Dubai Motor Festival, Ski Dubai's 10th anniversary, Blue and Tim Westwood will all be entertaining in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 11 Diwali celebrations Bid fare thee well to fun and festive Diwali celebrations as the annual Hindu festival of lights culminates tonight. To mark this occasion, Indian-inspired lounge Tresind is handing out free mithai platters with a modern twist (traditional Diwali sweets, for the uninitiated). Free. Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0440).
Wednesday 11 Chinese artist Wang Guangyj exhibition Perhaps the only time a can of Coca-Cola is portrayed as more than just a tempting thirst-quencher is in this satirical art exhibition by noted Chinese artist Wang Guangyj. Solo show Great Criticism comes with plenty of economic, social and political fizz. Until November 30. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).
Wednesday 11 Janet Robin at The Music Room What do Fleetwood Mac, Meredith Brooks and Air Supply all have in common? Each act welcomed awesome guitarist Janet Robin along for the tour and now she’s performing solo at The Music Room tonight. Dhs60. 8pm-10pm. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Thusday 12 Head to The Music Room Greek songstress Natassa Bofiliou has left her native Athens to perform her Dubai debut at The Music Room. Luckily she’ll feel right at home, as authentic Greek restaurant Elia by celebrity chef Baxevanis is in the same hotel. We’ll be found grabbing a post-show saganaki and trying to tempt her to join us. Dhs210. 9.30pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Thusday 12 Ski Dubai’s 10th anniversary party The city’s indoor ski slope is pulling out all the stops as it celebrates a decade of sub-zero entertainment in one of the hottest cities on Earth. There’ll be an instructor demo at 6.30pm, followed by a light show, snowman-building, an icy treasure hunt, free skiing lessons and, most importantly, free hot chocolate. Dhs250 per person. From 6pm. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, www.theplaymania.com/skidubai (800 386).
Thusday 12 Dubai Air Show From supercars and roadworks to the sky and air traffic control. This is your last chance to take in all the classic and commercial aircrafts, and high-speed flying displays, at Dubai Air Show, as it closes today. Dhs90 (adults), Dhs60 (kids aged seven to 16). Noon-6pm. Dubai World Central, Emirates Road, www.skyview.aero.
Thusday 12 A night at the opera If you like your words rich and poetic, and your melodies melancholic, then “the Japanese tragedy” and Italian opera Madama Butterfly – one of Giacomo Puccini’s most popular works – is a must on your schedule tonight. Follow the story of a young geisha who is transformed through love and heartbreak. It might be sung in Italian but an English-speaking actress is narrating her interpretation on stage. Dhs180-300. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Thusday 12 Galactic galantis Prepare to be lifted up on the Zero Gravity dancefloor by anthemic tracks from Swedish electronic duo Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw, also known as Galantis. They’ll be dropping hit tunes such as Runaway and U&I. Free for ladies before midnight, free for gents before 10pm, Dhs100 for all thereafter. 8pm-3am. Zero Gravity, near Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Friday 13 Blue concert Halloween is over and Friday the 13th is here, and nothing is scarier than revisiting your past, which you’ll undoubtedly do when the boys in Blue – Duncan, Antony, Lee and Simon – hit the Mixtape Rewind stage and belt out ’90s hits including All Rise, One Love and Get Down On It. Happily, there’s nothing spooky about the cool weather and ideal outdoor set-up at this festival. Dhs240. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living, www.platinumlist.ae.
Friday 13 Weekend street eats We couldn’t be more excited than if all our favourite Michelin starred chefs were cooking in the same room together. While that might be a slight exaggeration, we’re still itching to get down to the first-ever Roundup food truck market where Calle Tacos, Brooklyn Bros, Soho Square and Bio Bean will all make an appearance. Free entry. Fri 9am-6pm. Zabeel Park, Gate 3. Sat 3pm-11pm. Creek Park, Gate 1. Until April 2016. email@example.com (056 440 5416).
Friday 13 DJ Tim Westwood at N’Dulge Veteran British DJ Tim Westwood knocked our socks off at our Music & Nightlife Awards earlier this year. Tonight he’ll do the same to you as he revisits the glory days of hip-hop while throwing in some new commercial tracks. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (050 738 1388).
Saturday 14 Take on a half-iron Swim, run and cycle your way past those physical limitations you thought you had, in the Dubai International Triathlon – the UAE’s second-ever half-iron distance event. If you haven’t registered yet, go along to support the brave. Free. 6.30am. From DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.race-me-events.com.
