10 ways to wind down or glow up this week

For those seeking wisdom, relaxation or ways to celebrate this week, this list is all you need to know.


Sunday, 26th May

Let’s tech about the Quran 

Bloomingdale’s Atrium, The Dubai Mall, Quran Tech, things to do for free, free fun

Look out for Dubai Culture’s giant cube in The Dubai Mall. It’s there until Monday (27th May), to inform, inspire and educate as hi-tech meets tradition. Select a verse from the Holy Quran from Dubai Culture’s library and you’ll get a beautiful calligraphy print to take home. 

Quran Tech by Dubai Culture until 27th May, Bloomingdale’s Atrium. Opening hours: 10am-1am, daily.


Things in common

Common Grounds, vegan, Mall of the Emirates, where to eat vegan, vegan iftars, meat free

From sunset to close, the menu at the Mall of the Emirates branch of Common Grounds has a common theme – vegan meals. Choose from poke bowls, ‘fish’ tacos, ceviche, burgers and more that are all completely without animal ingredients. Prices range from AED 40-56.

From sunset-midnight. Mall of the Emirates, near Vox Cinema. 050 478 1094


Monday, 27th May

Thanks for the memories

Will knock us down with a sepia filter, did you know that Hilton is a whopping 100 years old? The hotel group, not Paris the star of ‘That Simple Life. Take a walk down memory lane at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah with an exhibition of photographs from a century of homes away from home.

Free entry. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah lobby, The Walk. 24 hours. 04 318 2999. 


Grand Bazaar

Big Bazaar Ramadan DWTC

Dubai World Trade Centre in part becomes Dubai World Souk over the Ramadan period, with night markets each day. The Big Ramadan Bazaar features free parking, easy access from the metro and exciting offers on a large range of products. There’s dashion, jewellery, food, kid’s entertainment and more – it’s a firm festive family favourite for a good reason.

Free entry. Until June 7th, 7pm-2am. Hall 7 & 8, Dubai World Trade Center. 055 920 8977. 


Tuesday, 28th May

Talking about Ramadan

Author and activist Manal Omar will be holding a complimentary talk session at Life’n One. The discussion has at its core, the subjects of Ramadan and fasting – drawing on history and demonstrating how lessons learned during the Holy Month can be applied practically throughout the year. 

Free. 3pm-4pm. Life’n One, Jumeirah 1. 056 534 2899. 


[U]BK Flamers

UBK is celebrating International Burger Day by slashing the prices of bun wrapped wonders. There’s 25 per cent off beef (AED 59.25) and 25 per cent off the chicken (AED 56.25). Undeniable Burger Kudos.

From AED 56.25. Until 2am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lake Towers. 04 438 0000. 


Wednesday, 29th May

Positive flow

Flow Talks, Eman Al Mughairy, free things to do, free talks

Take a seat in Flow’s Modern Majlis to hear Emirati experts. This week it’s the turn of Eman Al Mughairy to share on “connecting for positive change” and the Year of Tolerance. Talks are free and come after a healthy ftar, which is AED 98 per person. Never Flow-ed before? The bright open space in Jumeirah Emirates Towers is inspired by none other than His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Iftar from sunset and talks from 8pm. First floor, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard. 04 319 8767.


Socc-er it to them

Joes Backyard, dining deals, Football, Europa league, where to watch football

EPL team Chelsea are taking on Arsenal in an all-English Europa League final tonight. Wear your team’s shirt for 25 per cent off your bill at Joe’s Backyard, where the team have hot food, cold drinks and prizes for correct predictions – tag the venue on Insta to be in with a shout.

Kick-off 11pm. Holiday Inn, Dubai Festival City. AED 99 burger and beverage deal. 055 709 4509.


Thursday, 30th May

Trio of tragedy

Film: The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni by Rania Stephan, free cinema, cinema, Jameel Arts Centre, Arabic film

A tragedy in three acts at Jameel Arts Centre. The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni follows the life and death of one of the most well-known actresses of her generation, during the Golden Age of Egyptian cinema. Directed by experimental documentary maker Rania Stephan.

Every two hours, on the hour, from 10am-4pm. Entry is free. Gallery 9, Jaddaf Waterfront. www.jameelartscentre.org


Park up and work out

free yoga, yoga in the park, free exercise, workout for free

Head to Dubai’s Callisthenics Park in Al Seyhai Street for a free yoga session that’s suitable for beginners. Coach Irina is a certified yoga teacher with Breathe, Move, Practice and she’ll be welcoming students from 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start.

Free. From 7.20pm. Callisthenics Park in Al Seyhai Street, near Skydive Dubai. Register at the Facebook event page or call ‭056 445 1771.



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Sunday, 19th May

Mat-a-lot of bargains

Matalan, shopping, new shops, City Centre Mirdif, ladies shopping, bargains, City Centre Mirdif Ramadan hours

A made-over Matalan re-opens its branch in City Centre Mirdif, bringing bargains for ladies, kid and anyone looking to spruce up their home. If you’re not a Matalan covert, the UK stores boast of selling their own and top fashion brands at half the price of the high street and say they’re on a “mission of providing the best in fashion at outstanding value for modern families.”

City Centre Mirdif. 10am-10pm daily, midnight weekends. Call 800 6422 to check if timings are affected by Ramadan.


