What’s On has details of the best Australia Day events in Dubai, with info on the restaurants serving shrimp on the barbie – or similar.

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Australia: birthplace of the Ugg boot, home to the koala, originator of the didgeridoo, inventor of Neighbours.

Here are some Australia Day bashes, barbecues and bouncing in Dubai. Don’t forget to bring your cork hat and a carefree, no worries mate attitude.

Round up the guys and the sheilas and head down under to bounce off the walls, flip into the airbag, play dodgeball or just freestyle it in the open tramp area. Aussie tunes will create the soundtrack, blow-up beach balls and crazy crocs are thrown into the mix, plus the first 500 bouncers to walk through the door receive a complimentary meat pie. Strewth!
January 26
Bounce, 32, 4B Street Al Quoz (between Tom&Serg and Time Square Mall), Dubai. 10am to 10pm, Dhs60 (for Aussies with a valid passport or driving licence), Dhs80 for 1hr. Tel: (04) 3211400. bounce.ae

Bounce on Australia Day

Yalumba barbecue
The monstrous Yaluma brunch is cooking up a storm to celebrate Australia day including a barbecue complete with Aussie speciailties gobbled down with Aussie imported drinks.
January 30
Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs499. Tel: (o4) 702 2328. Taxi: Le Méridien, Airport. yalumba-dubai.com

Yalumba barbecue

Cook with Greg Malouf
Join Australian chef and author Greg Malouf in the kitchen for a day and learn the art of contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine. Participants also get to take home their very own Clé Dubai Chef’s apron and a signed copy of Greg’s newest book New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian.
January 26
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai, 3.30 to 5pm, Dhs500. Tel: (04) 3525150. Metro: Financial Centre. cle-dubai.com

Learn to cook with Greg Malouf

YOTS Sports Lounge
Celebrate Australia Day at Dubai Marina Yacht Club’s YOTS Sports Lounge. Australian selected drinks will be  available with a special promotion: Buy five bottles of Aussie’s finest drinks and pay Dhs150.
January 26
Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 5pm to midnight. dubaimarinayachtclub.com

YOTS Sports Lounge


UBK barbecue
Tuck into a tasty cook-off with bangers and mash, chips, beef burgers, juicy briskets, chargrilled vegetables, salads, warm breads, house-made BBQ sauces and more.
January 24
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs125 (all you can eat), Dhs145 (all you can drink on selected beverages), Dhs150 (all you can eat with house drinks) Tel: (04) 4380000. facebook.com/ubkdubai

Barbecue at UBK


Jones barbecue
Jones the grocer invites Dubai residents to its flagship Al Manara store for an Aussie style BBQ.  No bookings are required for this event as it will be on a first come first serve basis therefore spaces are limited. The BBQ will serve dukkah marinated prawn skewers, Aussie sausage sizzle with truffle aioli and caramelized onions and grilled rib-eye minute steak. Sides will include a choice of delicious pumpkin and feta salad, traditional corn on the cob and a heartening jacket potato with chive and sour cream along with a selection of condiments.
January 17 to 24
Sheikh Zayad Road, opposite Time Square Centre, Dubai, 3pm to 6pm. Tel: (04) 346 6886. Metro: First Gulf Bank. jonesthegrocer.com


Tina Arena live
The official Australia Day Gala will be held at Clé Dubai tonight and will include the performance of Australian singer-songwriter, actress and record producer Tina Arena as well as Danny Fai Fai.
January 22
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs650. Tel: (04) 3525150. Metro: Financial Centre. cle-dubai.com

Tine Arena sings for Australia Day


Qantas Global Classic
Golfing enthusiasts have the opportunity to spend the day at The Address Montgomerie Golf Resort, an event organized by the Australian Business Council in Dubai in partnership with Qantas.
January 22
The Address Montogomerie Golf Resort, Dubai, 6.15am, Dhs525 (members), Dhs550 (non-members). rsvp@abcduae.com

Moroc BBQ brunch
If the thought of celebrating Australia Day on a school night is the stuff of nightmares take adventage of The Gate’s early bird Australia Day celebrations which includes a barbecue full of tasty starters, succulent meats, fish and a buffet of desserts.
January 23
Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs130-239. Tel: (800) 2288882. movevenpickpick-hotels.com