Time Out editors' pick of the best way to spend your free time this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 20 Catch some old-school blues singers The final night of Dubai Jazz Festival’s intimate Jazz Garden events features the Boston Blues All-Stars: an amalgamation of musicians that have headlined the previous nights, including Barrence Whitfield and Toni Lynn Washington. Free (online registration required). 8pm-10.30pm. Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com.
Wednesday 20 See eye-catching images from renowned photojournalists ‘Flash Back On Photography’ features work by photojournalists including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, Andreas Gursky, Cedric Delsaux, Murat Germen and more. Until March 11. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).
Wednesday 20 Try Chinese tea at Aspen by Kempinski It’s the last day to celebrate Chinese new year at Aspen, which is offering a Chinese-inspired afternoon tea. Dhs295 per couple. Daily 3pm-6pm. Until February 20. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Wednesday 20 Brush up your golf skills A new coaching course starts today, and it’s open to all – even if you’ve never set foot on a golf course in your life. Dhs1,200. 7pm-8pm. Until April 10. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Thursday 21 Hear The Stone Roses play Dubai minutes, but as we went to press there were still tickets for this legendary Britpop act. Dhs295-495. Doors open 6pm, show starts 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 21 Join the grape escape at Rostang This week’s addition to the regular grape night features French and New Zealand varieties. Dhs220 (food only), Dhs320 (house beverages). 6.30pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Thursday 21 See a Hepburn movie at Blue Flame This week’s film screenings at Blue Flame are To Kill a Mockingbird tonight and Roman Holiday (starring Audrey Hepburn) on Friday evening. Dhs190 (three courses). Thu and Fri 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8580).
Thursday 21 Rock out with Deep Purple Brit rock legends Deep Purple – the group behind massive anthem ‘Smoke on the Water’, and one of the bands who helped to pioneer the hard rock genre – take to the stage for Dubai Jazz Festival’s penultimate night. Dhs295-495. From 7pm. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 21 Laidback Luke spins at Domeland The Filipino-Dutch decksmith, currently rated among the top 30 DJs in the world, lands at Chi to man the decks. Expect to hear a varied mix of his hit productions, alongside other tunes. Dhs125. 9pm-3am. Domeland, Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Friday 22 Try yoga for free There are more than 20 free yoga classes and 18 meditations to choose from this weekend at the Dubai Internet City YogaFest. What’s more, it all takes place in the great outdoors. See the website for the full schedule. Free. Fri-Sat from 8.10am. Lakeside Amphitheatre, between DIC buildings 1 and 2, Internet City, www.yogafest.me (050 553 7765).
Friday 22 Tennis and brunch at Nomad This themed event offers tennis courts for kids and bubbly and strawberries for adults, plus outdoor screenings of matches from the nearby Dubai Tennis Championships. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Until March 1. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8571).
Friday 22 Dance to Paul Oakenfold’s tunes Among the most renowned names in the business, house king Oakenfold returns to Dubai – expect him to play late in the evening. Dhs150-200. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 22 Chill in the sun with Mario Basanov One of the biggest and best-received names to play at Audio Tonic last year, Lithuanian house name Basanov makes a welcome return. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Friday 22 Take a double dose of icy bass Gear up for three hours of dubstep and drum’n’bass from the UK’s Icicle, assisted by MC DRS, once ranked top of the game by Drum & Bass Arena. Dhs50 before 10.30pm, Dhs100 after. 9.30pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
Saturday 23 Watch the world’s best tennis players The Men’s Open at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships starts today, as the final women’s showdowns take place. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door. Dhs50. 2pm and 7pm. Until March 2. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com (04 417 2415).
Saturday 23 Last chance for laughs with Barry Hilton The top South African comic ends his three-night run tonight: expect big laughs. Dhs185. 7.30pm. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Saturday 23 Pecha Kucha Night at The Archive Presenters share their ideas and present 20 images for 20 seconds each on a diverse range of inspiring topics. Free. From 8.20pm. The Archive, Gate 5, Safa Park (04 349 4033).
Sunday 24 See ceramic sculptures inspired by Old Dubai Artist Katerina Smoldyreva wandered Old Dubai to explore the private, human side of life. Until February 25. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, behind Mercato Mall (04 344 4398).
Sunday 24 Walk the mall and get a free breakfast Fitness First organises a walk round The Dubai Mall at 7.30am: participants get a free breakfast from Tim Hortons and a T-shirt. To register, visit any guest services desk at the mall, or Fitness First Al Manzil Club. Free. 7.30am. Until March 31. The Dubai Mall (04 437 0576).
Monday 25 Check out the new spa cabanas at The Palace Book a relaxing signature treatment in one of these new waterside spa spots. Foot reflexology from Dhs275 for 30 minutes. Ongoing. The Spa, The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).
Monday 25 Last chance to taste Macanese food Ping Pong’s Macanese dim-sum special ends today. You’ll get your fifth basket of dim sum for free, and those born in the year of the snake will receive a free mocktail. Prices vary. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. Until February 25. The Dubai Mall (04 339 9088).
Tuesday 26 Go al-fresco with Nais Italian Kitchen Sit outside to enjoy a takeaway lunch box, including a salad, panini or pasta, plus a dessert and a soft drink. Dhs35. Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. HDS Tower, Cluster F, JLT (04 452 9991).
Tuesday 26 Find out if women are still from Venus Relationship guru Dr John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, visits Dubai to talk about solving communication issues between men and women. Dhs645 per person. 5pm-9pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.rightselection.com/events (04 341 4777).
Tuesday 26 Try a new ladies’ night Trendy Cuban-themed pool bar Cu-ba has launched a new ladies’ night, with free drinks for women for two hours. Free. 7pm-9pm. Cu-ba, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8582).