Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE This Week
Starts Mon 27 Oct
It's Money, Murder and Mayhem at The Act
The supper club's latest dinner show has been announced and, as with previous productions, the details are a closely guarded secret. This time, there's a crime conundrum to solve as a murder takes place in a mansion. Who's responsible, and to what lengths will they go in order to avoid detection? Most importantly, who'll be the next victim? Puzzle over red herrings while dining on high-end Peruvian cuisine – it's all good fun.
INFO: 8.30pm-12midnight every Mon, Tue and Wed, Dhs320-Dhs495 (food only; drinks priced individually), reservations required on 04 355 1116 or firstname.lastname@example.org, The Act, Shangri-la Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, www.theactdubai.com
Learn Zouk and Kizonga in Dubai!
Learn these increasingly popular dances, originating from Brazil and Angola respectively, at these fun sessions for beginners and more experienced dancers.
INFO: Dhs50 per hour, La Porte des Indes, ground floor, The Address Dubai Mall, 050 910 8616, email@example.com, www.zouk-dubai.com
Thu 23-Fri 1 Nov
Catch Flicks at Abu Dhabi Film Festival
See seven world premieres of Arab films alongside the best of world cinema at this acclaimed annual event. The festival opens with the world premiere of From A to B, by Emirati director Ali Mostafa, closing with Disney cartoon Big Hero 6, to be shown just days after its world premiere.
INFO: Dhs30 per film, festival passes for unlimited regular screenings Dhs400, Emirates Palace and Vox Cinemas Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, 056 689 8668, www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae
Fri 31 Oct
Scorched Sand at Blue Marlin
Inspired by Nevada's legendarily offbeat Burning Man festival, Burning Beach is billed as an "out-of-this-world" experience and invites party-goers to don imaginative dress and let their imaginations run wild.
INFO: 1pm-11pm, minimum spend applies, 056 113 3400, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Ghantoot, Exit 399, in Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels & Resort, Abu Dhabi, www.bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
Try Modern Indian Cuisine at Tresind
Fusing fine Asian ingredients with modern molecular gastronomy techniques, Tresind aims to shake up Dubai's Indian dining scene with creative signature dishes such as "deconstructed biryani". How about dokhla (savoury sponge cake made from rice and chickpea flour) with coconut chutney ice-cream, curry leaf and mustard-water perfume? Intriguing.
INFO: Restaurant: 7pm-11.30pm Sun-Sat, lounge: 6.30pm-2am Sun-Sat; Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Plot 49, Sheikh Zayed Rd, 04 308 0440, www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-dubai
Sat 25 Oct
Pick up Self-Defence Tips!
This talk aims to empower women with simple yet effective psychological techniques, enabling you to better assess potential threats to your safety. Key elements will include how to avoid becoming a target in the first place and immobilising an attacker in under three seconds, plus using your mobile phone as an "invisible friend".
INFO: 9.30am-11am, Dhs80, book at www.platinumlist.net; Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, 04 387 3578, www.showtimeevents.info
Every Fri AND Sat
Brunch of the Week
The Picnic Brunch at Blades
Tuck into a generously packed picnic basket on the inviting lawn overlooking Al Badia Golf Course. Fresh air and live music makes for a fun day in the sun.
INFO: 11.30am-3.30pm Fri and Sat, Dhs275 with soft drinks, Dhs375 with house drinks, 04 701 1127/8, Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City, email@example.com,
Club Night of the Week
Tiki Tastic Thursdays
Celebrate the weekend the Polynesian way at Mahiki's new Coconut Lounge. As well as the club's signature cocktails, you'll find gourmet bites on the menu.
INFO: 7pm-3am, free, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, 04 380 7731, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mahiki.ae
Make a Grape Escape to the Hilton!
Le Grand Apero offers unlimited cheese, charcuterie and tapas with a glass of vino in relaxed, unpretentious surroundings. Salut!
INFO: 7pm-10pm, Dhs99, The Grape Escape, plaza level, Hilton Dubai The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, 04 399 1111, www.hilton.com/Dubai
Ladies' Night of the Week
Go Geisha! Asia Asia's latest launch offers women three free drinks – choose from an extensive selection of cocktails and vino.
INFO: 6pm-1am, free, sixth floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 04 276 5900, email@example.com, www.asia-asia.com