Thursday 14 Westlife play Jebel Ali Golf Resort
The Irish man-band is set to ‘rock’ Jebel Ali. Girly screams at the ready…
Dhs250 (regular), Dhs450 (Golden Circle). Doors open 6pm, show starts 9pm. Jebel
Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555), www.timeouttickets.com
Thursday 14 A world-class fight night
More than 300 of the world’s best jiu-jitsu fighters will be competing in Abu Dhabi for a share of the US$1 million prize money. Leading Emirati fighter Faisal Al Ketbi will be defending his gold medal.
Free. From 3pm. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre,
Thursday 14 Stuff your face for Thai New Year
Chef Mac will be serving a special celebratory menu at Thiptara to mark Thai New Year.
Offer also runs on Saturday.
Dhs279. 7.30pm. Thiptara,The Palace, The Old Town (04 428 7888).
Thursday 14 Join the Community Drum Circle
Get banging at this drumming session, where they’ll teach you rhythmic tricks and techniques. Sessions last about 45 minutes.
Free. 8pm and 9pm. Dubai Festival Centre, www.festivalcentre.com (04 311 6536).
Thursday 14 Side-splitting entertainment
Prepare for belly laughs aplenty at The Laughter Factory, with comedians Phil Nichol, Stephen Grant and Mick Ferry.
Dhs115. 9pm. Courtyard by Marriott, Green Community (04 355 1862),
Friday 15 Red Bull X Fighters
The world’s best freestyle motocross riders battle it out as the series kicks off in the UAE.
From Dhs55. Doors open 6pm, show starts 8pm. Jumeirah Beach Residence,
Friday 15 Go crab hunting
Enjoy a tour in Umm Al Quwain with skilled guides, who’ll ferry you to natural mangroves full of crabs and show you how to catch them. When you’ve caught a fair few, they’ll cook them in front of you on a barbecue.
Price TBC. 10am-10pm. www.socialcirclesuae.com/events/crab-hunting (050 352 1892).
Friday 15 Head to an art auction
The Dubai Sale, Ayyam Art Centre’s seventh auction, will feature lots from the Arab world’s top artists, as well as exciting newcomers.
Free. Auction starts at 6pm. Ayyam Art Centre, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).
Friday 15 Hed Kandi on the sand
Internationally renowned record label Hed Kandi brings its distinctive brand of house music to Nasimi Beach at Atlantis.
Free for ladies, Dhs50 for gents before 8pm, Dhs100 after. Open 2pm-2am. Nasimi, Atlantis The Palm (055 200 4321).
Saturday 16 UAE Jet Ski Championship
Spot some intrepid and talented jet skiers off the coast of JBR. The contest will feature races and exhibition stunts performed by jet skiing’s finest (ie those who can afford to buy one of these meaty little machines).
Free. 11am. Off the coast of JBR Beach (04 399 5777).
Saturday 16 Gulf Film Festival
This seven-day extravaganza, which kicks off on Thursday 14, showcases the work of filmmakers from across the Middle East. Free. Until April 20. Grand Festival Cinemas, Dubai Festival Centre, www.gulffilmfest.com (04 391 0069).
Saturday 16 A girly garden party
Quirky vintage boutique Bambah is holding a garden party today. Stop by to see the latest clothes collection displayed in the garden, and sample teas, cakes and cotton candy.
Free. 3pm-6pm. Bambah, Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite the zoo (04 349 5585).
Sunday 17 Sing along to The Sound of Music
See Maria and the Von Trapps take to the stage in this local production of the classic musical, from the producers of Blood Brothers and When Harry Met Sally.
Dhs170. 7.30pm. Continues until April 23. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546),
Sunday 17 Get down to Persian sounds
DJs Divan and Atousa spin a selection of urban, edgy beats and house tunes at this popular local night.
Free for ladies, Dhs50 for men. 10.30pm-3am. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 352 0900).
Monday 18 Try ice skating
Escape the escalating outdoor temperatures with a cooling session at this huge indoor rink.
Dhs50 per session. Open 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall (04 437 3111).
Monday 18 Turkish treats
Two chefs from Istanbul’s award-winning Tike Mediterranean Grill & Bar, visit Dubai to whip up a feast of Turkish delights.
Prices vary. 12.30pm-3.30pm. 7pm-11.30pm. The Market Cafe, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Tuesday 19 Free relaxation for your man
Ladies, visit Taj Spa for a Japanese yuzu treatment – which involves a wild berry polish scrub, a strawberry and cream wrap and a massage – and your other half will get a free 60-minute massage.
Dhs550 for the Yuzu treatment. Taj Palace Hotel, Deira (04 223 2222).
Tuesday 19 Make friends with a falcon
Experience this local pastime with a tour of the Shaheen Xtreme falcon centre. You’ll also get to watch the experts in action in the falconry display.
Dhs225. 5.15pm. www.shaheenxtreme.com (056 644 0567).
Wednesday 20 Sample grape-based beverages
This local group loves tasting new grape varieties and discussing the finer things in life. Tonight they’ll have six choices on offer.
Free. 7.30pm. Carter’s, Wafi, Oud Metha, www.meetup.com/dubai-wine-club.
Wednesday 20 Swim with sharks
Ever wanted to get really close to the toothy creatures? Try a dip in the Dubai Aquarium fish tank. The dives are organised by local group Al Boom, and all training is provided.
From Dhs625 for certified divers, Dhs825 for beginners. The Dubai Mall (04 342 2993).