The To-Do List

The To-Do List

20 Oct 2016

Ahlan!'s guide to the good times over the next seven days

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DXBEACH IS BACK

FRI 21 OCT

Zero Gravity is known from bringing some of the best international artists to the region, so it comes as no surprise that DXBeach is back with a line-up of world-class talents. Fatboy Slim, MK and Benny Benassi will be playing sets throughout the evening at the beautiful beach-side venue. The party starts at 12pm and goes on until late, so round up your friends and make a day of it with the DXBrunch package with free-flowing premium drinks and food from 12pm-3pm to get you ready for the evening. INFO: 12pm-3am, Dhs275 regular, Dhs400 poolside with bar and changing facilities, Dhs495 DXBrunch package, next to Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh, Dubai 04 399 0009, dxbeach.ae

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FASHION FORWARD DUBAI

20-23 OCT

The fashion extravaganza is back for its eighth season, so get your outfits sorted and check it out! INFO: Free for media and buyers, Dhs50 per day for industry professionals, Dhs100 per day or Dhs200 for three-day access to venue and shows for guests, register at fashionforward.ae

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THE BACKYARD OPENS

DAILY

Make sure your phone’s fully charged when you head to this new Instagram-able spot, which boasts a graffiti-decorated resident food truck serving street food dishes inspired by Japan and South East Asia, along with burgers and healthy veggie options. With bean bags, cabanas, graffiti art, views of the Dubai Water Canal and a super-chilled vibe, we reckon Backyard’s going to be a pretty popular hangout. INFO: 5pm-3am, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, 04 369 0000, steigenberger.com

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SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRI 21 OCT

Get ready for some serious reminiscing because Sunset music festival is bringing Gabrielle, the Dreams hitmaker, American hip hop group Arrested Development and Snap (remember Rhythmn is a Dancer?) to Abu Dhabi! INFO: 3.30pm-11pm, Dhs255, Zayed Sports City, platinumlist.net

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BARBECUE BY THE SEA AT ZANZI BAR

EVERY SAT

Kempinski Ajman’s beachfront restaurant Zanzi Bar has the perfect deal to welcome the cooler weather with its barbecue by the sea. Grilled delicacies of seafood and meat are served in unlimited portions with a salad buffet and free-flowing beverages, as you watch the sunset to the sound of the waves and resident band Mix Duo. INFO: 6pm-10pm, Dhs75 kids (six-12), Dhs145 unlimited buffet, Dhs235 with unlimited buffet and selected house drinks

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DESERT WARRIOR CHALLENGE

MON 21 OCT

Dubai’s toughest race is back, and this edition sees the launch of a tough 20km obstacle course – it ain’t called ‘Desert Warrior Challenge’ for nothing! If you’re feeling fierce, get your friends involved and take part. INFO: 7.30am-4pm, from Dhs422 on the day, Universal City, Emirates Road (611) northbound, between Umm Suqeim Road and Al Ain Road, Dubai, desertwarriorchallenge.com

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ZUMBATHON AT FITNESS FIRST

SUN 23 OCT

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, this fun-filled Party in Pink event takes Zumba to a whole new level with the indoor sports hall in Fitness First Meadows being transformed into a Zumbathon. Not sure what that is? Imagine almost 1,500 ladies and children sporting pink exercise gear and taking part in a ginormous Zumba class, which is two hours long! The free evening is open to non-members, too, so there’s no excuse not to get involved – though it is ladies-only – and help raise money for a brilliant cause. To register, text your name and ‘ZumbaMarathon’ to 4900. INFO: 6pm for kids (six and above), 7pm-9pm for ladies, free, SportZone hall, Meadows, Dubai, 04 437 0545, fitnessfirstme.com

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MEN’S EDITION AT NIPPON BOTTLE COMPANY

EVERY TUE

We often feel sorry for men in the region with the umpteen ladies’ nights on offer, so props to Nippon Bottle Company for treating the gents to two free drinks from 8pm and live music from Martin Carre every Tuesday. To get into this swanky outlet you’ll have to find the entrance via a secret door, and once you’re in it just keeps on getting cooler with its edgy interiors and huge selection of international drinks. INFO: 6pm-3am, open daily, Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 357 0779, facebook.com/nipponbottlecompany

DOLLIFIED LADIES’ NIGHT AT WAREHOUSE DUBAI

EVERY TUE

Round up all the girls and head down to Dollified ladies’ night with free-flowing sparkling, red and white grape, plus 50 per cent off the food bill on ladies’ tables. This is the perfect midweek excuse to let loose and dance the night away! INFO: 7pm-11pm, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Garhoud, 04 702 2455, warehouse-dubai.com

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ANANTARA GOURMET FESTIVAL

23-29 OCT

Anantara The Palm is hosting a week-long food festival featuring celebrity chefs showcasing their talents and there are plenty of things for you to check out including:

24 OCT - Learn pastry skills with renowned chef Marike van Beurden who will be giving away tips and secrets from 12pm-1.30pm at The Lotus Lounge for Dhs150 with refreshments.

