11 of this week’s best hidden gems and nuggets of fun-time booty

X marks the spot

Photo credit: @raj_alfalahi

The week is long and full of treasure. We’re here to dig up those spots marked ‘X’ and share the spoils with our fellow residents.


Sunday, 23rd September

Nacho expensive

7 Star Novo Cinema

Tuck into the latest movie releases and those all-essential cinema snacks for less. Right now any flavour of large popcorn, regular nachos or crêpe (except the swanky Florence Crepe) is AED 20, saving you up to AED 10. Go VIP at Novo Cinemas’ 7 Star screen in Ibn Battuta Mall and your AED 150 ticket includes AED 52.50 to spend on the menu.

Novo Cinemas in Dubai at Dubai Festival City Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and Dragonmart 2. novocinemas.com


Check in, cheese out

Flight Night in caféM at Media One Hotel, stock image, ladies night

No passport needed for new ladies’ night Flight Night in caféM at Media One Hotel. Every Sunday from 6pm-8pm in the hotel’s lobby restaurant, girls get three tasting glasses (aka a flight) of grape for free. Peckish? Served daily from 6pm are Daily Escape to Europe packages of grape and nibbles. At AED 210, they’re an affordable way to eat around Italy, France or Spain.

Ladies’ night every Sunday from 6pm-8pm. Escape to Europe packages daily from 6pm – bottle of grape, regional meat, cheeses and small bites selection for AED 210 per package. caféM at Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City. 04 427 1000.


Seef with Saudi

Al Seef - Saudi National Day Image

Sunday is the official National Day of our neighbours in the desert to the West. Popular Creek-side sight-seeing spot Al Seef will be hosting the climax of three-day Saudi National Day celebrations. Enjoy dining and retail offers, special Saudi music, dancing and entertainment, the opportunity to win prizes, and a whole lot more.

Free. From 4pm. Al Seef, Dubai Creek. www.alseef.ae


Monday, 24th September

Shuffle over to BiCE

BiCE Ristorante, at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, things to do

Has Dubai turned you into something of a truffle hound? Can you sniff out a sprinkling of expensive fungus before you’ve seen a menu? This week BiCE Ristorante, at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, is serving limited edition black truffle dishes. Delights like truffle-butter toasted tagliolini pasta start from AED 80, or go all out with a four-course set menu for AED 450.

From 24th-29th September, 12.30pm-3.30pm and 7pm-11.30pm.  BiCE Ristorante, at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR. 04 318 2520.


Falling prices

sky dive

Skydive Dubai has reopened for a new season with a ripcord deal to deploy. For those seeking the thrills of free fall, there’s a 10 per cent discount on all residents booking a tandem jump before the end of the month. That chutes them straight to the top of our to-do list.

Standard price AED 2,199, discounted price of AED 1,979. 10am-3pm, discount available on bookings made before 30th September. Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina. 04 377 8888.


The late show

Alserkal Lates

Art doesn’t have a curfew, but galleries do have a closing time. Which is why we LOVE it when art district Alserkal Avenue holds one of their ‘Lates’ sessions. Opening hours are extended and there are special tours, talks, food pop-ups and workshops. In addition to the ongoing exhibitions, catch a jewellery workshop, a free concert at The Fridge, a contemporary dance performance by the Migle Praniauskaite Dance Company and much, much more.

Free entry. Galleries open up to 9pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1. 050 556 9797


Tuesday, 25th September

Mum’s the word

Green Smoothie Bowl Arrows and Sparrows, things to do, restaurant

Chilled neighbourhood café Arrows and Sparrows has a deal for mums, which you heroes of the school run still have a few days left to catch. Until the end of September, female parents can enjoy two breakfast dishes and two coffees for AED 99. The morning menu at Arrows is best described as ‘yum’ with a side of ‘mmMMM’ – açai bowls, avo’ on toast and more.

Open daily, 8am to 10pm. This deal honours mums but is available to all ladies. Arrows and Sparrows, Building 4, Emaar Business Park, The Greens. Breakfast served daily until 6pm.  


Stakes are high

Aloft Me'aisam Dubai, things to do, quiz night

Know your folk punk from your swamp blues and your hard bop from your dub? It’s music quiz night at the Aloft Me’aisam Dubai and 50 per cent off your bar bill and a voucher to spend on dining is the prize your eyes should be on. With AED 20 drinks for everyone though, there really aren’t any losers.

Free to enter. 8.30pm-10.30pm, Tuesdays. Aloft Me’aisam Dubai, Dubai Production City. 04 248 7070.


