THE TO-DO LIST

Ahlan!'s guide to the good times over the next seven days
BySurena ChandeThursday , 24 November 2016
THE TO-DO LIST
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FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

It’s the biggest sporting event of the year for the region, so get ready for an action-packed weekend of nail-biting races and plenty of partying. As the championship decider, it all comes down to the race on Sunday 27 November, with qualifying races happening from Friday 25 November. While third place is anyone’s game, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be battling it out for first place. Let your hair down post-race with the following events:

YASALAM AT DU ARENA

Every year, a world-class line-up is announced to entertain F1-goers with ticket holders getting free entry to the concerts. From Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 November, four acts will headline at Du Arena.

24 NOV: As a pre-race weekend warmup, the Grammy-winning ‘Mr Worldwide’ Pitbull is getting crowds ready on day one.

25 NOV: The Chemical Brothers will be headlining Yasalam for the first official day of the F1, so get ready to rave when races end.

26 NOV: Global superstar Lionel Richie will be taking the stage on Saturday so you can dance All Night Long!

27 NOV: Rihanna’s in town for the grand finale and this performance marks her only Middle East date on her Anti World Tour, we reckon it’ll be amazing. INFO: 7pm-10pm, tickets to Abu Dhabi F1 Dhs525-Dhs4,685, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, yasalam.ae

VIP ROOM ABU DHABI

In partnership with Cipriani Yas Island, VIP Room Abu Dhabi will be hosting three special nights with Luciano and Paris Hilton (25 November) and Drake who’ll be performing on Saturday 26 November and hosting a night with Rihanna’s brother on Sunday 27 November. Other celeb guests are expected to attend – we wonder if RiRi will actually make an appearance? INFO: 11pm-5am Fri 25-Sun 27 Nov, general admission pending door policy, entrance is guaranteed for everyone with a table reservation, Cipriani Yas Island, Building 1, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 052 881 8888, bookings@viproom-dubai.com

THE PODIUM LOUNGE
The Podium Lounge hosts sell-out, celeb-filled events every year with VIP suites for 600 guests every evening and entertainment from DJ Patrick Oliver, DJ: EROK, DJ maDJam and Miles Slater. Check it out! INFO: 10pm-3am Fri 25-Sun 27 Nov, general admission from Dhs200, VIP tables Dhs5,000-Dhs45,000, RUSH, Bridge Gallery, Yas Viceroy Hotel, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 056 737 9905, podiumlounge.com/ae/tickets

AMBER LOUNGE

If you fancy rubbing shoulders with celebs, head to Amber Lounge’s after-parties and celebrity yacht where the likes of Prince Harry, Lewis Hamilton, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian have all hung out during the F1. British R’n’B superstar Jay Sean will be headlining this year. INFO: 11pm-3am Sat 26-Sun 27 Nov, Dhs3,030-Dhs86,670 for parties, Dhs18,180 for two-day access to celebrity yacht party, abudhabi@amber-lounge.com, amber-lounge.com

SALSA NIGHTS AT INKA

EVERY MON

Tuck into an eight-course sharing menu for two where you’ll sample Peruvian delights like salmon tiradito, wild mushroom quinotto, Peruvian mess and a Sangri pitcher. Post-dinner entertainment comes in the form of salsa dancing with Ritmo de Havana, a Dubai-based salsa group. This sounds like fun! INFO: 9pm-2am, Dhs395 per couple, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, 04 346 9295, reservations@inkadubai.com

ZERO GRAVITY TURNS THREE

THROUGHOUT NOV

We can’t quite believe this party spot is already three years old, but it is! And for the special occasion, the venue’s offering free pool and beach access on Sunday 27, Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 November for the first 300 people who email guestlist@0-gravity.ae. Additionally, gals will get three-for-two entry (Dhs100 per person) at the Lost Angels ladies’ night (Tuesday 29 November) with free-flowing drinks and bites. INFO: 10am-sunset for pool and beach access, 8pm-12midnight for ladies’ night, next to Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh, 04 399 0009, 0-gravity.ae

THANKSGIVING IN DUBAI

Restaurants have gone all out this year for the Canadian festival of Thanksgiving, where you’ll get to tuck into a traditional feast.

THU 24 NOV Clinton Street is offering a big plate full of Thanksgiving delights with roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, accompanied by sweet potato mash, Brussel sprouts, carrots and more. The bakery’s famed for its pies, so why not treat yourself to one for dessert? INFO: Served in 90 minute intervals from 4.30pm, Dhs98 per person, Clinton Street Baking Company, Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, 04 428 1331, clintonstreetbaking.ae

THU 24-SAT 26 NOV You’re going to be well and truly stuffed by the time you finish Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s four-course menu for the occasion. The set-menu has dishes including minestrone soup, roast turkey with all the trimmings, lamb lollipops, sweet potato casserole, along with pumpkin cheesecake for dessert, too. INFO: 6pm-12midnight, Dhs450 per person, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Address Marina, Dubai, 04 454 9538, marina@ruthschris.ae

