1. One of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai – the new and tucked away One&Only The Palm Jumeirah – is offering the ultimate escape day for those who want to feel like they’re on holiday without leaving the city.
2. Book an air-conditioned pool cabana for up to four people – which boasts an indoor and outdoor area, free Wi-Fi, a 46-inch television, a mini bar, sun beds, towels, indoor and outdoor showers and full pool and beach access – and you’ll also get a one to two-hour spa treatment per person. Lush.
Cost Dh2,800 for four on weekdays, Dh3,250 for four on weekends
One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah | Until September 30 | 04 440 1040
The DJ’s DJ is coming to Dubai for one night only, and is sure to impress even the most discerning of clubbers. His sound is characterised by acid-house tunes, swirling soundscapes and deep, heavy bass – and you’ll hear everything from his smash hit Heaven Scent, to his latest works from his brilliant, 12-year-old record label, Bedrock. Supporting is Dubai-based Egyptian spinner, Raxon, who’s known for his smooth tunes. Cost Dh150
Trilogy, Souq Madinat Jumeirah | From 10pm-3am, Thursday July 5 | trilogy.ae
Mega Toy Exhibition and Auction
The Middle East’s largest designer toys exhibition is at the Dubai Mall right now, so visit before July 8 and see 125 white Mega toys, which have all been completely transformed by locally based artists. Even if you’re not an art buff, make your way to the Waterfall Atrium, the Bloomingdale’s Atrium and the first floor area outside Galeries Lafayette, and you’ll be blown away by what the artists have achieved with their – rather unusual – blank canvases. And if you find the one you really love, there will be a three-day auction at the FN Designs studio in Al Serkal Avenue next week, from July 12-14, with the toys expected to go for somewhere between Dh500-Dh10,000.
We have our eye on Mohammed Hindash’s Lady Gaga-inspired piece.
The Dubai Mall and FN Designs Studio, Al Quoz | In The Dubai Mall from 10am-midnight until Sunday July 8, at FN Designs Studio from 10am-6pm July 12-14 | foo-dog.com
Filipino Singer, Jovit Balvidin
Growing up in Batangas, Jovit Balvidino’s life changed forever when he was only 16 and he became a YouTube and TV sensation after auditioning for season one of Pilipinas Got Talent, performing a soulful rendition of Journey’s Faithfully. Walking on the stage a skinny, unassuming lad, Jovit walked off a bona fide superstar renowned for his goosebump- inducing gravelly voice. Going from selling dim sum at his local market after school to help sustain his family, to winning both Dh175,000 and Pilipinas Got Talent, head along to his concert to catch his rendition of Faithfully, as well as Queen’s Too Much Love Will Kill You, and Mula Sa Puso.
Cost Dh60 for general, Dh120 for VIP
Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha | Show starts at 9pm, Thursday July 5 | Tickets available at Spinneys Music & Video in Mercato and Karama and Al Maya Supermarket in Satwa and Deira
CATS The Musical
Dubai’s amateur musical theatre buffs are joining forces with some of the West End’s best talents (including multi award-winning Grease star Alison Jiear, who’s just been working on the film version of Les Miserables) to put on the famous, 30-year-old, Andrew Lloyd Webber show Cats. The hits we’re most looking forward to from this three-time Tony award-winning show are Macavity, Memory and Mr Mistoffelees. Purr-fect!
Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates | From 8pm, July 10-14 | 04 341 4777
Hello Kitty Karaoke Show
Her celebrity fans include Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears, so head to Festival Centre within the next 10 days to see the diva herself, along with her catty friends, take to the stage for a 25-minute, all-singing, all-dancing show. It’s a great school holiday activity for the kids (as well as those of you who are serious Hello Kitty fans, ie Editor, Gemma).
Festival Centre | 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm Saturday-Wednesday and 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm, Thursday-Friday, until July 14 | 600 545 555