15 things to do in Dubai this week
Dubai World Cup
Whether you’re going to see the live sport, entertainment or the array of colourful and fashionable fascinators, the Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest events on the region’s calendar. International and regional celebrities gather amongst us dolled-up average Joes and Josephinas (though there are prizes for best dressed at stake), while jockeys and their steeds battle it out over nine group races for the $10 million prize pot. The entire race is worth a total of $30 million, which makes it officially the world’s richest day of racing. Off the track, lush spreads of gourmet food are served. Head over for one of the Thursday evening race meetings or Saturday afternoon cards where a great value terrace brunch is set to take place. Oh, and there’ll be a massive fireworks display and a perfromance from US rapper, Flo Rida to round it all off. General admission starts at AED40.
When: Saturday, March 31
Where: Meydan Racecourse
Price: From AED40
ITP Live’s Influencer Marketing Summit Sessions
ITP Live will be hosting a day of talks and workshops suited to all the influencers in the region. The event that will be headlined by Emmy-nominated digital creator Roman Atwood will also answer all the questions that you may have about the soon-to-be-implemented influencer licensing regulations as well as how the new laws will affect your brand and marketing strategy. The one day event held at Sofitel Dubai Downtown will also see travel vlogging sensation Luisito Comunica and Filip Jabbour, the CEO of GroupM MENA, make an appearance.
When: Tuesday, March 27
Where: Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Contact: website, email@example.com
International Women’s Month
The Dubai Mall is hosting a number of great activities in celebration of women this March. Among them include the chance to contribute to a “Cubes of Art” structure and gather to watch as calligraphy artist Narjes Noureddine paints a large canvas in celebration of the cause. There are also two photo exhibitions to explore. The first being the “Pillars of Success”, a retrospective exhibit displayed over the mall’s 90-plus pillars – each of which is dedicated to an inspiring, influential female. The second is an exhibit compiled by CEO Magazine. Entitled “Influential Women of the Arab World”, the exhibit is located in the corridor between the Grand Atrium and Bloomingdale’s and features prominent Arab females worldwide.
When: Until March 31
Where: The Dubai Mall
Remember that boy band that was famous at some point? One Direction? Of course, you do. Well, former member Liam Payne is coming to Dubai to put on free performance at Global Village Main Cultural Stage this week. As a solo artist, he’s already making a name for himself with a number of sold-out shows everywhere he goes. The fact he’s putting on gig that’s completely gratis to get in (well, apart from the AED15 park entry fee), is quite the coup for Dubai.
When: Friday, March 30
Where: Global Village
A fun fitness event is taking place at Burj Park this weekend. It’s open to all the family to encourage people to stay fit and healthy through a range of sports such as basketball, wall-climbing, skateboarding and parkour. You’ll even get the chance to take part in some fitness classes hosted by professionals. There are food outlets on-site to make sure you’re fully fuelled.
When: Friday, March 30 - Saturday, March 31
Where: Burj Park
Night Jump with Skydive Dubai
If you don’t already have a license and 100 skydives under your belt, then look away now. But if you’re an adrenaline-fuelled thrillseeker who does have all of the above, get yourself down to the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus for not one, but two night jumps – one hop-n-pop and one full altitude fall.
When: Thursday, March 29
Where: Skydive Dubai Desert Campus
Fun House Brunch
You don’t have to be a British ’80s/’90s kid to enjoy this one-off brunch, but it help. Pat Sharp, who’s best known for presenting kids TV show Fun House, is DJing at this special ’80s-themed Fun House Friday brunch at McGettigan’s, which’ll take us back to yesteryear with an epic set list of nostalgic tunes. It’s AED269 for drinks and access to all the stodgy goodness on the buffet and à la carte menu that’s served to your table between 1pm-6pm.
When: Friday, March 30
Where: McGettigan’s JLT, Dubai
Price: From AED269
Unplugged Wednesdays at QD’s
As it name suggests, QD’s – the always buzzing shisha spot in Dubai Creek – will be hosting a night filled with acoustic tunes curtesy if Emmanuel. What’s more is the haunt that boasts great views of Dubai’s skyline will also have a number of special offers on jack beverages.
When: 8pm- till late
Where: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Iranian Food Festival
Do you know your Sangak from your Taftun? Lavash from Tabrizi? Whether you know these types of bread or not, it doesn’t matter, because checking out an Iranian food festival is always delicious fun. Try the authentic dishes prepared by Iranian chef Mohammad Noorani, and stand a chance to win a trip to Iran where you can sample the cuisine on its home patch.
When: Sunday, March 25
Where: Novotel Dubai Al Barsha
Contact: +971 4 304 9000, website
Paint & Grape – Mother & Child Klimt
Recreate the classic artwork “Mother & Child” by Gustav Klimt while enjoying jazzy French music in a gorgeous setting. Grab a brush and your two free glasses of grape, and get painting. It’s AED369 per person for three hours of tuition to complete a masterpiece. We know you have it in you, after all.
When: Monday, March 26
Where: Grapeskin, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
Celebrity chef and star of TV cooking show Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto is opening his first restaurant in the UAE this week. Morimoto Dubai will contain a team of talented chefs, trained by Morimoto himself, who will dish up the Japanese cuisine he’s famed for. This new venue will continue the restaurant chain’s dedication to a seasonal and ever-changing seafood selection, and feature produce delivered directly from Tokyo’s Tsukiji and Fukuoka’s fish markets. Guests in the first few weeks will get to meet, the Iron Chef, too.
Where: Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Contact: +9714 512 5577, website
Your food options at The Dubai Mall have just been taken up a level with the introduction of this new Italian restaurant. With a focus on fresh ingredients and traditional dishes that look superb, Gia Dubai’s menu is bursting with flavours to punctuate your shopping trip – from gnocchi al Gorgonzola and lasagne to Nutella-infused profiteroles. It also offers great views of The Dubai Fountain.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Contact: +971 4 234 9986, website
BASE presents Black Coffee
Electronic music producer and Soulistic Music label founder Black Coffee is known for his “Afropolitan house” and his South African Music Award-winning album Home Brewed, among many other accolades and records. Now he’s going to be known for an awesome set in Dubai when he headlines Base at the weekend. It’s free entry for ladies, too.
When: 10pm-4am, Thursday, March 29
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District (d3)
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Tiger Sessions with John Graham aka Quivver
Skanna, Quivver, John Graham – whichever name you know him by – will be headlining Pure Sky Lounge’s Tiger Sessions this weekend. Doors open at 9pm and there are some VIP tables (minimum spend applies) there to be booked, too. Wear comfy shoes because the British DJ will have you dancing all night.
When: 7pm-3am, Friday, March 30
Where: Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai, JBR
Contact: +971 56 298 3690, website
Ritual presents Dennis Cruz (Sunset)
Spanish DJ Dennis Cruz has won plenty of awards in his time, including Beatport’s 3rd Best Tech House Artist. Enjoy his tunes and the upbeat vibes at Zero Gravity. It’s free entry after 5pm and then AED100 for men after 8pm. Take note; only couples and mixed groups are allowed. So, bring friends.
When: 8am-3am, Friday, March 30
Where: Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai
Contact: +971 55 500 9111, website