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What to do this weekend: Friday’s don’t-miss-it guide

A round-up of the hottest products, places and experiences you can’t miss this week

Natalie Long
17 Nov 2016 | 12:00 am
  • 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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Clubs Celebrate

Two of Dubai’s top clubbing venues have anniversaries this week. 360°, the granddaddy of post-brunch partying, celebrates its 11th anniversary on November 18 with a two-for-one offer on their Friday brunch from 1-4pm on the day (from Dh295). 11 presents from the club to the crowd will be given away from 4-9.30pm — up for grabts are prizes such as tickets to the venue’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, dinner for two at Pierchic, Jumeirah Beach Hotel beach passes and weekend stays at Jumeirah hotels. Finally from 11pm, for one hour, selected drinks at Dh11. Music is by resident DJs Jack Woodcock, Ron E Jaxx, Sophie Foster and CN Williams; call 055-5008518. A few days later it’s the turn of Cirque le Soir, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on November 21 with an appearance by singer Omarion. Call 050-9955400 for a spot on the guestlist.

2 Sports and Fitness

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We’ve got heaps of sports and fitness events for you this weekend — and the best bit is that they are free! Yogafest Middle East is back in Dubai Internet City Amphitheater on November 18 and 19 with over 100 classes from 8am-7pm — whether you want to practice Mysore-style ashtanga, men-only Broga, attend a talk on the laws of karma (subtitled ‘Why Me?’) or do meditation and pilates, there is probably a class for you and your family. Bring your own mat, or hire one for Dh25. Registration at yogafest.me or in person on the day.

Prefer something even more sedate? The DP World Tour Championship — the final event of The Race to Dubai — is at the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates Dubai November 17-20. Entry to watch some of the world’s top golfers is free, and those who register for a fast pass entry get entered into a draw for hospitality passes. There’s entertainment all day in the Championship Village, too. Finally, the COÉGA Sunwear Mina Mile open water swim series takes place on November 19 at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. The swim races are open to adults, juniors and swim teams, and if you prefer to stay dry, there’s entertainment on the beach. Registration on the day of the event begins at 7am.

3 BurJuman Mind Games

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Can you make a helicopter fly by simply using your brain power? Test it out at Burjuman Centre in Dubai at their Mind Games event, running until November 19. Visitors to the interactive exhibition (daily, noon-10pm) put on a headset to control electronic games and challenges — from flying a helicopter, moving a robotic arm and lifting a ball to driving a mind-controlled Segway. Of course there are multi-player games for the competitive/ The science — researched by Nasa, says the mall — comes from harnessing the beta waves that your mind generates when you concentrate. To use the Levitation photo booth, visitors must spend a minimum of Dh100 at any store in the mall.

4 The Quintessentially Wedding Atelier

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Calling all brides-to-be: The likes of Marchesa, Esposa, Suzanne Neville and Suzie Turner will be showing their white-dress wares at the Quintessentially Wedding Atelier show on November 18 and 19, the first international bridal showcase from the luxe concierge company. is proud to announce its unparalleled exhibitor list for its international debut. The event is at the St Regis Dubai, featuring global and local brands hoping you’ll say yes to them at your nuptials: Bentley, Jimmy Choo, The DollHouse, Tony Al Mendelek and a host of florists, photography and videography companies, illustrators, cars and venues. Register for tickets at quintessentiallyatelier.com; it’s open 6-9pm on November 18 and 2-9pm the following day.

5 Explore Indian, Japanese Cultures

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Dive deep into Indian culture and heritage with Al Qasba Indian Fest in Sharjah, running from November 16-19. The showcase draws from across the vast nation’s cultural legacy, with everything from puppet shows and workshops in rangoli and bangles to dance performances and competitions, classical music evenings and cooking demonstrations. Yoga fans should check out the lecture by Sumit Manav on November 18 at 7.15pm on the main stage. Shopping is another pillar of the event: In addition to food stalls, there are stands selling crafts, spices, clothing and accessories, carpets and fabrics.

Want to study in Japan — or just want to see a tea ceremony? Head to Abu Dhabi’s Study in Japan fair, November 18-21, where Japanese universities will meet prospective students. The free event, at Twofour54 Lime Green Bldg. No. 1, also includes kimono wearing and flower arranging, from 2-6pm on November 18, 3-7pm on November 19 and 4-8 on November 20-21.

6 All The World’s A Stage...

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But especially the UAE this weekend. Don’t miss Unfaithfully Yours, a play by Mumbai-based Raell Padamsee starring Indian television actors Rohit Roy and Mona Singh. This relationship comedy-drama is on for the first time on November 19 at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (there are two shows, at 5pm and 8pm). Tickets for the 21+ show start at Dh150. Australian playwright Alex Broun debuts his Play Festival, from November 16-19, at The Junction in Al Quoz, with numerous short plays filling the event. And then there’s the unmissable The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) — all of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes. The West End cast perform the modernised, hilarious retelling of the Bard’s works (it’s London’s longest-running comedy) — at Ductac on November 22-26. Tickets from Dh170. For children, check out Mr Stink, the work of UK comedian David Walliams. The play tells the tale of misfit tween Chloe and her friend, Mr Stink. It’s on from November 16-18 at Madinat Theatre, with tickets from Dh140.

