10 things to do in Dubai this week
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
It’s a star-studded lineup at 2018’s Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. British rockers Duran Duran headline the opening night of the three-day event. The group has been going for 40 years and will perform anthems such as “Rio” and “Hungry Like The Wolf”. Support is provided by Renegade Brass Band from the UK who specialise in R&B tunes. On the second night, ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend will be busting out tunes including “Glory” and “All of Me” with support from US singer China Moses, whose music mixes jazz, soul and R&B. Bringing the curtain down on this year’s festival is the snake-hipped Latin star, Ricky Martin. 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: February 21-23
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From AED342
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: February 22- March 3
Where: Various venues across the city
Price: From AED199
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: February 22-23
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED350
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 current world number two Simona Halep (pictured) and 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: February 19 - March 13
Price: From AED55
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
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
Mauricio Diaz Alvarez
Music-lovers are in for a real treat this week, as Mexican guitarist Mauricio Díaz Álvarez is bringing his Spanish compositions to life on the Dubai Opera stage. The award-winning musician will perform music by some of Latin America’s top composers, in what promises to be a colourful night of uplifting tunes.
When: February 21
Where: Dubai Opera
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: February 21-23
Where: Bleu Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
LYFE at BASE
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: Thursday, February 22
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, 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