11 ways to rise and shine in Dubai this week

Did you struggle to wake up this morning after a week of Eid celebrations? Our list of ‘things to do in Dubai’ always provides you with a solid set of activities that are worth getting out of bed for.


Sunday, 9th June

Get your party on, dudes

Sunday is officially International Bill & Ted Day. If you A) don’t know what a ‘Bill & Ted’ is or B) are unclear why they should have their own day; you need to get down to Warehouse Four in Al Quoz tonight and soak your eyeballs in this grunge-era cinematic comedy treat. Whilst there are no special prizes for fancy dress – deep down, you know it’s the ‘most excellent’ thing to do **air guitar riff**

AED 120. 8pm-10pm. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, showing at Warehouse Four, Al Quoz, Dubai. 050 738 0158.


Monday, 10th June

Pum’s the word

Channeling the Caribbean breeze straight into Dubai’s nightlife, Miss Lilly’s Pum Pum party is about the most exciting that can happen to you on a Monday. Choose five signature dishes and three blended beverages for AED 120 – then just accept that DJ Crown Prince’s rhythms are going to get you…dancing ’till 2am.

AED 120. Menu available from 7pm-11pm. Miss Lilly’s, 5th floor, Sheraton Grand Hotel, DWTC area. 04 356 2900. 


Kart blanche

Come and try out the brand new ‘Mini Enduro Cup’ by Dubai Kartdrome. It’s a high-octane two hour and 15 minute competitive endurance race that will test your driving skills to the absolute limit. This event is all driving, all the time, and is open to racers 13 years plus, in teams of one or two people. If you don’t feel ready for the karting equivalent of F1 just yet, you can join free sessions throughout the summer from as little as AED 95.

Team (max two people) entry fee AED 1,250. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Dubai Kartdrome, Motorcity. 04 806 2230. 


Solar savings

City Walk

Download the SunSational Summer App and heat up your savings. Returning from today for the fourth year, it’s packed with 200 deals covering eight Meraas destinations. There are two-for-one classes at Physique 57 barre studio in City Walk, 30 or 30 per cent off when you spend at least AED 300 at MUJI, The Beach, and more. All you have to do is download.

Free on iOs and Android app stores. From 10th June.


The McGetts Factor

McGettigan's Dubai World Trade Centre, McGettigans DWTC, Trade Centre events, battle of the bands, talent show, live music, free gig

Ready your ears for the best bands in the city going head-to-head at McGettigan’s Dubai World Trade Centre. Every Monday for the rest of June and July, aspiring musos take to the stage for 20 minutes to entertain us with at least one original tune. For those who hit the right notes, there’s AED 10,000 cash and recording session to be won. Will it be Big Problem Band, Tuff Town or AJ and the Gang? Listen up to find out.

From 8pm every Monday in June and July. McGettigan’s DWTC. 800 6247.


Tuesday, 11th June

He’ll rock it, man

Remember when rock was young? The Dubai Opera’s very first regional premiere takes place on Tuesday with the appropriately operatic Elton John biopic, Rocketman. Follow the story of Reginald Dwight from young shy, piano prodigy to genuine global mega star – accompanied by John’s almost unsurpassed hit list of rock ‘n’ roll classics.

AED 95. 8pm. Rated 15-plus. The Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. www.dubaiopera.com


Ladies that lounge

If you’ve got the day off on Tuesday,  you can cash in your femininity at Zero Gravity’s Ladies’  Day for free beach and pool access, complimentary spa treatments and cosmetic goodie bags to take home. If you don’t get your picture taken with a giant inflatable unicorn/seahorse, are you even Dubai?

Free. 10am-7pm. Next to Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina. Email info@0-gravity.ae for guest list. 


Spokesperson for health

CycleBar Dubai, Dubai Fitness Challenge

Zoom over to CycleBar Dubai in City Walk 1 tonight, where a free ride and complimentary paleo snacks are waiting for you. The spin studio has teamed up with The Cycle Hub and The Cycle Bistro to lay on a talk from a professional cyclist and aforementioned goodies. Plus, the three top riders on the night win tickets to a live paleo cooking show.

7.30pm at CycleBar Dubai, City Walk 1. Spots are limited. Reserve your bike by sending your name, number and shoe size to citywalk@cyclebar.ae


Wednesday, 12th June

Kabayan classics

Philippines Independence Day, Imagine, Festival City, things to do for free, free events

Festival City light and water fantastic Imagine marks the 121st Philippine Independence Day with a performance that’s been given a fantastic Filipino makeover. Images of iconic landmarks and the country’s colours of red, blue, white and yellow are choreographed to popular tunes for a series of shows.

Free. Wednesday, 9pm and 10pm. Thursday to Saturday, 7.30pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm. Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City.


Thursday, 13th June

Spirited entertainment

Dubai’s only independent movie theatre, Cinema Akil, is hosting a weeklong celebration of Studio Ghibli classics. The series is a masterclass in anime – engaging, poetic, original stories told through spectacularly crafted animation sequences. On Thursday watch Spirited Away – the story of a young girl lost in the spirit world, desperately seeking a way home.

AED 56.50. 9.45pm. Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. www.cinemaakil.com


Stand-up guys

June’s Laughter Factory tour puts another great example of comedy range on stage. Alfie Brown is a young British stand-up with a pretty impressive TV resume. ‘King of Slapstick’, Greg Morton has been the opening comic for several artists’ stadium tours. Then there’s Fern Brady – a Guardian journalist, wit wizard and hilarious addition to the UK comedy circuit.

