See Sir Elton or head for Dubai's social calendar highlight
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 29 Elton John at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi The rocket man heads to the capital to tinkle the ivories. Ray Cooper supports. Dhs295-695. 6.30pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae (tickets also available at Virgin Megastores).
Thursday 29 Take a bite of top Rajasthani food Today is your last chance to attend Antique Bazaar’s Rajasthani food festival. Head down to sample a specially crafted menu. Prices vary (average price per person Dhs69). 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-3am. Until March 29. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, Khalid Bin Walid Street (055 523 1639).
Thursday 29 Go loco at the Solis Mexican Night Every last Thursday of the month, Solis Bistro holds a themed cuisine night. This evening, quesdillas will be cooked at live cooking stations and there’ll be Latino music. Dhs135 (food only). 7.30pm ’til late. Tiara Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 432 9848).
Thursday 29 See 2ManyDJs rock N’Dulge The Belgian DJ duo, famed for their mash-ups, are the latest talents to grace N’Dulge’s new Access All Areas night. Dhs100, free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm (056 603 7961).
Thursday 29 Hear some hardcore drum’n’bass Decent drum’n’bass is hard to come by in Dubai, so feast your ears on this night, fronted by Brazilian DJ Marky. Dhs100 (free for privilege cardholders before 11pm). 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Friday 30 See a pottery exhibition at Table 9 International potter and ceramic artist Homa Farley presents ‘Kaleidoscope’ featuring her masterpieces as well as the works of her students. Free. 10am-10pm. Table 9 by Nick & Scott, Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (050 678 0968).
Friday 30 Enjoy a picnic at the polo British Polo Day returns, with players from Oxford, Cambridge, Eton and Harrow schools, the Cavalry & Guards Club and the British Army. Pack a picnic (and a posh accent)! Dhs100 per car. From noon. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, opposite Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
Friday 30 Estelle rings in XL’s first birthday US pop star Estelle is the guest of honour at XL Beach Club’s first birthday party – let’s see if she sings a birthday song. Dhs250. Noon-3am (Estelle performs at 10pm). Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 30 Laze on a beanbag and listen to live tunes There’s a packed bill of UAE talent playing all day and night at Lounge Acoustica’s Beanbag Sessions – so-called because they take place on Wafi’s delightfully kitsch, beanbag-strewn rooftop. Dhs80. 2pm-11pm. Pyramid Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 30 See Beat Antenna perform an acoustic set at Loaded Indie-tastic club night Loaded is hosting a live band for the first time. Check out a stripped-back acoustic set from award-winning Beat Antenna before they get behind the decks. Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 399 6699).
Saturday 31 The ‘Alternative World Cup’ Racing-themed pub The Stables is screening every race live, as well as encouraging punters to get in the mood with free bubbly and canapés – there’s a prize for the best dressed. Free. Noon-midnight. Sheikh Zayed Road, above Fibber Magee’s (04 342 5571).
Saturday 31 Try Plato’s Honey Me! afternoon tea Guests can feast on honey teas with pastries, scones and canapes. Dhs135. 2pm-5pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Saturday 31 Grab a hat and head to the races The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest party days in the calendar – don’t miss out. Dhs350 for Apron Views tickets (includes Toni Braxton post-race concert). Gates open 2pm, races start 4.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 2110).
Saturday 31 Watch the World Arab Boxing Championship Dubai 2012 Watch the champions of the sport battle it out using the Arab boxing style. Today, the men step into the ring. From Dhs200. From 6.30pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com.
Sunday 1 See fashion-inspired art Dubai-based Belgian artist and fashion designer Ivan Valerio showcases a 20-piece collection of work featuring imaginative pop-art graphics. Free. Artinhouse, Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments, 19th Street, Oud Metha (04 336 6000).
Sunday 1 Get down to beachside hits Hear hits on the beach courtesy of top-notch covers band Skratch, performing a laid-back set of cherry-picked classics. Free. 7pm-11pm. Barasti, Le Méridian Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Sunday 1 Catch the ‘Axis of Evil’ Popular local comedy night Dubomedy presents Aron Kader – the Palestinian/American comic who made up a quarter of the acclaimed ‘Axis of Evil’ tour. Dhs175-250. 7pm, 9pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com.
Sunday 1 Try Fire & Ice’s ‘Flavours of Portugal’ Enjoy bacalhau (salted cod with new potatoes and spetada mista), marinated beef, and Portuguese chorizo sausage. Prices vary. 7pm-11.30pm. Until April 14. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Monday 2 Learn how to cook Italian classics The BiCE Mare masterclass teaches participants how to cook pasta from scratch. Dhs550 (includes a three-course lunch). First Monday of every month. Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0982).
Monday 2 Catch a movie under the stars Tonight, Lakeview’s movie and sushi night will feature Mouse Hunt (7pm) and The Runaway Bride (9pm). Dhs75 (food only). Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Tuesday 3 Check out a new watersports centre Watercooled Watersports Centre at Jebel Ali is now open, offering rides and activities including Zapcat powerboats, waterskiing, wakeboarding and much more. Advance booking essential. Zapcat from Dhs170, waterskiing and wakeboarding from Dhs145. Ongoing. Open daily 9am-5.30pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).
Tuesday 3 Try a spinning class at the Shangri-La The Shangri-La health club has launched a new class schedule, so it’s time to try an intense workout. Dhs60 per session. 6.30pm. Ongoing. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8888).
Tuesday 3 Head to Sofitel’s Stars, Food & Art gala Seven Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs will convene for a food and music spectacular at the Sofitel, guest-starring Czech opera singer Edita Adlerová, Dhs2,500 per person (includes grape pairings). 7pm ’til late. Pool Lounge, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4851).
Wednesday 4 Stuff yourself at a new Chinese buffet night Every Wednesday, the Promenade Restaurant offers a buffet of authentic Chinese dishes. Dhs110 (includes one selected house beverage). 7pm-11pm. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, Khalid Bin Walid Street (04 397 7444).
Wednesday 4 Have a giggle with Laughter Factory Michael Fabbri, Andy Robinson, Dominic Holland are the latest international comics to hit Dubai. Dhs130. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel, The Walk at JBR, www.timeouttickets.com