25 things to do this week

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Thursday 17

Motorbike track afternoon: Join either a novice or advanced group to ride your own motorbike around the national circuit.
Dhs650 per person for four 20 minute rides. From 12.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City (04 367 8700).

A photograph auction: More Café is hosting an auction of Christelle Gateff’s photos that capture life in Dhaka in support of the Maria Cristina Foundation, which supports men living in the slums of Bangladesh.
Free. From 7pm. More Café, Gold and Diamond Park, www.mariacristinafoundation.org (04 323 4350).

A medley of Mediterranean flavours at The Talk: All you can eat Mediterranean cuisine with a twist at this breezy restaurant on The Walk.
Dhs165 (soft drinks) Dhs250 (selected house beverages), free for children under 12. Thu 6.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach (04 449 8888).

Watch local DJs go head-to-head: After four hotly-fought heats, the grand final of the Pioneer DJ ME Digital DJ Championship will see some of Dubai’s best upcoming tunesmiths battle it out behind the decks at a top nightclub.
6pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Check out some French jazz: Grab this chance to check out the Franck Amsallem Trio, lead by the French pianist.
Dhs90. 8pm. Michel Chalhoub Auditorium, Alliance Française, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

Hear the Pendulum chime, loudly: Two members of Aussie drum ‘n’ bass/metal band Pendulum are in Dubai to perform an ear-splitting DJ set. Heavy beats guaranteed.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).


Friday 18

Dubai Pre-owned Boat Show 2011: Returning for a second year, the boat show will cater to all tastes and most budgets with vessels ranging from 25ft to 165ft and prices from Dhs30,000 to Dhs25 million. Exhibitors can display their boats on land or sea, with prices starting at Dhs25 per foot, per day on water.
Free. 11am-9pm. Until November 19. Dubai Creek Marina, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Deira (04 205 4535).

Yum cha at Hukama: Partake in the Cantonese custom of yum cha. Enjoy a selection of the finest Chinese teas, along with deliciously unique dim sum.
Dhs145. Fri noon-3pm. The Address Downtown Dubai, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 436 8928).

Check out a Caribbean carnival:
Authentic food, drink, music, dance and activities are promised at The First Annual Caribbean Beach Bacchanal. Buy a premium ticket and you will get to go on a yacht cruise.
Dhs150-500. Noon-1am. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali (050 436 0891).

Soak up the sounds of Sandance: Heavyweights The Script and Groove Armada share the headlining duties at this fourth Sandance event, which is predicted to host 10,000 people. There are also sets from Pete Murray, Norman Jay and Sneaky Sound System.
Dhs200 (advanced), Dhs250 (door). 2pm-2am, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

Hear a classical masterpiece: Verdi’s epic opera La Traviata – known to many via Pretty Woman – will be performed in stripped down concerto form, for just voice and piano.
Dhs130-200. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777) www.timeouttickets.com


Saturday 19

Late-start dives in Fujairah: Sleep in and still get two dives at Al Aqah. The first dive is at noon and the second at 3pm, and if you’re not yet qualified, there’s the option to do snorkelling instead. Prices include transport from Dubai, lunch and refreshments.
Dhs525 with full diving equipment, Dhs475 with tanks and weights, Dhs425 for snorkelling. Leave Dubai from 9am. Al Boom Diving, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah (04 342 2993).

Pack It Right Workshop: This community workshop aims to highlight the risks of improper food handling, demonstrate how to properly package and store leftover food and avoid contamination, all in a fun, educational way.
Free. 11am-12.30pm. Kidville, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 440 1220).

Group reiki healing at The Third Eye: This group reiki session is affordable and open to everyone, even those with no prior experience of practising or receiving reiki. It also includes a meditation session.
Dhs10. 6.30pm-8pm. The Third Eye, 1101 Saeed Tower II, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 326 6539).

Irish rock with Aslan: Named after Narnia’s favourite lion, working class Irish rockers Aslan are now approaching 30 years on the road: expect rousing rawk at this free gig.
Free. From 8pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750)

DJs and musicians jam it out: Renowned local acts such as Aaron, Ziryab, Adam Shero and Rone Jaxx (below) get together for this jam night.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre (050 436 0891).


Sunday 20

Dine with Chef Daniel Hofler: Tonight is the last night Chef Daniel will grace the Terrace at Park Hyatt Dubai. So sample his menu of German tapas while you still can.
Dhs220 (food only).
Daily noon-1am. Until November 20. Park Hyatt Dubai (04 602 1234).

