Top 10 Things to Do This Week
The Laughter Factory
Wednesday 16 January
Chuckle your way into 2013 at the Laughter Factory’s latest comedy night. The line-up for this month includes multi-award winning British comic Stephen Grant whose CV includes writing jokes for former Radio 1 DJs Mark and Lard, comedy legend Lily Savage, and working as a warm up act for The Jonathan Ross Show. He has been dubbed “unique and hilarious”, which is good enough for us. Regulars Stuart Goldsmith and Steve Shanyaski are also on the bill, and we expect they’re good for a giggle too.
INFO: Dhs140, 9pm, Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, 04 355 1862, www.thelaughterfactory.com.
The Cheesecake Factory at Mall of the Emirates
The Dubai Mall branch went down a storm when it was unveiled a few months ago, and now we’re being treated to a second outlet of American institution The Cheesecake Factory.
It was unveiled on New Year’s Eve and, of course, doesn’t just serve cheesecake but also an array of main courses including salads, pizza, pasta and seafood. Expect queues – The Dubai Mall branch, which was the firm’s first international venture, has been serving 2,000 customers a day! Chairman and founder David Overton was in town for the launch.
INFO: Mall of the Emirates, 04 377 2000, www.malloftheemirates.com.
Blind tasting at Bord Eau
Do you find yourself ordering the same dishes over and over again when you eat out? Discover something new for 2013 by heading to the Shangri-La Hotel in Abu Dhabi for chef de cuisine Alexandre Pernetta’s blind tasting menu. We reckon it will be fun working out exactly what you’re munching.
INFO: Dhs375 (four courses), Dhs500 (five courses), 7pm to 11.30pm, Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 02 509 8888, www.shangri-la.com.
Dubai Top Model Search
Tuesday 15 January
Fancy yourself as the next Kate, Naomi or David Gandy? Here’s your chance! Glitz Models & Entertainment has launched a weekly contest to discover new faces. Dubai Top Model Search is held every Tuesday at Cavalli Club at the Fairmont Hotel. The clubbers choose the winner, and men and women can enter. They’re looking for confidence, beauty and finesse, apparently! (They could have just come to team Ahlan!’s office!) There’s a grand finale later in 2013, with over Dhs918,000-worth of prizes.
INFO: 9pm, Tuesday 15 January, Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Dubai, 04 332 9260, www.cavalliclubdubai.com.
Dubai Shopping Festival
The annual event is just the excuse we need to buy some new clobber. Plus Visa will be running a Big Box promotion that will see shoppers asked to guess what’s inside a big package to have the chance to win it!
INFO: Until 3 February, www.dubaievents.ae.
I can’t wait for my first Dubai Shopping Festival! I plan to kit out my new apartment!
Dunlop 24H of Dubai
Friday 11 January
Motor racing fans should steer themselves to the Dubai Autodrome for this epic 24-hour endurance race featuring 80 teams from around the globe.
INFO: Free, 2pm Friday 11 until 2pm Saturday 12 January, Dubai Autodrome, 04 367 8700, www.24hourdubai.com.
Audio Tonic Saturday Showcase at 360
Saturday 12 January
This bar set right out in the sea is one of our favourite venues. Mike Daniel and Jason Kabuki will spin the decks as the waves crash in the background.
INFO: Free, 4pm to 2am, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 04 406 8999, www.jumeirah.com.
Dubai Festival City Mall Light and Water Show
If you’re shopping at Festival Centre, check out the winter show, a blend of light, fire and laser projections at Festival Marina.
INFO: Free, daily at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, plus additional weekend shows at 10:30pm and 11:30pm, until 28 February, Dubai Festival City, 800 332 32, www.festivalcentre.com.
Aspen at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
The Aspen lobby lounge has reopened following a revamp. A top spot for afternoon tea, it’s also home to one of only 100 Victoria Arduino Venus Century Espresso Machines in the world. Posh!
INFO: Open 24 hours, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 409 5999, www.kempinski.com/dubai.
Monday 21 January
Dust off your grass skirt and head to cool club Mahiki’s Beach Luau. Enjoy cocktails and food and enter the limbo contest! Aloha!
INFO: From 7pm, Monday 21 January, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 04 380 7731, www.makiki.ae.