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Wednesday, 25th September
Flying with wings
Watch our brave Emirati Astronauts spread their wings and take flight for the stars at The Huddle, CityMax Al Barsha at the Mall, and get a great deal on a very different type of wings. Unlimited chicken wings for AED 69 during the broadcast of this monumental national event. Ad astra (et pullum alas) – to the stars (with chicken wings).
AED 69. The Huddle, CityMax Al Barsha at the Mall, Mall of the Emirates. 050 100 7046.
Thursday, 26th September
Masters of Spanish guitar, The Gipsy’s are making a triumphant return to Dubai – hitching their wagon firmly to bohemian JBR hub, Trader Vic’s. There are four nights of dinner, dancing and candle-lit Hispanic soul music. Expect enthusiastic performances of a set list including classics like Bamboleo, Volare and Baila Me with an equally special a la carte menu.
6.30-11.30pm. Until 27th September. Trader Vic’s JBR, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk. 04 318 2530.
The Laughter Factory is reanimating the improvised hilarity fest that was ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ with the help of the UK’s top improv comedy troupe, The Noise Next Door. Taking suggestions from the audience and upcycling them into witty sketches – right there, in the moment.
AED 180. 9pm. Movenpick JBR. Tickets available from www.thelaughterfactory.com
Friday, 27th September
Shoulda woulda Buddha
Your man Dj Da Capo – leading light of the South African house music scene is bringing his well-travelled beats to the buzzing atmosphere of Buddha-Bar. Here’s to a setlist of sophisticated Affro bangers drumming in our ear holes.
Free entry. 10pm. Buddha-Bar. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina. 04 317 6000.
Miss Tess turns two this week – and anybody that’s visited the excitingly excentric Asian bar and eatery knows just how hard these guys like to party. This Friday – they’ll have you seeing double on all orders. Ask for six pieces of sushi, you’ll get 12, and singles become doubles through the magic of promo mitosis.
6pm-2am. Miss Tess, Taj Hotel, Business Bay. 050 498 8505.
Smacka the Base mon
What happenes when an R&B megastar smashes into a Dubai super club? Don’t know but we’ll find out, ’cause Akon is coming to Base this weekend. The 35 million album-selling artist behind hits like ‘Smack That,’ ‘Locked Up’ and ‘Ghetto’ will take to the stage to open what will be Base Dubai’s third chapter. And it’ll be completely free to get in.
Free. From 10pm. Base, Dubai Design District. 055 313 4999.
Saturday, 28th September
Brunch with extra desert
Bab Al Shams is once again inviting us all to a truly enchanting family-friendly uniquely regional experience. The 360° Nature Brunch offers a delightful al fresco dining experience in the oasis of their gardens. There’s a DJ, camel rides, bouncy castle and delicious international cuisine.
AED 225, including soft drinks (50 per cent discount for kids six-12). 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Shams. 04 809 6194.
Scrummy food for the rugby
There’s a trio of Rugby World Cup matches on Saturday, starting from 8.45am UAE time. Watch Argentina vs Tonga, Japan take on Ireland and South Africa against Namibia at Social Company by Zabeel House for some rucking good dining deals. They’ve got an unlimited wings deal for AED 89, a triple Irish tipple deal for AED 99 as well as a Wagyu burger and hops for AED 89.
AED 89. From 8.45am. Social Company by Zabeel House, The Greens. 04 519 1111.
Guess who’s Beck, Beck again
Heinz Beck is back, tell your friends. Yes, the genius behind Social by Heinz Beck at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah is back in his holiday kitchen for a flying weekend visit. To celebrate there’s a special five or seven-course fine-dining menu, alongside the traditional a la carte favourites. All from a culinary mind that’s presided over one of the most elusive goals in gastronomy, a three Michelin Star restaurant.
AED 700 for five-course menu, AED 950 for the seven-course menu. Social by Heinz Beck, Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah. 04 818 2222.
Whether siu bao or pot sticker, Dim Sum is a notoriously tricky dish to master. So get your little ones ahead of the learning curve by enrolling them in the Fuchsia Urban Thai Tots Masterclass, where this week, dim sum is on the learning menu. Ages five-12 can take part in the classes, at the Bay Square branch, which will involve the unveiling of culinary secrets and an introduction to Thai Culture. Annnd hopefully the creation of your own mini private Thai dumpling chef.
AED 120. 4pm. Fuchsia Urban Thai, Bay Square. Reservations must be made through firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, 19th September
License to Karl
A sure sign that summer is nearly behind us – Buddha Bar’s trendy little cousin, Siddharta Lounge is reopening for another season of out-there al fresco beats. Initiating the fresh air raving is DJ Karl who’ll be lighting up the decks with his electro house grooves.
