Dads, a breed distinguishable by their bad jokes and worse dancing. They’re often embarrassing, strict and occasionally shouty, but they’re one half of who we are and we’d be lost without them.
Father’s Day is the time of year we get to make a flap over our papas, for the UK and the US it falls on 16th June this year, and officially here in the UAE on 21st June. We’ve rounded up the best deals around the emirate to help show your dear old dad some love and appreciation.
Reform Social & Grill Dubai – The Lakes
Tell dad to get his sandals and socks on because you’re taking him for a treat. This legit Brit gastropub, with leafy green lake views, has a ‘Dad’s Drink for Free’ promotion running on the 16th June.
There are a few T&Cs to be aware of – but it’s still a great deal. It’s available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and even open to fathers of ‘fur children’ (dogs). Guests need to dine with their families. Fur dads should bring their dogs. You’ll all need to order two courses – but then pops gets two hours of free select bevs. Here’s to you dad.
Mains from around AED 60. 16th June only. 8am-midnight. 04 454 2638.
Fuchsia Urban Thai – Barsha Heights and Bay Square
If your dear papa digs dumplings, Fuchsia Urban Thai restaurant has the perfect gift. A free portion of prawn, chicken, beef or vegetable dim sum for all dads dining in on UAE Father’s Day (Friday, 21st June). It’s a clever move from the contemporary Asian restaurant as the literal translation of the characters ‘dim sum,’ is ‘touch the heart.’ As we know there are only three ways to a dad’s heart – good grades, responsible automobile maintenance and good food.
Bay Square Location – Building 4, 04 425 3080. Barsha Heights location – Two Towers, 04 361 7117. 21st June only.
McGettigan’s JBR – Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
There’s a special Daddy Day Roast available at McGettigan’s JBR on 16th June. For AED 69 each, you and the old man can tuck into a glorious roast of either chicken or lamb. McGettigan’s have roped in all the trimmings – Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese, glazed parsnips and beef-fat roast potatoes. Bonus points if after you’ve poured gravy on your food dad says “you want any roast dinner with that gravy?”
AED 69. 16th June only. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk. 04 318 2580.
The Smash Room – Al Quoz
We all know being a dad can be a stressful job. It’s not just the occasional accidentally standing on Lego. Just imagine trying to teach some of us to drive *shivers.* Show daddio just how much you ‘get his struggle’ – by booking him a session at Dubai’s spiritual home of stress relief, The Smash Room on 21st June. As a salute to padre, the venue is giving dads one free electrical item to smash. To help them let out all that ‘you’re always on that phone’ energy.
From AED 99. 21st June only. 195 Umm Suqeim Street, Al Quoz. 058 198 2323.
Black Tap – across all Dubai venues.
If you close your eyes and try to imagine your dad in snack form, it’d probably be a burger, wouldn’t it? The swag king of the NY burger game, Black Tap, is proving its father-friendly credentials by serving up a limited edition patty ensemble. ‘The Boss Burger’ is a double bacon cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, American cheese and special sauce. It’s available between 15th and 17th June, comes with a bottle of hops and a very smug, satisfied looking dad.
AED 99. 15th-17th June. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, InterContinental Dubai Festival City locations.
The Els Club, Dubai Sports City
So, your dad’s a golf man too eh? Yeah? Tee the celebrations off properly at The Els Club this Father’s Day. Kids (under 16) get to play a round free of charge when accompanied by dads. Not a golf fan? Head straight to hole 19 (the club’s eateries), either 261 or Big Easy with the family and the big man gets the main course and a welcome drink for free.
Just make sure he brings a spare change of trousers, in case he gets a hole-in-one. And don’t forget the big day, that sort of thing is known for driving a wedge between families. Those jokes were for you dad 😉
Deal valid on 17th and 21st June only. 6am-11.30pm. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City. 04 425 1000.