Comedy, food, music art, shopping and more fun in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 13 Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Blue Flame The steakhouse introduces special Irish beef cuts, plus a free Irish beverage in honour of Ireland’s national day. Main courses from Dhs200. Daily 7pm-11pm. Until March 31. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8580).
Wednesday 13 Hear classical piano pros The Netherlands’ leading piano duo, Lestari Scholtes and Gwylim Janssens, perform works by Schubert, Ravel, Stravinsky and more. Free. From 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Wednesday 13 Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman… The Punchline Comedy Club examines cultural stereotypes, with English writer Jeremy O’Donnell, Ireland’s Karl Spain and Scot Geoff Boyz. Dhs150; Dhs350 with three-course pre-show dinner. Dinner at 7pm; show starts 9pm. Until Thu 14. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 14 Meet local artists Al Fahidi’s Sikka Art Fair kicks off Thursday night. Head down there to see Emirati and UAE-based art, live music and short film screenings. Check out www.sikka.ae for a full schedule of events.
Thursday 14 Eat a feast of treats at Taste of Dubai The food festival features plenty of celebrity chefs and celebrated restaurants. Regular tickets Dhs60 in advance, Dhs80 on the door, free for children under 12. VIP tickets Dhs220 in advance, Dhs240 on the door. Noon-midnight. Until March 16. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 14 Race down to Abu Dhabi to catch Sting’s latest UAE appearance The former Police frontman, who was last here for the 2010 Dubai World Cup at Meydan, is the latest big musical act to showcase his hits and in the UAE. This time he’ll take to the stage at the Yas Island concert venue. From Dhs295. Doors open 7pm. du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae (800 35274).
Thursday 14 Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Bob Geldof... The former Boomtown Rat and Live Aid founder returns to The Irish Village yet again for another of his legendary St Patrick’s Day parties. Dhs125. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 14 ...or with Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club McGettigan’s goes head to head with an edgier Irish booking: alt-rockers Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club (and this one’s free). Free. 9pm. McGettigan’s, The Bonnington, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 356 0560).
Friday 15 Shop at the new market in Jumeirah Emirates Towers Yet another Friday farmers’ market opens in the city – head down to stock up on organic veg. Prices vary. 9am-1am. Ongoing. Ballroom Gardens, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 427 9856).
Friday 15 Watch the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Catch the first round of the 2013 Endurance Challenge, with a 12-hour race testing the stamina of competitors. Drivers race through the night, with the chequered flag falling tomorrow. Free for spectators. From 2pm. Dubai Kartdrome, Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8744).
Friday 15 Hear Richard Ashcroft and Noel Gallager The man behind all of Oasis’s hits – and many of the band’s controversies – brings his High Flying Birds over for a gig on the beach, with an acoustic warm-up from former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft. Dhs295-500. 2pm-2am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 15 Hear an Egyptian musical legend Affectionately known by fans as ‘The King’, Egyptian singer Mohamed Mounir performs material from throughout his storied career. Make an afternoon of it at this al-fresco gig. Dhs195-1,000. From 4pm. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 15 Party to some big basslines Former Portishead decksmith Andy Smith is in town to spin retro cuts of funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae and more. Dhs130. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Saturday 16 Get pampered as you shop at Elemis in Bloomingdale’s Book a 30-minute Expert Touch treatment for your mum at the Elemis counter and get a free facial for yourself. Dhs120. Until March 31. Elemis, Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5140).
Saturday 16 See Charlotte Olympia’s new shoes British shoe designer Charlotte Olympia’s La Vie En Rose collection lands in Harvey Nichols this week. Fans of the store’s Facebook page can vote for their favourites for the chance to win a pair. Until March 21. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, www.facebook.com/HNDubai (04 409 8888).
Saturday 16 Get creative at Mazina’s brunch The Easter edition of this family-friendly brunch boasts an Easter egg decorating competition. Dhs220 (soft drinks); free for children under seven. 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Saturday 16 Dance to UK indie band Noisettes The acclaimed indie trio will be joined by tribute band The Counterfeit Beatles to close the show at this year’s Taste of Dubai. Dhs60. From 4.15pm. Dubai Media City, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com.
Sunday 17 Try ‘The Slenderizer’ This new massage uses one of three different oils depending on your concerns, to combat toxins or cellulite or firm skin. Dhs310 for 70 minutes, Dhs930 for package of four. Until March 31. Ladies only. The Nail Spa, various locations including Meadows Town Centre (04 447 0744).
Sunday 17 Go green at Alfie’s For St Patrick’s Day, enjoy a three-course meal of Irish food. Dhs220 per person. Daily noon-1am. Until March 23. The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8088).
Sunday 17 Paddy Casey at McGettigan’s Winding up four days of St Patrick’s Day’s celebrations, Irish singer-songwriter Paddy Casey performs hits including ‘Saints & Sinners’, ‘Living’ and ‘Sweet Suburban Sky’. There will also be a troupe of Irish dancers from 6pm. Free. 6pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington, JLT (04 356 0560).
Monday 18 See valuable shots of Marilyn Monroe This show features images by US photographer Bert Stern, taken in June 1962, six weeks before Marilyn Monroe’s death. Until April 18. JAMM Art Gallery, Street 8, Warehouse 11, Al Quoz 1 (050 228 8134).
Monday 18 Start the day at Nais Italian Kitchen The eatery is now open an hour earlier and serves breakfast until noon, offering eggs, coffee and orange juice. Dhs35. Sat-Thu 9am-noon. Ongoing. HDS Tower, Cluster F, JLT (04 452 9991).
Tuesday 19 A new take on Jack and the Beanstalk Ewan McGregor and Nicholas Hoult star in Jack the Giant Slayer, a new fantastical take on the adventures of a certain beanstalk-climbing boy. In UAE cinemas from March 13.
Tuesday 19 Grape match at Table 9 by Nick & Scott Try dishes such as jasmine tea smoked salmon and foie gras with strawberries, paired with grape. Dhs650 (five courses). 6.30pm-10.30pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7551).
Tuesday 19 Play with fire at an Iranian beach party Fire dancers, fireworks and fire walkers are promised at this Firedance II event, as well as a bill of visiting talent topped by Iranian-American singer Kamy R. Dhs100 before 10pm, Dhs150 after. 8pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeriah (04 457 5555).