Wednesday 13 Get a taste of Japanese seafood Japanese restaurant Hanabi introduces dishes made with lesser-known Japanese seafood, including horse mackerel and codfish soft roe. Dhs45 to Dhs180 per dish. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm. Ongoing. Asiana Hotel, Deira (04 238 7777).
Wednesday 13 Attend a free Chinese cultural night Eton Institute is hosting a one-off evening to help guests explore Chinese culture and experience the festivities of Chinese new year. There will be a chance to speak the language, as well as trying traditional food and more. Free. 5pm-7pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).
Wednesday 13 Check out a new ladies’ night In a novel twist on the ladies’ night concept, this new night gives ladies the chance to nibble on a selection of maki and nigiri, as well as supping two free glasses of bubbly (of course). Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Wednesday 13 Head down to The Laughter Factory There are just two nights left to catch The Laughter Factory’s latest line-up, featuring side-splitting TV funnywoman Mandy Smith. Dhs140. 9pm. Until February 14. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 14 Treat your other half to a romantic spa treatment Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the special romance package at Talise Ottoman Spa, which includes a 60-minute massage each in a sprawling couple’s suite, followed by a Jacuzzi soak with bubbly and strawberries. Dhs1,675 per couple. Until February 28. Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Thursday 14 The Dubai Jazz Festival begins! A wave of music descends on Dubai today as the first night of the nine-day Jazz Festival kicks off with a headline gig from OneRepublic. Dhs295-995. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 14 Be romantic at 101 Need a great date venue? This ambient waterside setting is the perfect spot for a dinner of delicious Mediterranean specialities. Dhs390 per person (food only); Dhs490 (glass of bubbly); Dhs1,220 per couple (bottle of bubbly). 7pm-11pm. Until February 16. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
Thursday 14 Get grumpy at The Gramercy The anti-Valentine’s evening includes themed entertainment and a menu of dishes such as ‘Torn Hearts’ artichoke starter and a ‘Don’t Give a T***’ pasta dish. From Dhs75 (main course). 7pm-2am. DIFC (04 437 7511).
Friday 15 Have some time to yourself at Cleopatra Spa Treat yourself to a 150-minute Arabian Experience luxury ritual, and get either a free massage oil or linen mist. Dhs750. Until February 28. Cleopatra Spa, Wafi Pyramids, www.cleopatraspaandwellness.com (04 324 0000).
Friday 15 Play in a softball tournament Want to play softball? Take part in a one-day HAT-style tournament, where all attendees are assigned a team at random. Dhs100 per person. 9am-7pm. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Friday 15 Party on the beach at Blue Marlin UK party-starter Miguel Campbell guests at Blue Marlin, leading an event billed as an ‘audio-visual special-effects showcase’. Get on the sand, we say. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Friday 15 See who lives 3 Doors Down If OneRepublic were a little tame for you, the Jazz Festival lives up to its ‘rocking the city’ slogan with second-night headliners 3 Doors Down – expect it to get loud. Dhs295-995. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 15 Eat an entire dinner made of chocolate Well, chocolate infused, that is. Italian venue Certo’s new à la carte menu uses this sumptuous ingredient in main courses, pasta dishes and desserts. Prices vary. Daily, 7pm-11.30pm. Until February 28. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Saturday 16 Catch a paper-based art exhibition Artists from South Asia, the Middle East and the rest of the world celebrate this underrated medium by exploring their own connection to paper. Until March 13. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Saturday 16 See vintage Tiffany pieces up close Catch a rare display of iconic Tiffany & Co vintage watches. Items include art deco designs from the ’20s, and unique watches from the ’40s. Until February 28. Momentum, DIFC, www.momentum-dubai.com (050 211 1351).
Saturday 16 Hear The Swingle Singers sing With more than 50 years of heritage behind them, seven-piece a capella group The Swingle Singers work through a set of classical pieces alongside more modern pop tunes. Here they play both an evening and matinee show. Dhs150 (early show), Dhs185-250 (evening show). 2.30pm; 7.45pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Saturday 16 Acoustic sessions at Caffé Nero Enjoy free performances from UK-based singer Tom Dibb and percussionist Josh Roberts while sipping a hot drink at this popular coffee chain. Free entry. From 7pm. Caffé Nero, Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3872).
Sunday 17 Spa deals at Aroma This February, book a Payot classic facial and get a free 25-minute foot massage, or book a Bio Sculpture gel manicure and get a free 25-minute scalp massage. Facial Dhs385, Bio Sculpture mani Dhs250. Until February 28. Aroma Spa, Dubai Marine Beach Resort (04 304 8081).
Sunday 17 Last chance to indulge at The Meat Co Napkins at the ready: the all-you-can-eat ribs deal ends today. Dhs185. Noon-11pm. Until February 17. Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6040); Souk Al Bahar (04 420 0737).
Sunday 17 Listen to an art talk at The Pavilion This Campus Art Dubai seminar with US college professor Tirdad Zolghadr looks at the role of the curator. Free. From 6pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Monday 18 A close-up look at illustration More than 20 UAE-based illustrators feature in this lively exhibition, which debates the issue of whether illustration belongs in a gallery. Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0490).
Monday 18 Fill up on a thali lunch iZ’s thali lunch deal includes vegetable and meat dishes, plus rice, naan and more. Dhs79. Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3pm. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Monday 18 See taiji boxing at Mall of the Emirates The mall is hosting Chinese New Year-inspired entertainment, such as a drum show and calligraphy from 5pm, Taiji boxing from 7pm and Chinese kung fu from 9pm. Until February 20. Central Galleria, Mall of the Emirates (04 377 2000).
Tuesday 19 Watch the biggest names in tennis The women’s comp at the Dubai Tennis Championships starts today, with limited tickets available on the door. Dhs50. 2pm and 7pm. Until February 23. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com (04 417 2415).
Tuesday 19 Sample churrasco at Pachanga Head to this regular Tuesday deal for seafood and steak barbecue food from Brazil. Dhs195. 6.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2530).