Music, meals, movies and more things to do in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 18 It’s Chinese New Year at Long Yin The restaurant celebrates The Year of the Goat with a set menu of auspicious dishes. Guests are also promised a lucky surprise. Dhs260 per person. 12.30pm-5pm, 6pm-11pm. Long Yin, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Wednesday 18 Head to a group art show View the works of Aroosha Khalil, Rahim Baloch, Romessa Khan and Ussama Bin Naveed in ‘Metamorphosis of Time’. Free. 11am-7pm. Until February 28. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 388 1663).
Wednesday 18 Ladies, have a golf night Women can give the game a go at these hour-long evening classes. Equipment is provided and all levels are welcome. Call in advance to book. Dhs1,200 for eight sessions (maximum group of six). Mon and Wed 7pm-8pm. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 205 4666).
Wednesday 18 Listen to a live Cuban band Enjoy live Cuban music styles played by Esencia Cubana. The Latin duo is made up of pianist Yasiel Diaz and percussionist Indira Hernandez. Don’t miss popular renditions of Salsa, Bolero, Cha Cha and Mambo classics. Free. 9.30pm-1.30am. Ongoing. Trader Vic’s, Al Fattan Tower, JBR (04 386 5646).
Thursday 19 Watch SpongeBob A family film with zany antics, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water sees the title character and his friends embark on a mission to rescue the formula for Krabby Patty from a gang of pirates. Out in cinemas across Dubai.
Thursday 19 Ring in the New Year at Zheng He’s Celebrate Chinese New Year at the restaurant, which will be serving recipes such as marinated soy chicken with ginger and onion, wok-fried lobster with garlic and butter sauce, and pan-charred lamb chops. Dhs588 per person. Noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Zheng He’s, Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5866).
Thursday 19 Enjoy the World Cup Carnival races Catch the seventh in a series of nine horse racing events leading up to the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Free. 6.45pm. Until March 31. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).
Thursday 19 See August Alsina live R&B and hip-hop star August Alsina, famous for his new hit track ‘No Love’ featuring Nicki Minaj, will perform from his debut studio album Testimony tonight. Free. 11pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Friday 20 Take on Reebok Spartan race This 5km obstacle course promises to provide a tough challenge to athletes. Participants will be crawling and climbing through 15 obstacles and running to the finish line. From Dhs350. 7am. Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha, www.spartan.com (no number).
Friday 20 Get to grips with Arabic cooking As part of Dubai Food Festival, Arabic food channel Fatafeat and Galeries Lafayette are hosting Fatafeat Kitchen, a two-day event that will see nine chefs from across the region participate in cooking demonstrations. Free entry. Fri-Sat 1pm-10.10pm. Until February 21. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, www.dubaifoodfestival.com.
Friday 20 Head for Hed Kandi at Nasimi Beach Hed Kandi resident DJs Eibhlin and Lokate from the UK take to the decks with Dubai’s Radio 1 House DJ Greg Stainer and saxophonist Tom Da Lips. Dhs150. 4pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Friday 20 Sing with a Rihanna tribute act Enjoy a night of the artist’s best hits, such as ‘Rude Boy’ and ‘We Found Love’. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Chameleon Club, Marina Byblos Hotel, TECOM (050 113 5858).
Friday 20 Have a massage outdoors Ahasees Spa & Club has just added an outdoor cabana to its facilities, where individual or couple massages will take place to the calm sound of the breeze passing through the trees. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2335).
Saturday 21 Last chance to ring in the New Year The special Chinese New Year menu at Trader Vic’s finishes tonight. On it, you’ll find dim sum, Peking-style lamb chops and egg noodles. Prices vary. Noon-3pm, 6pm-1.30am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5646).
Sunday 22 Champion tennis The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships continues this week. Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams and Roger Federer play. From Dhs75 for early rounds. Daily noon-9pm. Until February 28. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud. www.timeouttickets.com
Sunday 22 Sample black gold Alta Badia marks the season for black Norcia truffles from Umbria in Italy with special set-menu selections. Dhs398 (four courses). Dhs475 (seven courses). Daily noon-midnight. Until March 31. Alta Badia Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 366 3866).
Sunday 22 Shop at PUMA The brand has released another instalment of its collaboration with Parisian label BWGH. From Dhs650. PUMA, various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 434 0204).
Monday 23 Check out a new mall Meraas Holding has just opened its latest shopping development BOXPARK. Notable openings include Typo, The Zoo Project, Toms, and OnePiece. BOXPARK, Al Wasl Road (800 637 227).
Monday 23 Catch the polo Watch some of the best polo players compete for the prestigious Gold Cup. Dhs150. Daily noon. Until March 13. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches. www.timeouttickets.com
Monday 23 Dance on Mondays The all-new weekly ‘Mondays Made Me’ night will feature high-energy house tracks. DJs Sylvain Armand, Sacha Muki and Chuck Wonderland play. Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-2am. Ongoing. Sass Café, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 7722).
Monday 23 Feast with your eyes As part of Dubai Food Festival, screenings of food-inspired films are taking place across the city. Head to the park at JLT tonight to watch Chocolat starring Johnny Depp. Free entry. Times vary. Until February 28. Opposite Armada Towers, Cluster P, JLT, www.dubaifoodfestival.com.
Tuesday 24 Eat cheese tonight Solo Bistronomia & Vinobar has launched a cheese and grape night, where you can enjoy five varieties of each. Dhs120 per person. Tue 6pm-midnight. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 370 8999).
Tuesday 24 Speak Arabic for free Try a taster session at Raad Education. To attend email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free taster. Dhs1,700 for the 12-week course. 6.45pm-8.15pm. Raad Education, 1302 Millennium Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.facebook.com/raadeducation (050 189 1260).
Tuesday 24 It’s ladies’ night Ladies get four free drinks between 8pm and 11pm. Gents can enjoy a two for one happy hour, 7pm-9pm. Music by Andy Swift and Benni T. Free. 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (044 507 766).
Tuesday 24 Preen at ShuiQi Spa Treat your skin with the Margy’s Collagen anti-ageing facial, discounted to Dhs720. Dhs720. Until February 28. ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1020).