Check out the dancing fountains at Global Village: In between browsing the 124 pavilions (and the food and produce stalls) and going bananas at the funfair, check out the dancing fountain shows, which run daily from 6.30pm.
Dhs10. Open Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 4pm-1am. Until March 3. Global Village, Emirates Road, www.globalvillage.ae (04 362 4114).

Vintage night at Nineteen: Enjoy a four-course menu paired with selected beverages at this classy venue with great views.
Dhs375. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

Blub in the pool at a Disney classic: Catch a one-off poolside screening of Disney favourite The Lion King, which is packed with classic tunes. Entertainment for any age.
Dhs99 including snacks. 8.30pm. Cabana, The Address Dubai Mall (04 438 8999).


Monday 21

An aloe vera ritual: This month’s package involves an exfoliation, a gel body mask and a moisturisation, all designed to soothe, cleanse pores and hydrate and tone. A red rose facial complements the ritual. Afterwards, why not lounge by the pool for the afternoon?
Dhs580 for 135 minutes. Club Olympus Fitness & Spa, Hyatt Regency Dubai & Galleria (04 209 6802).

Take a culinary journey across Persia at Shabestan: This final week of the Iranian promotion features dishes from Tehran, such as mast-o-khiar, halim bademjam, kalam polo, sweets and tea.
Dhs160. Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm (lunch), 7.30pm-11.15pm (dinner). Until November 30. Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira (04 205 7333).

Jazz-fusion madness: Hot New York session drummer Chris Michael debuts a new sextet in Dubai, melding jazz, funk, Latin, flamenco and more.
Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Street 26, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Meet European artists at Squisito: ‘Atmospheres Artistiques’ will feature realistic painters Willem & Walter Dolphyn and architectural jeweller Philippe Tournaire among others. Viewers can attend ‘high tea’ with the artists – today there is one from 2pm-5pm that will discuss how to invest in art.
Free. Showing until November 24. Squisito, Loft Gallery, Al Quoz 3, behind Natuzzi (04 338 7775).


Tuesday 22

Watch a new Emirati film: Sea Shadow, from acclaimed director Nawaf Al-Janahi, gives a rare insight into the lives of two Emirati teenagers growing up in the shadows of tradition.
In UAE cinemas from November 17.

Try a polo lesson: Lessons are now available for all levels, from novices to more experienced riders who are simply aiming to brush up their skills.
Dhs770 for individual lessons, Dhs550 per person for group lessons. Mon-Sat 6am-10am, 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (050 887 9847).

Be tempted by Tempt-Asia at Chef’s House: Every Monday, choose from an ensemble of full-flavoured ingredients and premium spices.
Dhs135 (soft drinks), Dhs180 (selected house beverages). Mon 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

Last chace to try tartufo at Andiamo! Experience an Italian truffle menu from Chef Riccardo and his team, featuring imported Italian truffles and grape pairings. Today is the last day of the offer.
Prices vary. 12.30pm-3pm (lunch), 6pm-11.30pm (dinner). Until November 22. Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 2222).


Wednesday 23

Relaxation packages at Caracalla Spa: Until the end of November, indulge in packages designed to eliminate stress and toxins, including the Holistic Journey, Pevonia De-Stress Special and Elemis Stress Relief.
Dhs595. Until November 30. Caracalla Spa, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort (04 399 5555).

Lunch at The Ivy: This two-course set menu (mains include kedgeree and duck hash) rounds off with a coffee or tea and petit four.
Dhs150. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).

Take tea at Raffles Salon: The Raffles afternoon tea, entitled ‘The Collection’, features savouries and sweets inspired by designer fashion collections.
Dhs199 (for two), Dhs399 (for two with a glass of bubbly). Daily 2pm-7pm. Ongoing. Raffles Salon, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).

A night of music and art collaboration: This global creative showcase sees Thai and local digital artists collaborate in Tiger Translate to create a large-scale art display as well as musicians like Hamdan Al-Abri and Noush Like Sploosh performing. Count us in.
Free, but RSVP essential. 7pm-1am. Royal Majlis, Emirates Golf Club. For more information see www.tigertranslate-me.com.

Glam up for GlitterBaby: Don your best gladrags for this glitzy R&B and house night GlitterBaby, hosted at the swanky beach club.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).

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