Texas live, The Illusionists 1903, Reggae beachfest, Electric run and more top events
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 4 Ladies Night at Toko Ladies, let loose and start the weekend early at stylish Japanese restaurant Toko, where tonight, you’ll get four (four!) free drinks and 30 percent off dinner. Bargain. Free. 6pm-10pm. Toko Dubai, Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 442 8383).
Wednesday 4 Art exhibition by artist Esther Arias Latin American restaurant Coya Dubai is highlighting the region’s Spanish heritage with an art exhibition by artist Esther Arias. She plays with colour in Lights and Shadows to help onlookers feel, rather than think about, the art. Free. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 316 9600).
Wednesday 4 Michelin-starred chef Andrea Canton Renowned Michelin-starred chef Andrea Canton is hosting a four-course dinner at Splendido with truffles, veal, Grana Padano and all that good Italian stuff. The maestro himself is also there. Dhs350. 7pm-11pm. Until November 5. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 6150).
Thursday 5 Pre-owned boat show sail the seas Have you ever enviously watched the beautiful people float past on their own super-yacht at the Marina? Well, now’s your chance to do the very same as Dubai Golf is hosting a massive pre-owned boat sale with more than 85 vessels available for purchase, making sailing more accessible to everyone. The prices range from Dhs30,000 to Dhs25 million (see? It’s a steal). Free entry. Thu 4pm-5pm, Fri and Sat 11am-8pm. Until November 7. Dubai Creek Marina, Bur Dubai (04 205 4535).
Thursday 5 Wonder women of Gaza Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope. Why it’s the Wonder Women of Gaza, of course. This photography series challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be a woman in Palestine. Catch the provocative exhibition while you still can, as it closes this Saturday. Until November 7. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Thursday 5 Nail movember at SoH Art+Beauty Last month was pink ribbons and now it’s all about moustaches, as Movember aims to raise awareness of male cancers. So, ladies, support your men with SoH’s special Movember-themed nail designs. From Dhs20. SoH Art+Beauty, Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road (04 344 4147).
Thursday 5 Diner étoilé A year-long experience in Lima, Peru, inspired French Chef Daniel Hebet to blend flavours and skilfully create dishes that aren’t dictated by techniques and tradition. Experience his style of cooking tonight, in a one-off gala dinner dubbed Diner étoilé, hosted by Alliance Française Dubai. Dhs600 with bubbly and grape. 8pm. Ballroom, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk at JBR (04 335 8712).
Thursday 5 The return of Texas Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone of Texas can’t get enough of Dubai. Just one year on, they’re back at The Irish Village, celebrating almost 25 years in the industry and performing classics such as Summer Son and I Don’t Want a Lover, and plenty of new tunes. It seems we can’t get enough of them either. Dhs195. 9pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.tixbox.com.
Friday 6 Electric Run Imagine Alice, in Wonderland, dressed in neon after a serious release of endorphins and you’ll begin to get the wacky Electric Run, the ultimate night-time 5km adventure that features LED lights, glow sticks and creative costumes. There are six “courselands” including Electro Rainforest, Color Brick Road and Candy Lane. Dhs200 (individual), Dhs180 (team, minimum of four). 5pm. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.electricrun.ae.
Friday 6 Karaoke night at Ghatto’s Belt out the big notes and do your best on-stage imitation of Freddie Mercury (Bohemian Rhapsody, what else?) at Harry Ghatto’s karaoke bar where we’ve had some of our most fun nights in Dubai. Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango? Magnifico! Free. 5pm-3am. Harry Ghatto’s, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
Friday 6 Monsoon rain dance party Ajman might be the smallest emirate but it knows how to party large. The Kempinski Hotel is hosting the second monsoon rain dance party – an eight-hour festival on the beach – featuring live tunes. Don’t forget your wetsuit. Dhs50 (ladies), Dhs90 (men), Dhs200 (group of four). 4pm-midnight. www.platinumlist.ae (06 714 5555).
Friday 6 Middle East premiere of The Illusionists 1903 Prepare to have your mind boggled from Friday November 6 at the Middle East premiere of The Illusionists 1903, a show which is less about pulling rabbits out of hats and more about taking you back to the golden age of magic with next level stunts. The cast is a line-up of world-class illusionists from across the globe, including an alchemist, an escapist and acrobat and more, unveiling never-before-seen experiments that are going to leave you spellbound. Dhs195-1,995. November 6-9. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 675 6835).
