17 things to do in Dubai this week

The Proms, street food, fashion, Dubai World Cup and more


Wednesday 22

Ripe Farmers’ Market at Reform Social & Grill

Head to the new monthly Ripe Farmers’ Market at Reform Social & Grill, which starts today. Expect fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as 20 boutique market stalls.
Free entry. 10am-6pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Living, www.ripeme.com.

Dubai Marina Street Festival
Catch the last few days of the Dubai Marina Street Festival. Back for its seventh year, the event features performers, food trucks and all manner of free family fun, spread across 2km of Dubai Marina Promenade.
Free. Sun-Wed 5pm-9.15pm; Thu 4.15pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 3.15pm-11pm. Dubai Marina (04 436 1020).

Chez sushi bento box

Order any Chez sushi bento box (including salmon teriyaki or sashimi and sushi) during happy hour at lunchtime and get Dhs15 off the bill.
From Dhs61. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Various locations including Al Wasl Road, Dubai Marina and Arabian Ranches (800 78744).

Thursday 23

House of Afrika

The hugely popular house night returns this week, with South African electronic soul DJ (and Red Bull Music Academy participant) Jullian Gomes.
Free (on the guestlist), Dhs100 (at the door). 9pm-3am. Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, rsvp@infusion.ae.

Make an ORigami camel and win

Make an Aseelah camel from origami (with a kit, fear not), and get two-for-one on main courses at Emirati restaurant Aseelah.
Prices vary. Open daily 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm Until May 27. Aseelah, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7033).

Colour code #kimono

This exhibition celebrates the kimono as a work of art. It beautifully displays dentouiro (Japanese traditional colours) and the metaphorical, cultural and poetic meanings behind them.
Free. Sat-Thu 11am-7pm. Until April 19. CHI-KA, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 744 5911).


Friday 24


Last Night Of The Proms

The iconic final evening of this world-famous music festival features beautiful pieces from the likes of Handel and Bach, piano solos, rousing renditions of Fantasia on British Sea-Songs from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and more.
From Dhs50. Fri Mar 24, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).

Family-friendly brunching
Aloha! For a family-friendly Polynesian feast, Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks And Resorts has launched a new brunch. Try out the Polynesian barbecue grill station and then spend the rest of the day by the pool while the little ones are in the kids’ club.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs95 (kids up to aged 12). Fri 1pm-5pm. Ongoing. Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 810 9999).

One big Friday, Sigma live

One of drum ’n’ bass’ biggest stars, Sigma, will be back in Dubai for Zero Gravity’s One Big Friday, spinning hits such as Nobody to Love, Changing and Glitterball. Also headlining is UK house and garage duo Gorgon City and Sam Divine, of Sankeys Ibiza and Ushuaia Ibiza residencies.
Free before 7pm, Dhs150 after. Fri Mar 24, noon-3am. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).


Saturday 25

Day of races

Don your biggest and best hat, and head to Meydan Racecourse for the social event of the year: The Dubai World Cup. Don’t understand horse racing? That doesn’t matter. Everyone knows it’s really all about the fashion, the millinery and the celebrity headline act who closes the whole thing – which this year is mysterious vocal powerhouse Sia. Rub shoulders with Dubai’s most well-to-do, have a glass of bubbly and maybe spare a few minutes to see if Arrogate makes it over the finish line before California Chrome.
From Dhs600 (Apron Views). Sat Mar 25, gates open 2pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, store.meydan.ae (04 327 2110).

Enjoy a poolside lunch
Head to the poolside cabanas that are transformed into themed culinary stations and spa boutiques, then chill out by the pool. It’s a family-friendly affair, and you can expect entertainment and face-painting for the little ones.
Dhs200 (adults), Dhs100 (kids). Sat from noon. The Address Dubai Mall (04 438 8888).

Racing brunch
Set yourself up for one of the world’s most spectacular horse racing events with brunch at McGettigan’s DWTC beforehand. The deal also includes free transport to Meydan Racecourse.
Dhs199 (house beverages), Dhs275 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).

Last chance retreat

Today is the final day that you can enjoy the exclusive ladies’ offer at Gaucho. Revel in the delights of 60-minute yoga session, a 45-minute nutrition course and a scrumptious, guilt-free, 500-calorie lunch. Yes please.
Dhs230. 10am-1pm. Gaucho, Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 422 7898).


Sunday 26


Cactus Jacks

Head to this Latino bar for its end-of-the-week, start-of-the-week deal that features four selected beverages for Dhs100 every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. A DJ also provides the beats Tuesday to Sunday. If you’re still not over the fact that the weekend has come to an end, this one is for you.
Dhs100 (four house beverages). Sat-Mon 11pm-3am. Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 702 8855).

UK Mother’s Day at Marina social

Treat mum to lunch at Marina social, and she’ll also get a personalised cake, card and a glass of bubbly.
Dhs295 (per person). Mar 25-26, 7pm-midnight. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).


Monday 27


Try wakesurfing with... Fahrenheit Beachsports

Give wakesurfing a go with Liquid Edge Arabia, which is offering a special deal on boat hire until the end of March. Head down to the company’s private, wind-proof bay and find out why this is one of the fastest-growing sports on the planet. The boats can accommodate ten people, so bring your best and bravest buddies, too.
Dhs350 per hour (weekdays). Until March 31. Liquid Edge Arabia, Jumeirah 1, www.fahrenheitbeachsports.com.


Tuesday 28


Spend Ladies’ night at the spa…at Fairmont Dubai

Enjoy pool time and a healthy meal, followed by an hour of yoga, time in the sauna and steam rooms and a 30-minute treatment. You get a free gift to take home, too.
Dhs349. Tue 2pm-10pm. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8800).

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