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.
Freshlyground, one of South Africa’s biggest bands, are performing live in Dubai this weekend. All seven band members will be taking to the stage at The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT. Listen out for their biggest hit, Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), which they recorded with Shakira for the 2010 World Cup. Their other hits include Nomvula and Fired Up.
Swiss star Bastian Baker, who was a coach on reality TV show The Voice Belgique in 2013 and who has opened for the likes of Elton John and Bryan Adams, performs as part of this year’s Swiss Days Dubai event.
Enjoy a brunch in the traditional sense at this New York export in the Fairmont. Think avocado toast, cinnamon roll pancakes, crab cake Benedict and steak and eggs, plus waffles and fruit, all with a soundtrack of old-school R&B and a cosy vibe. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs449 (bubbly). Sat 1pm-4pm.
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.
‘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).
On the first Thursday each month, it’s fiesta time. La Tablita’s January 5 version will revolve around the traditional Rosca de Reyes – a sweet bread with dried fruits and sugar, with a small toy hidden inside by Chef de Cuisine Daniel Hurtado. If you find a toy you’ll win a prize. There’s also be a buffet with live food stations. Dhs180 (soft drinks). 7pm.
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).
No, not that kind. A home-grown spin on some of the world’s toughest obstacle races hits Dubai’s dunes on Friday January 27. 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.
Cheer on the cyclists taking part in the Dubai Tour 2017. Former winners Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel are expected to challenge for honours once again. Watch out for Italian legend Vincenzo Nibali, too, in the colours of his new team, Bahrain-Merida. Starts daily at Dubai International Marine Club, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.dubaitour.com.
Feeling cabin feverish (but lazy), and don’t fancy spending a fortune? You’re in luck, because just Dhs150 will get you access to the spa, fitness and rooftop pool facilities at Shine Spa, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates. Ongoing.
One of the city’s best-loved hotels has been reborn and now you’ll have the chance to enjoy it at a special price. Book one of the rooms or suites at the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai and you’ll get 25 percent off the best rate. Prices vary. Until January 30.
Carluccio’s has launched a limited-edition seafood menu with five new items including grilled sea trout (pictured), wrapped scallops and steamed mussels. From Dhs75. Times vary. Until March 31. Various locations including.
Why should getting groomed take hours? JetSet and N.Bar in Grosvenor House Dubai have teamed up to offer the Cinderella package. Walk out with a makeover within the hour. You’ll be treated to a manicure, a 15-minute shoulder and neck massage, and a blow-dry in that time. From Dhs110. Ongoing.
Start 2017 as you mean to go on, with the new healthy menu at Ramusake. Choose from eight dishes including braised artichokes and sea bass. Prices vary. Wed 6pm-2am; Thu 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. Until Jan 31.
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.
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.