The week's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this week and weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more.
Sure, five of the seven days are supposed to be 'work, sleep, repeat', but frankly we see 16 hours either side of your 9-5 that need filling with fun things to do. So, round-up, because this is your ultimate guide to the week and weekend ahead, with the latest events, deals, sports, film releases and more.
Waka is a restaurant everyone’s talking about at the moment, and not only does it have great food, it has some top deals. Among them is Maki Mondays, on which you’ll get unlimited rolls and a glass of grape for just Dhs150 from 8pm to 10pm. Dhs150. Mon 8pm-10pm. Ongoing.
‘But… Al Ain doesn’t have a coast!’ we hear you cry. Indeed it doesn’t. Instead, it has Wadi Adventure, home to an enormous surfing pool, a white water rafting facility and air park (essentially an enormous climbing frame for adults). Book your slots in advance. Dhs50 (entry), Dhs25 (giant swing), Dhs50 (air park), Dhs100 (surfing), Dhs100 (rafting). Al Ain, www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 842203 781 8422).
Head to this huge summer party from the people behind alternative Arabic music festival Wasla, in the lead-up to its return. Live music comes from Algerian band Speed Caravan, Egypt’s Fulltone and UAE-based band NOON.
Just off the east coast and accessible from Al Boom Diving’s Fujairah outpost, Martini Rock is home to an abundance of colourful, fascinating marine life. See cuttlefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, broomtail wrasse, rays and even a turtle or two if you’re lucky. Dhs400 per diver with full kit. Al Boom Diving, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, www.alboomdiving.com (04 341 494004 341 4940).
The latest screening of London’s National Theatre at The Courtyard Playhouse is the Edward Albee classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The revival stars Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, both of whom deliver stunning performances. Not to be missed for theatre fans.
Ladies, gather your friends this Wednesday evening and head to the new ladies’ night “Feel Gorgeous at Grapeskin” and you’ll get two free glasses of grape and a cheeseboard. Free. Wed 8pm-11pm. Ongoing.
LIMA Dubai is celebrating Peruvian National Day today with a four-course lunch, sundowners, extended happy hour and live entertainment from musicians and dancers. Friday Fiesta: Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Sundowners: Dhs195 (house beverages). 4pm-6pm.
Catch Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, as part of Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue’s new season, NOWPLAYING. It’s a prequel film to the cult classic ’90s detective series, to go along with the show’s 2017 reboot, Twin Peaks: The Return, which premiered in May. Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, www.cinemaakil.com.
Dubai is known for its incredible shopping events, with Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises being two long-term sales events marked in the calendar.
We currently find ourselves in the midst of the latter, a six-week festival of all things retail, full of flash sales, shopping events, entertainment and a variety of goings-on designed to get us Dubaians out of the house and into the cooling sanctuary of the mall this summer.
The Outlet Village is one of Dubai’s leading shopping destinations, and recently announced a spectacular array of entertainment and deals to keep you and the family going throughout July and early August. On that note, we love Dubai Summer Surprises because it’s split over two months, so you don’t have to worry about missing a sale because of payday scheduling.
Over at the aforementioned Outlet Village, located just off Sheikh Zayed Road near Dubai Parks and Resorts, you’re going to find an absolute mountain of deals to wade your way through, and you’re certain to pick up a bargain on these hot summer days. It’s hard not to, when there more than 125 retail brands to peruse. First off, there’s the grand prize of a brand-new Vespa scooter being given away to one lucky shopper who spends more than Dhs200 on any one purchase.
