Massive cricket, British sing-along, free surfing and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 27 See the cricket match of the year
See Shoaib Akhtar’s Pakistani team take on Salman Khan’s Indian side. This charity cricket match is chock-a-block with celebs and promises to be nothing short of legendary. Entry starts at Dhs35. Tickets from Sind Punjab, Ravi and Bombay Chowpatty restaurants .
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sports City, 7pm
Thursday 27 Experience Shrek Forever After 3D!
The summer’s big hitters continue with this, the fourth in the beloved computer-animated series (and in 3D, of course!). Check out our guide to the best summer flicks coming out over the next couple of months.
In cinemas from Thursday
Thursday 27 Embrace Turkish culture
Turkish community website bilgidubai.com invites every to celebrate its fourth anniversary with traditional music and cocktails. There’s no fee, but you have to register online.
The Talk, Mövenpick, JBR, 8pm-2am. Log onto www.bilgidubai.com/turkgecesi for more information.
Thursday 27 Join the ‘Just Write It’ literary party
An opportunity to join Dubai’s budding expat literati before they break for summer. The Emirates Literary Group is keen to attract new members, so feel free to pop along for food and friends. Entry is Dhs100.
Shakespeare Café, Village Mall, Jumeirah, 8pm. Email email@example.com
for more information.
Thursday 27 Sing along with Toploader
The British indie group behind ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ continue dancing in Dubai. This is their rescheduled date. Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, 9pm-3am.
Call 04 217 0000 or see www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Thursday 27 Celebrate Ohm Records’ seventh birthday
DJ Troy Pierce will be playing techno to mark the local indie record store’s big day. Madinat Rooftop, 10pm-3am. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Friday 28 Try surfing for free!
Every Friday, Surf School UAE puts on a free adult lesson to give people a taste of the addictive sport. The lessons book up quickly, so phone ahead to reserve your place. Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim, 9am. Log onto www.surfschooluae.com for more information.
Friday 28 Tackle the Bubbalicious brunch
One of the best new deals in town, this gut-busting feast features a live Cuban band and Chinese entertainment, as well as food from all Westin restaurants. Dhs299 (including soft drinks), Dhs450 (with unlimited bubbly).
The Westin Mina Seyahi, 1pm-4pm. Call 04 511 7136 for more information.
Friday 28 Free medical check-ups for kids
SNF Children’s Development Centre is hosting a free check-up camp for kids with special needs. Get in touch if you’re interested.
Getwell Medical Centre, Bur Dubai . Call 04 334 9818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday 28 Dance on the sand
It’s the last Full Moon Party before the summer, so make the most of it while you can. Nasimi, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm-2am. Call 04 426 0000 for more information.
Friday 28 Hear masterful mashups
British DJ duo The Cut Up Boys blend a genre-bending selection of club classics, indie anthems, R&B floor-fillers and more.
Chi, Oud Metha, 10pm-3am. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Saturday 29 Improve your mind, body and soul
The free Better U event features hundreds of interesting workshops, from arts and crafts classes to life coaching and make-up sessions. Did we mention it’s free?
Dubai Knowledge Village. Log onto www.betteru.info for more information.
Saturday 2 Fancy some bespoke beauty?
Want to visit the Armani Hotel? We recommend doing it in style by visiting the spa. There’s an interesting twist here: instead of booking a treatment, you book a time slot and the therapist diagnoses the best services to meet your needs. Haute healing – go Armani. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa . Call 04 888 3888 for more information.
Saturday 2 See an on-stage thriller
Watch Dubai’s best amateur actors perform Strangers on a Train (adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel). Until May 29.
American University of Dubai auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Road, 7.30pm. Email
email@example.com for more information.
Saturday 2 Groove to Groove Assassin
Groove Assassin (aka Nick Moss) is here to soothe you into Sunday, alongside all the residents: Simon Reid, Tristan Bain and Richard Round. Bless 360°.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 4pm-2am. Log onto www.platinumlist.ae for more information.
Sunday 30 Get a cheap mani
This spa is giving Time Out readers a 50 per cent discount on selected treatments. Try the deluxe mani/pedi with paraffin: take this clipping and 90 minutes of pampering will set you back only Dhs90. Bargain!
Natural Elements Spa, Le Méridien, Garhoud. Call 04 217 0000 for more information.
Sunday 30 Eat a free steak
Buy one steak and get a second steak free – a great way to impress your date (but note that the offer is only valid on Sundays).
Billy Blues, Rydges Plaza hotel, Satwa. Call 04 398 2272 for more information.
Sunday 30 Catch a double dose of Clint Eastwood Movies Under the Stars
Wafi’s final free al-fresco double bill before summer is a good ’un, showing Eastwood favourites The Unforgiven followed by Gran Torino. We’ll miss you, Movies Under the Stars!
Wafi Rooftop, Oud Metha. Call 04 324 4100 for more information.
Sunday 30 Hit a club
Who cares if it’s the start of the week? Dance to R&B, dancehall and hip hop with DJ Stylez and Dany Neville at The Edge club night at Zinc. There’s a two-for-one happy hour from 10pm ’til midnight.
Zinc, Crowne Plaza Sheikh Zayed Road, 10pm-3am. Call 04 331 1111 for more information.
Monday 31 Exploit asparagus
Asparagus season is almost over, so enjoy the ripe, green spears while you can. Vivaldi offers chunky white asparagus with veal sirloin, or try scallops in creamy asparagus sauce. There’s a range of options, but only until June 15.
Vivaldi, Sheraton Dubai Creek, Deira. Call 04 228 1111 for more information.
Monday 31 See the art of coffee
Ever thought your empty coffee cup looked vaguely interesting? Artist Lara Baladi has. Here she chronicles her father’s death via empty coffee cups. Until June 1.
Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Al Quoz. Call 04 340 3965 for more information.
Tuesday 1 Eat dinner at Wafi for half price
Dine at any of Wafi’s 12 restaurants and get 50 per cent off your food bill on your next visit. Couple this with Wafi’s Select card for extra savings. Continues until August 31.
Wafi, Oud Metha, all restaurants. Call 04 324 4100 for more information.
Tuesday 1 A spot of golf?
Today is the first day of this course’s cheap summer deals: weekday green fees are now only Dhs300. It’s mighty hot to be walking around a course during daylight, so why not try the nine-hole floodlit course tonight after work?
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Deira. Log onto www.dubaigolf.com for more information.
Tuesday 1 Learn about Antarctica
If you’re looking for something different to do of a Dubai evening, this free lecture by polar explorer Robert Swan OBE might do the trick. He’ll be talking about why we should be working to preserve Antarctica, the world’s last great wilderness.
Mövenpick, Bur Dubai, 7.30pm. Call 04 344 8622 for more information.
Wednesday 2 View Dutch art
See a selection of works by 35 Dubai-based Dutch artists: everything from pottery to photography will be on sale. A good opportunity to buy some decently priced art.
Grand Millennium Hotel, Al Barsha, 7.30pm-11pm. Call 050 274 0733 for more information.