5 Things to Do in the UAE This Week
TUE 1 - SAT 12 MARCH
Get Your Culture Fix at Emirates Literature Festival
More than 150 writers, poets, illustrators and thinkers will present a dazzling array of topics at this year's Lit Fest. The website is a quagmire, but it's worth perserving to find the best events, from the new Dhs495 Literary Cruise (Wed 9 Mar), an evening with philosopher AC Grayling discussing the importance of literature while sailing along the Dubai Creek on Bateaux Dubai, to a talk with online sensation Joe Wicks at the InterContinental Dubai (Sat 12 March) - known as The Body Caoch, he can help you get fit in 15 minutes.
INFO: For full listings see emirateslitfest.com
SUN 6 MAR
Celebrate a Mile-High Mother's Day
The first of the world's Mother's Day celebration comes this Sunday for Brits and Eastern Europeans, with more to follow, including Sunday 21 March for most GCC nationals, and Sunday 8 May for Americans, South Africans, Australians, Indians and Filipinos. Here's an idea that will blow mum's mind: take her to the Burj al Arab on a seaplane! The Seawings afternoon tea package will be a meal she'll never forget!
INFO: Dhs855, seawingslifestyle.com
MON 7 - THU 17 MAY
See Picasso and Miro in Dubai
For the first time ever in the UAE, more than 267 pieces of artwork from Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro will be on display in Dubai. With pieces sourced from a number of private collections around the world, the exhibition Picasso and Miro, Passion and Poetry will explore the intertwining lives and work of the two artists through a series of original lithographs, ceramics and graphics.
INFO: Dhs125, platinumlist.ae, 12noon-10pm, The Annex, Burj Khalifa, picassomiro.ae
Dive into Seafood Night at Nosh
JLT's Nosh Restaurant hosts weekly Fisherman's Market nights dedicated to all things fishy. The buffet is packed with oysters house-cured and smoked salmon with all the trimmings, mussels, clams, prawns, sushi and sashimi - what a healthy way to start the weekend!
INFO: Dhs119 including soft drinks, Dhs244 including house drinks, kids under six dine for free, kids six-12 get 50 per cent discount, 6.30pm-10.30pm, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, 04 438 0000, movenpick.com/jumeirahlakes
Check Out Dubai's New French Restaurant
New from London, Aubaine is a popular French bistro now open in The Dubai Mall. We love the signature Le Croq Aubaine - a sample worthy of an Instagram post - and the truffle du noir pasta and lobster spaghetti are to die for.
INFO: 10am-12midnight, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, aubaine.co.uk