Our step by step guide to living the best Dubai Week

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Sunday, 3rd January

SLAB on the back

Former head chef at Zuma Dubai and top cuisinier Reif Othman is teaming up with SLAB’s own toque blanched gastronaut, Omar Rodriguez for a one-night-only 10-course tasting menu. Both chefs will prepare five dishes each, with a flourish of flavours from their respected backgrounds. Rodriguez brings Peruvian fire to the kitchen, whilst Othman’s Singaporean flair will offer a welcome sprinkle of Asian palate pleasing on proceedings.

AED 399 per person, including mocktails and water. 7pm-11.30pm. SLAB, La Mer. Reservation is essential. 04 298 8899


Monday, 4th January 

To the moon and backVietnamese Foodies Team Photo, jlt, vietnamese new year, chinese new year in dubai,

Vietnamese Foodies, JLT-based purveyor of fine Indochine cuisine, clearly do love their employees to the moon and back. In Vietnam, 4th February marks the eve of Tet Nguyen Dan or the lunar new year. On this day, the restaurant will split the proceeds (sales, minus food costs) between its 27 staff. The size of their bonus is down to you – so eat Vietnamese soup, by the people, pho the people.

Mains from AED 21. 11am-10pm. Vietnamese Foodies, JLT – Cluster D. 04 5656088.


Breakfast bowl

Join the all-American breakfastravaganza Super Bowl viewing party going down at Spike Bar, Emirates Golf Club. TOUCH DOWN at the ‘is it early? Or just really late?’ time of 3am for a tasty buffet of truly US-YAY proportions. Watch the drama of the winner take all American Football showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots across 16 screens, including an extra large one on the terrace.

AED 75. 3am-7am. Spike Bar, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills 2, Near Nakheel Metro. 04 417 9999


Taqado look at this deal

Taqado Mexican Kitchen, Taqado, free meals, Mexican food, free food

Mexican restaurant chain Taqado celebrates opening a permanent base in Studio City by dishing out free meals between 12pm-3pm. When they’re Juan, they’re Juan, so head to Building 2 sharpish, or you’re nacho going to sample burritos, tortillas and such like for no spends.

Taqado Studio City. 250 free meals from 12pm-3pm. www.taqado.com


Tuesday, 5th January 

Foreign Minister

Cirque le Soir, Fairmont Hotel SZR, ladies' night

DJ Colin Francis easily makes the list for the world’s top five coolest Colins. The arch remixer, dancefloor fixer, turntable whisperer has released smash records under the Ministry of Sound label and will be bringing his Balearic style beats to Cirque Le Soir, one of Dubai’s wildest party places, on Tuesday night. As it’s ladies’ night, the gals drink for free. What more excuse do you need to run away with the circus?

Free. 11pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Hotel Dubai, DWTC area. 050 995 5400


Go Nuts

Nutella Pancakes, The Coffee Club, Nutella Day

Nutella Day falls once a year, but every day is good for eating pancakes with Nutella at The Coffee Club. A stack slathered in berries, chocolate sauce and crushed pistachios is all yours for AED 58. The coffee’s pretty good too and they serve breakfast all day at this Australian chain.

Locations around the UAE. thecoffeeclubme.com


Baby talk

New parents, parents with baby, new mums, family, newborn

New parents are invited to monthly coffee mornings at the chic new Hillhouse Brasserie, in Dubai Hills Golf Club. The focus is on how post-natal mums can look after themselves, with nutrition and health tips from experts at King’s College Hospital London’s new Dubai Hills hospital.

Free to attend. 11am-1pm, Hillhouse Brasserie, Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills (off Umm Suqeim Road). 800 666 353.


Wednesday, 6th January 

Full exposure

Gulf Photo Plus

Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) Photo Week is back with exhibitions, talks and workshops taking over Alserkal Avenue until Saturday, 9th February. Entry to the creatively charged Avenue doesn’t cost anything and there are free ‘how-to’ sessions.

From 4th-9th February. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. All events require registration. Sign up and see a full schedule at gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2019


Thursday, 7th January 

U R A QE-Tea 2

The QE2 has launched a new service thrice weekly that is as British the bones of the boat itself. Ever fancied dipping a biccie on deck? Afternoon tea can now be taken at the Queens Grill on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The restaurant was formerly for first class passengers only, so extend those pinkie fingers, dress up for the cress sandwiches, get in the scone zone, shout hurrah for Scotch eggs, and say yes please to a round of cream teas.

Children under seven are not permitted. Kids between seven and 12 AED 95. Food and beverages packages for adults from AED 195. QE2, Port Rashid. 04 526 8811.


Hella holla phonic 

Paradiso once again sees Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar hosting the symphonic sounds of electro-pop duo Hollaphonic. Go deep into the beats during the three-hour selecta set, and enjoy a collection of sophisticated blended sips especially for the evening.

