Watch the ballet, dance on a beach, eat gourmet food and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 8 Celebrate Maifest at Brauhaus The German springtime celebrations continue with plenty of cold cuts, cheeses, pickles, hops, grape and music. Dhs229 per person. Wed-Sun 6pm-1am. Until May 12. Jumeira Rotana, Satwa (04 345 5888).
Wednesday 8 Get cooking at Carnevale The one-off course in the art of classic Italian cooking includes lunch and a trip to the Deira fish market Deira for a lesson in fresh produce. Dhs185 per person. 8am-1pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8999).
Wednesday 8 Make new contacts TECOM’s Speed Business Dating returns, with participants given three minutes to chat and exchange details before moving on at the sound of a bell. The group is accepting up to 80 attendees for this third edition of the event. Free. 10am-1pm. Arjaan Rotana, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/dubai-internet-city-events (no number).
Wednesday 8 Workout at Dubai Autodrome Dubai’s friendliest bike shop, Revolution Cycles hosts an open night on the track, where cyclists, rollerbladers, joggers and those who simply want to walk can get their exercise under the floodlights. Helmets are essential for cyclists and bladers. Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City (04 369 7441).
Thursday 9 Do the Ultimate Snorkel at Atlantis Non-scuba divers can now brave The Ambassador Lagoon with a snorkelling experience. The lagoon holds 65,000 marine animals including huge rays, sharks and wrasse, and the surface is the best place for spotting the tank’s black tip reef sharks. Dhs225 per person (including snorkel and mask to take home). Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0000).
Thursday 9 Go dancing with a new social group Strictly Come Modern Jive club dances to music from a jukebox and a live band. Free. From 8pm. Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza, JBR, www.meetup.com/strictly-come-modern-jive (no number).
Thursday 9 Have more laughs The Laugher Factory debuts a new bill tonight, topped by former Time Out London ‘Comedian of the Year’ Paul Tonkinson, plus Marlon Davis and John Fothergill. Dhs140. From 9pm. Until May 16. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 9 Watch famous ballet Swan Lake The Royal Moscow Ballet performs the opening night of Tchaikovsky’s legendary ballet. From Dhs250. Platinum and Royals sold out. From 10pm. Until May 13. Dubai World Trade Centre, dubai.platinumlist.net.
Friday 10 An Italian masterclass at Armani/Ristorante The next instalment of these regular 90-minute cooking classes takes place today, covering Italian meat and fish dishes, plus lunch. Dhs700 per person. Dhs1,000 per couple. 10am-2pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Friday 10 Florence and Keane at Sandance For the final Sandance before summer we get Florence and the Machine, Keane, Groove Armada and Nightmares on Wax on a single stage. Talk about going out with a bang. Dhs295 (VIP sold out). 8pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 10 Check out some gritty drum’n’ bass UK D’n’B main player DJ Friction helps to relaunch underground night AudiOasis. There’s also going to be graffiti on display and a live set from ‘the first lady of Arab hip-hop’ Malikah. Dhs50. 10pm-3am. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Friday 10 Go to a Bob Marley night – or two To mark the anniversary of Marley’s death, two venues are hosting tribute evenings. Dhs75. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355); Free (ladies and men before midnight); Dhs100 (men after midnight). 10pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (055 444 0891).
Saturday 11 Take a course to clear your karma This introductory session into spirituality will show you how to look at life from a different perspective. 10am-6pm. Dhs699. Illuminations Well Being Center, 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Plot, T1, JLT (04 448 7043).
Saturday 11 Visit the food festival at Lafayette Gourmet The first event features produce from the world famous Rungis market in Paris, plus 130 varieties of cheese. Free to attend. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Until May 12. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
Saturday 11 Full English and an Irn Bru? Start the day with a meal from the new British breakfast menu at Gaelic pub Girder’s. Dhs69. Fri and Sat 11am-11pm. Ongoing. JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 814 5599).
Saturday 11 Take a Colour Theory Workshop at The Archive Learn the basics of mixing colours including how to get secondary colours and complete a colour wheel, plus learn the personality and psychology in each. Free. 3pm-5pm. Until May 11. The Archive, Safa Park, Gate 5 (04 349 4033).
Sunday 12 Munch on mango at Mahec The modern Southern Asian eatery launches a mango festival, with an à la carte menu of sweet and savoury recipes. Prices vary. Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm. 7pm-midnight. Until May 15. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, (04 702 2615).
Sunday 12 Watch a pacy thriller With a Hong Kong-style crime thriller plot, but set on the streets of London, Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch is hotly tipped among this week’s new film releases. In UAE cinemas from Thursday May 9.
Monday 13 View an Austrian artist at Carbon 12 In ‘My Father Was Many and I Am Happy As A Sailor’ Philip Mueller presents a series of graffiti-like works, which pay homage to the meaning of heritage and the influences shaping his artworks. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue Warehouse 37, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).
Monday 13 Get 15 percent off facials every Monday Book in for a natural facial on Mondays and get a 15 percent discount. From Dhs607. Ongoing. Elche Natural Beauty Retreat, Villa 42, Street 10c, beside Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah 1 (04 349 4942).
Monday 13 A cinema double bill Catch Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measure and then Bradley Cooper in The Words, without moving from your seat. Free. 7pm. Lakieview Terrace, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000).
Monday 13 Satisfy your carnivorous side at Legends Try steaks from New Zealand to Argentina at the ‘Let’s Meat on Mondays’ promotion. From Dhs200 per person. 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000).
Tuesday 14 Learn Flemish for a free meal In honour of their new Belgian chef Stijn, the Belgian Beer Café invites guests to correctly pronounce his name for the chance to win a free meal. Free. Daily noon-midnight. Until June 14. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Tuesday 14 Hit a new ladies’ night Horizon Lounge has brought back its once-popular ladies night, with three free Cuban mixed drinks each for ladies. Free. 6pm-11pm. Ongoing. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (050 253 9797).