We’re back again for your weekly flash of inspiration on what to do for the next five days. We’ve got creative solutions for rumbling tums and the best ways to spend the lightening-for-longer evenings.
Sunday, 14th April
Completely nuts & utterly bananas
The Dubai outposts of New York patisserie, Magnolia Bakery – have a special limited edition dessert on offer. It’s the latest interpretation of their luxurious, much-beloved banana puddings. Now you can experience the creamy, wafery, banana masterpiece with a flourish of Nutella. Also available in cupcake form. *Insert Homer Simpson dribble meme*
Pudding from AED 19. Cupcake AED 18. Find Magnolia Bakery Cafe in Dubai Festival City Mall, and in Bloomingdale’s Home, The Dubai Mall and through Deliveroo and UberEats.
Tania’s buy-one-get-one-free house
In celebration of a year of gourmet café success, Tania’s Teahouse is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all mains. Whether you wanna snuffle yourself a comp’d truffle pasta, snag-you a gratis wagyu slider or get a free bowl of yumness with the vegan-friendly beetroot hummus – it’s as you like it, from the 14th-20th April.
Dishes from AED 40. Sunday to Wednesday: 8am-10pm, Thursday: 8am-12pm, Friday-Saturday: 9am-12am. Villa 779A Jumeirah Beach Road. 04 3240021.
Monday, 15th April
Meatless Miss Tess
Out of respect to those who have chosen the plant-based and/or the thug life, Asian food destination Miss Tess is now offering a separate vegan-only menu with 30 dishes on it. A development made all the more amazing by the fact they also have a gluten-free menu with 20 options. Meat-eaters will still have access to all their favourite Asian eats, but if you’re vegan or gluten intolerant – you’ll never have to put up with a date night ‘fruit platter’ ever again.
Dishes from around AED 48. 6pm-2am. Miss Tess, Taj Hotel. 050 498 8505.
Put on your acting hat
Expect the unexpected at the improv’ jam session for teens at The Courtyard Playhouse. It’s designed to stimulate ingenuity, improve communication, and have fun while unleashing your creativity. With the mission being, at the end of the day, you get to stand up confidently and exit the theatre with a bunch of memories and a load of new friends.
Free. 6pm-7pm. Ages, 13-18. The Courtyard Playhouse, The Courtyard Building, Al Quoz 1, near Times Square Centre. 050 781 2269
Tuesday, 16th April
Big city Rollers
Roti Rollers are known for putting a gourmet spin on classic Indian street food and for this week, they’ll be doing exactly that at F-Mart, in Emaar Boulevard Plaza 2. The select menu involves cheeky palate pleasers like ‘Game of Potatoes’ (a wrap with potato dabeli, tamarind chutney, red peppers, jicama, pickled mango and red chillies) and ‘Up All Night To Get Plucky’ (avocado roti with chicken tikka, red onion, red chilli, parsley, coriander chutney and red pepper).
From AED 30. 12pm-3pm, until 18th April. F Mart, Emaar Boulevard Plaza 2, Downtown Dubai.
Waka, waka hey, hey
Celebrate ladies night with some lively Latin American culture at WAKA restaurant and bar. For a mere AED 150 per person, you and your chica squad can enjoy a set menu with unlimited grape and bubbles through the night. If you’re looking for a light night out, you can opt for two complimentary drinks instead of the package. Then it’s time to hit the dance-floor, with the resident DJ laying down a luscious Latin vibe.
Tuesdays, 8pm-12pm. 04 444 1455. WAKA restaurant and bar, The Oberoi Hotel, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay.
Wednesday, 17th April
America has its own special day devoted to the cheese ball and it’s a ‘grate’ bit of domestic policy that we can get behind. It’s also one Trader Vic’s was keen to celebrate – the Polynesian hang out is handing out unlimited portions of jalapeño cheese balls all evening, without you having to spend a whole lot of cheddar. AED 99 is all you need. Un-brie-leavably good value.
AED 99. 6pm-1am. Trader Vic’s JBR, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. 04 318 2530.
Take me down to Dubai’s Fun City
Jam-packed with ways to keep kids amused, it’s no surprise that adventure playpark Fun City is celebrating 20 years in the Middle East. Wish them ‘Happy Birthday’ at the counter on Wednesday for 20 free rides. The offer is valid in every one of Fun City’s branches – at the Arabian Centre, Century Mall, Ibn Battuta, Mercato and Oasis Mall.
For one to 12-year-olds. Entry prices and timings vary. See them all at funcity.ae
A case of the bunnies
With Easter right around the corner, the Dubai Garden Centre is hosting a fun spring festival-themed workshop for little ones. Celebrate the occasion by crafting a Bunny Box with your loved one, and leave with a perfect storage solution for all the choccy eggs they’ll be desperately waiting to collect in the upcoming egg hunts.
