This week’s ‘things to do’ entries are in and we’ve selected our pick of the pops. There are some popular non-movers and a few new grooves, but all of them are certified platinum hits.
Sunday, 21st July
Crash (mat) of the Titans
KidZania is all about letting kids get some fun, practical training for a range of adult professions. Latest addition ‘Titans, The Obstacle Course,’ is even more hands-on than the usual activities. Children can test the limits of their deep energy pockets with transverse climbing; monkey bars; a worm crawl tube; and a ninja ladder.
Entry is free with the premium ticket (AED 250) and an additional AED35 on an economy ticket (AED 185). 10am-10pm. KidZania, The Dubai Mall. 800 38224 6255.
Seriously fast food
BiCE Ristorante knows we don’t all have the luxury of two-hour lazy lunch breaks. Which is why the two-course business lunch takes just 25 minutes to demolish. Pick a fresh salad or soup to start, and follow it up with a healthy portion of *finger guns* authentic Italian pizza or pasta.
AED 99. Sunday-Thursday, 12.30pm-3pm. BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk. 04 318 2520.
Monday, 22nd July
Bag this deal
Up your arm candy with the perfect purse from Kurt Geiger. Today only, there’s 40 per cent off all the brand’s bags at the Mall of the Emirates store. Watch out for more day-long flash sales as Dubai Summer Surprises continues to hit us with amazing offers.
From 10am until stocks last. Mall of the Emirates. 04 341 3883. DSS runs until 3rd August at locations around Dubai. www.dubaisummersurprises.com
Who run the park?
Don’t let summer steal your fitness! Join a friendly fun run in Dubai Marina. The Park fitness community meets every Monday and with three or six-kilometre routes, there’s something for couch potatoes up to more accomplished runners.
Meet at 7.20pm, near Toro Toro, Dubai Marina. Join the WhatsApp group for info and updates via: www.facebook.com
Tuesday, 23rd July
There’s a new set menu on offer at Atelier M and it’s a golden opportunity to try something new. Standing on top of the podium is Chef Islam’s tuna tartare, made with 24-carat edible gold leaf. There’s also the gold truffle porcini risotto – gram for ‘gram, it’s a dish that satisfies ‘the feed,’ both tasting great and lighting up your Insta.
AED 249. Saturday-Thursday, 7pm-midnight. Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina. 04 450 7766.
There some serious summer fun going down at BurJuman, we a-shore you. The shopping centre has a super family-friendly beach-themed activity zone, where young cast-aways can enjoy virtual reality installations and active play areas. Adults can take part in crafts like rock painting; artistic knitting; jewellery making and flower pot designing.
Free for kids. 2pm-10pm. BurJuman, Bur Dubai. 04 352 0222.
Wednesday, 24th July
Wings and swing
If excelling at general knowledge and eating chicken wings are in your skillset, the new quiz night at Social Company at Zabeel House in The Greens is your time to shine. The free-to-enter weekly quiz night hosted by “jazz and swing extraordinaire” Ciaran Fox is made even tastier with a deal of AED 89 for unlimited chicken wings.
From 8pm. Social Company at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens. 04 519 1111.
Bar 44 at Grosvenor House Dubai is playing host to a summer-long Polynesian-themed pop-up tiki bar. Expect island-inspired blended beverages, specific Pacific food offerings and a free first signature drink for those arriving in a Hawaiian shirt, or reciting the secret code: ‘Aloha.’
Free entry. 7pm-2am (until 2.30am Thursdays). Bar 44, Grosvenor House Dubai. 04 317 6000.
All white now
Baby it’s all white now! Coya is going beyond the pale for its White Summer Party, La Noche Blanca. Come dine, come dance, come dressed to impress in your nautical best – as this year the secondary theme is ‘underwater wonderland.’
No entry fee for dining. Minimum spend for access to lounge AED 2,000 per table (maximum of eight people). From 9pm. Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach. 04 316 9600.
Thursday, 25th July
Muddle on through
Jason Manford is one of the UK’s biggest names in comedy, and with the able assistance of Dubai-based The Laughter Factory, he is bringing his ‘Muddle Class’ tour to the UAE for two nights. On Thursday he’ll be at Movenpick JBR, performing his trademark observational comedy and charismatic tale-telling, for an audience of discerning stand-up comedy fans.
AED 230. From 9pm. Movenpick JBR. www.thelaughterfactory.com
A Modhesh do!
Parents, a reminder that Modhesh World is here until August, entry is free and the five air-conditioned halls are packed with pop-up games and rides for kids aged big to little, across four themed zones – The Wheels, Arcadium, Little Adventure and Showtime. They’re pay as you go, with different packages available for weekdays and weekends – you can check prices here.
Modhesh World, halls three to seven at Dubai World Trade Centre. 12pm to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday and 11am to 11pm from Thursday to Saturday, and on all public holidays. Until 17th August. 600 555 559.
Five a day
Ladies looking for a low-cost evening out should make a queen beeline for the new Hi Five Restaurant & Lounge. On the fifth floor of Holiday Inn Express, Dubai Internet City, you’ll be served free-flowing drinks and a main course for only AED 99. Don’t pay a thing and you’ll still get three drinks for free.
5pm-3am, Thursdays. Holiday Inn Express, Dubai Internet City. 04 427 5555.
Joe for zero
Coffee experts Common Grounds hold a complimentary tasting session every Thursday from 10am at the JLT and DIFC cafés. Declare coffee break at Almas Tower or DIFC’s Gate Building 5 to sample some of the finest single-origin roasts, from sniff to slurp.