Wednesday, 26th September

Price sliced pizza

800 Vegan Pizzas

800 Pizza has recently gone under the surgical pizza slice for a facelift and a rebrand, but happily is still flipping the same great tasting pizzas. In celebration of the update, the first 20 people to call and order for delivery on 26th September, AND drop the secret password ‘Thin, Light and Crispy’ will get a deal that takes some topping, 50 per cent of their ‘za. But shhhh, it’s a secret.

Offer limited to the first 20 successful orders. 800 74992  


Thursday, 27th September

Kris this one-off

Kris Lounge at the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, things to do

End the week with dramatic views over Dubai’s skyline and the towering Frame, a little something to sip on and some change in your pocket. The Kris Lounge at the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel serves grape by the glass or the bottle, and there’s 50 per cent off drinks and bar food every day from 6pm-8pm.

19th floor, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, opposite Burjuman. Open Saturday-Wednesday 6pm to 2am and 6pm-3am Thursday and Friday. 04 377 1111.


About a dog


The Courtyard Playhouse’s latest pick for their National Theatre Live stream sessions is the seven Olivier Award winning ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.’ It’s a story that follows an intellectually gifted young man, who struggles with the practicalities of day-to-day life, trying to solve the mystery of his neighbour’s murdered dog.

AED 100. From 8pm, showing 27th and 28th September. Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz. 050 781 2269.


Earlier this month


“Mission control, this is Sunday, do you copy? We’re re-entering the atmosphere for the start of another week. Oh, and Mission Control, we’re pleased to confirm ‘Operation Jam-Packed Diary’ is a complete success.”

[Over radio static, enthusiastic cheers can be heard] “We copy Sunday, please proceed to the RV and jettison the payload, and Sunday….welcome home,”


Sunday, 16th September

The junglist missies

Barasti lost world

If you’ve been to Barasti recently, you’ll be aware they’ve transformed it into a bit of a jungle. A mighty jungle in fact. For ladies feeling the call of nature, there’s a pretty wild deal on – a ‘Queen of the Jungle’ night – girls can get involved with bottomless selected drinks (including bubbles) for AED 100. A-parrot-ly it’s THE place to be seen on Sunday.

AED 100. 8pm-11pm. Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. 04 399 3333. 


Avo free portion of guac


Aye aye aye, Sunday is Mexican IndependenceDday – and to celebrate this day of Latin liberdad, Taqado is dishing out a portion of its freshly made guacamole free with every order. That’s gratis avo in your salad, your burrito, your hot box, tacos and more. Guacs the matter with you, get those orders in now.

Free. In store or through delivery services. Meals from AED 36. www.taqado.com


Biggest snoozer

INDEX, interior design show, Dubai World Trade Centre, things to doSee Dubai’s first ever slumber challenge today (Sunday), right in the middle of region’s biggest interiors exhibition, INDEX. Four contestants will go ‘z to z’ a three-hour siesta-off  on a special mattresses from DeRUCCI – a luxury furniture and mattresses retail store. It’s aimed at the design community, but well as taking in the latest interiors trends, visitors can also wonder at and wander into a waterfall made out of 100 kilograms of wool.

INDEX, Dubai World Trade Centre, from 10am on 16th-18th September. Entry is AED 210 for members of the public and AED 105 for trade.


Brothers mime

The Umbilical Brothers, Madinat Theatre, things to do, theatre Dubai

Slapstick comedy’s history can be measured in centuries and the The Umbilical Brothers bring it bang up to date with their internationally acclaimed show. The duo appear in Dubai for the first time at the Madinat Theatre next month. You’d be foolish to miss out on tickets, which go on sale today (Sunday).

8pm, Tuesday 30th October. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Tickets from AED 189. 04 366 6546.


Monday, 17th September


Tim Hortons, Al Jalila Foundation, things to do

Justify this sweet treat from Tim Hortons by knowing that all the proceeds from the second annual Smile Cookie campaign go to the Al Jalila Foundation. Your AED 7 might not seem like a lot, but last year’s efforts raised more than AED 337,000 for children in need of medical care.

From 17th September at Tim Hortons around Dubai, where there are 28 outlets. www.facebook.com/TimHortonsGCC


We’re lovin’ this

things to do, free coffee, McDonalds

That all-essential morning cuppa can put a hole in your budget, but not this week. McDonald’s is giving away its 100 per cent Arabica bean coffee for free until 18th September. Whether you’re a purist who takes it black or all about a creamy cappuccino, head to any of the 160-plus McDonald’s stores across the UAE and claim your cup of delicious lie-affirming coffee, every day, all day.

