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Events Calendar: July 2012

Welcome to Tabloid's guide to the best things to do in the UAE this July. Below you’ll find this month’s movies, concerts, comedy gigs, food fairs and so much more. You can also download the full Tabloid guide here...

  • Text by Natalie Long, taloid! Editor
  • Published: 18:54 July 1, 2012
  • July 1
    July 1

    The IIFA party starts today: Star screens the “Weekend with the Stars”, a fun look at what Ranbir and co got up to in Singapore (6pm) and the IIFA Rocks Technical Awards at 7pm.
    Also on Sunday: Registration (Dh100) opens in Fitness First’s Dubai fitness competition, with a Dh30,000 first-place prize and Dh20,000 for second and third place runners-up. The top 30 male and female contestants clocking the least time to complete the circuit will progress to the finals on August 9 and 10.

  • July 2
    July 2

    Third MAKE Ignition seminar, linking young business people with established tech entrepreneurs — and yummy food — at MAKE business hub, Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina, 7-9pm, Dh50 with canapes and soft drinks.
    Also on Monday: Finals of the UAE 9-ball pool championships (Kolluna Al Emarat Kolluna Khalifa) at Gloria Hotel, Dubai.
    Live cigar rolling evening, 7-10pm at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Bur Dubai, with Mercedes Ona Aldama, a roller from the Partagas factory in Havana, Cuba. Star airs more IIFAs madness: Deewangi Singapore Mein, every night until Friday at 5.30pm.

  • July 3
    July 3

    World Twins Day: if you’re a twin, triplets (or more) get in touch with local support group TTOM who are celebrating at Dubai Dolphinarium.

  • July 4
    July 4

    Laughter Factory starts at Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina with Sean Collins, JoJo Smith and Rainer Hersch. 9pm, tickets Dh140 at the venue or call 04-3551862. Also at Al Thuraya Ballroom, Grand Millennium (Tecom) on July 5 and 6, at Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi on July 10, Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai on July 11, Melrose Ballroom, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach on July 12 and on Friday 13th July at Almas Tower, beside Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
    Also on Wednesday: See 50 of Burmese artist Kathy Myat’s paintings made of genuine precious gemstones at Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi. Until July 5.

  • July 5
    July 5

    Jovit Baldivino, the first grand winner of Pilipinas Got Talent, debuts in the UAE at Al Nasr Leisure Land Ice Rink. Tickets Dh60 (general admission) and Dh120 (VIP) at selected Al Maya Supermarkets and Spinneys. Groups call 055-9088304.
    Also on Thursday: It’s the last day to see Circus Mongolia’s acrobatics at Mirdif City Centre.
    At the movies: Andrew Garfield gets caught in a web in Spider-Man; Ajay Devgn can’t shut up in Bol Bachchan.

  • July 6
    July 6

    Illusionist Gaston Quieto performs at Al Qasba, Sharjah (also on July 7). Entry Dh50 per person.
    Also on Friday: Last day of It’s a Candy World Adventure at Deira City Centre, with candy-themed arts and crafts workshops at Centre Stage (12-9pm). Giant lollipops on display will be given to Dubai Autism Center and Dubai Foundation for Women and Children.
    Audioasis vs GlobalFunk, at CatWalk, Golden Tulip Hotel Al Barsha, a dubstep-meets-drum’n’bass end of season night. Free entry or all until 1am, Dh50 (with a free drink) thereafter. 21+.
    Nasimi Pool’s Get Wet Foam Session; 12 hours of house music goodness, pool access all afternoon and foam after sunset, 1pm – 1am, free entry for ladies, Dh50 for men until 3pm, Dh100 for all thereafter. Also on July 13.
    Feng Shui “grand master” Raymond Lo workshop, Dh50 from 7-9pm at 408/409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T (Plot T1) Jumeirah Lake Towers. Level 1 classroom sessions on July 8-10, level 2 sessions from July 11-13; practical module on July 14. Call 050-7145308 or email

  • July 7
    July 7

    Star Plus screens the IIFA awards, starting with the green Carpet at 7pm, show at 8pm and magical moments at 11pm.
    Also on Saturday: Gerard Cafe Downtown Dubai’s book club discusses ‘Until You See Me’ by Roberta Degnore.

