Including watching the Rugby World Cup and visiting the Ripe Night Market
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 16 Get this As the weather cools, plan some al fresco entertainment with this wicker picnic hamper by Fortnum & Mason containing classy glassware, cutlery, crockery and food containers. From Dhs2,300. Downtown Dubai (04 388 2627).
Wednesday 16 Taste this Love the sound of pani puri washed down with coconut water? Then go to the Indian street food festival at La Porte des Indes. It’s on until Friday September 25. Dhs89 per person. 6.30pm-11.30pm. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8610).
Wednesday 16 Hear this DJ Bliss and Jack are on the decks at Dubai’s newest hip-hop andR&B night, Wanted Wednesdays, spinning all the latest tracks to lure you onto the dancefloor. Free for ladies and couples, Dhs250 for gents. 10pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5995).
Thursday 17 Evening shop at Ripe Night Market Splurge on organic fresh produce, locally made arts and fashion such as sustainable wooden sunglasses at the pop-up Ripe Night Market. It’s on for one day only, from 5pm to 10pm. BurJuman, Bur Dubai, www.ripeme.com.
Thursday 17 The Brits are back in town Anyone remember those classic hits Gold, True and Through the Barricades by cult British band Spandau Ballet? Well, just in case you don’t, they will be refreshing your memory this weekend as they return to Dubai with their Soul Boys of the Western World tour, following the release of the critically acclaimed film of the same name. Tickets are priced from Dhs300-650. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.doneevents.com (04 439 0900).
Thursday 17 Catch a cool new flick Everest See Jake Gyllenhaal as expedition leader Scott Fischer, who’s fighting for survival on Mount Everest in the face of a fierce snowstorm. Everest, released today, is based on the true events of two expeditions in 1996, led here by Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke – who plays Rob Hall. The film also stars Keira Knightley as Rob’s pregnant wife. www.voxcinemas.com.
Thursday 17 Bounce After Dark Jump around to the sounds of the Khaleej at Bounce – the UAE’s biggest trampoline park – where the After Dark event has returned for one night only, from 8pm to midnight. DJ Brooklyn is mixing up Khaleeji tunes with R&B and hip-hop beats. It’s Dhs80 per person, per hour. Al Quoz, www.bounce.ae/afterdark (04 321 1400).
Thursday 17 All things gourmet Forget about weekend takeaways and check out the Lafayette Gourmet Food Fest 2015. Hosted by the region’s celebrity chefs and foodies, the event starts today and features a free three-day programme of workshops, demonstrations and competitions. Think cooking the perfect steak, tasting and pairing raw Yemeni honey and discovering the secrets of truffles, as well as smoothies, raw foods and farm-to-table eating. It’s running until Saturday September 19, noon to 8pm. Galleries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
Friday 18 World Cup madness Dubai will go rugby mad as the sport’s biggest event of the year kicks off on Friday September 18 with a much-awaited opening match between England and Fiji. As team captains Chris Robshaw and Akapusi Qera go head-to-head on the pitch, you can indulge in all the city’s themed food and beverage deals. We recommend heading to McGettigan's DWTC, with its dedicated VIP fan zone and general viewing area boasting more than 20 HD screens and plenty of bargain deals up for grabs. September 18-November 1. Next to Dubai World Trade Centre Arena, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.mcgettigans.com (04 378 0800).
Friday 18 Boogie to funk Los Angeles DJ Dan-Funk, one of the world’s authorities on funky beats, hip-hop, boogie and modern disco, is taking centre stage at The Music Room from 8pm to 3am. His live show and DJ set features multiple synths, a vocoder and vocals, as well as top tracks from the artist’s latest album Invite The Light. Dhs130. 8pm-3am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 248 4054).
Friday 18 A fight and a dinner Global Fighting Championship series Pair an action-packed MMA fight night with a sophisticated three-course dinner and drinks in the JW Marriot Marquis Dubai’s ballroom. The event showcases heavyweight and welterweight fighters including Turkey’s Murat Aygun, who’s up against the UK’s James McSweeney and Denis Hancharonak of Belarus, who’s taking on the aussie Andre Meunier. The prize is Dhs1 million. Dhs1,250. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.gfc.ae (04 395 7002).
Friday 18 Make this Craft flowers from sugar at the Spun candy masterclass at Candylicious. Adults and kids aged ten to 15 can join group classes or private sessions and get discounts on sweets and jars. Dhs139 (adults), Dhs99 (kids). The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8700).