Free. DJ Karl set from 9pm. Siddharta Lounge, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina. 04 317 6000.
Fries with those slacks?
McDonalds is delivering cosiness tonight. Customers who order through McDelivery services between 7pm and 3am will receive a special surprise – which could include this collectable comfort wear. Place your dinner delivery with Deliveroo, Talabat, Uber Eats and Zomato and you could receive a randomly-selected treat too.
McDelivery Night In. 7pm-3am, Thursday, 19th September. Whilst stocks last. mcdonalds.com
The 19th edition of Sharjah’s Xposure photography festival begins today. Entry to the four-day event is free giving you the chance to be inspired by more than 1,000 images by 357 photographers. If that sets some snapping goals, industry experts will lead workshops aimed at all skill levels, which are charged separately.
From 11am Thursday. Sharjah Expo Centre. Sign up for free tickets here.
The Laughter Factory banter bus is back for its September show, ‘Summer WitTank,’ with three big international acts. Canadian funnyman Pat Burstcher, no relation to the hoop-earringed Old Vic veteran, is joined by Andy ‘the silly Brummie’ White and Marcus Birdman who arrives fresh from a successful tour run at Edinburgh Fringe. Those looking to ‘stay laughing’ can get involved with TRYP’s special staycation price for ticket holders,
Comedy show AED 160. Room rates from AED 199. 9pm. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights. Book show tickets on www.thelaughterfactory.com/. Call 04 247 6666 for the hotel room.
Friday, 20th September
Outlet for stress
Free yoga and classes will soothe stressed-out shoppers at The Outlet Village. The Tuscan-inspired shopping centre is holding classes on Fridays between 20th September and 19th October. Want to feel roar-some? Allaoua Gaham will lead Animal Flow sessions to channel your inner beast, or you can improve flexibility with yogini Dina Cassir.
9am with Dina and 10am with Allaoua. The Outlet Village, Jebel Ali, Near Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Moonwalk this way
Fancy yourself as a space traveller? Join Dubai Astronomy Group for a free talk on ‘How to be an Astronaut’ and learn more about the selection process that picks men and women to send to the stars – like the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansoor, who blasts off next week.
7pm onwards. Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, Mushrif Park. www.facebook.com/dubaiastronomy
A garnish of Basil
The QE2 will play host to a dining experience with a hysterical twist this weekend. Enjoy a 70s themed three-course meal – theatrically enhanced with an immersive parody of Brit sitcom, Fawlty Towers. Actors portraying Basil, Sybil and the much-beloved Manuel will be on board to serve you a slice of side-splitting comedy along with your dinner. Just watch out for Sybil’s laugh – it apparently sounds like somebody machine-gunning a seal.
Packages from AED 375, including beverages. Multiple timings between 18th and 20th September, some dates sold out. Book on wwwplatinumlist.net
BiCE bites back
Modern Italian ristorante BiCE welcomes back its popular Friday brunch, with a new selection of delectables. You’ll still find all the best carbs, authentic Mediterranean morsels, mouth-watering Amalfi fare and indulgent dolce at this popular JBR establishment. It’s a little piz’za fabulous.
AED 250 for soft beverage package, AED 325 for house. 12.30pm-4pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel, The Walk. 04 318 2520.
Saturday, 21st September
Experience what’s claimed to be the rejuvenating, hydrating and cleansing properties of a Njavara facial, from the wise practitioners at Ayur Mandala. Our skin can come under some serious strain in the desert – UV light, humidity, sand, dust – so maybe its time you showed it some skincare tenderness from long-established healing practices.
AED 400. 9am-9pm. Ayur Mandala, Jumeriah, Al Wasl Road – Next to J3 mall. 04 336 36 37.
Chocolate hummus and unicorn noodles sound like the sorts of things we demanded as kids but were told didn’t exist by adults. But they’re very real and part of the new Tania’s Teahouse menu. A gloriously designed gastro-haven of cool that recently got voted the seventh most Instagrammable cafe on the planet (by Big Seven Travel). It’s great for kids, brilliant for breakfast and certified positively grand for the ‘gram.
Main menu items from AED 30. 8am-10pm. Tania’s Teahouse, Jumeirah Beach Road. 04 324 0021.
Latte going on
Basically, summer is over, because Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Frappuccinos have arrived at Starbucks. Sip on the spice for a limited time only at stores around the UAE. Prices are AED 22 for a small, AED 25 for a medium and AEDc27 for a large.
Find your nearest Starbucks at www.facebook.com/StarbucksMiddleEast