25 things to do this week

Shakespeare, Valentine's Day and more Dubai fun

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Thu 10

Ladies: join a winter beach party
This fun day out will include an annual bazaar, a karaoke competition, snacks and refreshments, and plenty of relaxing on the sand.
Dubai Ladies Club, Beach Road, 9am-10pm. Call 04 349 9922, www.dubailadiesclub.com

Shakespeare goes local
Watch Dubai’s theatre enthusiasts in classic Shakespearian work Much Ado About Nothing, but with a twist: this version is set in Dubai. Tickets cost Dhs100. Continues until Saturday.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 7.30pm. Call 04 341 4777

Eat beef!
The Exchange Grill is offering a four-course beef tasting menu every evening until the end of February. Chef de cuisine Fabio Pineda will prepare tasty offerings including wagyu tartar, braised beef cheeks and tenderloin prepared in two ways. Dhs350 per person.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 7pm. Call 04 311 8317

Catch the Karma Chameleon
British DJ and singer-songwriter Boy George touches down for a headline set in the same spot he played his last Dubai gig. Dhs120.
Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, from 10pm. Call 050 624 5157

See N.E.R.D and Mike Posner live
Grammy Award-winning producer and musician Pharrell Williams takes to the stage with N.E.R.D, with an earlier performance from Mike Posner as part of the Gulf Bike Week concert series. Tickets start at Dhs250.
Dubai Festival City Concert Arena, from 6pm. www.timeouttickets.com

Fri 11

Nexus Valentine’s Polo Cup
The polo season gets into full swing today as some of the sport’s top players showcase their superb horsemanship. Dhs100 per car.
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, near Arabian Ranches, 2pm. Call 050 887 9847

Cheer on the rowers

Watch to up to 40 traditional wooden rowing boats race across this three-mile sea course. The event is free for spectators and is best viewed from the Dubai International Marine Club.
Next to Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, 2pm. Call 04 399 5777

Mirdif flea market
The sister to the Safa Park market, expect loads of bargains on other people’s old stuff, as well as some interesting arts and crafts.
Promenade Courtyard, Uptown Mirdif. www.dubai-fleamarket.com

Amy Winehouse live in Dubai
This highly anticipated gig from the jazz and soul diva should feature hits ‘Back To Black’, ‘Rehab’ and ‘Valerie’. Get excited – get very excited. Tickets start at Dhs300.
Dubai Festival City Concert Arena, from 6pm. www.timeouttickets.com

Catch Lemar’s pre-Valentine gig
If you were a soppy British teenager back in 2002, you may remember Lemar from hit singles including ‘If There’s Any Justice’ and ‘50/50’. Expect cheesy Valentine’s decor to match. Dhs100.
Chi, The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, from 9pm. Call 04 337 9470

Sat 12

Chill by the pool
Celebrate the day of love a few days early and spend the day relaxing by the most gorgeous pool in Dubai, before or after a luxurious one-hour massage. The experience ends with bubbles and strawberries and will cost Dhs990 for the two of you.
Amara Spa, Park Hyatt, Deira, until February 28. Call 04 602 1660

Learn to cook a romantic dinner
Impress your loved one with culinary secrets from the Middle East’s Chef of the Year Christophe Prud’homme. Dhs199 per person, or Dhs499 including a Valentine gift box.
Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud, 10am-noon. Call 04 282 0000

Wooden Powerboat Championships
A fleet of 18 wooden powerboats with 90-horsepower engines race on a course just off the coast at the Mina Seyahi and The Walk at JBR. The event is free for spectators, and the race is best viewed from Dubai
International Marine Club, 11am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi. Call 04 399 5777

Join a photo workshop
Learn everything there is to know about taking perfect digital snaps at this fun workshop. Dhs365 per person.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 2pm-6pm. Call 050 420 4091

An evening out at du’s Jazz Garden
British alto-saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch takes the stage followed by Canadian sax player and producer Darren Rahn for a night of smooth and UK jazz. Dhs150 walk-in, or free with online registration.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, from 8pm. www.dubaijazzfest.com

Sun 13

Volunteer to help on Funday Sunday
Help needy kids enjoy free activities every week, from Ski Dubai or Soccer Circus to the cinema. Any child is welcome, whether they have special needs, an illness or a vulnerable family life.
Free. Various locations, 10am-noon. Call 04 432 1876, www.fundaysunday.ae

See Brazilian art

This group exhibition is a rare chance to view a range of art from this diverse South American nation. A must-see in Dubai’s Middle Eastern art-soaked scene.
Gallery 76, Jumeirah, until February 23. Call 04 344 4398

Pick up new moves
Learn salsa or show off your moves as the resident DJ spins South American beats. Arrive at 7pm if you want to have dinner first. Entry is free; minimum spend of Dhs50 per person.
Bartini, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, 9.30pm. Call 04 408 4179

Mon 14

Enjoy a cultural breakfast or lunch
Taste local food and learn about the community in the heart of the Bastakiya quarter. From Dhs60.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bur Dubai, 10am-1pm. Call 04 353 6666, www.cultures.ae

Watch women’s tennis
Catch pro players including Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka as they battle it out at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for a share of the $4 million prize fund.
Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, from noon. Dhs50, 04 358 9797

Join Valentin this Valentine’s
Take your sweetheart to this concert to hear music from classical guitarist Valentin Spasov. Dhs50.
The Fridge, Al Quoz, 7.30pm. Call 04 347 7793

Monday feast at Sho Cho
Enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi treats straight from the menu for just Dhs110.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, 7.30pm. Call 04 346 1111

Tue 15

Prepare to paddle
Join the Dawn Patrol dragon-boat team on their weekly morning practice session. Men and women are welcome, as are beginners. The first three sessions are free; Dhs1,000 for annual membership.
Barasti beach, 6am. Call 050 708 7238

Enjoy the taste of France
Every Tuesday, Choices serves up authentic French dishes prepared under the watchful eyes of the master chefs. Dhs179 (including selected house beverages).
Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud, 6.30pm. Call 04 282 0000

Wed 16

Play sports in aid of charity
Al Noor has just unveiled its new sports hall – 85 per cent of the entry fees go to the special-needs centre. Book a slot to play basketball, badminton, cricket and more for as little as Dhs40.
Al Noor Centre for Children with Special Needs, Barsha, 4pm-midnight. Open daily 4pm-midnight

Jools Holland live!
Mica Paris, Alison Moyet and Jools Holland take to the stage for an evening of top jazz music in the first of three major concerts. Tickets from Dhs275.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, from 6pm. www.timeouttickets.com

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