From desert runs and feasting to live music and dance festivals
Time Out Dubai staff
The weekend is almost upon us and we are waiting with open arms. As usual there’s a tonne of stuff going on in the city and we are raring to take the bull by the horns. With everything from immersive improvised comedy to Disney workshops, we think we’ve got you covered. So while we pat ourselves on the back, take a look at the list and get planning the festivities.
@moonwalk_music live at DOME Dubai EDM duo @moonwalk_music are heading to this trendy, moodily-lit club on the 44th floor of the Westin Dubai Al Habtoor city for a big night of heavy tunes, stunning lights and good times. Free entry. Sun Apr 15 8pm-3am. Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City (056 992 6774).
2XU Cross Country Run Sometimes an early run through nature is just what you need to invigorate the senses, and the 2XU X-Country run is perfect for this. For the first time in the UAE a series of X-Country runs will take place in and around Mushrif Park, with a range of distances that people can participate in. From the fun 3km run to the more serious half-marathon, each distance follows a unique route to suit the needs of the runner. The entry fee includes an exclusive T-shirt and a medal for finishing your race, too. Get your activewear on, its time to get those legs pumping. Dhs125 (Under 18), Dhs175 (Over 19). Fri Apr 13, 6am. Mushrif Park, Al Khawaneej Road (050 164 6967).
Comedy at McGettigan’s JLT Fancy some comedy you can get involved with? Stephen Frost’s All Stars Comedy Show is coming to McGettigan’s JLT on Thursday (April 12) and the success of the improvised show will rely on you. Comedians Stephen Frost, Andy Smart, Ian Coppinger and Steve Steen are known for starring on TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? We can’t wait for some proper belly laughs. Dhs100 (in advance), Dhs120 (on the door). Thu Apr 12, 7.30pm (doors open), 9pm (show starts). Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J (04 356 0560).
Detox Breakfast at Demoiselle by Galvin A healthy breakfast is what you need to kick-start the weekend on the right note, and the luxurious Demoiselle by Galvin’s new set of menus delivers just that. Health fanatics can enjoy freshly baked flaky croissants, plus natural yogurt with olive oil, datterino tomatoes and flatbread. Yum. Dhs112 (set menu), Dhs96 (detox menu). Daily 8am-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5076).
Disney Fest The -ing (not a misspelling) Creatives Festival is coming to Dubai Design District (d3). Major artists and players from National Geographic, Disney and Dreamworks will be giving workshops and talks on their success. Do tell. Dhs808 (three-day ticket), Dhs1,652 (VIP ticket). Apr 11-13. d3, www.ingcreatives.com (04 565 7903).
Do a Desert Run Fancy an early morning run through the desert? Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled athlete, the Dubai Desert Road Run is for runners of all abilities. Free (spectators), Dhs90 (3km run), Dhs30 (10km run). Sat Apr 14, 6.15am. The Sevens, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dubairunning.com.
Dubai Polo Cup 2018 Sad the Dubai World Cup has come and gone? No need to worry, as the Dubai Cup 2018, part of the Polo Gold Cup Series, is trotting its way into town this week. Expect fierce gameplay while you and the family lounge in the picnic area and enjoy the match. Free, Dhs100 (Parking). Fri Apr 6-Fri Apr 13, 1pm-6pm. Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Emirates Road (04 436 2222).
Easter Lunch at Coya Dubai The eatery is hosting an Easter-themed lunch for those who missed the big day. Prices vary. Sat Arp 14,12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 316 9600).
European Union Youth Orchestra at Dubai Opera Already playing at the biggest venues in the world – including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Royal Albert Hall – this orchestra of talented musicians is finally coming to Dubai Opera to serenade us with classical tunes. From Dhs125. Thu Apr 12- Fri Apr 13, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).
Four Hands menu at Ossiano Want a taste of authentic cuisine from France by one of the top ten best chefs in the world? Get down to Ossiano for a special “Four Hands” menu created by the restaurant’s chef de cuisine Grégoire Berger (who holds that aforementioned title) and two Michelin-starred chef Ronan Kervarrec. Dhs995. Apr 11-12, 7pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0770).
Free yoga session at City Centre Mirdif On Friday sportswear company Lululemon will host a free yoga session. Participants will be given Lululemon water bottles and will get a chance to win a Lululemon outfit, along with stretching right next to top fitness peeps. Motivation guaranteed. Free. Fri Apr 13 8.30am to 9.30am. City Centre Mirdif, Mirdif (04 602 3000).
