Katy Gillett 22 Feb 2018 AT 09:47 AM

14 things to do in Dubai this weekend

There's brunch, music and more!
Katy Gillett 22 Feb 2018 AT 09:47 AM
Dubai, Weekend ShortList, To Do List
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Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
With Duran Duran headlining the three day festival yesterday, today will see ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend bust out a number of show-stopping including “Glory” and “All of Me” with support from US singer China Moses, whose music mixes jazz, soul and R&B. Latin star, Ricky Martin will be bringing the curtain down on this year’s festival. His Dubai debut is sure to include “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “She Bangs”. Poncho Sanchez, the Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz musician will warm up the crowd before the finale.
When: Until February 23
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From AED342
Contact: website

Dubai Restaurant Week
The city's beloved Restaurant Week is back and this year it will see 15 venues take part. From February 22 to March 3, you’ll get the chance to sample the luxury cuisine that alluded venues such as Asia Asia, Lima and Bread Street Kitchen are known for, for the low, low price of AED199. Be sure to book early because it is bound to get busy.
When: Until March 3
Where: Various venues across the city
Price: From AED199
Contact: website
Asia Asia

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Lakeview is hosting a weekend that is perfect for grape lovers in the city. After it's brunch (a must for families), the venue will be hosting a grape tasting night for just AED120. The "uncorked" offer includes access to the event which will showcase the grape offering from 50 countries and two snack platters. If you can't make it on Friday (6pm-11pm), fear not, the event will also take place on Saturday. If you're looking for an offering with a bit more food, head down to Legends from 8pm. The bustling venue will be hosting a "Who's Grape is it Anyway?" quiz. Aside from grape tasting, the AED400 fee, includes a four course dinner. 
When: 6pm-11pm, Friday and Saturday
Where: Golf Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Contact: +971 4 205 4670 (Lakeview), +971 4 295 6000 (Legends), website

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Eugene Onegin
Get your gladrags on, your binoculars out, and head to the opera, as Eugene Onegin, one of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous shows, hits Dubai Opera. It tells the story of a young, wealthy troublemaker, Onegin, and depicts the depth of Russian society in the early 19th century. The Polish National Opera will be performing the rousing score. Tickets start from AED350.
When: Until February 23
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED350
Contact: website

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
February 19 sees the return of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The annual tournament has become one of the most ringed dates on sports fan’s calendars in the UAE and will see a hotly contested battle between the men’s and women’s games to see who will take home the coveted trophy and prize money. While we don’t have the star-studded line-ups we’ve seen in recent years – No Nadal, Williams sisters or Andy Murray who’s the current reigning champion – it still promises to be a great week of action. Grigor Dimitrov is the highest ranked competitor in the men’s tournament that also includes Lucas Puille and Richard Gasquet. While the women’s tournament will feature 2017 winner Elina Svitolina. Tickets are available from AED55 (grandstand seating), and become more expensive towards the closing stages.
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
When: Until March 13
Price: From AED55
Contact: website
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Daman’s ActiveLife Beach Run
The UAE’s first and only beach run is back for a third edition. It begins at 7am and is open to runners of all ages and abilities. You don’t have to sport your trainers if you don’t want to, as there’s plenty for supporters and beachgoers to do, too, such as food, music, entertainment and activities that make up a carnival-like atmosphere.
When: February 23
Where: Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
Contact: website

Design & Dine evening brunch
The first event of its kind takes place within the beautiful outdoor setting of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. You’ll learn how to create a Dubai “Desert Camels” landscape painting, while tucking into tasty grub and nearly three hours of beverages. It starts at 7.30pm and cost AED350. All art materials are included, too.
When: February 22
Where: McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Contact: website

The original milkshake brand that was first established in 1925 has laid anchor at La Mer, Dubai. If you’ve never had a Keventers shake, you’re really missing out. They serve tasty concoctions like Nutella Marshmello, Bubble Gum and, of course, classic Strawberry. For its Middle East debut they also have some local flavours on the menu such as Date Jallab and Avacado Honey.
Where: La Mer South
Contact: website

Saturday Lazy Lunch @ Bushman’s
Try a stack of Down Under dishes from a variety of grazing stations before choosing a main from an á la carte menu. It’ll come with an Aussie beverage of your choice. Perks include good live music and freshly shucked oysters.
When: 1pm-4pm, every Saturday
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, The Palm
Price: AED380 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 567 8304, website
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Chef’s Table at Bleu Blanc
Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie? Then don’t miss celebrity chef David Myers who will host a chef’s table as part of Dubai Food Festival. He’ll prepare signature dishes for a three-course menu while regaling tales of his travels.
When: Until February 23
Where: Bleu Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Contact: website

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A new monthly event at superclub Base celebrates the four elements – earth, water, air and fire – and invites international superstars to play amid a new sensory experience. American singer/songwriter Jason Derulo will kick off the regular event. Not only has he written songs for Lil Wayne, Pitbull and P. Diddy, he’s won over fans with hits like “Trumpets”, “Wiggle”, “Want To Want Me” and “Swalla”.
When: February 22
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website

Mahmut Orhan
The Turkish spinner will be spinning at Iris this Friday. Fans can expect a set that will have them dancing till the early hours of the morning. We are especially excited to see the 25-year-old spin his break-out track “Feel”.
When: February 23
Where: Iris Dubai
Contact: website

Soho Beach DXB Presents: Elrow featuring Luciano
World-famous party, Elrow, is heading back to Dubai and promises a manic night and a packed line-up. Techno DJ Luciano will headline the show on what will actually be his birthday. De La Swing, Eddy M, Philipp Straub, Jixo & Danz, Adam Graca, and Mar & Mer provide the support.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, February 23
Where: Soho Beach DXB, Meydan Racecourse
Price: From AED250
Contact: +971 52 388 8857, website
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Groove on the Grass featuring Bonobo
​Bonobo will be performing live in Dubai on Friday February 23, alongside an eight-piece band at Groove on the Grass. The Grammy nominee will be joined on the bill by English electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco, UK artist George Fitzgerald and our very own Dubai DJ Tarik Omar.
When: 5pm-3am, Friday, February 23
Where: Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 457 3212, website