Saturday 14 Wake up & smell the jeans American Eagle Outfitters today launches Denim Flex Café and Denim Café X, a new collection of jeans, each infused with 2.25g of recycled coffee grounds to ward off odours, but without smelling like you’ve spilled coffee on your lap. From Thursday November 19 to Wednesday 25, you’ll get two-for-one and a free latte from Starbucks. Dhs260. Various locations including City Centre Deira (04 250 2765).
Saturday 14 Stand on your hands Let’s be honest – the last time you did a handstand was in gym class many yonders ago (if it was yesterday then go and stand in the corner). Either way, join yogi and taekwondo master Hie Kim for a hand-balancing session that’ll help build technique and courage. Dhs150. 2pm-4pm. Urban Yoga, Aspect Tower, Business Bay (04 369 7882).
Saturday 14 Coffee for a cause Pay it forward today and support a one-of-a-kind, female-run farm in Yemen by attending Mokha 1450’s showcase of the rare premium coffee coming out of Talok Women’s Coffee Association. Pick up a limited-edition Talok Sabree Coffee box set and proceeds go straight to the farmers. Free to attend. 8am-11pm. Aswaaq Community Mall, Al Wasl Road (04 321 6455).
Sunday 15 Live the high life We love Clare Napper’s Highlife Dubai vintage-style artworks depicting regular scenes in the city including brunches and Downtown. Her second set of 12 new posters are currently on show. Until December 26. Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar, JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR, www.highlife-dubai.com.
Sunday 15 Clinton comfort food Indulge in some southern comfort at Clinton Street Baking Company where a bunch of new dishes have been added to the menu. How about the 15-hour smoked Angus beef short rib with house barbecue sauce? Or some Maryland crab cakes with tartar sauce and chips? Yes please y’all. Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
Monday 16 Dubai Games Week Gamers – have you ever wondered what it would be like to play CoD (that’s Call of Duty in geek speak) on a cinema screen? Well you might just be about to find out as Dubai Games Week hits The Dubai Mall. There are tournaments, new releases, guest appearances and much more on the schedule. From Dhs95. Until November 21. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaigamesweek.com.
Monday 16 Save the planet If you thought you could save the world by recycling, donating and eating less meat then think again. Coomi Vevaina says if you just learn embodiment, earth groundedness and cosmic connectedness you’ll help heal the planet, as she leads an earth healing meditation session. Dhs40. 7pm-8.30pm. Miracles Dubai, TECOM (04 363 9307).
Monday 16 Nazar Yahya solo exhibition Andalucían-Arab heritage is explored by Texas-based, Iraqi artist Nazar Yahya in the new solo exhibition Reconquista at Meem Gallery. The works also delve into the idea of history and how it can be re-examined. Until January 10, 2016. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Tuesday 17 Jumeirah Jane Meet Jumeirah Jane and Sharjah Shelley – infamous UAE stereotypes – in novelist Kyra Dupont’s, illustrator Celine Maslard new comic strip book (which has a title with far too many words to fit in this space), launching tonight. She takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the privileged and often spoilt lives of married expats. Pictures and drawings will be on display at Alliance Française. Until November 30. Alliance Française Dubai, Street 18, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).
Tuesday 17 Hit the track Ladies grab your pals and hit the road today with new social cycling group Liv Tuesdays. Work on bike handling and group riding skills together over the 12km loop track in Nad Al Sheba. Bring your own bike (or hire one from Emma by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). (And please don’t forget your helmet). Free. Tue 6am-7am. Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path, www.facebook.com/Livcyclingme (04 344 0524).
Tuesday 17 King of swing Frank Sinatra and his friends Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin are being played by Stephen Triffitt, George Daniel Long and Mark Adams – three of the best imitators of the notable kings of swing – in a live centenary concert. Dhs250-1,000. 9pm. MusicHall Dubai, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3212).
Tuesday 17 Get into top gear Do you know your Bugattis from your Bentleys? The Aston from the Aventador? Even if all you love is the feeling of the wind in your hair while you hurtle 0-100km in 3.5 seconds – Dubai Motor Festival is the supercar affair for you. The event runs from Tuesday November 10 to Saturday 21 and promises parades, exhibitions, supercar rides and masterclasses, as well as the exclusive launch of the one-off Tiger Phantom Coupé by Rolls-Royce (pictured). You may not be Jeremy Clarkson, but you’ll certainly know what a Gumpert Apollo is by this time next week. Free. Venues across Dubai including Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.visitdubai.com.