Earth’s atmosphere is composed of several layers. The troposphere, stratosphere and then there’s Dubai’s social sphere. Little wonder the atmosphere in our emirate is never less than electric.
Sunday, 25th November
Park kids here
Cute café Park House is holding yoga classes for kids at its Nessnass Beach outpost. Phoenix Rising yoga gurus will take young yoginis aged four to 10 though a 45-minute session, followed by juice, gluten-free pancakes or burger and fries. Parents and helpers get a coffee and pastry too. Classes repeat on 9th and 16th December.
AED 129 per child. 4.30pm-5.15pm Sunday. Park House, Nessnass Beach, Jumeirah 3 (behind Sunset Mall). 04 254 1565.
Monday, 26th November
Got beef with Mondays?
Few people like Mondays. That get a slightly better rep in the Middle East because they’re not the first day of the working week. But they still have that attitude don’t they? Beef Bar is here to perform some serious PR triage for them though. Enjoy a set menu (which includes their epic shawarma), with a glass of bubbles, and a theatrical treat. This is genuine 24 carat date night gold.
Set menu AED 350. From 7pm. DIFC, Al Fattan Currency House. 04 35 22 223.
Colourful outdoor market E88 is at the Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre in Sharjah until next month. Browse the stalls for the must-have accessory, catch a film at the cinema or take part in a workshop. There’s a play area to keep kids amused too.
Entry is free. 4pm-12am (1am weekends), until 4th December. Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre, Sharjah.
Elementary, my DXB
Fancy yourself as somewhat of a super sleuth? #DXBExperiments Presents: A Murder Mystery at The Lodge is an experimental and interactive experience for 15 people. Take on a character and watch the drama play out over a five-course set menu and unlimited drinks at Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis.
From 8pm, 26th November, for five nights. Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay. AED 275. 04 560 1700.
Tuesday, 27th November
Everyone is invited to Blossom Village Nursery’s festive market. Pick up some presents and seasonal crafts from this friendly nursery in Umm Suqeim. Will there be a special visitor too?
Entry is free. 3pm-5pm, 27th November. Little Blossom Village Nursery. Villa 43, Street Al Ragay, Umm Suqeim 1
It’s a-me, Luigia
Navigate hump day in style with dinner and a show at Luigia pizzeria in the Rixos Premium JBR. We’re big fans of the newcomer’s impressive choice of 38 pies, so hopefully at least some of them will feature on the as-yet undisclosed set menu. Energetic and authentic entertainment comes all the way from sophisticated Capri nightspot, Taverna Anema E Core
7pm-10pm, Tuesday 27th. Luigia, Rixos Premium JBR. Set menu AED 350 per person (includes one beverage). Booking essential on 05 428 7540.
Wednesday, 28th November
Snapshots of history
La Galerie at Alliance Française Dubai is hosting a warmly nostalgic exhibition, featuring images of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the United Arab Emirates. French photo-journalist Jack Burlot took the shots in 1974 and helped document a transformative time in our nation’s history.
Free. 9am-8pm Sunday to Wednesday, 9am-5pm Thursday and Saturday. From 28th November-12th January. La Galerie, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha. 04 335 8712.
Rock the mic
Lucky Voice gives you one of the best reasons to play ‘stop out’ on a school night. Their revamped Open Mic Night Brunch takes place each Wednesday and brings brunch goers up on stage to ‘give it some welly‘ – regardless of talent. Vanessa from accounts we’re looking at you; your Grease Medley is still one of the top 10 live performances we’ve ever seen.
AED 150 (soft drinks), AED 275 (house drinks), AED 325 (bubbles). Lucky Voice, Level 6 Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights. 800 58259.
Spray it don’t say it
Head to The Backyard at Steigenberger Hotel this Wednesday to see locally-based graffiti talent and general edge strider, Ramy Elzaghawy (Insta handle @t.ra.my) creating some more memorable ink for the trendy venue’s sleeves. It’s a collaboration with Mawaheb for Beautiful People and students from the artistic school will join Elzaghawy in creating this modern masterpiece. As an added treat, you’re invited to watch them do it live.
Free to attend. From 11am, 28th November. The Backyard, at Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay. 04 369 0000.
An exhibition by 25 children of determination wraps up at the Al Ghurair Centre this week. Find their artworks on the mall’s ground floor, where they’ve been in curated in collaboration with W2W events, under the theme ‘Inspirational Expressions.’
Until 30th November during mall opening hours. Free entry. Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga Road, Deira. 800 24227.
Thursday, 29th November
Great balls of flavour
800 Pizza are giving away their secret weapon for FREE on Thursday. Arancini balls are a game changing side dish, served up by the pizza chain – little crispy balls packed with authentic Italian fillings. Pasta, risotto, tomato and mozzarella – even a mac and cheese option. Bonus – you get them free, along each order of one of the restau’s large, and objectively freaking lush pizzas. Call all the carbs; this is our cheat night.
Classic pizza prices from AED 40. Arancini balls are free – just make sure you mention “Arancini” at the time of the order. Thursday only. Stores across Dubai. 800 74992.
Christmas flix and chill
Netflix has just dropped The Christmas Chronicles, a suitably seasonal tale of a sister and brother who plan to catch Santa Claus on camera, but end up nearly derailing the holidays. Need to know – producer Chris Columbus also directed stone cold seasonal classic Home Alone and Kurt Russell starts as the big man.
