Kayaking, Faithless, top cricket and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 31 Guess the hops and win a meal
Identify four of Loca’s hop-based beverages and you’ll win a meal for two. Last chance today!
Dhs50 (for initial drinks). Open noon-late. DubaiMarine Beach Resort & Spa (04 346 1111).
Thursday 31 Try a kayaking tour
Noukhada Adventure Company offers tours that explore Umm Al Quwain’s stunning coastline.
Dhs200. Tours leave at 9am and 3pm. www.noukhada.ae (050 721 8928).
Thursday 31 Last chance to celebrate Nowruz
Until March 31, eat a feast at authentic Iranian restaurant Shabestan,which is offering a set menu prepared by Chef Shirazi.
Dhs185 per person. 12.30pm (lunch), 7.30pm (dinner). Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
Thursday 31 Dance to Danny Rampling
One of the most renowned house DJs in the world, the British turntablist is sure to put on a show at this industry party, which marks the launch of local record label Ultra Raisani.
Dhs175. 10pm-3pm. Sanctuary, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (050 164 7645).
Friday 1 Faithless at Sandance Beach
The legendary nine-piece band, led by Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo, play their only Middle East date on what is tipped to be their final tour.
Dhs200; Dhs300 (VIP). 3pm-2am. Sandance Beach, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
Friday 1 Emirates Airline Twenty20
Top cricket stars including Sourav Ganguly and Monty Panesar will do battle at this exhibition cricket tournament.
Dhs25; free for under 12s. 10.30am. The Sevens, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.emiratest20.com (04 321 0008).
Friday 1 Lift the Premiership trophy
The Barclays Premier League football trophy makes an appearance in Dubai, giving you a chance to get your hands on it. Until April 3.
Free. 4.15pm-11.45pm. The Walk, JBR, www.barclayspremierleaguetrophytour.com.
Friday 1 Vanilla Lounge at Panini
Learn about the sweet philosophy of German pastry chefs Stefan and Johannes Gruber,
who will be giving a live demonstration of their talents at 4pm today.
Prices vary. 8am-1am. Grand Hyatt Dubai, restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).
Saturday 2 See top Iraqi art
Meem Gallery presents the fourth installment of its five-part Art in Iraq Today exhibition, displaying the best of contemporary Iraqi art.
Free. 10am-7pm. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Saturday 2 Lunch at La Petite Maison
This buzzing DIFC restaurant now opens its doors for weekend lunch. Head down to enjoy classy Niçoise food and a buzzing atmosphere.
Prices vary. Noon-3pm. DIFC (04 439 0505).
Saturday 2 Stuff your face with sushi
Enjoy all-you-can eat Japanese treats at this lavish buffet featuring authentic sushi, sashimi and other Japanese delicacies freshly prepared by the chef. Also on Mondays.
Dhs189 (soft drinks), Dhs239 (selected house beverages), Dhs299 (sparkling wine and spirits). 6pm-11pm. Benihana, Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Saturday 2 Cheer on Dubai’s football team
Dubai take on Sharjah in this Etisalat Pro-League football clash. Expect a scrappy game as these two bottom-of-the-table sides thrash it out.
Free. 8.30pm. Dubai Sports & Cultural Stadium, www.ufl.ae.
Sunday 3 Sample Michelin-star creations
Taste the award-winning food of Christian Etienne, the fifth chef in Rodeo Grill’s Michelin Gastronomic Series. Until April 8.
Prices vary. Noon-3pm (lunch). 7pm-midnight (dinner). Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Sunday 3 Treat your grandma (for free)
Mums of mums (aka grandmas) eat for free at Beach Bar & Grill on UK Mother’s Day. Minimum table of four people.
Dhs250 per person; half price for under 12s. 12.30pm-4pm (lunch); 7pm-11.30pm (dinner). The Palace, One&Only Royal Mirage (04 399 9999).
Sunday 3 Eat Moroccan food
Almaz by Momo serves top dishes such as pigeon pie. If that’s a bit adventurous, try the tasty lamb tagine.
Prices vary. Open 10am-1.30am. Within Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8877).
Learn to salsa!
Perfect your moves at Bartini as the DJ spins South American beats.
Dhs50 minimum spend per person. Doors open 7pm, dancing from 9.30pm. Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa (04 408 4179).
Monday 4 Go mountain biking
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a bike. Local company Absolute Adventures offers cycle rides in Dibba for two people for up to five hours.
From Dhs350. Absolute Adventures, Dibba, www.adventure.ae (04 395 9900).
Monday 4 Meaty treats
JW’s Steakhouse pulls out the stops by serving chateaubriand steak every Monday and Saturday.
Dhs250 (10oz), Dhs400 (20oz). 6pm. JW Marriott Hotel, Deira (04 607 7977).
Monday 4 A classy night out at Medzo
Enjoy an evening with resident pianist Aries and special guest Claire Henderson on vocals.The evening includes a four-course meal.
Dhs195 (includes house grape). Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Tuesday 5 Book a scuba trip
Dive school Al Boom will take you to Dibba, Fujairah and other excellent local dive sites, where you have the chance of seeing turtles, sharks and more.
Dive-and-stay packages from Dhs575 per person. Al Boom, Jumeirah,
www.alboomdiving.com (04 342 2993).
Tuesday 5 Scream yourself silly at Wild Wadi
If you haven’t been on the new Tantrum Alley ride at Wild Wadi, you’re missing out. Be prepared to scream.
Entry Dhs195 for those over 1.1m tall. Open daily 11am-9pm. Jumeirah (04 348 4444).
Tuesday 5 Get sticky!
The Wharf’s sticky beef ribs are served every Tuesday, with a choice of mash or fries. Finger lickin’ good.
Dhs110. 7pm. Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6152).
Wednesday 6 Business lunch at Rivington Grill
Combining dishes from Rivington Grill’s à la carte menu, guests choose between a two- or three-course lunch, served in 45 minutes.
Dhs80 (two courses); Dhs100 (three courses). Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 423 0903).
Wednesday 6 Hear Persian beats
Join an affluent young Middle Eastern crowd as they party like wild things
at Sanctuary. Expect to hear plenty of cutting-edge Persian tunes.
Dhs100. Open 9pm-3am. Sanctuary, Palm Jumeirah (050 164 7645).
Wednesday 6 Go back to the ’80s
Groove to the biggest ’80s chart toppers at Nasimi, which will be pulling out all the stops with themed props, drinks and food: think jelly shots, Rubik’s cubes and candyfloss.
Free. 9pm-1am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).