Discover the top things to do in Dubai this weekend whether you are looking for some sporting event or just an adventure with the whole family.
Arabian Travel Market
The Arabian Travel Market is a trade show for professionals to get the latest updates and trends in the industry. This year’s event features a focus on travel technology and halal tourism, which addresses the specific needs of Islamic travellers. Taking place from 24th to 27th April at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, entrance is free. Visit www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.
Jad Abi Haider live at Simply Italian
The charming Italian restaurant, Simply Italian, will host The Voice Finalist Jad Abi Haider every Thursday until Ramadan for an exciting start to the weekend. Located on the Club Vista Mare on The Palm Jumeirah, Simply Italian will also team up with world class guitarist Cristo Fontecilla and customers will enjoy three hours of free flowing beverages for Dhs 190 from 8pm till late. Call 04-5588354.
One of the UK’s leading comedians, Sean Lock, will perform for the first time in Dubai as part of his ‘Keep It Light’ tour. See him on Thursday 27th April at Dubai World Trade Centre where tickets are priced between Dhs 295 and Dhs 495. Visit www.doneevents.com/sean-lock-2016.
When: April 28
FLASH Entertainment announces another unmissable event with one of Britain’s biggest stars - Olly Murs, who will perform live at the du Forum, Yas Island on Friday 28th April. Tickets are priced between Dhs 250 and Dhs 400 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ae.
When: Now - April 30
007 reports for duty
There’s still time to catch the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition at The Annex, Burj Khalifa, running until 30th April. Visit www.jamesbondexhibitiondubai.com.
When: Now - April 30
Follow Truckers DXB for a laid-back vibe with live music and quality street food from a variety of food trucks. Chill out in the vibrant outdoor settings of different venues and peruse the colourful craft stalls on offer. Running until 30th April, Truckers DXB features at several locations and events around town, from Emirates Hills Golf Club to the Truckers Beach Edition at JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel & Resort. Visit www.facebook.com/truckersdxb.
Saruq Al-Hadid Museum
History comes alive at Saruq Al-Hadid Museum where locally unearthed artefacts are displayed that evidence Dubai’s role as a hub for trade and civilisation in the Arabian Peninsula. Saruq Al Hadid is an archaeological site, the oldest discovered in Dubai so far, and it reveals intriguing details of a mysterious civilisation that existed 4,000 years ago in the Rub Al Khali desert. In 2002, the site was discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, while on a helicopter hovering over the area, as he noticed that the sand dunes were darker in colours than their surroundings. It was here that a gold ring was discovered that inspired the new Dubai Expo 2020 logo. This newly-opened museum takes you through the mysterious route of archaeological discoveries and presents exciting treasures of long ago. Individual entrance is Dhs 20, kids from seven to 12 years pay Dhs 10 and free for over 60s. www.saruqalhadid.ae.
When: Now - June 17
New Yorker Samia Halaby exhibits two of her latest projects side-by-side at Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue. ‘Illuminated Spaces’ is the artist’s impression of the space of light, depicted through paintings of her environment. The second, entitled ‘Documentary Drawings of the KafrQasem Massacre’ is a hard-hitting series illustrating the tragic events of 1956 in Palestine. Open from now until 17th June. Call 04-3236242, www.ayyamgallery.com/exhibitions/samia-halaby_7.
When: Now - September 10
La Galerie Nationale brings back the successful concept of showcasing art and designer pieces in a space that is laid out to look like an apartment, with actual pieces of art as décor, including furniture. This time a whole new set of artists has been showcased in the unusual space, and Fred Kleinberg, creating art since 1985, is exhibiting his oil paintings. See it from now until 10th September at Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue. Call 04-3804652, www.alserkalavenue.ae/en/neighborhood/la-gallerie-nationale.php.
When: May 1
The Tap House Quiz Night
The Tap House will be launching their first Quiz Night with Annah Jacon on Monday 1st May. The social beachfront bar and restaurant is located on Club Vista Mare on The Palm Jumeirah offering a variety of European cuisine. Customers will enjoy 25% off their bill from 10pm till midnight. First 10 teams to register will receive a bottle of house grape or a bucket of house brews free. Call 04-5143778.
When: May 3
Señors look sharp, there’s a new gents night in town and it goes by the name of Ikemen Wednesdays. Located at stylish Nikkei hot spot Ají at the super exclusive Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah, the new night will offer the men of Dubai another reason to celebrate Wednesdays, offering male guests 20% off Aji’s Japanese Peruvian menu and two complimentary beverages.
When: May 7 - 9
Discover a comprehensive range of products and services in the automotive aftermarket industry at Automechanika Dubai. This year’s event features 25 country pavilions, including Iran, Japan, the Netherlands and Peru, which will exhibit for the first time. Germany, well known for its expertise in the auto industry, will host the largest pavilion. Six product sections include Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customising, Tyres & Batteries, Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning and Repair & Maintenance. Taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 7th to 9th May, entrance is free. Visit www.automechanikadubai.com.
When: May 12
AjoyChakrabarty is a guru of music and the recipient of the MahaSangeetSamman and the BangaBibhushan, two of India’s highest awards. He has also received the Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh Lifetime Achievement Award. Chakrabarty is a breathtaking vocalist, an academician, and a teacher, and you can see him live on Friday 12th May at Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC where tickets are priced from Dhs 150 to Dhs 300. Visit www.ENBDClassics.com.
When: October 11 - 14
Oh what a night!
From Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th October, the Jersery Boys will be coming to the Dubai Opera Stage to tell the tempestuous story of the 1960s rock ‘n roll group - The Four Seasons. Ticket prices start at Dhs 250. Visit www.dubaiopera.com