Staycays, shopping and burger mania across the city
We’ve made it to the weekend – and oh it feels good. There’s all sorts going on over the next couple of days and we intend to throw ourselves into the thick of it.
There’s a new '90s after brunch party and the footy is starting to heat up – and if none of that takes your fancy then there’s bound to be something in our whopper of a round-up that piques your interest.
A day in Spain Experience a slice of Spain at Seville’s with this all-inclusive cultural fiesta. Expect language lessons, dance sessions, and a hands-on cooking class with Seville’s chef. Dhs145. Sat Jul 7, 11am-3.30pm. Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha (04 324 4777).
After-brunch party at The House Party Bar Nineties music, arcade games, hops pong and all the other good stuff that takes you back to the house parties of your youth – without any of the clearing up.
The party kicks off this Friday July 6 from 4pm until 8pm and includes unlimited drinks for Dhs150 this week only, before going up to the regular price Dhs200 next week.
The night also coincides with the monthly Cirque le Soir event Bananas, the ultimate costume party.
Bring a banana along to the club and you'll get a free drink.
So if you’ve still got wind in the sails come 11pm you can have a wander through and keep the party going. Dhs150 this Fri, Dhs200 thereafter). Every Fri 4pm-8pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
Afternoon tea at BiCE Sky Bar Enjoy a selection of classic scones, sandwiches, hot bites and pastries at this weekend afternoon tea at BiCE Sky Bar, before polishing it all off with a traditional Victoria sponge with fresh strawberries, violet and elderflower éclairs and classic lemon tart bergamot. Dhs150 (food, coffee and tea), Dhs190 (food, coffee, tea, one glass of bubbly). Thu-Sat, 4pm-6pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Dubai Marina (04 318 2520).
Bag a bargain with Summer Surprises Dubai’s six-week Summer Surprises sale has returned and we are leading the stampede to the shops. Until Saturday August 4, at various locations across the city, there will be a “Deal of The Day” offer, weekend destination surprises and a final weekend sale. If you visit The Beach, opposite JBR, you can expect discounts of up to 50 percent at restaurants, shops and even at the cinema. Winning. Fri Jun 22-Sat Aug 4. Various locations including The Dubai Mall. www.dubaisummersurprises.com.
Burger Mania at Wavebreaker Treat yourself to a nice juicy burger this weekend at Wavebreaker. Choose from one of three new offerings to the menu; the charcoal smoky, the Korean fighting chicken and the prawn n’avo. For research purposes, we’re trying them all. From Dhs89. Open daily 10am-11pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2319).
Check out STK Downtown The second branch of international steakhouse STK is now open at Address Downtown and it looks like it’s worth checking out. Described as a “high-energy dining and drinks venue offering the ultimate blend of food-meets-party”, the new location boasts views of the Burj Khalifa, as well as garden terrace, and promises a “New York edge”. We’re there. Open daily 6pm-midnight. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Cheer at Atlantis The Palm Head to this fan zone, which has capacity for more than 2,000 football-lovers, to watch the World Cup. There are massive screens, as well as a gamers’ corner. Plus ladies will get four free drinks daily from 6pm until and from noon until 9pm on Fridays. Free entry. Match days. Until Jul 15. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Comfort eat It’s tough when the opposing team scores, but to soften the blow, Cook Hall is offering ten percent off your food bill every time your team concedes in the World Cup. Along with brilliant food and beverage deals, no one’s a loser here. Prices vary. Match days only. Until Jul 15. The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
Free ice cream Thought your summer holidays couldn’t get any better? Think again. You can now enjoy free ice cream before your vacation even begins. Emirates is giving away two million Emperor ice creams – in five flavours – from multiple carts dotted around Terminal 3’s Departures and transit areas. Chill-out pre-flight. Free. Until Aug 31. Terminal 3 Departures and transit, Dubai International Airport, www.emirates.com.
Get fit for less Fitness fan? This is for you. Fairmont The Palm is offering both an aquaspin and a yoga class for just Dhs99 until Saturday September 15, which saves you Dhs51 on the regular classes. We’ll see you at the pool. Dhs99. Daily from 7am. Until Sep 1. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.beyourbestdxb.com.
Get those knees up Fancy yourself as a bit of a mountaineer? Well this could be right up your street.
The stair climb is an intense workout up 67 floors to the top of Almas Tower in JLT – and it’s not for the fainthearted. Free. Fri Jul 6, 8am-9am. Almas Tower, Cluster G, JLT (04 368 0222).
Hit the gym A brand-new Warehouse Gym has just opened in Dubai Design District (d3), and it totally matches the artsy vibes the location is known for. It has also partnered up with Deliveroo to host a competition for those interested in eating protein-fuelled and healthy bites. Until Monday July 9, if you order more than two meals from healthy restaurants on the app marked with “WHGym Gains” you’ll grab yourself a free class pass at the Warehouse Gym. And that’s not all, because gym-goers in teams of three are invited to take part on Friday July 6 at 9am in a competition where winners of the “Workout of the Day” will take home Dhs1,000 of Deliveroo credit. Now that’s a lot of food. From Dhs420 (annual membership). Sun-Thu 6am-10pm; Fri-Sat 8am-5pm. Competition: Fri July 6, 9am. d3, Ras Al Khor Road www.whgym.com (04 424 9396).
