Easy ways to refresh your sticky summer weekend

Temperatures might be up, but there’s no need to be down. We’ve tracked down a ton of ways to put some heat in your weekend plans.

Catch an Eid fireworks show, stay cool at the cricket, sup on a fresh freakshake or take the family indoors for some free fun.


Wednesday, 5th June

Lights, lasers, action

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A “never seen before” show of fireworks synchronised with Arabic music, fountains, lights and lasers lights up the skies above Dubai Festival City Mall on Wednesday and Thursday. The Eid al Fitr event takes place at 8pm and 10pm on both days and entry is totally free.

Free. Wednesday-Thursday, 8pm-10pm. Dubai Festival City. www.dubaifestivalcity.com


Thursday, 6th June

Howzat for a good deal?

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Everyone who goes along to the first-ever Gillette Ramadan Street Cricket tournament gets free pitchside shaves and food while the action unfolds between UAE  amateur teams. At Dubai’s Global Village on Thursday and Friday, from 8.30pm.

Doors open at 8.30pm Thursday and Friday. Games get underway at about 9pm, with close of play scheduled for 1am. Global Village, Exit 37 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.


Churrific news

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There’s a fresh way to spend your dough – Black Tap’s Churro Choco Taco Shake joins other OTT flavours at the NYC shake shop. In honour of International Churro Day, the shakemasters have whipped up a dairy delight with a vanilla frosting and Cinnamon Toast Crunch rim, topped with two churros, a Choco Taco ice cream, whipped cream, and a dulce de leche drizzle.

AED 69 at Black Tap Jumeirah Al Naseem, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, InterContinental Dubai Festival City. For timings and contact numbers, visit blacktapme.com


Got Stamina?

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A new pool party makes its debut on Dubai’s sun-soaked scene. Stamina at Azure Beach brings to Thursdays a tech-house fest where entry is free for ladies. Couples pay AED 100 and anyone can get involved with AED 200 package that’s redeemable against food and drinks. To find out more about what’s on the menu, read our review here.

Thursdays, 8pm-1am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR. 05 777 9472.


Hits for six

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Alternative dancefloor vibes and an all-female line up of DJs at the second edition of 40six. Leading ladies Megatronic, Don’t Touch My Hair and Luitik spin at the Carlton Downtown Hotel into the early hours. No dress codes, no couples policy, free entry for all and BOGOF on drinks for everyone until 11pm. What’s not to love?

9pm-3am. 46th floor, Carlton Downtown Hotel, near Financial Centre Metro Station. For table bookings call or Whatsapp 058 585 3177.


Friday, 7th June

All the fun of Eid al Fitr 

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Take your kiddo squad to Dubai Marina Mall, where soft play and arts and crafts await. They’ll learn to make Eid decorations and greeting cards, create Arabic inspired paper lanterns and picture frames and generally have plenty of fun that’s suitable for three to 12-year-olds.

12pm-8pm, until 10th June. Entry is free. Dubai Marina Mall. 04 436 1020. 


Hola brunch

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Brunches are back and anyone with taste for tapas and Spanish culture generally should vamos along to Casa de Tapa. The Friday offering at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s restaurant features flamenco dancers, Latin music and a ‘grand paella’ that can feed up to 100 diners.

Fridays, 12.30pm-4pm. AED 210 for food with soft drinks, AED 260 house beverage and signature blends, AED 315 inclusive of bubbly. Call 04 416 1800. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Baniyas Road.


Phoenix rises

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Dubai Opera’s first ever cinema screening is the final instalment of the X-Men series. For one night only, the grand opera house ‘mutates’ to show the PG-13 rated X-Men: Dark Phoenix at 3pm and 8pm. If you’ve fancied a peek inside the sail-shaped performing arts centre, this is an accessible and affordable way to do it.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. Screenings 3pm and 8pm. Tickets AED 50 for children and AED 60 adults (AED 70 with adult beverage). www.dubaiopera.com


Desi make you laugh?

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Comedy collective VDesi Laughs bring comedian Sundeep Sharma to the Clavichord, Signature Hotel in Barsha 1. With an International Cannes Lions Award under his belt and more than 400 thousand subscribers on his Youtube channel, the Mumbai-based stand-up is sure to up the chuckles.

From 9pm. Clavichord bar in Signature Hotel, Barsha, near Mall of the Emirates. Tickets AED 150. For reservations contact, 050 824 1453.​


Say what?

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Barasti’s new party night House of Whatever asks you to “expect the unexpected.” If that tickles your FOMO, then be at the launch tonight for an as-yet top secret line up of performances, activations and giveaways. Finding fame State-side for celeb appearances, huge giveaways and money-can’t-buy experiences, House of Whatever sets up at Dubai’s beach bar stalwart for a whole summer of surprises.

Free entry. From 7pm. Barasti Beach Bar. Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai Marina. 04 318 1313.


Saturday, 8th June

Anime for hours 

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If you’re captivated by the gentle magic of Studio Ghibli, Cinema Akil has a seat with your name on. Dubai’s first art house cinema is devoting one whole week to the legendary Japanese animation studio. Beloved works – including Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro – screen from Saturday in Alserkal Avenue.

Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. 7th-15th June. Tickets from AED 52.50. Timings vary – see www.cinemaakil.com


Park here for brunch

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Treat yourself to a healthy breakfast brunch – homegrown café Park House pops up at Studio City every Friday and Saturday. Along with friends Taqado Mexican Kitchen and Nutri Bowl, they’ve put together a scrumptious menu that you can enjoy between 9am-5pm. AED 55 gets you three dishes and a drink, plus there’s a menu for kids too.