7 Big Boys Toys

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If it’s a Transformers car, virtual reality fitness or a customised Ferrari you’re after, head to this annual show at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi from November 23-26, where the wildest, and most expensive, things the the human mind can create are on show. There will be products with a total value of over $400 million (you read that right!). Holofit is a virtual reality addition to your indoor workout that makes you feel like you are rowing through ancient Babylon or flying around Saturn. The actual workout is on you, however. How about a watch that syncs with your Lamborghini? There are only seven Senturions in the world, and each one includes diamonds and parts of meteorites. For the more difficult to please person on your Christmas list, then. The show runs 2-9pm on opening day, noon-10pm on other days, and it’s strictly smart casual. Tickets from Dh300; call 056-4148181.

8 The Glam Closet

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Get a sneak peek at Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna’s Metallique Maze collection at the fashion exhibition’s Christmas trunk show on November 19. Clothing for men and women will be showcased at the event at The Capital Club from 10am-8pm. Entry is free.

9 Live Music Rocks!

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Sonu Nigam and his 50-member backing band perform at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on November 18 in a show titled Immortal Melodies – The Ultimate Bollywood Musical. The four-house performance is Nigam’s fourth consecutive annual show in Dubai, and features plenty of audio-visual excitement as he performs the best of Bollywood. Gates open at 7pm for a show at 9pm sharp; tickets from Dh175. Over at Irish Village, see The Stranglers on November 24 at 9pm. The band, which began in 1974, are known for their hits such as No More Heroes and Golden Brown; tickets for the 21+ are Dh150.

10 Abu Dhabi Art

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The capital’s signature art event runs from 16-19 November at Manarat Al Saadiyat and across the city, with free access to the main venue from 2-10pm (organisers suggest pre-registration to avoid queues, however; go to abudhabiart.ae). So what’s there to see? A huge number of galleries will be present, in sectors such as Modern & Contemporary; Bidaya (“beginning” in Arabic, awarded to one emergent gallery; Beyond, a public art platform for large-scale sculptures and installations, curated by Fabrice Bousteau; and Gateway, where you can see a large-scale installation by Beijing artist Gu Dexin, and (Re) Birth, a group exhibition curated by Bousteau. For those in Dubai, DIFC’s bi-annual Art Nights returns on November 23 from 7-10pm with art installations, live performances and food from DIFC’s restaurants. November 23 sees the debut of a stunning exhibition that will take you on a journey to Petra, Jordan’s magical ancient site. Petra Exhibition: The Wonder of the Desert, runs at Sharjah Archaeology Museum until March 2017, a collaboration between Sharjah Museums Department and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. It includes sculptures, statues, architectural motifs and crafts.

11 Mondays On Ice

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It’s toddler time at Dubai Ice Rink on Mondays with the new Ice Tots sessions aimed at the youngest wannabe Michelle Kwans. The parent-and-child sessions include 30-minute lesson by an instructor on a penguin pal skating aid for the rookies. For thsoe who have already found their feet, it’s time to learn moves such as swizzles, tea pots and airplanes. Sessions are from 10-11.45am, and include a group lesson from 10am, skate hire for both, a penguin pal and a children’s helmet for Dh90. Call 04-4485111.

12 To Market, To Market

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Ripe is popping up everywhere this month — including a new one at Venetian Village in Abu Dhabi on November 18 from 2-9pm. The one-day-only event sell organic food, arts, crafts, fashion and jewellery, and there will also be fitness workshops, entertainment, yoga, children’s activities and live cooking food stalls. In Dubai, it’s a secondhand weekend, with flea markets in JLT (on November 18) and Motor City (November 19). Entry to both is free.

13 Emirates Bike Festival

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See a world championship motorbike stunt competition at the third annual edition of this motorbike showcase at Bay Avenue in Business Bay, Dubai. The three-day event an international bike-builders contest, games, children’s activities and food stalls. Petrol heads can explore the products of motorbike accessroeis and parts companies. It’s on from November 24 (5-10pm), and November 25-26 (2-10pm).

14 Attitude To Live With Nick

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Australian-born Nicholas James ‘Nick’ Vujicic is visiting the UAE for an exclusive event this week. Vujicic, who was born with phocomelia - a rare disorder characterised by the absence of legs and arms - has been travelling around the world to motivate audiences with his speeches. Attitude to live with Nick, November 17 from 10am-1pm at the Expo-Center in Sharjah. Night of Hope, November 18 from 7pm-10pm at the DOME, Dubai Sports City.

Natalie Long

Natalie Long

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