10 things to do in Dubai this week
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
More than 180 incredible writers, illustrators and creatives are flying into Dubai from all around the world to mark the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s tenth anniversary. There are over 200 sessions, panel discussions and workshops for adults and children taking place over the ten day festival. From classes with our favourite cookbook authors to creative writing workshops with top novelists, plus competitions, performances, storytelling sessions and much more, it’s bound to be a good one. David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson, Jane Hawking, Kate Adie, Ken Hom, Tony Hawks – it’s a veritable who’s who of the literary world. So, if you’ve ever enjoyed a book – get yourself down to Festival City.
When: March 1-10
Where: InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Dubai Food Festival
It’s that time of year again when it’s acceptable to wear your loose-fit trousers and head out to sample a world of cuisine across the city. Dubai Food Festival is bigger and better than ever and over 17 days, will help introduce you to dishes, restaurants and other gastronomic treats from here and across the globe. As well as a wealth of pop-up venues to enjoy, you can expect live cooking demonstrations from famous chefs, catch Sister Sledge at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre and explore fitness classes and more at the special Beach Canteen at the scenic setting on Jumeirah Beach. You really will find something for everyone at this year’s event.
When: Until March 3
Where: Various locations across the city
Big Bite Out
After the massive success of its first mega-feast Madinat Jumeirah has decided to roll out another and this one, much like the last, promises to be a night filled with tons more quality food, service and entertainment. For its second edition, the generous folk over at the award-winning tourist destination are giving you the chance to savour the flavour of six of its signature venues (The Hide, Zheng He's, Tortuga, Al Hambra, Khaymat Al Bahar and Rockfish) that span across not one but three hotels; Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and Jumeirah Al Naseem, on Thursday, March 1.
When: 7pm-11pm, Thursday, March 1
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
Montreux Comedy Festival
An international line-up of world-renowned comedians will take to the Madinat Theatre stage this week. This includes Fary, from Paris, who’s known in France as the new “King of Stand Up”, as well as Dubai’s very own award-winning talent Ali Al Sayed who was rated by Rolling Stone as one of the “Funniest People of 2012” and awarded “Comedian of the Year 2016” by Esquire.
When: February 28-March 1
Where: Madinat Theatre, Dubai
Price: From AED150
Nikki Beach Lounge at Dubai International Boat Show
One of our favourite party venues, will be joining in on the boating action this year. Taking place at the Dubai Canal, guests can expect to unwind over quality drinks and food as they take in everything from an ncredible collection of exquisite yachts to exciting experiences like kite surfing, kayaking and jet-skiing.
When: February 27-March 3
Where: Dubai Canal
Price: Tickets to the boast show start at AED60
Contact: + 971 4 376 6162, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Niu Niu, Chinese Star Pianist
An exceptional piano performance will take place by candlelight in the hotel’s ball room, as 20-year-old Chinese musician Niu Niu takes centre stage. The award-winning talent has been performing since he was six years old and promises to dazzle the crowds with his ivory tinkling skills. Tickets are AED220 and include a three-course meal.
When: March 3
Where: One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Price: From AED220
This kung-fu spectacular will have you on the edge of your seat, as an action-packed performance unfolds before your eyes. It’s a feat of acrobatics and athletic prowess, boasting a dynamic display of martial arts and death-defying acts, and stars 21 masters performing alongside stunning scenery, a pulsating soundtrack and a music and light show that will blow you away.
When: February 27-March 3
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED195
Salvador Dali, The Memories
It’s been on for a couple of weeks already, but you owe it to yourself to check out this exhibition of unseen photos of Dali taken while in his pomp.
When: Until April 22
Where: DIFC Conference Centre
Price: From AED160
Headline featuring Tim Westwood
Tim Westwood aka the co-owner of Kiss FM and the voice of hip-hop on BBC Radio 1, one of the reasons Kanye West made it in the UK will be spinning live at N'Dulge this Thursday. Fans can expect a set filled with old school classics mixed with some modern day bangers. The 60-year-old Brit will be joined by local DJ Adam J, and taking over the UKG Terrace will be garage acts Heartless Crew, So Solid Crew’s Oxide and Neutrino with support by Dane Bowers.
When: 9pm-3am, Thursday March 1
Where: Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Decibel with Emmanuel
Decibel is bringing us a night with Emmanuel, whose music takes influence from his daily emotions and experiences, creating tech and house tunes that are full of energy, drawing in crowds no matter where he’s spinning. Tickets are AED140 at the door and includes a free drink. It’s free for ladies before midnight.
When: 10pm-3am, Thursday March 1
Where: On42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City
Contact: +971 55 656 6554, website