24, 25, 28 & 29 OCT - watch world oyster shucking champion chef Xavier Caille shuck oysters, while you sample a selection from all over the world at Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar from 7pm-10pm.

24-25 OCT - Chef Prim from Bangkok will introduce you to traditional Thai flavours with sharing dishes and mains, plus a welcome drink for Dhs275 per person from 7pm-11pm at Mekong.

28 Oct - Chefs Xavier and Tom Walton, plus mixologist Roberto Cuda will be at the renowned Fork & Cork brunch where guests have the chance to see them in action at the cooking stations from 1pm-4pm. Prices start from Dhs345.

There’s even more lined up for the event, so be sure to visit the website for other treats in-store. INFO: Various times, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, 04 567 8888, anantara.com/gourmet

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OKTOBERFEST DXB

20-29 OCT

Love Oktoberfest? This one’s for you. The ten-day event is complete with everything you could ever need to celebrate the German festival, such as a band from the region playing German pop, a guest chef cooking speciality dishes, two Friday brunches from 12.30pm to 3.30pm with prices starting from Dhs295, a ladies’ night, custom craft drinks and even ‘Deadtoberfest’ a Bavarian-themed Halloween bash. Oh, and if you turn up to the event in traditional outfits of Lederhosen and Drindl, you get free entry! INFO: Various times, Dhs25 weekday pass, Dhs60 weekend day pass (Thu-Fri), Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, 055 947 6889, oktoberfestdxb.com

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MONDAY SOCIAL CLUB AT MARINA SOCIAL

EVERY MON

Brought to Dubai by celeb Chef Jason Atherton, Marina Social has quickly become a hot spot in the region, and its latest Monday Social Club offering is well worth a try – we’ve sampled it for ourselves, and it definitely gets our stamp of approval! For just Dhs350 per person, you’ll get unlimited starters and desserts, and the choice of one main course. Our fave dish is the pulled lamb sourdough pizza with basil pesto, but the white chocolate cheesecake with blackberry compote is a great way to end the meal. Desert Jazz will entertaining you all evening with great music, while you delight in a culinary evening at this chic restaurant. The only downside to the deal it’s just around for October, so give it a try before it’s too late. INFO: 7pm-10pm, InterContinental Dubai Marina, 04 446 6664, info@marinasocialdubai.com

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NEW IN CINEMAS

FROM THU 20 OCT

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

A regular couple discover that it’s far from easy to keep up with the Joneses, their attractive and sophisticated new neighbours. However, all isn’t as it seems because Mr and Mrs Jones are covert operatives. With Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis starring, this is set to be a hilariously entertaining movie. INFO: Thu 20 Oct, showing in cinemas across the UAE

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NEW TV SERIES

THE X FACTOR

EVERY FRI & SAT

Watch the 13th season of the UK’s fave TV talent show The X Factor with judges Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, alongside Simon Cowell on Dubai One. Be prepared to laugh, cry, cringe and be wowed by the music hopefuls as they belt their lungs out to the tough audience and celeb judges. INFO: 9pm every Fri-Sat, Dubai One

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READ

THE BURNING OF JUNIPER SLAIDE, BY JOHANNA HANDLEY

Johanna Handley is a British expat living in Qatar and she’s had her first novel The Burning of Juniper Slaide published in the UK, which is now being released in the UAE and Qatar, too! This thriller tells the tale of Juniper Slaide, who is the sole survivor of an arson attack that destroyed her home and killed her family. Her best friend, and the only person she’s trusted since the fire, suddenly disappears and while she searches for him she finds more than she bargained for. INFO: Dhs24 on amazon.com

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COMING SOON
Dates for your diary

FIESTA DE LOS MUERTOS

FRI 28 OCT

With Major Lazer, DNCE, All Saints and more on the killer line-up, Fiesta de los Muertos is going to be epic! Kicking off Popcon, this Halloween-themed festival is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween! INFO: Doors open at 4pm, Dhs350 regular, Dhs995 VIP, platinumlist.net

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TREEHOUSE OF HORRORS

MON 31 OCT

You’re in for a spooktacular evening at Treehouse with gorgeous views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, and the venue decorated to get you into the Halloween spirit! The DJ will be playing remixed horror movie soundtracks, just make sure you dress up! INFO: 7pm-1am, free, Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, 04 438 3100, reservations@treehousedubai.com

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DJ JAZZY JEFF AT BARASTI

FRI 28 OCT

DJ Jazzy Jeff is returning to Barasti for a special Halloween celebration to keep you entertained all night. It’s free entry and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air star will be taking to the stage at midnight. INFO: 6pm-3am, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, 04 399 3333, barastibeach.com