Top 10 Things to do in the UAE This Week

See Alicia Keys, party on the beach at Sandance, visit new club Fleurs and catch the action at Dubai Air Show
BySarah SwainThursday , 14 November 2013
Top 10 Things to do in the UAE This Week
Sing Along to Alicia Keys on 15 November Music fans have a tough choice on 15 November as not only does Sandance have a top line-up, but American songstress Alicia Keys is playing down the road at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, with Jason Derulo as support. The 32-year-old burst into the charts in 2001 with Songs in A Minor and she’s since totted up sales of 65 million records worldwide. But it’s her 2009 smash hit, Empire State of Mind with Jay Z, that is set to get the crowd singing. All together now… “In New Yaaaawk. Concrete jungle where dreams are made…” INFO: Dhs295 (regular standing), Dhs595 (front pit standing), Dhs1,295 (VIP), 9pm, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai,

Get Your Groove on at Sandance
Fri 15 Nov
The second Sandance of the season brings another top line-up to Nasimi Beach. British funk band Jamiroquai headlines, and we’re expecting suave leading man Jay Kay to bring some Virtual Insanity to the sand. Also on the bill is American disco legend Nile Rodgers and his band Chic. He’s the talent behind 40 years of hits including Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Good Times and I’m Coming Out, as well as recent smash Get Lucky with Daft Punk. British urban act Rudimental, who have just scooped Best Album at the MOBO Awards, are also appearing, plus dance faves Basement Jaxx will take to the stage. Completing the bill are DJs Martin Solveig, Laidback Luke and Richard Durand.
INFO: Dhs295 (advance), Dhs350 (door), Dhs500 (VIP), Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 055 200 4321,,

New! Check out Dubai’s New Club, Fleurs
Thu 14 & fri 15 Nov

Yet another hip new club has popped up in Dubai. Fleurs, named after the French word for flowers, encourages revellers to throw blooms at the performers, who include resident singer Shaya – who has worked with David Guetta – and Stefania, who found fame on the French version of The Voice. The tradition is believed to have begun in ancient Greece, when crowds threw plates or flowers to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. As well as boasting unique decor inside, its exterior is pretty impressive too – it’s shaped like an origami flower!
INFO: Dhs3,000 minimum spend per table for six to eight people, 11pm-3am Thu & Fri, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 050 913 9148,

See the Dubai
Air Show
Mon 18-Thu 21 Nov
Is that the Top Gun theme we hear? Some of the world’s most impressive aircraft are flying in for Skyview, part of the Dubai Airshow. This public event lets you watch feats of aviation from the F/A-18 fighter and UAE aerobatic team, Al Fursan. Catch the aeronautical action at the grandstand of the new Dubai World Central airport near Jebel Ali. British expats will be pleased to see the Red Arrows show off their skills for the first time in the Middle East. We’re just disappointed it’s not being held over a weekend.
INFO: Dhs60 (adults), Dhs30 (children under 12), 12pm-6pm, Dubai World Central, Jebel Ali,

New! Have a Picnic Brunch 
Sat 16 Nov

Forget queuing at buffets in chilly air-con – it’s time to enjoy brunch outdoors. Al Badia Golf Club offers dining on its lawn with a hamper stuffed with scrumptious goodies such as smoked salmon and prawn cocktail, plus a blanket. Atmosphere comes courtesy of the solo musician.
INFO: Dhs365 (house drinks), Dhs265 (soft drinks), 12pm-4pm, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127,


New! Sushi at seyahi

We’re fans of Watatsumi’s king crab California maki.
INFO: 6pm-11.30pm Sat-Thu, 12pm-3pm and 6pm-12am Fri, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai, 04 399 3373,

Dine with atltitude
Sat 16 Nov
At.mosphere hosts Seafood on 122.
INFO: Dhs450 (food), Dhs690 (with two glasses of bubbly), 12.30pm-3pm, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 04 888 3828,

New! Hit Puro Beach
Hot new sunbathing spot.
INFO: Dhs250 minimum spend per sunbed, 8am-2am, Conrad Dubai, 04 444 7111,

New! Mad for Mexican
Tue 19 Nov
Chef’s House’s theme night promises spicy flavours.
INFO: Dhs195 (house drinks), Dhs135 (soft drinks),  7pm-11pm, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, 04 366 9111,

New! Harry’s back!
Harry’s Sports Bar has reopened after a revamp.
INFO: 12pm-3am Sat-Thu, 6pm-3am Fri, Crowne Plaza Dubai – Deira, 04 262 5555,