Enjoyed the sunny week so far? It's fantastic being out in the fresh air and the perfect time of year for Dubai Food Fest. Miele Dubai Restaurant week came to a close and the team at CitiSpi sampled a few of the fantastic menus and will be back! Guns n' Roses were phenomenal after the delays as was Rod Stewart in Abu Dhabi. Wow what a week? And what can we look forward to this week? Bryan Adams? Taste of Dubai? Polo? Racing? We have it all and there are loads more coming over the next week for you to experience. Life in Dubai is never ever dull! Here is our pick of the best events around Dubai and the pick of the CitiSpi promotions that are the icing on the cake!
Taste of Dubai Weekend
We are excited that Taste of Dubai starts today. It is now in its 10th year and is the City’s favorite food, drink and music festival. Who doesn't love a 3 day food extravaganza. The city’s hottest restaurants, world class celebrity chefs, and an incredible line-up of international music are represented from 9-11th March. There are live cooking demonstrations or you can get hands on and cook along with our tops chefs as well as learn some culinary top tips. Alternatively you can sit back, relax and soak up the sounds listening to our live entertainment or enjoy shopping in the outdoor shopping area.
What is cooking this year?
Taste represents foodie heaven and this year is no exception. World famous chefs including Gary Rhodes, Aldo Zilli and the amazingly talented Michel Roux Jr. They will be at the Electrolux Chef’s Theatre in association with Etihad Airways. There's superb drinks at the MMI Beverage Theatre, and outstanding entertainment even Billy Ocean is playing tomorrow night, all in one stunning location. Although the Taste story began in London, Taste Festivals are now a well travelled melting pot of culinary innovation successfully delivered to an international audience from Sydney to Toronto, Milan to Amsterdam, Dubai to Hong Kong. The event will be held at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. It all starts at 4pm on Thursday and Friday/Saturday at noon. For more information or tickets click here
Mina Beach Festival
The brand new Italian Mina Beach Festival brings a unique lifestyle event to the shores of Dubai, with Le Meridien Mina Seyahi’s amphitheatre turning into a Mediterranean haven for lovers of Italian cuisine and culture on 16th March. With an afternoon promising the opportunity to sample the best in traditional cuisine and a host of artisanal products directly from Italy amongst the seaside ambience and sunshine, there’s no better way to finish your week!
In partnership with Italian Restaurant Consulting (IRC), a multitude of food stations will offer traditional Italian favourites from Italian cold cuts to cheeses, risotto, pizzas, pastas and BBQ meats, as well as classic Gelato, making this the biggest and best Italian food festival seen in Dubai. Yummy!
With entertainment from afternoon through to the evening, you can mingle, drink and dine with an authentic Italian vibe! Entry is free via Club Mina entrance (next to Barasti) and complimentary parking is available in the brand new Barasti carpark. Great news! Put it in the diary for next Thursday!
We are excited about Bryan Adams is coming to Dubai! Rocking at the Autism Rocks Arena tomorrow night you will get to hear the catalogue of hits like Summer of 69, Everything I do and One Night Love Affair in his Get Up world tour. He has an enormous collection of hits. Adams has made music history achieving superstar status in over 40 countries over four decades around the world. Bryan Adam’s 13th studio album, Get Up, was produced by famed ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and co-written with his long-time collaborator Jim Vallance, achieved Top 10 in 9 countries in less than a month after release. He has even become a prolific photographer in recent years. Tomorrow night promises to be about the whole thing. Not just the throwback, Adams will also bring latest hits from his newest album. Grab your tickets here!
The Laughter Factory at The Movenpick
Hollywood actor and comedian Angelo Tsarouchas – AKA The Funny Greek among highlights of all-star stand-up comedy tour After a wait of 12 years, we’re thrilled to announce the return of comedian Angelo Tsarouchas, who will join The Laughter Factory on tour throughout Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha in March. The Greek-Canadian stand-up and actor’s numerous screen credits include hit movies The Score, The Recruit and Cinderella Man, as well as beloved TV show Mad Men.
