Dubai Week’s brand new ‘Things To Do This Week’ is tough on boredom, and eliminates up to 99.9 per cent of all known cases of frumps and grumps. Try new Things To Do This Week on your week and see the difference.
Sunday, 7th July
Sunday is World Chocolate Day and Deliveroo wants to take chocolate from the Italian artisanal kitchens of Via Vita and deliver it straight to your face. The chocolate comes in the form of exceptionally tasty Pasta Di Cacao (yep, choccy pasta) not only threatens to taste incredible but will also look slamming on your ‘gram.
AED 44. Available on Deliveroo via the app and Deliveroo.ae. Saturday 7th July only
Try saying that three times fast with a wedge of sashimi in your mouth. Actually don’t, the mess, just no. What you should do though, is head on down to Trader Vic’s on the JBR, pay AED 199 and live that exact all-you-can-eat sushi life. It’s also got a deal that suits more conservative sushi fans – AED 99 gets you eight rolls and a themed Polynesian beverage.
5pm-3am. Trader Vic’s JBR, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR. 04 318 2530.
Monday, 8th July
Master of nom
MasterChef Australia’s 2017 winner, Diana Chan will be taking up residency at Dubai’s MasterChef, The TV Experience restaurant. Expect incredible Asian-Aussie fusion food (such as her Australian Wagyu rendang) served up as part of a specially created five-course menu. There will also be opportunities to get your hands chef-fy with Chan’s MasterClass cooking lessons.
Cooking classes AED 400, dining packages from AED 215. 12pm-3pm and 7pm-11pm. MasterChef, the TV Experience, Millennium Marina Place, Dubai Marina. 04 550 8111.
Acrylics ‘n’ chill
Join an evening of learning how to master the awesome craft of fluid acrylic art. It’s intense colour wheel alchemy – with resultant works that make you feel like you’re staring straight into the unfathomably complex soul of the universe. Woah.
7pm-9pm. AED 400. The Workshop, 23B Street – off Al Wasl Road. 04 341 2595
Tuesday, 9th July
Question and Anchor session
Veteran Brit bar, the Dhow & Anchor, at Jumeirah Beach Hotel has a weekly quiz. Pick your team wisely – as this hotly contested tournoi de trivia has some tantalising special prizes up for grabs. Egg heads in, dead heads out; it’s time to get quizzical.
Free entry. 8pm-10pm. Dhow & Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeriah Beach Road. 04 406 8999.
Put a ring on it
With its dazzling halo of rings, you’d certainly notice Saturn if it was up in the club. But twice in every 29.5 years, our solar system’s second-largest planet appears ringless. Witness this optical illusion and astronomical phenomenon through the powerful telescopes of Dubai Astronomy Group, at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center.
7pm-10pm. Mushrif Park. Adults AED 120 and kids AED 70. For tickets, visit: www.q-tickets.com
Out of office ommmm
Workers in Dubai’s financial hub are invited to ‘Hush the Rush’ with a free post-work chillout. Inspire Yoga will use aromatherapy, sound baths, and Yin Yang yoga to calm DIFC dwellers and help them switch off before heading home. All you need to do is a gentle stretch to download the Mindbody app.
5pm to 8pm. DIFC Gate Avenue. Register via the MINDBODY app here.
Wednesday, 10th July
Serving for the match
garden on 8 is proving its got game; throughout Wimbledon, it’s serving up the tennis tournament’s traditional snack accompaniment, strawberries and cream. That’s Nad-al – a white chocolate tennis ball is added to the dish. It’s probably also worth saying there’s a seven day, two-for-one house beverage happy hour from 4pm-8pm.
Wimbledon dessert AED 39. 12pm-12am. garden on 8, Media One Hotel. 04 427 1000
Return on the mac(rame)
If your little one is pretty handy with the crafts, or exactly the opposite of that – they’re so terrible, their macaroni owl collages look like assorted garbage, enrol them in Speedex Summer Workshops. There’s a strong variety of new skills for the wee ones to learn and each class is only AED 75. Bambinos can try their hand at macrame, decoupage, origami, hand painting, pop art, calligraphy and a whole bunch more. A great choice if you only require occasional kiddy care cover.
AED 75 per class. Five to 14-year-olds. Until 4th September, morning session 10am-1pm, afternoon 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Speedex Showroom on the Sheikh Zayed Road. There’s a full schedule on www.speedextools.com.
Thursday, 11th July
Sneaker into this
He’s been called the modern-day Picasso, but Kickasso’s canvases come straight outta the closet. The LA-based artist is in Dubai to zhuzh up trainers and clothes at Reebok’s first-ever Fit Hub 3.0 store in The Dubai Mall. You can buy his pieces there if you have AED 1.1k plus to spare, or get involved with a workshop where your Reebok kicks get customised for free.
Free. Thursday 11th July and Friday 12th July, 6pm-9pm. Fit Hub 3.0 store, opposite the ice rink, The Dubai Mall.
Earlier this month:
Sunday, 30th June
Cricket on a Reel-y big screen
Wanna see those important wickets on a big screen? Like a really REEl-ly big screen? Select Reel Cinemas are screening ICC Cricket World matches throughout the tournament. It caught our interest when we realised this included dine-in theatres. SIX! Orders of Guy Fieri trash can nachos please. Take advantage of the giant screen and huge flavours on Sunday when home nation England tackle on-form India.