Launched globally on Netflix. www.netflix.com/ae-en/
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Monday, 19th November
Wagamama meat free
Whether you’re flirting with veganism or going steady, Dubai Vegan Days welcomes you to try Wagamama’s new meat and dairy-free dishes. AED 100 gets you a vegan starter, side dish, dessert and drink from the new dedicated plant-based menu at the Japanese loving restaurant chain’s JBR branch.
From 7pm. Wagamama JBR, Al Fattan Marine Towers. RSVP here.
Streets in Sharjah come alive tonight for the first Sharjah Child and Youth Friendly Carnival. Right now a carnival procession is making its way down Al Buhaira Road to Al Majaz Waterfront, where a fireworks display awaits visitors after sundown.
Fireworks from 7pm. Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah. Admission is free.
Tuesday, 20th November
World-famous comedian and Hollywood actor Dave Chappelle is in town for one night only. His gig at Dubai World Trade Centre has almost sold out, but if you’re a last-minute Lee or Laura (everyone knows one) and don’t mind complying with the strict ‘No Cell Phones Allowed’ policy, which means mobiles must be placed in a locked pouch until after the show, they’ve added more seats in the wings.
Doors open 7pm, show from 9pm. Dave Chappelle Live, Dubai World Trade Centre. 20th November. Tickets from AED 345 at www.ticketmaster.ae
Ripe for getting healthy?
Live or work in Studio City, JVT, JVC etc? Organic fruit and veg masters The Ripe Market are popping up at Me’aisem City Centre in Dubailand from today. All your favourite vendors will be there for the next four Tuesdays and because it’s indoors, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing.
10am-10pm. From Tuesday, 20th November. Me’aisem City Centre, exit 26 off the E311.
Light up the Thai
Madinat Jumeirah’s romantic Thai restaurant ups the ‘ahh’ factor for Loy Krathong, the Thai festival of lights. Pai Thai’s three-course sharing menu of signature and new dishes like crispy prawns and green papaya salad, traditional dances and giant floating ‘krathongs’ lanterns await diners for the next nine days.
Pai Thai at Madinat Jumeirah. AED 290 per person for food only. 6pm-11.15pm week days, also 12.30pm-2.45pm Friday and Saturday, until 28th November. To book your seat, call 04 432 3232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 21st November
Let’s fondue this
Dairy dodgers need not apply – French eatery Bistro Des Arts in Dubai Marina has brought back Raclette evenings. Wednesday are dedicated to the glossy melted cheese that’s a hot favourite in Alpine regions of Switzerland and France. Watch the boats go by as it’s heaped on to your plates for two whole hours, along with a hearty charcuterie meats, salads, tartiflette gratin and a blueberry tart for some sweet relief.
Two hours from 7.30am-11.30pm. AED 159 food only or AED 249 with red and white grape. Dubai Marina, opposite the RTA Boat Station. 04 551 1576.
No downward dogs
Paw-pular cat yoga is back at the Ailuromania Cat Café. If you’re feline like you need some relaxation, book up now and you’ll receive 20 per cent off your next visit to the café near the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and plenty of love for the cafe’s resident rescue kitties.
Ailuromania Café, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah. AED 50 admission fee. 7.30pm. Confirm you’re coming here.
Blow away the competition
Hunger for salon styled tresses? Jumeirah salon Be Bar is passing on some follicle facts at an hour-long masterclass on the basics of blow dries. You’ll learn the fundamentals of DIY, including helpful tips and tricks in sectioning, what tools and products to use and the technique for getting salon-quality results at home. All you need to bring is your freshly washed and damp hair.
From 6pm-7pm. AED 100 per person. Call 04 321 2348 to book. Be Bar, Villa 594, Jumeirah Beach Road.
Thursday, 22nd November
Run, don’t walk, straight to the mall. Dubai Super Sale returns from Thursday to Saturday, when 1,500 brands are slashing prices. Everyone from fancy designers (Alexander McQueen, Armani and Stella McCartney are IN) to high street favourites (find us at Accessorize, Forever 21 and Cotton On) promise discounts of up to 90 per cent.
22nd-24th November at malls around Dubai. See a full list of participating brands at www.3daysupersale.com
Indo-go to Pure Sky
There’s an Indonesian food festival at Pure Sky Lounge from now until 2nd December. Beef rendang and classic satay skewers of meat prepared by the in-house Indonesian chef will have you jonesing for Jakarta. Dishes start from AED 45 and as you can see, the views are priceless.
5pm onwards, daily until 2nd December. Pure Sky Lounge, 5th floor, Hilton Dubai The Walk. 043 747 888.
So supple crew
Ninjas and hip-hop is such a genius combination that we’re only sorry it was the Urban Crew who thought of it first. See the Asia’s Got Talent finalists’ back-flipping, head-spinning choreography at Global Village daily (except Saturdays). Clap extra hard when you know that they also do good works with children in need back home in the Philippines and that there’s no extra charge to watch the show.
Until 28th November. Main stage, Global Village, Exit 37 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. AED 15 admission. Open 4pm-12am Saturday to Wednesday and until 1am on Thursday, Friday and public holidays. www.globalvillage.ae