From civilized theatre-going to savage pie-scoffing, we’ve got your weekend sorted
Time Out Dubai staff
Well done hard workers, you’ve made it through another week. This weekend we’re celebrating all the nations with equal fervour. We’ll be chowing down some haggis tonight for Scottish Burns Day, devouring some smoked meats for Australia Day tomorrow, and eating many pies (at Reform’s pie week) in between. Whatever you like doing (or eating), we’ve got you covered. Read on for ? top ways to spend this weekend.
Celebrate Australia Day at Yalumba There will be an all-night bonanza on the Thursday to celebrate Australia Day, followed by a special Friday Brunchology the next day. Expect Aussie specialities like meat pies and sausage sizzle. We’re not sure what that is, but it sounds tremendous. Thu: Dhs159 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). Thu Jan 25, 7pm-10pm. Fri: Dhs389 (sparkling grape), Dhs529 (bubbly). Fri Jan 26, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
The Scottish Association Burns Supper Enjoy an evening celebrating the life and work of Robert Burns. Start your night with a sparkling welcome reception, complete with a variety of Scottish sips to taste and enjoy. You'll be treated to a four-course dinner (complete with haggis, of course, and three hours of free-flowing beverages), plus a host of incredible speeches and songs, before dancing up a storm into the wee hours. Dhs525. Thurs Jan 25, 7.15pm-1am. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai.platinumlist.net.
Bongo’s Bingo is back The wacky bingo night returns to ON42 at Media One Hotel, and this time it’s starring top ’90s dance act N-Trance. Expect fun, prizes, dancing and, of course, some bingo at this hugely popular night out. Grab those biros and get ready to shout “house!”. Dhs150. Thu Jan 25, 8pm-3am. ON42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai.platinumlist.net.
Bread Street Kitchen pies Nothing says Burns day like a pastry-feast of Scottish-themed pies. Get stuck into a selection at Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay’s Atlantis The Palm eatery, including venison and girolle pie served with neeps and tatties, shepherd’s pie with braised lamb, mash and brioche garlic crumbs, and classic smoked haddock and Scottish langoustine pie served with neeps and mash. Alternatively, diners with a sweet tooth can tuck into the classic Edinburgh fog pie - a rich, sweet dessert served with a scoop of butterscotch ice cream. Dhs130 (savoury pie selection), Dhs50 (Edinburgh Fog pie). Thurs Jan 25, 6pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Burns night at Reform Social & Grill Celebrate the Scottish way at Reform Social & Grill’s first Burns Night Brunch tonight. You’ll get a three-course meal of Scottish favourites, including cock-a-leekie soup, haggis fritters, neeps and tatties and clootie dumpling with custard. Och aye. Dhs295 (Scottish beverages). Thu Jan 25 7pm-10pm. The Lakes (04 454 2638).
Slurp some ramen Sushi Central is hosting a new ramen night every Thursday. Finish your week with a comforting bowl of noodle soup and enjoy either chicken, beef or tofu versions. All ramen comes with kimchi salad, yakitori and iced tea, too, for under Dhs50. Yum. Dhs47.25. Thu 6pm-11.45pm. Until Feb 22. Business Bay, www.sushicentral.ae.
Flash Back 54 at Moe’s On The 5th A huge night of classic disco inspired by legendary Manhattan club Studio 54 is coming to Dubai this week, head to this trendy Sheikh Zayed Road venue for a pumping party with retro beats. Free. Thu Jan 25 only, 9pm-3am. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 333 3055).
Australia Day at Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera Celebrate at Aussie-based chef Sean Connolly’s restaurant tonight. Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera is laying on a barbecue brunch where dishes include Australian lamb and Kinkawooka mussels. Plus, if your kid has an Aussie accent (real or put on) they’ll get to eat free. From Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Fri Jan 26 only. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7312).
J&G Steakhouse This Aussie National Day, J&G has put together a “Meat the Aussies” menu highlighted by premium cuts including wagyu, onyx and stockyard. There will also be 20 percent off grape for the evening, and Aussies get a complimentary bottle of red or white Homeland grape. Expect live jazz and traditional Australian tracks, too. Dhs350 (including three cuts of rib-eye, flank and tenderloin). Fri Jan 26, 6.30pm-midnight. The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5577).
