8 things to do in Dubai this week
Beachside lunch deals, theatre, tasting menus and top nights out…
This week, we’ve got a major foodie focus to our round-up, because there’s so many great deals to try. From new business lunches at the prettiest beach club in town, to a great value afternoon tea in Jumeirah, to an al fresco dinner experience on the sand – you won’t go hungry this week. But if it’s something else you’re after, there’s some incredible theatre, a new pub quiz, outdoor cinema and an R&B superstar in town.
Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week…
Sunday January 28
1. Kick start the week with a beachside business lunch
Looking for a relaxing way to kick start the week? There’s a recently launched business lunch menu served at the beautiful new beach club, Drift in the One and Only Royal Mirage. From Sunday to Thursday, select two or three courses of provencal cuisine – it’s priced at Dhs140 for two courses and Dhs160 for three.
Drift Beach Club, One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina, 12.30pm to 4pm, Sun to Thurs, Dhs140 two courses, Dhs160 for three courses. Tel: (04) 315 2200. More info on website
Monday January 29
2. See an al fresco film
The Urban Outdoor Cinema is back in the garden of the Habtoor Grand Dubai Marina. They show a variety of family-friendly classic films three times a week on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and this Monday you can catch the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There’s food service from the hotel’s pizza restaurant and poolside lounge as well as a pop-up bar serving popcorn and bites. Wrap up warm as it gets cool at night!
Urban Outdoor Cinema, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 7.30pm onwards, Dhs75. Tel (056) 895 6280. More info on website
3. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea
Housed inside a restored villa along Jumeirah 1, glasshouse-inspired Society Café & Lounge has just launched a new daily afternoon tea. Served from 2pm to 6pm, it includes a carafe of homemade lemonade, signature mocktail, and classic treats with a modern twist including mini sweet potato & kale muffins, pistachio pavlova with diplomat cream and freshly made macarons.
Society Cafe and Lounge, 30 10b Street, Jumeira 1, daily 2pm to 6pm, Dhs150. Tel (056) 228 8825. More info on website
Tuesday January 30
4. Tuck into a wine-paired tasting menu
Picturesque Madinat Jumeirah spot Folly is back with another series of ‘Cellar Notes by Viktorija’, their monthly wine-paired tasting menus curated by What’s On chefs of the year Nick Alvis and Scott Price, alongside Folly’s general manager Viktorija Paplauskiene. This time, special guest Pascal Jolivet will be joining the four-course, five-wine menu, which is priced at Dhs500 per person.
Folly by Nick and Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, 7pm onwards, Tuesday January 30, Dhs500. Tel: (04) 430 8535. More info on website
5. See an iconic musical at Dubai Opera
Dubai Opera is bringing the tear-jerking Evita to the stage for a two-week run. And when it comes to strong First Ladies, Eva Peron is right up there among the best. The Argentinian heroine, a former actress, helped her husband Colonel Juan Peron guide the country through a turbulent time from 1946 to her death in 1952, and in doing so became an icon of the South American country.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Mon to Thur 8pm, Fri and Sat 2.30pm and 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 440 8888. More info on website
Wednesday January 31
6. Test your knowledge with a quiz night in JBR
Put your knowledge to the test as McGettigan’s JBR brings you a new weekly quiz night, ‘Wisdom Wednesdays’. From 8pm-10pm tackle the pub’s weekly changing quiz, tuck into some authentic Irish pub grub and take advantage of extended drinks deals, including a daily happy hour. It’s free to enter.
McGettigans JBR, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR, 8pm to 10pm, Wednesdays. Tel: (04) 318 2580. More info on website
7. See an old school R&B star at Cavalli
Cavalli, one of the longest running clubs in Dubai, is set to welcome R&B star Jay Sean for a special edition of the award winning urban night Rosay this Wednesday. The British singer songwriter quickly established himself in America with a string of hits including ‘Down’, ‘Do You Remember’ and ‘Made It’. Tickets are Dhs250 including two drinks, or Dhs500 for unlimited drinks.
Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 8.30pm to 3am, Dhs250 with two drinks, Dhs500 with unlimited drinks. Tel: (04) 332 9260. More info on website
8. Dine by candlelight on The Palm
Following in the footsteps of its Ibiza sister, El Chiringuito Dubai launches ‘ECD by night’ this Wednesday. A laidback, Ibiza-esque dinner experiency by candleight, it’s hosted on the newly built beach terrace, a few steps from the waters edge. Masterminded by the newly appointed head chef Diego Sebastian Moreno, new dishes include grill roasted smoked aubergine served with homemade hummus and pesto, wood fired black angus filet mignon and sea bass in salt with fennel jus and roasted potatoes.
El Chiringuito Dubai, Rixos The Palm, 7pm to midnight, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tel: (054) 449 6464. More info on website