This Weekend: Watch the World Cup from the Iconic QE2 in Dubai

Published June 27th, 2018 - 09:33 GMT
Wave goodbye to June with seven super duper Dubai experiences (Gordon Bell /
Wave goodbye to June with seven super duper Dubai experiences (Gordon Bell /

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Let us entertain you this weekend with a full roster of intellectual pursuits (chess), character-driven humour from the sub-continent (comedy), tales of female empowerment (movies) and sounds of the golden age (music). Oh, and we did we mention that there might be some big screen football action across the city to boot?

Check out weekend recommendations here:

Catch an aspiring Kasparov

Cerebral moves from the next generation of chess grandmasters is the name of the game this weekend as Dubai Chess & Culture Club hosts the 15th Dubai Juniors Chess Tournament. Open to under 15s from the UAE and overseas, it’s sure to be a hive of emerging talent and a fascinating way to spend a few hours watching young brains in action. You might even pick up a few tips to improve your own game.

When: 26 June - 4 July 2018
Where: Dubai Chess & Culture Club
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Doctor in the house

Laughter really is the best medicine. So says Dr Mashoor Gulati, aka Sunil Grover, who brings his alter ego and bumbling doc persona to the Bollywood Parks stage for one night only. Star of the hugely popular Kapil Sharma show, Grover’s split personality will also see him in the guise of another much-loved character, Gutthi. If you’re up for some serious belly laughs and outrageous mirth, Grover is guaranteed to deliver.

When: 29 June 2018
Where: Raj Mahal Theatre, Bollywood Parks Dubai
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Stories of entrepreneurial inspiration

The latest offering from independent film platform Cinema Akil hits the big screen with a special showing of ‘She Started It’, a documentary from Insiyah Saeed and Nora Poggi that follows the trials, tribulations and successes of five international female entrepreneurs. Not your usual weekend cinematic fare, head down to A4 Space at Alserkal Avenue for a thought-provoking 90 minutes as these tenacious women pitch their business ideas, build teams, take their product to market, fail and start over.

When: 30 June 2018
Where: A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue
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Those were the days...

Close your eyes and take a step back in time with a celebration of some of the Arab world’s most popular and enduring musical compositions courtesy of Dubai Music Band. Dubai Opera will once again resonate to the sounds of Jaber Jasem, Mohammad Abdo, Ghrid Al Shati, Ahmad Kassem and Mohammad Abdul Wahab, as guest singers perform some of their best-known songs and pieces under the ‘Tones of a Golden Time’ banner.

When: 30 June 2018
Where: Dubai Opera
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FIFA goes to the movies

What could be better than live streamed FIFA World Cup action and popcorn? Catch the latest knuckle-biting match action from the comfort of a plush Novo Cinemas seat complete with popcorn, soft drinks, surround sound and some of the biggest screen action around. Choose from the Novo Cinemas Megaplex Ibn Battuta Mall and Dubai Festival City Mall where dedicated football fan-only screens deliver the ultimate sports-meets-the movies experience.

When: 14 June - 15 July 2018
Where: Novo Cinemas Megaplex Ibn Battuta Mall and Dubai Festival City Mall
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Game on

Even the world’s tallest tower is keeping fans up to date with the latest football action from Russia with the Burj Khalifa facade projecting the latest scores and country flags live to the Downtown Dubai community. More hi-tech football fun is in store at The Dubai Mall where keen gamers can show off their fingertip talent and play the FIFA 18 (World Cup Edition) game at the Playlink Gaming Zone. There’s even a chance to meet your fave gaming influencers from the region.

When: 18 June - 15 July 2018
Where: The Dubai Mall
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All aboard for footie fun

Dubai loves to do things differently and if you’re looking for a truly unique location to catch the World Cup, then why not tread in the footsteps of a queen and step aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). A floating football pavilion hosted by popular radio DJ Big Rossi, this is your FIFA home away from home with a stadium-like vibe, the requisite football banter and even a VIP section (how regal).

When: 18 June - 15 July 2018
Where: QE2, Port Rashid
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