Kempinski Mall of the Emirates has a fantastic offer that will soon have you living in the lap of luxury. Each day for the next five months, when you book a luxury one-bedroom suite, you’ll only be charged for a superior room. The newly refurbished suites marry a stylish bedroom with a separate dining, study and living room. From Dhs1,099 per room, per night. Until April 30.
The recently renovated Toko Downtown is offering a new breakfast menu to start your day off in the right way. The Asian restaurant is offering morning eats on the terrace with speciality dishes including steamed Chinese buns filled with Nutella (pictured) and short rib Benedict. Prices vary. Daily 7.30am-11am. Ongoing.
Fancy some spice? Tuck into the Feast of Xahar, with diners ordering as much as they like from a special tasting menu to welcome in the New Year with a Thai twist. Arrive in an abra and enjoy views over the Madinat’s waterways for a romantic and peaceful start to 2017. Dhs195 (food only). 12.30pm-3.30pm.
Anyone who has ever driven back from Abu Dhabi to Dubai late at night will know how hard it can be to keep from nodding off. Regardless of the street lights and the pit stops for coffee, there is something seriously soporific about the monotony of the E11. So imagine trying to keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel for an entire day.
That’s the task facing the teams taking on the Hankook Dubai 24H on Friday January 13 to Saturday 14, 2017. Okay, so the drivers won’t actually be tackling this endurance event solo but what they will be facing is one of the toughest tests of durability and mental strength in the motorsport world.
After taking the biggest prize, the A6-Pro class crown last year, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT will be defending their title with Englishman Stuart Leonard, part of the victorious 2016 team, joined by Enzo Ide, Robin Frijns and Christopher Mies.
While Sharjah-based outfit Lap57 Motorsports have an all-Emirati team in a Honda Civic for the TCR class, local interest will primarily centre on the efforts of UAE racing legend Khaled Al Qubaisi.
The first Emirati to take a podium place at the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours, Al Qubaisi will be back behind the wheel for Black Falcon, a team which has secured three A6-Pro class wins at Dubai Autodrome. He’ll be joined in a Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 by Holland’s Jeroen Bleekemolen and the German duo of Patrick Assenheimer and Manuel Metzger, while the team’s second team will be led by Saudi star Abdulaziz Al Faisal, a winner in 2015 and runner-up last year.
One of the most intriguing entries in the 100-car field, though, is the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN line-up for the SP3-GT4 class. The four-man team will consist of drivers who have all come through the academy, including 2016 graduate Johnny Guindi. The Mexican says: “We’re certainly keen to try to win. We have the car to do so and we definitely have the drivers to do so.”
To see if they can last the pace, head down for the grid walk at 1pm and grab some food truck grub to eat in the stands.
No, not that kind. A home-grown spin on some of the world’s toughest obstacle races hits Dubai’s dunes on Friday February 10. Open to all fitness levels, Sandstorm Marmoum will take place at Al Qudra Lakes, with 5km and 10km courses taking in up to 40 obstacles and rock, sand, water and mud terrains. Set within the 400-hectare Al Marmoum Conservation Reserve, competitors can expect to spot some of the emirate’s protected wildlife along the route, including Arabian oryx and sand gazelle.
If you’re turning up to cheer people on rather than take part, you can catch all the race action live on a screen in the Race Village (chilled smoothie in hand), courtesy of drones that will be swooping over the course throughout the event.
Good news for fitness addicts (and those with fitness on their New Year’s resolution list), the world’s richest marathon is returning to Dubai this month.
Standard Chartered Bank Dubai Marathon is back for the 13th year, and is scheduled to be held on Friday, January 20. This year’s event is expected to see more than 30,000 runners participate to compete for the US$250,000 prize money in both male and female categories.
The start and finish lines for both the 10km and 42.5km races will be located on King Salman bin Abdulaziz AlSaud Street opposite Madinat Jumeirah.
If you’re after something a little less on the fitness side, there will be a 4km fun run for families that will start from Al Wasl Road.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is getting in shape then we have just the right event for you.
At the end of January, Dubai Water Canal will host its first official sporting event, the DP Dragon Boat Festival.
More than 20,000 people already take part in dragon racing in the UAE every year but if you’re unfamiliar with what it is, here’s a basic breakdown.
Dragon boat racing is a team paddling sport which originates from China, although it is now widely practised around the world. The crew of a standard dragon boat is typically 22, comprising 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, one drummer setting the pace at the front and one steerer at the back.
“Anybody can do it as long as they’re in relatively good shape,” technical director of the UAE Dragon Boat Association Jason Mackenzie told Time Out.
The event will see teams of all levels competing in 200 metre-long races along Dubai Water Canal, so if you’re interested in joining a team, reach out to Mackenzie on either firstname.lastname@example.org or 050 763 4008.
“It’s an inclusive sport, the CEO sits next to the labourer, so as an individual you don’t have to worry about the cost of joining because dragon boat racing is highly subsidised,” he added.
The price for corporate/social teams is Dhs10,000 and Dhs2,500 for school and university squads.
Training sessions are fully dependent on how committed the team or individual is.
Starting at Marasi Business Bay, the DP Dragon Boat Festival will include food stalls, activities for children and plenty more.
So what do you think? Fancy kicking off 2017 with a new challenge?
Golnaz Fathi’s Line/Khat gives calligraphy an interesting twist. Fathi is classically trained in the art – she has a diploma in Iranian calligraphy from the Iranian Society of Calligraphy in Tehran – but for this body of work, on display at Alserkal Avenue’s The Third Line until Saturday January 28, Fathi has used unconventional, non-traditional media including ballpoint pens and acrylic paint.
This is the Iranian artist’s sixth solo show at the gallery, and as well as her exhibitions in both the UAE and her home city Tehran, Fathi has also had her work displayed in New York, Hong Kong and London.
The writing that makes up the pieces is illegible in most places, making Line/Khat abstract and yet accessible – anyone can look at them and interpret them in their own way.
The works were inspired by a trip to Shanghai, where Fathi found some handmade notebooks. Thinking back to the diaries she used to keep as a child, she started writing a diary again and eventually turned each page of the journals into an artwork, something that Fathi calls “a voyage into the unknown world”. Most of these pieces were created using ballpoint pens, but Fathi switched to rollerball pens once her supply of ballpoints ran out.
Also on show at the gallery’s second space is Nowherescape, a new solo show by British-Iranian artist Alireza Masoumi, which, like Fathi’s exhibition, features abstract landscape paintings and works in ballpoint pen. The two are intriguing and fascinating exhibitions that are well worth viewing.
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.
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.
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.
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.