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The To-Do List

26 Jan 2017

Surena Chande's guide to the good times over the next week

BALLET UNDER THE STARS AT DESERT PALM PER AQUUM

THU 26-FRI 27 JAN

If you’re looking for a magical, cultural evening, head to Ballet Under the Stars, where you’ll see performances of internationally renowned ballets. The event will star one of the world’s most iconic ballerinas, Lucia Lacarra, along with principles and soloists from ballet companies such as The English National Ballet. While the tickets are pricey, they include a French bubbly reception, a three-course dinner and half a bottle of grape per person. INFO: Dhs750 per person for gold, Dhs850 per person for platinum, Dhs1,000 per person for VIP, 7pm-11pm, Desert Palm Per Aquum, Al Awir Road, 04 323 8888, dubai.platinumlist.com

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COOLIO IS COMING TO DUBAI

FRI 27 JAN

We can’t wait to check out Billionaire Mansion’s new ‘Flashback 90s/00s’ night with performances from the era’s biggest stars, including Grammy award-winning Coolio on the launch evening. The venue has also extended its ladies’ night deal of four free drinks for the gals to daily (excluding Mondays when it’s closed) from 8pm to 11pm. INFO: Free entry, 8pm-3am, Taj Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, 04 510 3100, reservations@billionairemansiondubai.com

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CHINESE NEW YEAR AT ROYAL CHINA DUBAI

FRI 27 JAN-THU 2 FEB

Chinese New Year, on Saturday 28 January, marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster and this DIFC outlet has created a special golden mocktail (Dhs38) to match the colours of the rooster, in addition to a specially-designed menu by the chef to highlight the tastes of China. Dishes such as baked golden bun with sesame, roasted and poached chicken with garlic, and sweet Osmanthus flower pudding all feature in the menu. Diners are also gifted with red packets that are synonymous with the celebrations and bring good fortune. INFO: À la carte, prices vary depending on dishes ordered, 11.30am-11.30pm daily, Royal China Dubai, The Balcony, Precinct Building 4, DIFC, 04 354 5543, royalchinadubai.com

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LADIES’ NIGHT AT THE ATLANTIC DUBAI

EVERY TUE

This new spot’s created a fab offer for gals. Make your way through a three-course meal with three house drinks or glasses of sparkling grape for Dhs199. Dishes include marinated trout and baked oysters, so if you’re a fan of seafood suppers, check it out! INFO: 6pm-11pm, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 04 442 5662, theatlantic-dubai.com

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AUSTRALIA DAY

THU 26 JAN

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to celebrate Aussie day.

YALUMBA, FRI 27 JAN

This brunch hotspot will be firing up the barbecue and serving chops, steaks, sausages and seafood. Diners can also expect the usual, cooking stations and desserts, all to the backdrop of Aussie music and entertainment both indoors and out. INFO: Dhs499 with house drinks, grape, hops and bubbly, 12.30pm-3.30pm, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, 04 702 2455, yalumbadubai.com

PJ O’REILLY’S, FRI 27 JAN

PJ O’Reilly’s is hosting a themed all-you-can-eat family poolside barbecue. You’ll also get free-flowing drinks and entertainment from the resident DJ and band. INFO: Free for children under 6, Dhs50 per child from six-12, Dhs150-Dhs400 per person for Aussies Abroad members packages; Dhs200-Dhs500 for non-member packages Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street, 02 674 2020, leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com

ZERO GRAVITY, THU 26-SAT 28 JAN

Zero Gravity’s Australia Day triple-brunch is for party animals. For one fee head to Social Club on Thursday for food, house drinks and entertainment, on Friday for an Australia-themed brunch with free-flowing house drinks and on Supernatural Saturday for five hours of pool access, food and house drinks. Wow! INFO: Dhs599 for triple brunch, 8pm-11pm Thu, 3pm-6pm Fri, 12noon-5pm Sat, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, 04 399 0009, 0-gravity.ae

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RESIDENT EVIL: THE  FINAL CHAPTER

THU 26 JAN

This action flick starring Ruby Rose and Milla Jovovich is a continuation from Resident Evil: Retribution. Alice is among the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse and goes back to where it all began at The Hive in Raccoon City where the Umbrella Corporation is preparing for a final strike. INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE

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FOOD, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: 115 ON-POINT RECIPES FOR GREAT MEALS AND A BETTER LIFE BY OPRAH WINFREY

In this new book, the wonderful Oprah Winfrey shares an array of healthy recipes that were created by her fave chefs, plus personal stories and memories that promise a behind-the-scenes look into the celeb’s life. INFO: Dhs77 on amazon.com

COMING SOON

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WEST SIDE STORY

TUE 14-SAT 18 FEB

The renowned musical is coming to Dubai Opera, so grab your tickets! INFO: Dhs250-Dhs6,800, 3pm (on Thu, Fri and Sat) and 8pm  (all days) Tue 14-Sat 18 Feb, Downtown Dubai, dubaiopera.com