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 your biggest and best hat, and head to Meydan Racecourse for the social event of the year: The Dubai World Cup. Don’t understand horse racing? That doesn’t matter. Everyone knows it’s really all about the fashion, the millinery and the celebrity headline act who closes the whole thing – which this year is mysterious vocal powerhouse Sia. Rub shoulders with Dubai’s most well-to-do, have a glass of bubbly and maybe spare a few minutes to see if Arrogate makes it over the finish line before California Chrome.
Moroccan artists Yasmina Alaoui and Yassine Mekhnache celebrate their rich cultural heritage and explore ancestral techniques in their vibrant new self-titled exhibition of abstract art, on display at Opera Gallery.
Head to the new monthly Ripe Farmers’ Market at Reform Social & Grill, which starts today. Expect fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as 20 boutique market stalls. Free entry. 10am-6pm. www.ripeme.com.
The auction house’s new showcase of works, to coincide with the official opening of its gallery and office space, features modern and contemporary Arab and Iranian artworks from the London 20th Century Art: Middle East auction. Works by influential female Turkish artist Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, Iranian painter and poet Bahman Mohasses and Mahmoud Saïd, one of the fathers of Egyptian modern art, are also included. Prices vary.
Until UAE Mother’s Day on Tuesday March 21, iStyle is giving customers a free Apple band with the purchase of any Apple Watch, a free Apple case with any iPhone or iPad and free Office 365 with Microsoft Office. Plus, Time Out readers get Dhs30 to spend on anything when they present the voucher attached to paid-for copies of this week’s magazine. Boom. Prices vary. Mar 15-21. iStyle, various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.istyleme.com.
Catch the last few days of the Dubai Marina Street Festival. Back for its seventh year, the event features performers, food trucks and all manner of free family fun, spread across 2km of Dubai Marina Promenade. Free.
Nikkei eating hot spot Ají will be transforming its shores on Thursday March 23 to mark the start of 2017’s cherry blossom season.
Over at Club Vista Mare on the Palm Jumeirah, Aji says it will be marking Sakura night in style. Visitors can expect to see a transformed beach front featuring a plentiful display of cherry blossom trees enveloping the bar and entwining themselves above dining areas for guests.
Japan is known for many an awesome thing: its rich history, ninjas, throwing stars, sushi and the rice beverage all come to mind. One of its most beautiful natural sights, however, is the cherry blossom season every year.
To celebrate the season, Ají is putting on limited-edition, colour-changing mixed drinks and a one-night-only cherry blossom dessert. To top it all off, staff will be wearing traditional kimonos and guests are encouraged to wear pink to join in on the celebration. Thursday March 23. Aji Beachside Restaurant and Bar, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah. www.aji.ae (04 552 0244)
The iconic final evening of this world-famous music festival features beautiful pieces from the likes of Handel and Bach, piano solos, rousing renditions of Fantasia on British Sea-Songs from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and more.
Aloha! For a family-friendly Polynesian feast, Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks And Resorts has launched a new brunch. Try out the Polynesian barbecue grill station and then spend the rest of the day by the pool while the little ones are in the kids’ club. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs95 (kids up to aged 12). Fri 1pm-5pm.
One of drum ’n’ bass’ biggest stars, Sigma, will be back in Dubai for Zero Gravity’s One Big Friday, spinning hits such as Nobody to Love, Changing and Glitterball. Also headlining is UK house and garage duo Gorgon City and Sam Divine, of Sankeys Ibiza and Ushuaia Ibiza residencies.