16 things to do in Dubai this week

Wednesday 12

The Red Bull Music Academy

The Red Bull Music Academy Weekender is bringing four days of eclectic music to the city. Featuring one of the most alternative line-ups of any festival in Dubai to date, some of the most pioneering musicians – including the likes of The Black Madonna, Princess Nokia and many, many more – will be playing, supported by some of the city’s coolest DJs, such as Sam Farsio, Jason Pinto and James Locksmith.
From Dhs100. Apr 12-15, times vary. Various locations including Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, www.redbullmusicacademy.com; www.platinumlist.net.

Enjoy a three-course dinner paired

with grape at Gaucho each Wednesday in April. Choose from three special beef cuts – chorizo, ancho and churrasco lomo.
Dhs450 (including grape). Apr 12, 19, 26, 7pm. Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 422 7898).

3D painting exhibition in Bay Square

Watch street art come to life at a 3D painting exhibition in Bay Square tonight. Malaysian artists Akid One and Yumz will be among those creating pieces live, which you can snap for your Instagram feeds.
Free. Daily 1pm-6pm. Until April 15. Bay Square, Business Bay.

Stereo Arcade

Dance to hip-hop and R&B from DJs Tim Kay and Mr Shef Codes at retro bar Stereo Arcade’s night, Uptown. Ladies get two free drinks from midnight until 1am, too.
Free. 10pm-1am. Ongoing. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (052 618 2424).

Thursday 13

New dishes launched at Chez Sushi

Love noodles? Chez Sushi has introduced new noodle dishes to its menu including corn-fed grilled chicken miso served with ramen and vegetable soup (pictured).
From Dhs58. Ongoing. Various locations including Al Wasl Road, Dubai Marina and Arabian Ranches (800 78744).

See Dan Patlansky live

Hear a unique combination of electronic and acoustic soul and blues from this talented South African singer-songwriter who has opened for Bruce Springsteen.
Dhs50 (with one drink). 8pm-midnight. The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 356 0560).

Check out an all-new korean film Festival

K-culture has grown in popularity over the past few years, yet K-movies have had to work harder to attract mainstream foreign audiences. But now, with government funding and the brand-new Korean Film Festival taking place in Dubai, that all could change. Check out tonight’s movie, The Age of Shadows, directed by Kim Ji-won, on at 9pm.
Free. Apr 12-15, times vary. Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, www.k-filmfest.com.

Friday 14

Easter brunch

Café Belge and the Sunken Garden at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, join forces for a special extended Easter brunch. There’s a full buffet, grown-up Easter egg hunt and 1920s-style dancers.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs450 (sparkling grape), Dhs525 (bubbly). The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).

Steve Aoki live at Nasimi
This edition of Nasimi Sessions features one of the world’s biggest house DJs, Steve Aoki, supported by American electronic trio Cheat Codes and British afrobeat artist Fuse ODG.
Free for ladies before 8pm, Dhs200 (online), Dhs295 (on the door). 7pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience this popular run backed by sportswear giant Puma. Taking place over the iconic illuminated Meydan Royal Bridge, this third and final run will offer both social and experienced runners a challenging up-and-down course and cracking views of Dubai’s skyline at night.
Dhs175. 7.30pm. Meet at The Track, Meydan Golf, Nad Al Sheba (050 164 6967).

Saturday 15

Songkran at Pai thai
Hop on an abra to Pai Thai and celebrate Thai New Year (Songkran) with a special set menu including grilled beef in red curry sauce and steamed sea bass. Plus, there’s entertainment from Thai dancers, too.
Dhs280 (food only). Until April 23. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).

Latin fiesta
Salsa to Grammy Award-winning musicians such as El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico and Rosario, browse markets and sample food at this vibrant festival of Latin American music and culture.
From Dhs150 (day pass). Apr 14-15, times vary. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.dubailatinfest.com.

Willy Wonka tea

Crafted by renowned Dutch pastry chef Marike Van Beurden, for just three days (April 15-17), enjoy a special Willy Wonka-themed afternoon tea with chocolates, cakes and more.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (sparkling grape). Apr 15-17, 2pm-5pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8888).

Sunday 16

Get pampered

Popular spa chain Tips and Toes has a few offers to ensure you look your best this month. Get 30 percent off hair botox and keratin treatments, 25 percent off full-body waxing, or go for eyelash extensions, an express mani-pedi and 20 minutes of foot reflexology for Dhs575, down from Dhs720.
Prices vary. Until April 30. Tips and Toes, various locations including The Meadows (04 361 9393).

Dim Sum delights

Dig into dim sum at a new lunch from Novikov. Varieties include crispy shiitake dumplings, spicy prawn moneybags, Peking duck and more.
Dhs85 (three portions), Dhs115 (five portions). Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3pm. Ongoing. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 8744).

Monday 17

Street food, Uncle Jheff-style at Brunswick Sports Club

Thai street food expert Uncle Jheff will be serving up dishes such as massaman curry.
From Dhs40. Daily noon-2am. Until May 15. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel (056 404 0685).

Tuesday 18

Reform social & grill gets quizzical

The usual pub quiz goes Easter-themed for one week only, featuring four rounds on general knowledge, music and more, hosted by quiz master Jon Besant. Tuck into Reform’s excellent pub grub while you puzzle over whether the chicken or the egg came first, for the chance to win some eggcellent (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) prizes.
Free. From 8pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).

Sunrise sessions are back at At The Top

Celebrate Opera Gallery Dubai’s tenth anniversary with Urban Poetry

DIFC’s gallery to bring a stand-out street art exhibition

Music favourite set for November launch in DXB

Ahlan rolls out lounge and meet and greet discounts


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