Spring break has arrived in our ever-blossoming emirate and we’ve got the best ways for you to maximise restau-terrace time before the summer arrives, and make sure the kids have a fun educational environment whilst school’s out.
We’re committed to making the most of the break, in your ‘spring break.’
Sunday, 31st March
Only the Elite
School’s out for spring and for sporty youngsters, there’s only one place to be – Elite Sports Spring Camps. Friendly and super flexible, Elite has camps running around Dubai, with half and full days available. Costs are AED 840 a week, AED 220 a day or AED 165 for a half-day.
Elite Sports Spring Camps from 31st March-4th April at locations around Dubai. Find out more at elitesports.ae
Tea for two
Which mum doesn’t love a bargain? Tania’s Teahouse has a tasty deal that’s made for your matriarch – the pink-tinged cafe has customised its Jumeirah Jane platter for Mother’s Day and it’s half-price until Sunday. That’s three tiers of pastries, sandwiches and tiny desserts for AED 100. They’ll even include a bottomless infusion of tea or coffee.
Sunday, until 10pm. Villa 779A, Beside EPPCO Petrol Station, Jumeirah Beach Road. 04 324 0021.
Free ‘ritos for amigos
Taqado are guac’ with another act of human kindness. The home-grown brand, known for serving up lush Latino food, is giving away 1,000 burritos to celebrate opening a new branch in DIFC. It started at 11am and is on a first come-first served basis. We’re certain it won’t taco long for them to run out.
Free. Taqado is at level P2 in Central Park Towers, DIFC. Opening hours 8am-10pm. 04 351 5210.
Monday, 1st April
Make mum’s day
Celebrate British Mother’s Day at the Dhow and Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel with a movie night under the stars. Order from the pub’s classic British cuisine, with dishes like British Ale Braised Beef Shin & Stilton Pie and British Coast Fisherman’s Pie, starting from AED 120, or have a go at the unlimited complimentary popcorn. What’s showing is a surprise, but we’re promised a classic rom-com.
Monday from 8.30pm. Dhow & Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 04 432 3232.
Tuesday, 2nd April
Don’t be board!
Don’t hate the player, or the game, every Tuesday at the Two Seasons in Internet City (formerly the Gloria Hotel). Here avid gamers meet for some lo-fi fun. Admission is free, but you’re encouraged to eat and drink to fuel the good times.
Tuesdays, 6pm-11.45pm. Two Seasons Hotel, Internet City Metro station seaside. Sign up at Meetup.com
You’ll feel healthy and wealthy after this ladies’ night – Bounty Beets cafe serves unlimited healthy bites and soft refreshments for only AED 99, from the sassily-named Up Beet menu and its plethora of gluten-free and good-for-you eats.
6pm-10pm on Tuesdays. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. To mark the date of the Prophet’s Ascension (PBUH), no alcohol will be served from 6pm on Tuesday to 7pm Wednesday. For bookings, call 04 511 7373.
Let’s talk about autism
April is World Autism Month, the perfect time to help dispel some of the myths around the condition. Maharat Learning Center, in partnership with the Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, is kicking off the month with a community festival featuring fun, music, laughter and games. Early intervention in children with learning differences can help improve their quality of life immeasurably, so let’s not leave any children behind.
Free. 10am-9pm. Marsa Plaza South Tower, Dubai Festival City. 04 288 8104.
Wednesday, 3rd April
With 150 galleries and artists from more than 30 countries displaying over 3,000 pieces, there’s plenty to choose from at Dubai’s annual affordable art fair. Paintings, sculptures, pop arts, and calligraphy works on show at the World Trade Centre start from about AED 360. Painting sessions, expert talks and hands-on creative workshops are included in the admission price.
2pm-9pm on Wednesday, 1pm-9pm on Thursday to Saturday. Online tickets AED 20, AED 25 on the door. AED 10 for 10-18-year-olds, under 10s go free. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Ve-going to Mexico
Vegan food goes south with Vegan Wednesdays at La Tablita. Green enchiladas, vegan fajitas and coconut dessert shake up the menu once a week. While we haven’t seen said menu yet, other main courses at the Mexican restaurant in Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights are AED 80 and desserts are AED 40.
6pm-1am. La Tablita, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. 04 317 2222.
Thursday, 4th April
Climb adobo the food train
Experience authentic cuisine from the Philipines this weekend. A Filipino Food Festival at the Rove Trade Centre Hotel brings together a buffet of Kabayan favourites like beef sisig, oxtail kare-kare and halo halo, plus soft drinks, for AED 79.
Thursday to Saturday. 7.30pm–10.30pm. Rove Trade Centre Hotel, 2nd December Street, Al Jafiliya.
Join the club
Clubbing can be an expensive night out – waking up in the morning to the horrifying cascade of text messages from the bank. In an incredible wallet-friendly move, Zero Gravity is switching it up with an all-inclusive night on Thursdays. For AED 199 you get unlimited food and beverages between 8pm and 2am, with access to the fairground and circus sideshows in the grounds. Who said you can’t be saving whilst you’re raving?
AED 199. 8pm-2am. Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, adjacent to Dubai Marina. 4 399 0009.
Dive into the freshest tastes of the sea at Armani/Mediterraneo’s weekly seafood night. Stack your platters high with bounty from the iced seafood sections, and dishes prepared in a variety of maritime culinary styles from across the world. Shellfish, lobster, blue crab, oysters – it’s a pescatarian party as classy as the hotel it’s served in.
AED 350 per person (includes soft drinks). 6.30pm-10pm. Armani/Mediterraneo, Burj Khalifa. 04 888 3666.
