5 Things to Do in the UAE This Week

See Nicki Minaj perform, celebrate St Patrick's Day and spend the day at Ripe Market
BySarah Hedley HymersWednesday , 16 March 2016
5 Things to Do in the UAE This Week
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See Nicki Minaj Live in Dubai

Rap's reigning queen Nicki Minaj has the most hits on Billboard's Hot 100 chart of any female rapper in history and has sold over 50 million singles worldwide. She's also landed a bevy of trophies, including American Music Awards, MTV VMA's Billboard Awards and People's Choice Awards. See her shake that famous booty this week at The Venue, Dubai's new outpost for big names in music. INFO: Dhs350, including one house drink, Dhs650 Golden Circle including one house drink, Dhs1,250 VIP including one house drink and unlimited snacks, tickets available from Virgin Megastores, 6pm, The Venue, Dubai Outlet Mall, 117live.com

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

It's not only the UAE's Irish venues that will be celebrating St Paddy's Day; new 'meatery' The Hide is among the outlets putting on special deals. Irish oysters will set you back Dhs21 each, there's new 'Peppermint Paddy Sundae' for Dhs45, a Black Velvet cocktail of Guinness with bubbly for Dhs60 and 50 per cent off all Irish malt. Plus, guests who order any Irish dry aged beef will get double the portion for no extra cost. Prices start from Dhs230 per joint. INFO: The Hide, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat, 04 366 6750

Have a Happy Holi Day at The Taj

Holi is a spring festival, also known as the Festival of Colours or the Festival of Sharing Love, and is celebrated in Southern Asia. To mark the occasion, the fabulous Indian hotel Taj Dubai will be hosting a night brunch at Bombay Brasserie with a set menu that includes panipuri, aloo papdi chaat, kati roll, keema pav, lamb curry and chicken tikka masala - plus its famous biryani, which we reckon is the best is Dubai. INFO: Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with cocktails, grape and hopes, Dhs395 with premium malt, 7pm-11.30pm, Burj Khalifa Blvd, Dubai, 04 438 3100, tajhotels.com

Have a Ball at Ballarò Brunch

Bright and airy, with a Mediterranean market vibe, this brunch boasts a healthy array of veg and salad dishes and meat and fish grilled to order, plus Spanish cured meats, posh cheeses and artisan breads. Our fave dishes are the Peruvian ceviche and the salt-encrusted sea bass – delish! There’s indoor and outdoor seating with a terrace adjoining the stunning Purobeach Urban Oasis, where a brunch ‘Re-treat’ is held from 5pm to 6pm every Friday, with discounted prices on drinks, meaning the party doesn’t have to end when brunch does. INFO: Dhs595 with bubbly and premium grape, Dhs425 with house drinks, Dhs325 with soft drinks, kids six-12 dine half price, kids under six dine for free, 1pm-4.30pm, Level 6, Conrad Dubai, 04 444 7111, conraddubai.com

Take a Day Trip to Ripe Market
The Friday morning Ripe Food & Craft Market is the positive start to the weekend that Abu Dhabi dwellers have been looking for. Think about it: you get some exercise in the form of a walk, a nutritious brekkie from one of the many cooking stations and healthy takeaways in the form organic fruit and veg perfect for grilling, roasting, juicing or munching on raw. Plus there’s the opportunity to pick up something unique for your weekend party outfit from the UAE’s most talented artisans, crafters, jewellers and designers. And if you’ve got kids in tow, there’s entertainment to keep them occupied while you shop. INFO: 10am-3pm, The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 04 380 7602, markets@ripeme.com, ripeme.com


Shrek the Musical will be running in Abu Dhabi from 24-26 March at Yas Island, and in Dubai from 30 March-3 April at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. INFO: From Dhs200, tixbox.com

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