Don't be bored and don't be boring in Dubai this weekend
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 6 Try happy hour at McGettigan’s Selected house drinks are just Dhs25 at this Irish-themed nightspot. Free. 4pm-8pm. McGettigan’s DWTC, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).
Wednesday 6 Check out Iranian-inspired art This exhibition of carpets, woollen sculptures and works on paper is inspired by Iranian popular culture and everyday objects. Until November 14. XVA Gallery DIFC (04 358 5117).
Wednesday 6 Do battle in a pool tournament TribeFit social gym hosts a pool tournament open to all abilities, members and non-members. Tribal chief Ryan Cheal will run the event, where there will be prizes up for grabs. Free. 6.30pm-11.30pm. TribeFit, Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina, www.tribefit.com (800 87423).
Wednesday 6 Visit a coffee and tea festival The annual International Coffee and Tea Festival starts today, with exhibitions and events for industry insiders and enthusiastic amateurs. Dhs20 for entry on the door. Wed, Thu and Sat 11am-7pm, Fri 3pm-9pm. Until November 9. The Meydan Grandstand, next to Meydan Hotel, Nad al Sheba www.coffeeteafest.com (04 335 5001).
Thursday 7 See DJs on deck duty at Adidas Shop for old-school inspired threads and see DJs BFG and Fever and local Adidas Originals Ambassadors on the decks to celebrate the launch of the Unite All Originals campaign. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Adidas Originals, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0836).
Thursday 7 A late RSVP to the Diwali party In case you have not yet had a chance to celebrate the festival of lights, make your way to Armani/Amal for the last night of their special Diwali degustation menu. Dhs325 per person. Daily 7pm-11pm. Until November 7. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Thursday 7 Watch a horse race at Meydan Racing returns to Meydan, with world-class jockeys and horses marking the beginning of the 2013/14 season. Free. From 6.30pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).
Thursday 7 Dance your socks off at Catwalk Dubstep outfit Kryptic Minds and drum and base masters Bifidus Aktif hit the decks to delight the crowd at Catwalk. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha, Al Barsha (050 917 5432).
Friday 8 Watch a stunning car parade The Dubai Grand Parade is one of the big events of this year’s Dubai Motor Show. Expect to see super, modified, classic, unique and police cars form the procession through the city. Free. Route runs throughout the city, from Dubai World Trade Centre to DIFC. www.dubaigrandparade.com.
Friday 8 Marvel at fireworks for Bonfire Night Emirates Golf Club marks Bonfire Night with a fireworks extravaganza, complete with magic and entertainment for the whole family. Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids). 5pm-8pm. Emirates Living (04 380 1234).
Friday 8 Learn the Italian meaning of ‘stella’ The Italian Cuisine World Summit hits Dubai for the first time this week, with the aim of becoming an annual fixture. It brings 15 Italian chefs to Dubai with 25 Michelin stars between them, cooking in restaurants such as Roberto’s, Ronda Locatelli and BiCE. Prices and times vary. Until November 10. www.dubaisummit.itchefs-gvci.com.
Friday 8 Find cool gifts at ARTE Market Browse the hand-made wares, jewellery, art and other bits and pieces created by more than 1,800 eclectic artisans. Free. Noon-7pm. ARTE Market, Dubai Festival City Mall (04 341 8020).
Friday 8 Party in a car park A special Unite All Originals event is taking place in the car park of the Media One Hotel, where you can expect local and international DJs, including DJ Scratch, and other performers. Dhs100 (free before 8pm). Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Saturday 9 Take part in an aquathlon Choose from either a sprint, super sprint or Olympic distance in this run and swim event, with the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the French Alps for a week. Dhs175. From 7am. Mina A’Salam Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.premiermarathons.com (050 657 5021).
Saturday 9 Browse second-hand vinyl A rarity for Dubai, a special second-hand vinyl market will be taking over DUCTAC’s piazza, with a selection of DJs spinning sets. Free. Midday-7pm. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 431 4777).
Saturday 9 Join a new men’s football league The Volkswagen men’s seven-a-side division two league kicks off today, running for six weeks. Dhs350 individual, Dhs2,500 team. 7pm-11pm. Until December 14. Dubai American Academy, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Saturday 9 Try the Mozart of mushrooms Eat truffle teamed with other fungi cousins on Rodeo Grill’s special menu, which ends today. Prices vary. Daily 7pm-11.30pm. Until November 9. Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Saturday 9 Hunt for pre-loved finds Head to the Dubai Flea Market and enjoy a fun family day out while you bag bargains. 2pm-9pm. Free entry. Promenade Courtyard, between Starbucks and Fitness First near Spinneys, Uptown Mirdif (055 452 6030).
Sunday 10 Check out Spanish art This collection from the 20th and 21st century focuses on contemporary Spanish works. Until November 13. Raffles Ballroom, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Sunday 10 Time to get grilling The clement winter weather has finally hit, so take it easy, al fresco with Rosso’s regular Italian inspired barbecue night. Dhs189 per person. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Amwaj Rotana, JBR, The Walk, Dubai Marina (04 428 2000).
Sunday 10 Check an arty event This night promises to blend authentic Japanese culture with the world of avant-garde fashion and art at the swanky lounge bar concept in Souk Al Bahar. Free. 9pm. Sake No Hana Dubai, Souk Al Bahar (04 432 7808).
Monday 11 The States on a plate Ketchup honours American food culture this week with the Route 66 menu, which tours the cooking found along this highway in six courses. Dhs298 per person. Sun and Mon 10am-11pm. Until November 11. Emaar Boulevard Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 363 8595).
Monday 11 Check out street art This art night will feature work from street artist Melancholy with tunes by Break DJ Lobito. Free. 6pm-2am. No. 5 Lounge & Bar, Ritz-Carlton DIFC (04 372 2323).
Tuesday 12 Get a luxe mani-pedi This deluxe mani-pedi experience includes a complimentary 15-minute neck and shoulder massage, and exclusive access to the Armani Terme thermal facilities. Dhs570 for 130 minutes. Until November 31. Armani/SPA, Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3888).
Tuesday 12 Feast on truffles The white truffle from Alba in Italy is largely considered to be best that money can buy. Try it at Alta Badia. Prices vary. Sun-FrI noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Until November 22. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 87710).