UNTIL 30 NOV We’ve had a look at Bazxar’s set menu. Drool! All served in a sharing style, expect treats such as pull-apart bread, roasted honey-glazed turkey, buttermilk mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake and more. This one’s only for groups of eight and above and soft drinks, coffee and tea are included in the rather steep price tag. INFO: From 7pm-12midnight Sat-Wed, 7pm-1am Thu-Fri, Bazxar, Gate Precinct Building 4, DIFC, Dubai, 04 355 1111, bazxar.com

NIGHT BRUNCH AT MERCURY LOUNGE

EVERY THU

Boasting views of the Dubai skyline, rooftop hotspot Mercury Lounge has launched an evening brunch to get you ready for the weekend. The Mediterranean brunch menu is a sharing concept comprising Carpaccio, pastas, risottos and more. Make sure you glam up for this one! INFO: 8pm-11pm, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, 04 270 7804, fourseasons.com/dubaijb

LA REPUBLICA AT SEAFIRE

EVERY TUE

With a three-course Havana-inspired tasting menu paired with cocktails to the background of Cubana beats from Buena Vista Social Club, Seafire’s themed night sounds like a fab night out with friends or a fun date. INFO: 8pm-11pm, Dhs325 per person, Seafire Steakhouse, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 04 426 2626, restaurantreservations@atlantisthepalm.com

SUNSETS FESTIVAL AT BARASTI

THU 24-SAT 26 NOV

Get ready for a throwback session with Barasti’s Sunsets Festival where you’ll be seeing the likes of Sister Bliss, Black Eyed Peas’ Apl de Ap, Dirty Vegas and Toploader! Entry’s free, so if you fancy belting your lungs out to Dancing in the Moonlight get yourself to this one! INFO: 5pm-1.30am Thu, 2pm-1.30am Fri-Sat, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 04 318 1313, barastibeach.com

BURGER & LOBSTER BAR

DAILY

The popular outlet Burger & Lobster has just launched its new bar serving up cocktails and mini bar bites. We’ve checked it out and we’ll definitely be back. INFO: 12pm-2am, Burj Daman Building

DIFC, Dubai, 04 514 8838, burgerandlobster.com

NOW SHOWING

GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE

FROM FRI 25 NOV

After nine long years of waiting, Gilmore Girls is back with four 90-minute episodes that are named after the four seasons. Almost everyone from the original cast is back including Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, obvs, Emily, Lke Danes, Lane Kim and Meilissa McCarthy as Sookie! Get ready for some serious binge-watching! INFO: Netflix.com

NEW IN CINEMAS

ALLIED

THU 24 NOV

The highly-anticipated movie featuring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard is finally here! Set in 1942, in North Africa, an intelligence officer (Pitt) meets a French Resistance fighter (Cotillard) on a secret mission. When they reunite in London, their relationship is threatened by the pressures of war. INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE

READ

THE CHEMIST, BY STEPHANIE MEYER

The author of Twilight is back, but you won’t find any vampires or werewolves in this gripping story. The story centres around an ex-agent, on the run from her previous employers, who has to take one more case to clear her name, thus saving her life. With plenty of twists and even a hint of romance as she falls in love with a man who could be detrimental to her survival, we reckon this one’s going to be as addictive as Meyer’s other books. INFO: Dhs60 on amazon.com

NEW IN CINEMAS

ARRIVAL

THU 24 NOV

Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, this films perfect for sci-fi fans. A mysterious spacecraft touches down, and an elite team is brought together to investigate. Led by linguist Louise Banks, the team try desperately to find answers and Banks risks her life and humanity to unravel the mystery. INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE

COMING SOON
Dates for your diary

NATIONAL DAY CONCERTS

THU 1-FRI 2 DEC

These National Day gigs feature a world-class line-up of DJ Snake and DJ Tiesto, plus local artists supporting, too. Get ready to party! INFO: 9.30pm-3am, Dhs275 standard, Dhs5,000 platform tables, Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, 050 855 1515, dubai.platinumlist.com

LES BALLETS DE FRANCE IN DUBAI

FRI 2-SAT 3 NOV

France’s first private ballet company Les Ballets de France is touring the UAE for the first time with its Grand Ballet Gala show. Featuring scenes from some of the most famous ballets including Coppélia and Bolero, we’re sure this will be a lovely evening! INFO: 8pm-10pm Fri, 3pm-5pm and 8pm-10pm Sat, Dhs150-Dhs300, DUCTAC Cultural Center’s Centerpoint Theatre, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, ductac.org

ELTON JOHN IN DUBAI

THU 15 DEC

Music legend Elton John’s bringing his Wonderful Crazy Night tour to Dubai for one night only. We can’t wait to hear the star’s classic hits. INFO: 5pm-12midnight, Dhs295-Dhs995 for tickets, Dhs995-Dhs50,000 for packages, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubai, dubai.platinumlist.com