Thursday 26 Pierre Gagnaire returns
The three-Michelin-star chef is returning to the kitchen of Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire. Be one of the first to meet him and sample his new culinary creations.
Prices vary. Noon-2pm, 7pm-10pm. Until January 30. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1199).
Thursday 26 Eat sushi and win a holiday
City Seasons Hotel is starting a Thursday-night Japanese buffet – diners have a chance to win a ticket to any of Bahrain Air’s 22 international destinations.
Dhs79 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. City Seasons Hotel, Deira (04 294 2777).
Thursday 26 Watch six top DJs go head to head
Who’s the top dog on the Dubai disc jockey scene? The Dubai Allstars will see six DJs dual in three back-to-back battles.
Dhs100, ladies free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm (056 603 7961).
Thursday 26 Krafty Kuts works the decks at Trilogy
Brit DJ Krafty Kuts darts across music genres like a pro, but is best known as a master of the break and a lover of the bassline.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs130 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
(050 624 5751).
Friday 27 Cheer on Dubai’s marathon runners
Watch as some of the world’s top runners join residents and visitors in the 42km, 10km and 3km runs, with live bands at the start/finish.
Free. Marathon starts 7am, 10km starts 7.15am, 3km starts 10.30am. In front of The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 433 5669).
Friday 27 Enjoy a Friday barbecue in the sun The affordable and fun barbecue at Clique in Emirates Towers makes a nice change to a run-of-the-mill Friday brunch. Dhs150 (food and two hop-based beverages). 6pm-9pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 0000).
Friday 27 Hear Loaded’s new discmaster Popular come-as-you-are indie night Loaded has recruited a new man. Let’s hear what DJ Sean Rutherfield – who’s organised nights at London’s Scala and gigged Glastonbury – has to offer. Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (0 55 882 5675).
Friday 27 Techno tunes from Josh Wink
Techno pioneer Josh Wink (of ‘Higher State of Consciousness’ fame) has had more than 20 years of experience since emerging from the US rave scene. Hear a master at work.
Dhs130 before midnight, Dhs150 after, ladies and Face card holders free before 11pm. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Saturday 28 Have a facial, get a free massage
Book a facial and you’ll receive a free 30-minute massage at the sleek Spa Zen.
Facials from Dhs525. Until January 31. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0531).
Saturday 28 Spend cash to win a million
Spend Dhs499 or more at Emax electronic stores during DSF and you could win Dhs1,000,000.
Until February 5. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 399 6560).
Saturday 28 Have Sunday roast on Saturday
Head to the Yacht Club to enjoy meat carved at the table, served with all the trimmings.
Dhs170 (soft drinks); Dhs220 (selected house beverages). 7.30pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7955).
Saturday 28 Parikrama bring Indian rock to Dubai
Delhi rockers Parikrama (think Led Zep for the Subcontinent) and Jal the Band from Pakistan play a stripped-down acoustic set.
Dhs75-225. 8pm-2am. The Aviation Club, Garhoud (055 584 5666).
Saturday 28 Get down to R&B Saturdays at Chi
‘R&B Saturdays at Chi’ does exactly what it says on the tin. What’s more, drinks are free for ladies until 1am.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
Sunday 29 Free entertainment for little monsters
Kaleidoscope: Family Theatre will hold two daily shows on weekdays, performing Magic for Monsters and Little Red Riding Hood at Dubai Marina Mall.
Free. For timings, contact the customer service desk. Until February 5. Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020).
Sunday 29 Celebrate Chinese
New Year one last time Chef Zhu ‘Rainy’ Wenbin will be preparing Canton and Huaiying-style dishes at Jade to mark the Year of the Dragon.
Dhs218 (per couple). 6pm-11pm. Asiana Hotel, Deira (04 238 7777).
Sunday 29 Tuck into traditional British grub
Channels presents The English Channel, a best-of-British buffet.
Dhs189 (house beverages), Dhs199 (premium beverages). 7pm-10.30pm. Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0201).
Sunday 29 Improve your volleyball
Get weekly coaching sessions from an expert to help you pep up your game.
Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10 sessions. 7.30pm-9pm. Until March 25. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, dubai.duplays.com.
Monday 30 Try At.mosphere’s new lunch menu
A newer, cheaper business lunch menu is now served at lofty venue The Grill – three courses with tea or coffee.
Dhs390. Daily 12.30pm-3pm. 122nd floor, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3828).
Monday 30 All-you-can-eat sushi at Sofitel JBR
Head to Plantation to enjoy nigiri, maki, sashimi and even cheese sushi (intriguing), plus servings of Japanese beverage.
Dhs210 (selected beverages). 3pm-5.30pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR(04 448 4873).
Monday 30 Ride Spielberg’s War Horse
Steven Spielberg has directed a new film based on a stage show, which was based on a book, about a horse in a war zone.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Tuesday 31 Guzzle premium oysters
Today is the last chance to try The Terrace’s top-notch oysters, which are paired with premium potato-based beverages.
Dhs140-170. Noon-2am. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234).
Tuesday 31 Lunch at Burj Al Arab
Al Mahara’s executive lunch deal offers a three-course set menu, and the hotel’s BMW 7 Series will pick you up and drop you home. Fancy.
Dhs595. 12.30pm-2.30pm. Burj Al Arab (04 301 7600).
Tuesday 31 Tackle the Tomahawk
Terra Firma is challenging guests to devour 2kg of tomahawk steak and 300g of chips within 60 minutes.
Dhs690 (or free if you complete the challenge). Daily 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Wednesday 1 Try Ruth’s Chris ‘Hemmingway menu’ Start with Hemmingway’s favourite mixed drink, followed by a three-course meal, rounded off with an after-dinner Cuban cigar. Dhs495 per person. 6pm-11.30pm. Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8666).
Wednesday 1 Sample the flavours of Argentina at Fire & Ice The asado grill is staple to both Argentinian diet and culture, and a symbol of family and friendship. Fire & Ice offers guests and patrons the opportunity to share in such delights – enjoy a perfect representation of the Asado using only the best ingredients Argentina has to offer. Prices vary. 7pm-11.30pm. Until February 13. Raffles, Wafi (04 324 8888).