Listen up, and take notes. Here's what to do, and what not to bother with, this month in Dubai.
Becky Lucas and Jeremy Lawrence
Souk al Bastikiya
Bastakiya is great. We love it. Only problem is, the place tends to be a bit desolate. So what better idea than to get the area bustling than the huge weekly street market, inaugurated on December 20. Souk Al Bastakiya packed in 2,000 visitors on its maiden voyage, including 50 vendors and a programme of live music. Don’t miss next Saturday’s Souk Al Bastakiya at 10am until sundown. Valet service available.
The Mystery Jets
Despite their spangly – or were they supposed to be festive? – outfits ( guitarist Will Rees wore a silver V-neck; bassist Kai Fish sported a shiny gold jacket), the visiting half of UK-based band The Mystery Jets put in a fine DJing performance at Alpha last weekend, which deserved to be taken nothing but seriously. After stamping all over the ‘bands can’t DJ’ cliché, they then returned to form by leaving the club at 7.30am and heading straight to the airport, to just about make it to their next gig in Kuala Lumpa. Rock and, indeed, roll.
The fifth Dubai International Film Festival
OK, so the Hollywood A-listers were not quite as big as last time (but, in fairness, how can you top George Clooney?). However, the selection of films shown during the week-long festival undoubtedly showed our regular cinema scene a thing or two. Highlights included the eerie silent German film Nosferatu, the first horror film ever made, and Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle’s fantastic Mumbai-based new film, introduced by Anil Kapoor. While DIFF may not be a hotspot for those ‘in the industry’ – for the little people like us, it’s a breath of cultural fresh air.