They say ‘a change is as good as a holiday,’ and luckily in Dubai, a change is easy to come by. Perhaps that’s why living here often feels like being on vacation.
Here’s how to make the best of your weekday staycay from Sunday through to Thursday
Sunday, 10th June
The Saray Spa at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites has some great Ramadan deals to rejuvenate summer skin, including a 30-minute Deep Cleansing Facial, discounted from AED 415 to AED 175. The package also includes pool access – allowing you to sync your inner calm with the outer glow.
The Ramadan discounts have been extended to 30th June. 11am-6pm. The Saray Spa at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. 04 319 4630.
Monday, 11th June
Ladies that lounge
At the Riviera-esque Azure Beach, there are two whole weekdays devoted to showing ladies love. Females can head down for a completely complimentary pool day on either Monday or Tuesday, testing just how laid-back those loungers get between 10am and 7pm (limited to the first 100 ladies through the door).
Free. 10am-7pm. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR. 052 777 9472
Burger Pit, the Last Exit throwback American diner, has created a hybrid burger that promises to combine the Best of the West with a marvellous meat feast from the Middle East. Introducing… (queue dramatic music) The Tawook Burger. Not just a snack of legend, it’s a celebration of unity. It might not bring about world peace, but we certainly want a piece.
AED 35. 7pm-1am. Burger Pit, Last Exit locations. 04 317 3999.
Tuesday, 12th June
World Cup friendlies
The World Cup begins this weekend and Al-Futtaim ACE has an incredible range of products to help with the FIFA-fication of your abode. For example, football fans can watch their national squad battle it out from the comfort of these kick-ass ball-themed bean bags (AED 206). You can also find BBQ equipment, beverage coolers, projectors and some seriously big screen TVs.
Available at stores across Dubai. World Cup begins on the 14th June. 800 275223
In praise of Pinoy
The Philippines is celebrating its independence on Tuesday 12th June. And as a fitting tribute to a nation so impassioned by the joy of food, The Noodle House is adopting some limited edition Filipino culinary classics. Sample Kwek-Kwek (crispy baked quails’ eggs with a sweet & spicy dip), Taifun Chilli Lumpia (chili filled with ginger, garlic beef and banana ketchup, pictured above), Kare-Kare (spicy crispy peanut chicken) and Halo Halo (creamy, crazy, many-layered dessert).
From AED 20, three-course menu from AED 95. The Noodle House, dine-in and delivery. 800 666 353.
For those with designs on college
Over the summer, the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) is offering youngsters a free introduction to some of the critical aspects of the design industry. This Tuesday focuses on Design and Instagram for Influence. An on-the-pulse look at how a banging social media presence can be key to an even more banging career, but you must register to take part.
Free. 2.30pm-4.30pm. DIDI, Building 4, Dubai Design District. Call 04 568 3911 to book a spot and ask about a full list of classes.
Curry some favour
From classic butter chicken to creamy dal makhani, there are plenty of authentic flavours on offer every Tuesday at Links in Address Montgomerie. Less fuss than cooking at home and classier than a takeaway eaten off in front of the TV, this weekly buffet deal at the hotel with the award-winning golf course is available from 7pm. If you’re so peckish you’d chow down on a Ghost Chilli, there’s an option to add an endless amount of chicken tikka skewers.
Emirates Hills. Every Tuesday from 7pm until 11pm. AED 109 per person, including one skewer of chicken tikka; AED 153 per person with unlimited chicken tikka. 04 390 5600.
Wednesday, 13th June
SALT & shake
Throughout Ramadan, the unofficial gypsy kings of the UAE burger scene: SALT, have partnered up with health and fitness organisations to keep us fit for free during the fast. This week is the turn of Physique 57, which gives you a chance to experience a high-intensity barre-based work out.
Free. 5.30pm-6.30pm, until 16th June. Ladies only – 11th, 12 & 14th. Mixed 10th, 13th and 16th. Physique 57 Nation at SALT on Kite Beach. Registration is a must.
We all have one of those drawers at home right? The one stuffed full of veteran electronic equipment (phones, tablets, laptops, game consoles, etc). IT fix-its GEEKS, in partnership with Melltoo and Salma Aid, are helping you convert those unused devices in to food for refugees and do-gooding feels. They’ll even collect from your home and wipe the storage for you.
Free service. 800 7475. Throughout Ramadan.
Thursday, 14th June
La Perle for less
In celebration of the Eid weekend, La Perle by Dragone is cutting the cost of entrance to the aquatic, acrobatic spectacular by up to 40 per cent for residents. If you have not caught this incredible show already, now is the time to get it booked, because these cheap seats tend to sell out fast.
From AED 252. Various show times, Until 17th June. La Perle by Dragone, Al Habtoor City. www.dubai.platinumlist.net