Gather your friends and family to make brand new memories in a city that never rests. Shop for your home with great discounts, catch a timeless tale told in ballet or laugh until you cry with a celebrity comedian – there’s something for every mood this weekend in Dubai. Movies, music and more: here are the top seven things to do this weekend.
Spice up your life with the Dubai Home Festival
Dubai Home Festival is well underway but the excitement is as fresh as ever. The inaugural festival, which runs until 1 May, sheds a light on home brands in Dubai, as stores across town offer shoppers unbeatable discounts, prizes and deals. If you’ve been updating your home mood board, have your eyes set on a new coffee table or want to add a dash of something special to your house, this is the perfect occasion to scope out all your favourite brands. Participating outlets and malls have also designed special raffles or spend-and-win promotions to add an element of surprise to all the excitement.
When: until 1 May
See the rousing tale of Sleeping Beauty
The wait is over, the highly anticipated ballet production of Sleeping Beauty arrives at Dubai Opera this weekend. This remarkable tale shares the story of a young princess, an evil fairy and a curse unleashed by the prick of a spindle. See it come back to life in its full, breathtaking form with the National Ballet of Ukraine and Tchaikovsky’s original score from 1890. It’s a highlight in Dubai Opera’s glittering 2019 calendar, which includes the Phantom of the Opera in its line-up. Live symphony orchestra, eye-catching costumes and a talented cast are bound to make this show one to remember.
When: 26-27 April
Where: Dubai Opera
Catch BAFTA-winning Michael McIntyre live
Michael McIntyre is no newbie to comedy circuits around the world and he’s certainly no newbie to Dubai, back for the first time since 2015. The celebrity comic is one of the UK’s top funnymen whose star has powered many television shows, international stand-up stages and even the judge’s panel in Britain’s Got Talent. One of the world's most successful comedians, McIntyre has mastered the art of making people laugh and has a great many awards to prove it. See him perform live this Thursday and Friday for shows that are almost sold out.
When: 25-26 April
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Free climb to the top of history
If you’re in the mood for a lowkey weekend, kick it back with some freshly popped popcorn, steaming cup of Karak from Project Chaiwala and a memorable film at Cinema Akil. This weekend is your last chance to catch Free Solo, a documentary that chronicles a daring climb up Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan. The film focuses on professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he takes on this 3,000-foot vertical cliff, which has been conquered by a great many climbers but never before without safety ropes.
When: 25-26 April
Where: Cinema Akil
Sing by the sea with James Arthur
James Arthur has oozed star power from the get-go. After winning The X-Factor in 2012, the English singer-songwriter released his debut single ‘Impossible’, which immediately catapulted to the top of the UK Singles Chart. Since then, he has become a factory of hitmakers including ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, ‘Can I Be Him’ and ‘You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You’. He’s arriving at Dubai’s award-winning nightlife venue Zero Gravity this Friday for a beachside singalong you don't want to miss.
When: 26 April
Where: Zero Gravity
Save the Earth at Children’s City
No weekend in Dubai leaves out its little friends. Parents, bring your children for a day of fun learning at Children’s City special Earth Day Carnival. Kids can learn the importance of protecting the environment, become a sustainable superhero, create upcycled art and much more. It’s an accessible and entertaining way to get children into the spirit of Earth Day in a lively environment. Head over soon since the event wraps up on Thursday, and be sure to check out Children’s City’s wide array of scientific exhibitions.
When: until 25 April
Where: Children’s City, Creek Park
Hear catchy Celtic jingles by The Proclaimers
See The Proclaimers live from way less than 500 miles away at Irish Village. The bespectacled twin brother-duo is best known for foot-tapping ditties that have made it into many Hollywood blockbusters, including Shrek and Pitch Perfect. They’ll be performing a repertoire of their folk rock-meets-indie pop hits including ‘I’m Gonna Be’ and ‘I’m On My Way’ for a fun-filled concert that is equal parts free-style karaoke.
When: 25 April
Where: Irish Village
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