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).
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).
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).
Make your own sweets: 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).
Introduction to quilling: For this art form, strips of paper are rolled, shaped and glued together to create innovative designs. This course introduces the basic concepts of quilling, and by the end of it, students will have completed at least one quilled project. Class of the week. Dhs1,200 (four classes). 2.30pm-5.30pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).