Polo World Cup, Usher on stage, Sandance and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 10 Head to Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound returns with World Tour DJs Gareth Cooke and Conan Manchester spinning house sounds in the main room.
Dhs100, ladies free before midnight. Open 10pm-3am. Sanctuary, Atlantis (04 426 0561).
Thursday 10 See Usher perform live
As part of his OMG world tour, the R&B singer, all-round performer and man who brought us Justin Bieber hits Dubai for a live concert. There’s also an after-party at Nasimi Beach hosted by the man himself following the gig.
Dhs295. Doors open 6pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre www.timeouttickets.com After-party Dhs100. Doors open 9pm. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis (04 426 0700).
Thursday 10 Tour de Vin at Rostang
This Thursday event serves food from a different region every week, accompanied by unlimited grape. Diners will be greeted by Rostang’s experienced sommelier to enjoy a tutored tasting.
Dhs295. 6.30pm-10.30pm. Rostang, Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1000).
Thursday 10 Two months pampering package
Buy the Dirham Diva voucher for only Dhs350 at this nail salon and you’ll get two manicures and pedicures, two polish changes, two head, neck and shoulder massages and one eyebrow shaping, all of which are valid until the end of April. Bargain.
Dhs350. Until April 30. N.Bar (04 366 9828).
Friday 11 Watch the Dubai Polo World Cup
Watch the best in polo action as the final of the Polo World Cup commences today. Come early to get a good picnic spot, drink, dance and enjoy shisha at the event. Pick up a free shuttle bus from the Habtoor Grand or the Metropolitan Hotel.
Dhs150. 10am-5pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111). www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 11 Dance the day and night away at Sandance
The 12-hour beach party returns with an international line-up including 2ManyDJs, Roger Sanchez, Sneaky Sound System and many more.
Dhs150 advance, Dhs200 on the door, Dhs300 VIP. Open 2pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 11 Catch a Depeche Mode DJ set
The hugely popular British electronic band lends us keyboardist Andrew Fletcher for a headline DJ set. Expect cutting edge electronic music and a few fresh Depeche remixes.
Dhs150, VIP Dhs200, ladies and Face card free before 11pm. Open 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat (050 725 8277).
Saturday 12 Holistic open day
This mind, body and energy centre is hosting a free open day today, and you’ll get to samples EFT, chakra diagnosis, Jin Shin Jyutsu, pranic healing, tarot readings and more.
Free. 11am-6pm. The Third Eye, Saeed Tower II, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 809 8595).
Saturday 12 Ladies’ dragon boating
The CNCF-Barracuda Paddlers are a women’s dragon boating team that compete in association with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.
Free for the first session, Dhs50 for the second and third session (goes to charity), Dhs1,000 for annual membership. 7.30am. West Dubai Marina, next to Dubai Marina Yacht Club (050 738 3949).
Saturday 12 Eat chateaubriand steak at JW’s Steakhouse
Every Saturday, enjoy grilled chateaubriand (a thick cut of tenderloin), served with chateaubriand sauce and potatoes château. the deal also runs on Monday.
Dhs250 (10oz), Dhs400 (20oz). 6pm. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira (04 607 7977).
Saturday 12 Move to grooves from Diesler
It’s Bar Rumba time at Calabar and this week British DJ and producer Diesler’s in town for a night of soul, jazz, trip hop and more.
Free. Open 6pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (050 725 8277).
Saturday 12 Sing along to cheesy pop classics
Join the beach party and dance to rock and pop favourites tonight under the stars. Best of all? No cover charge tonight.
Barasti, 6.30pm-11pm (04 399 3333).
Sunday 13 Ride a motocross bike
Try one of the the most dangerous and thrilling sports in the world today, and ride a MX1 or MX2 from Dhs100 per session. Just be careful!
Times vary. Jebel Ali Hotel, next to cart club,
Sunday 13 Men’s football
Duplays’ five-a-side indoor and seven-a-side outdoor leagues cater for players of all standards.
Dhs450 per person; Dhs3,750 per team. 7pm. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com/football (055 224 0187).
Sunday 13 Steak night at Bunkers
Enjoy prime Australian steaks and house beverages overlooking the golf course.
Starting from Dhs90. 7pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Monday 14 Local jewels
Opening today, the new Bil Arabi pop-up store inside this mammoth contemporary art gallery will sell designer Nadine Kanso’s jewels (the best Arabic script designs around, in our opinion), scarves and accessories.
Open 10am-8pm Sun-Thu, 12pm-6pm, closed Fri- Sat. Cuadro Gallery, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Monday 14 Dubai Waterpolo Club
This local club meets every Monday, with sessions including stamina and skills training, followed by a game. The club aims to host a tournament one Friday a month. See the ‘Waterpolo in Dubai’ Facebook page for updates.
Dhs40 per session. 8pm. King’s Dubai, Umm Suqeim 3,
www.kingsdubai.com (04 348 3939).
Monday 14 A hip art evening
This free night out in Al Serkal sees more than half a dozen galleries (all just a hop and a skip from each other) hosting openings. The shows are all top notch, what with the galleries flexing muscles during Art Dubai, so this is a must-do for all art scenesters.
Free. 6pm-10pm. Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz.
Tuesday 15 An insight into war
This group show features documentary images from contemporary war, many of which seem more surreal than the painterly canvases at the galleries next door.
Free. Until April 30. The Empty Quarter, DIFC (04 323 1210).
Tuesday 15 Go ice skating
Now it’s starting to warm up, cool down with an ice skating session.
Dhs50-Dhs75. 10am-midnight. Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Mall (04 427 0443).
Tuesday 15 Try a happy hour
Head over to Dubai Marina Yacht Club’s Aquara Lounge for and enjoy two-for-one deals on selected drinks while you take in the view.
Free entry. From 6pm-7.30pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).
Wednesday 16 Learn Arabic
Learn to get by in Arabic, the UAE’s official language, by going to a private or group session today.
Prices vary. 9am-6pm. Arabic Language Centre. World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 908 6036).
Wednesday 16 Go to a cultural Emitrati lunch
Try local food and learn more about the Emirati community today.
Dhs60. 11am-1pm. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bastakiya (04 353 6666).
Wednesday 16 Battle of the Chefs
Two of Dubai’s top head chefs go head to head in a live cook-off.
Dhs355 (three-course meal and selected house beverages). 7.30pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, (04 390 5600).
Wednesday 16 Design your own jewellery
Get creative at this craft store today, where you can make your own necklaces, bracelets and more from the hundreds of beads and trinkets available to visitors.
Prices vary. Bead Palace and Accessories, 8.15pm (04 395 2771).