Much like Craig David in his year 2000 R&B banger ‘7 Days,’ we’ve got ideas for you every single day of the week. Except, in our case, there’s zero ‘chill on Sunday.’
Sunday, 7th January
Ibn the mall
Trekking round malls in Dubai can feel like an epic adventure, but at Ibn Battuta Mall, shoppers can actually take part in a travel game based on the journeys of the titular Arab explorer. From the India Court, ‘voyage’ around the mall’s six courts, get a glimpse into his fascinating voyage of discovery and win instant prizes.
Until 20th January, 4pm to 9pm. Ibn Battuta Mall. 04 362 1900.
A good battering
National Tempura Day is marked every 7th January, so it’s a serendipitous time to book a table at ultra trendy Katsuya By Starck and get behind the deep-fried tastiness of the Japanese dish. Choose from crispy corn, rock shrimp and more, starting from AED 45, as well as tons of other great stuff to eat.
Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah. 12pm-1am. 04 419 0676.
Monday, 8th January
Hone your chopstick skills with a feast of all-you-can-eat sushi, served direct to your table in the Bamboo Lagoon at JW Marriott in Deira. Packages are AED 99 with soft drinks and AED 120 with a carafe of Japanese specialty beverage. When the in-house Polynesian band plays the famous Māori Haka dance diners are positively encouraged to join in.
Saturdays to Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira. 04 607 7977.
One to Wash
R&B singer Wash does the double tonight, performing his banger Can’t Trust… at Cirque le Soir then the Cavalli Club. Entry to the former is free and the latter will set you back AED 250 entry (with two drinks) or AED 500 with an open bar.
The Fairmont Dubai. Cirque le Soir, 10.30pm-3am. Cavalli Club, 8.30pm-3am. 04 332 5555.
Tuesday, 9th January
Only the bold would arrive at a ladies’ night bare-faced, but with EnVii at Vii Dubai you could do just that. The Conrad Hotel’s terrace bar has teamed up beauty service GLAM360 to offer mini-makeovers and braiding alongside unlimited complimentary house beverages and 30 per cent discount off the menu of sushi and hot bites.
8pm-midnight. Vii Dubai, 7th Foor, Conrad Hotel. 050 169 6777.
Taco Tuesdays (and Wednesdays, and Thursdays)
Tacos, those mainstays of Mexican cuisine, can be enjoyed in unlimited quantities at Loca Souk Al Bahar’s new Taco Room. Diners can put together their own masterpieces from fresh filling stations, complimented by an array of cheeses and sauces. Three-hour packages start from AED 149 and include bowls of guacamole prepared tableside and traditional Mexican beverages.
Everyday, 12pm-12am. Loca Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai. From AED 149. 04 449 4455.
Backyard box office
On-Trend terrace bar The Backyard, has a treat in store for movie lovers. A season of celluloid classics is being shown on the big screen and this week it is the turn of comedy classic The Hangover. You can feast on sophisticated snacks, or hoover up popcorn with their bottomless bucket bolt on.
AED 75 (unlimited popcorn and soft drink package from AED 30). From 7.30pm, every Tuesday. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay hotel.
Wednesday, 10th January
Can you handle-bar it?
Add some RPM to your fitness goals with a session at trendy spin studio Cyclebar. Extra pedal power comes from a live DJ set by Megatronic & Miss Meg. Healthy eating experts Kcal Extra will dish up healthy post-workout out treats. Doors open 7.30pm and class starts 8pm.
AED 90. Unit 27-28 The Avenue, City Walk 1. 04 395 5523.
DIFF 365@VOX continues a season of entertaining independent cinema with Indian Oscar nomination Newton. This charming take on political satire stars Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao) as a rookie government clerk sent on election duty against formidable odds.
(We’ve since been informed this film releases on the 11th Jan. Apologies for any confusion caused.)
Cinema 9 at VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, 4pm, 6.35pm and 9pm. Tickets AED 45 (before VAT) and available at uae.voxcinemas.com and the box office.
Thursday, 11th January
Partying doesn’t have to be pricey at Societe Dubai. The energetic party spot is offering 50 per cent off revellers’ bills every night of the week. The only catch is you have to make like Cinderella and settle before the clock strikes 12.
Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina. 04 448 8222.