Thursday 20 Watch the world’s best tennis players on court After three days of knockout rounds earlier in the week, the women’s rounds of the Dubai Tennis Championships reach their climax this weekend with the quarter, semi and final rounds taking place over three days (see below for the schedule). This is your chance to see the world’s best players on the court in Dubai – so don’t miss out. At the time of writing there were limited tickets left for all days, but tickets are likely to sell out soon. Buy them now from www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday February 20, 2pm & 7pm – Quarterfinals
Friday February 21, 2pm & 7pm – Semi-finals
Saturday February 22, 5pm & 7pm – Finals
Thursday 20 Go and see this year's most hyped comedy It should have been the top story, but instead it’s been bumped to the back of the hour: ‘...and in other news, the Anchorman sequel is perfectly adequate’. Yes, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is not the disaster some feared it might be, but neither is it the endlessly quotable, deliciously idiotic follow-on so many of us were optimistically anticipating. This may be the first time in history that the marketing campaign has proven more entertaining than the movie itself.
The story is unnecessarily convoluted, following San Diego’s finest news source Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his nemesis-turned-muse Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) as they battle, break up, reunite, and navigate the new world of 24-hour reporting. It’s a joy welcoming Ron back into our lives, and it’s Ferrell’s fierce, edge-of-excessive performance that once again holds the movie together. Yet somewhere in the plot-heavy mid-section, Anchorman 2 crosses that fine line between enjoyably effortless and just plain lazy.
There are giggles throughout – a hefty percentage of them provided by Steve Carell as congenital moron Brick Tamland – but precious few big laughs. Too many of the gags involve racial misunderstandings that might have worked three decades ago, and too many talented cast members – notably Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig – are squandered. Tom Huddleston
Thursday 20 Get your fix of Californian hip-hop Californian DJ True Justice jets in for Boombox, which recently relocated from The Music Room. Expect drinks deals and sets from DJs James Locksmith and Lucy Pink and Beatbox Ray. Dhs70. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel Al Barsha (050 725 8277).
Friday 21 Do the Tour Dubike Cycling Festival Join rides suited to a variety of cycling abilities. Dhs50 kids, Dhs200 adults. 7am. Dubai International Endurance City, www.premieronline.com (050 105 7845).
Friday 21 Swim Burj Al Arab Swimmers are called upon to take part in this 800m swim challenge. This annual event raises funds for Médecins Sans Frontières in support of its humanitarian missions around the world. This year there will also be a 1,600m competitive swim for the more ambitious athletes. Free to spectate. 8am. Wild Wadi, Burj Al Arab Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.swimburjalarab.com (no number).
Friday 21 Visit the Dubai Food Carnival This new two-day food festival welcomes chefs from Dubai’s restaurants and celebrity cooks Silvena Rowe, Sanjeev Kapoor and John Torode. General admission: Dhs60. Carnival Rowe pop-up restaurant: Dhs225 (three courses). Fri and Sat 10am-11pm. Until February 22. Festival City, www.dubaifoodcarnival.com.
Friday 21 Go and watch The Rolling Stones If you’ve been out of the country, you may not have heard but Mick, Keith and the rest of the boys will be rocking the du Arena in Abu Dhabi as part of their 14 On Fire world tour. Check Flash for pricing as some tickets were available at time of going to press. 7.30pm. Yas Island Abu Dhabi. www.thinkflash.ae.
Saturday 22 Check out the Youth Festival This event is run by young people, for young people, giving students aged 15-25 a chance to express their creativity. Free. 10am-5pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
Saturday 22 Recovery Saturdays at Cave Head to this laid-back brunch affair at Cave where you can feast on breakfast dishes and cheese boards as a DJ spins sounds. Priced à la carte. Sat 11am-5pm. Ongoing. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).
Saturday 22 View art personified Syrian artist Baseem Rayyes’ fictional character Mr Y is a manifestation of themes ranging from culture to politics. Now you can go and see his works in this new show ‘The Wonderment’. Free. Until March 11. Baginskaya Gallery & Studio, JLT (050 556 2210).