Bring the stars out
Who’s up for #DisturbingDubai tonight? Visit WHITE Dubai to experience DJ Moky Ezra‘s best of hip hop, R&B, and grime music. Unless you come in with your female counterpart or your gal pals, there’s an AED 2,000 entrance fee. We know it’s a lot, but you get an entire bottle of your favourite drink and the glamour of UK hip-hop star Tinie Tempah’s global club takeover.
Free entry for women and couples. AED 2,000 for men (including one bottle of house beverage). Thursday, 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Nad Al Sheba 1. 050 443 0933.
Earlier this month…
We like our weekly schedule like we like our weather – hot and humid, thunderclaps of passion, sudden bursts of fun, the anticipation of precipitation, all played against a backdrop of Sandstorm, by Darude.
Sunday, 24th March
Whatever the weather, Zomato are currently offering 50 per cent off the total of some orders for delivery. There is a cap of AED 20, but unless you’re ordering lobster by the bucket, that’s still gonna represent a significant cushioning for your pocket. Half off hot wings? They gotchya, fifty per cent off falafel? Fine. There’s a big range to save on.
Voucher code: HUNGRY50, selected restaurants, available on orders for delivery for a limited time only. Order through the app or online.
Here’s how you can get five seasoned artists to perform for you. Head over to The Courtyard Playhouse to see a quintet of their “most experienced” performers bash out a few tunes, stories and scenes under your recommendation.
Pay what you like at the door. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Street 4B. 8pm-10pm. Register at www.courtyardplayhouse.com.
Monday, 25th March
Nadine Labaki’s emotionally charged film Capernaüm will be showing at arthouse Cinema Akil. The movie follows the story of a young Lebanese boy, who flees his a troubled family home to live on the streets. After receiving a lengthy jail sentence for a violent act, he decides to sue his parents for giving him life. This cinematic masterpiece received a 15-minute standing ovation after its screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
AED 50. 7pm-9.15pm. Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. Buy tickets from the box office or online at www.cinemaakil.com
Ne-Yo’s in town ladies
If you want to watch ‘So Sick’ artist Ne-Yo perform, Toy Room DXB is proud to present the Grammy award-winning R&B star live on stage. He’ll be bringing the distinctive blend of slick vocals and catchy beats that helped him remain on top of the US Billboard for over nine weeks. The event falls on the venue’s ‘ladies’ night’ (until midnight) so all the little ‘Miss Independents’ out there, get in for free.
AED 350 minimum bar spend for men. Toy Room Club Dubai, Next to Meydan Hotel, Grandstand, Al Meydan Road. Open 11pm-3am. 052 463 3338.
Tuesday, 26th March
Art that soothes the Seoul
Feed your creative spirit with a metaphorical meal of modern Korean art at Opera Gallery Dubai. The exhibition ‘A Contemporary Take on Texture’ features works inspired by the natural world, of organic forms and aesthetic harmonies.
Free. 10am-10pm. Opera Gallery Dubai, DIFC. 04 323 0909.
Freebies on the grapevinyl
We know… those last few days before payday can seem like an eternity. But you can save money on your favourite grape beverage at Moe’s on the 5th’s GrapeVyne night, with a buy one get one offer on select drinks. On the side, DJ Rich E has promised to scratch a few records for your entertainment; completing the already retro experience at Moe’s.
Moes’ on the 5th, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. 8.30pm-3am.
What do you get if you cross a ladies night with a Latin-inspired menu? Come to Tribeca on Tuesday and we’ll show you. Five free bebidas (drinks) for the chicas (ladies), big Hispanic beats on the speakers and some Latin soul food, including vegan-friendly guac and the venue’s famous tacos (of which – may we forcibly recommend the Baja fish option, esé).
Free. 8.30pm-2am. Tribeca, first floor, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 050 345 6067
Wednesday 27th March
When vegan in Rome
When you think of Italian food, vegan options don’t necessarily spring to mind. But popular chef Paolo Gramaglia will be taking over the kitchens at BiCE for two nights – to show us why that prejudice is just plain wrong. Enjoy the rich flavours of paccheri in trafila di bronzo, a luxurious dish of paccheri pasta, the soupy goodness of zuppetta di fagioli cannellini, scarole e patate, with an indulgent vegan tiramasu for ‘afters.’
AED 250. 12.30pm–3.30pm and 7pm–11.30pm, Wednesday and Thursday. BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk. 04 318 2520.
Barsha’s got talent
Lock Stock and Barrel (LSB) in Barsha Heights is giving you an opportunity to prove you’ve got ‘the X Factor.’ Fortunately Simon Cowell will not be there to chip in with his trademark brutal put downs after you bare your creative soul, but you will be at the mercy of the crowd. Which LSB honest, is a small price to pay to perform on such a big stage.
Lock Stock & Barel, Barsha Heights. 21 and over. 9pm-3am. Contact 055 353 4548 for more.
Yolo, it’s polo
Watch some of the world’s finest sporting horseplay, at Dubai’s Challenge Cup polo tournament. This intense equestrian sport welcomes royals and celebs from all over, so you never know who you might bump into. The event can be viewed for free, but there are paid experiences available.
Free admission and parking. Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubailand. 056 990 0310.
Thursday, 28th March
Downtown kiddie camp
It’s the last week of March and Downtown Dubai bids farewell to its month-long kiddie workshop. Enrol your three to 11-year-old in the last activities for this session, and watch them learn to garden, prepare wood art and make slime. There are few better ways for parents to relax than knowing their kids are being kept busy, having fun and learning at the same time.
Gardening workshop Thursday, Slime workshop Friday, wood art Saturday. 5pm-10pm. Free entry. Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai.