Free drinks, al fresco film, art and literature…

It’s the first week of March and we’ve rounded up eight cool things to kick the month off. Whether it’s a techno night, dinner deals, art exhibitions or al fresco film, we’ve found plenty to keep you occupied.

Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week…

Sunday March 4

1. Party hard at a weekly techno night

This 44th floor super club at The Westin Al Habtoor City only opens two nights a week, but they’re both well worth checking out. Dome kicks things off on Sundays with their weekly house and techno night, Blackout. This week, Darko De Jan takes up deck duty.

Dome Dubai, The Westin Al Habtoor City, Sunday and Tuesday, 11pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 992 6774. More info on Facebook 

Monday March 5

2. Get your meat fix at a sleek steakhouse

Gaucho in DIFC hosts ‘Meat Me Monday’ each week in its contemporary restaurant space. Priced at Dhs285 per person for food, or Dhs455 including an unlimited wine pairing, it’s a great option for catching up with friends in a sophisticated setting. You’ll get a sharing board of some of the restaurant’s finest cuts including fillet, rib-eye, sirloin and rump, served up alongside chips, salad and humita salteña (a corn husk of roasted pumpkin and sweetcorn). Steaks are cooked to order, and it’s a generous portion that will leave you feeling full. Make sure you head down early to take advantage of an al fresco cocktail on their recently revamped terrace.

Gaucho, Gate Village 5, DIFC, 5pm to 11.30pm, Mondays, Dhs285 food only, Dhs455 food and wine pairing. Tel: (04) 422 7898. More info on website

3. Check out an art-meets-fitness exhibition

FN Designs has teamed up with The Gym, Business Bay to launch a special collaboration of art and fitness this Monday. 32 artists from around the UAE were invited to design a fitness-themed artwork onto a blank canvas, which were then transformed onto one-of-a-kind boxing bags. On Monday, the unique boxing bags, which can also double up as duffel bags, will be available to purchase for Dhs2,500.

The Gym, Vision Tower, Business Bay, 6pm to 9pm, Monday March 5, free. Tel: (04) 442 6586. More info on website

Tuesday March 6

4. See an al fresco film

Outdoor Cinema Dubai is back and this season it’s screening a collection of classics at both the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai Marina and the Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay. They’ll be showing a different film every Tuesday at 8pm, with tickets priced at Dhs75 and food deals throughout the evening. Films showing this month include Notting Hill, Crazy Stupid Love and Titanic. 

Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai Marina, and The Backyard at Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay,  7.30pm onwards, Tuesday, Dhs75. Tel (050) 213 5816. More info on Facebook

5. Head to a Year of Zayed themed exhibition

Crystal artist Natalie Dagestani is hosting a pop-up exhibition at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates in commemoration of Sheikh Zayed. Using Swarovski crystals, pearls, glitter and various mixed media, she pays tribute to the UAE’s founding father through five works, which are on show until March 10.

Kempinksi Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, daily 7am to 7pm until March 10, free. Tel: (04) 409 5999. More info on website 

Wednesday March 7

6. Celebrate International Women’s Day with an inspiring talk

The latest in Flow’s series of inspirational talks takes place on Wednesday. Based around this year’s International Women’s Day theme of #PressForProgress, ‘Meet the Game Changers’ is a celebration of female achievement. Guest speakers include Dr. Nadia Buhannad, founder of Sikologia Consultancy, Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest, TV reporter Rasha Ramadan, and Tanaz Dizadji, founder of media platform Insydo.

Flow Dubai, Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 5pm to 6pm, free. Tel: (04) 319 8767. More info on Facebook

7. Party at a Downtown ladies’ night

On Wednesdays, Moe’s on the 5th hosts a weekly ladies’ night. There’s six complimentary cocktails for girls, with 30 per cent off the food bill for ladies who dine. It’s served up alongside some soulful house tunes and a live sax player.

Moe’s on the 5th, Level 5, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, 8pm to late, Wednesdays. Tel: (04) 333 3055. More info on Facebook 

8. Satisfy your inner book worm

Dubai is currently hosting 170 international authors for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The festival, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, will take place until March 10. The list of writers appearing includes three of the world’s most beloved children’s book authors; Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horrowitz and comedian turned author David Walliams.

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, March 2 to 10. Tel: (04) 355 9844 . More info on website

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