Burn the candle at both ends with this week’s list of lit activities

We’re bringing leisure time fire to your weekday diaries, prepare to get stoked by cultural flair, bun-up the night with disco infernos and check out the latest hotspots for family fun times.

Light the touch paper, because this week is about to go off…


Sunday, 17th March

Our art festival is Sikka than yours

Sikka, Sikka Art Fair, Al Fahidi

The neighbourhood’s historical district is once again home to Sikka Art Fair, which takes over the winding streets and leafy courtyards with giant murals, live music, and plenty of reasons to stop and stare. This year the always excellent event comes in two parts  – ‘SIKKA by Day’ and ‘SIKKA by Night,’ with art exhibits, interactive installations, gigs, film, and more.

Entry is free. Sikka Art Fair. Until 24th March, Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood. Timings and a full schedule are here


Sham-rock out with a shake

Try a limited edition Lucky Charms Shake (AED 69) for a sweet treat on Paddy’s Day. To be sure, each green shake includes cupcake icing, gold chocolate coins, Lucky Charms cereal, mini marshmallows and a Lucky Charms rice crispy treat.

17th March at all Black Taps in Dubai. Find your nearest here: blacktapme.com


Monday, 18th March

Fare amount of talent

Metro, music festival, Dubai Metro

Musicians from around the world will headline the Metro music festival this week. Hear “traditional and non-traditional genres of music” played on “offbeat instruments”, like the pan flute, talempong and glass harp, at BurJuman, Union, DMCC (JLT), Mall of the Emirates, and Burj Khalifa (Dubai Mall).

Free. Metro Music Festival, until 23rd March. BurJuman, Union, DMCC (JLT), Mall of the Emirates, and Burj Khalifa (Dubai Mall).  


Night at museum

Dubai’s glorious avenue of art galleries will be once again heating up the coffee pot for an extended late night opening. Come and explore the exhibitions and installations of Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz’s creative collective – featuring work from homegrown and international artists. It’s an incredible opportunity to come and get inspired by one of Dubai’s genuine cultural gems. There’s also an arthouse cinema and several delicious dining options.

Free entry. 6pm-10pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. www.alserkalavenue.ae


Two can chew Burger Gurkan Sef, burger, turkish, food

Turkish steakhouse Gürkan Şef has launched Burger Mondays, where diners get to have two premium burgers for the price of one all day, every week. Try any burger on the menu, which start from AED 89 and include fillet and veal patties.

City Walk 2, Al Safa. 12pm-12am. 04 379 9777. 


Tuesday, 19th March

Playing with art

Tashkeel, art, exhibition

Tashkeel’s ‘Play’ exhibition is an intriguing exploration of contemporary art covering more than 30 artists living and working in the UAE, the youngest of which is only 15 years old. The imagination of these creators is represented using painted textiles, engaging physical installations, videography and photography.

Free. Daily 9am-10pm till 24th April, (closed on Friday). Tashkeel Studio and Gallery, Nad Al Sheba 1. Contact for more info  04 336 3313


Tu mes-Manc

Gary Rhodes, JW Mariott, Grosvenor House, food

British restaurant Rhodes W1 by Gary Rhodes is set to present a specially curated menu, inspired by the UK city of Manchester. The three-course dinner will tell the culinary tale of Manchester, with dishes including curried seared scallops and roast loin of lamb and warm apple soufflé, presented with a side of Mancunian music.

Every Tuesday until 31st March. AED 195 per person. Grosvenor House, Al Emreef St, Dubai Marina. 7pm–11pm. Make reservations by calling 04 317 6000 or visit rw1-dubai.com


Opera baby!

Call up your dry cleaner and demand your smartest gear – BBC Proms is back! Taking to the Opera House stage for its 124th edition, the British tradition kicks off with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Romeo & Juliet. The four-day event will see contemporary choral classics on day two, followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on day three, to conclude with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and baritone Roderick Williams on day four.

Tickets from AED 50; five-day pass AED 375. 19th-22nd March. Dubai Opera House, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. Show timings at www.dubaiopera.com


Wednesday, 20th March

Art in the heart of DIFC

From the office to the gallery in a few steps, as Dubai’s financial hub once again holds its popular DIFC Art Nights. From Monday to Saturday after 6pm, a plethora of local and international artists will flock to the Gate Village, including a flamboyance of inflatable flamingos by French artist Cyril Lancelin. As usual, it’s free to see and restaurants and cafés will stay open to lubricate the experience.

Free. 6pm-10pm, 18th-23rd March. DIFC, Gate Village. Full programme at www.difc.ae


No dough kneaded

Nuttella & Ricota, pizza, 800pizza

800PIZZA is celebrating its 12th year since its launch by rewarding customers with a free Nutella and Ricotta pizza on orders above AED 40. The offer is only available on delivery, but isn’t that the best way to eat pizza – at home, in your PJ’s while watching Tom Hanks link chocolates to life.

