The weekend is the best excuse to spoil yourself. Another trip up to the buffet? Go on, it’s the weekend… Out partying two nights in a row? Sign us up bro, it’s the freaking weekend. For a guide to the best treats, you’re going to need to trust us, here take our hand.
Thursday, 9th August
X marks the spot
A 270-degree cinema experiences makes its Dubai début at Reel Cinemas Dubai Mall. The world’s first multi-projection system wraps around to make viewers feel like they’re immersed in the film. Right now it’s showing new release The Meg, a monster-movie that’s perfect for the even bigger screen.
PG-13. Screenings at 4pm, 6.25pm, 8.50pm and 11.15pm, Reel Cinemas Dubai Mall. Book tickets from AED 68 at www.reelcinemas.ae
Fancy yourself as a bit of a detective? Reckon you could rattle off a couple of apt one liners after finding a clue, like CSI Miami’s Horatio Caine? Dubai Police have created a mock crime scene at Mirdif City Centre for you to test your powers of deduction. Pro tip for all you would be Marples and Poirots out there, Sherlock Holmes always used to say “eliminate the impossible and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Free. Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday 2pm-12am (9th and 10th August only). City Centre Mirdif. 04 602 3000.
Laugh out live
The Laughter Factory tour is back with a new trio of top stand-up talent. This time round we’ve got gags courtesy of Jackie (Fabulous) from the Bronx, UK panel show-tested Dane Baptiste and Canadian serial comedy night headliner Sean Collins. Remember Dubai comedy night dress code etiquette demands that you attend wearing a big feathery hat and snort loudly as you laugh, sitting in the front row.
Packages from AED 150. 9pm at Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, and 10pm at ON42, Media One Dubai Media City. www.thelaughterfactory.com
Strokes of genius
Locally-based international artist Sheeba Khan is holding a solo exhibition in Dubai for the very first time. The collection entitled ‘The simplicity of the jungle’ features multiple examples of Khan’s vivid abstract expressionist paintings that ruminate on her upbringing in the jungles of Bhopal. It’s life, but not as we know it.
Free. Until the 17th August. The Summit area on 33rd floor of Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 332 5555.
Friday, 10th August
Please don’t stop the music
Karaoke commandos, Lucky Voice are giving away five free house beverages as well as unlimited soft drinks on Friday. The catch? The exact opposite of the movie Footloose – a strict – all dancing, all the time – policy is in place for six straight hours. The only break allowed, is for the rapid consumption of ‘a short,’ permitted once each hour. Everybody cut footloose.
Sign up is free. Lucky Voice Dubai, 6th floor, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights. 800 58259
Invoke the energy of the Incas (or at least feast like them) at Aji – Club Vista Mare South American – Japanese fusion restaurant situated in the heart of the world’s largest man-made island. The brunch menu pays homage to the ancient ‘Festival of the Sun’ (Inti Raymi) with plenty of creative Nikkei blends to get stuck into.
AED 375 with soft drinks. AED 495 with house beverages. Every Friday, 12pm – 4pm. Unit 6 & 7, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah. 04 552 0244 for bookings.
All that and dim sum
Stylish and traditional Thai restaurant The Royal Budha turns its hand to dim sum from 12pm-12am on Fridays. A true bargain at AED 78, The Royal Budha deal comes with unlimited speciality teas. Don’t bao to peer pressure – eat as much as you want!
Includes tea. AED 78. Fridays 12pm-12am. The Royal Budha, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha. 04 323 4333.
A good degree of discount
Throughout August, Pure Sky Lounge in JBR is giving a diners a temperature-based discount on their Pan-Asian eats. Show your server a phone screen with the current Google Weather when you pay and they’ll apply the same figure as a sizzling percentage price cut to your bill. Whatever the weather, JBR’s highest lounge has breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.
6pm-2am daily. Hilton Dubai, The Walk JBR. 04 374 7888.
This deal is turning us naan
Strapped for cash? Want to spend a lazy Friday with family without burning a hole in your pocket? Head to the Claypot to indulge in an authentic desi buffet. Here you can take a culinary journey through India and sample five of the restaurant’s finest house beverages for one amazing price.
AED 69 for unlimited buffet and soft drinks. AED 109 for unlimited buffet and 5 house beverages. AED 35 for children between ages 6-10. Complimentary for kids below five. Every Friday, 12pm-4pm. CityMax Hotel Bur Dubai, Mankhool. 50 100 7065.
Saturday, 11th August
Give us S’more of that sweet stuff
Want S’more? Celebrate the traditional campfire treat of US teen movies at the all-American New York burger joint Black Tap. Try the limited edition S’mores CrazyShake of perfectly-crisped s’mores, drizzle of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup and crushed Graham crackers before the milkshake wells run dry.
Available from 10th-12th August at Black Tap’s Jumeriah Al Naseem, JBR and Abu Dhabi branches. AED 69.
Mark the recent International Cat Day by paying respects to our furry masters. Cats and kittens of all shapes, sizes and colours are up for adoption at the Animal Specialist Clinic this weekend as animal welfare group the Bin Kitty holds another one of its regular events to find new homes for Dubai’s felines. They’re the cat whiskers.
Animal Specialist Clinic, Sandcastle Nursery, Al Wasl Road. 11am-5pm, 11th & 12th August. 04 343 5540.
Try some Tai
Alserkal Avenue is cramming some serious culture into its summer line up. In addition to the usual gallery, food, lecture and workshop activities, there’s free Saturday morning tai chi sessions. Masters Hang and Luo from Shaolin Kung Fu, the first Chinese martial arts school in Dubai, will lead an hour-long session, in a martial art known for its health benefits and breathing techniques.
