How is it not pay day yet? It’s been a couple of months since the last one right? No? If you’re in the same cash flow woe as us, we’ve got a bunch of budget friendly activities to ‘turn up’ without turning out your pockets.
Thursday, 20th September
Show us the funny
Top up mirth levels for the last show of the Summer of Laughter season. Laura Lexx makes her regional début at The Laughter Factor. She’s joined by the accomplished Tom Wrigglesworth and stand-up stalwart Rob Deering (pictured) is back by popular demand.
Tickets AED 150. Thursday September 20th, 7:30pm – ON42 Media One, Dubai Media City; 9pm – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights. Friday September 21st, 7pm – Jumeirah Golf Estates; 9pm – Jebel Ali Club. helaughterfactory.com
Filipino super star Sarah Geronimo is celebrating 15 years in the business they call show. ‘This 15 Me’ tour comes to Dubai’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium tonight. The Manila-born singer will be serenading us with numbers from her new album of greatest hits from the last decade plus, wearing a selection of lovely frocks by Dubai-based Filipino designer AMATO Couture.
Tickets from AED 275. Doors 6pm and show from 8pm, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. Tickets on platinumlist.
This Thursday is the re-opening party for super club BASE. The venue is back, dropping dirty EDM belters on the dancefloor until the early hours. Last season saw some huge names in the dance, electro, hip hop and urban genres appearing on stage. This time round, popular night LYFE will be starting with a soiree packed with wild light shows and entertainment. Let the rave commence.
Free entrance (mixed groups have preference). From 10pm till (very) late. BASE, Dubai Design District. Call 05 531 34999 for reservations.
Two Thai One
From now (Thursday) until just before 8pm tonight, Thai eatery Cafe Isan in JLT is offering two-for-one on its entire menu. From ride-or-dies massaman curry, tom yum soup and spring rolls, to rare gems from the Isan region of Thailand such as laab pla (fish) salad and chicken om curry, you’ll struggle to spend more than AED 50 a head on these freshly made feasts.
Deal until 7.59pm on eat in and takeaway orders. Open until 10pm. Waterfront, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lake Towers.
Friday, 21st September
Just the ticket
Didn’t get a ticket for the cricket? The dramatic knockout games of the Asia Cup 2018 are unfolding in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and you can catch every over at Kickers in Sports City. Today from 3.30pm (Friday), it’s the turn of Pakistan and Afghanistan and India versus Bangladesh. Entry is free and happy hour bounces in from 3pm-7pm, with 33 per cent discounts on food and drinks.
Opening hours 12pm-2am, Thursday to Saturday; 3pm-2am, Sunday-Wednesday. Kickers, Football Academy Building in Dubai Sports City. 04 448 1001.
Taco (lunch) bell
Devotees of the recently opened Canadian-Mexican eatery, take note – La Carnita is now open for lunch at the weekends. Carnita-vores can tuck their incisors into ceviches, cod tacos, chicken wings and a fiesta of other Mexican street food classics during daylight hours. Will there be a new brunch starting here soon? We certainly hope so.
Menu items from AED 30. Now open from 12.30pm Friday and Saturday. La Carnita, Intercontinental Dubai Marina. 04 425 4030
Make a night of it
Pad out the days before payday by selling your pre-loved stuff at Dubai Flea Market. The travelling second-hand sale pops up at JLT Park tonight. Entry is free, but if you want to book a stall, you’ll need to pay AED 305, which gets you a table space to fill with wares to dazzle bargain hunters.
JLT Park, between Clusters O and P. 6pm-10pm. Book a table at www.dubai-fleamarket.com
Take it back to the bedrock at Wavebreaker Beach & Grill. Carnivores will have no complaints with ribs fresh off the grill. Choose from BBQ ‘Flintstone’ Angus beef ribs, (AED175); a BBQ full rack of veal ribs, (AED165); or Asian spiced BBQ Australian lamb ribs, (AED 145). Do they all come with sides including sweet potato fries, spicy corn, mac and cheese and stir-fried bokchoy and kale? They yabba dabba doo!