Tickets from AED 75. At The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk, Al Ghurair Centre, Jebel Ali Recreation Club and The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah until 14th July. Book tickets at www.reelcinemas.ae
Bounce away boredom
AED 100 is all you need for good times this summer, because trampoline park Bounce has sprung into action with this great beat-the-heat deal. That gets you two hours of access to Bounce bases in Al Quoz and Dubai Marina Mall, or even Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, if you’re out and about over the holidays.
1st-31st July. Buy online and check opening times: bounce.ae
Monday, 1st July
Palm residents get 50 per cent off food at European dining destination, RIVA Ristorante on Mondays and Thursdays. There are few better ways to relax on a week night than with tasty Mediterranean cuisine served up alongside the serene blues of The Palm’s shoreline.
Mains from around AED 70. Deal valid 6pm-11pm on a la carte. Building 7 Al Nabat, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah. 04 4309466.
The Promenade at Park Hyatt is running a series of cooking classes for those looking to up their cheffing game. Utilising the restaurant’s diverse expertise across various cuisines, each week willing students will be able to dive into new culinary challenges, learn slick chef skills and build up their recipe repertoire. There’s a sit-down meal at the end, in case you don’t get by on your own supply during class.
AED 350 soft drink package, AED 525 champagne. 4pm-6pm, Mondays only. The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai. 04 602 1814.
Wheely good times
Roll with at Lucky Voice’s new roller disco. Whether you go for four-wheeled fun or burning those blades, if you bring your own skates, you’ll get two complimentary drinks. Skate supremos Rollerdxb are behind the inaugural event, which brings the roller boogie every other Monday.
Monday. From 8pm till midnight. Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights. 800 58259.
Tuesday, 2nd July
Good things come in threes
At least they do at The Noodle House, where the limited edition three course set menu will be available throughout the summer for AED 99. Choose from a range of appetisers, desserts and a huge selection of mains including duck wonton ramen, Shanghai noodles, miso salmon, green curry and beaucoup bao.
AED 99. Multiple locations across Dubai. 800 666 353.
There’s a special double feature showing at Reel Cinemas in The Dubai Mall this summer. Kids get twice the indoor air conditioned fun with a KidZania and Reel Junior joint package for AED 139. The little ones can act out their best role-playing lives with the edutaining excitement of ‘adulting simulator’ KidZania, and follow it up with some well-deserved downtime at Reel Junior cinema. Now showing Toy Story 4, The Secret Life of Pets, Angry Birds 2 and The Queen’s Corgi.
AED 139. The Dubai Mall. 800 3822 46255.
Stags, stags, stags
New pub-on-the-block The Stag locks horns with the growing guys’ night scene. Every Tuesday, fellas will find a 50 per cent discount on the main course menu. That’s half-price on fish and chips, bangers and mash, chicken Kiev and other pub grub greats, which start from AED 55 full price. Hunt The Stag down at the new Citymax Al Barsha.
Tuesday, 6pm-9pm. Ground Level, Citymax Hotel Al Barsha, Al Barsha Road. 04 70 92 100.
Hit me Barasti one more time
Barasti’s month-long acoustic competition sounds its final notes on Tuesday. Throughout June, undiscovered musicians have been battling it out for three industry judges. Now we’re about to hear who wins residency for September, plus a bar tab of AED 1,000. Four finalists will perform one song of their choice and Britney Spears’ ‘Oops I Did It Again’ – don’t pretend you don’t know the words.
The Beam Unplugged final from 9pm to 10pm. Closes 1.30am. Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort. 04 318 1313.
Wednesday, 3rd July
VR Theme Park at The Dubai Mall – has just launched some fun new family friendly rides, because the family that plays virtually together, virtually always stays together. The whole family can plug into Cosmo Jet, Flying Chairs and Magic Bikes for a day out, that’s also a fun day in.
Packages from AED 100. VR Theme Park, The Dubai Mall. Sunday-Thursday 10am-midnight, Friday 9am-1am, Sat 9am-midnight. 800 3822 46255.
Un déjeuner a Paris
Bluewaters’ French bistro, Un Dimanche à Paris has a new business lunch available that combines delicate Parisian flavours and breathtaking (NO, YOU’RE BREATHTAKING) Marina skyline views. Two courses for AED 79, three for AED 99 – ooh la la.
From AED 79 (for two courses). Available weekdays between noon and 3pm. Bluewaters Island, The Wharf. 04 564 0044.
Don’t pass this by
Dubai Summer Surprises has been delivering the deals since its launch at the end of June. Now it brings the noise to City Walk and La Mer, with summer passes for both of the family-friendly attractions. For only AED 150, you’ll get a visit to City Walk’s The Green Planet, gaming zone Hub Zero, Mattel Play! Town and Roxy Cinemas OR entry to La Mer’s Laguna Waterpark and Roxy Cinemas. Not-to-be-sniffed at savings total AED 291, which we could totally spend on popcorn.
Available from 1st-3rd July for redemption until 3rd August. AED 199.