Saturday 7 Opera nights at One&Only Royal Mirage Performing some of the finest works of Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and George Bizet is soprano Susanna Branchini, mezzo-soprano Renata Lamanda, tenor Massimiliano Pisapia and pianist and conductor Maestro Marco Boemi. In other words, see some pretty mind-blowing vocal performances tonight. Dhs250-550. 7pm-11pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road (050 870 2674).
Saturday 7 Yum cha at Shang Palace How do you like your dim sum? Steamed, baked or deep-fried? If you’re anything like us, then you don’t really care, as long as it tastes awesome. Luckily, you don’t even have to choose at Shang Palace’s yum cha lunch. Feast on all three varieties, plus more. Dhs168 (food only), Dhs206 (soft drinks), Dhs286 (house beverages). Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 450 2703).
Saturday 7 Stand-up paddle race If you haven’t had chance to bag yourself a bargain, pre-owned boat at Dubai Golf’s show this weekend, then at least join in the emirate’s first-ever stand-up paddleboard race. SUP-ers of any skill level can hit the Creek. Sign up on the day. Free. 2pm. Dubai Creek Marina, Bur Dubai, www.dubaigolf.com (04 205 4535).
Saturday 7 Reggae Beachfest Jamaican dancehall stars are out in force at the Dubai Reggae Festival on the beach. This all-day music fest is a welcome injection of reggae on the nightlife scene and sees Grammy Award-nominated fusion singer Wayne Wonder (pictured) perform alongside other artists including Junior Reid and Rupee. Dhs130. 2pm-3am. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
Sunday 8 Two-for-one Bargain beauty for besties Show your sister how much you’ve missed her by taking her along to a bargain pamper sesh at Sisters Beauty Lounge, which is offering a two-for-one deal on blow-dries, manicures and pedicures, on Sundays only. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 379 2992).
Sunday 8 Learn how to bake Want to learn to bake? Then you might as well learn from the best and, in pastry, that is undoubtedly chef Eric Lanlard. He’s teaching guests to make his West Indies chocolate tart and more, in two workshops today. Dhs490. 1pm-4pm, 6pm-9pm. Spinneys Development Kitchen, Trade Centre Road, www.tavolashop.com.
Sunday 8 The beach beneath the streets art exhibition “Sous les paves, la plage!” (Beneath the pavement, the beach!) they scribbled across walls in 1968 Paris. The phrase symbolises an understanding in France that art is part of everyday life. This group exhibition of unsanctioned Paris street art, on display at The Mine, invites notorious VAO crew members, pioneers of the controversial art form in the French capital, to show iconic works. Until November 14. The Mine, Street 8A, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).
Monday 9 A veggie Diwali at Naya The restaurant has launched a special vegetarian menu for Diwali and we reckon even okra-hating Gordon Ramsay would be intrigued by its crispy fried okra sprinkled with chaat masala and lemon juice. Prices vary. Mon-Wed 6pm-midnight. Until November 11. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Monday 9 Poolside massage Live the true Dubai high life on a budget at InterContinental Dubai Marina. Choose from a selection of 20-minute massages to enjoy by the pool for just Dhs90. On top of that, bag a Dhs90 discount on your next treatment at the spa. Spa InterContinental, InterContinental Dubai Marina, JBR (04 446 6643).
Monday 9 Mini Dior Sixty small-scale replicas of Christian Dior creations from 1947 to present day are on show in the Le Théâtre Dior exhibition in the Fashion Catwalk Atrium of The Dubai Mall from today until November 24. Until November 24. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai.
Tuesday 10 YNot Bar & Kitchen food and drink offer Tempting you to try its food is grape bar YNot Bar & Kitchen, which is offering ladies and gents three free glasses of selected grape when they spend a minimum of Dhs133 on food. Luckily, the menu includes mini wagyu and gruyere cheeseburgers. From Dhs133. 7pm-10pm. YNot Bar & Kitchen, InterContinental Dubai Marina, JBR (04 446 6669).
Tuesday 10 Tortuga tasting We love a bit of Mexican food, so when we heard about Tortuga’s chef patron Oscar Rito’s brand-new “guided” five-course tasting menu we just had to tell you about it. And now we have. While drooling. Let us know how it is, will you? Dhs195 (food only). Daily noon-11.30pm. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).