We’ve got the next five days locked down, sewn up, shaken to the left and shimmied to the right.
Just follow our lead…
Sunday, 17th February
Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, will be chillin’ out, maxin’ and relaxin’ all cool at Billionaire Mansion on Sunday night. The star of the 2010 Karate Kid reboot will be chopping the stage with a charged set of new-wave rap bangers, including ‘Icon,’ ‘A Calabasas Freestyle’ and ‘GOKU.’ Great news for thirsty females – ladies get free drinks all night.
Free. 7pm-3am. Taj Hotel, Burj Khalifa Blvd. 04 510 3100.
A toast to the roast
If there’s one meal that fits a blustery Sunday, it’s a good old fashioned roast dinner. Over to Baker & Spice, whose oven-cooked offerings take some beating. You can choose from either juicy roasted chicken, soft roasted lamb or the deep meaty overtures of roasted Black Angus beef. Each plate comes with organic roast vegetables, Yorkshire puds, gravy, a complimentary mocktail, and if you bag a table on the terrace, sweet sweet Burj Khalifa views.
AED 95. 8am-11pm. Baker & Spice, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown. 04 425 2240.
Treat your little sweeties to a camp for elitees
We know it seems like the kids have only been back in school for five minutes, but half term is back. For kids that get a kick out of sport, there’s only one goal they should be focusing on this semester break, an Elite Sports Academy course. Four to 14 year olds can take part in football, basketball, cricket, hockey, handball, badminton, swimming and more.
AED 220 per day / AED 840 for a full week /AED 165 for half a day, for multisport camp. 8.30am-3.30pm. Until 21st February. Horizon International School, Umm Al Sheif; Horizon English School, Al Safa; Regent International School, The Greens; Sunmarke School, JVT; Victory Heights Primary School, Sports City; Ranches Primary School, Arabian Ranches 2. 04 554 5916.
Monday, 18th February
The ball is in your court
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has begun and as usual we LOVE taking ADVANTAGE of the accessible ticket prices. Starting from AED 55 you can catch clashes of huge names from the tour. Although the line-up for men’s week is still to be confirmed, the draw for the women’s tournament has already been made. With world ranking toppers Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep getting ready to SERVE up some scintillating tennis.
Tickets from AED 55, women’s week finishes 23rd February. Men’s week 25th February – 2nd March. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud. Timings and schedule available on www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com
Bear Grylls skills
Just in time for half-term, XPark Jr is holding another week of Urban Forest School, the nurture-based learning course. It’s the perfect way to sneak a cheeky spot of education into the school break with fun activities like as arts & crafts, den building, campfire skills, planting and animal care. Sessions are divided into three age groups – the four to five year olds, six to seven, and eight to nine.
AED 100 (includes one adult, one child). XPark Jr, next to XPark, Kite Beach. 054 582 5561.
Tuesday, 19th February
Tum yum ‘za
The awesome culinary powers of Pitfire Pizza and Sticky Rice are collaborating on a pop-up flavour clash of truly epic(urean) proportions. For a special one day event… welcome to Thai food pizza…what we’ll all be eating in 3019. Experience the full aromatic arsenal of delish Thai dishes, on top of the world’s most popular Italian export (sorry Mario). We’re talking Thai Green Curry Pizza, Thai Penaeng Curry Pizza and Thai Pad Krapow Pizza.
Prices TBA, but existing menu items are around AED 48, for medium size. 7pm-11pm. Pitfire Pizza Dubai Cluster D, Jumeirah Lake Towers. 04 553 0465.
Keane on football
Strap those boots on kid, the professionals are in town, this is your shot. Football Escapes is running a holiday soccer camp at Jumeriah Beach Hotel, staffed by UEFFA qualified coaches and Premier League mega stars like Robbie Keane. There are two, three and five day courses available for this massive mentoring opportunity.
AED 1,470 for two days, AED 2,205 for three days, and AED 3,150 for five days. Events Arena, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 04 406 8800
Wednesday, 20th February
Prep your gal-gang for the ultimate Ladies Night-out at the 90’s themed House Party Bar. The retro home-rave themed night spot is now dedicating the evening to UK’s very own boy band, 5IVE. Put on your dancing shoes and leave ‘the big purse’ at home as Fairmont treats you to AED5 drinks and a straight 50 per cent off on food. What better way to rid your weekly woes than to dance it off with the ladies? Because we have it on good authority, 5IVE will make you get down now.
Free. 6pm-2am. The House Party Bar, Fairmont Hotel, Dubai. 050 995 5400.
5hucking deals at Kizmet
Kizmet is absolutely one of our favourite new foodie hangouts. Locate near Dubai Opera, it has a menu filled with appropriately fine and fancy things. For an hour on Wednesdays you can get some of that fine and fancy for a nifty, and refreshingly thrifty AED 5. Oysters – yep, decadent, freshly shucked oysters, for five bucks a pop. Dubai Week enters stage right, the fat tum of the opera.
