The To-Do List

Ahlan!'s guide to good times over the next seven days
ByAriel Robinson Thursday , 03 November 2016
The To-Do List
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Brian Wilson in Dubai
Thu 3 Nov

Chief songwriter  and member of one of the most iconic American bands The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson is performing in Dubai! The group had over 80 songs chart worldwide, with 36 hitting the US top 40 and four reaching the number one spot in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They’re one of the world’s best-selling bands ever and made music history with tracks such as God Only Knows, which was praised by Paul McCartney as the greatest song ever written. Featuring special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, along with the chance to hear Beach Boys classics, this is going to be an unmissable concert! INFO: Dhs225 seated tickets, Dhs250 standing tickets, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 9pm, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, 04 239 5000

Italian Month at JW Marriott Marquis
Thu 3-Mon 28 Nov
Italian food fans can delight in an entire month of excellent offerings at the world’s tallest hotel. Here’s what’s in store:
Enjoy a barbecue with an Italian twist including tapas, grilled meat and seafood, and desserts. INFO: Dhs30 per tapas dish, barbecue priced à la carte, dessert Dhs60 per person, 6pm-12midnight, Positano
SAT 5, 9 & 26 NOV
Tuck into a family lunch with a sharing set menu of starters, pastas, pizzas, main courses and desserts. Kids will be entertained with pizza-making activities while you relax. INFO: Free for children below 12, Dhs179 for food only, 12.30pm-3pm, Positano
The highlight of the week is the reception dinner, with over 20 Michelin-starred chefs hailing from Italy joining chefs from Dubai. Sample their culinary creations, paired with Italian grape. INFO: Dhs395, from 7pm, Aqua pool deck, tickets from
For a limited time, Michelin-starred chef Maria Grazia Soncini will be joining Positano’s chef Daniele Capobianco to cook up a truly authentic Italian meal. A set of her dishes will be added to the restaurant’s menu. INFO: Dhs295 per person, à la carte is available
Feast on a special menu comprising seasonal white and black truffles or, alternatively, enjoy the regular offerings topped with truffle shavings for a set price per gram. INFO: 6pm-12midnight, à la carte, Positano
INFO: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, 04 414 3000,
Grazia Live
Fri 4-Sat 12 Nov
For the first time ever, Grazia Middle East’s editorial team will produce the magazine from Dubai Festival City in an interactive week-long event. Allowing shoppers to have a glimpse into what really goes on behind the scenes at the title, there will be fashion, beauty and lifestyle events for mall-goers to take part in, along with live photoshoots, beauty product testing, blogger panel discussions, along with a showcase of the latest AW16 collections. Alanoud Badr, the social media star and influencer known as Fozaza, will be the cover girl for the week’s issue. Make sure you head to the mall to check out this unmissable event! INFO: Free to attend, various times (visit the website for the full list of timings and events during the week), 
Sing Karaoke at Blind Dragon
Every Tue-Sat
Looking for a night out with a difference? Blind Dragon, a brand new Asian-themed lounge, features private karaoke suites so that you and your mates can belt your lungs out to sing-along classics. With a seriously hip vibe, we reckon this’ll soon be a city hotspot. INFO: 5pm-2am, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 04 437 0033, 
Feast of Xahar at Pai Thai
Every Fri-Sat
Pai Thai’s abra ride to the restaurant makes it extra special and we love the eatery’s new lunch offer of unlimited à la carte dishes from the expansive Feast of Xahar menu. We recommend the wok-fried crispy tofu with vegetables, black pepper and soya sauce, the spring rolls, chicken satay, the pad Thai (there’s a vegetarian and seafood option) and the crispy prawns in green pepper sauce are divine. On a health kick? There are also salads, soups, lighter dishes like steamed sea bass and fruit for dessert. INFO: Dhs195 (excluding drinks), 12noon-3pm, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 432 3232,
Enjoy Brunch with a View at 360
Every Fri
Whether you’re looking for an ideal sundowners spot, or a venue guaranteed to impress visitors, 360 is a Dubai institution. Its Friday brunch includes unlimited house drinks and sharing platters of Pan-Asian nibbles – think sushi and dim sum, with mains including spring rolls, meat skewers, battered fish and more. Emphasis here is on the setting, though, so sit back and relax. INFO: Dhs295, 1pm-4pm, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 04 432 3232,
Seafood Night
Brunch at Ballarò
Every Thu
A real treat, Ballarò’s seafood night brunch features premium shellfish, the daily catch and fishy dishes prepared at open cooking stations. INFO: Dhs220 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs295 inclusive of house drinks, 6.30pm-11pm, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 444 7111,
Picnic Under the Stars
Every Thu
Stargaze while enjoying the winter breeze – oh, and the smell of a sumptuous barbecue. We like the sound of Sofitel The Palm’s new offering, especially for date nights, where you’re treated to mezzehs, unlimited servings of grilled meats, desserts, water and soft drinks. You can opt for grape or bubbles, too. INFO: Dhs480 for two with soft drinks, Dhs590 grape or bubbles, 7pm-11pm, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, 04 455 5656,
MTV EMA Awards 2016
Sun 6 Nov
The MTV Europe Music Awards are back, and with a history of amazing performances, celeb hosts and plenty of shocking moments, this is one to tune into! INFO: 12midnight (night of Sun 6 Nov/morning of Mon 7 Nov), MTV Live HD on OSN
Boney M In Dubai
Sat 5 Nov 
Boney M, the band that brought us catchy hits Rasputin, Daddy Cool and Rivers of Babylon, is playing in Dubai this week at Hard Rock Café. head down for a nostalgia trip. INFO: Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 9pm, dhs195, Dubai Festival City,
Doctor Strange
From Thu 3 Nov
Marvel and Disney’s Doctor Strange features an all-star cast including Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch. An accident changes Dr Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch), leaving him unable to use his hands. In the search for a remedy, he meets a sorcerer who takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil. INFO: In cinemas across the UAE
The Crown 
Having cost Netflix £100 million (Dhs447m) to make, The Crown gives an in-depth look into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The series will go into great detail about the royal family over the duration of its six seasons. INFO: from 4 Nov
New York: Through a Fashion Eye, By Megan Hess
The renowned illustrator Megan Hess is coming to Dubai for a meet and greet at 7pm on Thursday 3 November at Mashrabiya Lounge, Fairmont The Palm for signings of her new book New York: Through A Fashion Eye. Having worked with brands like Chanel and Tiffany & Co, she’s famed for her beautiful sketches. INFO: Dhs77, Kinokuniya

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