19 things to do in Dubai this week

Surfing, Cats, Supernatural Saturdays and more things to do in Dubai this week

Out of this world

Bad House Party are bringing Astronautalis back to the emirate to play at Casa Latina on Thursday January 12, for one of his first gigs of the year. The American musician’s sound borrows from a mixture of genres – from hip-hop to indie rock. He’ll be performing here before he kicks off his European tour, which will see performances in Berlin and Dublin, among other cities.
Dhs100. Thu Jan 12, 9pm-2.45am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Wednesday 11
Nab this

Feeling cabin feverish (but lazy), and don’t fancy spending a fortune? You’re in luck, because just Dhs150 will get you access to the spa, fitness and rooftop pool facilities at Shine Spa, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates.
Ongoing. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 377 2380).

Go fat biking in the Empty Quarter
Stunning desert retreat Qasr Al Sarab offers the chance to try one of the newest two-wheel crazes to hit the UAE. The unique design of fat bikes makes it possible to cycle over sand easily enough that even beginners can get to grips with the sport. Tours start daily at 7am. From Dhs180 per person. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Liwa, Abu Dhabi (02 886 2088).

Book this

One of the city’s best-loved hotels has been reborn and now you’ll have the chance to enjoy it at a special price. Book one of the rooms or suites at the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai and you’ll get 25 percent off the best rate.
Prices vary. Until January 30. www.metropolitanhoteldubai.com.

Go surfing in Sharjah
Arguably the best place to surf in Dubai is actually in Sharjah – but its only just over the border and to ride some decent waves it is well worth just crossing state lines to enjoy. The chilled enthusiasts behind Surf School Arabia have started up lessons, fitness classes and kids parties for boarders of all ages. The team are the heart of the UAE surfing community so whether you’re an experienced wave rider looking to catch waves or a complete novice give them a call.
Surf School Arabia, Al Khan Beach, Sharjah, www.surfschoolarabia.com, (055 601 0997).

Eat this

Carluccio’s has launched a limited-edition seafood menu with five new items including grilled sea trout (pictured), wrapped scallops and steamed mussels.
From Dhs75. Times vary. Until March 31. Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 1320).

Thursday 12
Kintar takes to the decks

The DJ, producer and owner of Sudam Recordings will be in Dubai this week for Decibel’s first gig of the year. He’ll have support from resident DJ Krucho.
Free for ladies before midnight, Dhs100 for gents and thereafter. 10pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (055 656 6554).

Tom’s Kitchen Deli

If you’re out at Dubai Parks And Resorts for the day, it’s worth popping into British chef Tom Aiken’s new venture to refuel with a host of sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers and pizzas.
From Dhs26. Daily 10am-11pm. Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali, www.dubaiparksandresorts.com.

Time to chuckle

For its first stand-up gigs of the year, The Laughter Factory is hosting Danish comedian Sofie Hagen (pictured), as well as British stand-ups Rob Deering and Jack Dathel.
Dhs140. From 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (050 878 6728).

Friday 13
The sound of Cairo

Egyptian bands and musicians take to the stage at Cairo Sound Music Festival, including Sharmoofers (pictured), Massar Egbari and Cairokee.
From Dhs195. 4pm-1am. Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City (056 875 2367).

Hankook 24 H Dubai
Marvel at the staying power of some of the world’s top endurance drivers for the latest edition of this annual 24-hour motor race. Along with all the racing action there will be food trucks, refreshments, a classic car display and kids’ area in the grandstand village area. Get down at 1pm for the grid walk, before the race at 2pm.
Free. 2pm-2pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.24hseries.com.

Express makeover
Why should getting groomed take hours? JetSet and N.Bar in Grosvenor House Dubai have teamed up to offer the Cinderella package. Walk out with a makeover within the hour. You’ll be treated to a manicure, a 15-minute shoulder and neck massage, and a blow-dry in that time.
From Dhs110. Ongoing. JetSet and N.Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 5005).

Saturday 14
Healthy new menu at Ramusake

Start 2017 as you mean to go on, with the new healthy menu at Ramusake. Choose from eight dishes including braised artichokes and sea bass.
Prices vary. Wed 6pm-2am; Thu 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. Until Jan 31. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5300).

Shop and watch
With Dubai Shopping Festival well underway, the city will light up every weekend in January with massive fireworks displays. After a hard day of spending in the sales, treat your eyes to dancing fire in the sky.
Free. From 8pm. Until Jan 28. The Beach, JBR; Dubai Festival City and Global Village (no number).

Supernatural Saturdays

Zero Gravity has relaunched its chilled-out beach day with unlimited food and drinks from noon until 6pm and DJs to dance to.
Dhs199 (ladies), Dhs249 (gents). Sat noon-6pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

Sunday 15
Set the tone

Get your week off to a flying start with Dubai rock band The Boxtones, who take to the stage at Stereo Arcade every Sunday night. They released their debut album, Home, late last year, so you’ll be able to hear tracks from that, as well as a mix of covers.
Free. Sun 6pm-3am. Ongoing. The Pub, Stereo Arcade, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (052 618 2424).

More than retail therapy…

As part of Dubai Shopping Festival, head to Mint Leaf of London for a special set menu, including prawns with sundried tomato and garlic.
Dhs189. Daily noon-1am. Until Jan 28. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).

Monday 16
Cats comes to Dubai Opera

See one of the world’s longest-running musicals in Dubai for the first time ever.
From Dhs275. Until Jan 28. Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Tuesday 17
Brand-new exhibition

British artist Alireza Masoumi’s latest solo show, Nowherescape, is currently on display at The Third Line. It features a mixture of oil paintings and colourful drawings created with nothing but a handful of ballpoint pens. They show contemporary landscapes and are influenced by the Romantic painters of the 19th century.
Free. Until Jan 28. The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

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