Clubbing, Queen, motoring, National Day parade and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 26 Tuck into promo dishes at Benihana The restaurant celebrates the brand’s 50th anniversary with five different promotional dishes, including golden sushi. Dhs50. Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Until November 30. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).
Wednesday 26 Watch the parachuting Look to the skies this week as the International Parachuting Championship swoops into town. There will be plenty of entertainment on the ground, too. Competition jumps begin on Friday November 28. Free. 9am. SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dipcdxb (no number).
Wednesday 26 Check out ‘The Godfather’ of graffiti Admire the incredible and creative talent of Richard Mirando through this exhibition of his thought-provoking, statement superhero pieces. Free. 10am-10pm. Opera Gallery, Gate Village, Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).
Wednesday 26 Enjoy drinks for just Dhs1 each To celebrate its first anniversary Salero Tapas & Bodega is offering glasses of Spanish grape-based beverages for just Dhs1 all day today. Dhs1 per glass. Noon-1am. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5888).
Wednesday 26 Go Back to the Future Attempting to catch the vibe of Studio 54 in its heyday, Back to the Future is a one-of-a-kind nostalgic night of dance and games, bringing together the best of ’70s funk, ’80s pop and ’90s dance music powered by the city’s favourite retro DJ Nunez. Dhs60. 8pm-1am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Thursday 27 Watch Penguins of Madagascar If you thought the penguins stole the show in the animated Madagascar trilogy, you’ll enjoy this spin-off. Watch the birds take on an espionage challenge and attempt to save the world. Out in cinemas across Dubai from Thursday 1.
Thursday 27 Try truffles at Armani/Ristorante Celebrate the season with two separate seven-course degustation menus dedicated to white and black varieties. Dhs900 (food only). Daily 7pm-11pm. Until November 30. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Thursday 27 Shop the new Guess collection East meets west with the Guess Holiday 2014 Collection Exhibit. Choose a striking red and black colour palette with sleek leather pieces or soften your look with pastel hues and denim. Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9185).
Thursday 27 Get down to Basskiller live Resonance presents Niels Van Gogh in his Basskiller World Tour for the first time in Dubai. His latest single ‘Pullover’ earned him full support from top international DJs including David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas. Dhs100. 8pm-3am. The Fabric @The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (052 957 7111).
Thursday 27 See Chingy at XL Beach Club Watch the American rapper take to the stage to perform his hits including ‘Rit Thurr’, ‘I Do’ and ‘One Call Away’. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
Friday 28 Run 4.5km with Zabeel Club Women of all abilities aged 15 and up can take part in the first ladies-only run, which will take place around the running track at Zabeel Park. Dhs150. 8am. Gate 3, Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya (050 855 2415).
Friday 28 Head to Sunny Vibe Up Watch DJ Format of Deep Crates Cartel spin a fusion of funk, soul, hip-hop and Latin. Free entry before 5.30pm. Dhs85 entry plus welcome drink before 9pm. 3pm-2am. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (055 418 6265).
Friday 28 Shop at a festive night market Hosted by Dubai 92’s Catboy and Geordiebird, Jumeirah English Speaking School is the place to head for a family-friendly festive market. Shop from a range of crafts, visit Santa’s Grotto and enjoy the entertainment. Free. 3.30pm-7.30pm. Jumeirah English Speaking School, near Safa Park, www.facebook.com/jessnightmarket.
Friday 28 Sing along to Queen hits Watch the 16-strong band made up of stars from the London West End musical We Will Rock You – Rachael Wooding (Scaramouche), Ricardo Afonso (Galileo), Peter Eldridge (P Puff Diddy) and Jenna Lee-James (Killer Queen). The 46-piece UAE National Symphony Orchestra will also feature. Dhs195-395. 7pm-midnight. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City. www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 28 See the Red Bull Car Park Drift Finals This exhilarating show will see the Middle East’s top drifters going full throttle at Meydan. Spectators will be treated to an evening of skilful and exciting driving. Free. 8pm. Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, www.redbull.com.
Saturday 29 Learn to cook at Jamie’s Italian Perfect the art of making desserts such as tiramisu and lemon meringue cheesecake. Dhs299 per person. 10am-noon. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 380 8890).
Saturday 29 Watch the National Day Parade Emaar’s The Parade Downtown Dubai will feature a vibrant procession of marching bands and floats. Free. 3pm-5pm. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (800 36 227).
Saturday 29 Dance at Armani/Privé Enjoy a fusion of electro beats and hip-hop mixes at Armani/Privé’s weekly XO Saturdays. Dress to impress at this chic venue. Free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3308).
Saturday 29 See Billy Bishop Goes to War Starring James Gaddas, this award-winning musical tells the tale of a pilot’s experiences during the First World War. Dhs120-150. 3pm and 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Saturday 29 Discover the benefits of karate Learn practical self-defence while building resilience and a positive mind-set. Dhs75 per class, Dhs400 for eight classes. 7pm-8pm. Ongoing. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 34 94033).
Sunday 30 Watch Otto Knows live The Swedish DJ takes to the decks for OCCUPY, playing his hit tracks. DJs Nick Tohme and Michka support. Free (reservations recommended). 9pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 991 0400).
Monday December 1 Experience AlphaSphere This deeply relaxing spa treatment involves lying on a pod where colours, sounds, lights, shapes, vibrations, warmth and scents combine to engage your senses. You can enjoy the 30-minute session alone or with a partner. From Dhs225. Ongoing. Talise Spa, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6818).
Monday December 1 Feast on black truffles STAY by Yannick Alléno’s five-course set menu features recipes such as truffle gnocchi, artichoke velouté with truffle and black truffle ice-cream. Dhs800 per person. Daily 7pm-11pm. Until December 20. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1030).
Monday December 1 Dance to UK garage DJ Stu Todd spins UK garage, drum ’n’ bass and dubstep. Free drinks for ladies from 10pm until midnight. Free. 10pm-3am. Box Nightclub, Raintree Rolla Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 363 1910).
Tuesday 2 Watch the boat parade Witness a spectacle of decorated yachts at the UAE National Day Boat Parade and Family Fun Day. Free. Noon-6pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina, www.dubaimarinayachtclub (04 362 7900).