In Dubai this weekend expats are celebrating Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, on October 22, while others will mark the Islamic New Year. In addition, there are lots of other events in between – from concerts and stage shows, to sport matches and art exhibitions. To help your days off better, we’ve lined up some of the top evens in Dubai this weekend.
From Wednesday till Sunday this week, Dubai International Stadium is hosting the Pakistan vs. Australia 2014 Bilateral Series and the Test 1 matches, which start every day from 10.00 am. The general admission is free, while VIP tickets are AED 350. If you don’t mind getting active yourself, you can join the charity Zumbathon at the Fitness First community club in The Meadows. Participation is free and the classes start at 6 pm. The event, which runs until Sunday, October 26, is raising money for Breast Cancer Arabia.
There are also several interesting exhibitions you can see this week, including “Egyptian Beliefs” by the artist Adel Tharwat at The Gallery Ward. The gallery is presenting his works until November 26, so if you are fond of Egyptian art and culture and all of its amazing myths, tales, craftsmanship and history, don’t miss it – entry is free. Art Sawa at DIFC is presenting the unique wooden artworks by famous Mustafa Ali during the exhibition “The Distance”. They will be available until Sunday.
One of the most exciting shows for the kids will run for three days starting Thursday at the Madinat Jumeirah. “The Stick Man Musical” tells the story of the stick man and his adventures in the human world after he’s taken away from his family tree. The musical is perfect for kids aged 3 to 8 and older children may find it boring. Tickets are AED 140.
You can see Indian actor Tom Alter’s monologue on Maulana Azad at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School on Thursday morning. Or to enjoy the Russian stand-up comedy by Sergey Kuterin on Sunday at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort. The show is adults-only, with tickets AED 200-500 and starts at 8.00 pm.
Some of Hollywood’s hottest blockbusters are premiering this week in Dubai and now you can watch Brad Pitt in the brutal depiction of WWII, the movie “Fury”. Often compared to “Inglorious Basterds”, it offers even more violence, realism and drama and for the first time in the movie making history, a real tank, the Tiger 131. The story about a U.S. sergeant and his five-men crew on a mission behind enemy lines also stars Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, and Scott Eastwood. Other new titles for the Dubai audience are “Enemies Closer” with Jean-Claude Van Damme, “Open Windows” with Elijah Wood, and the legal drama “The Judge” featuring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and Billy Bob Thornton.