And the mall is making it easy for you to break that Dhs200 threshold, because its stores are putting on a dizzying amount of sales and discounts for you to enjoy – the full list is at the bottom of this article, so find your favourite brand, but highlights include:
Adidas – buy two get one free
Armani Exchange – up to 75 percent
Diesel – up to 90 percent off original price
DKNY – up to 90 percent off original price
Hugo Boss – up to 80 percent off original price
Lacoste – additional ten-30 percent off outlet price
Michael Kors – up to 30 percent off outlet price
Montblanc – up to 70 percent off original price
New Balance – up to 90 percent off original price plus Dhs100 cashback
Ted Baker – up to 90 percent off original price
Under Armour - up to 50 percent off original price
But as satisfying as it is picking up an absolute bargain at the mall, it isn’t just about shopping – it’s also about taking a load off, grabbing some grub and unwinding for a few minutes. The Outlet Village also has a range of offers on its food outlets, many of which are redeemable using the Sizzling Summer app.
Dining deals out include: Godiva Chocolatier – buy one get one free
Grand Saray Restaurant – set lunch menu starting from Dhs45
IHOP – lunch value meal at Dhs34, plus kids under 12 eat for free
PF Chang – Enjoy a complimentary lettuce wrap when you purchase two entrees
Urban Seafood – buy one get one free
It’s also important to keep the kids entertained this summer, while school is out and there’s a lot of time to fill. That’s why the entire village has been transformed into a classic fairy tale this summer. Expect to see huge sunflower fields, hot air balloons and giant fluffy clouds across the shopping destination.
For the little ones, head to the mini funfair and let the kids unleash some energy with mini golf, bowling or foosball for starters. Alternatively, let them loose in the arts and crafts workshops in which they’ll create a masterpiece, or cook up a storm at the culinary classes in which they’ll get to decorate their own pizzas, cupcakes and cookies! You can also drop them off at the stay and play area and get some retail therapy in while the kids enjoy puppet shows, bubble making and magic shows.
While street musicians, entertainers, balloon benders and face painting artists roam around helping to bring a magical, kid-friendly scene to live, it’s important to also get a little downtime. Grab a bean bag chair and get comfy in the air conditioned destination and watch classic characters come to life, with daily performances of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. There are also daily, free screenings of classic animated movies, including Madagascar, The Smurfs, Kung Fu Panda, The Lego Movie and Shrek.
There’s fun for the whole family, and bargains to be found, at the The Outlet Village during Dubai Summer Surprises this summer. The Outlet Village, near Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 317 3999).
The full list of participating outlets during Dubai Summer Surprises:
Aati – From 30% to 50% off on the outlet price on selected items
Adidas – Buy two get one free
Al Jaber Optical – 30% to 70% off on the original price
Alessandro Dell Aqua – From 40% to 50% off on the original price
Armani Exchange – Up to 75% off the original price on selected items
Armani Outlet – From 50% to 60% off on the original price
Baldinini – From 30% to 75% off on the original price
Banana Republic – Prices starting from Dhs49
BCBG – Further reductions prices start from Dhs120
Bebe – from 30% to 80% off on the original price
Calvin Klein – From 30% to 60% off on the original price
Carolina Herrera – 30% to 60% off on the original price
Coach – From 30% to 60% off on the original price
Cole Haan – Up to 70% off on the original price on selected items
Diesel – Up to 90% off on the original prices
Diesel Kids – Up to 90% off on the original prices
DKNY – from 30% to 90% off on the original price
Dunhil – Buy two get additional 20% off, buy four get additional 40% off
Ecco – Special promotion: Up to 60% off on the original price
Eden Park – From 40% to 75% off on the original price
Elisabetta Franchi – From 60% to 85% off on the original price
Emperor Jeans – From 30% to 80% off on the original price
Etoile – From 60% to 70% off on the original price
Fabi – From 35% to 75% off on the original price
Ferre – From 30% to 75% off on the original price
