Dancing, dining, Ducatis, DJs and more of Dubai's best fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 20 Marvel at Prince of Persia
The latest blockbusting action epic to hit our screens is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Can indie boy Jake Gyllenhaal cut it as an action man? Find out today.
Thursday 20 Feast on Indian delicacies
Celebrity Chefs Ashfaque and Irfan Qureshi fly in from India to craft the same specialities they’ve made for royalty and heads of state. There will also be live ghazal singers. Until June 10.
Qureshis Kebab & Kurry, The County Club Hotel, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-3am. Call 04 398 8840 for more information.
Thursday 20 Check out The Birdhouse Factory
Watch the acrobatics at this Cirque du Soleil-inspired theatre production. The plot revolves around the creation of a new birdhouse, built by clowns, contortionists and more. Until May 29.
First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm. Call 04 366 6546 for more information.
Thursday 20 Dance to Groove Armada
The former big-beat producers (known for ‘I See You Baby’, ‘At the River’, ‘Song 4 Mutya’ and so on) turn to the tech side for a DJ set at Chi tonight.
Chi, Oud Metha, 9pm-3am. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Thursday 20 Hear Ovidio tickle the ivories
Numerous forms of classical music are merged by pianist, vocalist and conductor Ovidio de Ferrari; this gig was moved from April 29 due to the Icelandic volcano ash disrupting flights.
Courtyard Marriott, Green Community, dinner from 7.30pm, show starts 9.30pm. Call 04 885 2222 for more information.
Thursday 20 Look sharp for a charity gala
Dig out your dickie bow for this fundraising ball in aid of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs. Start the weekend in style!
Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud. Call 04 282 0000 for more information.
Friday 21 Dance at the Rose of Tralee Ball
The Dubai Irish Society’s annual search for the finest Irish girl in Dubai is back, with special guests The Celtic Tenors. Tickets are Dhs475 for members, Dhs525 for non-members.
Madinat Jumeirah, 7.30pm. Log onto www.irishsocietydubai.com for more information.
Friday 21 Audition for Hairspray
An open call for kids aged 11-plus to audition for a part in Hairspray. Youngsters audition in the morning, with over 18s in the afternoon.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 10am-6pm, free. Log onto www.hairspraydubai.com for more information.
Friday 21 Hop aboard a catamaran party
Enjoy the Dreamdays Duplays catamaran cruise party, featuring a barbecue with unlimited soft drinks, some DJ beats, a neck and shoulder massage and a chance to ride the banana boat.
Dubai Marina, 3pm-7pm, Dhs550. Log onto
www.dreamdays.ae for more information.
Friday 21 Rock out to The Subways
The Subways’ Billy Lunn was nominated for our Time Out Dubai Nightlife Awards for his fantastic acoustic set last year; we expect the full show will be even better.
Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, 9pm-3am. Call 04 217 0000 for more information.
Friday 21 Check out Tinie Tempah
The UK’s latest rap/grime sensation – his single, ‘Pass Out’, shot straight to number one – performs live with a special Dubai set, with DJ EZ.
Chi, Oud Metha, 10pm-3am. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Saturday 22 Dance with a Bollywood expert
Dubai Join celebrity Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan at this month-long course, which starts this weekend. One class is Dhs50; the whole course is Dhs1,350. Continues until June 21.
Four locations across. Call 050 174 5378 for more information.
Saturday 22 Listen to book chatter
This week, the Talking of Books radio gang talk war reporting and review The Perfect Storm author Sebastian Junger’s new hard-hitting true-life tale, War, about the year he spent with a US battalion in Afghanistan.
Dubai Eye 103.8FM, 2pm-4pm.
Saturday 22 Watch Ducati motorbikes race
Dubai’s new Ducati showroom is being unveiled today. See the city’s motorheads unite!
Dubai Autodrome, 5.30pm. Email email@example.com for more information.
Sunday 23 Go ‘speak dating’
Tonight is the launch of ‘speak dating’, a chance to find your perfect partner for learning a new language. Don’t get it? Go to Community for more.
The Shelter, Al Quoz. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Sunday 23 Learn to DJ
Get your DJ certificate! The six-week course starts today – learn how to beat-match, mix and set loop points and, er, other technical-sounding things. The total fee is Dhs3,500.
SAE Institute, Knowledge Village, 6pm-9pm. Call 04 361 6173 for more information.
Sunday 23 Turtle power day!
Spotted the turtles at Mina A’Salam before? They’re cared for by the special Turtle Centre, located in the Burj Al Arab. Today is World Turtle Day, so you can learn all about the cute reptiles and what you can do to help protect them in the UAE. Jumeirah Beach Resort, time and price TBC. Log onto www.jumeirah.com for more information.
Monday 24 Flamenco!
Enjoy live entertainment from traditional Spanish dancers flown in from Spain. The first show is at 9pm, with a second act at 10pm. There will also be a festive three-course menu, including a glass of Spanish cava, for Dhs145. The festival runs daily until May 27.
Seville’s, Wafi, 8pm-11pm. Call 04 324 4777 for more information.
Monday 24 See the Dubai Chamber Choir
Dozens of the city’s finest choral singers perform compositions by groundbreaking composer Eric Whitacre.
The Fridge, Al Quoz. Doors open 7.30pm; show 8pm-late. Call 04 347 7793 for more information.
Tuesday 25 Enjoy unlimited eats
For a limited time, enjoy an all-you-can-eat international buffet, including alcohol. Span the globe and pair Omani prawns with Norwegian salmon, Australian lamb and more. Until June 30.
Junction Restaurant, Traders Hotel, Deira, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Call 04 265 9888 for more information.
Tuesday 25 Try tandoori night
Love tandoori? So do we. Fill up on a range of tandoori specialities at one of our favourite Indian restaurants for just Dhs185, while tuning in to live music. The offer is valid every Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of June.
Zaika, Al Murooj Rotana, 8pm-11pm. Call 04 321 1111 for more information.
Tuesday 25 Reminisce with Allister Whitehead
This long-time British house DJ will be playing the classic house tunes that formed the genre, mixed with the odd non-house tune that influenced the early days.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 9pm-late. Call 04 406 8744 for more information.
Wednesday 26 Take the kids to the waterpark
Treat the little ones to a day at the Jumeirah waterpark next time they wake up early on Saturday morning. Throughout May you and your family can get a special discount. Parents go for Dhs165 each, kids are Dhs135.
Wild Wadi, Jumeirah, 8am-10am. Log onto
www.jumeirah.com for more information.
Wednesday 26 Learn salsa
Espiritu Latino Dance Group will teach you how to sway the Latin way.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 7pm for beginners, 8.30pm for intermediates, Dhs4. Log onto
www.shelter.ae for more information.
Wednesday 26 Party with Dan Chadwick
This popular club rocks out to crowd-pleasing house tunes courtesy of ace local DJ Dan Chadwick; there are drink deals from 10pm until midnight. It’s nearly the weekend, after all…
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 7pm for beginners, 8.30pm for intermediates, Dhs40. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.