THU 25 FEB - SAT 12 MARCH
Get Involved in the Dubai Food Festival
The festival for food lovers is back and we can’t wait to sample the delights on offer – but it’s not just about stuffing our faces. Sure, there’ll be dining deals galore, but there’s also live music, ‘Burn After Eating’ fitness classes, culinary masterclasses and the fab Taste of Dubai festival (10 to 12 March – more on that in the next issue). For full listings see dubaifoodfestival.com, and for now get these not-to-be-missed events in your diary:
Streetnights, the free outdoor artisan market-style event, is back for a fifth time to coincide with Dubai Food Festival, hosting 150 participants, including artists, dancers, musicians, street vendors and food stalls, in Bay Avenue.
INFO: Free, 6pm-11pm, Fri 4-Sat 5 Mar, Bay Avenue, Business Bay, streetnights.ae
Eat the World DXB
London’s finest food trucks have travelled 4,000 miles to the UAE for the first-ever Eat the World DXB, a hip new three-day street-food event bringing 15 diverse culinary concepts-on-wheels to Burj Park. Tuck into everything from slow-cooked beef cheek tacos to soft-shell crab burgers and don’t miss chef Mark Hix’s ‘Roll-Royce of fish finger sandwiches’.
INFO: 12noon-5pm and 6pm-11pm
THU 25 FEB
Hit Nasimi Sessions featuring Robin Schulz
German producer Robin Schulz will headline the first Nasimi Sessions of 2016 this Thursday. He’s sold several million records – we’re talking Sun Goes Down and Headlights – while generating nine-digit streams on Spotify and receiving gold and platinum certifications. He’s also performed at London’s iTunes Festival and Tomorrowland, so the man has pedigree.
INFO: 21+ only, free entry for ladies before 9pm, Dhs150 early bird at platinumlist.net and atlantis.etixdubai.com, Dhs195 on the door; table packages from Dhs4,500 for six, 055 200 432; 7pm-3am, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah
THU 25 FEB
Dance into the Next Day at Twice as Nice
Twice as Nice returns to Dubai in the new venue of Industrial Avenue at The Westin Dubai Marina. Expect hip hop, R’n’B and UK garage tracks from Dubai’s urban DJs, joined by mixtape-king Shortee Blitz and UK legend Donae’o.
INFO: Free before 11pm for girls and free before 12midnight for Face Card holders, otherwise tickets cost Dhs100 in advance from platinumlist.net, for table reservations call 056 114 0556, 10pm-4am, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road
WED 24 - FRI 26 FEB
Exercise Your Jazz Hands!
The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is schwinging back into town this month. Grammy-award winning Toto will headline Thursday, David Gray and then Chris Botti featuring Sting will headline Friday, and the legendary Santana will close the show on Saturday. There will also be food, arts and crafts stalls.
INFO: From Dhs325/Dhs395 Thu/Fri and Sat for general admission – Golden Circle from Dhs695, Fan Pit from Dhs895, and VIP Terrace and VIP Lounge tickets, including drinks, from Dhs1,250 tickets also available; 7.30pm-12.30am, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, dubaijazzfest.com
FRI 26 FEB
Show Us Your Muscles at The XDubai Spartan Race
The annual Spartan Race is back and you can take part in the Spartan Sprint, a 5km course with 20 obstacles to overcome, or the Spartan Super featuring 30 obstacles over 13km!
INFO: Entry costs Dhs441/Dhs452, 7am first start, Jebel Ali Racecourse, spartanarabia.com
FRI 26 FEB
DXBeach is Back with Tiesto and more!
Not only is DXBeach having its first party of the year on Friday 26 February, but our fave festival is also kicking off proceedings with the world’s highest profile DJ – Tiësto. The Adagio For Strings producer will headline the epic 15-hour outdoor music fest, which will return to the Zero Gravity beach, garden and poolside.
Tiësto can usually only be found spinning tracks at his long-term residency in Las Vegas, so the fact he’s coming to Dubai means this rare opportunity is selling fast. Having attracted more than 5,000 people for both of its 2015 dates, DXBeach will utilise Zero Gravity’s brand new 2,000 square metre pool expansion. Tiësto is joined by Swedish electronic DJ Mikael Weermets, Ibiza’s Mambo Brothers, UK funk/hip-hop duo BFG and Fever, plus a host of local artists. Team Ahlan! will be dancing the night away, and taking our first dip!
INFO: Regular tickets Dhs275, Poolside Dhs400, 12pm-3am, Fri 26 Feb, Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, 04 399 0009, dxbeach.ae