Ballet, surfing, outdoor market, Wasla sound and more things to do in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Ballet Under the Stars
Desert Palm Per Aquum is set to host one of the most novel events the city has seen – Ballet Under the Stars. Book your tickets now to see iconic ballerina Lucia Lacarra and more perform al fresco. From Dhs750. Jan 26-27, 7pm-11pm. Desert Palm Per Aquum, Al Awir Road (04 323 8888).
Guilt-free daytime dining at Gaucho
Hands up, who’s on a January diet? Fear not, you can tuck into a new healthy lunch menu for guilt-free daytime dining at Gaucho. Dishes include flash-grilled rump steak with artichokes and kale. Dhs120 (two courses), Dhs150 (three courses). Daily noon-3pm. Until Jan 31. Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 422 7898).
Go surfing in Al Ain
‘But… Al Ain doesn’t have a coast!’ we hear you cry. Indeed it doesn’t. Instead, it has Wadi Adventure, home to an enormous surfing pool, a white water rafting facility and air park (essentially an enormous climbing frame for adults). Book your slots in advance. Dhs50 (entry), Dhs25 (giant swing), Dhs50 (air park), Dhs100 (surfing), Dhs100 (rafting). Al Ain, www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 8422 03 781 8422).
Cappuccino topped with gold
You haven’t truly experienced Dubai until you’ve sat in the Burj Khalifa and sipped on a cappuccino topped with gold. Lucky for you, Armani/Lounge is now serving these daily. Dhs75. Daily 3pm-6pm. Armani/Lounge, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3666).
Just off the east coast and accessible from Al Boom Diving’s Fujairah outpost, Martini Rock is home to an abundance of colourful, fascinating marine life. See cuttlefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, broomtail wrasse, rays and even a turtle or two if you’re lucky. Dhs400 per diver with full kit. Al Boom Diving, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, www.alboomdiving.com (04 341 494004 341 4940).
Enjoy Palm Grill’s “bucket list”
Wind down for the weekend with beachfront sundowners. Choose nibbles from the “bucket list” (think poached prawns or fried calamari) and enjoy the views. Dhs80 (one drink and one bucket), Dhs250 (two buckets and a bottle of grape). Daily 4pm-7pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
More than 50 vendors return to Burj Park for another edition of Market Outside The Box as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Running from today until Saturday January 28, it offers a unique shopping experience. Free. Until Jan 28. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, www.dsfmarketotb.ae.
Performing at the first Bassworx party of the year are drum ’n’ bass stars MsDos and DJ Abraham. Free before midnight, Dhs50 thereafter. 8.45pm-2.45am. Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
The inaugural Wasla Music Festival takes place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre this weekend. Taking to the stage are some of the biggest artists from the Middle East’s alternative music scene, including Jordanian rock band Jadal (pictured), Egyptian DJ and producer Neobyrd, Algerian singer Souad Massi and Lebanese alt rock band Mashrou’ Leila. Representing the UAE’s local music scene are Abri & Funk Radius. Expect to hear an eclectic mix of everything from reggae and jazz to dance music. Dhs295-445. Fri Jan 20, 1pm-2am. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (04 435 9434).
Support the runners
Cheer on a stellar field at this year’s Dubai Marathon, including Tesfaye Abera (pictured), as they take on the “world’s richest distance race”. Free. 6.30am. Start and finish opposite Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.dubaimarathon.org.
The party’s at ON42 The Plus Minus team have brought Polish DJ Robert Babicz to the emirate to play for their first event of the year. The visionary artist has synaesthesia, which means he can hear colours and see sounds. Expect a deeply sensory experience from a very unique set. Dhs100 before 11pm, Dhs120 thereafter. 9pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (056 921 8484).
Beach brunch St. Tropez-style
Start your weekend with a Friday feast at the all-new, stylish Café Nikki. Launching today, the Saint Tropez Brunch at the sleek Nikki Beach resort, promises Côte d’Azur vibes, themed drinks and chilled-out beats from the DJ. Dhs395 (including Côte d’Azur-inspired beverages), Dhs310 (including soft drinks). Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
Jazz brunch at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE Put on your best beachwear and head to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE for its Nuvo Jazz Brunch. Carrie Gibson is on vocals, Andrew Jankura’s on the keys and Eric C. Roberts is on the drums, blending soul, blues, jazz and funk at this one-off event. From Dhs275. Jan 21, 2pm-5pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel And Resort, Ghantoot (056 1133 400).
Out of Africa Wildlife photographer Nick Brandt’s latest series features life-sized photos of African wildlife, including elephants and lions, in the middle of factories and abandoned wastelands. Free. Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Until Feb 28. Custot Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.custotgallerydubai.ae (04 346 8148).
Dance in the sand
Finish the weekend with a party at Zero Gravity’s Supernatural. Taking to the decks tonight are Dutch tech house duo ANOTR. It’s free to get in, but you can also get unlimited food and drinks between noon and 6pm for Dhs199 for ladies and Dhs249 for gents. Free. noon-1am. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Feel the burn
Overindulged at brunch? A challenging, full-body Flywheel workout could be just what you need. Climbs and descents are built into the session and you’ll work your arms with weighted bars. Feel those calories melt away. Dhs120 per ride (packages available). Daily times vary. Various locations including Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, dubai.flywheelsports.com (04 423 2544). Channel your inner bond
If you haven’t seen Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, get your skates on. It showcases fashion, music, props and tech from the films. See the actual Scaramanga’s Golden Gun, the Spectre Aston Martin DB10 and more. From Dhs125. Daily 9am-10pm. Until Feb 13. Burj Khalifa (800 2884 3867).
Dinner (lunch, or afternoon tea) in the sky
Hold on tight! You’ll be harnessed in as you enjoy fine dining up in the air. From Dhs499. Sun-Thu 2.40pm-11.10pm; Fri-Sat 11.50am-12.35am. Ongoing. Dubai International Marine Club, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.dinnerinthesky.ae.
Happy hour at Original Wings & Rings
Original Wings & Rings, the DIFC sports bar, has a daily happy hour that’s technically a happy four hours, from 4pm to 8pm. The deal features 50 percent off selected beverages including hops and mixed drinks, as well as bar snacks and bites. Tuesdays are also “Wing Frenzy Tuesdays,” with chicken wings available for Dhs3.99 per piece from noon until 8pm. Daily 4pm-8pm. Level C, Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).