  • July 8
    July 8

    Dubai Mall starts it month long programme on the Spirit of the Olympic Dream Paralympics with motivational lectures for children at KidZania until August 12.
    Also on Sunday: Deira City Centre’s Kids Fashion Week starts, until July 14.

  • July 9
    July 9

    Embassy Dubai’s Blue Monday, with a three-course set menu for Dh200 at Kitchen 45, unlimited crudo (fish and shellfish) bites for Dh150 per person at Lounge@44, and reduced price drinks from 7pm-2am. Call 04-3176000.

  • July 10
    July 10

    Cats, the long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical gets its claws into Dubai at Ductac’s Centrepoint Theatre, until July 14. Award-winning diva Alison Jiear (currently filming the film version of Les Miserables with Anne Hathaway) plays aging glamour cat Grizabella. Tickets available at Ductac box office, Mall of the Emirates level 2; AED 175 for Stalls and AED 150 for balcony; shows nightly at 8pm. Call 04-3414777.
    Free summer movie night at XVA Gallery, DIFC, screening "Some Like It Hot", probably the funniest film of all time, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. There’s popcorn and cherry and vanilla sodas. Film starts at 7pm.

  • July 11
    July 11

    Ping Pong dim sum restaurant at Dubai Mall has weekday buy one get one free deals during lunch or dinner. Today, get a free dim sum basket on Wednesdays; there’s a free “special seasonal dish” on Thursdays.
    Movies and Munchies family film screening in the pool at Desert Palm, every Wednesday at 7pm. Tonight’s is the Lion King. On July 18, it’s Stuart Little. Call 04-3238888.

  • July 12
    July 12

    The eighth annual Hopfest starts for three days at Irish Village. As usual, a giant air-conditioned marquee will play host to over 100 brands and entertainment from The Maplejacks, DJ Marky Mark, from noon to midnight. On Saturday only, rock band Point Of View will perform a tribute to Irish band U2, 8-11pm.
    Also on Thursday: DJs Abhijeet and Tushar play at Karma 2, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi. Doors open 9pm, free entry for ladies and couples, Dh100 after 11pm. Call 0557262199. Zinc’s Kinky Malinky night, 10pm-3am, with DJs Grant Richards, Greg Stainer, Andy Swift and Mister Ash. Ladies free, men Dh100 after midnight. Call 050-1515609.
    At the movies: Learn how to Think Like A Man in this popular US rom-com.

  • July 13
    July 13

    British music star Labrinth performs at Etoiles, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.
    Also on Friday: Pinoy heartthrob Dennis Trillo and comedian Ate Gay perform at Rocky’s Café Bar, Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai. Tickets Dh75 (general) and Dh120 (VIP) . Call Rocky’s on 055-6005725.
    Armani/Ristorante’s couples’ culinary classes with chef Alessandro Salvatico , focusing on artichokes. The four-hour class includes a three-course lunch (artichoke salad, tagliatelle with artichokes, fresh baby spinach and smoked ricotta, and fillet of wild sea bass with braised artichokes, potatoes and olives). From 10am, Dh700 per person (Dh1,000 per couple including lunch with beverages).

  • July 14
    July 14

    The Trip to The Chocolate Factory, a show in English (6pm) and Arabic (8pm) at Al Qasba. Dh50 per person.
    Also on Saturday: Finish your shopping, it’s the last day of Dubai Summer Surprises 2012. Point of View performs a tribute to U2 at Hopfest, Irish Village (final day of the festival). Tickets Dh80 on the door (21+ only). Call 050-1139873.

