Best Events in Dubai This Weekend



We are already anticipating the fun we are about to have this weekend and if you don’t want to be the only one who’s spending their time off in front of the TV, take a look at some of the best events Dubai has in store for you. We have made a short list of the biggest concerts, sports events, and shows you can attend to escape the routine this weekend.

A truly special event will launch this Thursday. The world renowned Paris Opera Ballet is coming to Dubai for the first time this week with inaugural, VIP only, black tie performance at the Madinat Theatre. The “Ballet Gala” is performed by dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet, which is considered one of the best opera companies I n the world. The tickets for the “Ballet Gala” are selling fast and unavailable for Thursday night, but you can purchase a ticket for the remaining shows at 8 pm. on Friday and at 2 pm. and 7 pm. on Saturday (AED 250 – 450).

Those who find ballet too formal can enjoy the new line-up of the Punchline Comedy Club this January. The first show will be at 9 pm this Thursday, presenting the internationally renowned comedians Alex Boardman, Johnny Awsum, and Phil Butler, who will make you cry with laughter. The venue is Emirates Golf Club and the passes are AED 150.

Fans of Arabic and Indian music can see this weekend Mohammed Abdo as part of the DSF Music Nights on Thursday or three of Bollywood music superstars during Salaam Dubai this Friday. The festival, running at the Madinat Arena, is an official event of Dubai Shopping Festival and will feature KK, Arijit Singh, and Monali Thakur, as well as a 25-member troupe of singers and dancers. Tickets’ price range from AED 100 to AED 2000 and show opens doors at 7.30 pm.

If you are looking for the ultimate Friday party, head to XL Beach Club, Dubai Marina where you can enjoy the Pool Party headlined by international DJ, producer and remixer Albert Neve. Tickets will be AED 100, for the party starting from 1 pm. and running until 3 am. An absolute must-see this weekend for the lovers of the 90’s hits is the live show of disco/Eurodance/house/hip-hop legends 2 Unlimited this Saturday evening. Nightclub Societe Dubai kicks off its Decades series with the Belgian duet, which became worldwide popular with mega-hits like “Get Ready for This”, “No Limit”, “Tribal Dance”, and “Twilight Zone”. The show starts at 10 pm. and will run for at least five hours at the club, located at the first floor Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina. Passes will cost you AED 100.

Fans of Bollywood cinema can attend the 16th edition of The Ujala Asianet Film Awards, designed to honour the artistic and technical excellence in the Malayalam Film Industry. The event will take place this Friday at The Meydan Hotel.

Another black tie event will be the inaugural ITTF Star Awards & Fundraising Dinner, where visitors can see the GAC World Tour Champions awarded at the Raffles Hotel. And if you are not sure what it’s all about – table tennis!

The most exciting sporting events this week will be the 9th edition of the Dunlop Tires 24H Dubai, which will start at 2 pm. this Friday and will run for 24 hours, until 2 pm. on Saturday. There will be over 80 teams from all around the world and if you want to see them racing, head to the Dubai Autodrome, Motorcity. Entry to the Grandstand and Paddock is free!

If music, ballet or sports is just not your type of having fun, you can always take a few friends and go see a movie. Some of the new releases you can watch this week across Dubai cinemas are the biography “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” or our personal favourite, “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Martin Scorsese’s film stars the incredible Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and Margot Robbie and tells the true story of Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stockbroker who involves in crime, corruption and issues with the federal government. Surprisingly, instead of being a serious, intense crime movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a hilarious, tragically presented farce and will make you laugh and think at the same time. Well, this is Scorsese, after all!


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