80s stars, foam, chill out festival, dragons and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 7 Time-warp back to the ’80s
Here and Now brings the best of the ’80s to Dubai, with performances from Paul Young, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, The Real Thing, Curiosity Killed The Cat and more.
Dhs350 (Golden Circle). Show starts 8.30pm. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 0000).
Thursday 7 Watch top squash
The Hayya! Open 2011 Professional Squash Tournament is a mixed knockout contest for all standards. Continues until Saturday 9.
Free for spectators. From 7pm. Hayya! Clubs at The Lakes (04 362 7790), Meadows (04 362 7770) and Town Centre (04 362 7785).
Thursday 7 Ladies’ night at Wild Wadi
From April to October, Thursday nights at Wild Wadi are dedicated to ladies only.
Dhs170 (adults), Dhs135 (children under 1.1m tall). Open 8pm-midnight. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah, www.wildwadi.com (04 348 4444).
Thursday 7 Foam party!
Chi Garden is dousing its fans with foam tonight. Choose your outfit carefully: no bikinis allowed.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. Open 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 337 9470)
Thursday 7 Get your neck checked
The doctors at Chiropractic Dubai are running a community health kiosk this weekend. Get a free postural and spinal check and foot scan.
Free. 10am-midnight, until Saturday 9. Carrefour entrance, Mall of the Emirates (050 640 3307).
Friday 8 The Fifth Annual Chill Out Festival
The Chill Out Festival is back, with Röyksopp and Hot Chip on the line-up. Continues on Saturday.
Dhs150, Dhs80 for under 21s (must leave the venue by 6pm). Open 4pm-2am. Sandance Beach, Atlantis, The Palm (04 426 0000), www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 8 Watch dragon boats in action
Cheer on dragon boat teams from across the UAE. Continues until Saturday 9.
Free for spectators. 8.30am-4.30pm. Dubai Festival City, Marina Promenade,
firstname.lastname@example.org (04 453 4620).
Friday 8 Drinks, snacks and cricket
Watch Indian Premier League cricket at iZ at the Grand Hyatt. A special snack and drinks menu is available, with deals on selected beverages until the quarter-finals.
Prices vary. Open 12.30pm-3.30pm; 7pm-12.30am. Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 2222).
Friday 8 Catch the best of local boxing
See Dubai’s top pro boxers in action at Meydan.
Dhs100 (regular), Dhs200 (ringside seating), Dhs500 (VIP box). 7pm. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3333), www.timeouttickets.com
Saturday 9 Learn calligraphy in the desert
Spend a night at luxury desert resort Qasr Al Sarab, then experience a full-day calligraphy workshop. You’ll create your own work while also learning about the 1,200-year-old art.
Dhs2,357 per person: includes a one-night stay with breakfast, lunch and dinner and a workshop today or on Friday 8. Qasr Al Sarab, 200km from Abu Dhabi (02 886 2088).
Saturday 9 Saturday roast lunch
Craving a traditional roast with all the trimmings? Head to Nineteen and prepare to indulge.
Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (selected house beverages), free for kids aged 12 and under. Noon-3.30pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Saturday 9 Saj specialities at Amaseena
This is your last chance to tuck into grilled regional specialities cooked on the saj, to be enjoyed separately or as part of the buffet.
Dhs95 (saj only), Dhs225 (full buffet). 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton, The Walk, JBR (04 399 4000).
Saturday 9 Spend a day outside the city
Desert resort Bab Al Shams is offering 90 minutes of spa pampering with a scrub, a cleanse and a massage, including use of the pools and all facilities (even the camel rides).
Dhs750 per person. Until April 31, Bab Al Shams, near Endurance City (04 809 6232).
Sunday 10 First in, first spoiled
Be one of the first three people to call ladies’ only massage spot Thai Privilege Spa today and you’ll get a free 60-minute Royal Thai massage (trust us, the treatments here are great).
Free. Open daily 10am-10pm. Thai Privilege Spa, Al Wasl Road (04 348 9679).
Sunday 10 Oasis Centre’s birthday
The small yet varied mall is celebrating its second anniversary by offering a 25 per cent mall-wide discount. With great home, book and beauty stores, we won’t have trouble utilising that.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Until April 16. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4000).
Sunday 10 Grapes galore
Until May 31, Spectrum on One is offering guests the chance to try a huge range of grape-based beverages.
Dhs99 per bottle. 6.30pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Monday 11 Creative cookery
Learn how to prepare delicious recipes at this Media One cooking class.
Dhs295 per session, Dhs1,325 for five sessions. 9am. Media One Hotel, Media City (04 427 1000).
Monday 11 Buy some bling
Crystal stalwart Swarovski has unveiled a sunglasses range (its first venture into eyewear). Expect everything from sparkles to sporty.
Dhs1,400-Dhs2,200. Available at Paris Gallery, various locations including Deira City Centre (04 295 5550).
Monday 11 Play sports for a good cause
Play volleyball, basketball, and more from Dhs40 at Al Noor’s new sports centre.
Open daily 4pm-midnight. Barsha (04 347 7666).
Monday 11 The hills are alive…
The local production of The Sound of Music features Broadway heavyweights performing alongside local talent.
Dhs170. 7.30pm, until April 23. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah,
Tuesday 12 A Belgian-style business lunch
Enjoy the special sandwich and salad lunch menu at one of Dubai’s most popular watering holes.
Dhs49. Available daily noon-3.30pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 429 9999).
Tuesday 12 Go technology mad
The Dubai Tech Nights meet-up provides a chance to chat about new gadgets, get help with PC problems and meet other like-minded techophiles.
Free. 6.30pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/dubaitechnights.
Wednesday 13 Have a massage and sit by the beach
Book in for an hour-long beachfront rubdown and you’ll get to spend the whole day at Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s gorgeous pools and beach.
Dhs480. Weekdays only, until April 31. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah (04 406 8800).
Wednesday 13 Kings of swing
The four-day Middle East Softball Championships features teams from the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Continues until Saturday 16.
Free for spectators. Wed 7pm, Thu-Fri 9am-late, Sat noon-4pm. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 167 9381).
Wednesday 13 Cherry Blossom Festival
Chef Nakagawa of Minato presents a traditionally festive spring menu to
tickle your taste buds.
Dhs190 per person. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).