25 things to do this week

Bootcamps, stargazing, foam parties and more of the best of Dubai

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Thursday 8

Try a new bootcamp: Drag yourself out of bed and get cracking at this new bootcamp, which you can attend on a drop-in basis. The best bit? You can use the shower facilities afterwards and head straight off to work. A drop-in class costs Dhs50.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, from 6.30am. Call 04 318 1420 for more information.

Go to a stargazing party: Tonight, Dubai Astronomy Club will teach advanced courses about galaxies, constellations and telescope skills for Dhs300 per person.
Dubai Astronomy Desert Camp, off Emirates Road, 5pm. Call 050 624 6172 or log onto www.dubaiastronomy.com for more information.

Scoff a pie and pint: Chow down on a delicious home-made pie along with a brew every Thursday night for just Dhs80 per person.
The Wharf, Mina A’ Salam, from 7pm. Call 04 366 6152 for more information.

Move to Bargrooves: Ben Sowton, creator of the Bargrooves compilation albums, hits the decks for his new monthly residency at this sophisticated bar.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, from 6pm. Call 050 107 6405 for more information.

Eat more meat! Feast on steaks at The Med’s STK Night – this bustling bar-restaurant also has a DJ spinning laid-back tunes. Prices range from Dhs249 (including soft drinks) to Dhs399 (with mixed drinks and selected house beverages).
Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 8pm. Call 04 427 1000 for more information.


Friday 19

Get covered in foam: Nasimi is encouraging people to ‘be stupid’ and have fun this weekend by hosting a mess-tastic foam party, complete with bouncy castle, dunking tank and plenty more surprises. Free for ladies and Face card holders and Dhs50 for men until 8pm, Dhs100 for all thereafter.
Nasimi Beach, The Palm, from 5pm. Call 055 200 4321 for more information.

Learn the art of reiki: Discover the secrets of this ancient art of natural healing. Thought to increase energy levels, reduce stress, reduce blood pressure and enable a better sleep, this friendly group will teach you the practice. Dhs165 per person.
Yoga Om, Green Community, 10am. Call 055 932 9965 for more information.

Go inline skating and play beach volleyball: Running and bike track, Jumeirah 1, 5pm The skating and yoga social group are meeting for a beach activities session incorporating two of their favourite sports: beach volleyball and inline skating (presumably not at the same time). Free.
Call 055 932 9965 for more information.

Go back to the ’90s with D:Ream: It would appear this Northern Irish duo behind the single ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ is paving the way for a comeback, with a new album In Memory Of… out in 2011.
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, from 6pm. Call 04 318 1313 for more information.

Catch a Scratch Pervert: Scratch champion Joel Fuller, aka Prime Cuts of The Scratch Perverts, headlines this week’s See You Next Friday for an event billed as Dubai’s ‘first proper dubstep night’. Entry Dhs130.
Trilogy Rooftop, Madinat Jumeirah, from 10pm. Call 050 725 8277 for more information.


Saturday 20

Join a nordic walking group: Take part in a one-hour intensive workout with a private Nordic teacher, where you’ll be strolling and lunging with special poles. Dhs75 per person; Social Circles UAE members get 50 per cent off.
Safa Park, Jumeirah, 9am. Call 055 909 7175 or www.socialcirclesuae.com for more information.

See phenomenal iPhone art: You have to see John Bavaro’s work to believe it – portraits created entirely on an iPhone, using his finger as a brush.
Rotunda Gallery, American University of Dubai, until Sunday 21. Call 04 318 3204 for more information.

Become a part of history: Visit the One Nation photo booth and get your picture taken to be included in the mall’s 3D photo display, to be unveiled on National Day (December 2). Hurry – today is the last day!
Central Galleria, Mirdif City Centre, 4pm-10pm. Call 800 6422 for more information.

Enjoy a curry lunch in the desert: Make a day of it and enjoy the hour’s drive to Bab Al Shams for a curry buffet. Dhs125 with soft drinks, Dhs200 with grape and Dhs395 with grape and pool access.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort, from 12.30pm. Call 04 809 6194 for more information.

Hear Grant Nelson’s UK garage: MustHaveSoul celebrates its first birthday with a headline set from Grant Nelson, a man widely regarded as a pioneering force on the UK garage music scene. Plus sets from resident DJs Simon Reid, Tristan Bain and Dan Chadwick.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, from 4pm. Call 055 616 0643 for more information.