Hop into the Uber Fan Van to watch the World Cup In celebration of the biggest football event, Uber has launched a specially-themed pop-up van showcasing the matches, and there’s a chance you could hop in to cheer on your favourite team on a 48” TV. Enter the promo code “UberFanVan” into your Uber App and wait to see if you won. Various locations. Until Sun Jul 15. uber.com/app.
Indoor beach extravaganza Until Saturday July 28, Dubai Marina Mall will be hosting an indoor beach party so families can enjoy shoreline entertainment while beating the summer heat.
The best part? The event is completely free, and a few lucky people will even go home with some exciting prizes. Free. Until Sat Jul 28. Beach Party: Open daily noon-8pm Dubai Marina Mall: Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight; Sat noon-11pm. Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, www.dubaimarinamall.com (04 436 1020).
Italian French fusion at Certo Italy is world famous for its pasta, while France is renowned for its grape. Happily, for the whole of July, diners can indulge in a fusion at Certo, at the Radisson Blu Dubai Media City.
From 6pm until 11pm every night, Chef Antonio at the Italian restaurant will be cooking up a special three-course dinner. For just Dhs198 per person, guests will get a starter, main course and dessert, along with a French grape pairing with each course. Dhs198 per person. Until Jul 31. Daily 6pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Kids eat for free at Armani Hotel Dubai Armani Hotel Dubai’s Bambini offer allows kids under the age of ten dine in four of the hotel’s exquisite restaurants completely free of charge. All the little ones out there are in for an absolute culinary treat. From Sunday July 1 all the way until Friday August 31, all families need to do is book a table at either Armani/Ristorante, Armani/Amal, Armani/Mediterraneo or Armani/Deli, and children will get a complimentary meal. Free (kids under ten). Prices vary (adults). Sun Jul 1- Fri Aug 31. Opening times vary. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai, www.armanihoteldubai.com/en/special-offers/kids-dine-for-free (04 888 3666).
Pizza Party It’s the weekend, so celebrate with unlimited pizza and sparkling grape. Head to Via Veneto for top views of the Burj Khalifa and a cracking deal. Dhs149 (ladies), Dhs199 (gents). Thu-Fri 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 242 7882).
See the match at The Penthouse Catch all the World Cup action from this stunning location at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai. Not only is there a dedicated area with plenty of big screens, the specially-constructed air-conditioned tent is transparent, so you won’t miss the super view across the city. How about watching it from the swimming pool, too? Free. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org (052 900 4868).
Summer flash sale at La Perle There are few better ways to cool off than catching Dubai’s spectacular La Perle by Dragone – and right now is the perfect time to nab some tickets. The stunning show has cut its prices down for the summer, making it a total bargain. From Dhs252. Wed June 13-Sun Sep 30. Tue-Fri 7pm and 9.30pm; Sat 4pm and 7pm. Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 8844).
Summer splash Wild Wadi is offering a splash-tastic time at a discounted summer rate, where you’ll also get a free meal. Dhs249 (above 1.1m), Dhs149 (below 1.1m). Open Fri-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu 10am-6pm. Until Aug 31. Umm Suqeim (04 348 4444).
Supper club at Bar Rumba Looking for something to do to round off the week? Bar Rumba has just launched a Thursday night supper club with “Chino-Latino” flavour. It will include light bites and house beverages for Dhs195 per person, plus plenty of salsa music, too. Dhs195. Thu 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7333).
Watch the World Cup at Drai’s All for the cost of one bottle (of either grape or premium beverage), you can kick back from 3pm until midnight on match days in a cabana at Drai’s, and all come equipped with an HD TV and Jacuzzi. Prices vary. Open daily 3pm-midnight. Until Jul 15 (match days). Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
Staycay and brunch Aloft Palm Jumeirah is not only offering a one-night stay for two people for Dhs799, it's throwing in brunch as well. Bring your appetite as the Much Lucha Brunch, at fun new Mexican rooftop and cantina Luchador, is the first stop on your weekend of relaxation. Inspired by Mexico’s famed wrestling sport Lucha Libre, expect a four-course meal, with unlimited servings of any of the 12 dishes. The next morning you'll get breakfast as well as pool and beach access and the deal is available on both Thursday and Friday nights, so whether you want a pre- or post-brunch hotel stay is up to you. Dhs799 per two per room (including breakfast and brunch). Ongoing. Thu-Fri, Fri-Sat. Mucha Lucha Brunch: Every Fri 1pm-4pm. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, www.aloftpalmjumeirah.com (04 247 5555).
Take a moonlight dip Fancy a swim but want to avoid the summer heat? Well you're in luck.
La Ville Hotel & Suites has launched a new night pool package, and it's looking like a good deal. The Dip in the Dark offer includes access from 5pm until 10pm every evening to the boutique hotel’s rooftop infinity pool which overlooks the glistening skyline.The pool is open every evening until Sunday September 30 and once you’ve worn yourself out with a bit of doggy paddle, you’ll be able to refuel with some tasty bites at La Ville’s urban rooftop bar, LookUp. Dhs100 (Sun-Thu, includes Dhs50 food and drink voucher). Dhs150 (Fri-Sat, includes Dhs100 food and drink voucher). Open daily until Sun Sep 30, 5pm-10pm, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk (054 309 5948).
Tantalise your tastebuds Love Filipino food? Make a beeline for The Noodle House, which has a limited-time menu including some pretty naughty-looking crispy-fried chillis. Prices vary. Until Jul 10. Various locations including Dubai Media City and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. www.thenoodlehouse.com.