7pm-10pm, every Friday, Wavebreaker Beach & Grill, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. 04 318 2582
Vida Downtown’s Urban Picnic is BACK, and looking all refreshed after a summer vacation. If you go down to the hotel on Friday, you’ll be handed your own picnic basket to fill with sandwiches, pastries, fresh salads, breads, cheeses and a huge range of beverages. There’s a pizza station, a BBQ station, terrace seating, pool access and a live DJ. Cause that day’s the day, that Vida’s having a picnic.
AED 295 soft beverages, AED 395 house beverages. 1pm-5pm. 3in1 Restaurant, Vida Downtown. 04 888 3444.
Up on the roof
Every Thursday and Friday over the winter, the Burj’s rooftop pool area holds an evening soiree. The entrance price is AED 175 but it includes pool access and you get AED 100 of that back to spend on food and beverage. Why not end the week on a high note with a swim amongst the stars?
AED 175. 6pm-11pm. The Rooftop Pool, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. 04 888 3900.
Saturday, 22nd September
Taiwanna try this
The Taiwanese culinary philosophy is to eat often and to eat well, and you can certainly do that at The Noodle House. Today is your last chance to try a limited edition menu that’s inspired by the east Asian state. Popping boba tea (AED 22), streetside favourite the burrito-esque Run Bing (AED 55) and popsicle-topped pineapple cake (AED 33) will all transport you to Taipei via the six branches of the casual Asian eatery.
Until 22nd September. The Noodle House. Find one near you at www.thenoodlehouse.com
Puppy Pilates returns to the terrace of 701, a café and artists’ hang-out in Business Bay. Take your small to medium-sized pooch to the canine-friendly classes run by yoga and Pilates practitioners Phoenix Rising for an exercise you and doggo can both enjoy. Pre-booking is essential and you must supply a copy of your dog’s vaccination book ahead of the event.
8.30am, 22nd September, 701, Business Bay. To register and for full timetable, visit www.animalagencyuae.com
The technicians of Al Tayer Motors aren’t just whizzes at repairing cars – they’re capable of revving up their creativity too. ‘Unseen Potential’ – Art from Scrap and Discarded Parts – is at Al Tayer’s Sheikh Zayed Road showroom until today. All the art created in a competition for more than 350 0f the firm’s technicians is from discarded car parts . Bid for your favourite from the 90 animals, birds, robots and more on show and help charities in the UAE.
Free. Al Tayer’s Sheikh Zayed Road showroom. 8am-8pm, until 22nd September.
Double Wagamama news. The Japanese diner chain has opened a new store in Dubai Marina Mall, which means you can follow up your retail shop kicks with a pair of chop sticks. Waga news item #2: a new east meets west breakfast menu. We’ve already checked out and can confirm – it’s worth getting up for.
From AED 18. Breakfast available weekends at all Dubai stores, and daily at Dubai Marina Mall branch, 8am-12pm. 04 320 3237.
Between the 20th and 23rd, the bohemian beach village at La Mer is celebrating Saudi National Day with a fraternal display of fireworks. There’ll also be traditional dances, live music discounts on dining and of course a parade of supercars. Natch. The show starts at 7pm each day over the weekend.
Free. Shows at 7pm and 8.30pm. La Mer, Jumeirah. 800-637227.
Earlier this month…
Oh hello long weekend, we’ve been expecting you. We see you’ve brought free parking too. Many of us are enjoying an extra day off this week, so here are 12 things to make this holiday as happy as possible.
Thursday, 13th September
Last chance to dance
James & Alex Dance Studios just want to see the world dance and kids can try out a class there for free today. Included in the deal at the Media City studio are ballet, street dance, hip hop, musical theatre, aerial acrobatics and more.
2pm-10pm. James & Alex Dance Studio, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City. 04 4470773.
Happy holidays are a cert for one gender at least, with Zero Gravity’s generous daycation deal for ladies. Girls, you’ve got free entry before 12pm, a free welcome beverage and a splatter of free glitter to complete your party ensemble. DJs are playing from day to night and kids are welcome until sunset, when there’s two-for-one deal on adult drinks between 5pm-8pm.
10am-3am. Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai. Doors open 8am, 04 399 0009. Entry AED 160 with, AED 50 to spend on food and drinks.
Dancing in the dark
Step into the shadows for this innovative theatre experience. Shadowland blends ballet, circus, shadow theatre and storytelling to tells the tale of a girl who yearns for independence, falls asleep and enters the titular Shadowland. US dance company Pilobolus brings its first full-length evening show to Dubai World Trade Centre this weekend.
