Sat 28 Feb
Party at Piknic Electronik
It’s been a massive event in Montreal for over a decade, and now Piknic Electronik has arrived in the UAE! Aiming to strike a balance between international names and upcoming regional talent, the family-friendly dance music festival promises quality sounds delivered in a relaxed and family-friendly environment. This month’s line-up includes Parisian producer Joachim Pastor, whose sound is described as “intelligent, funky tech-house”, and Maher Daniel, who’s played alongside superstar DJs Sasha, Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos.
As well as beats, the event will offer a number of creative activities, including Pilates and yoga classes for adults and face painting and a bouncy castle for kids. You’re unlikely to go hungry, with food including wraps, sandwiches, salads and burgers, as well as the Canadian staple poutine, a dish of chipped potatoes topped with curd cheese and a tomato-based sauce.
INFO: 1pm-10pm, Dhs130 advance, Dhs150 on the door, free for under-13s, Dubai Sports City,
Sun 1-Mon 2 & Thu 5 Mar
See a Hip-Hop Take on Shakespeare
Originally commissioned by the UK’s historic Globe theatre, Othello: The Remix puts a fresh spin on one of the Bard’s best-loved tragedies. Chicago hip-hop sensation Q Brothers have reworked the dark tale of jealousy and deception into US street parlance, moving the action from 16th-century Cyprus to an inner city ghetto, with its protagonist reimagined as an up-and-coming rapper.
INFO: Sun 1-Mon 2 Mar: 7.30pm, balcony Dhs125, stalls Dhs150, VIP Dhs175; DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 4777. Thu 5 Mar: 8pm, Dhs50, Abu Dhabi Theatre, 02 681 8821; www.timeouttickets.com
Tue 3 Mar-Thu 2 Apr
Have Your Culture Fix at Abu Dhabi Festival
You’ll be able to catch world-renowned musicians and orchestras at the 12th edition of this annual event, one of the UAE’s most prestigious cultural celebrations. This year, it’ll welcome some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Brazilian bossa nova star Sérgio Mendes, violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as well as Lebanese-American singer Mayssa Karaa, making her international debut. A donation will be made to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for each ticket sold.
INFO: Emirates Palace and Abu Dhabi Theatre, book at www.timeouttickets.com; 050 129 9103, www.abudhabifestival.ae
Thu 26 Feb
Dance to DJ Paul van Dyk at Pacha
Since his appearance on the dance music scene two decades ago, producer Paul van Dyk has seen his career go from strength to strength. One of trance’s best-known torchbearers, the Grammy nominee has twice hit the number one spot of DJ Mag’s Top 100 list.
INFO: 8pm-3am, Dhs200 advance, Dhs250 on door, 04 567 0000 or 050 886 1129, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net, www.pacha.ae
Get into the Swing of Golf
If you fancy having a go at golf but can never find the time, the Ladies’ Golf Night at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club may be for you. Over a course of eight weeks, you’ll be taken through various techniques by a qualified golf pro, and whether you’re starting out or a seasoned player, you’re sure to pick up tips to help you improve your handicap.
INFO: Dhs1,200 for eight weeks, various dates, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, near Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, 04 205 4666, www.dubaigolf.com
Brunch of the Week: Spanish Brunch at Salero
Head to Salero Tapas & Bodega to feast on sharing tapas and more substantial Spanish dishes including paella as Latin beats transport you away to an afternoon in España!
INFO: 1pm-4pm, Dhs295 with unlimited sangria, Dhs350 with house drinks; Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 409 5888,www.kempinski.com
Tue 3-Sat 7 Mar
Meet Authors at the Gulf’sTop Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature lets bookworms meet world-famous authors and hear them read their work. Guests include Alexander McCall Smith, who penned the hit No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and War Horse creator Michael Morpugo.
INFO: InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com
Club Night of the Week: Skint Fridays at Story Rooftop Lounge
This bargain post-brunch party is sure to prove popular, with unlimited drinks for five hours and a soundtrack of underground house comes courtesy of resident DJ Nader Razdar.
INFO: 4pm-9pm, Dhs199, Holiday Inn Express Dubai – Internet City, 04 365 9911 or 055 773 0010, www.facebook.com/StoryDubai
Ladies’ Night of the Week: Women we Love at GQ Bar
Enjoy four hours of free drinks and get half-price à la carte dining throughout the night – the venue’s impressive Mediterranean dishes are worth the trip alone.
INFO: 6pm-10pm, bar closes 2am, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, 04 321 4541 or 056 917 7714, gqbardubai.com
Go Down to the Relaunched Gramercy
Refreshed and reimagined as a gastropub, this DIFC haunt features live music and a quirky mixology lounge. Sit back on its terrace and sample its creative menu, on which you’ll find everything from haute cuisine to comfort food.
INFO: Sun-Wed 8.30am-12midnight, 8.30am-2am Thu, 12noon-12midnight Fri, 4pm-12midnight Sat; www.thegramercybar.com
Sun 26 Apr
Hear the ex-Take Thatter sing some of his extensive catalogue of hits, including Kids, Millennium, Angels and Rock DJ. Robbie’s performing in Abu Dhabi as part of his Let Me Entertain You Tour, which calls at cities he’s never played in before.
INFO: General admission Dhs395, early entry Dhs495, VIP Dhs695, inner pit Dhs895, inner pit early entry Dhs995; du Arena, Yas Island, 800 86 823, firstname.lastname@example.org, tickets.robbiewilliams.com