Brunches, DJ sets and VR games happening this weekend
Phew, that turned out to be a long week, didn’t it? The weekend has finally arrived though, and this time it’s bringing us quite the selection of festivities to attend – including a hilarious musical, a weekend feast and a couple of international DJ’s and stars. Go on, take a sneak peek of what kind of weekend you’re in for.
ALL WEEKEND Here comes Spamalot If countless sarcastic quips, bombastic movements and bellowing voices are your jam, get yourself booked in for an evening with Spamalot, which runs until Saturday May 5 at Dubai Opera. From Dhs250. Until Sat May 5. Thu 8pm, Fri-Sat 3pm and 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
Garden on 8 hops fest Get ready for a spring hops fest at garden on 8. The pub will install an incredible 12-metre-long bar where bartenders will be pouring pints of the finest selection from around the world. Expect live music and plenty of prizes to be won throughout the weekend. Prepare for a chilled evening with beverage in hand from 4pm every day until Sunday May 6. Prices vary. Daily 4pm-late. Until May 6. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Don’t miss out on Jumeirah Restaurant Week The culmination of delicious bites from some of the best restaurants throughout Jumeirah is coming to an end this weekend, so get in while you still can. Set menu prices range from Dhs150 to Dhs350, and you’ll get quite a dose of food for your buck. Tuck in to Zheng He’s sizeable tiger prawns and Zha Jiang Noodles, try out The Rib Room’s flavoursome meats or get a load of Nathan Outlaw’s signature dishes at Al Mahara. Dhs150-Dhs350. Sun Apr 29-Sat May 5. Various locations in Jumeirah. For more information or reservations, visit jumeirah.com/restaurantweek
Dive into Virtual Reality Sports What’s this? Playing 20 virtual reality sports games without having to step outside into the heat? Yes please. Located in the Virtual Reality Park in The Dubai Mall, the recently added VR Sports space will feature an immersive experience for basketball, football, skiing, golf, cricket and more. Prices vary. Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu-Sat 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.vrparkdubai.com.
THURSDAY DJ Kiko Navarro The summer is closing in, but Cielo Sky Lounge has just the thing to close off the season. With more than two decades of experience on the decks, DJ Kiko Navarro is a hit on the Balearic Islands party scene. Expect an electrifying evening of hit tunes. Free. Thu May 3, 9pm-3am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
Headline at N’dulge The massive UK garage night is back at Atlantis The Palm with a line-up of So Solid Crew heroes Lisa Maffia and Romeo. Prepare your feet for dancing through to the early hours of the morning. Dhs100 (in advance), Dhs150 (on the door). Thu May 3, 10pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (052 777 6953).
Jason Byrne live at McGettigan’s JLT Back in Dubai following a hilarious weekend in 2017, top comedian Jason Byrne is here for two nights to get you laughing at this Irish bar. Dhs120. May 3-4, doors at 7pm. McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Hotel, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).
Swing against Cancer Want to meet legendary German footballer Dietmarr Hamann? You’re in luck, as the star will be attending the Swing Against Cancer charity evening at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Enjoy a barbecue, two hours of drinks and a Q&A session with the man himself. Dhs345 (per person), Dhs3,000 (table of ten). Thu May 3, 7pm. Earth Terrace, Jumeirah Golf Estates, www.swingagainstcancer.com.
Rock that mic Lucky Voice has a new evening offering two hours of unlimited bubbly and your own karaoke room. For just Dhs99, Dhs99. Thu 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
FRIDAY Groove on the Grass Tis the season to be… groovy. The celebration deep house tunes and chilled-out nights is coming to a close, but not without one final festival at Emirates Golf Club. From 5pm onwards, Groove on the Grass will be bringing its A game, with acts such as Max Cooper and Apparat. If it’s anything like last season when Bonobo played his set, we’re in for a treat. From Dhs160. Fri May 4, 5pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.grooveonthegrass.com/ (04 380 1234).
Laugh out loud to Atul Khatri In the mood to be in a fit of laughter? Atul Khatri, one of the most successful stand-up comedians in India, is bringing his witty humour to Dubai. He’ll be taking to the stage at Dubai College’s Auditorium for the latest Comedy Fest event. He’s performed all over the world, including in San Francisco and Melbourne at the International Comedy Festival, and was the first Indian stand-up to perform at Hong Kong’s Comedy Festival. From Dhs85. Fri May 4, 7.30pm. The Auditorium, Dubai College, dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/69050/atul-khatri (050 456 6904).
Cinco de Mayo at Peyote Filled with Latin American spirit and perfect for those looking to fill their Friday with quality Mexican cuisine, Peyote will be going all out this year to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a special brunch. Expect upbeat live Latino entertainment, along with tasty dishes including tacos and a selection of signature drinks to complete the fiesta. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). Fri May 4, 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 521 6300).
SATURDAY Brunch time with a view at Scape Scape is hosting a Saturday brunch where you can eat sushi doughnuts in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab. Book it now while the weather is bearable. Dhs495 (soft), Dhs695 (house beverages). Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Shine spa Need a complete day to zone out and pamper yourself? Why not ease yourself into the summer with Shine Spa at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel with a 60-minute relaxing massage followed by a spa and pool session. For the price it’s set, it’s quite the way to spend your Saturday. Dhs325. Sat-Wed, 9am-10pm. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha, www.shinespadubai.com/ (04 503 4100).
Tortuga Street Market Trying to recreate a walk down a Mexican alley and smelling the spices that fill the air isn’t easy, but Tortuga produces the vibrant atmosphere of a Mexican street festival with delicious bites every weekend. Arribe. Dhs139. Every Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam (04 432 3232).
Maifest at Grand Hyatt Dubai Who needs Oktoberfest when Maifest fest is just around the corner? Enjoy German favourites such as bratwurst or veal schnitzel and the finest German hops in this famous Maifest tent. Dhs205 (food), Dhs305 (house drinks). Until Sat May 5, 7pm-2am. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
See Fetty Wap live at Drai’s Dubai and WHITE Dubai Think seeing this US hip-hop star on Friday won’t be enough? Don’t fret, as he’ll be playing at another mega club the next day, too. Fetty Wap is performing tonight at day-to-night club Drai’s, followed by a gig the next night at WHITE Dubai. How lucky are we. Drai’s: Dhs100 (ladies before 3pm), Dhs200 (ladies after 3pm and gents all day). Fri May 4, noon-midnight. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857). WHITE: free. Sat May 5, 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
SUNDAY Brand-new couples’ night at Casa Mia Take that special someone for a slap-up meal tonight. Head along to this Italian restaurant helmed by Chef Maurizio Lazarin, as Casa Mia has a new couples’ night. Expect a delightful range of specially made pastas, spiedo-grilled meats and specials with a complimentary grape tasting. Prices vary. Sun, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 550 9120)
Got a case of the Sunday blues? Start of the week got you feeling down? Club Boudoir at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa wants you to let loose on Sundays to shake off any gloominess. Expect buy one, get one free deals. Free. Sun, 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah 1, clubboudoirdubai.com/ (04 345 5995).