Hear Texas, watch motorsport, or celebrate Aussie Day and Burns Night
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 23 See Texas live The Scottish pop rockers fronted by Sharleen Spitiri will be performing for the first time in Dubai. Expect to hear hits including ‘Say What You Want’ and ‘I Don’t Want A Lover.’ Dhs175. 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 239 5000). www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 23 Head to a hot new club New Downtown spot Boutiq Ultra Lounge opens to the public for the first time tonight. Promising a ‘high-tech’ and ‘VIP’ experience, head down this weekend to find out what the fuss is about. CLICK HERE to see our exclusive pictures of the new club. Opening times TBC. The Address Dubai Mall.
Thursday 23 Watch a gripping thriller Set in the near future, visiting American teenager Daisy is stuck in the UK when World War III breaks out, finding refuge in the English countryside with distant family members. Premiering regionally at DIFF, Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) indie adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s teen novel has plenty of teeth, painting a frightening vision of an alternative reality not that far from our own. In UAE cinemas from Thursday.
Friday 24 Head to UAE National Race Day Get ready for motoring thrills at this motor racing event at the Dubai Autodrome featuring the NGK Racing Series, UAE Sportbike Championship and the Formula Gulf 1000. It’s a great introduction to the sport for all the family, too. Free, 9am-5pm, Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Friday 24 Cheer on Dubai Marathon runners Support some of the best long-distance runners in the world, and some plucky amateurs along for the ride too, as they take on the 26 mile route around the heady sights of Dubai. Free. 7am. Marathon starts on Umm Suqeim Road, opposite Madinat Jumeirah, www.dubaimarathon.org (04 433 5669).
Friday 24 Check out the Street Night Art show Claiming to be the largest open air gallery in Dubai, this event involves a showcase of art from several venues, some of which will be on sale. There’ll be beat boxing, breakdancing competitions and open mic sessions, too. Free. 6pm-midnight. Street 4B, Al Quoz 1, www.allquozproject.com.
Friday 24 ASAP Live The enormous TV talent show from the Philippines is bringing its live show to Dubai. Fans can expect over 40 stars with appearances from Vina Morales and Enrique Gil and Kim Chiu. Dhs85-Dhs365. 4pm-9pm. Dubai Festival City Concert Arena, Festival City (04 390 2180).
Friday 24 G’day Dubai Big Day Out at Zero Gravity This Australia Day celebration will feature a guest appearance from five-time Australian Olympic beach volleyball champion and gold medallist Natalie Cook. Music will come from former INXS frontman Jon Stevens and Guy Sebastian, the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003. Dhs300. 11.30am-5pm (free for children under 12). Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, abcduae.com (04 399 0009).
Saturday 25 Listen to a musical extravaganza Award-winning tabla player Zakir Hussain performs at a one-off event, Nirvana 2014. Expect a night of folk and Indian music with vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, percussionists Taufiq Qureshi, jazz legend Louis Banks and sitar player Niladri Kumar. Dhs200. 6.30pm-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (050 275 7000) www.timeouttickets.com.
Saturday 25 Celebrate Scotland’s Burns Night Reform Social & Grill will be introducing some Scottish treats to its menu tonight in honour of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Prices vary. 7pm-midnight. The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).