Why Plan Your Weekend When Dubai Already Has it in the Bag?

Published July 2nd, 2018 - 09:02 GMT
Stage and sporting theatre meets comedy and kids’ only fun with three days and seven ways to spend your Dubai weekend
Stage and sporting theatre meets comedy and kids’ only fun with three days and seven ways to spend your Dubai weekend

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Make it a multicultural weekend for all the family and laugh yourself silly at an Arab comedy night, catch some Urdu language theatre, meet fantasy characters from imaginary worlds and cheer on your favourite nation at the FIFA 2018 quarter finals. Dubai doesn’t get more international than this.

Check out our top seven weekend activities here:

Feel like a teen again

Remember those soul-searching moments of adolescent angst and the music that came with it? Relive the experience (but without the teen drama) at Dubai Opera courtesy of one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega. Making her Dubai debut a full 32 years since the release of her critically acclaimed eponymously titled first album, catch the iconic female voice and talent behind soul-stirring hits such as Luka, Marlene on the Wall and Tom’s Diner.

When: 5 July 2018
Where: Dubai Opera
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Bridge the cultural gap

Hot on the heels of a successful international tour, Dubai based Goonj Productions returns to familiar territory from 6-7 July at arts hub, Alserkal Avenue, with Mian Biwi Aur Wagah - the UAE’s longest-running Urdu language theatre production. The real life story of a Dubai based Indo-Pak couple who narrate their experiences through letters (and scripted by the actors themselves), you’ll be swept up in a torrent of emotion and longing from start to finish. This production is in Urdu.

When: 6-7 July 2018
Where: The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
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Arabs are funny….seriously 

A comedy night with a difference, Dubai Opera welcomes the latest hot ticket from the UK circuit on 6 July. Comedy Night, in association with Arts Canteen’s 'Arabs Are Not Funny', will turn the spotlight on four extremely funny UK based comics, featuring Welsh-Egyptian funnyman Omar Hamdi, Prince Abdi, Karim Duval - who is probably the only French comic with an Asian face who speaks Arabic - and award winning Lebanese-British comic Esther Manito. We promise you’ll leave with a smile on your face.

When: 6 July 2018
Where: Dubai Opera
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Immerse yourself in IMG Worlds of Adventure

With Dubai Summer Surprises in full swing, the city’s malls are the place to be for live day to night entertainment and some of the best shopping deals you’ll see all year. If you’re heading to The Dubai Mall this weekend, drop off the kids at the IMG Worlds of Adventure stand for an immersive sensory experience in the Lost Valley Tunnel. Gamers can also enjoy on-screen immersion and do battle with Ultron in the streets of Dubai as part of the Marvel Ironman Experience, and there’s even a giant IMG Green Screen to snap a souvenir of your visit with a host of IMG characters.

When: 22 June - 4 August 2018
Where: The Dubai Mall
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Ooey gooey fun at The Outlet Village

We know it’s only the start of the school holidays but double up on keeping the kids amused at The Outlet Village with a duo of super fun experiences. Ooey gooey fun is guaranteed at The Outlet Village with the Slime Professor in residence at the Toy Factory. Ask nicely and he might even share his secret formula, plus you’ll even get to take home your own pot of goo. It’s also the location for fans of the West End production of Toys, with immersive events throughout the Dubai Summer Surprises season taking young fans on a magical journey as their favourite characters come to life right before their eyes.

When: 28 June - 28 July 2018
Where: The Outlet Village
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FIFA quarter finals go mega

There’s no escaping football fever this month, even at one of the city’s most chi-chi music venues, with mega Meydan concert venue Drai’s DXB transformed into an on-trend hub for all things FIFA, futbol, soccer and fussball. Beachwear meets laidback chilled vibes, but with the added bonus of watching the world’s remaining top teams in mesmerising quarter-final action. Check out the specially created air-conditioned venue complete with lounge areas, a pool and Jacuzzis.

When: 18 June - 15 July 2018
Where: Meydan Grandstand
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All aboard for footie fun

Escape to Atlantis, quite literally, to catch this weekend’s FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter final action among like-minded brethren at the Atlantis Fan Zone. It’s quite the trip out to the stunning crescent of Dubai’s very own man-made wonder, Palm Jumeirah, but Atlantis, The Palm makes it worth your while with its dedicated fan zone tent. Enjoy matchday from ‘The Stadium’ with its 28 sq m screen or ‘The Bench’, a more relaxed zone with bean bags and multiple screens.

When: 14 June - 15 July 2018
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
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