Indecision may or may not be your problem, but Dubai Week is your Magic 8-Ball of adventure. Give us a spin and we promise to come up with must-do suggestions. So are you going to have the best weekend? As we see it, yes.
Keep reading for a karaoke competition with a twist, Japanese-inspired yoga that won’t cost a thing, unlimited pizza, free comedy and more. Now that sounds magic.
Thursday, 6th September
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of is repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer. Making flaws beautiful is the noble ethos of the new Kintsugi Yoga Studio in Business Bay, where as well as the usual classes yoga practitioners expect, there’s also a room made of rock salt. The pink-hued mineral is ground and released into the air, where it’s said to promote healthy skin and sound sleep. With an opening offer of free classes, you can try it out the claims at no cost.
8pm-9.15pm, Kintsugi Salt Flow. Aspect Tower, Business Bay. Parking outside free for two hours. 0800 54 687 844 to book a spot.
On a roll
Say two little words to get a Sumo Sushi & Bento Samurai Sushi Roll for the bargain price of AED 10. A tightly packed combo’ of prawn tempura and crabstick salad, the roll usually retails for AED 56, but you’ll need to say ‘Samurai Insanity’ when placing your order to get the discount and be among the first 100 guests at branches in Town Centre, Media City and Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
Until 8th September. For dine-in and takeaway orders from 6pm onwards at Town Centre and Media City and delivery orders at Jumeirah Lakes Towers. 800 7866.
Watch TGI Fridays’ bartenders from around the globe shake it to make it at the 2018 edition of the American’s chain’s World’s Bartender Championship. They’ll be showing off their extreme serving skills at Dubai’s Al Ghurair Centre and be marked by a panel of their peers on shaker techniques, flair and garnishing mocktails. Will they flip their way to the finals in the Netherlands?
7pm-10pm. Al Ghurair Centre, Rigga Street, Al Rigga. www.alghuraircentre.com
Bee the best
If you’re in fine voice and of good memory, then could ace Lucky Voice’s singing bee contest. Like a lyrical spelling challenge, contestants will have to serenade judges with the first line of a song correctly – and with conviction. A total of 20 nimble tongued warblers will go ahead to head, leaving on true rock star standing to win LV’s Jukebox Brunch four, plus a host of other treats.
From 8pm. Entry is free. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lucky Voice Dubai, 6th floor, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights. 800 58259
Friday, 7th September
Just brew it
Chug your morning brew without spending a fil at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates. Every Friday morning during September and October, everyone gets a complimentary coffee at the Link Café. If you’re the sort who needs something to munch on with their morning joe, this 24-hour pitstop serves breakfast cereals, yoghurts, baked goodies, eggs and more, from AED 22.
6am-11am, every Friday throughout September and October. Level 5, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates.
The scrumptious traditional English breakfast has near enough 2,00 calories and is not for anyone who doesn’t love a) meat b) fried stuff c) fried meat. We’ve heard the Queen of England says Reform Social & Grill’s offering is the real deal and while it’s usually AED 75, during September you can enjoy it for AED 50. There are lots of celebrations going on for the family friendly pub’s fifth birthday, including the ‘adoption’ of this adorable doggie mascot.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills. 8am-12am (1am weekends). 04 454 2638.
Not for weirdoughs
Let the pineapple on pizza debate rage on somewhere else – at The Trophy Room sports bar, you can eat pizza for four hours straight without ever being pestered by divisive topping. In exchange for AED 79, the kitchen will send out slices of margarita and beef pepperoni pizzas that are probably less controversial than the sporting decisions taking place on the bar’s 11 screens. Not a pizza person? Lobster mac and cheese (AED 95) and sticky shrimp (AED 65) are a league above your usual bar fare.
AED 79 per person. Every Friday, 5pm-9pm. Open daily from 12pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 311 8316.
