Dance, eat, learn, watch and more of what's on in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 7 Buy Dubai Rugby Sevens tickets
The Dubai Rugby Sevens, which takes place on December 2-4 this year, is one of the emirate’s top sporting spectacles. Tickets are already on sale and are likely to sell out! Dhs170 for Friday 3; Dhs230 for Saturday 4; Dhs300 for both days.
Log onto www.dubairugby7s.com and www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Thursday 7 Join the mosh pit at Rocktoberfest
Mountains A two-day festival featuring performances from local bands, plus Hoopy Frood and Bootleg Blues Brothers from the UK, a Harley Davidson bike show, belly dancing and much, much more.
Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Thursday 7 See the world’s biggest sandwich
More than half a tonne of cream cheese, 1,000kg of vegetables, and about 100 sandwich makers will help to create the world’s biggest sandwich (to be diced into 10,000 regular-sized sandwiches and passed to 5,000 labourers).
Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ain Road, noon-2pm. Call 04 332 3308 or email to email@example.com for more information.
Thursday 7 Check out the city’s newest lounge
Visit the newest bar in the city at the peak of the Raffles pyramid. This Chinese lounge is sure to be one of the most sophisticated spots for watching the sunset, with delicious mixed drinks and nibbles including foie gras siew mai.
RED Lounge Terrace, Raffles Dubai, 6pm-3am. Call 04 314 9770 for more information.
Thursday 7 Get funky at Nasimi beach
Fresh from a refurb, Nasimi reopens its beach with ’70s funk tunes. Wear your finest disco gear to enter the best-dressed competition and win a night at the Atlantis. Free for ladies, Dhs50 for guys before 10.30pm, Dhs100 for all after.
Nasimi, Atlantis The Palm, doors open 8pm. Call 055 200 4321 for more information.
Friday 8 Tuck into a Nobu high brunch
The famous international restaurant chain serves highly recommended Japanese-Peruvian fare for Dhs490 (including bubbly and Japanese speciality drinks). Scream ‘Irashaimase!’ at the waitress as she greets you, before she says it first, to impress (or confuse) dining companions.
Atlantis, The Palm, noon-4pm. Call 04 426 2626 for more information.
Friday 8 Head to the ARTE souk
Browse work by more than 70 local crafters, many of whom are offering handmade pink items to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Month.
Times Square Centre, noon-7pm. Log onto www.arte.ae for more information.
Friday 8 Cheer on the women’s rugby teams
Ladies from around the Gulf get ready to ruck and roll at this showpiece event, hosted by Dubai Exiles. Entry is free.
The Sevens stadium, Al Ain Road, 1pm. Call Dee on 050 458 5071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday 8 Go nuts for Simon and Peanut
UK indie band Kaiser Chiefs, the guys behind ‘I Predict a Riot’, are lending us band members Simon Rix and Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines for a night of DJing at Chi. Prepare for new wave-inspired tunes. Entry Dhs120.
Chi, The Lodge, doors open 9pm. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Friday 8 Catch Cagedbaby at Trilogy
DJ Thomas Gandey, aka Cagedbaby (now there’s a strange alias), plays a deep techno and disco set, while Disco Bloodbath’s Damon Martin spins tunes up on the roof. Tickets Dhs130, free for ladies and Face card holders before 11pm.
Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah, doors open 9pm. Call 050 725 8277 for more information.
Saturday 9 Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival
Take a trip to nearby Abu Dhabi to catch the finals of this spectacle (the festival starts on Friday). Dragon boating embodies positive team spirit, health and fitness, making friends and having a laugh and a half. Free for spectators.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 8am-4pm. Call 02 509 8888 or email email@example.com for more information.
Saturday 9 See Raging Bull
Revel in this Scorsese classic tonight: next week they’re screening Goodfellas. Entry is free.
Art Sawa gallery, Al Quoz, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Log onto www.artsawa.com for more information.
Saturday 9 Check out the wheels in Abu Dhabi
More than 30,000 motorheads are predicted to attend the Barbican Turbo custom car and bike show, which boasts stunts by previous World Series drift champions and stars of the movie Fast and the Furious. Entry is Dhs100 for adults.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, runs October 7-9. Log onto
www.barbicanturbo.com for more information.
Sunday 10 Run with the Hash House Harriers
The Desert Hash House Harriers is a mixed group that runs each Sunday evening, starting roughly an hour before sunset. The run ends with hearty food, paid for by your Dhs50 entry fee.
Various locations in Dubai, meet before sunset. Log onto www.deserthash.org for more information.
Sunday 10 Buy two hammam visits, get one free
Try Sisters’ relaxing hammams and Turkish/Moroccan baths. Until December 1, you can buy two and get a third free.
Sisters Beauty Lounge, locations across Dubai. Call 04 339 8500 for more information.
Sunday 10 See Takers
This fast-paced heist flick is out this week, starring Hayden Christensen and Matt Dillon. We’ll take a large popcorn, please.
In cinemas across Dubai
Monday 11 Cheap spa deals
Get three 20-minute treatments, from a facial to a scalp or hot stone massage, plus pool access, all for Dhs360.
The Spa at the Palace, Downtown Burj Khalifa. Call 04 428 7805 for more information.
Bag a five-star hotel stay for less
From October 7-18, as a GCC resident, you can claim up to 30 per cent off the lowest room rate at Emirates Towers hotel (from Dhs665), plus access to Wild Wadi and more.
Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call 04 364 7555 for more information.
Monday 11 Watch Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts stars in this romantic drama, based on the bestselling book by Elizabeth Gilbert.
In cinemas across Dubai
Monday 11 Bid at an art auction
Stop by to watch the auction action. If you have an extra hundred thousand dirhams lying around, you can join in the bidding for art, cars and watches.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, 7pm. Call 04 399 9999 for more information.
Tuesday 12 See the UAE’s best baristas in action
Watch 30 of the UAE’s best coffee makers (aka baristas) battle for the title of ‘UAE Barista Champion’. The winner will represent the UAE at the 2011 World Barista Championships in Bogota, Colombia. The event is part of the Middle East Coffee and Tea Convention and continues until October 14. Free.
Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, 9am. Log onto www.coffeeandtea convention.com for more information.
Tuesday 12 Win tickets to the F1 in Abu Dhabi
Hilton hotels are holding quizzes to win tickets for the Grand Prix, or VIP passes to watch live races in 3D. Make sure you get there early – places are first come, first served.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR Every Tuesday until November 9. Call 04 399 1111 for more information.
Wednesday 13 Learn to wield a samurai sword
Practice the ancient Japanese art of the samurai at Dubai Kendo Club. Lessons cost Dhs50, and beginners are always welcome.
Emirates International School, 8pm-9.30pm. Call 050 264 8683 for more information.
Wednesday 13 Pacino in the pool
Relax in the pool and watch CIA thriller The Recruit starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell. Dhs30 per person; towel and popcorn included.
Desert Palm Retreat, Al Awir Road, near International City. Call 04 323 8888 for more information.
Wednesday 13 Enjoy Oktoberfest!
The Bavarian celebration returns for another year, complete with oompah band, German brews and lots of sausage.
Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha. Call 04 317 1234 for more information.