10 great things to do in Dubai this week
Market Outside the Box
Dubai Shopping Festival welcomes the return of Market Outside the Box – the unique retail pop-up that will be the temporary home of the most talented independent retailers and designers in the region. Now in its fifth year, the free event at Burj Park will run until January 20 and offers visitors the chance to get their hands on some truly original gifts. 120 designers will showcase their wares that includes everything from textiles, furnishings and jewellery to nutritional meal plans and pieces of one-off artwork. If shopping isn’t your thing you’ll still be able to enjoy an outdoor cinema, hip-hop performances and tunes from the DJ on the day.
When: 4pm-10pm (weekdays), 10am-10pm (weekends)
Where: Burj Park, Dubai
Price: Free entry
The Backyard Movie Night
This Business Bay hotspot will be airing classics such as Pretty Woman and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, every Tuesday for just AED75 per person. This week’s film is Grease. If you’re not a fan of the musical, you might like the venue’s view of the Burj Khalifa.
When: Tuesday, January 16
Where: Steigenberger Hotel
Price: From AED75
Contact: +971 4 369 0000, website
The Ultimate Sports Quiz
The first round of this mega quiz will see sports fans from across the city battle it out for their chance to win two return tickets to New York as well as a stash of food and drinks vouchers for your troubles. To enter, all you have to do is gather six of your mates, do some homework and head to the venue. Be warned, it’s an 11 week challenge that will see one team crowned as the champions during the finale on April 8.
When: Sunday, January 14
Where: Spike Bar
Contact: +971 4 417 9999, website
Giant Dreamcatchers Workshop
For AED600, you can create your very own dreamcatcher. Sorry, “giant” dreamcatcher. While we can’t guarantee that good dreams will be caught in its web and transported to you via its feathers, we do think that you will have a great time making them during the three hour-long workshop. Be sure to register and note that a 50 percent deposit is required.
When: 7pm-10pm, Monday, January 15
Where: The Shoebox DXB, Jumeriah Centre
The organisers behind the Dubai Shopping Festival are giving you the chance to experience some of the city’s most exciting attractions at a discounted price. Passes start at AED399 and include access to destinations like Dubai Dolphinarium, Etihad Museum and IMG Worlds of Adventure. You can choose between packages of three, five or unlimited attractions – at an added cost, of course.
When: Until February 20
Where: Various locations across the city
Price: From AED399
Freedom Pizza is celebrating its third birthday by giving back to those who made it possible. That’s right, the beloved pizza joint that caters to all tastes and diets – yep, they’ve even got vegan and gluten free options – is giving away 50 percent discounts to all of its customers who order online on January 15 and 16. What’s that, you want more? Well, you’re in luck, as any online orders between January 15 and 20 will receive five digital discount vouchers, too. So that’s next week’s meals sorted then.
When: January 15 - January 20
Carluccio’s has launched a new family brunch and ladies night. Its brunch takes place every Friday between 12pm-3.30pm and while you enjoy the great food you can park your kids in the restaurant’s designated play area. Prices start at AED195. Its ladies night is also a welcome addition to Dubai’s nightlife scene and runs every Thursday, 6pm-11pm.Ladies receive three free drinks and 50 percent off bar snacks.
When: Brunch; 12pm-3.30pm, every Friday; ladies night, 6pm-7pm, every Thursday
Where: Jumeriah Creekside Hotel
Price: Family brunch from AED195
Contact: +971 4 256 7440, website
DJ Nasty at BASE Dubai
Hip-hop producer and long-time music scene collaborator, DJ Nasty is playing a unique set this weekend. The US star is part of a duo with his brother, LVM, but this solo performance will no doubt feature the tracks that the pair worked on with the likes of DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Ludacris. It’s bound to be an eclectic mix of banging tunes.
When: 10pm-4am, Friday, January 19
Where: BASE Dubai, d3
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Darius Syrossian and Sabb at Blue Marlin Ibiza
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE’s star-studded line-ups roll on into 2018 with a pair of house music acts you won’t want to miss. Darius Syrossian is first up with his unique blend of house and techno coming together to get the head’s bobbing. Then it’s Sabb’s turn to rock your body with his stylish grooves until it’s kicking out time.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, January 19
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Plus Minus presents Powel
It’s a day to night party at Bridgewater DXB this weekend courtesy of Plus Minus. This is the debut of their International Artist on the Terrace series, and the first instalment is being headlined by Berlin-based house DJ and producer, Powel. He’s known for his hypnotic and atmospheric beats, so expect a night of trance-like dancing and fun.
When: 4pm-3am, Friday, January 19
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website