Fresh beats

Catch a performance by Punjabi rapper Bohemia at Beats on the Beach at Jebel Ali Golf Club and Resort in Dubai on March 3. The music and dance event also features Indian playback singer Neha Kakkar and local DJs Sukhi, Hani, Hitesh and SIB. Dh150 per person at, call 056 433 4790. The event is 21-plus only.

Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal is performing on March 3 at Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, as part of the Emirates NBD Classics Concert Series. The singer, popular for her renditions of Indian pop songs and traditional genres such as khayal and thumri, will belt out hits such as Ab Ke Sawan and Mann Ki Manjeere. From 8-10pm, tickets from Dh150 at

A race to the top

How high can you run? Find out at the Dubai Holding SkyRun, a vertical race at Emirates Towers that is part of the Vertical World Circuit – a race that is also held in London, New York, Paris, Manila, Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka and Hong Kong. The race starts at 8am on March 3 and will see you run up 1,334 steps. All proceeds go to the 
Al Jalila Foundation to support obesity research in the UAE. Doors open at 6am; Dh250 per person. Visit

The eighth Julius Baer Gold Cup is on until March 10 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. The 18-handicap polo tournament is held under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and will feature entertainment on the final day. Entry is free during weekdays with general admission Dh150 on the final day; visit

The world’s great minds

Want to get a bit of an MIT education – free? Head to Abu Dhabi on March 4 for The Festival @Ideas Forum at New York University Abu Dhabi. The one-day-only, free public event is a golden opportunity to hear international innovators and achievers such as Dr Dava Newman (pictured), program professor of Astronautics at MIT and Nasa’s former deputy administrator; and Dr Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Intelligent conversations will be followed by entertaining performances from Abri & Funk Radius, Miami Band and We Speak in Colors; 11am-10pm, visit

Foodie haven at Boxpark

As part of the ongoing Dubai Food Festival, Boxpark is hosting an organic community market in partnership with Organic Guild, a group promoting the growth of organic goods in the UAE, until March 11. Visitors can sample and buy locally sourced organic fruit and vegetables, beauty products, handcrafted jewellery, as well as Fazaa’s natural coffee, created by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. The market will also host workshops teaching children how to grow organic produce at home and the benefits of organic food – in line with Dubai Municipality’s Grow your Food campaign. The workshops take place from 2-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends. Visitors who spend more than Dh200 at any of Boxpark’s dining outlets during the festival will be in with a chance of winning flights and accommodation to the country of the cuisine they dined at.

Follow your art

Artist Gemma Gallagher is hosting two Design & Dine events this weekend – March 3 at Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate Hotel, and on March 4 at McGettigan’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Beginners are welcome as local artists teach canvas painting while participants enjoy snacks and drinks. From 1-6pm. Dh290 per person, tickets at

Out of South Africa

’Tis the season to enjoy outdoor grills, so why not try barbecuing the South African way at Braai Day DXB. Celebrating the South African tradition of braai, the event on the lawns of the Emirates Golf Club on March 3 will be hosted by emcee Paul Snodgrass and will give guests a taste of South African food, beverages and love of sport, plus a community market. Guests can bring their own meat and do the grilling themselves, while South African band Desmond & The Tutus bring the tunes. From 3pm, Dh120 for 21 plus and Dh60 for under 21s. A House of Afrika show headlined by DJ Clock, Charl Chaka & De Caf follows; entry is free to wristband holders. Call 050 871 7493.

Take care of your health

As part of its Be Aware, So You Can Take Care campaign, the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) is providing free, anonymous screenings until March 15 to the public. Mental health professionals will guide those looking to determine whether they run a risk of, or are already battling, an eating disorder such as bulimia, binge-eating and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. The screenings also aim to erase the stigma surrounding eating disorders. The screenings take place at ACPN’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai clinics. Call 02 697 9999 (Abu Dhabi) or 04 314 1000 (Dubai).

Walk the talk

Looking to smash through the glass ceiling – or share how you did it? The Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk on March 11 at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club is the place. Women leaders mentor emerging talent during a walk discussing professional challenges and successes, and offer advice, plus you can also develop contacts and networks. Since it started in 2008, the walk has taken place every year in over 50 countries in celebration of International Women’s Day. To participate as a mentor or a mentee register now at

Music on the menu

As if the beachside restaurant strip Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah couldn’t get any better, there are now live music nights every Thursday. The Voice Arabia finalist Jad Abi Haidar performs at Simply Italian restaurant weekly, 8pm-2am, Dh190 per person including beverages. Call 04 558 8354.

If you’re looking to get the weekend started a day early, head to Markette at Boxpark Dubai. The international restaurant has launched Block Party, a live music session every Wednesday featuring singer-songwriter Alan Farragher, who will belt out hits from the 1980s to 2017. You’ll hear plenty of rock and funk classics by bands like Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Call 04 347 1847.

Beirut’s underground dance club überhaus is teaming up with Blue Marlin Ibiza Dubai on March 9 to bring top DJs from across the world – the line-up includes German DJ Dixon, Âme (German duo Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann) and Portuguese musician Trikk. From Dh170 at; doors at 9pm.

Movies to Munch

To celebrate Dubai Food Festival, Last Exit is hosting an open-air cinema experience from March 2-4 and March 9-11. Watch Kung Fu Panda 3 (6pm), The Green Hornet (8pm), Captain America 3 (10.30pm) on March 2. On March 3,  Shrek (6pm), Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (7.30pm) and Thor 2 (10.30pm. On March 4, Madagascar (6pm) and Guardians of the Galaxy (8pm). On March 9, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (6pm), Ant Man (8pm) and The Martian (10.30pm). March 10, Smurfs (5.30pm), Men in Black: 3 (7.30pm) and Star Wars: Force Awakens (10.30pm). On March 11, The Lego Movie (6pm) and Ghostbusters (8pm). Taking place at Last Exit E11 on Sheikh Zayed Road, the movies are free to watch.