Dubai Dance festival, Ice Warriors, sporty fun and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 3 Join in at Dubai Dance Festival
The third annual festival showcases both international and young local talent in the region’s biggest dance event. Until June 4. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Thursday 3 Chill out on your lunch break
Get a Balinese massage at The Monarch’s Mandara Spa, followed by a three-course lunch at Ruth’s Chris, for Dhs299. Alternatively, you can dine at slick Japanese venue Okku. Available Sunday to Thursday, it’s the perfect way to relax during your lunch hour.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Monarch Dubai. Call 04 501 8270 for more information.
Thursday 3 Hop on the Ministry of Sound World Tour
DJs Eve Carey and Mark Pickup spin the tunes as one of the most revered club nights in the world touches town in Dubai.
Sanctuary, Atlantis, 9pm-3am. Call 04 426 0561 for more information.
Thursday 3 See DJ Pippi at Armani Privé
Check out one of Ibiza’s biggest DJs at Dubai’s swankiest new club – in the tallest building in the world. That’s a lot of superlatives.
Armani Dubai, 10pm-3am. Call 04 888 3308 for more information.
Friday 4 Watch the Ice Warriors compete
Watch Dubai’s toughest athletes battle it out on an assault course in sub-zero temperatures during the Aprilia Ice Warrior Challenge.
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, from 6am. Call 04 409 4000 for more information.
Friday 4 Shop at the Second-Hand Bazaar
Vintage fans can browse a huge range of ‘gently used’ products, meaning this bazaar is perfect for bagging a bargain. Get on the website and book a table if you have lots to sell.
Uptown Mirdif Piazza, 4pm-10pm. Log onto www.2ndhand-bazaar.com for more information.
Friday 4 Catch some opera
See Brit performer Clare Lesser sing soprano with David Lesser on piano in this rare operatic night, featuring arias by Bellini and Puccini.Tickets are Dhs45 and seats are limited.
Art Sawa, Al Quoz, 8pm-9pm. Call 04 340 8660 for more information.
Friday 4 Rhyme with DJ Luck and MC Neat
The UK garage duo, renowned for their 1999 hit ‘A Little Bit of Luck’, will play a selection of garage, funky house and hip hop at this popular Bur Dubai club.
Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, 10pm-3am. Call 04 352 0900 for more information.
Saturday 5 Check out Soccer Circus
You won’t really understand this ‘interactive football skills centre’ until you try it. But we guarantee big kids will love smashing down the opposition cutouts in the final shootout.
Playnation, Mirdif City Centre. Log onto www.playnationme.com for more information.
Saturday 5 Free personal training session
Anywhere you want Until June 10, the workout gurus at Fitness 02 are offering a free one-on-one training session and assessment. No excuses – start the week right!
Call 04 347 3440 for more information.
Saturday 5 Join EMEG’s World Environment Day
Enjoy a day of free activities to celebrate World Environment Day, from beach clean-ups to mangrove planting. All ages are welcome.
EMEG Ghantoot reserve, from 3pm
Saturday 5 Nab a free salsa lesson
Enjoy a free salsa class between 9pm and 10pm, then stick about and practise your moves at the salsa party, complete with two-for-one drinks ’til midnight.
Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, 10pm-3am. Call 04 331 1111 for more information.
Sunday 6 Catch the final of the French open
Get into the spirit of the final and watch the match at one of Dubai’s biggest sports bars.
Time Café, Ramee Royal Hotel, Karama. Call 04 334 4088 for more information.
Sunday 6 Can toys be art?
100 local artists have customised tiny robotic toys called MEGAs, creating the largest custom toy exhibition in the Middle East. See the results on show at Gate Village.
Gate Village, DIFC. Log onto www.foo-dog.com for more information.
Sunday 6 Learn about nature in the region
Dubai Natural History Group welcomes new members and visitors to a free illustrated talk by marine expert Keith Wilson.
Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, opposite Wild Wadi, 7.30pm.
Monday 7 Join a new cricket league
This 45-day league starts today: each team gets three matches before the knockout round. There’s only space for 80 teams, so sign up quick.
Insportz, Al Quoz, Dhs800 per team. Call 04 347 5833 for more information.
Monday 7 Enjoy a meaningful discussion
Rendezvous is a social group of ‘pop philosophers’, meeting once a month. Tonight they’re discussing inspirational films. Get in touch if you want to attend.
The Palace Hotel, 7.30pm. Log onto www.rendezvousdubai.com for more information.
Tuesday 8 Gorge on a budget
Take advantage of this once-a-month opportunity to eat at the chef’s table, and enjoy 12 courses – with matching grape pairings – for an excruciatingly reasonable Dhs299.
The Cellar, Garhoud, 7pm. Call 04 282 9333 for more information.
Tuesday 8 Dig into a royal feast
Celebrate the Thai food that’s supposedly eaten by royalty at this themed all-you-can-eat buffet on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You’ll get a 20 per cent reduction on the Dhs179 price tag if you dine between 6pm and 8pm.
Blue Elephant, Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud. Call 04 705 4818 for more information.
Tuesday 8 See Coco Avant Chanel
The Shelter’s ‘fashion films’ season continues with this lavish biopic of Coco Chanel, starring Audrey Tautou. We recommend.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 8.30pm. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Wednesday 8 Enjoy a Turkish fine-dining deal
Feast on an upscale, three-course meal at the city’s only fine-dining Turkish restaurant. Sit on the balcony – while the weather allows – and take in the Marina views. Dhs200 with a welcome drink.
Ottomans, Grosvenor House Dubai, 7pm daily. Call 04 399 8888 for more information.
Wednesday 8 Watch films from the pool
For Dhs30 you’ll get pool entry, towel, popcorn and two movies: Horton Hears a Who and The Hangover.
Desert Palm resort, 7pm. Call 04 323 8888 for more information.
Wednesday 8 Attend a hip album launch
Disco brothers Faze Action launch their latest record, Moving Cities, tonight. Will it move this city? Head to the launch to find out.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 4pm-3am. Call 04 406 8744 for more information.
Monday 7 Arabian Nights
Step into Layali Ewaan (Arabian Nights) for Arabic entertainment, cuisine and shisha. Unlimited mezze, meats and a buffet are included for Dhs245 (Dhs275 with shisha).
Ewaan, The Palace Hotel. Call 04 428 7951 for more information.
Friday 4 Visit Dubai Dolphinarium
Kids will love the bottlenose dolphins and seal shows – apparently the bigger the crowd, the better they perform. Adult tickets are Dhs100 and children are Dhs50; there are shows at 11am, 3pm and 6pm.
Children’s City, Umm Hurair. Call 04 336 9773 for more information.