Thursday 10 Admire celebrity portraits Photographer Gregory Heisler has been taking iconic photos of famous people for years. This collection includes his Time magazine covers as well as Muhammad Ali and Julia Roberts. Free. Until April 19. Gulf Photo Plus, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Thursday 10 Fashion Forward Back for a third season, the three-day fashion extravaganza kicks off this week on Thursday April 10 and includes catwalk shows from regional designers including Kage, Ezra and Zayan the Label, as well as d3 fashion talks and late-night after soirees for the hard-partying fashion set. Dhs150 three-day access if you register online, Dhs200 if you register on site. Noon-10pm. Until April 13. Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Umm Suqeim, www.fashionforward.ae.
Thursday 10 GlobalFunk featuring Andy C at The Music Room Drum and base forefather Andy C returns to underground nnight GlobalFunk for the third time since 2013, joined by rabble-rousing mic man MC Lowqui. Expect an onslaught from the man they call The Executioner. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
Friday 11 Dubai Holding Vertical Marathon 2014 The Vertical Marathon is a run up the 52 flights of stairs and 1,334 individual steps at the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Watch as 200 athletes take on the challenge. Proceeds from entries will go to the Al Jalila Foundation. Free to spectate. 6am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.premieronline.com (04 319 8660).
Friday 11 Head to Julius Bär Beach Polo Check out this unique sport and enjoy the lively atmosphere of beach polo. Four teams do battle for a chance to win the trophy. Dhs50 for one day. Dhs75 for two days in the Shams Zone public area. VIP hospitality packages available. 4.30pm. Until April 12. Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.beachpolocup.com (04 340 8589).
Friday 11 Watch thrilling motor racing The UAE National Race Day series enters its eighth round, offering a great day of motorsports for all the family. Free. 9am-4.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Friday 11 Deep Crates Cartel relaunch party with DJ Vadim at Q Underground After a notable Thursday night absence from Casa Latina, the DCC – that self-righteous collective of ‘like minded DJs, street artists, musicians, producers and vocalists’ – relaunch a weekly presence, at a new home, and on a Friday. Playing the launch is guest DJ Vadim, a Russian dude known for mixing hip-hop, soul, reggae and the like, which will surely go down a treat amongst the Cartel’s clued-up crowd. D125 (Dhs75 to preregistered guests). 9pm-3am. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, www.deepcratescartel.com.
Friday 11 Turntables of the Gulf at Dusk Terrace Party starters Dust and Radio Quarter Tone Frequency team up for a tenhour rooftop party, starring three notable New Yorkers behind the decks: Nickodemus, known for his Turntables on the Hudson parties, DRM of a notable radio podcast and former Jungle Brother Bam. Taking to mic will be some of the UAE’s best vocalists, Hamdan Al-Abri and rappers Jibberish and Toofless, plus Dust residents on the decks. Dhs80. 2pm-midnight. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, www.facebook.com/dustdxb.
Saturday 12 Laugh away for a good cause Enjoy a comedy night and raise money for kids in Bangladesh. This session will be hosted by Mina Liccione, with comic talent and Beatbox Ray. Free. Suggested donation of Dhs100. 7pm. Fraiche Cafe & Bistro, Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.facebook.com/mariacristinafoundation (050 927 3621).
Saturday 12 Rock out to Bahrain’s finest bands Bahraini Indie rockers Ala Ghawas and Likwid perform together alongside Dubai’s Hypnotone. Dhs50. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).