  • July 15
    July 15

    Harpists for Peace, an international group of harpists, perform at The Fridge, with Khalil Ghadri on the kanoun, the “Arabic harp”. Expect Arabic, classical and modern pieces with works from Debussy, Granados and Scott Joplin (Ragtime!) and original compositions. Music from 8pm, entry free. RSVP to

  • July 16
    July 16

    Take a three-day course in T-shirt Print Design at SAE Institute Dubai with Palestyle and S*uce Boutique. One student’s work, judged by Palestyle, S*uce and the SAE Institute Dubai’s Facebook page, will be sold at S*uce shops in the UAE. Teaches design, marketing and printing. Dh2,100. Visit

  • July 17
    July 17

    Respect to Time, an overview of Iranian art featuring 22 artists, has been extended until August 30 at RIRA Gallery Gate Village Building No.3. DIFC. Open 10am-7pm.

  • July 18
    July 18

    Kitakits Kafe & Klubb’s season-ender pink party with buy one get one free on food and drinks. Free entry, at Marco Polo Hotel, Al Muteena, Deira. Call 04-2720000.

  • July 19
    July 19

    Last day of Jam Jar’s Art Matters summer workshop programme for ages 6-9 and 10-14 years. Visit
    At the movies: Keira Knightley is Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World.

  • July 20
    July 20

    It’s expected to be the first day of Ramadan.

  • July 21
    July 21

    Feline Friends adoption day at Veterinary Hospital, Al Quoz, Dubai, 1-4pm, where cats and kittens of all ages and breeds (healthy, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed/neutered) are looking for a home. Email for more details.

  • July 22
    July 22

    Check out the Original Art and Art Furniture Harmony exhibition, at Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental, Dubai Festival City. Until August 28. For more information, visit

  • July 23
    July 23

    Have dinner at Thyme, Dubai Marina, all month, and get a voucher to use on the next visit equivalent to the amount spent on food. Call 04-3154200.

  • July 24
    July 24

    Book an escape to Fujairah for tomorrow, with a short break at the Radisson Blu Resort. They have standard rooms from Dh499 net including breakfast; from Saturday to Wednesday stay two nights and the third is free, plus late checkout until 8pm.

  • July 25
    July 25

    Visit The Pavillion, Downtown Dubai, to see Sara Naim’s first solo show, When The Lights Went Off We Saw, a photographic series that questions the qualities and notions of light. Until October 24.

  • July

    Watch a free movie under the stars in the Hatta Fort Hotel’s temperature controlled pool on Thursdays and Fridays. (Floating chairs are subject to availability.)

  • July 27
    July 27

    The London Olympics starts. Dubai Mall will have events throughout the Games, with a parade will be held at 10pm and a big-screen telecast of the opening ceremony on the 20m x 10m Ice Rink screen. Events will be screened there until August 12.

  • July 28
    July 28

    Visit Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, Abu Dhabi. It is open for visits during Ramadan from 9am midday (closed on Friday). Walk-in public tours at 10am and 11am; arrive 15 minutes before the tour time and follow the dress code. Abayas and sheilas are provided for ladies.

  • July 29
    July 29

    Try Asado’s Sunday-only Tango menu, inspired by the tango music. The Palace Hotel restaurant’s offering includes sweetcorn quiche with tomato confit, venison loin with red and black quinoa, and sweet orange risotto with cinnamon ice cream, Dh290 per person, from 7pm to 12am.

  • July 30
    July 30

    Half price on selected treatments at Spaces Salon in Oasis Centre and Iconic, DCC, on Manic Mondays (until August 31). Microdermabrasion is Dh225; eyelash extensions are Dh200. A soothing hot stone massage for men is Dh160.

  • July 31
    July 31

    Treat yourself and friends to a Pamperlicious Party at The Cure spa, with drinks, light bites, a favourite movie or TV show and two treatments in a private spa. The spa has a selection of girl’s night in movies and TV shows, and treatments on offer include manicures, reflexology and massages. Dh250 per person for a maximum of 20 for up to three hours. Additional treatments can be purchased. 04-3916485, in Dubai Media City (Building 10, BBC World).