Dibba Bay’s first oyster festival lands, there’s a musical quiz night to test your knowledge at, and a new ladies’ night launches…

The new week has arrived, and there’s so much to do as March rolls around. Whether you’re attending an inspiring talk with Steven Bartlett, testing your knowledge at a quiz night, or celebrating Pancake Day, Dubai style, there’s lots going on.

Here are the best things to do in Dubai this week.

Monday February 28

Test your knowledge at a musical quiz night

The Eloquent Elephant

Gather your smartest mates and head down to The Eloquent Elephant for a musical quiz night to test your knowledge on a whole host of topics. Hosted by Joseph Sakr, there’s six rounds of audio-visual questions to get through with some top prizes on offer for the brainiest group.

The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 8pm to 10pm, Mondays, Dhs125 minimum spend per person. Tel: (0)4 438 3100, theeloquentelephant.com

Tuesday March 1

Slurp down oysters at a festival

Dibba Bay, the first farm in the Middle East to grow gourmet oysters, is launching it’s first annual oyster festival this week. Running from March 1 to 6, there’s deals to be had on Dibba Bay’s famous oysters in restaurants across town from Boca and BB’s to Atlantis The Palm. For authentic seaside vibes, head to Dibba Bay’s farm shop where “Oyster Hour” specials run all week, with oysters as low as Dhs8 per shuck.

Dibba Bay farm shop, Fishing Harbor 2, umm Suqiem 1, 12pm to 10pm Mon to Thurs, 10.30am to 10pm Sat and Sun. @dibbabay

Head to a celebration of Saudi cinema


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Saudi Film Nights is a three-day celebration of Saudi Arabia’s rising cinema sector, taking place at Expo 2020 Dubai from February 28 to March 2. Screenings of short films and thought-provoking panel discussions are taking place at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Morocco Pavilion, Spain Pavilion and Terra Auditorium from 2pm to 10pm each day. It’s free to attend with a valid Expo ticket.

Expo Dubai 2020, Expo South, 2pm to 10pm, February 28 to March 2, @ksaexpo2020

Have a flipping fantastic pancake day

Celebrate one of the sweetest days of the year at Geales, as the quintessential British restaurant hosts Pancake Day in flipping style. Enjoy a live pancake cooking station on the terrace, where you can opt for either fluffy American pancakes or light crepes, and pack them with tasty toppings like Nutella, peanut butter, fresh strawberries or bananas. It’s Dhs20 for one, or Dhs50 for three.

Geales, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, 1pm to 11.30pm, Tuesday March 1, Dhs20 for one, Dhs50 for three. Tel: (0)4 316 5550, geales-dubai.com 

Wednesday March 2

Get inspired as Steven Bartlett takes to the Dubai Opera stage


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Steven Bartlett is an entrepreneur, author, podcaster and most-recently, a ‘dragon’ on hit BBC show Dragons’ Den. His weekly podcast The Diary of a CEO is the number one podcast in its category, and regularly tops the overall charts, giving insights into the side of business that CEOs don’t normally show. ‘An Evening with Steven Bartlett & Guests’ will be coming to Dubai Opera on Wednesday March 2, and offer Dubai residents a chance to ask Steven questions live on the night. The show will be presented by Motivate Talent, part of Motivate Media Group.

Dubai Opera, 8pm, Wednesday March 2, Dhs250. dubai.platinumlist.net

Celebrate Sakura season with a tasting menu

Katsuya at Hyde Hotel Dubai is celebrating the onset of springtime with Sakura Blossom Month, presenting a curated set menu that brings the beauty of the season to guests. Available from 7pm onwards throughout March, the five-course degustation experience includes steamed edamame, a delightful Sakura miso salmon teriyaki, scallop carpaccio with avocado cream, a succulent duck breast with berry teriyaki sauce, and finally a journey of floral notes in the cherry blossom dessert.

Katsuya, Hyde Dubai, Business Bay, 7pm onwards, March 1 to 31, Dhs385. Tel: (0)4 871 1010, sbe.com

Thursday March 3

Gather the girls for a brand new ladies’ night

Looking for a wallet-friendly night out with friends? Nova Restaurant and Lounge is launching a new ladies’ night on Thursday, inviting groups of gal pals to enjoy unlimited drinks, plus a platter of sushi and oysters for Dhs120. It’s all paired with live entertainment including roaming violinists, saxophonists and drummers.

Nova Restaurant and Lounge, Address Dubai Marina, 6pm onwards Thursdays. Tel: (0)4 578 4444, @novadxb

Head to a gin and jazz night

It’s the final week of Masti’s month-long fourth birthday celebrations on Thursday March 3. The Indian-fusion fine dining and cocktail hotspot is toasting to its four years of entertaining guests at La Mer with live entertainment from Lea Makhoul, a welcome drink on arrival, and a complimentary dessert.

Masti, La Mer North, 8pm onwards, Thursday March 3. Tel: (800) 62784, @mastidubai