During March. Order your meal via 800 74992 (PIZZA) or online at www.800pizza.com


Thursday, 21st March

Ladies go wild 

Wild wadi, waterpark, ladies free

Exclusive to the month of March, Wild Wadi has slashed its prices for the ladies down to AED 102 per person. Ring up your gal pals and head over to Dubai’s decade-old waterpark, you got a splash to make.

Available online and at the gate till 31st March. AED 109 per person (ladies only); Jumeirah Street, next to Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah 2. 10am-6pm. 04 348 4444.


Mum’s the word

mom, free coffee, park house

Mums, here’s a reward for everything you do for us. Park House Cafe is offering unlimited refills of coffee and a freshly-baked croissant, for free, when you spend AED 20 on your first cup.

Park House Cafe. 21st and 31st March only. Locations around Dubai.


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Sunday, 10th March

Screen and survive

colorectal cancer campaign, free screening, Zulekha Hospital

Time to chat about our colons! Zulekha Healthcare Group has launched its fourth annual ‘Screen and Survive’ colorectal cancer campaign. Get scanned for the UAE’s most common cancer for free until 3rd May at Zulekha Hospital.

Until 3rd May. Zulekha Hospital, Al Quasis. To register for the screening, call 600 524 442.


‘Gram Gourmet

BurJuman, Instagram, food festival, free things to do, things to do this week

What’s being called Dubai’s Most Instagrammable Food Festival ends on Sunday (10th March). This feast for the eyes of giant food art installations at BurJuman promises to add gourmet to your ‘Gram and set tummies rumbling, with spinning doughnuts, floating marshmallows and one HUGE bowl of ramen!

Free. 10am-10pm, until Sunday, 10th March. BurJuman, by BurJuman Metro Station, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road. www.burjuman.com


Monday, 11th March

Land of the rising tumJapanese night, buffet restaurant, sushi, Media Rotana, Barsha Heights

Feast on a buffet of Japanese-inspired eats at the Media Rotana. Every Monday from 7pm, Channels is taken over by sushi and seafood cooked by Benihana’s Chef Roy. To spice things up, there’s a bit of Mongolian live cooking too.

AED 189 with soft drinks, AED 249 selected house drinks and AED 289 premium. Media Rotana, Barsha Heights. Every Monday, 7pm onwards. To book, call 04 435 0000.


Tuesday, 12th March

Best baar none

Bar Baar, drinks offer, AED 10 drinks

Too much month at the end of the money? Lucky for you, Bar Baar’s Wholesale Night means selected drinks are AED 10 on Tuesdays. The “social hub and gastropub” is where The Music Room used to be, next to the Majestic Hotel in Bur Dubai. Beats come courtesy of DJ Rink, DJ Aayush and DJ Keyrun.

Open 12pm to 3am, daily. Majestic Hotel & Tower, Mankhool Street, Bur Dubai. 04 501 2631.


Wednesday, 13th March

Run for it

Al Qudra Lakes, Al Marmoom, night run, races in Dubai

It’s a night run, not a race, say organisers, and it takes you past the gorgeous Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, which is home to more than 204 species of native birds and 10 kilometres of lakes, including the Al Qudra Lakes. Whether you do 2.5km, 5km or 10km, it’s a fantastic way to support the Emirates Environmental Group, which is dedicated to protecting the world around us.

From 7.30pm. Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Qudra Lakes. Registration from AED 50 for the 2.5km run at www.hopasports.com


Wonder, women?

Aloft City Centre, outdoor cinemas, ladies night, Vox

Too many ladies’ night to choose from? This is a she-ro of a deal. Super Ladies Night at Aloft Deira gives the girls free tickets to the licensed in-house Outdoor Vox cinema, plus three complimentary beverages each and a snazzy scarf from Accessorize. You’ll also get 40 per cent on any food and drink at the hotel’s WXYZ Bar and Lounge.

Wednesdays throughout March. Aloft City Centre Deira, Baniyas Road. For timings and what’s showing, visit www.voxcinemas.com.


Thursday, 14th March

Plastic fantastic

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Save the planet and your purse! Trade in plastic for dining credit at The Rove’s Daily restaurant every day of the week. With a minimum of 20 bottles, you get 50 per cent off your order from The Daily’s menu of healthy international eats and soft drinks at the all-day restaurants in Dubai Marina, City Centre, Trade Centre and Healthcare City.

Daily, 11am-11pm. Exchange 20 plastic bottles per person for 50 per cent off food and soft drinks on the same day. Rove Dubai Marina, City Centre, Trade Centre and Healthcare City. Find them at www.rovehotels.com


Eat the streets

Ewaan, Indian street food, buffet, Thursday brunch, Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai,

Missing Dubai Food Festival’s endless eats already? Indian Street Food Nights at the Palace Hotel’s flamboyant Ewaan restaurant lets you indulge in 50 different dishes from around India, including chaat, biryanis and mithai (sweets). We loved grazing our way around the colourful ‘carts’ to the backdrop of The Burj Lake. Don’t miss pale pink bowls of rabdi, made from sweetened condensed milk. Yum.

Every Thursday, 7pm to 11.30pm. Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. AED 240 per person including soft beverages, AED 295 with Indian hops. For reservations, call 048 883 444.


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