17 things to do in Dubai this week

Run in the hills, go to the races, food trucks, Bryan Adams and more

Wednesday 8

Urban-Ultra Kalba Hills Cycle Challenge

Today is your last chance to sign up for the picturesque Urban-Ultra Kalba Hills Cycle Challenge, taking place on Friday March 17. Pedal from the lagoons of Kalba and either tackle 37km or 70km in a stunning setting.
Dhs185 (37km), Dhs250 (70km). 7am. Sharjah, www.urbanultra.com.


Healthy vegetarian Indian restaurant Govinda’s in Jumeirah is offering free food to ladies every Wednesday. What are you waiting for?
Free. Wed 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 321 1884).

Yasmina Alaoui and Yassine Mekhnache

Moroccan artists Yasmina Alaoui and Yassine Mekhnache celebrate their rich cultural heritage and explore ancestral techniques in their vibrant new self-titled exhibition of abstract art, on display at Opera Gallery.
Free. Until March 20. Opera Gallery, DIFC (04 323 0909).

Thursday 9

Saddle up for a night at the races at Meydan Racecourse

With just over a fortnight to go until the Dubai World Cup, check out which runners and riders are in hot form at the final Meydan race night before the main event. Get there early and grab a grandstand seat. Don’t forget those binoculars…
Free. 5pm-10pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com.

Feast at TruckersDXB

For a street food extravaganza, TruckersDXB is coming to Business Bay with around 14 trucks, including El Greco, Cryspes, Bio Bean, Casa Latina and more.
Free entry. Food prices vary. Mar 9-11. Next to Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, www.truckers.ae.

Rock out to Bryan Adams

The Summer of ’69 rock star will be live on stage performing classic hits, which include the likes of Run To You and (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, along with new releases from his latest album Get Up.
From Dhs295. 6pm-1.30am. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.virginmegastore.ae.

Friday 10

Taste of Dubai 2017

Where can you find Billy Ocean and food stalls from world-class restaurants all in the same place? At Taste of Dubai, of course. The festival is taking over the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre for three days, showcasing food from top eateries (think Ramusake, Namu and Burger & Lobster), and masterclasses from celebrity chefs including Gary Rhodes and Aldo Zilli. If that’s not enough, there’s live music from soul singer Billy Ocean, who takes to the stage on Thursday March 9 at 9.30pm.
Dhs150 (standard advance), Dhs240 (VIP advance). Thu Mar 9, 4pm-midnight; Fri Mar 10, noon-midnight; Sat Mar 11, noon-11pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com.

Lock, Stock & Barrel turns one

With prizes to be won, free beverages and live music from house band 13 Daze, this is one birthday bash you don’t want to miss.
Free. Mar 9-10, 8pm-2am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha heights (04 443 5403).

Get stuck into a book
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is running all week, with lectures, panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authors, along with fringe events, meet-and-greets and, of course, a bookshop to browse.
From Dhs50. Until March 11. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com (04 355 9844).

Two become one at Atlantis The Palm

Ossiano chef Grégoire Berger and Nobu’s Herve Courtot will come together for the first time to create a one-off tasting menu combining the cuisines of both of their restaurants. Expect inventive sharing dishes and desserts focusing on Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei flavours and fresh seafood.
Dhs1,250 (food only). Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Saturday 11

Six nations rugby deal Watch it at Loca
If you’re watching the Six Nations, head to Loca for all-you-can-eat tacos, too. Today, it’s Italy v France (5.30pm) and England v Scotland (8pm).
Dhs85. Match days (March 10, 11, 18). Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road; Loca 2.0, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (004 449 4455).

Yoga and lunch
Ladies, ease into the new working week with Gaucho’s Saturday Retreat, which features a 60-minute yoga session, a 45-minute nutrition course and a three-course “feel good” 500-calorie lunch at the Argentinian steakhouse.
Dhs230. March 11, 18 and 25, 10am-1pm. Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 422 7898).

Have a night at the opera
Based on Henri Murger’s book Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, about bohemians living in Paris’ Latin Quarter in 1840s, the unmissable La Bohème is one of opera’s most famous and tragic love stories.
From Dhs300. Mar 9-10, 8pm; Mar 11, 3pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com (04 440 8888).

Sunday 12

Ladies’ spa day

In honour of International Women’s Day, Ahasees Spa & Club is offering two special 60-minute treatments. The Balinese Boreh Wrap energises and exfoliates, while the Asian Herbal Stamp uses herbs and spices to banish toxins.
Dhs450 (Balinese Boreh Wrap); Dhs550 (Asian Herbal Stamp). Dhs900 (combined). Until March 31. Ahasees Spa & Club, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2333).

French food, fast

Hungry? Head to Bistro Des Arts for a new express lunch (including sarnies and salads), which guarantees to have you fed within 45 minutes.
Prices vary. Sun-Thu, noon-4am. Next to Dubai Marina Mall Promenade, Dubai Marina (04 551 11576).

Monday 13

New night at Vii Dubai

Volcano maki rolls, deep-fried sushi and nigiri. What’s not to love?
Dhs180 (platter). Mon 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 169 6777).

Tuesday 14

Sotheby’s Dubai opens

The auction house’s new showcase of works, to coincide with the official opening of its gallery and office space, features modern and contemporary Arab and Iranian artworks from the London 20th Century Art: Middle East auction. Works by influential female Turkish artist Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, Iranian painter and poet Bahman Mohasses and Mahmoud Saïd, one of the fathers of Egyptian modern art, are also included.
Prices vary. Until March 19. Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, www.sothebys.com.

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