18 things to do in Dubai this week

Concerts, sports, food, parties and more things to do in Dubai this week

Wednesday 1


Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Peppercrab with a special menu including a Yee Sang salad, which comes in a fish and veg version.
Prices vary. Sat-Wed 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 7pm-midnight. Until Feb 4. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2221).


Head down to Stereo Arcade for its weekly urban music night, UpTown. DJs Tim Kay and Shef Codes spin the best hip-hop tracks all night long.
Free. 10pm-2am. Ongoing. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – The Walk, JBR (050 226 1662).

Lebanese artist Pierre Abboud at DUCTAC

The Mess, the first exhibition by Lebanese artist Pierre Abboud, opens today at DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light today, featuring works bearing the artist’s distinct ability to use light and shadow to impressive effect.
Free. Until Feb 13. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Thursday 2

RedFestDXB 2017
RedFestDXB returns this weekend for the fourth time. Previous years have seen some of the biggest artists in the world take to the Dubai stage and this year is no exception. Grammy Award-winning Jamaican superstar Sean Paul (pictured), performs on Thursday February 2, while Demi Lovato, who has been nominated for the Best Pop Album Grammy at this year’s Awards performs on Friday February 3. Alessia Cara, Tove Lo, G-Eazy Daya and more are also on the bill.
From Dhs395. Thu Feb 2, 6pm-midnight; Fri Feb 3, 4pm-midnight. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.redfestdxb.com.

See Emirati singer Ahlam live

Emirati star Ahlam is the first Arabic female singer to perform at the prestigious opera house. She’ll be singing new hits as well as classic tracks from her 12 albums.
From Dhs500. 10pm-2.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Thursday treats

Kick off the weekend at BiCE Ristorante’s new ladies’ night. From 9pm until 11pm, ladies get unlimited drinks and 50 percent off the BiCE bites menu with dishes including arancini and bruschetta.
Thu 9pm-11pm. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR (04 318 2520).

Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Watch the legendary Tiger Woods take on some of the world’s top golfers over four days of intriguing action at Emirates Golf Club.
Dhs175. Feb 2-5, from 7.30am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living, www.dubaidesertclassic.com.

RedFestDXB after-party featuring Sean Paul and G-Eazy

RedFest is the pop music festival Dubai deserves. The massive outdoor pop party has the likes of Demi Levato and and Sean Paul headlining this year and Thursday night's afterparty at White is going to be massive. Featuring performances by Sean Paul, G-Eazy and a line-up of special guests it will take the Redfest fun until the early hours of the morning.
11pm-4am. White Dubai, The Meydan Hotel (050 443 0933).

Friday 3

Day-to-night party

Mark Knight, DJ and founder of acclaimed label Toolroom Records, takes to the Zero Gravity decks for its Aurora night tonight.
Free for ladies before midnight, free for gents before 10pm, Dhs100 for all thereafter. 3pm-3am. Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

Balance your chakras
Not brunching? Balance your chakras at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La’s rebalancing retreat. The one-day experience starts with a 30-minute deep tissue massage, followed by a 60-minute balancing facial and access to the spa’s facilities.
Dhs500. Ongoing. Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2441).

Aussie Day at jones the grocer

In honour of Australia Day, jones the grocer is getting back to its Antipodean roots with a special menu, including an Aussie burger with beef bacon, egg, pineapple and a slice of beetroot. There’s also pavola, sweetcorn fritters and tuna pasta dishes on the limited-edition menu.
Prices vary. Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm. Until Feb 5. Al Manara (04 346 6886).

Saturday 4

Chinese new year at Armani/Mediterraneo
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a special menu at Armani/Mediterraneo, including dim sum, Peking duck, shiitake mushroom brûlée and chicken noodle soup and plenty of other traditional dishes.
Dhs280. Daily 6.30pm-10pm. Until Feb 8. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).

Yoga retreat
If you’re still humming the “New Year, New Me” mantra, book in for the two-day yoga retreat at Le Méridien Dubai, which includes meditation, chakra-healing talks and lots of healthy food.
Dhs1,299 (retreat only). Dhs2,499 (including one-night stay). Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).

Backyard Barbecue

Visit The Backyard’s Block Party Brunch every Saturday from 11am to 5pm for an al fresco feast of barbecued dishes and live music.
Dhs99 (food only), Dhs199 (house beverages). Sat 11am-5pm. The Backyard, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (050 213 5816).

Sunday 5

Beach brekkie

The Beach has launched a new “Breakfast Club” that will get you discounts on food. Pick up your free loyalty card at the information hub or email thebreakfastclub@thebeach.ae to start saving. Restaurants including Big Chefs, Eggspectation and Pots, Pans & Boards are all involved. That’s your mornings sorted.
Free. Until Feb 28. The Beach, JBR, www.thebeach.ae.

Transcending boundaries
Japanese artist Ikuko Deguchi-Peters uses her imagination to break free from the usual boundaries that dictate art and drawing in Time & Space, her latest exhibition at Citizen E Art Gallery.
Free. 10am-7pm, Sun-Thu. Until Feb 28. Citizen E Art Gallery, Building 6, Dubai Design District (04 457 2380).

Monday 6

Get a taste of island life at Jamaican venue Miss Lily’s

Check out Ting-a-Ling Mondays at Jamaican restaurant and bar Miss Lily’s, with DJ Crown Prince on the decks playing classic reggae tunes.
Free. Mon 9pm-1am. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4074).

Tuesday 7

Quiz night at Reform

Put your grey matter to the test at Reform Social & Grill’s new pub quiz night, which takes place every Tuesday evening and is led by quizmaster Jon Besant. And since Reform is a British venue, the entire quiz is Brit-themed, with four rounds covering everything from sports and music right through to general knowledge.
Free. From 8pm. Ongoing. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).

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