Dubai Sizzles: Will Smith Talks ‘Suicide Squad’, Dubai Watch Week & More

The summer sun isn’t the only thing heating up in Dubai. Big plans for upcoming events (Dubai Watch Week-not to be missed!), Will Smith talked ‘Suicide Squad’ and fabulous end of season events are going on throughout the city.

Check out what’s happening in and around Dubai and what is coming up.

Suicide Squad Pre-Screening With Will Smith In Exclusive Q&A Session

Actor, producer, musician and philanthropist Will Smith took part in an exclusive British Airways hosted event in advance of his latest blockbuster Suicide Squad in Dubai. The event included a Q&A session in which the Academy Award nominee and four-time Grammy winner spoke about his role in the new action adventure movie, travel experiences and other insights.

The Hollywood icon, who stars as super-villain Deadshot in his most recent role, entertained 75 British Airways’ VIP guests during the exclusive session held at the Noir Lounge at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. During the intimate Q&A session Smith talked with British Airways’ Senior First Officer &

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Assistant Pilot Recruitment Manager Andy Perkins and Senior First Officer Will Swinburn about preparing for such a character and which fellow Suicide Squad member he would most like to fly with. “We have been travelling a lot, there are about 10 of us and we have been travelling for about a month.

Captain Boomerang played by Jai Courtney, he would be the best travelling buddy as he is unbound by the necessity to wear clothes. He certainly knows how to have fun,” Smith commented. Talking about his character in the movie, he noted that it made a good change to play a bad guy as he hadn’t played many in his career, and that playing Deadshot had been a fun role as he “wasn’t bound by Smith, who has travelled extensively to promote the movie added that there are still destinations on his bucket list that he would like to visit or film in: “I would like to go to the Maldives and I haven’t done a lot in Indonesia. I would like to travel through there. Those are the top ones on my list.”

Talking about meeting the 47-year- old star, British Airways’ Andy Perkins said: "It’s not every day you getto interview a superstar like Will Smith. His films are enjoyed by British Airways passengers in the air every day of the week and I’m pleased to report that he was just as entertaining in real life."

Dubai Watch Week Announces Major Partners for 2016 Edition

Some of the biggest names in the UAE announced their support of Dubai Watch Week. Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Swiss Watch industry’s leading cultural body, The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), Emirates Airline, The Dubai Mall and The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) to support Dubai Watch Week 2016.

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Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Watch Week, announced its major partners for the second edition this year.

Following the unprecedented success of its inaugural edition, Dubai Watch Week, organized by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, partners that will support Dubai’s vision in becoming a global cultural and educational hub in the region have been introduced. The 2016 edition is organized in association with FHH and is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, The Dubai Mall, Emirates Airline, Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), and Christie’s.

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The strategic support from the partners for Dubai Watch Week is a testament to its success and the importance of Dubai as a regional horological hub. “Sharing cultural knowledge is at the heart of historical industries such as fine watchmaking and by building awareness through platforms like Dubai Watch Week, we continue our mandate to foster talents and create interest in the world horology.” said Melika Yazdjerdi, Director, Dubai Watch Week and Head of Corporate Communication, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.

INTERSECT BY LEXUS Makes August Monday’s Cool

The renowned Dubai eatery introduces another innovative offering with the launch of ‘Amazing Aperol Mondays’ at INTERSECT BY LEXUS. The all-day Aperol affair will offer 50% off of all handcrafted Aperol drinks, which includes a variety found nowhere else in Dubai. Guests can choose from the famous Aperol Sprits, the revitalizing Aperol Sour or the delicious Frozen Flower.

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Unwind in the relaxing ambiance of INTERSECT BY LEXUS, immerse yourself in the lush interiors and detailed design of the space, while sipping on a refreshing Aperol cocktail, crafted to perfection. Spend your summer nights catching up with friends and family in the intimate setting of INTERSECT BY LEXUS, the ideal place to beat the Dubai heat and cool off with a refreshingly rejuvenating and delicious Aperol cocktail.


Toast to an evening filled with gastronomical flair and handcrafted beverages all curated by the talented new Head of Beverage, Martin Skriecka, at INTERSECT BY LEXUS.

Pankaj Kapur’s ‘Dopehri’ Makes International Premier in Dubai

Pankaj Kapur, with some of his best performances through the years on stage and in films behind his back, recently performed on Dubai stage with Dopehri, a dramatic reading of the novella by the same name, written by him two decades ago.

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Dopehri has already received rave reviews in India and with it Kapur proves his excellence yet again, not just as an actor, but also as a story teller. The play revolves around the story of an old and lonely woman, Amma Bi and her journey from loneliness to self-discovery, in a haveli somewhere in the old streets of Nawabi city of Lucknow.

The actor brings to us her story, in his words, stringing us through the emotions and nuances of the characters and the milieu of an old Lucknow.

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Dimple Mitra of ADSS, who is brought Kapur to Dubai says, “In our endeavor to continue to bring quality and entertaining theatre shows to Dubai, we were happy to present to the discerning audience of Dubai, the ‘International Premier of DOPEHRI’, the first live dramatic performance and rendering by the acting legend Pankaj Kapur. After being hugely successful in Bollywood movies, Mr. Pankaj Kapur has now focused his attention to writing and stage acting, DOPEHRI is the result of his literary and creative genius.”

Dopehri is Pankaj Kapur and his wife Supriya Pathak Kapur’s theratre production house, Theatron’s debut production.