9 awesome things to do in Dubai this week: March 7 to 10
A photo-friendly festival, top ladies’ night deals, and Dubai Boat show sails into town…
It’s a new week, and that means new things to do for you. And this week is sure to be action-packed. From new ladies’ night deals to a duo of fun-filled festivals, we’ve rounded up all the best ways to spend your week in the city.
Here are the best things to do in Dubai this week.
Monday March 7
Check out an ultra-Instagrammable food festival
After a two-year hiatus from Dubai, the ultra-Instagrammable Miami Vibes festival has returned to the city, popping up at Safa Park until March 20. Here to paint the town pink and to fill your bellies with a number of treats, visitors can expect a number of popular local food vendors dishing out delicious grub, Instagrammable moments, entertainment and a whole lot of pink. As of now, we know that there is no entry fee to enter the food festival, but you may need to shell out Dhs3 per person to enter Safa Park.
Tuesday March 8
Explore the lanes under the moonlight
If you work nine-hour days (or more), you probably know the struggle to make it to Alserkal Avenue before your favourite gallery closes for the day. Well, on Tuesday March 8 this won’t be an issue as the exhibitions will remain open until 10pm, allowing you to explore the lanes of the cultural district under the moonlight. If you haven’t visited Alserkal Avenue at night, the cultural spot radiates a cool vibe on a different level making it something you need to add to your to-do list. Arrive as soon as you can, as there are more than 20 new exhibitions to check out.
Alserkal Lates, Alserkal Avenue, 10am to 10pm, Tuesday March 8. register here
Grab a bite to eat at a casual new restaurant
Presenting a fusion of Latin American and Asian cuisines, Juan is the newest restaurant to open at Galleria Mall in Jumeirah. The restaurant features cuisines inspired by Japanese, Cantonese and Peruvian cooking methods and ingredients, while the menu presents eye-catching tacos, tiraditos, Ceviche’s, a robata and josper section, antojos, a wok section, fresh fish weekly from Japan and eclectic desserts that pay homage to the gastronomic discovery of Latin Asian cuisine. The Restaurant also offers Omakase – a Japanese-inspired dining experience where diners leave their menu selection to the chef.
Juan, Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, 12pm to 12am weekdays, 12pm to 1am weekends. Tel: (0)55 995 9579, @juanuae
Check out a new secret bar
Well, not so secret anymore. Samba Room has opened inside the ever-popular SushiSamba, and there’s a thrilling night to check out every Tuesday. Casa de Samba is a weekly party which features the Menllizon Drummers Show, and along with access to the SushiSamba à la carte menu, guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the city below.
Samba Room, SushiSamba, The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 6pm onwards, Casa de Samba Tues from 9pm. Tel: (0)4 582 1555. sushisamba.com
Wednesday March 9
Enjoy an evening in Tokyo without leaving Dubai
Be transported to the streets of Tokyo at Hanami, the pretty 15th floor restaurant at Andaz Dubai The Palm. On Wednesdays for Dhs150, ladies can enjoy three drinks, a platter of signature dishes from the brand new menu, and a DJ spinning lively tunes to keep you entertained all evening. Looking to keep the party going after your three drinks? A two-for-one happy hour deal from from 5m to 7pm and 10pm to 12am.
Hanami, Andaz Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to 11pm, Wednesdays, Dhs150. Tel: (0)4 581 4037, hyattrestaurants.com
Marvel at some serious marine motors as Dubai International Boat Show returns
Pretend you’ve got the means and hop aboard the region’s most anticipated boating event, now located in its new home at Dubai Harbour. Alongside ogling some top boats and yachts, there’s Dive MENA Expo, free watersports, a supercar promenade, fishing competition, and a Nikki Beach pop-up where you can expect top tunes from the resident DJ, live acts, delicious bites and signature drinks.
Dubai Harbour, off Dubai Marina, March 9 to 13, tickets from Dhs35. boatshowdubai.com
Tuck in at a tasty ladies’ and gents’ night
There’s something for the guys and girls at IKIGAI’s Iku Iku dinner party. The Japanese fusion restaurant invites ladies and gents to enjoy a three-course set menu of signature dishes plus unlimited drinks from a selection of house pours and cocktails for Dhs149 for ladies and Dhs199 for gents. Presented by House of Queens, expect a disco soundtrack and fun-filled atmosphere.
IKIGAI, Millennium Place Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, 8pm onwards, Wednesdays. Tel (0)4 550 8114. @houseofqueensdxb
Thursday March 10
Enjoy a pampering spa-cation
Gather the girls and embark on a full day of wellness at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai this March. Kick off your day of blissful relaxation with a 60-minute body massage, using Clarins oils, or a facial, then head to Café Nikki for a healthy and nutritious two course lunch overlooking the chic poolside. For a further Dhs300, add on all-day pool and beach access, with a towel, lounger and water included.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, weekdays throughout March, Dhs575 for spa and lunch, Dhs875 for spa, lunch and pool access. Tel: (0)4 376 6150, dubai.nikkibeach.com
Party under the stars at Aura Skypool
The world’s highest infinity pool might be one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city for a pool day, but this Thursday Aura Skypool launches Sundust, a new DJ night that invites guests to party under the stars in one of the city’s most stunning settings. From 9pm to 2am, guests can graze, drink and dance to the sounds of Aura’s resident DJ Hitch as well as locally renowned Jixo and Danz who will spin electronic, deep and tech house sounds. You’ll need guestlist in advance to enter for bar access, or book one of the lounge tables that range from Dhs2,000 to Dhs5,000 minimum spend.
Aura Skypool, The Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah, 9pm to 2am, Thursdays. Tel: (0)4 566 2121, auraskypool.com