The To-Do List

Surena Chande's guide to the good times over the next week
BySurena ChandeThursday , 23 February 2017
The To-Do List
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DUBAI JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017

THU 23-FRI 24 FEB

Grammy Award-winning superstar Mariah Carey will be performing all her hits at Dubai Jazz Festival for the second night of the event! This is the first time the Always Be My Baby and We Belong Together hitmaker has taken to the stage in Dubai, and we can’t wait to see her strut her stuff and belt out her classic tracks. Headlining the final night of the music festival is Enrique Iglesias, who’s known for his chart-topping tunes such as Hero. INFO: Dhs395-Dhs1,595 on Thu 23 and Fri 24 Feb, 6pm-12midnight, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.ae, dubaijazzfest.com

DUBAI FOOD FESTIVAL

THU 23-SAT 11 MAR

Whether you’re a full-on foodie or just love trying new dishes from around the world, you should be seriously excited for the Dubai Food Festival, which is back for another year with plenty of events that you need to check out!

EAT THE WORLD, THU 23-SAT 25 FEB

The food-truck-filled pop-up has taken over Burj Park again, but after last year’s ‘Best of British’ concept, America’s vendors are getting involved, too! Prepare to feast on the wares of 10 US-based food traders serving up some of America’s best street food, as they go head-to-head with 10 UK-based trucks. I’m a sucker for grilled cheese, personally, so I’ll be heading straight to The Cheese Truck. Oh, and don’t forget your camera – this event’s got some seriously swish Instagram photo opps. INFO: Dhs40 in advance, Dhs50 at the door, 5pm-11pm Thu, 12noon-11pm Fri & Sat, Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, eattheworld.ae

MIELE DUBAI RESTAURANT WEEK

THU 23 FEB-SAT 4 MAR

Some of the best restaurants in the city are allowing you the chance to tuck into their signature dishes from a three-course set menu for a special Dubai Restaurant Week price. Taking part this year is Gaucho, Namu, Sea Fu, Mayta, Rhodes W1, The Rib Room, Pai Thai, Social by Heinz Beck, Pierchic, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar by Gordon Ramsay, Marina Social and Al Nafoorah. If you’ve ever wanted to visit these restaurants, we couldn’t think of a better time! INFO: Dhs199 per person, to see the set menu and book visit roundmenu.com

FILMS AND FOOD AT LAST EXIT

THU 23 FEB-SAT 11 MAR

Having only opened in 2016, Last Exit quickly grew in popularity with huge queues forming for the drive-through eateries every weekend. For Dubai Food Festival, the spot’s offering the chance to catch a movie while chowing down on a burger – just like the good old days! Each weekend will focus on a different era of films, and the schedule starts with family-friendly movies or cartoons at 7pm, then classic movies to be enjoyed by adults at 8.30pm, and at 10pm, there are contemporary flicks. INFO: Free, screening dates are Thu 23-Sat 25 Feb, Thu 2-Sat 4 Mar, Thu 9-Sat 11 Mar, Last Exit E11, Sheikh Zayed Road facing Dubai, 04 317 3999, visitdubai.com/en/dff

FOGUEIRA FRIDAY BRUNCH

EVERY FRI

Dubai’s famed Brazilian churrascaria restaurant Fogueira has a party brunch that’s great for groups. Feast on all-you-can-eat meat cuts, Brazilian specialities including cheese bread and coxinha, plus a salad and dessert buffet. Expect musical entertainment from the Latino band and samba dancers, too! INFO: Dhs335 per person with soft drinks, Dhs445 per person with house drinks, 25 per cent off for groups of five or more, 12.30pm-3.30pm, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, 04 439 8888, ramadaplazajbr.com

FRIDAY TAPAS BRUNCH IN BASILICO

EVERY FRI

If you’re a tapas fan, Basilico’s new brunch at the Cove Rotana makes for the perfect way to spend your Friday. Dine alfresco and feast on paella, calamari and more. Yum! INFO: Dhs229 per person with soft drinks, Dhs299 per person with house drinks and bubbly, 12.30pm-4pm Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 206 6333, fb.cove@rotana

NEW IN CINEMAS: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

FROM THU 23 FEB

The intensely acted Oscar-nominated masterpiece starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams is finally in cinemas. It tells the tale of a broken man’s journey in life after going through the ultimate tragedy. INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE

WATCH: THE 89TH ACADEMY AWARDS LIVE

MON 27 FEB

Join in with all of the red carpet action and pre-event glitz and glamour at the Oscars! See what your fave celebs wear on the night and all of the interviews as they happen with E! Entertainment’s Live from the Red Carpet and Fashion Police. We’ll be glued to our screens. INFO: Live coverage from 2am, repeat of the main awards event is at 8pm and 12midnight, OSN Movies Festival HD and OSN Play

COMING SOON: GUNS ‘N’ ROSES

FRI 3 MAR

As part of the highly anticipated reunion tour, the rockers will be stopping off in Dubai in just a week’s time! If you haven’t already, get your tickets now! INFO: Dhs400-Dhs2,200, 4pm-11pm, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai-Al Ain Road, 117live.com, tickets from dubai.

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