8 fabulous things to do in Dubai this week: Feb 14 to 17
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a movie night or swish dinner, see Coldplay live in Dubai, or check out an exhibition by one of the world’s most iconic fashion houses…
We’re into a new week, and this week it’s all about romance. Whether you want to head to a concert or ballet show, a swish dinner or an outdoor cinema, there’s plenty you’re going to love about spending this week in the city.
Here are the best things to do in Dubai this week.
Monday February 14
See an iconic film at a beachside cinema
Zero Gravity’s ‘Cinema on the Sand’ is back with a stellar line-up for 2022 and kicks off with Titanic on Valentine’s Day. Rows of sun loungers are lined up ready for you to sit back, relax and get cosy under a blanket (date night central). Doors open at 7pm and movies start at 8pm. Choose from beanbags, sun loungers and director’s chairs to watch your film of choice. You don’t need to reserve tickets, you can just turn up on the day.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Dubai, various dates, Dhs75 fully redeemable on F&B, Doors open at 7pm and movies start at 8pm. 0-gravity.ae
Spoil your significant other with a romantic date night
There’s plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dubai, from fine dining meals to stunning shows packed with romance. Among our top choices for this year is Netsu’s ‘Flaming Hearts’ Valentine’s Day dinner, which features a five-course menu of Japanese specialities ‘flamed to perfection’ on the flickering Warayaki grill, alongside a live set from Netsu’s resident DJ.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, Dhs500 per person with soft drinks. Tel: (0)4 777 2232. mandarinoriental.com/dubai
Tuesday February 15
See a legendary British band at Expo
Coldplay will be jetting into Dubai to Expo 2020 on February 15 for a live concert at the stunning Al Wasl Plaza. The British music group are behind some catchy tunes such as Fix You, The Scientist, Yellow, Paradise, In My Place and many more. Coldplay will bring the world together with their never-before-seen show regionally premiering their new album and highlighting the importance of protecting the planet in line with Expo’s sub-theme of Sustainability. There are capacity restrictions, and you will need both an Expo 2020 ticket and a Coldplay ticket to enter. Registration for tickets is sadly now sold out, but visitors will also be able to watch the show on big screens at Expo’s Festival Garden and Jubilee Park – or live stream the event on Virtual Expo Dubai and Expo TV.
Coldplay at Expo 2020 Dubai, 9pm onwards, Tuesday February 15, free with Expo ticket but registration essential. expo2020dubai.com
Wash the blues away with a jazz night
A sultry jazz evening is the latest addition to the roster of live shows at Layla Kardan curated Papillon. Swing by every Tuesday to hear the ultra-talented musicians as they put their unique twist on some of the best loved jazz and soul songs whilst enjoying Papillons intimate atmosphere and internationally-infused menu.
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh, 8.30pm to late, Tuesdays. Tel: (0)50 252 4098, @papillondxb
Wednesday February 16
Check out a stylish floating exhibition
For those of you who love fashion, there’s a new immersive Louis Vuitton exhibition to check out. See LV is now open to visitors in a specially designed space in Downtown Dubai, in front of The Dubai Mall. Inside See LV, visitors can see a mix of archival objects from the Maison’s heritage collection with recent creations. Visitors will uncover all facets of Louis Vuitton’s history and creations from the modern collection to early twentieth-century trunks, artistic collaborations and iconic leather creations. It’s open until March 7.
See LV, in front of The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 10am to midnight daily, free. louisvuitton.com
Check out a new immersive show at Infinity des Lumières
Jetting off into space and experiencing the vast cosmos is one of those experiences only a handful of humans can witness. If you’ve ever wondered what floating around up above the world so high would be like, this immersive exhibition at Infinity des Lumières is one you have to explore. At this show, a collab with the digital art space and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, you will be surrounded by 3,000 HD digital moving images of stars, planets, nebulae and supernovas – all of which will make you feel like your floating in space. The out-of-this-world show takes place from February 11 to April 2 with shows taking place daily from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets for the experience can be booked online here for Dhs150 per person.
Destination Cosmos: The Ultimate Challenge, Infinity des Lumières, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 6pm to 10pm, Feb 11 to April 2, Dhs150 per person. infinitylumieres.com
Thursday February 17
Marvel at a dazzling ballet performance
The Crystal Palace Ballet will make its Middle East debut at Dubai Opera this week, with three-nights of dazzling shows. The spectacular production is inspired by a true story with operatic elements, featuring dancers and musicians from the legendary Bolshoi Theatre – home to one of the most renowned and by far the largest – ballet companies in the world. The performance takes us back to 1740 to the court of Empress Anna Ioanovna in the Russian capital, where preparations for a grand event are ongoing. The celebrations are at the order of the Empress, who, upon learning of one of her court maidens love towards the court jester, decides to celebrate their marriage. Little did the young couple know that they were going to spend their wedding night in an ice palace built for them as a wedding ‘gift’ from the Empress. Be prepared to be enchanted.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Feb 17 to 19. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com
Kick the weekend off early with a big night out
Sky2.0 is back, bringing with it a trio of themed nights every Thursday to Saturday. B.I.G Thursday is the weekend warm up that kicks things off at the open-air, Dubai Design District super club, with a roster of DJs spinning hip-hop, R&B and Afro beats. Doors open from 10.30pm.
Sky2.0, Dubai Design District, 10.30pm to 3am, Thursday to Saturday. Tel: (0) , @sky2.0dubai