Top Things to Do in the UAE This Week
Have a Bonzer Australia Day!
Fri 24-Sat 25 Jan
It’s time to celebrate the land Down Under! The big day itself is Sunday, 26 January, but events in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are lined up for this weekend…
Top Three to Try
1 G’Day Dubai At Zero Gravity
Aussie airline Qantas has arranged this bash at Zero Gravity at Skydive Dubai. They’re flying in a host of stars, including Australian Olympic Beach volleyball champ Natalie Cook, INXS frontman Jon Stevens and Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. Of course, there’ll also be a barbecue.
INFO: Dhs300, kids under 12 free, Fri 24 Jan, 11am-5pm, Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.abcduae.com
2 Aussie Day Special at Barasti
The popular beach bar will be holding a festival of all things Aussie, including a sausage sizzle BBQ.
INFO: Free, 04 318 1313, xx times TC xx, Sat 25 Jan, www.barastibeach.com
3 Party at PJ’s
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi’s Irish pub, PJ O’Reilly’s, will pledge allegiance to Australia for the day to host this special bash. Bands, Spies in the Cellar and Sweet Chilli Jam will be on stage, while DJ Scott B will man the decks. You’ll also be able to throw another shrimp on the barbie!
INFO: Dhs180 (house drinks), Dhs140 (soft drinks), Dhs50 (children), 1pm-5pm, Fri 24 Jan, 02 695 0413, www.leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Celebrate Burns Night
Sat 25 Jan
Och aye, it’s Burns Night! The traditional Scottish celebration will see new British bar and restaurant Reform Social & Grill, host a Burns supper. Not sure what all the fuss is about? Check out our facts!
What’s Burns Night?
1 It’s a celebration of the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
2 Food served includes haggis, which is sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, mixed with onion and spices and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach (it’s an acquired taste). It’s served with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes). Clootie dumpling, a suet based pudding, rounds off the meal.
3 Burns suppers follow a traditional format. They include a bagpipe tribute to the haggis, and a ‘toast to the lasses’ by a male speaker, as well as a ‘reply’ to the toast to the lasses by a usually witty female. It’s all done in traditional Scots language – but don’t let that put you off.
INFO: Starters from Dhs48, mains from Dhs120, desserts from Dhs120, 12noon-12midnight, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 044 542 638, www.reformsocialgrill.ae
Run the Dubai Marathon (or Cheer on the Athletes)
Fri 24 Jan
Dubai is getting on its marks to welcome some of the world’s best athletes for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. The race will return to its original location of Beach Road this year, starting at Madinat Jumeirah. If you fancy having a go, registration is open until the day before, spaces permitting. If you don’t fancy the main event there’s also a 10km race and 3km fun run. If you’d rather cheer on the runners, look out for Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu, who’ll be battling to the finish line for Ethiopia.
INFO: Marathon: Dhs120, 7am; 10k: Dhs60, 7.15am; 3km fun run: Dhs15, 11am, 04 433 5669, www.dubaimarathon.org
Feast For Chinese New Year
Until Fri 7 Feb
Usher in the Year of the Horse, which will officially arrive on 31 January. There’ll be plenty of special events, but we’d recommend heading to The China Club restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek. Its special menu, created by Chinese master chef Fu, includes duck spring rolls, tiger prawns and other assorted seafood followed by black pepper beef and egg fried rice, rounded off with Chinese New Year dumpling with sweet bean paste.
INFO: Dhs248, xxTimes TCxx, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, 04 205 7333, www.radissonblu.com
Try a Men’s Night
Tue 28 Jan
Forget the ladies – men’s nights are the latest trend in Dubai nightlife! The newest is at Hunters Room & Grill at The Westin Dubai, which is offering half-price meat dishes or vino for guys. What’s more, if you get a bullseye on Hunters’ dartboard, you’ll get your meal for free!
INFO: 6pm-10.45pm, The Westin, Dubai, 04 511 7115, www.huntersdubai.com
Two More Men’s Nights…
Mad Men Mondays
Music and food with a Sixties vibe as well as free drinks for men are promised at this event, and you can order a platter of food for Dhs60.
INFO: 6pm to 9pm, Z:ONE bar and Z:ONE terrace, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.mediaonehotel.com.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa has launched Horizon Heroes every Wednesday. Check out its offers on buckets at the Hoegaarden Beer Garden.
INFO: 7pm-11pm, Dubai Marina, 050 253 9797, www.habtoorhotels.com