Free entry. Open 5pm-1am. Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House. 04 317 6000


Previously in 2019…..

Sunday, 27th January 

Around the world in 80 clicks

Al Seef

The world’s largest photo exhibition is taking up residence in Dubai’s Al Seef until April. Streets of the World is a collection of work by artists from around the globe. DW pro tip: Peruse the 1.8km stretch of open air gallery space along by the Creek, whilst deciding which of Al Seef’s varied dining outlets to eat in.

Free. Until 5th April. Al Seef, Dubai Creek. 800 637227


Monday, 28th January

Capital idea

Botanical Garden at Capital Club Dubai

Capital Club Dubai is in bloom! The classy venue now has its own verdant urban oasis, the rooftop Botanical Garden. Open daily until midnight, the venue serves a range of light bites and refreshing flora-inspired beverages. On Thursdays and Fridays, the garden will sway to the sound of an in-house DJ, and it looks like there are Burj Khalifa views too – the idea of this place is really growing on us.

Free. Noon-midnight. Botanical Garden, Capital Club, DIFC. For guest list inquires, email g-list@capitalclubdubai.com


Souk’s alive

Souk Amphitheatre, Souk Madinat, game night, things to do for free, play board games

Disconnect under the stars at the Souk Amphitheatre. Every Monday at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, an array of classic board games like Connect 4, Chess and Jenga will be laid out in the open air arena. Bring your friends or go solo, get competitive or relax on chair and beanbags.

Admission is free. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 6pm-9pm every Monday.


Tuesday, 29th January

Limitless village 

global village wheel

For a limited period guests will be able to buy a pass for unlimited rides at Global Village’s Carnival. Confused? Don’t be. Until the 30th January, AED 120 gets you a wristband and repeat access to more than 30 rides and rollercoasters, making it one of the most affordable theme parks going. New rides for 2019 include the 65 metre, curiously spelt ‘Honolo Loop’ and Athen’s Slingshot,’ which looks so terrifying, it’s worthy of its own Greek Odyssey.

AED 120. Until 30th January, 4pm-midnight, Saturday-Wednesday; 4pm-1am Thursday-Friday. 04 362 4114. 


Beach freebie

free yoga, workout for free, JBT, The Beach, things to do for free, outdoor exercise

While the weather is still glorious, head to The Beach. Be there at 7pm on Tuesday and you’ll be part of a free Hatha yoga session led by Terry. The meeting point is in front of Joe’s Cafe (next to The Cheesecake Factory, just saying). Registration is not required, but you will need to bring a yoga mat, towel and water.

7pm-8pm. The Beach, JBR. Meet at Joe’s Cafe. Join the silent WhatsApp group for weekly updates at chat.whatsapp.com


Wednesday, 30th January

A play about a fellow 


Dubai Opera’s already well-trodden boards will give the stage for one of Shakespeare’s most bitter tragedies, Othello. A story of love, passion, manipulation and prejudice set against a backdrop of invasion – “an enemy at the gates, but a greater foe within them.” It also has an important lesson for our social media obsessed generation: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy: It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” (Iago in Othello, Shakespeaere, like four hundred and something years ago)

AED 150. 30th January-2nd February, various times. Schedule and tickets on www.dubaiopera.com


Are you four real?

Party at Tribeca, tribe, house music

AYFR though? The JBR’s very own slice of Lower Manhattan, Tribeca is turning four this week. There are gifts – it’s a birthday after all – but just for the female contingent. It coincides with Tribeca’s ladies’ night, which means girl power, free-flowing drinks and 50 per cent off mains, to much smouldering envy of men.

Free entry. 8pm-1.30am. Tribeca, Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 050 345 6067


Thursday, 31st January 

Jar of joe

Nightjar Coffee Roasters, free coffee, Alskeral Avenue, coffee roasters, places for freelancers, places to work with laptop

Freelancers, students and anyone else who needs a continuous supply of coffee to get going – Nightjar Coffee Roasters is offering you bottomless coffee if you spend AED 50 or more on food. The roastery and coffee shop can wake up your mornings with dishes like goat cheese omelette (AED 40) and Dibba Bay oyster butties (also AED 40) and obviously, a tantalising range of coffees.

8am-11am, Sunday-Thursday. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. 04 330 6635.


Jammin’ sandwiches

Reuben Samuel, Thursday lunch Jams, Dubai Media City, free gigs

If you work in Media City, lunchtime just got way more interesting. Every Thursday until 14th February, there’s live music from talented local musos (like Reuben Samuel, pictured), giant Jenga and the rare chance to escape the office and have some fun.

Every Thursday, 1pm-2pm. Building seven, between buildings nine and 10 and one and two, Dubai Media City.

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