Gallerie Lafayette – From 40% to 90% off on the original price. Prices starting Dhs99 up to Dhs399
Gallery One – From 30% to 70% off on the original price
Gap Factory – From 25% to 50% off on the outlet price
Gizia – From 30% to 90% off on the original prices
Guiseppe Zannotti – Additional 10% off on the outlet price
Hamac – Up to 50% off on the original price
Hugo Boss – Up to 80% off the original price on selected items and special promotion on shirts buy one for Dhs269 and two for Dhs449
Joop – 60% off on the original price on every thing
Juicy Couture – Up to 75% off on the original price on selected items
Kiwi St Tropez – From 30% to 75% off on the original price
La Martina – From 30% to 60% off the on original price
Lacoste Additional – 10% to 30% off on the outlet price on selected items
Lamborghini – From 30% to 70% off on the original price
Lanvin – Additional 20% off on the outlet price
Louis Feraud – From 70% to 85% off on the original price
LUI JO – From 30% to 60% off on the original price
M.Missoni – From 60% to 80% off on the original price
Maje – From 30% to 60% off on the original price
Mamas and papas – From 30% to 70% off on the original price
Michael Kors – Additional 10% to 30% off on the outlet price on selected items
Montblanc – From 30% to 70% off on the original price
New Balance – From 30% to 80% off on the original price and Get Dhs100 cash back
Nike – 30% to 60% off on the original price
On Time – Buy one get one free
OUI – From 40% to 75% off on the original price
Pal Zileri – From 50% to 60% off on the original price
Pinko – From 60% to 90% off on the original price
Priceless – From 50% to 80% off on the original price
Roberto Cavalli – From 30% to 75% off on the original price
Rocco Barocco – From 40% to 80% off on the original price
Rodeo Drive – Additional 20% off on the outlet price
Sacoor Outlet – Buy one get two free
Salvatore Fergammo – From 50% to 70% off on the original price
Sandro – From 30% to 70% off on the original price
Sephora – Up to 50% off on the original price
Stadium –Dhs50 and under
Ted Beker – From 30% to 90% off on the original price
The Deal – Additional 10% to 30% off on the outlet price on selected items
The Kooples – From 30% to 60% off on the original price
Tommy Lee – Special promotion: women's shirts and blouses buy three for Dhs450 and kids three shirts for Dhs350 men t-shirts buy three for Dhs250 men shirts buy two for Dhs350
Under Armour – From 30% to 50% off on the original price
Villeroy & Boch – From 30% to 75% off on the original price
Vince Camuto – From 30% to 80% off on the original price
If you like the sound of a sing-off with bar bites, book in for the all-new evening Jukebox Brunch at Lucky Voice. It’ll be right up your street. Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs295 (premium package). Wed 8pm-11pm. Ongoing.
Hop along down to Raffles Dubai where you can spend a glorious day basking in the sunshine at the hotel’s swimming pool for just Dhs150. That gets you entry to the pool as well as two free drinks. Sit back and chill while enjoying stunning panoramic views of the city skyline. Spend a full ten hours soaking up the sun – with occasional dips in the water to cool off, of course. Mix up the scenery with front crawls past the swim-up bar, too. Sounds like a good reason to take a day off to us… Dhs150 per person (including two house beverages). Daily 9am-7pm. Until Sep 30.
The Summer Vibes series is being held at rooftop bar Tamanya Terrace, which has been transformed into a neon (air-conditioned) tent to keep the party going all summer long. Tonight it’s the turn of Joyce Muniz to keep the crowd on their feet. One of Vienna’s brightest young stars, she’ll be spinning her captivating deep house and techno. Dance music heavyweights Richie Hawtin, Skream and Maya Jane Coles are all fans. Head down to hear why. There’s a two-for-one deal on drinks from 6pm to 8pm, too.
Catch Ukranian groove metal band Jinjer at The Music Room tonight. The four-piece, who have supported the likes of Caliban and Evanescence, bring their original blend of metal, jazz, reggae and funk to Dubai for the first time. Don’t miss it.
You don’t have to travel to Belgium to be part of the world’s biggest EDM festival. Nine of Tomorrowland’s biggest DJs will be jetting over to play live, right here in Dubai, including Martin Solveig, Ferreck Dawn and Tom Swoon. Dubai Festival City Arena