14 things to do in Dubai this week
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon feels like it speeds around the bend quicker every year. With iconic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa dotted along the route, it’s certainly one of the more scenic courses in the world, which is one of the reasons it attracts such illustrious athletes. Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa will look to retain their titles in what is expected to be a close contest. Dubai Marathon 2018
When: January 26, 6am (elite runners), 7am (masses)
Where: Umm Suqeim Road
A New Veganning
Ever heard of Veganuary? It’s a UK-born initiative where folk sign up to go totally meat, fish and dairy-free throughout January and it’s grown exponentially since it started four years ago. The reason we’re telling you this is because if you are trying out the plant-based diet in the UAE this month (or just looking to be a bit healthier), then you’ll be glad to know Inked, a food collective based in Alserkal Avenue, is hosting a new pop-up dining experience, A New Veganning, in collaboration with Greenheart Organic Farms. There’s a five-course set menu of wholesome, vegan dishes for lunch (from 12.30pm) and dinner (from 8.30pm) for AED295. Whether you’re doing it for your health, the animals or the environment, it’s almost certainly worth your time.
When: Until January 22
Where: Inked, Alserkal Avenue
Short + Sweet Theatre Dubai 2018
The world’s largest festival of 10-minute plays returns to Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue for its sixth edition. For six weekends, more than 200 of the city’s leading actors, writers, directors and theatre companies will perform 80 shows, with genres ranging from comedy to romance and thrillers.
When: January 26-March 3
Where: The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Price: From AED110
Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2018
Some of the world’s greatest golfers are heading to Dubai, including Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, for the tournament that’s now known as the Middle East Major. The legendary sports stars will battle it out for the trophy over four days of action. Tickets range from AED175 to AED795 for various access passes.
When: January 25-28
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Evita The Musical
Watch as the story of Evita Peron, Argentina’s First Lady, comes to life on the Dubai Opera stage. Musical legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice originally produced the show, which ran for more than 40 years on Broadway and in the West End. Listen out for classics such as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and a host of other hit songs at this epic performance.
When: January 22-February 3
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED250
Taking its name from the ancient city of Nineveh where the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were supposedly found, Ninive is certainly a modern day wonder. Not only does it look fantastic, with brass, wood, marble and leather coming together to create an authentic Middle Eastern feel, but the Arabic cuisine promises to be equally as brilliant. Dishes include Cheese Briwat, Dolmas, Whole Roasted Lamb and a selection of lip-smacking desserts such as Almond Kunafeh and Camel Milk Ice Cream.
When: 4pm-2am, Saturday to Wednesday and 4pm-3am, Thursday to Friday
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
There’s a new smokehouse on the block serving up flavourful BBQ fare to satisfy any carnivorous appetite. The concept is from New York and focuses on smoke, spice and time to deliver its mouthwatering menu. Expect tender brisket, burgers and the enormous Brontosauras Rib. A choice of S’mores bread pudding or Hershey’s pancakes will top things off nicely.
When: 9am-12am, daily
Where: Jumeirah Beach Residence
Contact: +971 4 380 1888, website
The chic new City Walk venue is offering ladies unlimited sparkling grape from 8pm to midnight. Setting the mood for the occasion is the venue’s resident DJ who will be spinning the latest tracks.
When: 8pm-12am, every Wednesday
Where: The Square, City Walk
Contact: +917 4 590 5444, website
Comme ça Friday Brunch
As the name suggests, there’s a French theme to this brand new brunch. David Myers’ signature dishes are served direct to your table, so expect grilled king prawns, skirt steak, oxtail tartine, and much more. There’s also a wide variety of house beverages and bubbles to be had.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, Friday
Where: Bleu Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 4 512 5533, website
Zoetrope album launch
UAE-based neo hip-hop producer and DJ, Aeli, is launching his new EP, Zoetrope, at an open event in Stereo Arcade. Head down to hear his diverse sounds, as well as the tunes from a bunch of other talented UAE artists. It’s free entry, if that helps. aelimusic.com
When: Thursday, January 25
Where: Boom Room, Stereo Arcade
DJ Lexlay at Buddha Bar Dubai
Barcelona-born DJ Lexlay is taking time out from his busy schedule to share an energetic set with tech house fans for one night only at Buddha Bar Dubai. The renowned musician has been in the business for more than a decade, and has played at some of the world’s hottest spots, including Privilege Ibiza and Fabrik Madrid.
When: 11pm-3am, Thursday, January 25
Where: Grosvenor House, Dubai
Contact: +9714 317 6000, website
Analog Room presents Daylomar ANL
Daylomar is back at Analog Room for an extended set, which will keep you partying all night long. The name has become well known on the London scene through his residency at the city’s notorious Unleash parties, where the rising star has performed alongside the likes of Derrick May, Martin Buttrich and Audiofly.
When: 10pm-3am, Thursday, January 25
Where: Analog Room, The Westin Dubai
Contact: +971 50 883 3172, website
People Like Us: Mathew Jonson (Live) and Yaya
Hand-crafted mixed beverages and white canopies await at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE this weekend, where you can party until the sun goes down. Yaya brings his Afro-influenced, bass-heavy beats, while Mathew Jonson performs a signature live set that’s full of original experimentation. Should be a good one.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, January 26
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Based on the final book in The Maze Runner trilogy, this sci-fi action thriller sees hero, Thomas hunt down the cure for the deadly disease, Flare.
In cinemas from January 25