AED 5 per oyster, minimum order AED 30. 8pm-9pm. Kizmet, Dubai Opera, Downtown. 04 338 8717.
Thursday, 21st February
The butterfly effect
Alright, alright, alright. Imagine having 100 exotic butterflies on your hand like Mathew McConaughey in the Dallas Buyers Club. Al Noor Island in Sharjah is offering a similar experience in its indoor butterfly house just off the Sharjah Corniche. The butterfly park is set on a tranquil island that houses 22 diverse species. Don’t forget to take in the sculptures and a beautiful sunset as you sip coffee from the in-house Noor Café.
Entrance to the island is AED 35 for Adults and AED 20 for children under 12, Butterfly Park AED 15 for Adults and AED 10 for children under 12. 9am-11pm. Buhairah Corniche road, Sharjah. 06 506 7000.
The comeback Kidz Fest
Yas Kidz Fest, the UAE’s largest kids festival, is coming to dU Arena on Yas Island and it is absolutely worth the quick road trip up to the capital, and at least a few choruses of ‘are we nearly there yet?’ Activities are split into age ranges to make exploring the event utter kids’ play. There’s a Splash ’n’ Party Kids Play Town and Inflatable Zone, a Mad Science Discovery Zone, a Little Chef Zone, a talent show, Magic Phil will be there, there’s a Soccer and Fitness Zone, a silent disco, a Baby Zone and an opportunity to meet multiple kids’ characters.
Kids free, adults AED 30. dU Arena, Yas Island. 2pm-9pm, 21st to the 23rd February. Booking in advance is advised, tickets available on www.kidzfest.ae
Earlier this month
With Valentine’s Day falling on Thursday, love is most definitely in the air this week. Whether that’s the love of a partner, a love of carbs, family love, a love for Dubai or even self love, we’ve got eight of the best ways to show that love.
Sunday, 10th February
Barasti to the Future
Take a trip back in time to 2009, when everyone’s favourite beach bar sold beverages for AED 29. Every day for the next 10 days, between 5pm-9pm, Barasti is dialling back drinks prices by a decade. There are retro deals on food too and banging tunes from back in the day, because where we’re going, we just need great music.
From 10th February, 5pm-9pm. Drinks from AED 29. Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. barastibeach.com
Veganuary going on
Veganuary is over, but veganism doesn’t have to be. Especially when restaurants like Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis The Palm have a set menu of delicious plant-based eats. For one night only and AED 150, choose from three starters, wood-oven baked vegan pizzas and a ‘chocolate’ avocado mousse.
AED 150. Sunday, 10th February only. From 7.30pm. 04 426 2626. The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah.
Monday, 11th February
In a spin
Want a water-based workout? Aquaspin Middle East runs regular classes at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Marina, where you can spend 45-minutes on a stationary submerged cycle. For only AED 130, Dubai Week readers can join in the pedal power for four classes over seven days.
Classes take place daily, apart from Thursdays. Showers and lockers are available. Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Marina. For bookings or a timetable, call 050 715 9187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New parents, we have endless sympathy for your sleep debt. But if you want something a little more proactive than pats on the back and mugs of sugary tea, Malaak Mama & Baby Care support services and baby product retailer Eggs & Soldiers, have joined forces to hold a week of free workshops on sleep. On Monday, Zahirah Marty and Jordana Smith are running the Sleep Safe course, a guide to safe co-sleeping. It really is invaluable stuff.
Free. 9am. Malaak Mama & Baby Care, Ground Floor, Times Square Centre. Registration is essential – do it online or call 04 3284019. Full schedule of workshops at www.eggsnsoldiers.com.
Tuesday, 12th February
Love don’t Costa thing
Practice some self-love and order a limited edition Red Velvet Latte from Costa. Those sweethearts at the coffee chain will even throw in a complimentary heart-shaped cookie when you order at selected stores.
From AED 21. At all Costa Coffee branches across Abu Dhabi and Dubai until 16th February. Cookie included at selected stores only. To find your nearest Costa and check if they’re taking part, visit www.facebook.com/CostaCoffeeUAE
Wednesday, 13th February
If an afternoon of equestrian show jumping excites, head to Sustainable City. The Middle East’s first sustainable community has its own equestrian club, which has teamed up with UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation to organise this four-day competition. The action starts at 3pm on Wednesdays and across the week, there will also be a dog show, beauty demos, yoga sessions and pet adoption day.
Entry is free. The Sustainable City, The Sustainable City, near Arabian Ranches 2. 13th-16th February. www.facebook.com/TheSustainableCity
Thursday, 14th February
Ready for some jelly?
Media City’s Thursday Lunch Jams have certainly spread an extra layer of enthusiasm on our Thursdays. The lunch break mini-gigs end today, so it’s the last chance for office workers to appreciate live music from talented local musos (like Reuben Samuel, pictured) while they munch on sandwiches in the sunshine.
1pm-2pm. Building seven, between buildings nine and 10 and one and two, Dubai Media City.
Love to laugh?
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.