond Lounge , Sheikh Zayed Road, 7pm-late. Call 04 329 0905 for more information.
Thursday 13 Laugh out loud
Three excellent comedians, including musical oddball Pierre Hollins, play The Laughter Factory at a new venue within Media City’s Palladium. The Palladium , Media City, 9pm-late. . Call 04 391 4944 for more information.
Friday 14 Dance to Utah Saints at Barasti Beach Festival
There will be a diverse range of music courtesy of Utah Saints, who are headlining this mini-fest. Da:Funct Soundsystem do live rap and soul with mashups, plus DJ work from Mach4 and more. Barasti , Mina Seyahi , 5pm-3am. Call 04 399 3333 for more information.
Friday 14 Scrum time!
Catch local lads Arabian Gulf taking on South Korea in the Asia Five Nations tournament. This may be the Gulf’s last match: if they don’t place in the league, they’re disbanding.
The Sevens stadium, from 7pm . Check out www.asian5nations.com for more information.
Friday 14 Watch Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Catch renowned characters Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins in Dubai Drama Group’s play.
Thejamjar, Al Quoz, 7.30pm. Check out www.dubaidramagroup.com for more information.
Friday 14 See local bands The Recipe and Sol Eclectic
This urban music night hosts two local bands: hip-hop collective The Recipe and funky trio Sol Eclectic. Alpha , Le Méridien Dubai , 9pm-3am. Call 04 217 0000 for more information.
Friday 14 Dig out that fancy dress
Dhs20,000 of prizes can be won for the best fancy dress at this Cheese Costume Party night.
Chi, Oud Metha, 10pm-3am. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Saturday 15 Visit the new metro stops
These three stations open today – we say start the day with a mooch around Al Quoz’s art galleries, stop by the World Trade Centre for a spot of rock climbing at Dorrell Climbing, then finish off at Le Méridien Dubai in Garhoud for dumplings at Long Yin.
Garhoud (GGICO), Al Quoz and World Trade Centre metro stations
Saturday 15 Learn about digital art
Learn the techniques of digital art from Emirati master Jalal Luqman. This four-week course runs every Saturday evening and will teach you about every step of digital artistry. Register in advance.
Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, 5pm-10pm, Dhs1,950 for Tashkeel members, Dhs2,650 for non-members Call 04 336 3313 for more information.
Saturday 15 Chill out to Craig Smith’s tunes
Craig Smith plays soulful house tunes at one of the last 360° dates before the summertime heat rolls over the city. Enjoy it while you can!
360°, 4pm-2am, free, entry before 8pm only. Call 04 406 8744 for more information.
Sunday 15 Va va voom
Tickets for Abu Dhabi’s F1 go on sale at 4pm today at a purpose-built kiosk in The Dubai Mall. Get there quick: they’ll be snapped up fast.
Check out www.yasmarinacircuit.com for more information.
Sunday 16 Try the world’s first hybrid nail polish
Today is an exciting day for manicure enthusiasts: a revolutionary new nail polish is being unveiled. CND’s Shellac varnish paints on like a polish, sets like a gel and is removed in minutes, but will last for weeks. Chips be gone!
Tips and Toes salons across Dubai. Call 04 349 2918 for more information.
Sunday 16 Try a bite of Turkey
Guest chef Zeki Kalayci, from the Grand Hyatt Istanbul, is cooking a range of Turkish specialities. There are buffet and à la carte options, both Dhs129, including soft drinks. Guests also get a chance to fly business class to Istanbul and win a three-night stay.
Café Arabesque, Park Hyatt Dubai, noon-4pm, 6pm-midnight. Call 04 602 1234 for more information.
Sunday 16 See on-screen opera
The 1992 performance of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the MET, being screened at Art Sawa, features Pavarotti just before his hunger for pasta started affecting his movement, breathing and singing. The filmed version is a must-see for opera lovers.
Art Sawa Gallery, Al Quoz, 7pm-11pm, Dhs25. Check out
www.artsawa.com for more information.
Monday 17 Nine and dine
Enjoy nine holes of golf followed by a main course at Spikes restaurant for Dhs189 per person.
Al Badia Golf Club, Sun-Thu, 4pm onwards. Call 04 601 0101 for more information.
Monday 17 Hear Noush Like Sploosh play
Jazzy, witty, fun acoustic music from a very talented Dubai/Indian-based alternative musician.
The Fridge, 8pm-late, doors open 7.30pm. Call 04 347 7793 for more information.
Tuesday 18 Join the literati party
Fancy yourself as a budding author? Get a boost mid-week and take some proactive steps closer. Newly formed Emirates Literary Group brings together writers hoping to get published in Dubai.
Emirates Literary Group. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday 18 Party at 360° with Graeme Park
The veteran of the UK’s dearly missed Hacienda club returns to Dubai to play classic hits from the early days of house music.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 9pm-late. Call 04 406 8744 for more information.
Tuesday 18 Get girly at Gold
The auric-themed hotel bar is trying to attract a more mainstream, less obscenely wealthy crowd with this ladies’ night, which includes two free cocktails.
Gold, Monarch Hotel, 9pm-3am. Call 04 501 8888 for more information.
Wednesday 19 Snap up cheap art
This art sale features digital works, photography prints and limited editions, with prices starting from Dhs150. Beats Ikea art!
Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. Check out www.ductac.org for more information.
Wednesday 19 Remember the ’90s at Barasti
This cheesetastic event sees two heroes of ’90s club culture, Black Box and Dr Alban, playing their hit singles, which include Ride on Time, Fantasy and It’s My Life.
Barasti, 5pm-3am. Call 04 399 3333 for more information.