Star musician Guy Manoukian performing special show in DubaiDarragh Murphy, 21 Feb 2020 03:52:35 +0400If you fancy being serenaded by the sophisticated melodies of a star pianist, you’ll want to make your way over to Alice Lounge & Restaurant.

Lebanese-Armenian musician, composer and pianist Guy Manoukian is taking to the stage for a special performance at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai’s wonderland-inspired venue.

Taking place on Thursday February 27, fans can expect Manoukian’s all-time favourites and the best compositions from his repertoire.

Manoukian started playing piano at the age of four and first appeared on television when he was six-years-old, before at the presidential Palace at the age of seven.

His career now stretches over 20 years and has performed his melodies with modern arrangements selling out concerts at the Sydney Opera House, The London Palladium, Dubai Opera as well as the region’s biggest festivals like Beittedine, Byblos, Beit Misk and many more.

It’s a one-off show, so make sure to mark your diaries.

For more things to do this weekend, click here.
Free entry. Thu Feb 27. Open 7.30pm-3am. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 344 7966).

Standard Chartered Gold Cup 2020 brings world class polo to Dubai, 19 Feb 2020 12:58:35 +0400Prepare yourself, polo fans, the Standard Chartered Gold Cup (Dubai Open) is making its way to Dubai for 2020, and this year it promises to be a celebration unlike any other.

The Dubai Open, held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, has been regarded as one of the biggest polo tournaments in the Middle East – and with very good reason.

Pulling out all the stops, the hugely-anticipated event offers polo fans a chance to watch one of the highest ranked tournaments in the Middle East, Africa and Asia live, bringing in royalties, celebrities, VIPs from the Dubai social scene, polo enthusiasts and families.

Taking place at the Dubai’s Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is comprised of five tournaments namely the Silver Cup, Polo Masters Cup, Standard Chartered Gold Cup, Dubai Challenge Cup and Dubai Cup.

The final day of the Dubai Open kicks off on Friday March 6 from noon onwards, and there will be plenty of fun-filled activities for everyone to enjoy.

Like what, you ask? Expect a list of entertainment acts, a fashion show and a dedicated kid’s area to keep the little ones entertained with fun activities.

That’s not all, as there will also be a picnic area for everyone to relax and enjoy the match in and soak up that gorgeous Dubai weather. For those feeling peckish, head to the food truck corner serving delicious bites.

And, if you fancy a shopping spree, there will be a shopping village for visitors to browse through in between chukkers.

Keen for a picnic? Of course you are, so good thing the hospitality areas include picnic gazeboes that you can reserve ahead of time. All those who opt for it will also get a picnic basket filled with an assortment of snacks and beverages.

There will also be a Gold Lounge and VIP Garden area, featuring a stunning spread of food and house beverages. Ready to hit the scene? Be sure to call 056 373 2999 for more information and to book yourself in.

Last but certainly not least, those who fancy brunch can head to the ‘Fabulous Friday Brunch’ at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort hotel. Book yourself in by calling 056 545 8391.

Tickets are priced from Dhs180, and you can get them right now by heading to, Platinum list and Virgin Tickets.

We’ll see you there.
From Dhs180. Fri Mar 6, noon onwards. Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Emirates Road,

Mr Miyagi’s Dubai launches new night with popular R&B brand Doo WopDarragh Murphy, 19 Feb 2020 12:41:33 +0400Bubbly, sushi, R&B vibes – does that sound like a stellar Sunday night out in Dubai to you? Well, an all-new weekly event at Mr Miyagi’s is here to serve.

World-famous party brand Candypants has partnered up with popular R&B brand Doo Wop to launch a new night that’s already made its way to Marbella and Ibiza.

Kicking off on Sunday March 1, partygoers can choose from two different deals priced at Dhs99 for both guys and gals, including a two-hour package that includes unlimited bubbly and sushi from 7.30pm until 11.30pm.

That’s not all, as on the bar side, revelers can get unlimited bubbly from 7.30pm until 3am. That’s right, all night.

Founded by DJ Tango Williams, Doo Wop will be bringing old-school R&B hits throughout the night.