However onstage is where Tsarouchas’ greatest talents lie. Known for his original style and spotlight-commanding personality, this talented stand-up has been invited to tour alongside Russell Peters and Vince Vaughn, and tape two one-hour solo comedy specials. Widely nicknamed “The Funny Greek”, Angelo last appeared on The Laughter Factory in 2004 – and it’s taken us this long to get him back.
Also on the March bill are two deceptively different UK comics – veteran middle-aged grump Mark Maier, and twenty-something Welsh rising star Matt Rees, whose dour outlook can’t disguise his flashes of comedic insight. Thursday 9th & Friday 10th March – Movenpick JBR 9PM. For tickets go to www.thelaughterfactory.com
The Julius Baer Gold Cup
Some of the world’s best Polo teams and the most respected names from the world of polo have participated in the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017. The tournament started on 18th February and the final takes place this Friday 10th March at Al Habtoor Polo Club and Resort.
Competing teams have included the prolific UAE Polo, the Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo, Bin Drai Polo, Mahra Polo and Zedan Polo amongst others. The final sees the Julius Baer team compete in 18 goal handicap against Zedan Polo in what promises to be the match of the year!
The Final Day Program begins at 10am. There is a picnic area and kids zone to keep the little ones entertained. The Gold Lounge opens at noon. The St Regis Brunch continues this week with special views of the match whilst you enjoy the delicious food and beverages. If you are interested in brunch or treading the divets you can still buy tickets by clicking here.
Handmade Dubai Market
The Handmade Dubai market at Reform Social & Grill will be taking place this Saturday 11th March with an eclectic choice of unique handmade items.
Everything from art to craft, clothes, leather goods, home decor & jewellery procured or made by entrepreneurs in Dubai.
Go down and browse the creative work of artists and pop-up shops whilst digging into some delicious food and sipping amazing beverages on offer by the renowned Reform Social & Grill restaurant.
There's also plenty of activities for kids including arts and crafts.
It starts on Saturday at 12noon and continues to 6pm at the lovely Lakes location. Perfect for a relaxing Saturday afternoon!
UAE Residents at Dubai Parks & Resorts
Did you know that Dubai Parks & Resorts have announced a special promotion for UAE Residents? The parks at Legoland, Bollywood World and Motiongate are all available at a discount of up to 30% plus free parking! Great news if you haven't been and even better if you want to go back. The offer is only available online! And there may be restrictions to numbers on the day you want to go but we will take it! Any excuse to go back and ride the underwater submarine! Get your reduced ticket to the world of MOTIONGATE Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai & Bollywood Parks Dubai. Click here to check it out: http://ow.ly/Vylv309It1V
Kempinski The Palm
Last week we thought we wouldn't need this but it is finally heating up. And while it is still manageable we want to be outside. This offer at Kempinski The Palm is great value at a luxurious venue. Why not experience their temperature-controlled free form swimming pool and a secluded 500 m stretch of idyllic coastline on the Palm Jumeirah lagoon for just AED150 at Kempinski The Palm! A whole day beach and pool relaxing with a book! Sounds like just what we need. To redeem this great price or find out more information click here.
Why not change your routine and start the day early with the Stand Up Paddle session at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. It takes place every Monday & Thursday from 7am to 9am. Giving you the perfect test your balance, fitness and some sea air! As an added bonus why not enjoy 50% off your session if you call Club Mina at 04 511 7907 to book! We are going to try this. I just need to convince the team to meet at 6.30am!
Is that enough of a list to choose from? We think so! Music, food, kids, outdoors, polo and beach passes. We have tried to condense your choices but there is some much more going on. We just hope some of this inspires you during the sunny weekend ahead. If you go out and about share your pics with us on Facebook. We love hearing from you!
Have a great week!
The CitiSpi Team