What starts with a Thursday and ends with a Saturday? The time of your life, that’s what. We’ve got romantic treats, nights of wild abandon and kid friendly fun stuff to fill that time with.
Thursday, 14th February
Tribeca is throwing a special party for Valentine’s Day – but fret not, single-and-ready-to-mingletons, this glamorous amorous evening is devoted to you. Guests will be given colour coded wristbands according to relationship status, helping Cupid fire off arrows with a bit more accuracy and a clearer conscience. AED 249 gets you an evening brunch of lovely Latin-themed food and select beverages.
AED 249. 8pm-12am. Tribeca, first floor, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 050 345 6067.
We love the quirky retro vibe of Roxy Cinemas. They’re a romantic nod towards the golden age of film, but furnished with all the modern luxury and convenience that we’ve developed a sense of entitlement to. The Roxy Cinemas Valentine’s Day package is pretty good value. For AED 300, you get two Platinum Plus tickets to either rom-com staple – ‘Notting Hill’ or recently dropped blockbuster ‘Alita: Battle Angel.’ The in-screen in-love meal includes two starters, one sharing platter, plus two romantic desserts and mocktails.
AED 300 per couple. City Walk, The Beach and Box Park locations. 13th and 14th February. www.theroxycinemas.com
News on Britney, Just-in
The House Party Bar Dubai, a watering hole permanently stuck somewhere between 1994 and 2008, is proudly flaunting its unattached status with a Britney and Justin break-up party. If your name is either Justin or Britney, as a consolation for having had ‘CRY ME A RIVER’ sung in your face throughout your entire life after introducing yourself, you can drink for free. There’s still a brilliant drinks package available if you have any other name.
AED 150 select unlimited drinks between 6pm and 10pm. Closes 3am. The House Party Bar Dubai, Fairmont Dubai, DWTC area. 050 995 54000.
Friday, 15th February
Red, dead, ticket redemption
Red Fest DXB is BACK for 2019 with its usual roster of massive current recording artists. On Friday music fans will be treated to top tunes from Jax Jones, Macklemore, Camila Cabello and a closing flourish from resident deck-nician DJ Dany Neville. We personally can’t wait for Macklemore; the thought of a field full of people bopping to ‘Poppin’ Tags’ is really getting us through this week.
From AED 395. 4pm-12am. Media City Amphitheatre. www.dubai.platinumlist.net
Don’t mansion the party
Billionaire Mansion is holding a gloriously Gatsby-esque secret party under the patronage of Madame Delacroix. The chance of entertaining theatrical diva antics from the fictional host is high, she is a lady of certain quirks – but on the more predictable side, we know that women can drink for free between 10pm and 3am.
Free. 7pm-3am. Billionaire Mansion, Taj Hotel, Downtown. 04 510 3100
Run for fun
The first-ever Dubai Canal Run combines three runs taking place across one, five and 10-kilometre routes. Entry fees start from AED 50 for the one-kilometre kids’ race, AED 150 for the five-kilometre beginners’ course and AED 150 for the 10km challenge (all prices exclude VAT). For that you’ll get a race pack and parents who take part in one of the longer race can join their little ones in the children’s run for free.
Dubai Canal. 15th February, 6am for 7am start. To register visit www.dubaicanalrun.com
In the mood for house music all night long? Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE spoils us with another dancefloor-filling lineup. Banish any mid-month sads with German ‘super house’ duo Andhim and Detroit techno wizard Stacey Pullen. Arrive there early to make the most of the beach club’s winter sunshine and sushi platters.
Entry is free. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort. 056 113 3400.
Major heart-eyes at the Laughter Factory’s line-up for this month. Geordie funnyman John Fothergill (pictured), fellow Brit Ria Lina and entertainer Lateef Lovejoy will fill your nights with laughter. This week, catch them at Móvenpick JBR on Thursday and Grand Millennium Barsha Heights on Friday. Both shows start at 9pm and a full bar and food menu makes it easy to love this Dubai social scene stalwart.
Until 22nd February. Visit www.thelaughterfactory.com for a full schedule and to buy tickets for AED 150.
Saturday, 16th February
OliOli is probably the most simultaneously fun and educational thing your child can do in Dubai. If you’re a parent, and you’ve not been, fix that now, and in time for the half-term break Slime Lab experience. There are eight galleries and more than 40 interactive exhibits, all designed to inspire, bewilder and enchant.
Per child: AED 126 for ages two-18; AED 63 for 18-23 months; AED 42 per adult. Slime Lab available until 22nd February. 9am-7pm Saturday-Wednesday, 9am-9pm Thursday & Friday. OliOli Building, Al Quoz 1. 04 702 7300.
Free to see
When the sun goes down in Sharjah, the ninth annual Festival of Light sees the emirate lit up until Saturday (16th February). Illuminations with the theme of ‘Culture and Family’ will reflect on landmarks around the city and they’re totally free to see.
Sharjah Festival of Light. Locations around Sharjah until 16th February. www.sharjahlightfestival.ae
Mercure your hunger pangs
Authentic Asian eats abound at the world’s largest Mercure Hotel. Head to the Barsha Heights outpost of the hotel chain on Saturday evenings for salads, sushi, noodles and more, made at cooking stations while you watch. The buffet of South East Asian eats is a wallet-pleasing AED 130 for adults and this includes unlimited soft drinks.
