Getting inspired by the hip-hop dancers at VIP Room Dubai, before dancing the night away under the stars at DXBeach and pretending we’re 21 all over again. (We recently had Ultherapy with Rebecca at Euromed, so we can pull it off). We’ll also be appreciating a hit of local culture courtesy of UAE artist Budour Al Ali, before winding the weekend down in true Mediterranean style. Who’s with us?
Starting the weekend off with a bang at VIP Room Dubai
Every Thursday HIP HOP ON AIR broadcasts the best in urban global entertainment at VIP Room at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. Tonight celebrated rapper XZIBIT is up so get ready to hear the Detroit legend get the crowds going with X, Multiply and What U See Is What U Get. With dance acts, DJs and celebrity hosts and singers galore, hip-hop lovers won’t want to miss out. From 11pm-3am, entrance is free. For reservations and information contact (052) 8818888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If it’s something more sedate you’re after, why not book yourself in for a weekend of art and culture at Jannah Burj Al Sarab in Abu Dhabi’s Mina area? Emirati artist Budour Al Ali – renowned for her portraits of the Abu Dhabi royal family – currently has her work on display in the hotel lobby. Showcasing the spirit of the UAE through four collections, these will include different elements of desert life, including falcons, oryxes and gazelles along with a glimpse into cultural buildings and local handicraft. Prints, cards and accessories, such as bags and cushion covers, all featuring her paintings will also be available for sale during the exhibition, with price starting at Dhs1,700 for the main artworks. For more info visit jannah.ae
Shaking our booty for 15 solid hours!
DXBeach is back and we couldn’t be more keyed up if we tried! When DJ and music producer Mark Ronson was here this time last year the sharpest man in pop described the Zero Gravity party as “Incredible. With speakers literally blowing up.” This year Grammy award-winning group Clean Bandit will be headlining. Having spun their classical string quartet roots into the electro/house/pop music fusion with songs like Rather Be and New Eyes taking the world by storm, expect plenty of singing along to their catchy lyrics. We’re just as (if not more) excited to see the drop dead gorgeous Idris Elba perform. Yes, the brawny 6ft 3in Pacific Rim and Luther actor is also a super-talented hip-hop / soul DJ. Swoon. Don’t forget Klingande, Mistajam and Mike Mago. Pull on your comfiest shoes and stock up on stamina – you’re in for one of your longest, liveliest nights ever. For more info and tickets visit dxbeach.ae and dubai.platinumlist.net.
Enjoying precious family time at El Sur’s Spanish Lunch
Did someone say paella? A feast as much for the eyes as for the tastebuds, paella is a colourful, vibrant dish that’s perfect for getting us in to the festive spirit. Freshly cooked in true Mediterranean style, you’ll enjoy this fantastic fish dish and much more at El Sur’s Saturday brunch from 12.30-3.30pm. With fun kids activities galore – they’ll even receive their very own El Sur chef’s hat and apron – there’s no better way to get your little ones excited about eating healthy brain-boosting foods.
El Sur, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Prices start at Dhs195 for soft beverages package and Dhs295 for free-flowing sangria, hops and grape. Set menu for kids between six to 12 years is at Dhs95 each. Children under six eat free. For reservations, call (04) 3997700.
DIARY DATE: NOV 13
What do you get when you put Stereophonics, Razorlight and The Parlotones together in the same venue? Only Dubai’s biggest multi-stage music festival, that’s what. Yes, the What’s On Party In The Park is back and it’s back with a vengeance. Kicking off at 2pm in Dubai Media City’s amphitheatre, revellers are in for non-stop fun, food and festivities. Get your summer of style sorted with a pair of trusty cut-offs, gladiator sandals, a billowing blouse and a handy drawstring bag. And don’t forget the accessories. Go big or go home. For more info, visit whatson.ae
Images: Emirates Woman fashion shoot (main) and supplied