Better believe it
For the first time in the Middle East, Ripley’s Believe It or Not brings the totally bizarre to WAFI in Dubai. The travelling attraction will spread its crazy curios around from now until November and there’s no charge for looking at a fibreglass figure of a giant man, a painting made with stamps and post cards, a giant shark or the world’s smallest electric car.
WAFI Oud Metha Road. 10am-10pm (12am Thursday and Friday). 04 324 4555.
Practice makes perfect
You’ll be green with envy if you miss this Irish-themed celebration that’s a very early warm-up for Patrick’s Day. At McGettigan’s JLT, there’s a cracking party from 1pm-6pm, with brunch and live Irish music from resident bands Suckin Diesel and The Gentlemen Barstewards. U2 tribute band The Joshua Tree are flying in from the homeland too. Be sure to wear a shamrock!
Brunch AED 269 per person, including free-flowing beverages. McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Open 12pm-3am Friday, brunch 1pm-6pm.
Saturday, 8th September
All round good fun
Your sporty kids will be hit for six as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Academy opens its doors for the day. At the world-class facility in Dubai Sports City, they can try batting, bowling, fielding and more, all for free. There are also competitions to enter and the chance to catch a 25 per cent discount on cricket coaching programmes. Howzat?
Free. 8.30am-2pm. ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City. 04 448 1355.
A honeypot of a deal at Honey Bee Nursery, the first nursery in City Walk. Parents who attend an open day on Saturday get 50 per cent off fees for the curriculum-based nursery where children are encouraged to become life-long learners. You must pay for the 2018/19 academic year over two cheques and all the education starts from AED 16,500 (after discount). Sweet.
Honey Bee Nursery, City Walk 2. 11am-4pm, Saturday 8th September. 04 340 9994.
Darlings, performing arts centre Drama Scene marks a decade in Dubai with the opening of its new studios at The Mall in Jumeirah Beach Road. Kids aged three to 18* with yen for all things theatrical can try a class for free on Saturday and learn the skills needed to become a “triple threat performer” – that’s a Tony Award-attracting acting, dancing and singing.
9.30am-1pm. Drama Scene Studios, The Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. Visit dramascene.com to register. *Ages changed after update from organisers.
You need Puppy Pilates. The canine-friendly classes run by yoga and Pilates practitioners Phoenix Rising start a new season at Dogwalk day centre in Al Quoz. Sessions alternate twice a month between there and on the terrace of 701, a café and artists’ hang-out in Business Bay. The 60-minute sessions are suitable for over-18 humans and small to medium-sized dogs.
Dogwalk, Al Quoz. Saturday, 8th September, from 4pm. AED 95 or AED 85 for members. Pre-booking is essential and you must supply a copy of your dog’s vaccination book ahead of the event. Visit www.animalagencyuae.com
Split your sides
Ready, set, chuckle – there’s a new comedy night in town. Giggles and Stitches at Tribeca launches with comedians from the Ukraine, North America, India and beyond. For the début event, there’s no charge to see the quintet of funnymen and women. To lubricate your funnybones, select beverages at the art-strewn resto-bar are AED 25.
From 7pm, Saturday, 8th September. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 050 345 6067.
From last month
Here at Dubai Week, we’re all about the weekend. Although we like to take care of you seven days a week, we put extra special care into making sure you enjoy your downtime to the max.
From eat-all-you can buffets to cookery classes, community cycle rides to free coffees, we’re determined to make sure we put the thrill in Thursday, the fun in Friday and the sass in Saturday.
Thursday, 30th August
A cut above
Start the weekend in style with a buffet of seafood and steak at Novotel Al Barsha. Watch the chefs grilling meat in front of you, load up your plate with salad but be sure to leave room for dessert. Until the end of the month, UAE residents can eat for AED 125, which includes unlimited soft beverages. If you like burgers, Friday night’s buffet is given over to them.
AED 125 with soft drinks for residents of the UAE. Thursdays, 7pm-11pm until 30th September. 365 Restaurant, Novotel Al Barsha. 04 304 9000.