“For me Doo Wop is a celebration of the music I love," said Williams. "We get to listen to the current R&B and hip-hop all the time in the clubs, but it’s rare to get an opportunity to go out and hear all the old school tunes that got us loving that music in the first place.

“The best part of Doo Wop is seeing the reaction of the crowd when you play an old tune that everyone loves but had totally forgotten about.”

For more on Dubai’s forever-expanding nightlife scene, click here.

No more Sunday blues…
Dhs99. Sun, 7.30pm-3am. From Sun Mar 1. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, (04 420 7489).

Six great things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, 19 Feb 2020 11:55:38 +0400Weekends in Abu Dhabi are always filled with fun options for things to do.

From special events at theme parks to huge sporting occasions and everything in between, there’s something for everyone in the UAE capital.

To help you choose where to go this weekend, here’s our round-up of six top things to do.

Haysa at the Cultural Foundation
Prepare yourself for an exceptional night of music, as three of the most exciting Arab alternative bands of all time perform at the Cultural Foundation. El Far3i, El Morabba3 and Harget Kart will bring their biggest hits and electric stage presence to Abu Dhabi for a truly unmissable show.
From Dhs157.50. Feb 20, 7pm-9pm. The Cultural Foundation, Al Hosn,

Weekends at Al Hosn
Weekends at Al Hosn, is bringing a host of social and cultural activities, events and programmes to the Qasr Al Hosn site until Mid-April. There will be a '80s and '90s themed souk alongside film screenings in association with Image Nation, camel rides, live cooking stations selling local food and more. Image Nation’s Screening the Past programme will showcase documentaries exploring the UAE’s history and heritage, at the souk you’ll find a range of fresh fish, vegetables, carpet stores, spice vendors, books, music, stationary and more and you will also be able to tuck into lots of baked treats, candy floss, roasted peanuts and ice cream.
Free (excludes entry into Qasr Al Hosn). Feb 21-22, 4pm-10pm (then every two weeks until Apr 18). Qasr Al Hosn,

Daman TriYas Challenge
It’s the tenth edition of this Yas Island triathlon this weekend. Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete or beginner, TriYas is for you. You can swim in the waters of Yas Marina, transition in the Formula 1 Pit Lane, cycle on the 5.5km track and run through Yas Marina in this community event. With new elements being added every year, this event is one of the highlights of the Abu Dhabi sporting and community calendar.
Various prices. Fri 9am-5pm. Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island,

Marsa Mina Grand Opening
The new portside area opens this weekend, offering a new family-friendly area offering food trucks, entertainment, events and more. At the grand launch there will be kids’ bungee jumping, slam dunk, art workshops and live music, as well as games offering prizes to the winners.
Free. Feb 20, 3pm-midnight. Zayed Port,

Superhero Saturdays at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
The Yas Island theme park is offering all youngsters the chance to become a superhero for a day with the new Super Hero Saturdays event. Children can join Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash in a host of activities throughout the day. If you get there early enough, kids will get a free cape (available on a first come, first served, basis). They can then take part in the Train Like A Hero programme to learn the true value of being a hero. There will also be a Super Hero Trivia game, with the chance to win prizes, and the chance to decorate Rice Krispy lollipops in the Snap, Krackle, Pow! event (this is Dhs50 for three lollipops). The best dressed super heroes on the day will also be in with the chance of winning a cool prize. The Looney Tunes characters will also be getting in on the action with a Dance Party at 3pm.
From Dhs230 (children), Dhs295 (adults). Every Sat until Apr 4, 10am-8pm. Yas Island.

The Red Palace Exhibition
Taking inspiration from the 20th century Red Palace in Saudi Arabia, and its role in the country’s key historical and political events, artist Sultan Bin Fahad collects memorabilia, relics, and discarded objects from various sites to create sculptures and installations. The works explore the transformative potential of the ruin to stand in for what was lost and its reformulation within the country’s social metamorphosis.
Free. Fri noon-8pm; Sat-Thu 10am-8pm. Until Mar 28. The Cultural Foundation, Al Hosn,

Special one-off couples’ brunch coming to folly by Nick & ScottTim Skinner, 19 Feb 2020 11:48:27 +0400Fans of British cuisine will have seen folly by Nick & Scott become a bit of a favourite over the last few years, with the Gordon Ramsay-trained chefs setting up one of the most successful restaurants in Dubai.