Saturday, 6pm-midnight. AED 130 adults, AED 65 children under 12, kids under six eat for free. Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments, behind Internet City Metro Station. 04 381 88 88.
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Thursday, 7th February
No Lion down
Kick off your weekend with a good old-fashioned knees up (party) in proper British rub-a-dub (pub). There are two days of cheeky food and beverage deals at the Lion by Nick & Scott. On Thursday there’s a three-hour unlimited evening package, whilst DJ Somalie plays a mix of RnB, hip hop and Afrobeat. The only question you need to answer is, are you ‘avvin it large?’
AED 350. Three hours between 5pm and 11pm. The Lion by Nick & Scott, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 359 2366
Mall of the Emirates has become a ‘great mall of China’ for a brief period. A full schedule of enthusiastic festivities for Chinese New Year greets visitors. The theatrical centrepiece will be a show entitled ‘I dreamed a dream,’ filled with dragon dances, lion costumes and feats of fantastical acrobatics.
The mall’s Luxury Wing will house culturally focused goings-on, with calligraphy workshops, rice painting and sessions of the popular Chinese tile game mahjong. There are also daily prizes and giveaways during the lunar celebrations.
Free ‘I Dreamed a dream’ – 5pm, 6.15pm, 7.45pm and 9.45pm daily until 13th February. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha. 04 409 9000.
Taste of Dubai is back for 2019 with a tasty line up of international talent, including MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston, and ‘Iron Chef’ Masaharu Morimoto. Everyone’s favourite’s festival of food and drink returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on 7th-9th March and you can buy tickets now.
Taste of Dubai 2019 – Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Thursday 7th March: 4 pm-midnight. Friday 8th March: noon-midnight. Saturday 9th March: noon-11pm. Tickets starting from AED 95 for standard entry and from AED 285 for VIP tickets. Under 12s go free.
As the week comes to an end, an hour-long micro-dance-drama about closing chapters and finishing cycles seems very appropriate. ‘Dear Goodbye’ by dance theatre company Avega Dance Creations premiers at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue tonight, where it deals with “career black-holes, injuries, distance from self, divorce, depression” and more.
Doors open 7.30pm. The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. Tickets AED 75 on the door. 04 338 8525.
Friday, 8th February
Straight outta Leftfield
Some of the UK’s favourite long-serving dance music acts are coming to Emirates Golf Club on Friday as part of Groove on the Grass, Dubai’s own the mini-Glasto. Underworld, Leftfield, Radio Slave, Monoloc and Sebastian Mullaert will be pumping out wave after wave of bangers, songs that went on to shape a genre. Also, why we’ll be screaming ‘MEGA MEGA WHITE THING’ all weekend.
AED 295. 5pm-2.30am. Groove on the Grass, Emirates Golf Club, opposite Nakheel metro station. 04 380 1234.
Hailed as the “new Bob Dylan,” British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is a 24-year-old with an impressive back catalogue and a voice to match. Hear his folk-rock sounds and chart toppers like ‘Country Song’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’ at Dubai Opera tonight.
From 8pm. Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed Boulevard. Tickets from AED 195-AED 495 from www.dubaiopera.com
Saturday, 9th February
Just one more piece-a
BiCE has a deal for Saturday’s International Pizza Day that’s gonna take some topping. The Italian restaurant will be serving up unlimited portions from five of their favourite pizzas. There will be two seatings, lunch and dinner, each with two packages to choose from. Hands up who’ll be joining us waddling out of there stuffed with crust?
AED 89 for soft drinks package, lunch or dinner. AED 169 for hops package, lunch or dinner. Lunch 12.30pm-3pm/ dinner 7pm-11.30pm BiCE, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. 04 318 2520.
Here there be dragons
JBR’s themed street carnival takes on an Eastern theme, with dragon dancers, puppets and eye-catching LED lion installations celebrating the ancient Chinese art of ‘Bian Lian’ or face changing. The festival of art, music and family fun at the waterfront strip of Jumeirah Beach Residences continues until March and entry is always free.
Free entry. 7th-9th February. 6pm-10pm Thursday and 4pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. Entry is free. Keep an eye on what’s coming up at www.instagram.com/jbr_official/
The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s newest dining, entertainment and leisure destination, is holding an afternoon of fitness activities on Saturday. Between 4.30pm-7.30pm on Saturday, you can try invigorating exercise routines including CrossFit training, boxing, Kangoo Jumps, Pound, Zumba and more. All you need to do is turn up with a yoga mat, trainers and proper activewear.
Free. 4.30pm-7.30pm on Saturday, 9th February. For more information on taking part call 04 390 9999 or visit www.ThePointe.ae
Four-legged friends are welcome at Urban Bistro. If your puppy is a socialite, bring them along to the Media City restaurant. Out on the terrace, they’ll be served doggy burger (AED 40), doggy chips (AED 50) and even doggy ice-cream (AED 60). Treats and water are complimentary and there’s a separate menu for humans too, with burgers, salads and breakfast-friendly variations on eggs and toast.
Urban Bistro, Ground Floor, Building 2, CNN Building, Dubai Media City. 8.30am-10pm Fridays. 04 362 4330.