Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!

From Pacha's white wonderland to David Morales at Q43 and house club O2 on The Palm
ByJJ AnisiobiThursday , 15 January 2015
Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
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Rory McIlroy’s coming to the capital!

Thu 15-Sun 18 Jan
Tee Up for Ladies’ Day in Abu Dhabi!

Now in its 10th year, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is a highlight of the capital’s social calendar, promising an action-packed schedule both on and off the greens. World number-one golfer Rory McIlroy’s among the sporting stars taking part, and from fashion and food to celeb-spotting and a bumper prize draw, there’ll be plenty to do even if you don’t follow the game. On the Friday, style-savvy judges will be on the prowl looking for the best-dressed women, so scrub up for your chance to win a top prize – one of last year’s winners bagged a trip to Thailand!

INFO: 7am-5.30pm, Dhs50 per day; four-day tickets Dhs150, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl,

Fri 16 Jan
Go Beyond the Pale for Pacha’s White Day Party

Pacha’s rooftop terrace will be transformed into a white wonderland for its new series of monthly day parties, which feature gourmet treats and come with a strict colour-free dress code. This week’s headline act is Marc Marshall.

INFO: 2pm-3am, free, Madinat Jumeirah, 04 567 0000,,

Every Wed
Ladies’ Night of the Week: Skinny Wednesdays at Sho Cho

The Japanese Jumeirah haunt’s offering two-for-one deals on fruity ‘skinny’ cocktails, each with less than an eighth of the calories found in a frozen margarita.

INFO: Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Rd, 04 346 1111,

Sat 17 Jan
Witness Wacky Race the M1 Vertical Climb!

This quirky vertical run starts and goes all the way up the 42nd floor. Cafe M, on the ground floor, the relay change point at level P7 and the 42nd-floor finishing point are your best bets for catching the action. Afterwards, join the winners for lunch at The DEK on 8.

INFO: 10am, free, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City,

Thu 15 Jan
Club Night of the Week: David Morales at Q43
The Media City bar’s marking its first birthday by welcoming New Yorker David Morales, who’s remixed tracks for everyone from Jacko to Britney Spears.

INFO: 8.30pm-3am, free, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 055 563 4015,

Every Fri
Brunch of the Week: Friday Brunch at Mint Leaf
Curry connoisseurs needn’t wait until night-time to fill up on their fave spicy South Asian dishes, as the high-end British-Indian restaurant serves up modern fine-dining cuisine including plenty of veggie options.

INFO: 2pm-5.30pm, Dhs245 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with selected house drinks, 15th floor, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC

Check Out New Nightspot O2 on The Palm, Jumeirah

Carrying house music “and nothing but,” this new nightspot’s already welcomed some big-name DJs. Featuring a rooftop bar, it promises pure chill-out, lounge and deep house beats, it should be a haven for haters of cheesy chart pop tunes. O2’s line-up for each Thursday in January has been announced – this week it’s Sebo K, to be followed by Ernesto Ferreyra and Julietta on the 22nd and DJ trio Droog and Maxxi Soundsystem in a fortnight’s time.

INFO: Dhs100 at or Dhs150 on door, Crescent East, Sofitel The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 056 271 7273,,

Every Thu, Fri & Sat
Browse Fair-Trade Fashion Bargains at Marketeerzz!
Marketeerzz is a new pop-up market offering goods from socially responsible vendors, selling clothes and accessories from kimonos and vegetable-dyed pashminas to eyewear. You’ll also find fashion, jewellery, homeware and art made by Baytward, a collective of 10 up-and-coming Middle Eastern designers. Marketeerzz is holding a January sale, so head on down to snaffle some bargains!

INFO: 10am-8pm, Town Centre Jumeirah mall, 8B St, off Jumeirah Beach Rd, Dubai,

Fri 16 Jan
Hear an Austrian Classical Quintet Perform in the UAE!

Spirit of Vienna features Austrian five-piece Wiener Klarinetten Quintett, who’ll perform their pick of chamber music including works by Mozart and Strauss.

INFO: Doors 7pm; Gold tickets Dhs250, Platinum Dhs350, VIP Dhs 550; The One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai; 04 331 3832,

Every Fri
Get Post-Brunch Bubbly Deals at Bliss Lounge
Relax on the white sands of Jumeirah Beach at Bliss Us, one of the city’s newest post-brunch parties, to a backdrop of chilled out beats from the lounge bar’s resident DJs. 

INFO: 3pm-3am, 30 per cent off bottles of fizz from 7pm-10pm, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai, 04 399 5533,,


Thu 12-Fri 13 Feb
Check out Iggy at RedFestDXB!

One of the UAE’s biggest live music events, this European-style festival’s back with a star-studded line-up including Iggy Azalea, Kid Ink, Kiesza, Jeremih and The Script.

INFO: 6pm-1am Thu, 2pm-1am Fri; from Dhs350; Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, 04 439 0900,

Thu 12-Fri 13 Mar
Get Swinging with Michael Bublé!

The Canadian crooner’s heading this way, bringing his renditions of big-band ballads.

INFO: 7pm, tickets from Dhs295; Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City, 04 444 3459,


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