Double pampering at Akaru Spa
Book yourself a massage, facial, body scrub or wrap at Akaru and you’ll get a free treatment of equal or lesser value – the perfect pampering start to the weekend.
Facials from Dhs375. Until April 30. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8565).
See a thought-provoking art show
Curated by Dubai-based Italian expert Cristiana de Marchi, the ‘MinD/Body’ exhibition includes work by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Tarek Al Ghusein, and poses questions about artistic freedom and self-censorship in contemporary art from the Gulf.
Free. Until April 10. Ductac, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Try Scottish-Indian fusion at Armani/Amal
This high-end Indian restaurant in the Burj Khalifa is dishing up a special pairing dinner tonight, combining Scottish beverages with modern Indian food.
Dhs500 (five courses). 7pm-11pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3444).
Dine on Spanish treats at Cavalli Club
Michelin-starred chefs Diego Guerrero, David Munoz and Jodi Roca prepare dishes to match a selection of Spanish grape at this Swarovski-studded venue.
Dhs300 per person. 8pm-11pm. Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).
Shake it at N’Dulge’s new salsa night
Atlantis club N’Dulge has launched a new salsa night on Wednesdays, called Salsita. The organisers promise plenty of hot Latino grooves – be prepared to shake those hips.
Free. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Men: get on your bike with H&M’s new cycling collection
The Swedish high-street haven has teamed up with renowned London cycling company Brick Lane Brikes to create a hipster-esque line of sporty-chic menswear for gents on the move.
Dhs79 to Dhs399. H&M, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 330 8327).
Rock out to Filipino heavy metal tunes
For a walk on the wild, weird and rocky side, check out huge Filipino metal legends Wolfgang, who are back in Dubai for a gig after reforming in 2008.
Dhs125-250. Doors open 7pm; show starts 9pm. Emirates Golf Club, www.timeouttickets.com.
Meet Italy’s culinary godfather…
This week’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature gets a culinary twist tonight, as Italian chef and cookery writer Antonio Carluccio, founder of the eponymous restaurant chain, looks back on and discusses his 50 years in the industry.
Dhs60. 7pm-8pm. Venue TBA. www.emirateslitfest.com (no number).
…then listen to Italian techno
Hailing from Naples, Italian techno talent Marco Carola flies in for iLL Communications’ first party at Blue Marlin.
Dhs120. 7pm-3am. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Nod along to some old-school drum’n’bass
Veteran UK ’90s decksmith DJ Hype – known for his work on Playaz and London’s Kiss FM – spins alongside MC AD in another top bass night from GlobalFunk.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Cheer on colleagues and friends at Dubai Corporate Games
More than 30 competitions will be held over the weekend, with entertainment, music and plenty of food to keep spectators refreshed at half time.
Free. Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 8.30am-7.30pm. American University of Dubai, Media City, www.highfiveevents.net (04 369 2517).
Treat your mum to brunch, for free
Celebrate Mother’s Day a few days early with brunch at Al Bahou – the guest of honour dines for free when you book a table for four people.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 5613).
Hit an Ibiza-inspired beach party
The Zoo Project present Channel Zoo Ibiza, with a bill of six DJs including Berlin’s Sven Weisemann and the UK’s Michael James.
Dhs100; free for ladies and Dhs50 for men before 8pm. 5pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
Learn about the history of light fixtures
A unique upcycled lamp, finished with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, is on display this evening. The exhibition, entitled ‘There Will Be Light’, explores rare lighting fixtures in history. RSVP via email to attend.
Free. 7pm. J+A Gallery, next to 4 Walls Gallery, Al Quoz, firstname.lastname@example.org (055 395 0495).
The Laughter Factory is back in town
The second night of a new touring triple bill at March’s edition of The Laughter Factory stars comics Wayne Deakin, Jeff Innocent and Markus Birdman. Well worth a giggle.
Dhs140. 9pm. Also on Thursday 7. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, www.timeouttickets.com.
Up to 70 percent off designer bags
Lovin My Bags is offering discounts on luxury handbags, shoes, belts and accessories from brands including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Until April 30. Lovin My Bags Boutique, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah (04 386 6081).
Learn to knock-up an easy dinner
Irish cook and BBC favourite Rachel Allen teaches recipes from her book, Easy Meals for Busy Cooks.
Dhs60. 12.30pm-1.30pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 353 4002).
Rifle through second-hand goods at Dubai Flea Market
This unique bazaar for pre-loved goods is running at a new location in Ibn Battuta Mall today.
1pm-6pm, Tunisia rooftop car park, Ibn Battuta (055 452 6030). Also 3pm-8pm at Promenade Courtyard, Uptown Mirdif (055 452 6030).
Grab a cold drink and listen to live sports chat at Barasti
Local sports commentators including Time Out columnist Tom Bushell get together to break down the latest sporting gossip.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Hit the Boat Show after-party at Movida
Exclusive lounge club Movida hosts the Dubai International Boat Show Official After Party.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-4am. Radisson Royal Hotel (055 754 4233).
Pamper yourself at Spa InterContinental
The ESPA holistic back, face and scalp treatment claims to relax and ease tension.
Dhs595 for 85 minutes. Until March 31. Spa InterContinental, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1257).
See mosques shot in a pop-art style
Dubai-based Belgian photographer Ivan Valerio fuses traditional and modern images of mosques together through a pop-art technique.
Free. Until March 30. The Gallery, Mövenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).
Tuck into Sunday lunch after work at Mazina
The Sunday carvery deal includes a selection of roast meats and vegetables.
Dhs185 per person. 6.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Join a volleyball league
Indoor recreational volleyball league Spike It Up starts today, and is open to men and women looking to get fit and socialise.
Dhs550 individual, Dhs3,300 team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until April 28. Collegiate American School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Discounts on golf for two at The Track
Get cheap rates on nine holes for two players when you book a mid-week tee time.
Dhs222 per pair. Sun-Thu 7am-4pm. Until March 31. The Track, Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3733).
Cut-price slices at Rosso
It’s happy hour on Italian food: 25 percent off pasta and pizza.
Prices vary. Sat-Thu 6pm-7pm. Ongoing. Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 428 3088).
Mend heartbreak with a healing meditation
The Om heart meditation uses simple breath and movement exercise to help free energy blockages and heal hurt.
Dhs25. 7.30pm-8.30pm. The Third Eye, Saeed Tower II, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 809 8595).
Train up at a salsa boot camp – in a bar
Salsa specialists Familia de la Salsa are reaching out to new recruits by hosting salsa workshops in a bar. This first two-hour session of the eight-hour Sensual Kizomba course takes place at Sublime.
Dhs75. 8pm-10pm. Sublime Bar & Grill, Novotel World Trade Centre (050 277 7475).
Try a new treatment at Talise Spa
Test the top-to-toe essential treatment, which includes a massage and mini-facial.
Dhs650 for 90 minutes. Ongoing. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6810).
See art inspired by a UAE shipping tragedy
Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh presents ‘The Dara Chronicles’, featuring mixed-media works that explore stories told to her as a child about the Dubai-based MV Dara passenger liner explosion in 1961.
Free. Until May 31. Ara Gallery, Downtown (04 454 2784).
Watch a Wizard of Oz prequel at the cinema
New movie Oz the Great and Powerful is set several years before the classic musical. Directed by Sam Raimi, we have high hopes for this one.
In cinemas from March 7.
Free grape for ladies
At Benihana ladies’ night, the fairer gender get four vouchers that can be redeemed individually or used for a full bottle of house grape.
Free. 6pm-11pm. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 3089).