Sikka Art Fair, Bollywood dancing, comedy and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 20 Time Out’s biggest party of the year Our parties are legendary – and you’re invited. Artful Dodger headlines the official after-party of the Time Out Music & Nightlife Awards 2013. Free. 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Wednesday 20 Try a Swedish massage for less Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre is offering a discount on its Swedish massage treatments, which come with a short consultation to ensure the experience is tailored to your needs. Dhs199 for 40 minutes (normally Dhs250), Dhs249 for 60 minutes (normally Dhs325). Until March 31. Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Oud Metha Road, Zabeel (04 335 1200).
Wednesday 20 An indoor hanami party at Junsui Celebrate cherry-blossom season with Japanese dishes from the buffet menu, in a restaurant decorated with lanterns and a blossom tree. Dhs260 (breakfast), Dhs365 (lunch), Dhs410 (dinner). Daily 7am-11.30am, 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Until March 28. Burj Al Arab (04 301 7600).
Wednesday 20 See wacky furniture at Design Days Dubai More than 30 high-end galleries are exhibiting at this design fair. The line-up includes demonstrations by designers, talks, workshops and special screenings. Dhs50; free for children and students under 18. 4pm-10pm. Until March 23. Downtown Dubai, www.designdaysdubai.ae (no number).
Thursday 21 Hire a private boat from Dubai Marina Yacht Club The club is now offering private yacht hire on a 13-metre Carver. Rates include soft drinks, nachos and a brie platter, plus a captain and hostess, and room for 14 guests. From Dhs2,200 for two hours. Ongoing. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).
Thursday 21 Laugh along with Tommy Tiernan Controversial Irish comic Tiernan – second only in ticket sales to U2 in his homeland – performs a stadium gig here in Dubai. Dhs175. Doors open 7pm; show 9pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 21 Immerse yourself in the creative scene at Art Dubai International galleries, workshops, Global Art Forum talks and artists in residence headline this year’s event. Dhs50; free for children under 16. Thu 2pm-9.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm. Art Dubai March 21-23; Global Art Forum March 20-23. Madinat Jumeirah, www.artdubai.ae (04 384 2000).
Thursday 21 Ditch brunch and try ‘dupper’ at Spectrum on One The new event combines supper and dinner for what promises to be a fun-fulled evening of food, mixed drinks and live entertainment. Dhs350 per person. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Fairmont Dubai (04 311 8316).
Thursday 21 Check out a funky new night at Bliss Lounge Award-winning decksmith Charl Chaka headlines a new Bliss on Funk beach party. Free. 9pm-2.30am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 315 3886).
Friday 22 Check out Dubai’s twin festival The Twins Plus Festival takes place today, celebrating twins and multiples with competitions, entertainment and stalls. Dhs15 (adults), Dhs10 (under 18s). 10am-7pm. Za’abeel Park, www.twinsplusfestival.com (052 865 9291).
Friday 22 Have brunch at The Royal Budha The new brunch offers Thai specialities. Dhs115 (soft drinks), Dhs195 (house beverages). Noon-3.30pm. Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Friday 22 Try a free exercise class at Cake and Calories The month-long fitness event is offering a gaggle of free classes until the end of March. Tonight’s offerings include a cycling challenge from 5pm until 8pm, Zumba at 5.30pm and power yoga from 8pm. Free. From 5pm. Until March 31. Festival Square, Dubai Festival City, www.festivalcentre.com (800 332).
Friday 22 Check out local art at Sikka Art Fair Support Emirati and UAE-based talent at this Al Fahidi-based art fair, which features exhibitions, live music and plenty of short film screenings. Free. 6pm-midnight. Until March 24. Al Fahidi (formerly Bastakiya), www.sikka.ae (800 4003).
Saturday 23 Sign up for the beach games Assemble a team to take party in beach volleyball, dodgeball, flip cup and tug of war. Dhs100 individual, Dhs800 team. 11am-5pm. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Saturday 23 Dine in the Dark at Nineteen In honour of Earth Hour, Nineteen’s bi-annual event will serve four courses in the dark. Dhs495 (selected house beverages). 7pm-10pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Saturday 23 Hear the sound of strings at Ductac Expect a programme of chamber classics and solos when violinist Ilian Garnet and pianist Vitali Mihailiuc perform together. Dhs160-180. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com.
Sunday 24 Celebrate Nowruz at Shabestan The Iranian new-year party features live entertainment and a set menu of Iranian cooking. Dhs185. Daily 12.30pm-3.15pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Until March 30. Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
Sunday 24 Tuck in to bargain lobster The Fish Market’s lobster deal still offers whole fresh lobster for Dhs99, regardless of size. Dhs99. 12.30pm-3.15pm, 7.30pm-11.15pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
Sunday 24 The final night of free music on the streets Sikka Art Fair musical curator Kamal Musallam closes the final night of free music at the art fest, plus three other acts play under the stars on the streets of Dubai’s ‘old town’. Free. 7pm-midnight. Courtyard, Al Fahidi (04 384 2008).
Monday 25 Italian-style lunch at Donatello The three-course deal features dishes such as sautéed fish scaloppini with lemon sauce and baked potatoes. Dhs90. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Until April 30. Convention Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 438 63577).
Monday 25 Test your brain power There’s Dhs700 worth of vouchers up for grabs at Bidi Bondi’s new weekly quiz. Free. 7.30pm. Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Monday 25 Hear classical harp from a royal player The former official harpist to the UK’s Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch performs traditional classics alongside more modern works on electric harp. Dhs185-250. 7.45pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Tuesday 26 Free scalp massage with your manicure UAE residents who book a gel manicure using Bio Sculpture get a free scalp massage. Dhs250 for colour, Dhs325 for French manicure. Ladies only. Until March 31. Aroma Spa, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa (04 304 8081).
Tuesday 26 Don’t miss free street performances See top street performers including US ‘heavy metal magician’ Nigel Blackstorm at Dubai Marina’s Street Festival. Free. Sun-Thu from 4pm; Fri-Sat from 1pm. Until March 30. Dubai Marina Mall, www.dubaistreetfestival.com.
Tuesday 26 Celebrate the Dubai World Cup horse race at Cirque du Soir Cirque du Soir is inspired by the World Cup with its Cirque Loves Jolly Jumper night (Jolly Jumper is a horse, by the way). Free. 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).