A sensational resurrection of a late music legend, a delicious celebration of food and life, and the return of the city’s most beloved multicultural carnival–this weekend is shaping up to be one for the books. Discover comedy, culture and everything in between with our top seven things to do in Dubai:
Enter Macbeth at The Junction
If you’re tired of the same old Shakespearean tales, you’re in for a surprise with Ruth Buchanan’s rendition of a literary classic spun on its head. Breaking all the rules and walls of theatre, ‘Enter Macbeth’ is a farcical merging of ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Macbeth’ featuring guest appearances by Voldemort, Darth Vader and a slew of characters that shouldn’t be meeting.
The characters of Shakespeare's ‘Hamlet’ are sent into a frenzy when the lead of their play goes missing. Fighting to keep their numbers even and their show on stage, the cast of ‘Hamlet’ begins recruiting characters from cousin plays. Much to their dismay, all they do is invite more chaos. Directed by Meghana Mundkur, catch Tall Tales Production’s hilarious performance of ‘Enter Macbeth’ this weekend at Alserkal Avenue’s independent performing space, The Junction.
When: 1-3 November
Where: The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Arabs Are Not Funny at Dubai Opera
Witness the unapologetic bashing of hackneyed stereotypes with undeniably and unbelievably hysterical comics for one night only. Back by popular demand, the incredibly successful show Arabs Are Not Funny is returning for a second edition to Dubai Opera this Thursday with a brand new line-up of performances and perspectives. Meet Egyptian-Welsh comic and Edinburgh Fringe veteran Omar Hamdi, bitingly witty and thought-provoking Fatiha El Ghorri, the explosive Nabil Abdulrashid, and award-winning Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata whose sardonic, no-nonsense humour has travelled the world.
When: November 1
Where: Dubai Opera
Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
If you never got to see Michael Jackson perform during his lifetime, here’s your chance. World-renowned Spanish impressionist Sergio Cortes is bringing the legendary artist back to life Friday night with an electrifying concert at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Slip on your gloves and your dancing shoes to relive MJ greatest hits from 'Beat It' to 'Thriller' and witness his sensational choreography as if performed by the king himself.
When: 2 November
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Make your way to the opening weekend of one of Dubai’s most anticipated annual cultural events, Global Village. The festival park is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to travel around the world in one evening with over 75 countries exhibiting mouthwatering foods, exotic goods and dazzling entertainment native to them. Expect vibrant parades and multicultural music to take over the 17,200,000 sq. ft. park, and enjoy the wide selection of games and rides for the younger ones.
When: 30 October – 6 April 2019
Where: Global Village
Breeze at Dawn Exhibition at Third Line Gallery
Preparing for its last weekend at The Third Line Gallery in Dubai’s arts and culture district, Alserkal Avenue, is Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s solo exhibition 'The Breeze at Dawn Has Secrets to Tell You'. While Monir’s kinetic art installations are another pit stop in the artist’s ever-changing experimentations with mixed media, you can see her roots in Islamic cosmology, mathematics and Sufi mysticism.
Reflective surfaces and geometric shapes display Monir’s youthful spirit while hinting at origins in Iranian architecture and the artist's own memories. Don’t miss out on the latest work by a globally recognised Iranian art icon whose work has been displayed in prestigious institutions like New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and more.
When: 1-3 November
Where: The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue
Ty Dolla $ign Live at BOA
Whether you know him for his catchy music or his dreadlocks, one thing is for sure: you know Ty Dolla $ign. The voice and mind behind Billboard Top 100 ranking hits ‘Or Nah’ and ‘Paranoid,’ Ty Dolla $ign is touching down in BOA this Friday night. Al Habtoor City’s trendy and sleek music venue is hosting a 21+ party with the globally renowned rapper as part of its hip-hop themed night ‘Bling Friday’, and while entry is free, we recommend you book a reservation because it’s bound to get busy. (Image via Shutterstock)
When: 2 November
Where: BOA Lounge, Al Habtoor city
Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet Food Festival
Travel the world via your taste buds at Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet’s Food Fest at City Walk this weekend only. Explore delicious, far-away foods from India, Jamaica, diverse regions of Asia and beyond while delighting in a carnival of live music and kids’ activities. Even young foodies are invited to enjoy the child-friendly dishes and stalls, Zumba sessions and a captivating illusionist performance. If you’re a fan of the bespoke food emporium, you’ll be sure to find its signature culinary concepts throughout the festival.
When: 1- 3 November
Where: Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet, City Walk
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