Friday and Saturday during summer. Building 2, Studio City. Adults AED 55, kids up to 12, AED 25. No reservation required but big groups who want to secure a table can call 04 876 7556.


Well good

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Relax and recharge as the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai in Jumeirah Beach Road is offering free fitness classes and treatments to celebrate Global Wellness Day. There’s a packed programme of neck and shoulder massages, kickboxing, meditation and healthy snacks that won’t cost you a thing.

9.15am-4.30pm, Saturday 8th June. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road, near Mercato Mall. Register at modub-fitness@mohg.com



Earlier this month

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Wednesday, 29th May

Harry Potter and the arduous buzzer round

Do you know who the ‘Half-Blood Prince’ was? Are you brave enough to name ‘He Who Must Not Be Named?’ Potterheads, get your wands out and posse-up because it’s about to go down harder than Ron’s House Point tally in a potions class. Publique are hosting a Harry Potter-themed quiz – one that’ll sort the Grangers from the Crabbes and Doyles. Exquiziamus; that’s another five points to Gryffindor.

Free entry. Refreshment packages from AED 99. 8pm-10pm. Publique, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 04 430 8550


London vs London

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Soccer fans, see London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal go head-to-head in the all-Premier League UEFA Europa League final on at 11pm Dubai time. If you’re looking for somewhere to spectate, unlicensed spot O’Leary’s, near Mall of the Emirates, is perfect for sports fans of all ages. With one super-large HD screen and 14 others, you and your family don’t miss a single second of match day.

O’Leary’s, Topaz Living Court Hotel Apartments, Al Barsha. Call 04 422 7540. 7am-final whistle.


Thursday, 30th May

Batting above average

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The ICC Cricket World Cup begins on Thursday with an opening match between one half of the co-hosting nations, England and South Africa (1.30pm GST). Bar Baar will be showing a strong schedule of the matches, including the opener, on a whopping 250-inch cinematic screen, along with 12 other smaller screens. Now howzat for comfy spectating?

Free entry. England vs South Africa Match 1.30pm start, closes 3am. Bar Baar, Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Al Mankhool Road. 04 501 2631.


Toying with our emotions

As part of Burjuman’s Ramadan experience – and in partnership with UAE Red Crescent – there will be a drop box to donate old and well-loved toys for those less fortunate. Other family activities include henna, calligraphy lessons (between 4pm and 10pm) and creative crafts.

Free. 10am-10pm. Burjuman, Bur Dubai. 04 352 0222. 


Friday, 31st May

How’d you like meow?

Kittysnip is an organisation that’s been set up to rehouse abandoned cats from around Dubai. It’s holding adoption days on Fridays and Saturdays littered throughout June and it is the purrrfect way to find a forever feline – one that’s been fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered.

11am-6pm. Dubai Garden Centre (Sheikh Zayed Road Exit 40), Al Quoz.   www.facebook.com/Kittysnipadoptiondxb


Toilet humour

Join the actors of the Courtyard Playhouse for the some incredible, interactive family storytelling fun. There’s a new panto-esque story every week for four to 11-year-olds – this time, we follow the perilous hunt for… the elusive, the nefarious, the scariest… Toilet Monster. Wonder if it was the same one we met at brunch last month…

One off price AED 75, annual membership AED 500. 11.30am-12.15pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz 1. 050 781 2269. 


Market in your diary

On Friday night, if you go down to the Park in JLT you should be able to score yourself some tidy flea market bargains. From 6pm-10pmm crawl through the stalls looking for ‘nothing in particular, but you’ll know when you see it.’ If you don’t remark to yourself ‘guh, the things people throw away’ at least once – you haven’t flea marketed properly.

Free for buyers. Registration closed for sellers. 6pm-10pm. JLT Park ((located behind cluster Q). www.dubai-fleamarket.com


Saturday, 1st June

A league of their own

Catch the UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool at Barasti on Saturday. The beach bar has a great track record for hosting live televised sport and there’s a giant screen erected on the sand especially for the occasion. This is, of course, in addition to the humongous one on the Middle Deck. #screengoals

Free entry. From 11pm-1.30am. Barasti Beach Bar, The JBR. 04 318 1313. 


Hike for lifeGulf for Good, good causes, hiking in Dubai, for charity, good causes during Ramadan,Set your alarm for a good cause – the Gulf for Good 14-kilometre beach hike strides out for another weekend. Whether or not you complete the full course, the AED 50 entry fee will support kids in need around the world. Be at the running track next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel by 6am, with hiking boots or trainers, plenty of sunscreen and anything else needed to sustain you.

6am start. Opposite Umm Suqeim Park, Al Thanya Street. Over 16s only. Entry is AED 50, payable in advance. Register in advance here.


Super sale 2.0

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Bag a bargain at Al-Futtaim Retail’s Mega Souk. Dubai Festival City Mall is hosting the super sale for a second time. There are discounts on fashion, sports, kids, accessories brands and for the first time – home and electronics brands, but they all end today. Brands taking part read like a dream team of retail – Kate Spade, Robinsons, DKNY, Panasonic, Samsung, ACE, Reebok and Adidas.

Dubai Festival City Mall, Level 1. Ramadan timings, 10am-1am weekends. www.dubaifestivalcitymall.com


Sunset and Shavasana

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Settle down into a sunset yoga session at the always lovely Kite Beach. Whether you want to lie down or dance around, this candlelit class by SazYoga is a tranquil way to finish the weekend. Bring your own mats and refreshments, for after iftar.

6.30pm-7.30pm. Kite Beach, near Salt café. Free, but sign up before the event here.

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