Two big birthdays, a new ladies’ night and a one-off deal for teachers that’s too good to miss…

Looking for something to occupy your evenings this week (which could quite possibly be a short one)?

Not to worry, because there’s plenty going on in Dubai – whether it’s four or five days of work.

There’s a new ladies’ night at a swanky restaurant, birthday parties for two of Dubai’s popular hotspots, and free bottles for all those teachers feeling the back-to-school blues.

Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week…

Sunday September 17

1. Start the week with The Sunday Sessions

There’s a brand new nostalgic house night, The Sunday Sessions, launching tonight at Lucky Voice. Expect funky, vocal and uplifting house hits with DJ Natalie Brogan and DJ Danny Whitlock, plus Matt West bringing his sax sounds until 3am. Two-for-one drinks promotions will run from 8pm to 12am, too.

Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights, 8pm to 3am. Tel: 800 58259. More info on Facebook

Monday September 18

2. Get free drinks at a swanky new ladies’ night

Nobu has launched a brand new ladies’ night, Nobu Noir, every Monday. The Japanese-Peruvian hotspot will be serving three complimentary cocktails and a selection of tapas for Dhs40 throughout the evening. Cocktails including a Lychee Martini and a Mia Margarita, while the tapas menu offers dishes such as spicy miso tuna tacos, black cod butter lettuce and yellowtail sashimi for Dhs40 each. There will also be old-school sets from David DeLuca and Jaymie Deville. 

Atlantis The Palm, 8.30pm to 11pm, three free drinks and bites for Dhs40. Tel: (04) 426 2626. More info on website

3. Try your hand at acting

The Hive in association with Tall Tales Production is casting for their upcoming show based on Sherlock Holmes. The play is scheduled to be staged at The Junction from January 18 to January 20, and all experience levels are encouraged to audition. A character outline sheet can be made available at the audition venue and budding actors will be asked to read from the play script. A prepared monologue (approximately 1-2 minutes) can be performed, however, this is not required.

The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, 7pm to 10pm . Tel: (04) 338 8525. More info on Facebook.

Tuesday September 19

4. Celebrate two years of Marina Social

Marina Social interior

It’s been almost two years since chef Jason Atherton opened his popular British eatery, Marina Social, and the venue is inviting everyone to celebrate this Tuesday. Inspired by the cool and quirky streets of London, Marina Social will have interactive mixology stations and canapes of your favourite dishes for Dhs200 per head from 7pm to 11pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and there’s 50 per cent off the bar from 11pm to closing.

Intercontinental Dubai Marina, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 4466 664. More info on website

5. Head to Miss Lily’s first birthday

Put on your most comfortable shoes and feté the night away to the rhythmic beats of DJ Crown Prince and LEH at a Carnival-themed extravaganza as Miss Lily’s turns one. It will be a la carte service of their Jamaican and Carribean menu, and you can expect the usual lively Miss Lily’s vibe.

5th Floor, Sheraton Grand, Sheikh Zayed Road, 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 356 2900.

6. Celebrate heading back to school

There’s a one-off back-to-school offer for teachers at three different locations across Dubai this Tuesday. The Scene in Pier 7, Jekyll & Hyde in DIFC and Mr Miyagi’s in Media City are all offering teachers a free bottle of bubbles or wine when a main meal is purchased. The offer is on all day, and can be redeemed when a valid teacher’s ID is presented. The offer runs all day.

Mr Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, tel: (04) 420 7489. The Scene, Pier 7, tel: (04) 222 2328. Jekyll & Hyde, Al Fattan Currency House, tel: (04) 343 5518.

Wednesday September 20

7. Check out some Islamic art

There’s a new art lecture at the A4 Space in Al Quoz that will give you a brief, but informative look at the World of Islamic Art and Architecture. This introductory talk will explore the main stylistic and iconographic themes in Islamic art, and highlight the diversity of its expressions. It will be led by William Lawrie, co-founder of Lawrie Shabibi, who has an MA in History of Art from Edinburgh University, with a specialization in Islamic Art.

A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, 7pm to 8.30pm, free. Tel:(056) 115 6871. More info on Facebook

8. Get some 90s nostalgia at Societe

Famed for bringing 90s nostalgia to Dubai, this week Societe welcomes S Club celebrity stars, Jo O’ Meara, Bradley Mcintosh and Tina Barrett for a live performance. With 11 top ten hits, S Club has some serious pop anthems, including ‘Bring It All Back’ and ‘Never Had A Dream Come True’. They’ll be performing from 11pm and entry is free for all.

Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina, 10pm to 3am, free entry Tel:(050) 699 3191. More info on website

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