Things to do in Dubai in January

January's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this week and weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more.
Things to do in Dubai in January

The best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai in January, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars and spas, cinema, concerts and festivals.

January's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this week and weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more.

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Ladies and gentlemen of Dubai – whether you’re a tourist, a recent expat or a well-rooted, long-term resident – if you’re looking to hit the beach by day, or party by night then Zero Gravity should be on your must list.

This is one of the city’s most perennially popular party destinations, which is why it’s our Best Beach Club for the second year running. At the weekend you can laze by the pool or brunch – at the Ritual Brunch on a Friday and Supernatural Saturdays, both of which come in at under Dhs300 for four hours of unlimited drinks and food, accompanied by some top beats. And the party ramps up later in the evening when DJs take to the stage.

Zero Gravity is more than just a weekend hangout though, and midweek is a massive draw for ladies’ across town thanks to its two consecutive ladies’ day offerings – on a Tuesday and a Wednesday – and a ladies’ night on Tuesday.

The beach club has also ramped up its efforts to put itself at the forefront of the nightlife scene. Early 2018 saw Rudimental, Fatboy Slim, Chase & Status, Judge Jules, Kungs and more all take the stage, and its every-so-often festival One Big Friday continues to rake in huge international acts.

So whether you’re chilling out in the temperature controlled, 39-metre, glass-fronted infinity pool, the Jacuzzi or down by the sea – you’ve got everything you need here. You’ll love it, trust us.

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Iyou’ve been keeping up with Time Out Dubai recently, you’ll know what a foodie hub Business Bay is becoming. And a major part of that is the opening of the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel. The hotel houses three exciting restaurants – BASTA! and Bleu Blanc from US chef David Myers, and the soon-to-open Morimoto.

However, we’re here to talk about Myers’, delightful French restaurant, Bleu Blanc.

Myers, who’s fittingly known as the “Gypsy Chef” due to his love of travel, has designed Bleu Blanc around themes of a French farmhouse, with its own floor-to-ceiling herb garden and fresh bread baked on premises.

As soon as we enter the vast dining room the staff are on hand to help – introducing us to every chef working in the open kitchen and proudly showing us around. The restaurant is all whites and blues (as the name suggests) and has a chic yet warm feel, thanks to low lighting.

We take our seats overlooking the Dubai Water Canal through the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.

Dishes are classy and grown-up, and we start with a lobster risotto, which is exquisite. Rich yet light, and subtly truffled, the meaty lobster sits on perfectly cooked rice. It’s a joy.

A wood-fired grill is designed as the showpiece, and so we pick the beef tenderloin.It’s butter-soft and perfectly seasoned. We also choose the baby chicken, with a yoghurty zaatar dressing, and the blend of Middle Eastern flavours are a smart touch.

Sadly we’re defeated by the massive chocolate trifle, but reget nothing.

Admittedly Bleu Blanc is on both the pricey and quiet side, but with food this good it’s one not to be missed.

The bill (for two)
1x blue fin tuna Dhs120
1x lobster risotto Dhs72
1x beef tenderloin Dhs250
1x baby chicken Dhs150
1x truffle mushrooms Dhs40
1x chocolate trifle Dhs40
1x large still water Dhs40
Total (incl service) Dhs748

The bottom line
Delightful food in a charming setting.


One of the more weird and wonderful new openings in town will officially start welcoming the public from Thursday September 1.

The Green Planet at City Walk is a real treat for nature lovers.

It realistically mimics the rainforest environment by regulating temperature and humidity levels, and it’s home to an impressive assortment of 3,000 living species.

Using leading scientists, zoologists and architects from around the world, the giant, 45-metre-tall cube-like structure has been developed as an educational and recreational space for all ages – a living, breathing ecosystem built around a man-made tree that stands 25 metres tall.

Guests start inside the Flooded Forest, around which an aquarium of stingrays, arapaima, turtles and more swim. Gazing upwards through a cavernous hole, vines, branches and the canopy of the tree splay out like a network of natural pathways. A lift takes you up and right into its heart, surrounded by chirping birds, insect exhibits and a range of other wildlife, all of which, while not able to be touched make the experience fully interactive.

The Green Planet is the coolest museum exhibition you’ve probably ever seen, and will certainly the best one you’ve ever been a part of.
From Dhs70.


The Birds

From toucans to colourful parrots of all shapes and sizes, the multitude of swooping birds create a beautiful soundtrack for the biodome. There are several Toco toucans, the largest of all toucan species. While eye-catching with their orange and black colouration, looks can be deceiving as the bill is actually very lightweight. Rather than fly, they choose instead to hop from branch to branch.

The bees
While the sheer size of the tree has the “wow factor”, there are plenty of palm-sized critters to catch your attention. And some are even bigger than that! Among then, the weaver ants. Native to Southeast Asia, they build their nests in the leaves of trees - and at The Green Planet have built out onto the perspex case in which they live. Using a silk produced by the larvae, leaves are glued together in layers. There is also a Goliath tarantula, which can grow to the size of dinner plate.

The big'uns
Yes, internet meme fans rejoice, for there are two sloths – one male, one female – freely roaming around. The pair, while slow, are surprisingly active. Native to central and South America, their legs are unable to support their body weight on the ground, but they are actually good swimmers. Pre-hensile tailed porcupines are also native to South America. They spend the majority of their lives in trees and use their long, prehensile tail to help them balance and grasp branches.

The basement
A waterfall cascades through the ceiling into a covered “basement”, home to the marine life that also live in our rainforests, including turtles.


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