AED 60. 3.30pm-4.30pm. Dubai Garden Centre, near FAB metro station, Sheikh Zayed Road. Ages four and above. To book your spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We all love a little Spanish music – admit it, you’ve tried to sing the lyrics to ‘Despacito’ and made up almost all of them. To satisfy your Hispanic yearnings with something a little more soulful, Carlos Zemog will be performing an acoustic medley of Latin classics. The one-hour session at The Workshop will be supported by the talented Flamenco Art and Entertainment team, who are also performing at the event.
The Workshop, 23B Street, off Al Wasl Road. Wednesday. 7.30pm-9pm. AED 100. Tickets sold at the venue. 055 136 9454.
Thursday, 18th April
Feel the burn
BITS Pilani Dubai is hosting a free mini music fest this Thursday called Sunburn Campus. Featuring Kalpanik Bass and Seezi, this music extravaganza starts at 6pm and runs through till 10pm.
Free. BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, Dubai International Academic City. 6pm-10pm. 054 539 3439.
Home is where the art is
Give your pad a make-over for less, with the first-ever Dubai Home Festival (DHF). There are deep discount on everything interiors from Thursday to 1st May. For almost two weeks, the citywide event will feature flash sales on local and international brands. Inspiration don’t cost a thing, with workshops and masterclasses with design experts. Speaking of flashes of brilliance, tonight there’s a fireworks displays at Dubai Festival City Mall from 8.30pm.
Dubai Home Festival. 18th April-1st May. Locations around Dubai www.dubaihomefestival.com
Previously in April..
When you’re living your best life, you don’t simply walk around – you strut like the whole world is your catwalk. We’ve fashioned a list of the best ways to help you hit those life goals this week.
Sunday, 7th April
Check it out
Shoppers at the Al Ghurair Centre can pick up the gift of good health today. Head to the Al Rigga mall’s Eastern Atrium on Sunday until 10pm, where experts from Life Pharmacy, Al Manara Pharmacy, Al Jaber Optical and Yateem Optician will offer general health overviews along with tests on eyes, skin and hair, all completely free.
Free. Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga. Until 10pm, Sunday only.
Send the little ones off to the circus this spring break. Too far? OK, how about setting them up with the foundations of acrobatics, then running away with the circus is their own choice? Simply Gymnastics is offering a flexible (pun intended) range of packages for children aged four upward. It’s also possibly one of the best ways of emptying kid’s seemingly limitless energy tanks.
AED 550 for the week. AED 200 daily. 7th-11th April, 9am-1pm. Simply Gymnastics HQ, DIP2. 04 379 0950.
Arch into the week with a free yoga class near Skydive Dubai. Meet Yalla Yoga’s community class members near the outdoor gym and don’t forget your water and yoga mat. The hour-long sessions take place on Sunday evenings throughout April, and you need to register your intentions for each one on the group’s Facebook page.
From 9pm. Calisthenics Park, near Skydive Dubai.
Monday, 8th April
Back to black
The burger boffins at New York style diner Black Tap have come up with six new burgers, whose mere utterance has caused a salivation meltdown in the Dubai Week office. Enter stage right: The Gulf Burger, The Truffle Burger, The Filet au Poivre Burger, The Pizza Burger, Chili Cheese Burger and Reuben Burger. There are also two new taco offerings, with Carne Asada and shrimp now on the menu, and two new shakes in The Crazy Banana and The New Yorker.
New burgers from AED 95. Across three locations: Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Rixos Premium and InterContinental Dubai Festival City. blacktapme.com
International footballing hero Joe Cole has arrived in Dubai to lead a spring break Football Escapes soccer academy. Kids aged five-15 can hone their skills in the company of a UEFA-qualified coaching squad, lead by Cole. The former Chelsea star has some serious credentials too, scoring perhaps one of the greatest ever half-volleys we’ve ever seen back in the 2006 World Cup.
Two-day course AED 1,470; three-day course, AED 2,205 and five-day course AED 3,150. 8thth-12th April, daily from 10am-12pm. Events Arena, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 04 406 8800.
The Seen zone
Old Castello is hosting home-grown Indian fusion group, The Seen Band and bass player Afaq Ahmed on Monday. Choose from the restaurant’s Indian and Arabic cuisine, and let The Seen Band relieve you of your Monday night blues.
9pm-3am. Old Castello, behind Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah. 04 880 0082.