Limited to 15 pre-registered people. 11am-12pm, Nadi Al Quoz. Alserkal Avenue. Call 050 556 9797 to book your spot.
Feel the raw
Fruit and veg delivery service Kibson’s makes it super easy for us to get our five a day over the summer. The new limited edition raw boxes are available to order until the end of August. Each one includes everything you need to make an energy-boosting juice or a chilled soup and they’re all under AED 40. Choose from – Beetroot & Apple Juice (AED 24.25), Cauliflower Rice Salad (AED 33.75), Cucumber Gazpacho (AED 26.25) and Kale & Celery Juice (AED 39). First timers get 20 per cent off and same day deliveries are available too.
Minimum order AED 100. www.kibsons.com
Previous August weekends:
It’s back. Just when it looked like hump day was going to last forever, the weekend has appeared to save us all from our snooze button. Get ready to bring the noise, call the girls, Whatsapp your boys – let’s get this party started.
Thursday, 2nd August
Cosy gem The Grape Escape in JBR serves a diamond of an offer on Thursday evenings. The AED 129 L’Apres Ski deal includes unlimited cheese, raclette, fondue and a glass of grape. Fans of dairy, European meats and Franco-Swiss fare should get cheesy with itat this Alpine-style eatery while the offer is still running.
AED 129. 7pm-11pm. Thursdays. The Grape Escape, Hilton Dubai The Walk, LP Level. 04 318 2319.
Open bridge, open bar
To celebrate the recently opened bridge and intersection in Business Bay, La Farine at JW Marriott Marquis is opening up their bar for two hours. Yep, the venue’s proprietors, clearly giddy with the now painless commutes, are giving everybody free house beverages between 6pm and 8pm. For today only.
Free. 6pm-8pm. La Farine, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay. 04 414 3000
Too hot to shop? Homegrown online emporium Noon is now delivering groceries. This weekend the ‘Market Day’ promotion launches with 20 per cent off at the checkout when you spend more than AED 100. Use the app or site to browse cleaning products, laundry supplies, cooking supplies, snacks and more and you’ll never be lost in the supermarket again.
1st-3rd August. 20 per cent off when you spend more than AED 100. www.noon.com
Rock down to…
Get ready to bop to raw hip hop and R&B at Industrial Avenue at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. It’s been reborn as a stripped back underground nightclub that does away with luxurious furnishings and VIP ropes to provide party fanatics the ultimate back-to-basics clubbing experience. Club go-ers can indulge in the fully stocked bar, which is open for ladies until midnight on Thursday and Friday, plus plenty of good music to g with the graffiti-strewn urban-style décor.
Steezy – Thursdays until 31st August from 11pm-3am. Casa Loca – Fridays until 1st September, 9pm-3am. 04 511 7139.
Friday, 3rd August
Hot dogs from Umm Al Quwain Stray Dogs Centre need your help stretching their four legs after dark. Take the pooches for a sunset stroll on Friday or Saturday with other paw pals. All you need to turn is turn up with a torch to light the way and the willingness to cover some kilometres.
Meet 5.30pm, Oud Metha Metro Station or 6.30pm, Enoc Filling Station on the E311. Bring a torch. Contact Tapua on Fridays, 052 955 3900, and Tina Saturdays, 055 358 6328.
On the house
With news that celeb chef and philanthropist Guy Fieri is to open a second dine-in cinema in Dubai, here’s some info that we can put into use right now. Reel Cinema by Guy Fieri at Jebel Ali Recreation Club has extended its offer of two free drinks at the licensed movie theatre. Sip at the bar or inside the cinema from now until the end of August. Tickets are AED 50 or go for a dine-in package if you’re the real MVP.
Until 31st August. Package deal includes a blockbuster movie, starter and a main, all for AED 160. Book your ticket at www.reelcinemas.ae
Calling all 21 year olds, as if your glorious youth was not enough to rub in our faces, you’ve now gone and got free entry to a comedy gig at The Laughter Factory. All because it’s the UAE home of stand up’s 21st birthday. This time round the region’s longest-running comedy night features a star August line-up of Dane Baptiste, Sean Collins and The Bronx’s Jackie Fabulous.
Free entry for 21 year olds, AED 150 for others. Friday, 3rd August. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach. 050 878 6728 for reservations. Attendees must present valid Emirates ID or passport for proof of age.
Saturday, 4th August
Pinch of salt
Lazy weekend breakfast gets a serious summer upgrade. Pinch Gourment’s pop-up eatery in Times Square Center serves Canadian comfort food with no ego – just lots of flavour. Chow down on the PMB Burger (AED 64) – a tower with egg, veal bacon, cheese and leeks – unleash golden egg yolk over avo’ on toast (AED 38) and choose from sweet or savoury poutine, which literally translates as hot mess and could equally describe the after-effects of Friday night. At Pinch My Summer, they don’t judge.
Pinch My Summer. Open daily from 9am to 9pm until September. Times Square Centre. 04 884 2554.
Do the robot
Even if you’re more ‘eh?’ than AI, you can bet your kids aren’t. Fun Robotics is inviting kids aged seven to 16 to embrace engineering and science in a fun environment. They’ll build their own robots and take part in exciting challenges at this hour-long session.
AED 35 per child. 4pm-5pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, near Villa Rotana. Register by emailing email@example.com with your child’s name, age and your mobile number.
Dance it out
Popular Dubai dance studio Cafe de la Danse has a new home in Al Quoz and a fresh offer to maximise booty-shaking potential. AED 500 covers eight classes from now until the end of August. Try pole fitness, twerk or booty barre tonight from 5pm.
Single classes from AED 80. 10am-10pm. 04 331 1543, Juma Beljafla Warehouse 4, Street 19, Al Quoz.