If variety is the spice of life, then let Dubai Week be your well-stocked spice rack. Add a pinch of pampering to your week, with a few cloves of nightlife, freshly reduced discounts and a sprinkling of extra hot events.
Sunday, 30th September
The paddle and the pamper
The Spa at Address Dubai Marina now includes free access to its fourth floor infinity pool with the purchase of any of its treatment packages. This welcome little combo allows you to continue your healing journey, meaning you no longer have to go through the seven stages of grief after you get that tap on the shoulder to let you know the massage is over. Because it’s just the worst isn’t it?
Prices from AED 290. 10am-10pm, Sunday-Thursday. The Spa at Address Dubai Marina. 04 436 7424
Of a fashion
Catch critically-acclaimed documentary MCQUEEN, a dramatic biopic of legendary fashion rebel Lee Alexander McQueen, at Cinema Akil in Alserkal Avenue. Explore the visionary individual through candid interviews and archive footage. It’s an absolute must see for Dubai’s dedicated followers of fashion.
AED 50. 10pm-12am. Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. www.cinemaakil.com
Monday, 1st October
On the ground
Monday is International Coffee Day, so raise a cup (or two) at Mokha 1450 coffee boutique. The bean specialists in Al Wasl Road are offering ‘buy one get one free on all coffees’ made with the finest Grade One Jamaica Blue Mountain. Prices vary depending on how you take it and start from AED 25. Whatever your brew, enjoy it in an Arabian interior that nods to the region’s obsession with coffee, where the team really know their joe.
8am-10pm daily (11pm weekends). Aswaq Community Mall, Al Bada’a, Al Wasl Road. 04 321 6455.
Bowl with soul
There’s a new menu at The Noodle House and now you can slurp up a bespoke bowl of your own making. For AED 58, choose from seven types of noodles, mixed with more than 600 possible combinations of stocks, sauces, protein and vegetables. The homegrown noodle masters have showcased regional flavours across the summer and now some of them are here to stay. Try Indian kati rolls Filipino-inspired kwek kwek, Taiwanese wet noodles and more.
The Noodle House. Find one near you at www.thenoodlehouse.com
Roll out the red carpet
Watch eight subtitled films that encompass the best of Chinese cinema, as the country’s film week start screenings in Dubai. From Monday (1st October), watch blockbusters including time-travelling romance Twenties Once Again, award-winning animation Monkey King: Hero is Back, real life rags-to riches tale American Dreams in China and much more at Roxy Cinema outlets on City Walk, The Beach and Boxpark.
7pm-10pm, 1st-7th October. Check timings at www.theroxycinemas.com. Tickets start from AED 57.75.
He’s one of the most prolific and best-loved artists of the last century and Julio Iglesias will be appearing at Dubai Opera for two shows. There are only a handful of tickets left, so if you want to catch the maestro on the road as part of his world tour, you’ll have to be quick.
From AED 895 (Platinum seating). 8pm-10pm. Dubai Opera. www.dubaiopera.com
Tuesday, 2nd October
Señoritas sip for free at Casa de Tapas on Tuesdays. The bodega-style restaurant serves up a traditional grape punch to ladies from 8pm-11pm. Make this mid-week party one to remember and go loco on the dancefloor the sounds of the live Spanish band and DJ. Tuck into some tapas if you’re peckish – it’s some of the most authentic we’ve tried.
Tuesdays, 8pm-11pm. Casa de Tapas, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira. 04 416 1800.
Get ready to grab those bargains as Gitex Shopper returns Dubai World Trade Centre’s (DWTC) Za’abeel Halls. Here ‘techsperts’ will answer your burning questions, 400 would-be video games champions go head-to-head at the Shopper Games and – this is why we’re all here – more than 35,000 products will go on sale at “market-busting deals.”
Za’abeel Halls 4-6, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Daily 11am-11pm. 2th-6th October. Entry AED 20 (children under five go free). Buy tickets at www.gitexshopperdubai.com
Wednesday, 3rd October
Yalumba down under
Mate. If you love a true blue Aussie barbecue you need to get yourself down to Yalumba on Wednesday night. There’s an all you can eat meat-lovers deal that’s almost as fair dinkum as the flamin’ ripper deal on ‘Straya brewed hops.
AED 99 for all you can eat barbecue, AED 25 for pints of Aussie hops. 7pm-10pm. Yalumba, Le Meridien Dubai, Airport Road. 04 702 2455
Breaking bread not bank accounts
Pick up a post-work snack or something special to start the next day with. Authentic French eatery La Serre is selling off delicious pastries at half-price, every evening from 6pm-8pm. Croissants, baguettes and more are on sale while stocks last. According to the menu, most of these treats are under the AED 20 mark before discount.
50 per cent off from 6pm-8pm, daily. 04 888 3444. Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.
You can sit with us
On Wednesdays, we wear pink and celebrate the ultimate teen movie, Mean Girls, at Tania’s Teahouse. Re-watch the so-fetch classic to prep yourself for dishes including Kalteen Balls, Buttered Croissants, cakes made of rainbows and smiles, cheese fries and more. If you wear pink, you can sit with us and get a 10 per cent discount.
8am-10pm (Sunday-Wednesday), 8am-midnight (Thursday), 9am-midnight (Friday & Saturday). Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road. 04 3240021
Thursday, 4th October
Two rooms of tunes
It’s time for another session of Analog Rooms at new hosting venue Stereo Arcade. Room one features the sounds of trend-setting beat wizard Amir Javasoul and has a AED 100 entry fee (although it’s worth shouting that ladies drink for FREE until midnight). Room two has no entry fee and houses resident DJ and king of the eclectic set, Naswrawi.
AED 100 for room one, free for room two. Amir Javasoul (room one) set begins at 1am, Nasrawi (room two) set from 9pm. Stereo Arcade, Hilton Double Tree, The Walk.
Dubai Astronomy Group is holding a family-friendly stargazing party – and some big names are attending. Polaris, Sirius and fresh from a meteoric rise, comet 21P – all the big stars will be out and hopefully easily visible through calibrated telescopes from a secret location deep in Al Qudra.
Adults AED 120, kids AED 80. Advance registration is essential. Exact GPS location provided after registration. 04 221 6603.
Reveal the fun
Empowered women find a safe space at the second UnveiledDXB, a female-only and alcohol-free evening at Cubano Lito. Tickets cost AED 185, which gets you Cuban nibbles, two mocktails and one pampering session. All the staff are women, so feel free to let your hair down and hit the dancefloor. The first 30 guests get gifts to take home too, because it isn’t a party without a goodie bag.
8pm-12am. Thursday, Cubano Lito at Ibis One, Trade Centre District. Tickers AED 185 at unveileddxb.com