You may notice something different about this week’s issue of Time Out. We’ve decided to change our issue date to ensure the magazine lands
in your hot little hands one whole day earlier, allowing you an extra day
to plan your weekend.
But that’s not the only reason we’re making the change. In Dubai, Wednesdays are becoming the new Thursdays: you only have to check out our listings to see that Wednesdays are now more popular in this city. From ladies’ nights to pottery-making classes to sushi buffets, there are more things to do than you can possibly fit into 24 hours. Here’s our pick of the best.
Discounts at Esca Caffé: This Italian venue is offering Time Out City Card holders 40 per cent off on Wednesdays from 7am until midnight until February 23. To get your free City Card, see www.timeoutdubai.com/citycard. Qamardeen Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6888).
Dine for less at Conservatory: Time Out City Card holders can enjoy 40 per cent off at this international venue on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 11.30pm until February 23. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
A free bottle of grape at Ashiana: Time Out readers who spend Dhs300 on food at Indian restaurant Ashiana every Wednesday will get a free bottle of grape. Cut out this offer and present to redeem. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira (04 228 1111).
Two for one at The Music Room: Every Wednesday, buy one main course and get one free at The Music Room when you show this clipping. Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Two-for-one buffet at Ewaan: Buy one lunch or dinner buffet at Ewaan on Wednesday, and your guest will eat for free when you show this clipping. Advance booking essential. Offer ends February 22. The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Two-for-one drinks at Fai: Get two alcoholic drinks for the price of one every Wednesday at Fai when you show this clipping. Advance booking essential. Offer ends February 22. The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Two-for-one afternoon tea at Al Bayt: Pay for one afternoon tea and get the second free when you show this clipping. Advance booking essential. Offer ends February 22. The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Go M.A.D. at Chi: Chi has perked up its Wednesday nights with this hip-hop, R&B and house night, which doubles as a ladies’ night, offering free drinks all evening. Free for ladies, Dhs75 for men. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
The Plantation cheese night: This popular night features more than 20 cheeses from France, plus a sommelier to guide you through the grapes. Dhs170 (including cheese and grape). 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4873).
Skateboard at Rage Bowl for free: Fancy trying a different form of exercise? Skate shop Rage has its own skate bowl, and for two hours every Wednesday you can skateboard there for free. Free. 6pm-8pm. Rage, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1549).
Enjoy an Asian feast at The Talk: Favourites from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are prepared at live cooking stations. Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages), free for children under 13. 6.30pm-11pm. Until March 31. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
Hear some gritty bass in the Barsha backwaters: Want proof that Wednesday is taking off as the new Thursday? Even this young alternative drum’n’bass and dubstep night can keep up a healthy weekly slot – it always draws a lively crowd. Free. 9.30pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (050 451 7002).
Learn how to make pottery: Get your Ghost on and learn how to mould pottery on the wheel. Dhs660 for four consecutive sessions; Dhs200 for clay and firing. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (055 502 9673).
Pick up some bargains at Covent Garden Market: Stroll this weekly al-fresco market and buy unique gifts, accessories, crafts and art: a refreshing change to Dubai’s mall culture. Wed-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. The Walk at JBR, www.coventgardenmarket.ae (050 425 0543).
Test the grey matter at a traditional pub quiz: Quizmaster Sarah McLean hosts this taxing nine-round showdown of wits at one of the oldest bars in Dubai. Be sure to brush up on your news knowledge beforehand. Dhs5 per person. 8pm. The Jebel Ali Club, Jebel Ali (050 775 2399).
Learn the art of using henna: Impress friends and family with your skills by attending this course on how to apply traditional body decoration. Best of all, you’ll then be able to do it yourself at home (you’ll never have to go on a desert safari again). 6.30pm-9.30pm. Dhs660 for four consecutive weeks plus Dhs5 for materials. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Ladies: dance the night away at Zinc (with bubbly): Every Wednesday, ladies get free bubbly until 1am, and groups of five or more get a VIP table and bottle. Free for ladies; men free before midnight, Dhs50 after. 10pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Sample sushi at Spectrum on One: Celebrate Wednesday night by feasting on all-you-can-eat sushi, maki, tempura and teppanyaki, with bottomless servings of Japanese rice-based beverage. Dhs150. 7pm-9pm. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Attend a groove yoga class: Instructor Anne Medenbach leads this fun yoga class, suitable for beginners as well as more advanced yoga enthusiasts. Expect upbeat tunes to keep you moving. Dhs50. 7pm-8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (056 759 3576).
Eat Aussie grub at Center Cut: This Australian night includes a three-course menu, barbecue on the terrace and the best Australian beverages. Dhs240 (selected beverages). 6.30pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Try an Xtend Barre pilates class: This innovative class aims to tone every inch of your body without adding bulk, by combining traditional Pilates and ballet techniques using the ballet barre. Dhs65 per session, Dhs300 for five. From 7.30am. Real Pilates, JBC2, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 458 5399).
Learn Latino dance at Blends: Transport yourself to Cuba every Wednesday at Blends at a free Cuban Latino dance class with instructor Aloy Junco. There are also free drinks for ladies. Free entry. 8pm-11pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Catch Misery live on stage: If you’re a fan of horror, check out the stage production of this Stephen King classic, which opens on Wednesday February 1 – a chance to see British actor Darren Day in the flesh. Dhs140-Dhs160. 8pm, February 1-11; 2pm matinee performances on February 2, 3, 7, 10 and 11. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
In Bed with Space in Abu Dhabi: Global Ibiza-inspired music/animation/fashion club night In Bed With Space makes its debut in our nation’s capital. Dhs400 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am, February 1. Sax and Oceans, Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi (02 674 2020).
See budding local snappers at the GPP Slidefest VI: Enjoy an evening of photographic presentations by local and regionally-based artists, organised by Gulf Photo Plus. Entry price TBC. 7pm, Wednesday February 8. Block 1 conference centre, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.gulfphotoplus.com (04 380 8545).