New month, new ways to have fun. We start as we mean to go on with 14 ways to while away your time, where we sort out your health, hunt you down some bargains and basically make sure you have a memorable five days.
Sunday, 3rd June
Market your diaries
It’s not too early to start ticking off that gift list for family and friends and at that quirky retail haven, Dragon Mart 2 you can treat everyone for less. Browse funky festive wear, fragrant perfumes and Arabic sweets, try complimentary henna treatments and relax in the majlis, because you’ve earned it.
10am-12am until 14th June. Al Awir Road. 04 433 6200.
We cone-not say no
If you measure happiness as a series of tiny successes, then Scoopi Cafe’s new offer is a small but mighty win. The Jumeirah ice-cream parlour known for masterminding the world’s most expensive ice-cream has introduced affordable miniature cones and scoops that kids of all ages will love. Choose from waffle, charcoal and red velvet cones topped with a rainbow of sorbets, yoghurts and ice-creams.
From AED 20 for two mini scoops and mini cones. Jumeirah Beach Road. 7pm-1am during Ramadan. 052 804 7935.
Art with heart
Young photographers aged 18 to 25 capture what Ramadan means to them through an exhibition on show at Mall of the Emirates from now until 16th June. Find the expressive images in the mall’s opulent Luxury Wing and admire them all the more for knowing the snappers are people of determination who captured all their frames around the mall in Al Barsha.
Art from the Heart, Mall of the Emirates’ Luxury Wing, 10am-12am until 16th June. 04 409 9000.
Monday, 4th June
Take advantage of shorter working hours and have a comprehensive diabetes check-up at RAK Diabetes Center in Jumeirah. The walk-in camp will be open from Saturday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm. Medics will screen blood sugar level, blood pressure, BMI, height weight and waist measurements and say even if you haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes, everyone should have a yearly check-up.
RAK Diabetes Center in Jumeirah. Saturday to Thursday, 9am-5pm, until 30th June. 04 380 1104.
Join training for the sports of aquatic kings at the huge and well-appointed Hamadan Sports Complex. The weekly sessions with Hawks Sports UAE are advertised as being open to all, but check ahead to see what’s the recommended level of swimming ability.
6pm-8pm, Mondays. Hamadan Sports Complex, off Emirates Road. www.facebook.com/HAWKSUAE
Trade your space
Spending more time indoors? Give your living space a new look for less and swing by the Home and Soul garage sale, with 70 per cent off brands such as minimalist Dutch concept Urban Nest and the hip and homegrown La Plage Dubai.
4th-6th June. Wasl Road, Villa 6 (between Al Manara and Umm Al Sheif). 056 112 1444. 9am-10pm, 2pm-10pm Fridays.
Tuesday, 5th June
If your fitness levels have been below bar since summer arrived, ladies, golf sessions could putt you back where you want to be. In celebration of International Women’s Golf Day, Arabian Ranches Golf Club is holding an evening of taster sessions and friendly competitions at the club’s The Academy.
Registration at 6.30pm, 7pm start. AED 125 including green fees. 04 366 4700. Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road.
On the trail
Take the path less trodden and fill your Instagram feed along the way. Gulf Photo Plus and Frying Pan Adventures are leading sunset walking trails around Old Dubai. Bring a camera and the tenacity to tromp about outdoors for three hours. You’ll be rewarded with the sights of sounds of Dubai’s heart at one of the most holy times of year, plus chai and snacks after iftar.
5.40pm-8.40pm. AED 395 per person. You’ll need a camera or mobile phone. Please dress conservatively. Book a place here.
Go with the Flow at Dubai’s healthy eating hub and experience and experience a ‘neo-Bedouin’ iftar with back-to-basics sharing dishes of organic ingredients, to enjoy in a cosy mise en scène of beanbags and lanterns. Self-taught Emirati artist Aysha Al Hemrani (pictured) will be on hand to discuss new Arab culture and changing perceptions of stereotypes.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers. AED 85 per person, from iftar until 8.30pm. 04 319 8767.
A one-off immersive art experiences takes over the new Renaissance Downtown in Business Bay. To mark the hotel chain’s annual Global Day of Discovery, we’re all welcome to check out a work celebrating the centenary of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. ‘Navigators’ will then take you on a tour of the hotel to see intriguing pieces, interactive installations and ‘dark art’ only discoverable by UV light.
9am-5pm on 5th June. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marsi Drive, Business Bay. 04 512 5555
Wednesday, 6th June
Gaming nights, animal adoptions, gallery tours and the chance to generally entertain yourself after dark await every Wednesday during Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue. Join the fun from 7pm-11pm. Selected galleries will stay open, Cinema Akil is holding screening and there will be pop-up stores in the community space of Nadi Al Quoz.
7pm-11pm Wednesday, A4 space and Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue.
A right royal staycation
Book a stay at Queen Elizabeth II cruise liner from now until September and your mini-break on the retired 13-deck ship comes with a regal amount of extra benefits – 15 per cent off the best online rate, complimentary breakfast buffet for two and 25 per cent off food and beverages. The Queen would be amused, we feel.
Until 30th September, excluding public holidays. 04 526 8888. Mina Rashid Port.
Thursday, 7th June
Assemblé for this
Watch the talented students of Ballet Centre Jumeriah take to the stage at their annual show of dance, music and song. Admission is free and with youngsters aged six to 18 practising hard in preparation, on ‘pointe’ performances are a sure thing.
4pm onwards, Ballet Centre, Jumeirah 1, near the Iranian Hospital. 04 344 9776.
Make way for Modhesh
Parents, you can thank us after taking the brood along to this air-conditioned treasure trove of adventure. Modesh World returns to Dubai World Trade Centre to keep kids amused during Dubai’s sticky summer months. During Ramadan, the halls are open from 6pm-2am and unlimited rides are theirs for AED 99.
Halls two to six at Dubai World Trade Centre. From 7th June. During Ramadan: 6pm-2am, AED 99 admission with unlimited rides. Free for children under 2, senior citizens and people of determination. 0600 555 559