Street carnival, Dubai World Cup and much, much more
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 24 Dubai Marina Street Festival
There are 36 award-winning street acts, circus troupes, comedy and theatrical shows heading to Dubai to offer 10 days of entertainment. The fun continues until April 2.
Free. Sun-Thu from 6pm, Fri-Sat from 3pm. Dubai Marina (04 309 7947).
Thursday 24 Etisalat Pro-League Football: Al Ahli v Kalba
With Al Wasl hot on their tail, third-place Al Ahli can’t afford to slip up against lowly Kalba.
Free. 5.45pm. Rashid Stadium, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alahliclub.ae (04 298 8800).
Thursday 24 Purple Music Party featuring Jamie Lewis and Michael Watford
It will be house-music central at this party, with Lewis’s headline set featuring vocals from African-American dance music singer Watford.
Free. Open 6pm-midnight. M-Dek, Media One Hotel (04 427 1000).
Thursday 24 Dubai Softball League
Start pitching with a softball team. Games are played every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday on the fields next to the Metropolitan Hotel.
Dhs150 per player. 7pm
Thursday 24 Dance to house from DJ Giano
The self-taught DJ and producer arrives in Dubai to play a night of house sounds under the stars.
Free. Doors open 5pm. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).
Friday 25 Go crazy with Coolio
The zany-haired 47-year-old American rapper returns to the UAE for a live performance on the beach at Barasti’s Flashback party.
Dhs100, free for all before 11pm. Doors open 5pm. Barasti Beach, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 318 1313).
Friday 25 Watch a powerboat competition
More than 20 high-powered yet super-light boats accelerate at silly speeds around Dubai’s shores. Plus, indulge in a full barbecue for Dhs200.
Dhs225. Race starts at 3.30pm, Dubai International Marine Club, Jumeirah Beach
Walk, next to Le Méridien Mina Seyahi,
Friday 25 An Iranian New Year feast
Celebrate Nowruz (aka Iranian New Year) this weekend by eating sabzi polo mahi (a rice and herb dish with fish) at local restaurant Shabestan, which will be offering a set menu and playing traditional Persian music.
Dhs185. From 8pm, Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
Friday 25 See three bands from Pakistan
Pakistani classical singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, pop rock band Strings, and Overload, dubbed the ‘loudest band in Pakistan’, perform tonight.
From Dhs100. 7pm-1am. The Palladium, Dubai Media City, Barsha (04 323 7858).
Saturday 26 Traditional dhow sailing race
A fleet of 50 wooden sailing boats will race across the turquoise waters of the Gulf. The best views are from the breakwater at Dubai International Marine Club.
Free for spectators. 2.30pm. Dubai International Marine Club, next to Barasti (04 399 5777).
Saturday 26 Meatpacking District dinner menu
Enjoy an authentic, great-value New York dining experience as Manhattan Grill introduces its new two-course menu, which includes an appetiser and main course, or a main course and a dessert, as well as a glass of house white or red.
Dhs195. 7pm-8.30pm. Manhattan Grill, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Saturday 26 Take a musical trip to the USSR
DJs Greg Funk and Paolo Insomnia play Russian hits from the ’80s and ’90s with a dash of Europop thrown in at club night Imperia.
Dhs100. Open 10pm-3am. Sanctuary, Atlantis The Palm (04 426 0561).
Sunday 27 Get flexible
Yoga can reduce stress levels, improve your mood and make your stretchier than ever before. Go today at Club Stretch.
Dhs75 per session. Various times. Al Mina Road, Satwa (04 345 2131).
Sunday 27 Adult swimming classes
It’s never too late to learn. Daily sessions include ‘Stroke Correction’, and ‘Swimming Alone’.
Prices vary. 9am-10pm. Al Wasl Sports Club Swimming Centre, Oud Metha,
www.vipeduc.com/alwasl (04 446 7400).
Sunday 27 Iranian delicacies
Celebrate the new year at Shahrzad, an authentic Iranian restaurant with a special four-course set menu and live entertainment. Until April 1.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs420 (selected house beverages). 7pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Monday 28 Visit a street art exhibition
This event at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery will showcase American-born, Berlin-based artist Brad Downey’s interference street art.
Free. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, DIFC, Gate Village, Dubai (04 425 0400).
Monday 28 Get your hair cut
Restyle your look with a quirky cut from UK chain Toni & Guy.
From Dhs250. Open 8.30am-10pm. Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 3345).
Monday 28 Punch and kick
KO Gym holds boxing and kickboxing lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes are taken by experienced coaches – the people behind the popular KO Fight Nights.
Dhs60 per class. Mon, Wed 6am; Sat-Thu 6.30pm, 8pm. Dream Tower 1, Dubai Marina, www.kopromotions-dubai.com.
Tuesday 29 Dubai Dawn Patrol dragon boating
Join the Dawn Patrol for training. All welcome.
First three sessions free. Dhs1,000 for membership. 6am. Barasti Beach (050 708 7238).
Tuesday 29 Unwind with soulful tunes
Grab a drink and relax after work as DJ Jean plays soulful house throughout the night.
Free, reservations only. Open 7pm-3am. Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort (04 346 1111).
Wednesday 30 Get covered in paint
Al Quoz venue thejamjar offers weekly pick-up-and-paint sessions, which are loads of fun if you’re at a loose end.
Price depends on canvas. 2pm-8pm. Al Quoz (04 341 7303).
Wednesday 30 Put long-lasting nail polish to the test
It looks like polish but acts like gel – try Gelish for a long-lasting nail colour.
From Dhs140. N.Bar, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9828).
Wednesday 30 Cycle in safety
Every Wednesday, Dubai Autodrome is cleared of cars and motorbikes to make way for cyclists. For details, check out the Cycle Safe Dubai Facebook page.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches (04 367 8700).
Wednesday 30 Fashion photography exhibition
See the works of photographers Derek Hudson, Jean-Marie Périer and Gérard Uféras, who have captured rare glimpses into the world of fashion. Runs until May 20.
Sofitel Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 448 4848).
Wednesday 30 Live opera tunes
Wafi’s Opera in the Park returns for its third year, with British singers Foley and Hepburn performing live, accompanied by soprano Kyla Lingley. Tickets include a picnic basket per couple, featuring a variety of traditional picnic snacks.
Dhs145 per person. From 8pm. Wafi Rooftop, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).