The week's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this week and weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more.
Sure, five of the seven days are supposed to be 'work, sleep, repeat', but frankly we see 16 hours either side of your 9-5 that need filling with fun things to do. So, round-up, because this is your ultimate guide to the week and weekend ahead, with the latest events, deals, sports, film releases and more.
‘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 842203 781 8422).
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).
Don’t miss a shot as some of the world’s top female players grace the Garhoud courts, with No.1 Angelique Kerber (pictured) going for a first title. From Dhs75. From noon. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.800tickets.com.
Leila Heller Gallery at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz is showcasing a series of sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg. His first solo exhibition here in the UAE, the show is simply called Sculptures, and features 18 brand-new works, all made of bronze, wood, stone and glass.
Landmarks II is the latest exhibition to be shown at Alserkal Avenue’s Ayyam Gallery. It’s by Sharjah-based artist Thaier Helal and features works created using materials such as sand and glue, becoming three-dimensional interpretations of the world’s deserts and mountains. Free. Open Sat noon-6pm; Sun-Thu 10am-6pm.
Get down to Global Village this month for a series of specially created activities, games and entertainment for young guests, as part of their new Kids Fest programme. Meet your favourite characters, see exciting dance performances and try the obstacle-course bouncy castles and the rides of Fantasy Island. Feb 5-25.
Kidzania is launching a destination for children called the Heritage Village where children can experience a range of activities including pearl hunting, henna and jewellery threading. From Dhs150 for a Heritage Village and Economy Plus Ticket, 10am-10pm.
Experience the magic of one of the most famous Arabian tales of all time as Aladdin takes to the stage at Madinat Jumeirah. Follow the story of the simple boy and the Genie in the lamp as they crusade against the evil Jafat and Aladdin fights to win the hand of the beautiful Princess Jasmine – with a surprise modern twist. Maybe wishes can come true, after all…