3pm and 7.30pm, 13th-15th September. Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets from AED 230 from www.shadowland.ae
Friday, 14th September
Let’s torc about it
Annual Emirates Motorsport Expo will revv up petrolheads when it parks up at Dubai Autodrome today. From karting to circuit racing to off-road, all the fun of four wheels is here. Watch F1 cars, super cars, drag cars and more lap the 5.39-kilometre circuit – there’s even space for passengers in some motors – and hear about how to get into motorsports in the UAE.
Free entry. 2pm-10pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City. www.emiratesmotorsportexpo.com
Avast me hearties! All hands on deck for the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates treasure hunt. Don’t unplug for this one – contestants will have to solve a series of cryptic clues around hotel and mall, then snap a picture and post on Instagram. The player who solves all the clues in the shortest time will win a five-night stay at Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. Al Jalila Foundation, which promotes medical education and research in the UAE, is the real winner, as it will receive all proceeds from the day.
10am, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates. Entry fee AED 75 per person. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the day.
“Do you want fries with that?” is one of the most superfluous questions of the 21st century. As is, are you going to order from Black Tap’s new home delivery service? The New York burger joint is giving away free fries with every burger ordered through Deliveroo, whether it’s a traditional Texan Burger or a Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Craft burgers start from AED 48. Sadly Black Tap’s OTT milkshakes are only available in-house.
Until 20th September. See at deliveroo.ae if your neighbourhood is covered.
Hurrah for Tollywood
Stars of South Indian cinema will be at Bollywood Parks this weekend for the the glittering South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA). See on-screen heroes of the Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam film industries walk the red carpet to where awards are being dished out in the 850-seat Rajmahal Theatre. There’s a full list of nominees online to prep your star spotting and the event begins at 6.30pm.
14th-15th September. Bollywood Parks, Dubai Parks and Resorts. Tickets to the theme park from AED 95 for UAE residents. Park opening hours: 1pm-10pm Thursday and Friday; 1pm-9pm Saturday to Wednesday. www.dubaiparksandresorts.com
Saturday, 15th September
Starting from today, a Dubai language school is giving classes away for free. The Golden Age Institute in JLT wants students to take a 30-day language learning challenge. From 15th September to 14th October, people of all ages and backgrounds can attend a beginners classes in French, Arabic or Spanish once a week. There are prizes to win too.
Free language classes for beginners. From 15th September to 14th October. Golden Age Institute, Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Apply for the 30-day challenge at www.goldenage.ae
Ok paws, colla-purr-ate and listen – lots of cats in Dubai need homes. Kittysnip animal welfare group is holding pet adoption days throughout September to re-home cats and kittens who have been found neglected or injured. They’re all neutered and fully vaccinated and in search of a fur-ever home.
10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday, September 15 at The Courtyard, Al Quoz. Adoption fees apply. Email email@example.com for more information.
Fun first aid
Parents, clue yourself up with essential first aid classes. The new King’s College Hospital London medical centre in Dubai Marina opens today with an afternoon of family-orientated first aid and CPR training. In case you need to hammer good habits home, kids will learn about how important it is to clean their teeth and wash their hands. Their reward – as well as excellent health – is a face painter, stilt walkers and arts and crafts activities that are all completely free.
4pm-7pm. King’s College Hospital London Medical Centre, Marina Gate Building, in Dubai Marina. 04 581 3222.
A symphony of street eats awaits at Gharana Restaurant, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha. Browse a buffet inspired by the Gharana houses (schools of music), from different regions of India. A fitting musical accompaniment comes from resident band, with Bhooli Bisri Yaadein and the flute maestro Gulzar.
6pm-11.30pm. AED 95 per person. Gharana Restaurant, Holiday Inn Dubai, Al Barsha (behind Sharaf DG Metro). 04 323 4333.
Not a PAD deal
New Pilates and dance studio PAD is the only studio in the UAE to offer The Fletcher Method of Pilates. Want improved lung capacity, stronger core muscles and all the other benefits of Joseph Pilates’ toning and posture-correcting fitness method? Check out the timetable, which today also includes Bollywood dance and Kung Fu.
Group classes AED 70, equipment classes AED 120. The PAD Pilates and Dance Studio, 906, Onyx Tower 1, The Greens. 04 294 1745.