Things to do in Dubai this week

Food festival, boat show, opera, Guns n Roes and more

Wednesday 1

Dubai Food Festival at Bab Al Shams

Dine in the desert at Bab Al Shams as part of Dubai Food Festival. There’s an extensive buffet with 14 live cooking stations and traditional shows.
Dhs495 (soft drinks), half price (kids aged five to 12), free (kids under five). Today only. Call for times. Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6100).

La Tablita’s Mexican fiesta

There will be feasting and dancing at La Tablita’s Mexican fiesta. The best dressed will be crowned King and Queen of the carnival.
Dhs180 (soft drinks). From 7pm. Thu 2 March. Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai Healthcare City (04 317 2222).

Dubai International Boat Show

Landlubbers, ahoy! Test drive the latest vessels and gadgets at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show. Along with all those super-yachts, there’ll be plenty of watersports to try out.
Dhs60. Until March 4. Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina,

Thursday 2

See Rod Stewart live
March 2 is the night it’s gonna be alright at Yas Island, as rock legend Rod Stewart performs for the first time in Abu Dhabi. A stop on his Hits 2017 Tour, its sure to be a night of unmissable classics both old and new.
From Dhs250. From 7pm. Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tickets available at Virgin Megastores across the UAE.

Flip the lights at Flip Out
If you’re looking for somewhere to send the teens that isn’t the mall, we’ve got a suggestion with a difference. Flip The Lights Surge Party, Flip Out Dubai’s first trampolining shindig, offers music, pizza, prizes and pro trampoliners teaching tricks.
Dhs80 (1 hour), Dhs180 (all-night pass). 8pm-midnight. Al Quoz 3 (600 567 568).

Madam Butterfly at Dubai Opera

Enjoy a cultural evening at Dubai Opera with the classic, but tragic, Madam Butterfly.
From Dhs300. Mar 2-4, 3pm, 8pm. Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).

Flatbread fiesta at Eggspectation

If all you’ve been thinking about all week is flatbread, you’re in luck. If you haven’t, you will be now, because every Thursday, Eggspectation serves up unlimited amounts of it for just Dhs54. Tuck in.
Dhs54. Thu 5pm-midnight. Ongoing. Eggspectation, The Beach, JBR (04 430 7252).

Fiday 3

Guns N Roses at Autism Rocks Arena

Get ready to be rocked by one of the greatest bands of all time. Best known for smash hits Sweet Child O’ Mine and Live and Let Die, the band’s Not in This Lifetime... tour marks the first time Slash and Axl Rose have appeared together on stage in more than two decades. An unmissable opportunity to see one of history’s most influential rock bands perform together.
From Dhs400. Fri Mar 3, 4pm-midnight. Autism Rocks Arena, E66,

Back to school

Follow a group of teens as they pursue their dreams at a New York City performing arts school in FAME The Musical.
From Dhs200. Feb 23 to Mar 5, times vary. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, (04 366 6546).

Try a brand-new brunch at PLAY Restaurant & Lounge
Recently declared Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year, PLAY Restaurant & Lounge has now launched its own PLAY by Day brunch, a sharing affair featuring new dishes and a live cabaret show.
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 336 4444).

Beach break at Jumeirah Al Naseem

Make your weekend feel like a holiday and hit the beach with a day pass to Summersalt Beach Club at the all-new Jumeirah Al Naseem. Or treat yourself to a staycation with the ten percent residents’ discount on stays, including breakfast, lunch or dinner, plus access to Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Dhs475 (Sun-Thu), Dhs595 (Fri-Sat). Daily 9am-11.30pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).

Saturday 4

Dubai duty free tennis Catch the men’s final
After a week of tennis action, it has come down to the last men standing as two of the game’s top stars clash on centre court in Garhoud. Stan Wawrinka took last year’s title with a straight sets victory over Marcos Baghdatis.
Dhs700. 5pm, 7pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, (800 842 5387).

Fast films at Level 43 Sky Lounge
Cosy up with blankets and popcorn at a rooftop bar to catch Hollywood hit Fast Five, complete with a high-definition big screen, surround sound and stunning skyline views.
Dhs150 per person (with popcorn and one beverage). Level 43 Sky Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (056 414 2213).

Afternoon tea partea

Nibble on sandwiches, cupcakes and doughnuts before taking a dip in the pool at Candypants’ monthly Afternoon Tea and Pool ParTea at the W Dubai.
Dhs375 (house beverages). Mar 4. 1pm-4pm. Wet Deck, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City (050 220 4638).

Sunday 5

New eats at 3in1

Head to 3in1 at Vida Downtown Dubai for food from new head chef Chef James Knight-Pacheco. The British cook has also been on TV shows in the UK, including Out of the Frying Pan and The Restaurant. Star dishes include sweet soy and hot tuna salad (pictured).
Prices vary. Sat-Wed 6.30am-1am; Thu-Fri 6.30am-2am. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 6888).

Sunday spa day at The Spa, The Address Dubai Marina

Ease into the new week with an ayurvedic massage using Sundãri products, now available at The Spa, The Address Dubai Marina. Try the relaxing Abhyanga (oil) Massage.
Dhs375 (60-minutes), Dhs580 (90 minutes). 10am-10pm. Ongoing. The Spa, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7424).

Monday 6

Take the grape challenge and win drinks at YNOT

Correctly guess the variety of grape and win yourself a free glass. If you can guess the producer and name, you’ll win a bottle.
Dhs60. Daily 5pm-1am. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6777).

Tuesday 7

Food deals for ladies Mahiki ladies’ night

Head down to the Polynesian party spot for Rock The Boat, the revamped ladies’ night at Mahiki. The evening stars free mixed drinks for ladies until 1am, plus 50 percent off food, including sushi platters (pictured) and bar bites from 7pm to 9pm. Grab your dancing shoes and round up your gal pals for a midweek night out.
Prices vary. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 216 0181).

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