Any resolutions for the new year? One of mine is to stay home a little more. Unfortunately (or should I say, fortunately?), it’s been well and truly broken already. Coming up to keep us in action:

Local Events

Photography Workshop


  • What: A 3-day interactive photography session put on by Grace and Garbo at the Light House Studo in Al Quoz. For professional and emerging photographers who want to talk, learn and network. Free to attend, but you must register.
  • When: 23rd to 25 Jan
  • Details: facebook page, email to register or call 04 4226037

Chinese New Year

Year of the Horse replaces the Snake on Jan 31.

     Burj_Al_Arab_-_Chinese_New_Year_2014_sail_projection_Madinat Jumeirah:

  • What: If you only choose one place in Dubai, this is probably the one Their celebrations span almost a week, and vary from the Chinese State Circus show at Madinat Theatre (from 150AED), through to more casual evenings of lion dances and market-stall delicacies at the amphitheater (free access). On the night itself, Zheng He’s is the place to be, with a splash-up traditional meal and plenty of entertainment (388/488 AED for dinner without/with alcohol)
  • When: Jan 26 to 1 Feb
  • Details: website

     Other Chinese Restaurants:

  • What: maybe it’s better just to celebrate at one of Dubai’s best Chinese restaurants. Popular votes go to Da Shi Dai, China Sea and China Valley. None have provided specific event details, but you can be assured, it’s going to be a great night out.
  • When: Jan 31
  • Details: linked above.

Australia Day

     DD-AD-bigday-1aa57446ABCD (Australian Business Council Dubai)

  • What: three big events. My favourite is the family Big Day Out (named after a famous Australian music festival), which is at Zero Gravity at the Dubai Marina, and includes heaps of activities, a BBQ and concert with Guy Sebastian, Jon Stevens and DJ Danny Fai Fai to top it off (300AED, kids under 12 free). Otherwise there is a Golf Day on the 23rd (600AED includes Golf, lunch and beverages), or a Gala dinner at the Park Hyatt on the 25th, with the same acts as the family day, but with a more fancy feel. (600AED)
  • When: The big day is the 26th, but all events fall on the weekend preceding,
  • Details: ABCD website

DD-poloDubai Polo Gold Cup

     Dubai Polo Club

  • What: Many events running all through Feb and into March. Picnic area entry from 150AED, but as you could inmajin, in Dubai, the hospitality options go all the way up to diamond and platinum. Trust me, this event is not just about the horses.
  • When: Feb 1 to March 14
  • Details: website


International Events

     DD-snowChina: Chinese New Year and the Snow and Ice Festival

  • What: Not only can you catch all the festivities just by walking down the street, but you’ll also be there in time for the Snow and Ice festival (Hāěrbīn).
  • When: Now to 15 Feb
  • Details: Snow and Ice Festival and some great info on Chinese New Year on Lonely Planet here.

     DD-veniceVenice Carnival

  • What: Masked balls, processions, obscure military and sporting displays and general debauchery in a cold and wet Venice.
  • When: Feb 14 to March 4
  • Details: website

     Jenadriyah National Festival

  • What: Cultural festival just out of Ryadh, Saudi Arabia. Traditional crafts, wonderful heritage village, singing and dancing. Saudi’s biggest Cultural festival, and a chance to see a nation traditionally known for it’s conservative lifestyle let loose a little.
  • When: Late February
  • Details: website

New Openings:

  • Madinat_Jumeirah_-_Tortuga_restaurant_-_Classic_MargaritaTortuga – Madinat Jumeirah are revamping slowly but surely, and the Wharf has gone to be replaced by some classy Mexican. Let’s see if they can make me happy to pay 60AED for guacamole – with the waterside position and the view of Mina al Salam towers and floating abras, it’s possible.
  • Table 9 – Not new, but definitely changed. This incarnation with Darren Velvick at the helm (ex Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, in Knightsbridge, London). Was initially missing Scott and Nick, but this is not a bad alternative for us!
  • Atelier M – Top three levels of Pier 7, Dubai Marina. Modern French fusion menu and Gatsbyesque interiors.


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  1. Glanced upon this a bit late, but Yuan at Atlantis is probably the only place which is organising the traditional dragon dance and also fireworks. Plus they have a brilliant Yam Cha offering (dumplings) to usher in the New Year.

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