The final chapters of the World Cup play out this week, and sporting drama is in the air. So if you want to head(er) out and raise a steak to the raised stakes, pick the freshest catch out of the back of the net, or match the on-screen excitement with some urban thrills of your own, allow us to pitch our programme to you..
Sunday, 8th July
Eggspectation is turning 25 this year. And to celebrate, they are launching a challenge of gastronomically gladiatorial proportions. Diners in teams of up to four people are invited to take on a stack of 25 pancakes. If you manage to stand victorious, empty of plate and full of stomach within 25 minutes, the Emperor’s thumb flips upwards and you get it for free. Are you not egg-tertained?
AED 98. 7am-12am. Eggspectation, The Walk, JBR (04 430 7252) and City Walk (04 240 6877 ).
It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine, it’s not of course – antibiotics are probably slightly better for fighting bacterial infections, for example. In terms of fighting off a nasty case of ‘the negs,’ laughter is right up there with the best cure-alls. And you can get it for free from comedy students and seasoned stars at Dubomedy’s stand up show this Sunday.
Free. From 8pm. Warehouse Four in Al Quoz near Tom & Serg’s and LED World. www.warehousefour.com
Modhesh, mo activities, less money
Your young’uns are in for a treat this summer down at Modhesh World with the return of their ever-smiling mascot and adrenaline pumping activities such as water slides, trampolines, zip lining and much more. Enjoy free entry for your kids on Sundays available by registering online, saving AED 25. Food, beverage and games must be paid separately.
Dubai World Trade Centre. Free entry on Sundays until 19thAugust. Ages 4-10 (under threes are always free). 10am-11pm weekdays and 10am-12am weekends. Register at visitdubai.com
Monday, 9th July
Almayass, Armenian-Lebanese restaurant of rising stardom, now has a subtly-sweet treat for the nation’s foodies, Cherry Mondays. Cherries are a seasonal staple of Armenian cuisine and their richness and versatility has led to the eatery offering an absolutely cherrific weekly set menu. Enjoy Levantine favourites with a pipless twist, veal cubes in a cherry reduction or kibbeh sajiyeh with cherry sauce.
AED 115 (including one hard beverage and unlimited soft drinks). 12pm-12.30am. Almayass, Sofitel Hotel, Downtown Dubai. 04 338 7772.
Novo Cinema’s VIP theatres has a brand new seven-star à la carte, to go with the private valet entrance, personal butler service and fully reclining leather seats equipped with soft pillows and blankets. You can also preorder your food online when you book your tickets, including, and we feel like grilled beef tenderloin and NY cheesecake with wild berry coulis should be satire, but it isn’t. Nom com anyone?
Get AED 52.50 back on food with every AED 158 ticket. Novo Cinemas at Dubai Festival City and World Trade Centre. novocinemas.com
Tuesday, 10th July
Modern day Marvel
Marvel’s superheroes will be visiting the Star Atrium, of The Dubai Mall this summer as part of the Dubai Summer Surprises festival. Meet Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman and more as they take a well-earned break from thwarting intergalactic despots and performing contract-mandated host responsibilities at their home in IMG Worlds of Adventure.
Free. Until 4th August. The Dubai Mall. 800 38224 6255.
Wednesday, 11th July
Not workin’ five to nine
Black belt Karaoke practitioners, Lucky Voice have an incredible new deal on. If you book a party of 10 in for the ‘Workin’ 9 to 5′ night on either a Wednesday or Thursday, they’ll donate a litre of house grape, a bucket of hops and three whole pizzas. For FREE. How nice is that? And Simon Cowell had us all tricked into thinking unfiltered meanness was the reward for singing.
Free. 5pm-9pm, Wednesday and Thursdays. Lucky Voice, 6th floor, Grand Millennium Hotel. Booking is essential, 800 58259.
Just in TIME
A new outlet of O’Learys Sports Restaurant has opened in TIME Topaz Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha, just in time for you to catch the World Cup semi finals on one of its 16 large screen TVs. Watch England take on Croatia on Wednesday, 10pm at the Boston-themed eatery and choose from a cantena full of edible Americana, including wings and burgers.
Free entry. 12am-12pm. TIME Topaz Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha. 04 323 6667.
Paint it like Vincent
The brush strokes of Van Gogh are some of the most passionate, evocative and recognisable in the history of art. You can learn to echo his style with a crash course in acrylics at Create Art Like The Masters: Van Gogh. Focus on the maestro’s sunflowers with expert tuition on how to create and layer like a post-impressionist boss.
AED 180 (exclusive of VAT). 4pm-6pm. The Workshop, 23B Street – off Al Wasl Road. RSVP 04 341 2595.
Thursday, 12th July
Pour it again Sam
It seems to be something of a closely guarded secret, but every day the piano lounge at the JW Marriott in Deira offers an unlimited snack and beverage package for a very reasonable AED 149. Enjoy blended drinks and tinkled ivories, all in the venue’s suave sophisticated atmosphere.
AED 149. 7pm-11pm. Piano Lounge, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira. 04 262 4444.