The To-Do List

Ahlan!'s guide to good times over the next seven days
Thursday , 10 November 2016
The To-Do List

TASTE OF ABU DHABI 

THU 10-SAT 12 NOV
Taste of Abu Dhabi is back, and this time it’s in the brand new Zayed Sports City location with a host of restaurants and celeb chefs taking part. Head down to the capital to try special menus curated by popular local dining spots. For example, you can try Royal Orchids’ famous dynamite prawns for Dhs20 and Tamba’s seared salmon for Dhs30. There are plenty of activities for all the family, such as a kids’ zone, entertainment from renowned Aussie Abba tribute group Björn Again and two Olympic-grade trampolines from Bounce to enjoy, too. INFO: 4pm-11pm Thu 10 Oct, 12noon-11pm Fri 11 Oct, 12noon-10pm Sat 12 Oct, standard tickets on the door Dhs140 (with two drinks) Thu, Dhs85 Fri-Sat, tea club premier lounge Dhs150, VIP tickets Dhs190 on the door, Zayed Sports City, tasteabudhabi.com
SENSATION DUBAI
FRI 11 NOV
The world-famous dance event Sensation is back in Dubai with artists including Afrojack, Aly & Fila and Mr White on its line-up. For the first time ever, the musical extravaganza will transform Bab al Shams into ‘The Desert Dome’, filled with light and laser shows, dancers and more to get you into the party mood! A whopping 30,000 attendees are expected, so if you love dance music, get yourself a ticket! INFO: 6pm-3am, tickets Dhs500-Dhs2,500, Bab Al Shams Event Arena, Dubai, sensation.com
THE COLOR RUN 
SAT 12 NOV
The Color Run’s Tropicolor World Tour 2016 is here, complete with scented powders, inflatable palm trees and a rainbow beach. We reckon the post-event Instagram pics will be epic, so sign up and get involved in this 5km run! INFO: Gates open at 7am, first wave of runners set off at 8.30am, then every 5-10 mins thereafter, Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, thecolorrun.com
CELEBRATE LOY KRATHONG 
THROUGHOUT NOV
The Thai festival of Loy Krathong is where a wish is made while krathongs (small floating baskets/boats), are launched on a river, canal or pond in order to wash away negative feelings.
SUKOTHAI 
DAILY IN NOV
Sukothai is celebrating this special occasion with a four-course set menu with an array of sumptuous Thai dishes served in generous portions, including Thai prawn curry, deliciously tangy chicken bites wrapped in pandan leaves, and moreish mango sticky rice! With the beautiful traditional décor, you’ll feel as though you’re actually dining in Thailand. INFO: 7pm-11.45pm daily, Dhs259 per person, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, 04 702 2455, lemeridien-dubai.com
BENJARONG 
DAILY IN NOV
Tuck into Thai specialities with Benjarong’s four-course menu featuring glass noodle salad, minced prawns, spicy and sour chicken Thai soup, grilled marinated fish in banana leaves and more. INFO: 12noon-3pm lunch, 7pm-11.30pm dinner, Dhs199, Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 317 4515, dine.dtdu@dusit.com
PAI THAI 
THU 10-SUN 20 NOV
This waterside restaurant is offering a set menu with delicacies such as crab dumplings with onion and sweet potato, red prawn curry with lychee and wok-fried beef in red curry paste with Thai eggplant. You’ll also be treated to traditional dance performances taking place on a floating abra while you eat! INFO: 6.30pm-11.30pm, Dhs280, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, 04 432 3232, restaurants@jumeirah.com
LITTLE BLACK DOOR’S JAZZ AND SOUL NIGHT
EVERY SUN
Tired of bassy beats and repetitive house? Jazz and soul singer Layla Kardan will be singing at Little Black Door, which lies hidden away in Conrad Dubai, every Sunday. The moodily lit eatery and bar, serving up cocktails and fancy food, also makes for the perfect date-night spot. INFO: 7.30pm-3am, Conrad Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 055 623 1620, info@knocktoenter.com
WEDNESDAY SOCIAL AT M LOUNGE
EVERY WED
If you just can’t wait for the weekend to start partying, head to Mint Leaf of London’s Wednesday Social where you’ll receive four hours of unlimited free-flowing cocktails, bubbles and grape, plus tasty canapés, while DJ Exon plays house tracks to get you moving. With views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, plus gorgeous interiors, we’d recommend a visit to this venue. INFO: 8pm-12midnight, Dhs160, 15th Floor, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, 04 706 0900, mintleaf.ae
SEE DANE BOWERS AT THE BLACK LION 
EVERY WED
Sadly the Noughties hitmaker Dane Bowers, who has collaborated with the likes of Victoria Beckham and was previously part of Another Level and True Steppers, won’t be belting out his classic hits Buggin’ and Out of Your Mind. However, he will be playing house, R’n’B and old-school club classics at The Black Lion’s new night ‘Rhythm Nation Presents the Pre-Party’ to get you dancing and reminiscing. Tuck into à la carte pub grub at this laidback outlet, plus ladies get two complimentary cocktails. INFO: 8pm-12midnight, free, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 359 2366, theblacklion.ae
JIGSAW’S BARBECUE BRUNCH
EVERY FRI
Inspired by international cuisines, this indoor barbecue brunch at Jigsaw restaurant is a bargain, costing just Dhs195 with house drinks. Expect Moroccan chicken tagine, prime slow-cooked ribs, seafood delights and an intriguing meat-covered pineapple creation! INFO: 12.30pm-4pm, Dhs145 with soft drinks, Avani Deira Dubai Hotel, on the corner of Abu Baker Al Siddique and Sallahudin Road, 04 601 3960, avanihotels.com
BICE’S BACK
DAILY
The Italian eatery has reopened its doors after a renovation and now features a revamped Italian menu and an outdoor lounge and dining terrace. We can’t wait to visit! INFO: Lunch 12.30pm-3.30pm, dinner 7pm-11.30pm, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, 04 318 2520, bicegroup.com
NEW IN CINEMAS
SHUT IN
THU 10 NOV
After a recent accident killed her husband and left her son paralysed, a psychologist (played by Naomi Watts) is left isolated in her home caring for her child. When a winter storm cuts her off from the outside world, she’s forced to protect herself and her son against someone she believes is inside her home. This sounds like a pretty gripping thriller. INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE
BLACK-ISH SEASON 3
FRI 11 NOV
The comedy series returns with Dre (Anthony Anderson), Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and the rest of the Johnson family heading to Disney World in the first episode of the third season. Considering the show’s up for three Emmys this year, it may be worth a look! INFO: 7pm Fri, OSN Play and OSN On Demand
A STREETCAT NAMED BOB, BY JAMES BOWEN
This heart-warming tale has been turned into a movie, which is out Thursday 17 November. A street musician and an injured stray cat meet, causing their lives to change forever. James was living in London and barely making ends meet, collecting just enough money to feed himself — let alone a cat. He couldn’t resist taking in the injured feline, which he named Bob and nursed back to health before letting him go, never expecting see him again. Bob had other ideas and followed James everywhere he went, forming an unbreakable bond between the pair. INFO: Dhs18 on amazon.com

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