Follow@_common.grounds on Insta to keep up-to-date with all the bean-to-cup action.
Earlier in July
We’ve got the star map to help you find intergalactic wonder in this week. Jump in our flying saucer and let’s paint this whole solar system red.
Sunday, 14th July
Sure to be a match that will go down in history as tennis supremos, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, serve up can’t-miss viewing in the men’s Wimbledon final. Expected to start at 5pm UAE time, if you’ve earned the points for an afternoon off work, here’s where should be screening the showdown – where to watch Wimbledon in Dubai.
2019 Wimbledon men’s singles final. From 5pm UAE time.
Water sports on Pointe
Getting fitter is better when you’re wetter. There’s a whole raft (ha!) of water sports now on offer at The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah. If kayaking, standup paddleboarding and aqua cycling float your boat, you can buy a day-long all-inclusive pass for AED 199 per person. There are loads of other packages and activities available, many of which are carrying special introductory offers.
9am-6pm daily. All activities are operated by Yellow Boats. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. 04 390 9999.
July 14th is Bastille Day – one of the most important holidays in the French calendar. ‘Channel’ your inner liberté, egalité, fraternité and gluttony by feasting on dishes from the gloriously gallic menu offered by carine. Cher patrons will have the added atmosphere of live soulful song, straight outta the lungs of legit French hit-spitter, Annabelle Veltri.
Mains from AED 65. 7pm-10.30pm. carine, Emirates Golf Club. 04-4179885.
Monday, 15th July
A two-day Amazon.ae online shopping extravaganza begins at midnight on Monday, 15th July and runs for 48 hours, offering big savings on tech, fashion and more. Get free delivery on millions of global store items when you sign up as a Prime member.
Sale begins Monday at midnight and will last for 48 hours. To sign up for a free 30-day trial of Prime, visit: amazon.ae/prime
We need to taco about this XXL offer
If you’re all about fitness – fitting this whole burrito into your mouth – then we have a challenge for you. Taqado Mexican Kitchen’s new Beast Burrito weighs in at almost a kilo. The double-stuffed 12-inch tortilla is AED 50 and available for eat-in and delivery at all 18 Taqado locations stores in the UAE. Loco hungry diners can upgrade to the AED 75 Beast Bundle, which comes with loaded nachos, a drink and zero regrets.
Find your nearest Taqado store: www.taqado.com
The Dubai Summer Surprises DOTD (Deal of the Day) is rumbling on this week. Monday’s massive deal sees an epic ‘every-item-is-less-than-AED89’ sale at Giordano in Deira City Centre. That’s huge savings on shirts, less to pay for leggings and drastically discounted dresses all day long.
Everything under AED 89. From 10am until stocks last. Giordano, Deira City Centre. 055 204 8707.
Tuesday, 16th July
This week a partial lunar eclipse lasting nearly three hours is predicted to take place and we should be able to see it from the UAE. Astronomers say at least 65 per cent of the moon could be in darkness during this astronomical event, giving it a rusty or ‘blood-like’ appearance. Dubai Astronomy Group is holding a buffet and Moon viewing party on 16th so you can see it happen in style.
Tuesday, 16th July. 10pm-3am. Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, Mushrif Park. Tickets AED 125 adults and AED 70 children from www.q-tickets.com
Eve Penthouse & Lounge now has an enclosed rooftop that protects the sophisticated soiree-ing within, without spoiling the panoramic Creek views. There’s a 4.30-7pm happy hour daily, which offers 50 per cent off selected drinks and a special AED 89 food platter.
4.30pm-2am Saturday to Wednesday, 3am close on Thursday and Friday. Eve Penthouse, 34th Floor, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.
Wednesday, 17th July
Chicken wings and trivia tings
It was a wise soul that combined two absolute pub classics into a Wednesday night doubleheader at Social Company in Zabeel House. Pick the juicy meat off unlimited portions of chicken wings, whilst you try and pluck names from the recesses of your hippocampus for the venue’s hotly contested pub quiz.
Quiz entry free. Unlimited wings deal AED 89. From 8pm. Social Company, Zabeel House, The Greens. 04 367 1085
D.I.S.C – go to Cinema Akil
Glamourous and infamous – legends about New York nightclub Studio 54 abound but this new documentary, directed by Matt Tyrauer, focuses on the untold backstory of how it came about. See it at indie movie space Cinema Akil today, where we reckon the retro vibes at Dubai’s only arthouse cinema will bring suitable amounts of razzamatazz to the screening.
7.30pm and 9.45pm. AED 52.50. 10pm-12am. Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. www.cinemaakil.com
The three words everybody wants to hear on a date night, ‘how about steak?’ On steak night at Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, they’ll do the searing whilst you do the endearing; they’ll season whilst you set about pleasin’ etc. Head to Nomad for a dinner that is both rare and well done: AED 250 for two rib eyes, sides and a bottle of grape.
6.30pm-11pm. Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. 04 230 8458.
Thursday, 18th July
Three comics walk into a bar
Did you hear the one about the trio of comics touring Dubai this month? No? See, there’s a Scotsman, an American and a Canadian and they walk into this bar, actually – it was several bars over the course of two weeks, and everybody laughed, because of the jokes, did we mention they were comics? Maybe we should just let them tell it…
AED 160 (evening brunch packages available from AED 310). 7.30pm, Arabian Ranches Golf Club. www.ticketslover.com