Share the love, enjoy a pop festival, watch tennis and more things to do
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 11 Boogie on Wednesdays The new Boogie Wednesday weekly night is dedicated to mingling in retro style. Eat, drink and socialise while listening to DJ Tas playing a selection of rare and classic tracks that will keep the dancefloor moving. Free. 8pm-1am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Knowledge Village (04 365 9911).
Wednesday 11 Eat pancakes at Clinton Street Sample limited-edition pancake recipes throughout the month, including Japanese pumpkin pancakes. Prices vary. Daily 8am-4pm, 6pm-11pm. Until February 28. Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
Wednesday 11 Get your feet into Valentinos Harvey Nichols has launched a footwear shop-in-shop on Level 1 of the store, selling pieces from the luxury label’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. A permanent fixture in the store, items are priced from Dhs1,100 for flat sandals. Ongoing. Level 1, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 8888).
Wednesday 11 Speak date at Lounge Café Italiano Share your love of learning languages with others at this relaxed language exchange. RSVP online to attend. And better still, if you take a friend along, you’ll get a Dhs200 voucher from Eton Institute. Free. 6pm-8pm. Lounge Café Italiano, Arenco Tower, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/speak-dating (800 3866).
Wednesday 11 Exclusive night at Don Alfonso 1890 This evening, grape enthusiasts can sample a four-course pairing menu. Dhs500 per person. 8.30pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 558 6531).
Thursday 12 Eat and compete at at Food Carnival This three-day Dubai Food Carnival – a festival of celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, competitions, entertainment and more – is the highlight of this month’s fiesta. Dhs30 for entry. Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10pm. Until February 14. Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina www.dubaifoodcarnival.com.
Thursday 12 Get yourself down to RedFestDXB Catch live performances from The Script, Kid Ink, Tinashe, Rixton, G.R.L. and Wilkinson on the first night of this two-day festival. Dhs350-1,000. 6pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. www.timeouttickets.com
Thursday 12 End the week at Sho Cho Enjoy music from DJ Moe Pro from 10pm and get selected beverages for Dhs30, 7pm until 10pm. Free. 7pm-3am. Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
Thursday 12 Get dressed up for The Big Pink Ball This fun black tie event will raise funds for breast cancer charities. Enjoy a three-course meal and cabaret-style entertainment. From Dhs954 per person, Dhs9,440 per table (outer circle). 7pm-2am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.bigpinkball.com (052 922 1536).
Thursday 12 Go all out ahead of Lent at Elia The Greek tradition of Tsiknopempti involves indulging in meat before meat-free fasting during Lent. Elia celebrates tonight with a party of flame-grilled meat dishes and Greek tracks played by a Mykonos DJ. Reservations required. Dhs195 (soft drinks). 9pm-midnight. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).
Friday 13 Get a taste of Peru This annual event includes all the best-known national dishes of Peru and a few you might not expect. Free entry. Food charged on consumption. Until February 14. Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre, Umm Suqeim, www.dubaifoodfestival.com.
Friday 13 Shop around ARTE Market Browse and buy at this popular twice-monthly art and crafts market filled to the brim with exclusive, locally handmade products. Located at Time Square Center today, the motto of the event is ‘buy handmade in the UAE’. Free. Noon-7pm. Time Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.arte.ae.
Friday 13 Head to a theatre festival Short + Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival is the UAE’s biggest event for short plays and brings together all of the emirate’s top community theatre groups. Catch ten, ten-minute plays in one evening. Dhs100. 7.30pm. Kilachand Studio, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Friday 13 Enjoy House of Blues This event will see jazz and blues musicians from Dubai take to the stage with chilled-out performances. Bands will cover Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Friday 13 Enjoy a night of UK Garage Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat, DJ Pied Piper, Kele Le Roc and Masterstepz will play live sets with a laser show. Dhs120 (VIP packages available). 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City. www.timeouttickets.com
Saturday 14 See a photography exhibition Ali Azarmi, Danielle Rizkallah and Vivian van Blerk pay homage to pictorialism. The aim of the pictorialists – a movement that gained influence after 1885 – is to obtain the recognition of photography as an artistic medium. Check out their works as part of the ‘New Pictorialism’ exhibition. Free. 10am-6pm. JAMM Art, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).
Saturday 14 Have an alternative Valentine’s Rock out with some of UAE’s newest bands including Mural, Monks On Call, White Collar Warfare, Riff Raff (pictured), Up the Ante and more. Free. 8pm-3am. Legends Sports Bar, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (050 697 3035).
Sunday 15 Watch the tennis The world’s best including Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams compete in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. From Dhs75 for early rounds. Noon-9pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud. www.timeouttickets.com
Sunday 15 Start the New Year now Chinese New Year starts next week, but from today, you can celebrate at Trader Vic’s with limited-edition Chinese-inspired dishes. Prices vary. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-1.30am. Until February 21. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5646).
Monday 16 See a racing exhibition This new show at Meydan Racecourse tells the story of Dubai’s horse racing heritage. Explore sporting artefacts and specially-commissioned video interviews. Free. Sat-Wed 9am-1pm, Thursday race nights 5pm-9pm. Meydan Grandstand & Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, (04 327 2110).
Monday 16 Dance to hip-hop Masterstepz and Shef Codes take to the decks for the weekly urban night. Free (reservations recommended) 10pm-3am. Cirqle Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
Monday 16 Catch a new flick Head to the cinema with your mates, get a bucket of popcorn and enjoy Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. Out in cinemas across Dubai.
Tuesday 17 Have a chilled workout Join the coolest aerobics class in the city at Ski Dubai. The 45-minute workout includes intense circuits and uses kettle bells and sand bags, all in freezing temperatures, to get your heart pumping. Dhs70 per class or Dhs750 per month. Sun, Tue, Thu 7am, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.theplaymania.com/skidubai/snowrobics (800 386).
Tuesday 17 It’s Pancake Day! Indulge in pancakes all day today at Rivington Grill. Dhs15 per portion. Times vary. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0903). Other location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6464).
Tuesday 17 Glam up tonight Have a glamorous night out at DXB Society Night with guest DJ Michael Prado from Milan. Free. 9pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (052 881 8888).