Care around the clock

American Hospital Dubai, hospital hours during Ramadan, which hospital, hospitals open late, doctors open late, clinics open late, opening hours Ramadan doctors, doctor and patient, see a doctor, find a doctor

Docs at American Hospital Dubai are holding consultations after iftar to make sure patients are happy and healthy. During Ramadan, paediatrics, gynaecology, obstetrics, ENT, cardiology, internal medicine, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and neurology will take appointments from 8pm-11pm. The emergency department is 24/7, of course.

American Hospital Dubai. Near Movenpick Hotel, Oud Metha Road. 04 336 7777.


Monday, 20th May

Fitness flagging?

Flag Island, things to do in Sharjah, free fitness, free exercise, free health checks, free yoga, free Pilates, things to do for free, Flag Island

Keep fit for free on Flag Island. The pretty outdoor destination in Sharjah welcomes you for an hour of free fitness every Monday. Try Pilates and yoga, or if you’ve got enough energy, learn to box or join a boot camp. Before iftar, there are free health check-ups and nutrition tips from experts. Ramadan Aman, a campaign by Al Ihsan Charity Association, will also hand out iftar boxes to everyone taking part.

5pm-6pm every Monday. The Flag Island, Sharjah. www.facebook.com/TheFlagIsland


Planet your week

Green Planet, kids free Green Planet, indoor activities kids, things to do indoors, wildlife in Dubai

Take a weekday trip to indoor rainforest attraction the Green Planet and for every paying adult, a kid under 12 goes free. Need to know – children should be wearing school uniform and the deal is valid on Ramadan weekdays only, after 1pm. The tropical bio-dome is now home to can’t-miss creatures flesh-eating piranhas, a rare Slow Loris and a two-toed Linnaeus Sloth.

City Walk. Open Sunday-Wednesday, 10am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday 10am-8pm. Tickets are from AED 89 online and AED 99 on the door. For more information, visit www.thegreenplanetdubai.com


Tuesday, 21st May

Bazaar bargains

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Ready for more than two weeks of bargains? From today, the 15-day Ramadan Big Bazaar brings just that to Dubai World Trade Centre. Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan opens the shopping fest at Za’abeel Hall 4. Entry and parking are free and it’s the perfect place to pick up Eid gifts, whether you’re into fashion, beauty, toys, electronics or food.

7pm-2am, 21st May-4th June. Za’abeel Hall 4, Dubai World Trade Centre.


Curator a great evening

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Follow a curator on a tour of Jameel Arts Centre and see shortlisted work from Jameel Prize 5 (an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition), the Artist’s Rooms and commissions picked by Dawn Ross, Art Jameel’s collections manager. In keeping with the season, visitors can also check out minimalist henna art by Doctor Azra Khamissa.

9.30pm-11.30pm. Jameel Arts Centre,  Jaddaf Waterfront (next to Palazzo Versace). Free, but spaces are limited – email rsvp@artjameel.org to register.


An iftar gem

Gemma Gallagher, artist, unusual iftar, painting class, learn to paint

Exercise your appetite and artistic prowess at this iftar and painting class at BiCE Ristorante. Irish artist Gemma Gallagher (pictured) takes beginners and experienced artists alike through a creative session from sunset. Chef Davide brings iftar with an Italian vibe, served from stations and an in-restaurant market. We’ve tried Gemma’s classes before and they’re a great way to enjoy a meal and meet new people.

From sunset. BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. AED 275 per person. All materials included. For reservations, call 04 318 2520.


Wednesday, 22nd May

Sew much fun

reMADE DXB, sewing, DIY, craft classes, sewing classes, new hobby, learn to sew

Let make do and mend be your ethos and learn the basics of using a sewing machine. DIY divas at reMADE DXB take students through a 101, then teach you how to make a handy tote bag. Everything is provided – all you need to do is pay and turn up.

9.30am-1.30pm. AED 300. Sewing Parlour at reMADE DXB, Al Safa 2. Book and find out more at the Facebook event page


Let’s make up

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Bigger, better and with more brands – French make-up store Sephora re-opens at The Dubai Mall. Browse your favourites, find new essentials from Lily Lashes, Aveda and more. Is your LYLBB lipstick in there? The perfect BRB? Sephora will help you crack the code while serving up beauty treatments and snacks.

From 8pm-midnight. Sephora, The Dubai Mall. thedubaimall.com


Thursday, 23rd May

Cool by the pool

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, beach day, pool day, beach access, pool pass

There’s a chillingly good deal at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa – AED 150 for a pool day at the five-star resort. Green grass, direct access to beautiful beaches, temperature-controlled pools and family fun like crazy golf and a playground will keep everyone entertained. The cost of entry is redeemable on refreshments before 6pm too.

Weekdays only. Pools open 8am-8pm. F&B voucher must be redeemed before 6pm. Adults AED 150, kids four to 12, AED 75. Under fours go free. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina.


Stay cay in the Bay

Grand Millennium Business Bay, staycation, staycation, iftar and stay, hotel deals, staycation, Business Bay

Extend your iftar with a staycation at the new Dubai Canal-side hotel.  The Grand Millennium Business Bay staycation deal starts from AED 299 for a superior room, including iftar buffet. Break your fast at The Podium restaurant, with a menu of Middle Eastern specialities, traditional and international dishes, fresh Ramadan juices and delicious desserts. Guests can also do good and add a donation to their bill to support orphans, through SOS Children’s Villages.

Until 4th June. Grand Millennium Business Bay, Al Abraj Street. Call reservations on 04 873 3334.

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