Raise the bar
Foot stomping beats at Bar Baar tonight, as Project Dosti – Tribal Brothers return to adds some vibes to your Thursday. DJ Cyrus is on the decks, accompanied by the always on-time Anish Percussionist. They’ll be supported by resident music maker, Deejay Jacky. If you need a breather from the dancefloor, the “social hub and gastropub” has Bollywood-themed beverages and a menu full of Indian-fusion.
Until 3am. Majestic Hotel & Tower, Mankhool Street, Bur Dubai. 04 501 2631.
Exit summer, enter the Dragon
If you need to cover some serious shopping for your kid’s first day back to the grind, then head to Dragon Mart for huge offers on back-to-school must-haves and accessories. The offer is made special with space educational activities and performances by best-loved show characters, Iftah Ya SimSim, Kaaki, No’man, Shams and Elmo.
5pm, 7.30pm, 9pm until 1st September. Offer lasts until 8th September. Dragon Mart 2, Al Awir Road. 04 390 9999.
Friday, 31st August
Join the wolf pack
Train with inspiring fit fam Team Angel Wolf this weekend, as they gear up for another season of triathlons. Join a 70 kilometre Ride with Rio 70 at Al Qudra track to kick off a run of free monthly events. Be sure to bring you, your bike, plenty of water and a willingness to match a 25-30 km/h pace.
Meet outside’s Zad’s Cafe at 5am, Al Qudra Road Cycle Path. Sign up here.
Create your own Friday feast with Top Chef cookery studio. This class will teach you to whip up everything from handmade chorizo gnocchi with creamy mushrooms sauce, to lemon and raspberry tart with burnt meringue. From ingredients to equipment, everything is provided.
‘Let’s brunch’ class, 10am-1pm. AED 315. Top Chef Cooking Studio, Villa 196, Jumeirah Beach Road. www.topchefdubai.com or call 04 385 5781.
Everything is awesome
Get your little Lego fans making some incredible builds and they could win tickets to Legoland Dubai. At Festival City Mall, fans of the colourful bricks can take part in six different building experiences from the Park. All you need to do to take part is present any receipt from the Mall or come dressed in yellow!
Dubai Festival City Mall. Until 12th September, from 2pm to 10pm. 800 332.
Saturday, 1st September
Stay in shape
From molluscs to mandalas, practitioners of sacred geometry believe paying attention to the beautiful patterns found everywhere in nature can improve our lives. Learn more at Yoga Ashram in JLT as writer, traveler and coach Sheetal Rajan leads a free introductory session.
Yoga Ashram, Bay Towers, Cluster X, JLT, 2pm-4pm. Free but register at email@example.com
James and Alex Studios invites Dubai’s dance enthusiasts to join free dance week (FDW). From the 1st-6th September, learn different styles from some of the best choreographic talent in the region. All you have to do is sign up, turn up and try one class of as many styles as you like.
Free classes from 1st-6th September, 2pm-10pm on Sunday-Thursday, 10am-10pm on Saturday (closed Friday). James and Alex Dance Studio, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City.
Paw up with a furry pal
Kittysnip animal welfare group is holding an adoption day for unwanted kitties. Find your paw-fect pet at The Courtyard, Al Quoz between 10.30am and 4.30pm. While you’re there, stop by the quirky little shops of The Collective and hopefully toast your adoption success with a beetroot vegan latte at Boston Lane coffee shop.
If you can’t make it, The Pet Shop in Al Quoz will host adoption days on the first and third Friday of every month between 11am and 6pm.
The Courtyard, Al Quoz. 10.30am-4.30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring a friend or drink them both, but from today, when you buy a coffee at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights’s lobby café Market24, you get another one for free. Whether you need a shot of espresso (AED 24) or a frothy latte (AED 28), daily from 7am-11pm across September, complimentary coffees are dished out.
7am-11pm daily, 1st-29th September. market24, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. 04 553 1262.