Until 18th September. Find your nearest store at www.mcdonalds.com


Chao for now

things to do, Fogo De Chao, steakhouse, dining deals

Treat your BFF, other half, or the person at work who knows how to fix the printer with a meaty offer at Brazilian churrascaria Fogo de Chão. Monday is Couples’ Night dinner and AED 399 gets pairs of diners two steak-tastic dinners (six premium cuts of meat carved tableside and a market table of salad and cold cuts) and a bottle of grape at this sophisticated joint in DIFC.

Mondays, 7pm to 11pm. Fogo de Chão, P3 Level, Central Park Tower, DIFC. 043 438 867.


Sans script

Courtyard Playhouse, Film Noir, improv Dubai

The Courtyard Playhouse is home to some of the finest improv nights in the Middle East. To keep the themes as fresh as the material, they like to mix it up every so often with a new format. This Monday sees the start of Film Noir: Offscript, a brand new improvised comedy concept that borrows inspiration from characters and plots of popular Film Noir flicks.

Free. 8pm-10pm.The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz Industrial 1. Register online at www.courtyardplayhouse.com


Tuesday, 18th September

All round entertainment

International Cricket Stadium Dubai

Possibly the biggest clash of the Asia Cup 2018 takes place on Wednesday as India takes on Pakistan at Dubai International Stadium. Predictably, tickets are sold out, but head there on Tuesday to see the Indian team pitted against Hong Kong. After that, international one-day cricket cup’s 14th edition whittles down contenders until the final on Friday 28th September.

1pm-11pm, Tuesday, 18th September. Dubai International Stadium. Tickets from AED 45 at dubai.platinumlist.net


Portrait orientation


Portrait painting is one of the more challenging areas of artistic realisation. It’s made a little easier through a series of workshops at Soul Art Centre. With secret artistic tips and individual attention, this class is the perfect place for those with a passion for putting paint on paper.

Single class AED 285 (course of four AED 1050). 7pm-9pm. Soul Art Centre, The Residences 1, Downtown Dubai. 04 551 7440.


Brews and bros

Bay Club

Do you even lift bro? No bro, not iron bro. Do you lift glasses of hops to your lips bro? You do bro? Good news bro. Bay Club in DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay has a gents night entitled Bro Code (hence all the bro bro-ing, sorry bro). Monsieurs will be entitled to all sorts of dude discounts on food and deals like 2-4-1 on hops. Bro, love you bro.

Menu items from AED 22. 7.30-11.30pm. Bay Club in DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay. 04 551 1544.


Wednesday, 19th September

For kwais and girls 

Wise Kwai, Thai food, lunch time, deals on food

Escape your desk and make a bee-line for Bangkok in Barsha Heights. Diners rate Wise Kwai as a hidden gem for Thai cuisine and for AED 45, you can choose from a lunch time menu of street food plates, plus prawn crackers and a lemongrass drink. Available weekdays 12pm-3pm.

Wise Kwai, Dusit D2 Kenz Hotel, Al Khareef 1st Street, Barsha Heights. 12pm-3pm for lunch deal (re-opens 6.30pm-11pm). 04 526 0547.


Blind feeding the blind

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, things to do, restaurants in Dubai

There’s a very special sensory dining experience available at Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo. Not only is the set menu ‘out of sight’ in terms of taste, it’s actually, quite literally, out of sight. Wednesday is their blind dining evening (eating in complete darkness), where it’s said, one’s palate can become dramatically enhanced.

AED 190 (AED 290 with grape pairing). 7.30pm-10pm. Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers. 04 228 1111.


Thursday, 20th September 

Rock opera


Dubai Opera is hosting three rock and punk legends on Thursday evening. Hugh Cornwell from The Stranglers, Glen Matlock, of the Sex Pistols and Slim Jim Phantom, drummer for the Stray Cats will join guitarist Chris Spedding for a night of incredible music and possibly even more incredible stories.

From AED 150. 7.55pm onwards. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. 04 440 8888.


Comedy package

The Laughter Factory, Laura Lexx, comedy Dubai

The Laughter Factory brings the big names once again, with the final month of its Summer of Laughter season. Laura Lexx makes her regional debut, dusting off from a successful stint at the Edinburgh Fringe; accomplished TV presenter Tom Wrigglesworth is funny in name and nature and stalwart Rob Deering 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


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