14 things you need to do in Dubai this week

Free yoga, stargazing, superhero DJs, New Order, comedy and more


Thursday 6

Superheroes returns

Superheroes is back. With bells on. Their first event features breakbeat bass pioneers Mafia Kiss and garage and bass remix group FooR.
Free before 11pm, Dhs100 thereafter. 9pm-3am. Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).

Tickle your taste buds

Head to Armani/Amal for a taste of traditional Lucknowi dishes as part of a special four-course menu available this month.
Dhs300 (four courses vegetarian), Dhs350 (four courses non-vegetarian). Daily 7pm-11.30pm. Until April 30. Armani/Amal, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 437 1669).

Get Ready for a giggle

The credentials of this month’s Laughter Factory line-up include stints on QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week. See hilarious sets from comedians Phil Nichol, Stephen Grant (pictured) and Imran Yusuf.
Dhs140. Apr 6-7, 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (050 878 6728).

Friday 7

New Order

You’re bound to have heard New Order’s biggest hit Blue Monday, but if not, we’d recommend getting yourself down to their gig anyway. Fans will be treated to all their biggest hits – such as Bizarre Love Triangle and True Faith – but even sceptical younger fans might be converted by their new material, which features their signature punk rock, synth-pop sound and vocals from the likes of Iggy Pop, and Elly Jackson of La Roux.
From Dhs349. Fri Apr 7, 8pm-12.30pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.platinumlist.net.

STEP to the beat

The Recipe will be playing live alongside a host of independent local and regional artists, including Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila and rap duo Flipp & Daffy, at the 12-hour Step Music festival.
From Dhs180. Noon-midnight. Dubai International Marine Club, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.stepconference.com.

Catch Mambo Brothers live

Mambo Brothers were born and raised in Ibiza, so you know their DJ sets are going to be pretty epic. They cite everyone from Pete Tong to Jason Bye as their influences and have made waves with their vocal tech house music.
Free before 7pm, Dhs150 thereafter. Noon-3am. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, www.platinumlist.com (04 399 0009).

Keep fit Friday at Reform

Reform Social & Grill has launched a healthy eating, get fit campaign every Friday. Early morning outdoor yoga is followed by lots of organic loveliness from the Ripe Organic Breakfast Menu and Ripe Organic Fruit and Veg Stand. Lush.
Free entry. Fri 8am-midnight. Until Apr 14. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).

Saturday 8

Dubai Summerfest with Morgan Heritage
Jam to feel-food reggae tracks at XL Dubai from Grammy Award-winning band Morgan Heritage, whose music fuses reggae, dancehall and pop hits.
From Dhs100 (in advance). Doors open 8pm, show starts 11pm. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina (052 634 1040).

Keep the beat
Ever wondered why drummers are often a band’s fittest member? Well, a new class at The Burj Club has the answer. POUND is the world’s first cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming.
Dhs110 (non-members). Sat 10am. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3900).

Full moon yoga

Fairmont The Palm is opening its beach for full moon yoga sessions, starting tonight. Book ahead and arrive early to make sure your view isn’t impeded by someone else’s adho mukha svanasana…
Dhs75. 8pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3330).

Sunday 9

Steak Sundays

Beat those start-of-the-week blues with dinner at Couqley. Take advantage of the French restaurant in JLT’s Steak Frites Sundays deal, and get two steaks, two portions of fries, pain perdu (or French toast) for dessert and a bottle of grape, all for just Dhs279. We’re in.
Dhs226 (food only), Dhs279 (including grape). Sun noon-midnight. Ongoing. Cluster A, JLT (04 514 9339).

Explore some works of art

See Tehran-based painter Afshin Pirhashemi’s House of Cards exhibition, which features stunning large-scale works that explore gender, violence, mass media and balances of power.
Free. Sun-Thu noon-10pm. Until May 25. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Monday 10

Retro classic
Don’t miss the vibrant coming-of-age romantic musical featuring a good old dose of ’50s fashion, rebel teens and singalong hits.
From Dhs150. Apr 7-13, times vary. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.greasethemusical.ae.

Tuesday 11

Blue Man Group
Any stage show that gives audience members ponchos to wear during the performance is pretty high on our must-see list. The Blue Man Group have been around since the ’90s, touring the world with their weird, wild and wonderfully imaginative show that combines music, theatre, art, comedy, paint and streamers.
From Dhs195. Apr 11-15, times vary. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).

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