George Michael Tribute Brunch Listen to the sweet melodies of George Michael once again as Adrian Tinklin pays tribute. Dhs550 (including unlimited beverages). Thu Apr 12 8.30pm-11pm. Legends, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Just Dance Gold’s Gym and Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Municipality are bringing the biggest dance and fitness festival with Dance: YOUnite! The biggest dance mash-up of 2018 will feature a full line-up of performance including zumba, hip-hop, desiDX, and bodyjam. Dig out on your dancing shoes. Free. Sat Apr 14, 4pm-9pm. Zabeel Park Ampitheature, www.goldsgym.ae/dance-younite.
Lebanese feasting Filful Lebanese restaurant has opened a second location on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard serving authentic Beiruti street food. Whether it’s classic manakish straight from the furen, a signature shawarma from the skewer, fried falafel or grilled tawook, you won't regret it. Open daily 8am-1am. Off Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard (800 345 385).
Lunch with a view Head to the newly-opened Italian restaurant Bellavista at Grosvenor House Dubai for hearty grub with stunning views across the Marina. We don’t mind if we do. Open daily, noon-7pm (lunch), 7pm-11pm (dinner). Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Maifest at Hofbräuhaus It’s time to don your finest lederhosen. Maifest is in town, and kicks off at this classic German spot. Try a special Bavarian menu with German hops on the side. Live music to suit the theme will be happening all night long. Prices vary. Daily until Fri May 11, 6pm-11pm. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).
Miss Tess Asian fever It’s time to bust a move and get funky at this Asian-themed disco extravaganza. Celebrate the glitz and glamour of the ’70s with groovy performances and delightful Asian street food. Dhs198 (including two beverages). Sat 7pm-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (050 650 4988).
New pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company The New York specialist bakery has launched seven totally new pancake flavours. You can try one new flavour each week until Sunday May 6. For this week, you’ll get to indulge in a stack of maple pecan pancakes. Prices vary. Maple Pecan until Sat Apr 14. 8am-midnight. Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
Rock out at Fluid Jam Some of the Philippines’ biggest rock stars are making their way to Dubai, with the likes of Bamboo performing an absolute rock fest. Free (8am-4pm), Dhs110 (general admission thereafter), Dhs300 (VIP). Fri Apr 13, 8am-11.30pm. Gate 3, Zabeel Park (054 328 5796).
Rock the Mic at Lucky Voice Channel your inner rock star and Rock The Mic at Lucky Voice every Thursday with an offer that is sure to set a crazy start to your weekend. Get your own private karaoke pod for two hours with free-flowing bubbles for only Dhs99. Dhs99. Thu Apr 12 6pm-10pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Short+Sweet voices returns Want to show the world your musical talents? Every star has to start somewhere, and this year’s Short+Sweet Voices talent show could be your ticket to fame. Whether it’s a solo act or a group performance, you have ten minutes to impress the crowd, and win some prizes while you’re at it, too. Free. Thu Apr 12-Fri Apr 13, 4pm. The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 338 8525).
Take a Dip at Gevora Have you ever wanted to plunge into a pool that’s 75 floors high? Gevora, the world’s tallest hotel (expect no less from Dubai), has now opened up its majestic pool to the public. It’s 25 metres long with a four-metre children’s section, so fun for everyone. Dhs150 (Sun-Thu), Dhs200 (Fri-Sat). Open daily 7am-7pm. DIFC (04 524 0000).
Thai New Year at Novotel Dubai Al Barsha Get those swimmers on, as Novotel Dubai Al Barsha is celebrating Thailand’s New Year Songkran with free access to the outdoor pool. Splash around with friends and indulge in a feast of Thai street food delicacies at the hotel’s outdoor pool terrace. Dhs125 (mocktails), Dhs225 (house beverages). Fri Apr 13, 12.30pm-4pm. Deck Se7en, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha (04 304 9000).
Unlimited drinks and live music at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah Who says the weekend has to be expensive? McGettigan’s are offering a cash-friendly drinks deal for just Dhs199. From 9.30pm to 12.30am, enjoy unlimited house drinks. The Gentleman Barstewards play a mix of traditional Irish tunes with modern chart hits from 8pm to 11pm followed by DJ Dylan from 11pm to 2am. Dhs199.Thu April 12, 9.30pm-12.30am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).