Now, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah restaurant (with those outstanding rooftop Burj Al Arab views), is turning three, and is celebrating with a special one-off brunch on Monday March 2.

Head along for the evening brunch package on the night, where you’ll be able to taste a selection of specially-created dishes, including crispy egg with pancetta and mushroom, or a grilled rib eye steak with green salsa.

It’ll set you back Dhs250 per person for the soft package, but couples can get a combined package along with house beverages for Dhs495.

It runs from 7pm until 10pm, and reservations are recommended (and that’s doubly true if you want to get a spot overlooking the Madinat’s waterways).

The night before, at neighbouring bar Publique which also turns three that week, you’ll be able to get buy-one-get-one-free deal on the entire menu from noon until close. That’s two-for-one on everything on the menu.

For more brilliant things to do at Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah, check out our essential guide right here.
Dhs295 (per person, soft drinks), Dhs495 (couples, house beverages). Mon Mar 2, 7pm-10pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).

Giant cheese festival returns to Dubai this weekendTim Skinner, 19 Feb 2020 08:47:14 +0400Getting ready to make your weekend a big one? Well, while there’s loads to do in Dubai, surely there isn’t going to be any place tastier than the Dubai Cheese Fest taking place this weekend.

Head to Barasti on Saturday February 22 where you can expect cheese from around the world in abundance. Cheese, cheese recipes, cheese themed games, cheese tasting and even special cheesy meals for the kids, too. What more cheese action could you want?

From noon until 11pm, the festival will have a number of stalls, live music, games, tastings, master classes and so much more, giving you the ideal, cheesy day out.

Seriously, who doesn’t want that much cheese in their life?

It’s totally free to enter for the whole family so head down to Barasti at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.

And if you’re in the mood for food, Dubai Food Festival is back for 2020 – we’ve got everything you need to know about it right here.
Free. Sat Feb 22, noon-11pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).

Dubai Festival City Mall to mark Kuwait National Day with spectacular firework showDarragh Murphy, 19 Feb 2020 08:29:00 +0400When we hear that one of Dubai’s fantastic firework shows is coming up, best believe we’re getting front row seats. This time, we’ll be heading to Dubai Festival City.

To celebrate Kuwait National Day, Dubai Festival City Mall is pulling out all the stops with a big fireworks display, a massive IMAGINE show and special discounts for all Kuwaiti nationals.

Taking place on Tuesday February 25, celebrators can expect the night sky to light up with an array of colours at 8.30pm onwards in Festival Bay. Come early to get the best view.

That’s not all, as there will be a special projection with the Kuwaiti National flag and anthem playing on the two-time record-breaking visual extravaganza, IMAGINE – scheduled at 6.30pm, 7.45pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Wait, there’s more to come as visitors can also watch traditional Harbiya dance performances at 6.35pm, 7.50pm, 8.35pm and 9.35pm.

Bring the whole family along, as there will be family-friendly activities on offer as part of the largest LEGO Festival in the Middle East.

Each of the seven zones offer plenty of activities for kids, all themed from popular LEGO brands such as LEGO Duplo, LEGO Friends and LEGO City. You can also head to the outdoor Asian market and try out delicious street food and shop from the diverse pop-up stores.

From Kuwait? Kuwaiti Nationals will also get special discounts at selected retail outlets, along with food and beverage venues across the mall.

For more spectacular events coming up in Dubai, click here.
Free entry. Tue Feb 25, times vary. Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City Mall,

Beauty Breakfast launching new event this weekendDarragh Murphy, 19 Feb 2020 07:29:35 +0400There’s a new art and culture-filled Beauty Breakfast coming to town.

Taking place this weekend on Friday February 21, the monthly event for ladies will see the book launch from host and holistic coach Nigora Normatova.

The book, ‘Wake Up! A 5-week guide to a self-healing self-loving journey’, is a step-by-step guide for a "more balanced self", featuring diet tips, yoga advice, breathing techniques and recipes.