McGettigan’s Celebrate Australia Day The Irish pubs are going rogue this Australia Day and embracing traditions from afar. For just Dhs69 you can get an 8oz Australian wagyu beef burger topped with beetroot, sweet pickle, pineapple, bacon, cheese and a fried egg in a brioche bun and a pint of Australian hops. Sounds beaut. Dhs69. Jan 26 noon-10pm. Available at McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC and Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.mcgettigans.com.
Deliveroo freebie The food delivery service is teaming up with Pineapple Express this Australia Day to offer a classic Down Under treat to Dubai with every order form the JLT eatery. On Friday every delivery will arrive with a free banana caramel dessert to finish off your healthy main. Prices vary. Jan 26. www.deliveoo.ae.
Brunswick Sports Club – Australia Day Flash your Aussie ID at Brunswick Sports Club this Australia Day and you’ll be presented with a complimentary glass of Aussie punch. There’s also two-for-one specials on all house hops and grape over the weekend and prizes for the best dressed Aussie. Prices vary. Fri 26 and Sat 27 noon-late. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Cushion Making Workshop Jazz up your living room with an artsy cushion made with your own fair hands. The free workshop runs on Friday and Saturday as part of #quozartsfest2018 and will teach you how to create something special with and without a sewing machine. Glitter glue at the ready. Free. Fri & Sat 10am-5pm. Boo-Burys, Courtyard Gallery, Unit 4, Al Quoz (056 934 3932).
Nezesaussi Grill On Friday January 26 between 1pm and 10pm, every new 26th man to walk into the restaurant will get a case of Australian hops, while every new 10th woman to walk into the outlet will get a bottle of grape. Also, every table and guest at the bar will receive a complimentary Vegemite toast (concentrated yeast extract, apparently). The best-dressed Aussie will win a brunch for two and there will be a happy hour on beverages from noon to midnight. Free. Fri Jan 26 noon-midnight. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444); Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 8899).
Marathon discount Running the Dubai Marathon today? Bring your medal to brunch at Madinat Jumeirah and you’ll get a 30 percent discount. Not a 26-miler? Fear not, bring your 10k or 4k fun run ones and you’ll benefit from the cut price, too. Choose the brunch at Jumeirah Mina A’Salem or Jumeirah Al Qasr. From Dhs450 (Mina A’Salam), from Dhs520 (Jumeirah Al Qasr). 12.30pm-4pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Leftwing & Kody live at Zero Gravity Our Beach Club of the Year 2017 is making some big noise this weekend with the arrival of British act Leftwing & Kody. Having been picked by Mixmag and DJ Mag as top acts to watch out for, you're guaranteed a heavy techno house set, especially when they drop massive tune What You Saying. Free. Fri 10am-3am. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Dubai Shopping Festival Al Seef, La Mer and The Beach will spectacularly mark the end of the 23rd edition of Dubai Shopping Festival with a spectacular firework show on Saturday as a momentous farewell to shoppers. It’s going to be a good one. Free. Sat Jan 27, 9pm. Al Seef, La Mer & The Beach, www.meraas.com.
Saturday Barbecue at The Croft Make the most of the winter weather with an al fresco barbecue on The Croft’s terrace. Dig into a feast of grilled meat and seafood and enjoy the Dubai Marina views. Prices vary. Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Wellness Journey Weekend From today (Thursday January 25) until Sunday, guests will be treated to an inspirational programme in collaboration with Little Miss Wellness, an industry specialist who supports and designs wellness experiences throughout the UAE. For more information and a full breakdown of classes and workshops click here. Dhs2,200 (four-day package including lunch), Dhs800 (day pass including lunch and coffee), from Dhs150 (individual classes). Jan 25-28. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 828 2222).
Admire art If you fancy some culture this month, get yourself down to Al Quoz to admire Subjective Landscapes, an interesting solo exhibition of engravings and paintings by Tunisian artist Halim Karabibene, who trained in Paris. Free. Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Until Mar 1. Elmarsa Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 341 5806).
Dig into asian food Funky Asian restaurant Miss Wáng has launched a “culinary journey” with new dishes on the menu each month. From January 17 to 31 you can “expect a fusion of spicy, savoury and sweet Oriental flavours inspired by her first stop: China”, say the team. Plus, every Sunday, ladies get three free mixed drinks and 50 percent off food and selected beverages. Prices vary. Sun 6pm-3am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2567).
Evita at Dubai Opera This Andrew Lloyd Webber classic is arriving in Dubai for a whopping 16-show stint. Theatre lovers won’t want to miss this brilliant piece of iconic musical theatre right here in Dubai. From Dhs250. Mon Jan 22-Sat Feb 3. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com