Things to do This Week
Meet Gerard Butler in Person!
Ladies, get ready! The dreamboat actor’s coming to town this Friday – and you could get to meet him and even have a professional pic taken with the Scottish A-lister. He’ll make his UAE debut at The Dubai Mall’s Paris Gallery to promote the aftershave BOSS Bottled Intense. For your opportunity to meet Gerard, get his autograph and have professional picture taken with him, simply buy a large bottle of any BOSS fragrance from the store.
“It’s a generous compliment to be named an ambassador for an iconic luxury brand such as BOSS Parfums,” the actor said in a statement. “I’ve always admired the brand’s classic and modern appeal, which I try to infuse into my own personal style. And BOSS Bottled really captures that essence of effortless sophistication that all men can easily incorporate in their daily lives.”
INFO: 6pm, Fri 20 Mar, The Dubai Mall, 04 330 8289, www.thedubaimall.com
Thu 19 Mar
Catch Top British Comic Jack Dee!
After a six-year absence from stand-up, Jack returned to the road last year with an 18-month sell-out tour across the UK and Oz. The popular comedian, a regular face on British TV, is renowned for wringing his hands over the slightest of annoyances – London’s <Evening Standard> once proclaimed he “could turn grumpiness into an art form.”
INFO: 7pm, Dubai World Trade Centre, general admission Dhs300, premium tickets Dhs500, book at www.timeouttickets.com
Take Fashion Afternoon Tea at Raffles!
Snacks meet style at this appetising offering, a tempting spread of treats inspired by the latest catwalk trends! Created by Raffles’ Executive Pastry Chef, Roland Eitzinger, the Spring/Summer Collection – Fashion Afternoon Tea takes inspiration from designer pieces straight off the runway to dazzle your taste buds with chocolate stilettos, strawberry and lime blushers, tangerine bracelets and chocolate and honey powder puffs.
INFO: 2pm-7pm daily, Dhs249 for two people or Dhs449 with a glass of French bubbly each, Raffles Salon, Raffles Dubai, Wafi City, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha, 04 324 8888, email@example.com, www.raffles.com/dubai
Thu 26-Sat 28 Mar
Pure Dining at Asian Street Food
Sample the street eats of South-East Asia over a long weekend celebrating the region’s cuisine. With live cooking stations, themed cocktails and dishes designed to share, Pure Sky Lounge’s event promises a treat for gourmands, kicking off with an evening dining deal on the Thursday, followed by a themed brunch the following evening and winding up the weekend with a Saturday sunset sharing platter for two.
INFO: Deals available from 6.30pm Thu, Dhs250 for unlimited food and hops; 5.30pm-9pm Fri, Dhs375 with selected drinks; 2pm-10pm Sat, sharing platter and cocktail pitcher, Dhs250 for two; level 35, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, 04 374 7888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/PureSkyLounge. Venue opens 2pm-2am Thu, 2pm-2am Fri and 2pm-1am Sat
Go Night Swimming with Glamour & Glow
Fancy a splash-about away from noisy kids and pervy prying eyes? Yas Waterworld has relaunched its ladies-only evening sessions and it’s thrown some colour into the mix. The park will be bathed in coloured lights and you can have your body decorated with UV paint in patterns inspired by henna art. There’ll be dancers and acrobats performing and if you want to have a go yourself, head to the park’s interactive H20 Dance Zone to shake your stuff.
INFO: Bronze, Gold and Platinum tickets cost Dhs225, Dhs460 and Dhs600 respectively – the price includes a souvenir towel, yaswaterworld.com, strictly women only
Brunch of the Week
Hedonistic Saturday Brunch at Eden
This leisurely affair promises no fewer than five hours of food and drink, with signature dishes including sushi, salmon tartare and more fruits de la mer, plus rosé punch, Sangria and signature cocktails will be there to wash it down with.
INFO: 12noon-5pm, closes 12midnight, Dhs350 with vino and punch, add spirits for Dhs495 and bubbles for Dhs595; next to Rixos The Palm, Dubai, 04 277 1477, 055 277 1477, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/edendubai
Thu 19-Sat 28 Mar
See Street Theatre and Comedy at Dub Fest!
This major street theatre and comedy fair is back and this year there’s a circus school! Dub Fest showcases talents of more than 35 acts from some 17 countries, including fire-eaters, comedians, jugglers, acrobats and clowns. Altogether, they’ll perform in no fewer than 200 shows – phew!
INFO: 3pm-9pm Sun-Thu, 2pm-9pm Fri-Sat, free, Al Ghurair Centre and surrounding streets, Al Riqqa Street Rd, Deira, Dubai, www.alghuraircentre.com/dubfest
Learn Salsa in Dubai Media City!
A sizzling new dance class could see your swinging your hips until the early hours! Running every week, Saborlatino welcomes both women and men, and no partner or previous experience is necessary – just turn up! After the hour-long lesson the fun goes on, with Latin-themed food and music, plus everyone gets a free drink!
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Mixology at Amarillo
Girls get unlimited sparkling grape from 9pm-11pm, plus there’s loads of tasty tapas to try at this futuristic JLT lounge bar.
INFO: 6pm-3am, Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel, Cluster T, Dubai, 04 567 1100, www.facebook.com/pullmanjlt, www.pullmanhotels.com
NeoRun at Dubai Autodrome
Glow crazy with luminous paint at Neorun – the UAE’s first ever fun run featuring fluorescent UV paint! Thousands of runners will take to the racetrack at Dubai Autodrome, passing through various colour-themed zones to the finish line for the Enigma afterparty hosted by Radio 1 DJs. Sign up and you’ll get a T-shirt, neon bib, goggles and a glo stick – perfect for post-race raving! INFO: Dhs165, register by Fri 27 Mar at any Virgin Megastore or at www.platinumlist.ae or virginmegastore.me; doors 4pm, run starts 7pm, party ends 11pm, Dubai Autodrome, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/theneorun, neorun.com