As for brekkie, expect a spread of different dishes, with vegetarian and vegans options available.

Along with breakfast, expect a ceramic artist, Mayra Correa, who will hold a mini-workshop on creating clay incense holders.

Make room for something sweet, as there will also be a cake-tasting session hosted by baker Annika D’Souza, who doesn’t just make cakes to tuck into, but also turns them into a piece of art.

Interested in the book? You'll be able to get a signed copy, take an incense holder home and even get the chance to win a box of freshly-baked cookies. Don’t feel guilty, they’re all healthy.

The Beauty Breakfast kicks off at 10am until noon at the XVA Gallery in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood.

For more information or to book yourself into upcoming Beauty Breakfast events, click here.

If you fancy exploring more of Dubai’s cultural and artsy side, we’ve got you covered right here.
Free entry, Dhs85 (breakfast). Fri Feb 21, 10am-noon. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Neighborhood,

Groove on the Grass returns for first massive festival of 2020Darragh Murphy, 19 Feb 2020 07:22:43 +0400Prepare yourself, one of the city's biggest dance festivals is back in town this weekend, and one of the bands is promising tunes from out of this world.

Popular music festival Groove on the Grass is back for its first gig of the decade, and it’s all taking place this weekend.

Kicking off on Friday February 21 from 5pm until 3am, the ten-hour dance fest will see a number of live DJs pulling out all the stops to bring some top electric grooves.

Who’s on the bill this year? On the mainstage, partygoers can expect Satori & The Band From Space live, Frankey & Sandrino, Matthew Dekay, Josephine De Retour for a ‘Sunset Session’, Morgan Dope and Space K.

As for the Blu Arena stage, there’s SAMA', Marvin & Guy, along with Hassan Alwan and Tristan Girault at the fittingly named Boogie Box.

This season is inspired by all things ‘Infinity’, meaning partygoers can expect infinity-themed art and creativity to go along with all the dancing .

The open-air music and arts festival will be taking place at Emirates Golf Club with tickets starting at Dhs195 – click here to get yours now.

Groove on the Grass was highly commended in the Time Out Dubai Music and Nightlife Awards 2019, and you’ll find out why once you get there.

There’s plenty of ways to get dancing in Dubai, and for some top spots, we’ve got you covered right here.

Electronic dance music fans of Dubai, we’ll see you there.
From Dhs195. Fri Feb 21, 5pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 709 2722).

First look: QE2 opens its bridge to the public for the first timeAmy Mathieson, 19 Feb 2020 04:59:32 +0400The QE2 is famed for sailing the world, and although now docked in Dubai as a floating hotel, you can now have the chance to explore the bridge.

The world-renowned cruise ship has opened its bridge to the public for the first time in the vessel’s 52-year history – and Time Out Dubai’s been for a look around.

The command room used by the captain to control the ship is now ready to be explored, and whether you’re a cruise ship fan or just interested to check out something new – now’s your chance.

You’ll be able to go on a tour around the bridge every day from tomorrow (Thursday February 20). The tours take place every day at 10am, noon and 4pm. Tours cost Dhs135 per person or Dhs200, to include Dhs100 to spend on food and drink on the ship (such as in the Golden Lion). If you’re staying aboard the QE2 the price is Dhs60.

The ship was built in 1967 in Scotland and made her maiden voyage in 1969. She retired in 2008 and has been in Dubai ever since.

The bridge has been left almost intact since the ship retired from service and you can see the old maritime equipment that took the cruise liner around the world 25 times.

During the time at sea the QE2 crossed the Atlantic 812 times, and you can stand at the helm where the captain stood.

You’ll also learn about the time a 40-foot wave engulfed the bow of the shop, as well as how the sea was navigated during traditional map reading days.

Visitors can explore the main control features of the bridge suite, the Captain's day room, the Chart Room and the Flag Room, as well as the Chief Crew Captain's offices.

Booking is essential. Don’t miss it.

To read about behind the scenes tours on Dubai's QE2, click here.
From Dhs135. Daily 10am, noon, 4pm. QE2, Port Rashid,