28 fun things to do in the UAE this February
Here’s how to make the most of the month ahead.
From new dining destinations to theatre and sporting events – we have something exciting for you every day this month.
Wednesday 1 February
Experience Ladies’ Night at a FACT Award-winner
Winner of ‘Best Pan Asian Restaurant’ at the FACT Dining Awards Dubai 2020, 2021 and 2022, Indochine offers a fantastic meal, masterful mixology and a vibe like no other. Ladies can enjoy four small plates from the French-Vietnamese menu in addition to free-flowing white, rosé and red wine whilst partying amidst the tropical décor to the sounds of DJ Crown Prince. Wednesdays, from 8pm to midnight. AED 265 (four small plates and free-flowing house wine).
GO: Call 04 208 9333 for reservations and more information.
Thursday 2 February
Celebrate La Chandeleur
In celebration of the time-honoured French tradition of La Chandeleur Day, Carine will serve an array of delicate crêpes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marking one of the most superstitious days in the French Calendar, crêpes are traditionally eaten on La Chandeleur Day to bring luck, positivity, and prosperity for the year ahead. The Crêpe Au Caramel Salé is filled with warm salted caramel, whilst an assortment of fresh berries coated in maple syrup serves as the decadent filling of the Crêpe Aux Baies Mélanges. Available daily, until Sunday 5 February.
GO: Email email@example.com or call 04 417 9885 for reservations and more information.
Friday 3 February
Enjoy a beachfront lunch
Escape the city with lunch at Koko Bay. Here, diners can select two appetisers and one main course from a set menu of Koko Bay’s signature dishes, including Plum and Baby Beet Gazpacho, Freshly Shucked Dibba Bay Oysters, Hoison Pulled Duck Lettuce Cups, Water Chestnut Edamame, Truffle Dimsum, Grilled Norweigan Salmon, Kung Pao Chicken and Black Angus Striploin. To finish, guests can enjoy desserts, such as Choco Loco or Pisco Tres Leche Cake, for an additional fee. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 139 per person.
GO: Visit www.kokobay.co for reservations and more information.
Saturday 4 February
Attend a car park rave
Get ready for a night of non-stop UK Garage classics as Garage Nation Dubai returns to the P7 Arena at Media One Hotel. Put on your most comfortable sneakers and get ready to party with Artful Dodger, DJ Luck, MC CKP and Whitley Ruchea. The event is expected to sell out and will feature UK Garage, Drum and Bass, and a little Jungle for the hardcore ravers. Saturday 4 February, from 9pm.
GO: Visit www.garagenationdxb.com for reservations and more information.
Sunday 5 February
Tuck into a British Roast
Offering a hearty Sunday roast, Bacchanal at Caesars Palace Dubai is now home to The Great British Carvery. Select from chicken, beef, lamb or turkey, served with lashings of gravy, a selection of vegetables and Yorkshire puddings. The dessert options feature apple crumble and custard, sticky toffee pudding and treacle tart. Sundays from 1pm to 4:30pm. AED 250 (soft beverages), AED 350 (house beverages) and AED 100 (children aged four and above).
GO: Call 04 556 6466 for reservations and more information.
Monday 6 February
Dine with Chef Daniel Boulud
Experience the best of French cuisine as chef Daniel Boulud visits Dubai to showcase his culinary expertise at his first Middle Eastern concept, Brasserie Boulud. The five-course menu will feature masterfully prepared plates such as Saumon a l’Oseille, Raviolis Artichaud and Truffes, and Tournedeau de Boeuf a la Moelle. Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February, from 7pm. Packages from AED 450 per person.
GO: Call 04 281 4020 for reservations and more information.
Tuesday 7 February
Experience the allure of French dining
Head to Penelope’s Brasserie & Jazz Bar Américain on Tuesday evenings to enjoy the French bistro classic, Moules Frites. Penelope’s take on the dish includes unlimited fresh mussels tossed in a rich sauce, served with fries and paired with a glass of wine. With views of the Yas Marina waterfront, it’s the ideal place to relax with friends. Tuesdays, from 5pm. AED 199 per person.
