Top 5 Things to Do in the UAE This Week
Sat 29 Mar
Grab your hat for Dubai World Cup & catch JLo!
Here at Ahlan! we love any excuse to dress up, and this highlight of the emirate’s social calendar is the perfect excuse. At Dubai World Cup, people-watching’s almost compulsory; the emirate’s not known for subtlety at the best of times, so expect outrageous outfits aplenty. If you like Jennifer Lopez, so much the better – she’s headlining the closing concert and it’s race-goers only! Speaking to Ahlan!, JLo said of the show: “We’ve worked really hard to make sure that it’s everything we wanted it to be – new dances, new choreography, new production. It’s going to be pretty special.” You’d be mad as a hatter to miss it. INFO: General admission Dhs25 per person; premium seating Dhs50 per person; Parade Ring Lounge Dhs100, over-21s only; Apron views Dhs350 per person; Golden Circle with Apron views, includes concert, Dhs1,000 per person; premium seating 3 Dhs1,300; Golden Circle upgrade, includes Jennifer Lopez post-race concert, Dhs1,950; Parade Ring Lounge and Golden Circle upgrade – enquire to Meydan directly. Meydan Terrace Dhs 30,000 per table of 10; Meydan Terrace with Jennifer Lopez post-race concert Dhs36,500 per table of 10. First Class Lounge Dhs3,750 per person; First Class Lounge with concert Dhs4,400; tiered restaurant Dhs3,000 per person; Golden Circle upgrade with concert, Dhs3,650; The Meydan Room, Dhs4,500 per person or Dhs5,150 with concert. Under-13s admitted free, no tickets sold on the day, Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Dubai, 04 327 2110, www.dubaiworldcup.com
+Thu 27 Mar
If you’re the horsey type (and we’re not talking looks), you can watch the World Cup thoroughbreds as they train for their big day. The Breakfast with the Stars package includes an hour by the track and an al fresco breakfast.
INFO: 6am-7am, breakfast 7am-9am, Dhs295 per adult, Dhs175 per child; booking details as before
Friday 4 April
Get free M Micallef perfume… just for quaffing cocktails!
Head to Grosvenor House this weekend and you could sniff out a bargain – Siddharta Lounge is offering free perfume when you buy two cocktails! Friday night is being hosted by boutique perfume house M Micallef, best known for its hand-painted, Swarovski-studded bottles. There’ll be signature cocktails – Ananda and Royal Vintage – and if you buy two you’ll get a 30ml bottle of perfume worth Dhs525. M Micallef’s range will also be on sale on the night, along with a free cocktail.
INFO: 8pm-2am, Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina, 04 317 6000, www.siddhartalounge.com
Thu 27 Mar
Plump for a night at The Dek on 8
Even if you haven’t heard of Plump DJs, the chances are you’ll recognise Andy Gardner and Lee Rous’ trademark sound – it’s appeared in TV ads and even computer games. They’ll be spinning house, breakbeat, rave and techno at monthly dance night Superheroes.
INFO: 6pm-3am, free, no dress code, The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai, 04 427 1000, www.facebook.com/SuperheroesDubai
Wed 2 Apr
Go retro at Mahiki
If you’re a fan of the Eighties or you’re a Nineties child, embrace the soundtrack to your youth at Dubai’s newest throwback night. Mahiki promises “hidden gems” spanning these very different decades, with guests invited to dress in “pink retro style”. Whether you interpret that as fuchsia legwarmers or a neon shell suit is your call.
INFO: Mahiki Retro, Wed, 7pm-3am, free, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 04 380 7731 or 055 216 0181, www.mahiki.ae
Wed 2 Apr
Sample Spanish faves at Casa de Tapas
The team at this new tapas haunt was hired straight from Spain, so expect expert renditions of the country’s signature dishes. Highlights include cold cuts and Spanish cheese, gazpacho, patatas bravas and tortilla; you can also tuck into juicy clams cooked in garlic, fried aubergine with date syrup and octopus with crushed potatoes and smoked paprika. With live flamenco in the pipeline, you’d best book a table rápido.
INFO: 6pm-2am Sun-Thu, 12noon-2am Fri-Sat, Casa de Tapas, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, 04 295 6000, www.facebook.com/CasaDeTapasDubai