Tuesday, 9th April
Zorba, Century Village’s handsome little Greek restaurant, has a business lunch deal that you’ve just got to Troy. It’s only AED 40 for two courses. Does anyone want toga with us? We Hera it’s really good. We can only Apollo-gise for the terrible Greek puns.
AED 40. Week days, 12pm-3pm. Zorba, Century Village, Garhoud. 04 239 5000
Houston, we have a solution. For keeping the kids entertained whilst you go shopping, that is. BurJuman has set up its own Space Adventure zone for kids over the holidays. Your little cosmonaut cuties can experience moon walk vibes on the activation’s trampolines, explore a 3D space tunnel and get creative in the space lab. One small step for Burjuman, one very appreciative bunch of parents,
Free for kids four-12. 2pm-10pm. Burjuman, Bur Dubai. 04 352 0222.
We know that workouts can be tiresome, but what if there was a way to lighten the load by interacting with a colour-filled virtual world? The immersive spinning VR class at GFX is a 40-minute indoor cycling workout with a cinema-scale screen and sound system that’s raising money for local good cause Gulf for Good.
Register online at gulfforgood.com. AED 47.25. 6.30pm-7.30pm. 04 558 8673. GFX Gym, Business Bay.
Bust a string playing your favourite tunes at The Workshop’s Open Mic night this Tuesday. Hosted by the talented Elias Sabella and Arno Quinton, the free event is open to musicians of all languages. The venue is also open to public viewing, so you never know who might be present to sign you on.
Register at email@example.com. 7.30pm-10pm. The Workshop, 23B Street, Al Wasl Road. 04 341 2595.
Wednesday, 10th April
Those nails tho
THT, or That Hair Tho, is an ethical beauty salon in JLT that only uses sustainable, vegan products. They offer hair, nail, lash, brow and make-up services and have some red hot deals that are as light on your purse as they are on the environment, including AED 100 for a mani and a pedi.
10am-7pm. THT, The Dome Building, Basement Level, Cluster N JLT. 04 589 6679.
Curiouser and curiouser
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole to Alice’s Easter Wonderland on the QE2. A West End cast brings the classic tale to life in the ornate theatre of the retired cruise liner. If all the tarts haven’t been stolen, add a pre or post-show afternoon tea to what’s bound to be a magical experience.
5pm-6.30pm. Until 18th April. AED 150 adults and AED 120 children aged two-12. Under twos are free. Afternoon tea AED 130 adults and AED 65 children. www.theatrebyqe2.com
Kids eat free at Treej
For the duration of spring break, Treej Café is inviting kids to eat for free. Yes parents, with each adult meal purchased, the modern Emirati restaurant will be giving away one child’s meal. In addition to local favourites and tasty fusion dishes, Treej offers up some dazzling sweets. Which leads us directly to this listing’s pro tip: save room for dessert.
Mains from AED 40. 9am-11pm. Treej Cafe, La Mer North, Jumeirah 1. 04 3239444
Desi make you laugh?
Stand-up comic Salman Qureshi recounts chortle-worthy tales of being a father, husband and expat at the VDesi Laughs. Comedy club founder Miqdaad Dohadwala hosts, with support from Manjunath Naidu and Maher Barwany to totally flush out any mid-week blues, at the Signature Hotel’s terrace bar.
Wednesday, from 9pm. Clavichord, Signature Hotel, Barsha Heights. Entry AED 50. For reservations, contact 0508 241 453.
Incredible movie night
Catch Incredibles 2 on the big screen for absolutely nothing and revel at the super-family in action under the stars. We know it’s getting rather hot outside, but this is the absolute last chance to catch the movies outdoors (and on bean bags). Here’s a list of more outdoor cinemas we’ve made for you.
Gate Avenue, DIFC. Wednesday (April 10). Free. 6pm – 9pm.
Thursday, 11th April
All geek to me
The seventh annual Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre for a joyful celebration of the finest elements of geekdom and pop culture between the 11th and 13th April. For a weekend packed with celebrity meet and greet opportunities, collectables, professional cosplayers, art, celebrity Q&A panels and e-sport tournaments, there is simply only one place to be.
MEFCC 2019 takes place from 11th-13th April at Dubai World Trade Centre. Thursday: 2pm-10pm, Friday: 12pm-10pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm. Tickets are available at Platinumlist and Virgin Megastores. From AED 115.
Feel the burn
Club night Sunburn Reload is back in town and is all set to raise the roof with Quintino. The Dutch electro-house artist is raising the bar at this beach-front venue, with help from music makers Teri Miko & MKSHFT. Dress lightly and brace for some hard tunes to go with your adult drinks.
Ages 21 and above only. 7pm-3am. AED 100. Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road. 04 345 5995. www.dubai.platinumlist.net.