GO: Visit www.penelopes.ae for reservations and more information.
Wednesday 8 February
Visit an après-hours watering hole
Salotto is a one-of-a-kind venue where Italian heritage embraces Dubai’s cosmopolitan vibes on the top floor of the Italian restaurant Chic Nonna. Designed to resemble an Italian mansion, Salotto offers plush interiors, a decorative faux fireplace, Italian leather couches and a DJ booth. Intended to be an après-hours watering hole for the DIFC crowd, Salotto offers a low-key clubbing experience after midnight, where a talented line-up of live jazz musicians provides entertainment.
GO: Visit www.chicnonna.com for more information.
Thursday 9 February
Celebrate BeefBar’s first anniversary
The FACT Award-winning Beefbar is celebrating its first anniversary in Dubai with style. The Gypsy Queens, a multinational French pop band, will be returning to the venue for a celebratory performance. Reservations are essential for an evening during which you’ll be serenaded by The Gypsy Queens whilst tucking into a la carte signatures such as the Double Black Angus and Wagyu Cheeseburger, Beef Carpaccio, Croque Sando, and the Marbled Chocolate Bar. Thursday 9 February, from 8pm.
GO: Visit https://dubai.beefbar.com for reservations or more information.
Friday 10 February
Get back to business
Shanghai Me introduces a new Business Lunch deal featuring a three-course menu of Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Changing weekly, the menu features a choice of soup, appetisers like Wagyu and Kimchi Dumplings or salad, and mouth-watering main courses such as Yuzu Miso Silver Cod. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 120.
GO: Call 04 564 0505 for reservations and more information.
Saturday 11 February
Enjoy a Mediterranean brunch
At Fairmont The Palm’s Seagrill Bistro, diners can enjoy a modern Mediterranean setting with family-style sharing dishes, including a chilled seafood platter and Marseille bouillabaisse. Experience the flavours of the Mediterranean whilst enjoying live entertainment and breathtaking sea views during a sociable brunch best enjoyed with family and friends. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4:30pm. AED 345 (soft beverages), AED 495 (grape and hops), AED 595 (house beverages and cocktails) and AED 250 (children aged six to 12 years).
GO: Visit www.fairmont.com for reservations and more information.
Sunday 12 February
Enjoy drinks and DJs at this new speakeasy
There’s something about a secret venue, especially a hidden door, which gives it a sense of exclusivity. Blind Tiger has opened in Jumeirah Al Naseem. Nestled in Turtle Lagoon, you may hear Blind Tiger before seeing it. The new nightlife hub is buzzing with energy and aims to be the go-to spot for a pre or post-dinner drink. Plus, thanks to the exciting line-up of DJs, you can party until the early hours. Blind Tiger is open daily from 5pm to 2am.
GO: Follow @blindtigerdxb on Instagram for more information.
Monday 13 February
Enjoy a romantic evening of unplugged music
Get ready for a romantic night to remember at French fine dining hotspot, Bagatelle. The chic culinary destination will host a special Valentine’s takeover of their popular weekly event, Unplugged. The evening will begin with a platter of oysters to share, followed by Langoustine ceviche or Beef tartare in a crispy cylinder. For the main course, choose between Lemon sole or beef tenderloin. To end the night on a sweet note, Bagatelle has created two special Valentine’s Day desserts: the Secret Rouge (a strawberry parfait) or Profiteroles. The night will end with a Bagatelle Rocher wrapped in gold for a sweet finish. Monday 13 February, from 8pm.
GO: Call 04 354 5035 for reservations and more information.
Tuesday 14 February
Celebrate V-Day in style
Tandoor Tina at 25hours Hotel One Central will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner, where guests can enjoy live music from Danny Aridi, candlelit tables and sparkling cocktails. Choose from a set menu of starters, mains, sides, and desserts inspired by travels across the Indian coast, in addition to garnished cocktails and fruity punches. Tuesday 14 February, from 7pm. AED 475 per couple (vegetarian menu) and AED 575 per couple (non-vegetarian).
