Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
See Sting, James Blunt and John Legend at Dubai JazzFest!
Marking its 21st anniversary, this perennially popular festival is sure to attract a crowd with this year’s impressive line-up. Opening on Wednesday with James Blunt and Christina Perri, it’ll feature 16-time Grammy winner Sting on the Friday and close with John Legend, calling in as part of a global tour. Hear him perform the romantic All of Me after a supporting set by Esperanza Spalding, the acclaimed American jazz bassist, cellist and singer.
INFO: Regular Standing Dhs395, Golden Circle Dhs 750, Front Pit Dhs950, VIP Spirit Dhs1,250; Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, book on 800 86 823 or at www.ticketmaster.ae; www.dubaijazzfest.comSun 15-Sat 28 Feb
See Sporting Stars at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships!
The globe’s biggest tennis stars are jetting in for this highlight of the UAE’s sporting calendar, including world number one Novak Djokovic, women’s defending champion Venus Williams, her sister and world number one Serena Williams and men’s world number two Roger Federer.
INFO: Women’s matches: Sun 15-Tue 17: 12noon and 7pm, Dhs75; Wed 18: 12noon and 7pm, Dhs100; Thu 19: 2pm and 7pm, Dhs300; Fri 20: 2pm and 7pm, Dhs400; finals, Sat 21: 5pm and 7pm, Dhs500; season tickets Dhs1,575 to Dhs2,950. Men’s matches, sold out: Mon 23-Wed 25, Fri 27: 2pm and 7pm; Thu 26: 3pm and 7pm; Sat 28: 5pm and 7pm. Dubai Duty Free Stadium, next to Irish Village, Al Garhoud, 800 4669, www.timeouttickets.com; www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com
Ripe Night Market
Its weekly event food and craft markets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have been hugely popular, and now RIPE has launched an evening event that will see Al Barsha Pond Park decked out with colourful lanterns. With music and alfresco eats from all over the world, it’s an ideal way to spend a chilled out Saturday before the working week rolls around.
INFO: 4pm-9pm, Al Barsha Pond Park, Dubai, www.ripeme.com/night-market
Club Night of the Week
Hed Kandi at Nasimi Beach
The massive British dance music brand is coming to the sandpit, taking up residency at Nasimi Beach every other Friday. To celebrate the launch, all drinks will be half-price for the first two hours this weekend, while the first 200 clubbers to turn up will get in free.
INFO: 4pm-2am, Dhs100 advance, Dhs150 on door, book at www.platinumlist.net, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 371 3366
Boogie Wednesdays at Story Rooftop & Lounge
Beirut’s DJ Tas will be spinning rare and classic vinyl at this brand-new night, devoted to all things retro.
Brunch of the Week
Sparkling Hollywood Friday Brunch at Delphine
Los Angeles’ Delphine restaurant is popular with the A-list, and its recently opened Dubai outlet aims to offer the same Southern Californian bistro cuisine that made the original such a hit. À la carte entrées are prepared to order, with starters and desserts served buffet-style, while a swing band sets the tempo for a luxe and leisurely weekend.
INFO: 12.30pm-4pm, Dhs280 with soft drinks, Dhs580 with hops, cocktails and vino, including Californian sparkling grape; The H Dubai, 1 Sheikh Zayed Rd, 04 501 8623, www.h-hotel.com
Thu 19-Fri 20 Feb
See August Alsina at People by Crystal
With his latest track, New Love, featuring Nicki Minaj, the American R‘n’B and hip-hop performer reached new audiences. The release comes fresh from August’s success at the recent BET Awards, where he beat Beyoncé, Drake and Pharrell to win Viewers’ Choice Award, as well as the prize for Best New Artist.
INFO: People by Crystal Dubai, Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha, 050 297 2097, www.peopleofdubai.com; People by Crystal Abu Dhabi, The Collection, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 050 826 9698, www.peopleofabudhabi.com
Live Lounge Wednesdays at And Lounge
And Lounge is now officially open to the public, and we would like to invite you for with The Party Piano playing audience requests. Head down and give the guys a challenge - ask for a song from your childhood!
INFO: 7pm-11pm, And Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai
Sat 21-Tue 24 Feb
See Short Films at Original Narrative
Held in partnership with Dubai International Film Festival, Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival offers young filmmakers and screenwriters the chance to showcase work from the UAE, the Middle East and beyond. Featuring genres including documentary, drama and animation, the event includes screenings, workshops, panel discussions and more.
Every Mon and Tue
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Catch at Nation Riviera, Abu Dhabi
Head up to the terrace of this new seafood restaurant along the capital’s Corniche for three free drinks – choose from red or white grape and spirits with mixers. While you’re there, why not sample its innovative fruits de la mer as you take in the glorious views of the Gulf?
INFO: 9pm-3am, Nation Riviera Beach Club, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche Rd West, Abu Dhabi, 02 611 0909, www.catch.ae
Fri 10 Apr
30 Seconds to Mars
Jared Leto is bringing his band 30 Seconds to Mars to Dubai – and we can’t wait to see them. The Oscar-winning actor will join bandmates Tomo Miličević and his older brother, Shannon, to belt our hits including From Yesterday, Kings and Queens and This is War.