Everyone loves heading out on weekends, but there’s a lot more of parties, festivals and A-listers in Dubai during the week. Plan it out with our roundup of top events.
Sunday, 17th January: Jaden Smith live at Billionaire Mansion
We all know Will Smith is a big fan of Dubai, and his son, Jaden Smith is a frequent visitor to the city. The rapper started as a child actor until he decided to pursue a career in rap and made headlines in 2017 with the debut album, ‘Syre.’ The 17-track project, which features the likes of ASAP Rocky, Pia Mia, Kevin Abstract and his sister, Willow Smith, showcases the 20-year-old’s strong affinity for rap. For reservations, contact 04 510 3100.
As part of their tenth anniversary, Barasti is rolling back in time to 2009 with an old-school theme and slashed prices on food and beverages. They’re taking music back to the days of Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga, with quirky 2009-style pop-ups around. The best part, they’re giving away Dhs 2,009 worth of ‘Barasti Cash’ every hour from 5-9 pm. The celebration lasts until Wednesday.
Photograph credit: Barasti
Tuesday, 19th February: Lad’s night at Asia De Cuba
Starting this Tuesday, Asia De Cuba is rewarding male patrons with two hours of complimentary beverages, from 7-9 pm. There’s also a 50% off on the entire menu, serving a variety of Pan-Asian and Cuban dishes, like Asian style Paella, roasted pecking duck in a Cuban barbecue sauce, chilli-rubbed king scallops and el barrio chino. For reservations, contact 04 511 7373.
Photograph credit: Asia De Cuba
Wednesday, 20th February: Jazz Festival edition at Soho Garden
While things are shaping up quite nicely for the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival’s 17th edition, starting this Wednesday, Meydan nightlife hotspot Soho Garden is hosting a surprise guest from the festival’s lineup. They describe the artist as “a wave of music that emerged from Europe’s jazz underground.” Ladies can enjoy free beverages on the house until 1 am. For reservations, contact 052 3888 849.
Photograph credit: Soho Garden
Thursday, 21st February: Black Coffee live at Base Dubai
Longtime house legend and record producer Black Coffee is set to play at Base Dubai this Thursday. Hailing from an emerging DJ circuit in South Africa, the 42-year-old started off by playing in local clubs until he got a jump-start in his career as a participant in the Red Bull Music Academy. The opportunity landed him with multi-city gigs across the party map of the world and won multiple accolades as the ‘Best Deep House DJ’ this decade. A true legend of house music, Black Coffee has been one of the most prominent DJs for over two decades. For reservations, contact 055 313 4999.
Friday, 22nd February: Alicia Keys live at Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
Hot on the heels of hosting the 61st Grammy’s awards ceremony, contemporary R&B songstress Alicia Keys will take the stage on the final day of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. The 37-year-old artist boasts over a dozen of Grammy Awards over the course of her career, with hits like “Fallin’,” “If I Ain’t Got You,” “No One,” “Girl On Fire” and “Un-thinkable.” Tickets are priced from Dhs 300.
Saturday, 23rd February: Dubai Food Festival
For 17 days, Dubai Food Festival will be hosting some of the finest eateries, classic restaurants and an array of dining options from the thriving dining scene across the city. Some of the signature events returning are Dubai Restaurant Week, swyp Beach Canteen and Hidden Gems. Check out our guide to find out the best places to dine.