GO: Call 04 210 2500 for reservations and more information.
Wednesday 15 February
Party at Q’s Bar & Lounge
Zaxai is set to add energy to Palazzo Versace Dubai’s FACT Award-winning live music venue, Q’s Bar & Lounge. The venue’s latest artist in residence sings in six languages and has appeared on the television show The Voice, where he was among the 24 finalists. The late-night venue is known for its intimate ambience, unmatched acoustics, and innovative cocktails and is a firm favourite with FACT’s Editor-in-chief. Available Wednesday to Sunday, from 7pm to 1am. AED 250 per person (minimum spend on Wednesday and Thursday) and AED 350 per person (minimum spend from Friday to Sunday.
GO: Call 04 556 8805 for reservations and more information.
Thursday 16 February
Liven up your lunch break
Nazcaa, the new restaurant on the 12th floor of Address Fountain Views, offers a new business lunch menu to liven up your lunch break. With indoor and outdoor dining options with views of Burj Khalifa, Nazcaa serves a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian-inspired dishes. The menu includes soup, two appetisers, sushi, a main course, and dessert. Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 125 per person.
GO: Visit https://nazcaa.com for more information.
Friday 17 February 2023
Party at Elrow XXL
Celebrated immersive electronic music event brand, Elrow has confirmed the line-up for its first-ever XXL show in Dubai, which includes Armand Van Helden, Idris Elba, Sam Devine and Sonny Fodera. Elrow fans will also see the likes of Alisha, Arielle Free, R3wire and Wade to take the stage at Dubai Design District. The colourful El Triangulo de las Rowmudas stage, that was formerly the backdrop for its Ibiza festivals, will also make its debut in the Middle East at Elrow XXL. Friday 17 February, from 2pm.
GO: Visithttps://dubai.platinumlist.net for more information.
Saturday 18 February
Enjoy Saturday Brunch Live
Indulge in your brunch favourites at Cooper’s inside Park Rotana Abu Dhabi and explore a range of food stations that include salads, bread, cheeses, main courses, BBQ stations and desserts. Expect pub grub classics including prime rib, braised brisket, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie, complemented by bottomless beverages. Saturdays, from 12pm to 4 pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 279 (house beverages) and AED 329 (premium beverages).
GO: Call 02 657 3325 for reservations or more information.
Sunday 19 February
Brunch at a FACT Award-winner
Join Antonia’s once-a-month beachfront brunch and get your fill of traditional Italian food. The specially curated four-course brunch features traditional classics with a touch of contemporary flair, including antipasti, pastas, and main courses from across Italy. Brunchgcoers can expect Sauteé of Italian Mussels in tomato sauce, homemade Pappardelle with braised Beef Cheek, and pan-seared Rib-eye. Sunday 19 February, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 245 (soft beverages) and AED 295 (house beverages).
GO: Visit www.antoniarestaurant.com for reservations or more information.
Monday 20 February
Enjoy the UAE’s highest afternoon tea
Savour a cup of tea and a variety of pastries and sandwiches while admiring the view of Ras Al Khaimah’s Hajar mountains with the UAE’s highest afternoon tea at 1484 by Puro. The menu features cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad, crab salad, and smoked salmon sandwiches, along with warm scones, clotted cream, and preserves. End with a selection of gourmet petit fours, pastries, and cakes, paired with tea or coffee. Available daily, from 12pm to 6pm. AED 370 per stand.
GO: Visit https://puro.ae for reservations and more information.
Tuesday 21 February
See Shrek The Musical
Mark your calendars because everyone’s favourite ogre is coming to Dubai. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is coming to Dubai Opera. The enchanting live musical will bring all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. Presented by Broadway Entertainment Group and Live Nation, this adaptation of Shrek is an absolute family classic and now you get all the characters you love, including a fire-breathing dragon. Available daily until 26 February.
GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for more information.
Wednesday 22 February
Laugh with Kevin Hart
The first Chief Island Officer for Yas Island, Kevin Hart, has announced that he will bring his ‘Reality Check’ World Tour to Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi in partnership with Live Nation. The show will be the comedian’s first standup show in the capital since 2016. Hart is currently touring internationally with his eighth hour of standup material, taking “The Reality Check” tour to the USA, Canada and South Africa before the one-night-only stop in Abu Dhabi. Wednesday 22 February.
GO: Visit https://kevinhartnation.com for more information.
Thursday 23 February
Experience an extraordinary ladies’ night
Soleil Noir will see ANNEX Rooftop at The Abu Dhabi EDITION transformed into a vibrant artistic space with live performances and paintings. Here, ladies can enjoy the sunset views and free-flowing mixed drinks whilst dancing to Amapiano hits from the resident DJ. Thursday 23 February. AED 149 (three hours of free-flowing beverages).
GO: Call 02 208 0000 for reservations and more information.
Friday 24 February
Work up a sweat
1Rebel Dubai is now open in DIFC’s ICD Brookfield Place. Renowned for its high-intensity and dynamic fitness experiences, 1Rebel Dubai perfectly encapsulates a chic urban aesthetic balanced with luxury. Guests can book into 1Rebel’s two famous and signature high-energy, full-body workout classes – Ride & Reshape and the brand’s first and only open gym floor.
GO: Visit https://www.1rebel.com for reservations and more information.
Saturday 25 February 2023
Escape to an ethereal brunch
Set against a backdrop of lush greenery and featuring stunning views of Bluewaters Islands and the ocean, this Daydreamer Brunch on the expansive terrace of DREAM offers a serene escape from city life. Guests can enjoy a range of starters, mains to share, a dessert platter, and a selection of exotic cocktails, resulting in a brunch to remember. Saturdays, from 12.30pm to 4pm. AED 280 (soft beverages), AED 360 (premium beverages) and AED 500 (bubbly).
GO: Call 04 220 0224 for reservations or more information.
Sunday 26 February
Visit Dubai’s hottest new beach club
The effortless sophistication of Mediterranean coastal dining has arrived at Palm West Beach with the opening of Kyma Beach Dubai. One of the year’s most anticipated openings, Kyma is inspired by the multicultural yet vibrant spirit of the Mediterranean and the lively vibes of Greece. Presenting an escape from the ordinary and a breath of fresh air to the Dubai beach club scene with a high-end curated menu at the heart of the experience.
GO: Visit www.kymabeach.ae for reservations and more information.
Monday 27 February
Visit a fun new sports bar
Located at the always popular Pier 7, Bedrock is a new sports bar that’s here to redefine the face of sports bars in Dubai. Bedrock features 20 TV screens, the latest technology in darts, and the region’s best indoor golf simulator for the ultimate competitive socialising. The X-Golf simulator in ‘The Bunker’ takes centre stage. And with the latest indoor golf technology in place, guests can compete against each other on 50 of the world’s top courses or dial in their swing on the driving range out of the Dubai heat. Bedrock is also home to five state-of-the-art darts boards with digital scoring and game options, challenging traditional notions and bringing darts to a new generation.
GO: Call 04 578 1668 for reservations and more information.
Tuesday 28 February
Check out MENA’s biggest cinema screen
Meet Roxy Xtreme, the biggest screen in the MENA region. Measuring 28 metres by 15.1 metres, and spanning 423 square metres, its screen is a whopping 60 percent bigger than a tennis court. Combine that with state-of-the-art laser projection, DOLBY ATMOS surround sound technology, and absurdly comfortable seats, and you’re looking at every cinephile’s dream destination. Oh, and standing in queue for candy and popcorn isn’t a prerequisite – waiters are also on hand with a range of food and beverage services.
GO: Visit www.theroxycinemas.com for more information.