AED 160. 9pm. Movenpick JBR. Tickets from www.thelaughterfactory.com.




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Sunday, 2nd June

Monster hit

What’s that coming over the hill, is it a giant irradiated Japanese reptile? Yes. Godzilla is back, in Godzilla – King of the Monsters. A movie where the Notorious L.I.Z. battles against other giant ‘titans,’ including the delightfully named massive moth, ‘Mothra,’ in a CGI Battle Royale of truly monstrous proportions. Catch it in the deeply immersive Screen X at Reel Cinemas, featuring 270 degrees of panoramic action.

From AED 63. On general release across Dubai now. Screen X, Reel Cinemas – The Dubai Mall. For timings check box office. www.reelcinemas.ae


Sliced prices

*Godfather violin music plays in background* BiCE Ristorante has an offer that you can’t refuse for Italian National Day (2nd June). Well I mean you could refuse it, that would just be a little bit odd, because they’re giving you 50 per cent off your bill. Pasta, pizza and a whole lot more – for a significant amount less – la vita e bella.

Dinner 7pm-11.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk. 04 318 2520


Monday, 3rd June

Howzat for a deal?

WXYZ Shisha lounge outside at night

If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup – that’s comfortable AND friendly on the pocket – because let’s face it… Those matches are LONG… Look no further. WXYZ Bar and Lounge at Aloft City Centre Deira has some amazing deals over the six-week tournament. Just don’t go hitting six, please.

Offers from AED 29. England vs Pakistan begins at 1.30pm, on Monday, 3rd June. WXYZ Bar and Lounge at Aloft City Centre Deira  04 210 3333.


Meeting Sheibitna

Head to The Dubai Mall this Eid Al Fitr, to spend some family time with loveable grandfatherly raconteur, Sheibitna. He’ll be weaving whimsical tales, is available for photo opportunities, plus he’s giving away free gifts and a host of other surprises.

Free. 3rd-6th June, 5pm-9pm. Souk Atrium, The Dubai Mall. 800 38224 6255.


Water great deal

Laguna Waterpark is launching an annual pass, and to celebrate, offering a weeklong ‘Splash Sale’ pffft (see what you did there). That’s weekday access for as little as AED 225,  and AED 365 for weekends too. A whole year of adrenalin thrill flumes, temperature controlled pools, swim-up juice bar, lazy river, surf simulators, kids and toddlers splash zones – that price is certainly in the shallow end of what you might expect.

From AED 225. 10am-6pm. Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Jumeirah 1. 800 637 227.


Tuesday, 4th June

No work, but plenty of fire

fireworks, La Mer, June

See in the Eid holidays with stunning displays of fireworks at Al Seef and La Mer on the first day of Eid (expected to be Monday, 3rd-Tuesday, 4th June, FYI). There’s no charge for checking out the displays, which will burst into colour from 9pm (La Mer) and 9.30pm (Al Seef).

From 9pm, La Mer and Al Seef. www.meraas.com


Fireworks II

Dubai Festival City Mall has planned a spectacular show of fireworks synchronised with Arabic music, fountains, lights and lasers for the Eid celebrations. The Eid al Fitr event takes place at 8pm and 10pm on Wednesday (5th June) and Thursday (6th June), so you have two chances to see the skies light up.

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


Stub it out

no smoking, quit smoking, giving up smoking, World No Tobacco Day

If you managed to kick the habit over Holy Month and want to go on as a non-smoker, stop smoking site Smokenders site is offering a 25 per cent discount to smokers who register before 15th June. It’s all in aid of World No Tobacco Day, which every year encourages a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco.

Packages from AED 925, before discount, excluding VAT. From Until 15th June. www.smokendersme.com

Wednesday, 5th June

Round the clock cinema

Novo Cinemas IMG, Novo Cinemas, cinemas, 24 hours, Eid, Eid al Fitr, June

Novo Cinemas are screening 24 hours a day through the Eid al Fitr holiday. From Wednesday to Friday, catch blockbusters from sunset to sunrise at Dubai Festival City, Dragon Mart 2 and the futuristic new IMAX cinema at IMG Worlds of Adventure. Yes, Reel cinemas will also be open all hours over the Eid holiday period too. This includes the Reel Junior, Platinum Movie Suites, Dolby Cinema and Dine-in Cinema screens.

Contact your cinema to confirm dates timings. Selected Novo and Reel Cinemas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. www.novocinemas.com or www.reelcinemas.ae


Fill cup for free

costa coffee, Premier Inn, hotel, Al Jaddaf, June, free coffee

Pick up a free shot of joe at Costa Coffee on Wednesday. All customers who take in a reusable coffee cup get a complimentary coffee, in support of World Environment Day. For the other 364 days of the year, taking your own travel cup into the coffee chain gets you an AED 2 discount. Since February 2019, this initiative has saved 20,000 cups – we’ll drink (coffee) to that.

Until 12pm, Wednesday 5th June. Find your nearest branch of Costa: www.costacoffee.ae


One nation, under a bench press

Gym Nation, Dubai Fitness Challenge

Budget fitness chain Gym Nation has a special Eid deal to tempt in the terminally exercise shy. Take a 12-month contract and you’ll pay AED 175 a month, with no joining fee. If you prefer to forgo signing one of those pesky paperwork contracts, it’s AED 249 per month, again with no sign-up charge. Both packages get you access to a huge well-equipped gym that’s open 24/7, and a timetable full of classes.

ETA Star Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, near ACE Hardware. Sign up at gymnation.ae


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