Incredible live acts, free fitness classes and Dubai Design Week returns…

Whatever you’re looking for in Dubai this week, we’ve got you covered. From live performances in Downtown and The Palm to beachside bootcamps and free fitness classes in Dubai Marina, it’s all happening here.

Here’s all the best things to do in Dubai this week.

Monday November 7

Kick off the week with a business lunch


Escape to Greece during your lunch break, with the delicious set menu at Avli by Tashas, in DIFC. For Dhs130, you’ll be treated to three courses starting with a choice of mezede, such as fried calamari, mini cheese pies, and main course which offers souvlaki (chicken or beef) or tomato risotto. There’s a dessert to end your meal on a sweet note.

Avli by Tashas, Ground Floor, Gate Village Building 9, Dubai, Mon to Fri 12pm to 3pm. Tel: (04) 359 0008.

Tuesday November 8

Marvel at some cool creations as Dubai Design Week returns

dubai design district

Dubai Design Week is back for its eighth season at Dubai Design District. The six-day event which takes place from November 8 to 13 will welcome visitors with a number of installations, exhibitions and experiential mediums. Read more about the Dubai Design Week here.

Dubai Design District (d3), Tues November 8 to Sun 13, 10am to 11pm,

Celebrate a special Thai festival at a pretty Creekside restaurant

Thai Kitchen terrace

This Tuesday, The Thai Kitchen at Park Hyatt Dubai invites diners to celebrate Loy Krathong, the traditional festival of lights, with a specially curated sharing menu. Agaisnt the backdrop of the last full moon of the year, there will be a traditional ceremony at 6.30pm, which will see the release of floating baskets followed by welcome drinks and canapes at The Lounge terrace with live music and cultural dances. After the ceremony, guests can dine on a family-style sharing menu that will include Thai Kitchen signature dishes for Dhs285, which can be upgraded to include three cocktails for an additional Dhs175. The menu will be available until November 15.

Thai Kitchen, Park Hyatt Dubai, 6.30pm onwards, Tuesday November 8, from Dhs285. Tel: 4 602 1814, @thaikitchendxb

Wednesday November 9

Shake up your week with a mixology class

Couqley French Bistro & Baris launching a new mixology class this Wednesday. Running from 4pm to 6pm in their cosy home in JLT, under the guidance of an expert mixologist, you’ll learn how to make three signature gin cocktails – and get to try your creations afterwards too. For an all-inclusive price of Dhs149, participants will also receive three signature canapes that are perfectly paired with the beverages.

Couqley French Bistro & Bar, Cluster A, JLT, 4pm to 6pm, Weds November 9, Dhs149. Tel: (055) 491 0097,

Get involved with Dubai Fitness Challenge with a free fitness class

Throughout November, NRG the community gym in Dubai Marina, is offering free HIIT classes every Wednesday at 7am. Squats, burpees, sit ups and more, are part of this high intensity 45 minute workout, which is open to both members and non-members and takes place outside along the picturesque Marina Walk.

NRG Fitness, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, 7am, Wednesdays, free. Tel: (050) 652 7722,

Listen to the sounds of a legendary Italian band at a gorgeous new lounge

For the winter season, pretty Italian-inspired alfresco restaurant Piatti by the Beach welomes a special residency from Gianluigi Lembo and the Anema e Core band. The group, who entertained A-listers including JLo and Beyonce over the summer at their home in Capri, will bring la Dolce Vita to Piatti from 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and upstairs Kalian Lounge from 6pm on Wednesday and Sunday until December 11.

Gianluigi Lembo and the Anema e Core Band, Piatti by the Beach, Raffles The Palm Dubai, 10pm onwards Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm onwards Sundays and Wednesdays. Tel: (0)4 248 8889,

Thursday November 10

Get your sweat on at a fun fitness class


The beautiful Drift beach partners with Raise Fitness for its first energy-pumping Boot Camp this Thursday November 10. The monthly class costs Dhs195 and promises a full-body workout by the beach from 8am to 9am, followed by a nutritious gourmet breakfast between 9am and 10am, which is included in the price. Refresh with a cold drink, a hot drink and one breakfast item from the a la carte menu, with options like avo toast, an acai bowl and Drift pancakes.

Drift Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, 8am to 10am, Thurs Nov 10, Dhs195. Book here

Warm up for the weekend with a dazzling dinner and a show

Alessandro Ristori is a larger than life, musical legend, and he’s returning to the stage at The Theater this week. This much-loved singer and show man has spent his lifetime on the stage, performing since he was a teenager, and he’s set to delight audiences for two nights only on November 9 and 10 as part of the new Viva Las Vegas season that launched last month.

The Theater, Fairmont Hotel, Trade Centre, 7pm and 10pm Nov 9 and 10. Tel: (0)4 222 2268. @thetheaterdubai