10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
Fri 13 Feb
Get Down to Level 41’s New Garage Nights
Known for their collaborations with Craig David, platinum-selling garage act Artful Dodger are coming to Media One Hotel. Several of the group played in Dubai last year – now they’re headlining a brand-new bimonthly night at the venue’s Level 41 warehouse space. Supported by Garage Nation resident DJ Masterstepz, they’ll be joined by Mobo winners DJ Luck and MC Neat, DJ Pied Piper, who’s behind David hit Do You Really Like It?, plus Kele Le Roc, who made the UK Top 10 with My Love.
Fri 13 Feb
Choose Between ‘Love’ and ‘Hate’
Whether you’re resolutely single or already hitched, Societe has a party to please you. The popular club is holding two very different events this Valentine’s weekend – a Cupid-themed ‘Love’ do in its Dubai Marina venue, plus a racier bash for singletons down at Societe Jumeirah.
The first will be awash with ‘angels’ on hand to meet partygoers’ every whim, and you can expect a fair few power ballads among the retro tunes. Jumeirah, meanwhile, will embrace a red-hot theme, with staff wearing glowing horns and serving chilli-infused drinks as it blasts out hits including Take That’s Relight My Fire and Nelly’s Hot in Here.
INFO: 10pm-3am, free. Love: Marina Byblos Hotel, Al Hubob St, Dubai Marina. Hate: Capitol Hotel, Al Mina Rd, Al Hudaiba, Dubai; 050 357 1126, www.societe.ae
Thu 12-Fri 13 Feb
Guys & Dolls Nights at McGettigan’s
Don’t sit at home moping this weekend, spend it in mixed company and lapping up a top food and drinks deal designed to share among friends. Bottles will be served on ice, with platters piled high with quality pub grub, all within a welcoming party atmosphere.
INFO: 6pm-9pm, Guys package: Dhs525 for 20 bottles of hops, food platter, Dhs525; Dolls package: One bottle of spirits, selection of mixers, food platter, Dhs525; JLT: The Bonnington Hotel, Cluster J; DWTC: Sheikh Zayed Rd; Abu Dhabi: The Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi, Shahama Rd; 04 378 0800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mcgettigans.com
Sat 14 Feb
Salsa Under the Stars at Level 43
Put on your dancing shoes for a salsa session like no other, on a 43rd-floor terrace amid soaring skyscrapers and with sweeping views of Dubai’s stunning cityscape. After feasting on a platter of posh canapés and oysters washed down with premium French bubbly, couples can partake in a sizzling Latin dance experience. Olé!
Sat 14 Feb
Brunch of the Week
Chill out in this light, airy and sophisticated haunt with farm-to-table dishes and signature cocktails
INFO: 1pm-6pm, Fri 13 Feb, Dhs360 with soft drinks, Dhs650 with premium French bubbly, The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay, 056 951 1442, email@example.com
Fri 13 Feb
Get Lucky at People by Crystal in Abu Dhabi
Valentine’s comes a day early at this VIP magnet, which is optimistically hosting a Lucky 13th party to turn the age-old superstition on its head. It’s likely to be a flashy affair, so dress accordingly. DJ Saif and Sound will be on the decks.
INFO: 11pm-3am, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, 050 826 9698, www.peoplebycrystal.com
Fri 13 Feb
Let’s Misbehave at Cirque le Soir
The raunchiness is being ramped up at this freakishly fun club, where you’ll find themed rooms – one of them padded – and even a ‘chocolate play’ show. Now, this isn’t Amsterdam, so don’t get too exited; however, every guest will go home with a ‘special’ gift. Ahem.
INFO: 10.30pm-3am, free, The Fairmont Dubai, Financial District, Sheikh Zayed Rd, 050 995 5400, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 14 Feb
Avoid Soppy Couples at The Music Room’s Anti-V Day Do
The popular live music venue will be a cliché-free zone where everyone gets a free drink, with prize giveaways to cheer up punters who’ve yet to be struck by Cupid’s arrow.
INFO: 6pm-3am, free for women, Dhs50 for men, Majestic Hotel Tower, Mankhool Rd, Bur Dubai, www.facebook.com/musicroomdubai
Sun 15 Feb
Club Night of the Week
Make a Date with The Act
The intimate supper club is opening the curtains to a one-off Valentine’s show. Peruvian dishes will be served to share within a low-lit setting with what has to be Dubai’s sauciest décor.
INFO: Dhs495 with glass of French bubbles, Shangri-la Hotel, Dubai, 04 355 1116, email@example.com
Every Tue in Feb
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Love Singles at The 31
Girls can help themselves to unlimited glasses of Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite cocktail from a dedicated cosmopolitan bar. If that’s not enough, staff will be pouring their own passion fruit blend throughout the month of love.
INFO: 6pm-3am, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Downtown Dubai, 04 503 6699, www.sofitel.com
Fri 27 Mar
The Color Run
It’s been dubbed “the happiest 5k on the planet” – now you can find out what all the fuss is about by signing up for the Color Run! Back for the second time, the event sees contestants pelted with neon powdered paint, and pretty much anyone can take part. This year’s race promises to be bigger and brighter than ever, with the addition of a fifth colour station – organisers will even throw some glitter into the mix. White clothing is compulsory.
INFO: 4pm, Dhs140 and include a gift pack, a T-shirt, a sweatband and a pack of paint; Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, sign up at www.thecolorrun.ae/AbuDhabi