Jazz festival, Dubai marathon, shopping festival and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 20 The Dubai International Jazz Festival kicks off today!
The highlights of the month long celebration will be big stage performances by Macy Gray, Mica Paris, Alison Moyet and Jools Holland between February 16 and 18. Before then, however, there is plenty of free jazz for everybody to enjoy. The swinging starts with a bluesy feel at Jumeirah Beach Walk at 8pm this evening. Dubai-based Blue Light Collective get things going and will be joined by B.B. and the Blues Shacks from 9.30 until 11pm.
Check out www.dubaijazzfest.com for more information.
Thursday 20 Head out of town for a kayak tour
Noukhada Adventure Company offers kayak adventures around Umm Al Quwain’s stunning coastline. Archipelago wildlife tours are also available daily each week. Dhs200 per person.
Various locations, 9am and 3pm starts. Call 050 721 8928 or log onto www.noukhada.ae for more information.
Thursday 20 Schmooze to bar grooves
Can’t face a club? Join DJs Tom Murgatroyd, Conan Manchester and ADL & Alex Papas as they headline a celebration of DJ bar culture with sophisticated house sounds. Free entry.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, from 5pm. Call 050 107 6405 for more information.
Thursday 20 Chinese New Year
China Club is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with traditional dishes concocted by Master Chef Fu. Try deep-fried crumbed prawns, dim sum, black cod and more. The set menu is Dhs218, and the offer runs until February 5.
China Club, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, times vary. Call 04 205 7333 for more information.
Thursday 20 DSF opening ceremony
Tonight marks the first night of Dubai Shopping Festival. Head down to The Dubai Mall and its surrounding area for plenty of celebratory events to mark the occasion.
Burj Khalifa Boulevard, time TBC. Log onto www.mydsf.com for more information.
Friday 21 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
You’re too late to take part (yes, we’re gutted too), but head down to the start line in Media City to cheer on the world’s best long-distance runners as well as thousands of enthusiasts. The race finishes in Dubai Media City amphitheatre.
In front of American University (next to Nakheel metro station), Dubai Media City, 7am. Log onto www.dubaimarathon.org for more information.
Friday 21 The art of reiki
This short course will teach you the basics of the very popular healing art, and you’ll walk out being able to practice on yourself. Handy! Dhs555 per person.
Jumeirah, 10am-2pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday 21 Chill out over dinner
Spoil yourself with dinner at this smart nightspot and be treated to a Latin and African-inspired chill-out set from guest DJ Carlos Campos.
Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, from 6pm. Call 04 423 0909 for more information.
Friday 21 Ronnie Herel takes to the decks
Head over to Chi as the UK’s Ronnie Herel, from BBC Radio 1Xtra, takes over the garden for a night of R&B. He’s joined by DJ Emtee Pockets as popular night Home returns to the club.
Chi, The Lodge, doors open 9pm. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Friday 21 Rave with Craig Richards
Join the UK turntablist, known for his residency at London’s prestigious Fabric club. Dhs100.
Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 10pm-3am. Call 050 725 8277 for more information.
Saturday 22 Watch the sun set from the beach
Join Radio 1’s DJ Schooly for a soulful beachfront session and unwind with a few drinks as the sun goes down. Surely the perfect end to the weekend.
Nasimi, Atlantis The Palm, from noon. Call 055 200 4321 for more information.
Saturday 22 Take better pictures
In a mere five hours, gain the confidence (and knowledge) to explore your camera’s functions without relying on auto mode. The day course costs Dhs365.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 2pm-7pm. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Saturday 22 Have a laugh at improv class
Join an adults’ improv comedy club and learn the basic tricks adopted by comedy pros including Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and more. All students will then get a chance to perform in a finale show at the Dubai Community Theatre. The course costs Dhs1,000.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 1.30pm-2.55pm. Call 050 440 0994 for more information.
Sunday 23 Kiteboarding classes
Join IKO for a packed day of power-kite handling. Novice or expert, they’ll teach you some essential skills. Sessions start from Dhs90 (in a group of four).
Nessnass Beach (off Beach Road, towards Burj Al Arab), all afternoon. Call 050 2265134 for more information.
Sunday 23 See Matt Damon in Green Zone
Catch the man in action at this al-fresco cinema night. Remember it’s getting nippy outside in the evenings, so bring a cardigan.
Wafi Rooftop, 8.30pm. Call 04 324 4100 for more information.
Monday 24 Tuck into pasta e basta
Imagine you’re in the Mediterranean at this weekly themed pizza and pasta evening. Dhs185 with selected beverages, Dhs145 with soft drinks.
The Med, Media One Hotel, 7pm. Call 04 409 9000 for more information.
Monday 24 Enjoy a good ribbing
Get stuck into ribs and a pint at Mexican-themed eatery Loca for just Dhs65, and enjoy watching the game on the numerous sports screens. A steal.
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah, 8pm. Call 04 346 1111 for more information.
Monday 24 Rock out at Submarine
Join resident DJ Storm as he hits the decks for a night of rock, roll and, erm, death metal at the popular basement club. Free entry.
Dhow Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, from 9pm. Call 04 359 9992 for more information.
Tuesday 25 An early-morning paddle
Hit the early-morning surf at the best beach in Dubai for waves, where you can hire boards opposite the break from this friendly local surf school. Dhs75 for the first hour and Dhs25 for every subsequent hour.
Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim Open Beach, from sunrise. Call 050 504 3020 for more information.
Tuesday 25 Blind Bottle Club
Think you know your grape-based beverages? The sommelier will choose four types (red or white, as you prefer), which will then be served with bite-sized tapas. Dhs100.
Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, JBR, 7.30pm. Call 04 318 6715 for more information.
Tuesday 25 Watch local talent at jam night
Cheer on local musicians as they take the stage at this weekly session. Dhs25.
The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai, from 9pm. Call 04 501 2534 for more information.
Wednesday 26 De-stress your muscles and beautify
Book a 60-minute massage session for Dhs350 and get a free organic conditioning hair treatment worth Dhs250. Ladies only.
Thai Privilege Spa, Umm Suqeim, until January 3. Call 04 348 9679 for more information.
Wednesday 26 Ride your bicycle
Dubai Autodrome is cleared of cars and motorbikes every Wednesday evening to make way for bicycles, joggers and even the odd rollerblader.
Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches, 6pm. Call 04 367 8700 or check the Cycle Safe Dubai Facebook page.
Wednesday 26 Circus skills!
The Clowns Who Care Project carry out volunteer work in the community by going into hospitals and making sick kids laugh. Learn to do fun tricks and performances with them today. Dhs1,000.
Kadomz Studio, Dubai Marina Mall, 7.15pm-9pm. Call 050 440 0994 for more information.
Wednesday 26 Celebrate Australia Day on the beach
Join Aussie dance duo TV Rock, plus Dion Mavath and DJ Vanilla, as they invade Barasti for a serious party. Expect a big Aussie-style barbecue and plenty
of amber drinks to go around. Entry is free.
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, from 5pm. Call 04 318 1313 for more information.