Sunday 21

Visit a museum-worthy exhibition on your lunch break: Work in DIFC? Head to this gallery at lunch to see ‘Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art’, a century-long study of fine art from the region, with more than 40 works on show. And it’s free.
The Farjam Collection, Gate Village, DIFC. Call 04 323 0303 for more information.

Hit the road: Get your running shoes on with the Desert Hash House Harriers. The run is followed by refreshments. Details and timings of weekly runs are posted on the website. Dhs50.
Locations across Dubai. See www.deserthash.org for more information.

Celebrate Loy Krathong Festival: Thiptara celebrates this Asian festival with a three-course menu in a great setting. Guests will receive a krathong flower, which will be floated in the pool after dinner. Dhs245 per person.
Thiptara, The Palace, Downtown Burj Khalifa, 7pm. Call 04 428 7861 for more information.

Watch Ben Affleck as a CIA agent: Settle down at Wafi’s Movies Under the Stars and watch Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman in 2002 action thriller The Sum of All Fears.
Wafi Rooftop, 8.30pm. Call 04 324 4100 for more information.


Monday 22

Enjoy a Smiles & Stuff coffee morning: Treat yourself to coffee and biscuits made by children with special needs, and served by children with disabilities such as Down’s syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy. These mornings aim to spread awareness about the conditions. Free.
Al Noor Training Centre, Barsha 10am-noon. Log onto www.alnoorspneeds.ae for more information.

Learn to ride a horse: Book a 30-minute beginner’s riding session in the paddock and local area to brush up on your equestrian skills. Dhs200.
The Stables, Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, 7am-10am. Call 04 883 6000 for more information.

Play touch rugby: Duplays’ touch rugby is a great social sport for both men and women, and is an ideal reason to get off the sofa. Dhs400 per person for the season.
Emirates International School, Umm Suqeim, 7pm. Call Nauman on 055 224 0187 for more information.

A taste of the Orient: Have Chinese-themed pre-dinner drinks at Balcony Bar, then try special Shanghainese dishes at Shang Palace. Until November 30.
Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 7pm. Call 04 405 2703 for more information.


Tuesday 23

Go caving: Most people don’t know that there is an extensive cave network beneath Jebel Hafeet. Go canyoning with Mountain High – all equipment is included. Dhs500 per person.
Near Jebel Hafeet. Call 050 659 5536 for more information.

Lanvin launches at H&M: Fashion fans across the city are ready to pounce – this morning, the Lanvin collection for H&M is launched bright and early. Prices range from Dhs199 to Dhs1,099.
H&M The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, 8am. Call 04 330 8327 for more information.

Chuck a disc: Get involved in the Duplays recreational ultimate frisbee league – a great way to get fit and meet new people.Costs Dhs300 per person for eight weeks.
Softball field, Metropolitan Hotel, SZR, 7.30pm. Call 055 224 0187 for more information.

Try bargain drinks and smokes: Don your smoking jacket and take advantage of a 30 per cent discount on the cigar and grain-based beverage pairing menu until 8pm.
Trent’s, Al Badia Golf Club, from 5pm. Call 04 701 1128 for more information.


Wednesday 24

Book a conservation diving trip: This dive company holds regular trips to different bays with the sole purpose of cleaning up the ocean. Marine life and diving conditions are drastically affected by littering in the sea, but you can help the cause and have a great day out at the same time. Dhs600 per person.
Al Boom Diving, Jumeirah Beach Road, 6.30am. Call 04 342 2993 for more information.

See When Harry Met Sally at the theatre: This West End comedy, based on the popular movie, finishes in a few days, so make sure to catch it before it goes. See www.timeoutdubai.com for our review. Tickets cost Dhs150.
Madinat Theatre, until November 27. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.

Get a free facial: Book a signature mani/pedi for Dhs355, which includes hot oil and a massage, and get a full one-hour facial, including extraction, for free.
N.A.I.L.S spa, Dubai Marina. Call 04 447 3688 for morre information.

Feed your inner carnivore: Meat lovers can go wild choosing all manner of cuts, and creatures from a live cooking and carving station. Dhs135 per person with soft drinks, Dhs180 with house beverages.
Chef’s House, Radisson Blu Media City. Call 04 366 9111 for more information.

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