17 things to do in Dubai this week

Waka Waka, haggis, sunset yoga and more things to do

Fresh sound

Freshlyground, one of South Africa’s biggest bands, are performing live in Dubai this weekend. All seven band members will be taking to the stage at The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT. Listen out for their biggest hit, Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), which they recorded with Shakira for the 2010 World Cup. Their other hits include Nomvula and Fired Up.
Dhs100. Fri Jan 27, doors open 7.30pm, show starts 9.30pm. McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).

Wednesday 25

Book this

Honour the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns at Copper Dog. The venue will be celebrating Burns Night with cullen skink soup (made with smoked haddock) and haggis, neeps and tatties, of course.
Prices vary. 6pm-1am. DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5355).

Eat this

To celebrate Chinese New Year, all 11 Hakkasan restaurants around the world, including in Dubai, have a special set menu. Dishes include steamed Dover sole, wok-fried tiger prawns and a ginger panna cotta.
Dhs488. Daily noon-4pm, 7pm-1am. Until Feb 11. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).

Do this

Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah offers sunset yoga classes daily on the beach. If it’s been a stressful week, let go in warrior pose and then lay back in savasana to feel the stress disolve.
Dhs90. Daily from sunset. Ongoing. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6818).

Thursday 26

Celebrate Australia Day

Head to Brunswick’s “backyard” party to celebrate Australia Day. Resident DJs Kevvy Fresh and Ben Echo will be spinning classic Aussie tunes, plus there’s a two-for-one drinks deal and some Antipodean-inspired dishes for the night.
Prices vary. 7pm-2am. Mall of the Emirates (056 404 0685).

Eat a Michelin-star meal

For one night only, Michelin-starred chef María José san Roman from Spain will be preparing a five-course menu at Morah in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Book in to try it out.
Dhs300 (food only), Dhs450 (grape pairing). 8pm, 10.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 443 0285).

Dance to techno

On the decks at tonight’s Deep Like Thursdayz! is German techno star Mira, as well as the club night’s resident DJs.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. GQ Bar, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (050 936 9163).

Friday 27

You be the judge

Judge Jules, one of the most influential dance DJs of our time, performs at XL Dubai’s X-Loco Mega Brunch After-Party tonight.
Free entry on the guestlist, email info@xldubai.com. 4pm-3am. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina (052 634 1040).

Ironman 70.3 Dubai
Entry spaces for this endurance event might have sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head down to Jumeirah Public Beach and cheer on your gym buddies as they tackle a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run. The event is a qualifier for the European, Middle East and Africa TriClub Championship Series.
Free to watch. 7am. Jumeirah Public Beach, eu.ironman.com.

New year, New menu at Mint Leaf

Fresh for 2017, Mint Leaf of London has introduced a new menu starring dishes including lime-scented chicken tikka (pictured), Chilean sea bass and a modern, healthier, vegan take on Indian street food, with chickpea “cholley” encased in a gyoza-style “bhatura”, served with a South Indian tomato chutney.
Prices vary. Daily noon-1am. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).

Saturday 28

Head to catch for a new Saturday brunch
Enjoy the brand-new Saturday feast at this New York export. There’s avocado toast, cinnamon roll pancakes, crab cake Benedict and steak and eggs, served to old-school R&B.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs449 (mixed drinks). Sat 1pm-4pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 678 5211).

Films al fresco
Dubai Marina Mall is screening movies on the Promenade every weekend, with food trucks serving snacks. On Friday January 27 catch Happy Feet at 5.30pm and Spy Kids at 8pm. Tonight, it’s Tangled at 5.30pm and Planes at 8pm.
Free. Fri and Sat 5.30pm, 8pm. Until April 30. Dubai Marina Mall, www.dubaimarinamall.com.

Ready, steady, cook!

Take a masterclass with chef Doxis Bekris (pictured, below right) of Solo Italian Restaurant & Bar. This week it’s all about gnocchi.
Dhs300. 11.30am-2pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 314 9720).

Sunday 29

Season’s treat

Head out for Winter Sunsets at Iris Dubai and start the week with 50 percent off selected premium beverages and free nibbles from 5pm to 8pm. Up on the 27th floor of The Oberoi Dubai, the deal also comes with sweeping views of Downtown and the Dubai Water Canal. Happy Sunday.
Prices vary. Daily 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Iris Dubai, The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).

6D workout at fitness first

If you thought a regular HIIT workout was tough, wait until you try this. Fitness First has introduced a new 6D workout, which involves six dimensions of fitness: move, lift, core, burn, function and recover. Try it now.
Prices vary. Fitness First Middle East, various locations including Motor City, www.fitnessfirstme.com.

Monday 30

Gents’ deal at Spice & Ice

Lads, this one is for you. Head to Spice & Ice’s new men’s night and enjoy two free drinks and 25 percent off food. That’s some January saving for you.
Prices vary. Mon 8pm-1am. Ongoing. Cluster A, JLT (050 552 9686).

Tuesday 31

Dubai tour 2017

Cheer on the cyclists taking part in the Dubai Tour 2017. Former winners Mark Cavendish (right) and Marcel Kittel are expected to challenge for honours once again. Watch out for Italian legend Vincenzo Nibali, too, in the colours of his new team, Bahrain-Merida.
Free. Times to be announced. Until Feb 4. Starts daily at Dubai International Marine Club, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.dubaitour.com.

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