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Get Off The Couch With Our Guide To The Top Events In Dubai This Week

Yes, we know there’s work and errands to run. But if you’re looking looking to forget that and head outdoors, we’ve got you covered with our roundup of the best events in Dubai this week.

Sunday, 3rd February: August Alsina live at 1Oak

Rising R&B singer August Alsina returns to Dubai for a live gig at 1Oak this Sunday. The New Orleans-born artist was breaking ground as one of 2014’s breakout music stars, with the enormous success of “Numb,” “Downtown” and “No Love” on Billboard Hot 100 charts. He’s not your average R&B singer. Alsina brings a street-savvy brand of music with A-list collaborations including the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Jeremih. For reservations, contact 052 881 8888 or email

Monday, 4th February: Coolio live at Toy Room Dubai

Rap fans, you can’t miss this! ’90s Gangsta’s Paradise legend Coolio is performing live at Toy Room Dubai this Monday. The Compton made a name for himself in 1995 with the huge success of “Gangsta’s Paradise”, which earned him a Grammy for ‘Best Rap Performance.’ He stormed the decade with a string of chart-topping hits, like “Fantastic Voyage,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “C U When U Get There.” For reservations, contact 052 463 3338 or email

Tuesday, 5th February: Chinese New Year at Matagi

Lanterns, food and tradition go synonymous with Lunar New Year and Matagi is celebrating in similar fashion. To mark the new year, they’re serving contemporary Pan-Asian meals filled with authentic Chinese specialities, costing Dhs 350 per person. For reservations, contact 04 2488 850 or email  

Wednesday, 6th February: Soho Social at Soho Garden

It’s all about art, music and fashion at Soho Garden’s weekly ladies night, Soho Social. While guest DJs Adam Graca & DJ DJ Neil T play live sets of hip hop, R&B & urban music through the night, ladies can enjoy complimentary house grape from 8 pm-1 am, or opt for a three-course set dinner for Dhs 150. For reservations, contact 052 3888 849 or email

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Thursday, 7th February: Bedouin live at Base Dubai

It’s hard to fathom how Rami Abousabe and Tamer Malki revolutionised electronic music with the “desert sound” evolution. The Brooklyn-based production duo, who aptly call themselves ‘Bedouin,’ after joining forces in 2012, rose to prominence with their tribal melodies and nomadic tunes, which landed with gigs at major festivals like Burning Man and All Day I Dream. Today, they’re one of the most sought-after DJs on the circuit. For reservations, contact 055 313 4999.

Friday, 8th February: Groove on the Grass

UAE’s homegrown EDM festival, Groove on the Grass returns for its first edition of 2019 this week. For its season-opening, they’re hosting British electronic music icons, Underworld alongside a stellar line-up of local talents. The festival takes place at Emirates Golf Club this Friday, from 6 pm onwards. Tickets are priced between Dhs 295-375.

Saturday, 9th February: Short+Sweet Theatre Festival at The Junction

In many ways, the theatre scene is on the rise in UAE and Short+Sweet has been a major force behind it. Now in its seventh year, the festival will feature 100+ plays from over 400 actors, directors, producers, scriptwriters and local talents. Standard tickets are available for Dhs 100 and Red Carpet Gala show tickets are available for Dhs 150.