With our new year’s resolutions still firmly in place. We’re approaching this week with a sensible head on, but are accessorising with a pocketful of mischief.
Sunday, 6th January
Football’s coming home
By football we mean the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, by home we mean here. The UAE-hosted tournament is being live beamed into a dedicated Asia Cup zone in the Al Ghurair Centre. You can watch the action for free on plush bean bags in the company of an awesome sound system when you spend AED 50 at one of the eateries, or AED 100 at one of the retail outlets.
Upcoming matches include Thailand vs India (5.30pm, 6th January) and South Korea vs Philippines (5.30pm, 7th January). Until 1st February. Second floor, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga. 800 24227.
Seafood and eat it
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Flair No.5, so everybody in the car, so come on, let’s ride. There’s a seafood carnival just around the corner in this urban jungle, every Sunday from 6pm. Talk ain’t cheap here, but a platter of fresh catch is only AED 299. Add a bottle of house grape and it’s AED 349.
Serves two to four people. Podium Level, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC. 043 722 323.
Monday, 7th January
Asado much fun
Fiesta time at the Palace Downtown. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, pair tapas with grape at Asado and take your tastebuds to Argentina. Small plates are just AED 10 to AED 15 and grape from AED 30 to AED 35. Gauchos, lasso a seat on the veranda to be right in front of the Burj Khalifa and its ongoing light show. No word about exactly what’s on the menu, but the restaurant comes highly rated for its scallops and steak.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. Ground Floor, Palace Downtown, Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. 04 888 3444.
Soak up the creativity of Mawaheb from Beautiful People, as the studio in Al Fahidi re-opens after the winter break. Every weekday you’ll find the students working away in their open courtyard and you’re welcome to grab a coffee and browse a shop stocked with creations by the determined ones.
Free. 8.30am-3pm weekdays. Mawaheb Studio, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. 050 421 3070.
Tuesday, 8th January
Welcome to Ohh La La Tuesdays at La Farine Café & Bakery, where diners can live la vie française with a scintillating steak dinner and three accompanying glasses of grape for only AED 120. It’s midweek date night dynamite and Je ne regrette rien.
AED 120. 6pm-12am. La Farine Café & Bakery, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay. 04 414 3000.
Wednesday, 9th January
Smashing dining experience
OPA! Is a Greek noise of exclamation often heard at weddings, or, appropriately in this instance, restaurants. Opa is the brand new Greek restaurant, serving up a range of Hellenic treats (including kleftiko, grilled octopus, halloumi and baklava) – and some incredible Greecian atmosphere. Including, but not limited to – plate smashing. So if you’re in the mood for a delicious and authentic Mediterranean meal, and you’ve got the urge to take the drama of the week out on some defenceless crockery – OPA-sy daisy!
7pm-1am. First Level, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, DWTC. 04 357 0557
Drop the open mic night
There’s an open music night at the Workshop led by note-perfect hosts Elias Sabella and Arno Quinton. Singers in all languages are welcome to this rhythmical riff-off – but if you want to perform on the night, you must secure your slot in advance by emailing email@example.com. 2019, was going to be your year after all, and… a star is born, every day.
Free. 7pm-10pm. The Workshop 23B Street – off Al Wasl Road. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 10th January
Unbreakable your diets
Our second favourite Kimmy is here to do our snowbesity no good at all. Kim’s Singapore Seafood has introduced a new Express Delivery menu with discounts of up to 40 per cent on dining in. Time to Netflix and spill your favourite south-east Asian flavours onto a plate at home – from Kim’s Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee and Cereal Prawns to Tom Yum Soup and Lemon Jelly. Dishes around AED 40/50.
10am-12am (2am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). Al Seef, Umm Hurair. Order through Zomato.
New year, new you? Meh, we’re pretty happy with the shape you’re in. Here’s a deal – you keep doing you and we’ll keep doing what we do best – rounding up fun things for you to go to in the first week of 2019.
We’ve found cut-price massages, a free exercise class and a new movie, plus deals on dancing and dining over the new year.
Sunday, 30th December
Revive your senses
Award-winning day spa Sensasia Urban Spa has dropped some of its prices, with massages now starting from AED 260. The 45-minute rub to go targets the back pain you might have picked up over the holidays. Sleek but welcoming, the spa chain has relaxation down to a fine art after 14 years of pampering the people of the Middle East across four spas around Dubai.
For information and bookings, visit www.sensasiaspas.com
Monday, 31st December
Need an affordable option for NYE? We have more than 20 of them, including a free-flowing package and fireworks view at popular Dubai party brunch Double Decker. For AED 100 you get entry to the good times at Roda Al Murooj Hotel, Downtown Dubai, plus a glass of bubbles. Add a house beverage package and its AED 369 for ladies and guys pay AED 399.
9pm onwards. Roda Al Murooj Hotel, Downtown Dubai. 043 211 111/ext. 2260 & 2262
Tuesday, 1st January
Fill up on fuel
Start the new year by saving some cash – fuel has gone down by between 12 and 19 per cent. Drive a petrol car? You’re now paying less than two dirhams a litre (to be exact, AED 1.89).
Filling stations around the UAE from 1st January.
New year, same old hungry you. Luckily budget Sri Lankan restaurant Ayubowan is back on JLT food scene. Get yourself there from 11am on New Year’s Day to soothe any party pains with a buffet of hearty home-cooked fare. Thoughts of coconut sambal, hoppers, curd and treacle are giving us serious holiday nostalgia.
11am-11pm. AED 60. 056 320 1986. Cluster N, Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
Wednesday, 2nd January
Planning to spruce up your living space in 2019? Home Centre’s code red sale has discounts up to 70 per cent in store and online as part of Dubai Shopping Festival. If you splash out, delivery is free on furniture purchases of AED 2,000 and above.
Until 2nd February. Stores in Oasis Centre, The Mall of the Emirates, Karama (near the Post Office) and Mirdif City Centre. www.homecentre.com
Long on money-saving
The longest bar in the region welcomes the new year with a new menu. If you want to try pub grub classics like fish and chips and spicy ‘Islak’ mini beef sliders, get to Long’s Bar between 1pm-4pm Saturday to Thursday for a 25 per cent discount on food.
Longs Bar, Towers Rotana (opposite DIFC). Daily 12pm-12am. 04 343 8000.
Thursday, 3rd January
Cove it some
Shake off some of that post-holiday sluggishness with a free fitness session at the new Caesars Palace hotel’s beach club. Determined instructors from Smart Fitness will take you through a high-energy total bodywork out using a variety of equipment. Use Uber code SafeNights for AED 40 off your ride there.
12pm-1pm. Cove Beach Dubai, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. For more information contact 050 454 6920 or email email@example.com
Snow much fun
Before the kids go back to school, let them experience a white winter at KidZania Dubai. The edutainment establishment at The Dubai Mall has its own holiday winter wonderland. Kids can throw snowballs in the snowfield, take part in a winter fashion show and play fun games like ‘reindeer toss.’
KidZania Dubai, The Dubai Mall. 10am-10pm (11pm weekends) until 5th January. AED 250 for entry to Kidzania, all games and the snowfield. 04 448 5222.
Tale of two Sisters
Star-studded Western The Sisters Brothers is in cinemas from today. Starring John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix, it’s the adults-only tale of a gold prospector in 1850s Oregon who’s being chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.
Rating 15+. Cinemas around the UAE.