Saturday 19 GET a green tea boost Super detox wrap For a powerful antioxidant boost and intense de-stress sesh, head to The Spa at The Address Dubai Marina where they’re combining a green tea body scrub with the spirulina wrap, followed by a lemongrass massage. Finally, you can rejuvenate even more with the Booster Facial. Dhs599. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7424).
Saturday 19 Reebok classics launches Follow in the footsteps of Kendrick Lamar and Alicia Keys and get something retro-inspired from the Reebok Classics collection, now available at the 79 square-metre store in The Dubai Mall. It stocks the brand’s entire range including footwear, apparel and accessories, as well as debut capsule collections designed in collaboration with brands such as Wood Wood and Born x Raised. Dhs485. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 325 3169).
Saturday 19 Sunny Saturdays Linger over a leisurely Saturday breakfast at Sufra from noon to 4pm and tuck into fancy, healthy bites such as this pan-seared salmon or indulge with breakfast burritos, freshly made crêpes and much more. Dhs205 (house beverages), Dhs140 (soft drinks). Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (04 553 1272).
Saturday 19 Artists’ workshop Follow tutor Jivan in this workshop that teaches how to draw in pencil or paint in oils. It’s suitable for all skill levels. Dhs780 for four sessions. 6pm-9pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Sunday 20 New fitness facility opens Vivafit trial class Women with busy lifestyles will be glad to know that Vivafit, a brand-new fitness facility specially designed for ladies on the go, has opened in TECOM. Their classes, which range from Pilates and circuit training to Sh’bam (a Les Mills cardio dance workout, don’t you know?), are high intensity, so you get more bang for your buck while also saving time in your hyped-up schedule. As they’ve only just opened, at the moment they’re offering a free trial session. All you have to do is register online and then try out a class. Free. Open daily 8am-9pm. I-Rise Tower, TECOM, www.vivafit.ae (04 421 3762).
Sunday 20 Get a massage with lunch What’s a lunch without a free massage? Not much, clearly, so make sure you visit Okku between noon and 3pm where you can wash down your chicken teriyaki with a cup of organic green tea, and then relax with a massage at Mandara Spa. Dhs199 (two courses and a 25-minute massage), Dhs299 (two courses and a 50-minute massage). Sun-Thu noon-3pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8270).
Monday 21 Get your skates on Dubai’s very own Roller Derby is back for another season. This ladies-only session sees two teams of five gals on quad skates in what they call ‘jams’ – that last up to two minutes each for a tense, one-hour match. Dhs50. Mon 8pm-9pm. Al Sufouh Secondary School For Girls, Jumeirah 3, www.dubairollerderby.com.
Monday 21 Free salsa sessions At Rock Bottom Café Not only can all partygoers learn some new Latin moves at Rock Bottom Café’s free salsa lesson tonight, but ladies also get two free drinks. The house band Lockdown is there to provide the tunes. Free. 8pm-1am. Rock Bottom Café, TECOM (04 450 0111).
Monday 21 Blurred lines Mixed media artist James Clar has blurred the boundaries between the digital world and reality with a sense of wit and wonder in his solo exhibition Double Rainbow All The Way. Free. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Tuesday 22 Three for free Cavalli Club’s ladies’ night Along with three free mixed drinks, ladies get candy floss and slush puppies to enjoy while listening to commercial tunes and watching live dancers swing from the rafters at the swanky club. Free. 9.30pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Tuesday 22 See this Everyday life and imagination merge in Spanish painter Ivana Flore’s first solo exhibition in Dubai. The Milky Way of the Mice, being presented at The Mine gallery in Al Quoz, highlights mythology and fables, but the role of fantasy isn’t surrealist. It’s rather an attempt to express the relentless demands of daily life, while also making the world more understandable and redeemable. Free. Until October 10. The Mine, Street 8A, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).
Tuesday 22 Dine at Ossiano Sit among aquariums teeming with live fish at award-winning seafood restaurant Ossiano and enjoy the brand-new market menu every Tuesday. It boasts fine, fresh ingredients from the land and sea. The kitchen team have gone far out of their way to source everything, including from Loch Fyne in Scotland, Kerguelen Island, Madagascar and Japan, all so you can rest assured that what you get is of the highest quality available. Dhs770 per person (food only). Tue 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).