6 things to do in Dubai this week

Soak up the last of Dubai Food Festival which finished this week with the pièce de résistance, Taste of Dubai. Foodies have a lot to get stuck into this week, with a brand new dining deal at the St Regis and a fantastic ladies night in DIFC. Celebrate the world of books as Emirates Airline Festival of Literature continues, and get your tickets for the launch of The World Drone Prix.

Brasserie Quartier
How’s this for a deal? A tarte flambée to share, a 200g sirloin steak with French fries and a half carafe of house grape per person, all for AED190 each. Brasserie Quartier in the St Regis have only just launch this offer, valid on Sundays from 7pm. It’s bound to be a popular night.
When: Every Sunday from 7pm
Price: AED190 per person, +971 4 435 5577,

Mint Leaf Ladies Night
With the aim to bring a “Piccadilly vibe” to DIFC, Mint Leaf of London is at the sophisticated end of the ladies night scale. The Monday night offer gives you three free drinks and 30 percent off the lounge menu (food & drinks). Expect a stunning view, great cocktails and high-end Indian cuisine.
When: 7pm, Monday nights
Where: Mint Leaf of London, DIFC, +9714 706 0900,

Emirates Festival of Literature
Fans of the written word – and we sincerely hope that includes ShortList readers – ought to be making a beeline for the 2016 edition of the Emirates Festival of Literature. More than 140 writers from 25 countries will be in attendance, discussing what they’ve written, why they write and what anyone aspiring to join them can do to get published. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, it has become the leading literary event in the entire GCC, with a longer-than-ever programme of seminars, workshops and a lot of general learned chin-scratching. We’ve selected some of the writers that piqued our interest the most, but we could have mentioned Hind Shoufani, Ian Rankin, Maha Gargash, Robert Lindsay… and so on. Most of the sessions have simultaneous translation between Arabic and English, too.
When: March 1-12
Where: InterContinental Hotel, Festival City, 

Taste of Dubai
There are few more enticing combinations in Dubai. A spring day of scudding clouds, billowy breezes and warm sunshine, a sward of emerald-green grass and the smells of about 20 five-star kitchens churning out bite-sized portions of their most celebrated creations. Taste of Dubai is back this weekend and ready to prove it is one of the most popular events in the entire the calendar.
When: From Thursday March 10, 9.15pm
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com/tickets

The World Drone Prix
The first ever World Drone Prix is coming to Dubai this week with 32 of the globe’s elite drone pilots competing for $1 million. Judging by the event’s promo video, which saw a Police car race a drone through the streets of Dubai, it’s going to be a spectacular launch for the new sport. Tickets start at AED100.
When: March 11 and 12
Where: Skydive Dubai, www.worlddroneprix.com

Cinema – The Faith of Anna Waters (18)
When young American reporter Jamie finds out that her sister has been found dead in suspicious circumstances in Singapore, and is unwilling to accept the coroner’s suicide verdict, she heads over to Asia to unearth the truth. What she discovers is a nightmarish descent into strange symbols, email curses (yes, really) and the occult. This all makes for pretty scary viewing.
In cinemas now

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