Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!

Celebrate Australia Day, have a Burns Night supper and join Team Ahlan!'s End the Detoz party!
ByLauren SteadmanThursday , 22 January 2015
Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!

Celebrate Australia Day in the UAE!
Officially marked on 26 January, this annual holiday celebrates the diversity of modern-day Oz as well as commemorating its creation more than 200 years ago. Go Down Under without leaving the sandpit with these bonzer deals...

Thu 22 Jan
Antipodean star Tina Arena is coming to celeb magnet Clé to headline G’Day Dubai. The singer behind I Need Your Body and Chains, she’ll be supported by DJ Danny Faifai. Executive Chef Greg Malouf, who’s from Melbourne, will present a specially prepared menu of Middle Eastern fare.

INFO: 7pm, Dhs650, Clé, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai, RSVP to;

Sat 24 Jan
If you’re seeking a wallet-friendly way to express your patriotism, UBK is staging a casual cook-off, with bangers and mash, chips, burgers and chargrilled veggies all destined for the barbie.

INFO: 1pm-5pm, Dhs125 with unlimited food, Dhs145 with unlimited soft drinks, Dhs275 with unlimited selected drinks, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 04 438 0000,

Until 1 Feb
Deli-cum-café Jones The Grocer is offering an Australian-themed menu all month. Down Under dishes to try include the ‘Great Aussie Wagyu burger’ with grilled pineapple, beetroot and fried egg; grilled asparagus and poached eggs on Vegemite toast and sausage sizzle served with truffle aioli and caramelised onions. Interesting!


Starts Tue 27 Jan
Sign up to a Dodgeball Trampoline League!

Jump Boxx indoor trampoline park has teamed up with Dubai Sports City to launch the emirate’s first ever dodgeball league. You may have tried this game on the beach, and it’s even more fun when played in a room crammed with wall-to-wall trampolines – we’ve tried it!

INFO: 7pm-10pm every Tue for six weeks, Dhs69 for first hour, additional hours Dhs59, to join call James on 055 456 9044; Jump Boxx, Uptown Mirdif Mall, 04 288 5744,

WED 28 Jan
Join Ahlan! to Ditch the Detox!

Fancy hanging out with the glamazons of Dubai at Zengo? We’re inviting 25 lucky readers plus a guest each to our End the Detox do at the Asian fusion eatery for unlimited cocktails and canapés! Created by celeb chefs Richard Sandoval and Akmal Anuar, Zengo serves up Eastern-style dishes with creative international touches. Don’t miss out!

INFO: Email your phone number, your full name and that of your guest to The first 25 readers to do so will win! Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, The Walk at JBR, Dubai, 04 316 5550,

Every Wed
Ladies’ Night of the Week
#GetSurcial Sundays
Start your working week with three free drinks at Spanish haunt El Sur, where Happy Hour rates are extended for all women until 10pm each Sunday. Plus, Instagram or tweet a selfie at the restaurant using the hashtag #GetSurcial for a chance to win brunch!

INFO: 6pm-9pm, El Sur, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, 04 399 7700,,

Until Wed 4 Feb
See Artworks by Modern Masters in DIFC!
Paintings by Picasso, Renoir, Chagall and Matisse among the works on show at Opera Gallery Dubai, which is holding a retrospective dedicated to some of the 20th century’s best-known artists. Icons of Art is a carefully curated selection of nearly 70 works illustrating the evolution of creative movements from impressionism, post-impressionism and cubism and futurism.

INFO: Opera Gallery Dubai, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, 04 323 0909,

Until Sat 24 Jan
Swap the Malls for Shipping Containers at Market OTB
Part of Dubai Shopping Festival, Market Outside the Box (OTB) features modified shipping containers transformed into shops and cafés from which sustainably produced fashion, homeware, stationery and food are sold.

INFO: 4pm-10pm Sun-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat, South Ridge Park, Downtown Dubai

Thu 22-Fri 23 Jan
Rock Out with the Bon Jovi Experience
This tribute act received the ultimate accolade when they were joined onstage by Mr Jon Bon Jovi himself – they’re said to be dead ringers for the Grammy-winning group.

INFO: 9pm-3am, Thu 22 Jan, Dhs100; The Music Room, Bur Dubai; 7.30pm-12midnight, Fri 23 Jan, Dhs100, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club;

Thu 22 Jan
Club Night of the Week
DJ Yoda at Velocity

Renowned for his ability to scratch everything from Eighties pop tracks to cartoon theme tunes, DJ Yoda first found success with his 2002 live album How to Cut and Paste Mix Tape Vol 1. The hip-hop supremo, whose sets feature dazzling visual displays, has been named one of Q Magazine’s ‘10 DJs to see before you die’. 

INFO: 6pm-3am, free before 10pm for men, free before 12midnight for women, Dhs100 each thereafter, Zero Gravity, 04 399 0009 or 055 500 9111,

Every Fri
Brunch of the Week

Original Wings and Rings
Indulge in buffalo wings and comforting American dishes in the comfort of this casual sports bar, ideal if you live Downtown and just feel like something casual.

INFO: 12noon-4pm, Liberty House, DIFC, Dubai, 04 359 6900,

Thu 29 Jan
See Sinéad O’Connor at The Irish Village
Over the course of her three-decade career Sinéad O’Connor’s often courted controversy, from her ongoing spat with Miley Cyrus to the time she tore up a picture of the Pope. Best known for Prince-penned hit Nothing Compares 2 U, the Grammy-winning singer’s jetting in to promote her 10th album, tellingly titled I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss.

INFO: Doors 7pm, show 9pm, Dhs165, The Irish Village, Al Garhoud, Dubai, 04 239 5000,

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