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
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
Contact: 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: 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