This week could be a baller, it could go pro, but it needs the right management. The Dubai Week enhancement programme maximises your week’s potential and offers it a brighter future.
Sunday, 4th August
A good ribbing
We’re currently in the centre of new gastro-pub Distillery’s hops and rib week. There are world craft hops available from AED 35 per bottle, and a kilo of prime BBQ beef ribs for AED 116 with any order of the international beverage selection.
Free entry. From 8pm-12am, until 7th August. Souk Al Manzil, Manzil Downtown Dubai. 04 329 8899.
Tonight we’re shopping like it’s 2099
We’ve seen the future, and there are no queues at the tills. Centrepoint has launched the first-ever ‘Store of the Future’ at Ibn Battuta Mall. Shop Splash, Lifestyle, Babyshop, and Shoemart brands, use mobile cashiers to pay and call on the in-store stylists for some fashion direction.
Ibn Battuta Mall is open 10am-10pm weekdays and until midnight Friday and Saturday. 04 362 1900.
Monday, 5th August
McGettigan’s DWTC is taking a brave stride towards gender-based beverage deal equality. The new Guys & Girls night offers free drinks for the fellas (two select hops bottles) as well females (four blended beverages). Because it’s McGettigan’s, visitors get access to the packed schedule of live music that’s become a hallmark of the brand.
Free entry. 8pm-10pm. McGettigan’s DWTC. 800 6247
Tuesday, 6th August
Gateway to fitness
Exit the office and hit the yoga mat – Nike is holding free stretch out sessions at DIFC. The one-hour indoor class at DIFC’s Gate Avenue will transition you from desk slouch to happy homeward bound in no time.
5pm. Gate Avenue, DIFC. Free, but you need to download and register on the Nike NTC app. More info here.
Wednesday, 7th August
An 888 date
Erm, we don’t want to alarm anyone but it’s Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. Yeah, and you’ve forgotten to get a present again, haven’t you? Don’t worry – it is actually Qi Xi or ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day.’ But if you’re looking to take amorous advantage of this news, Pierchic – possibly the most romantic restaurant in the whole of Dubai – has an extravagant Qi Xi menu featuring blue lobster, seared scallops, Chilean sea bass and a red velvet dessert.
AED 888. 6.30pm-11pm. Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah. 800 666 353
Blackout this date
Go downtown for your dancehall tonight – Jamaican singer Charly Black is taking over Mantis club. Responsible for one of the most-watched YouTube videos in the genre, we’ll dutty wynd down the SZR if he doesn’t perform ‘Party Animal’ for the Notorious Wednesday urban night.
Mantis, podium level in Emirates Financial Towers. 10.30pm-4am. 800 626847.
Thursday, 8th August
Bagatelle Dubai will be slipping into a Studio 54-esque 1970s era play-suit for a one-night-only party that promises hedonism and glamour in addition to their always excellent menu. The entertainment comes courtesy of soulful songstress Laura Lopez, but responsibility for the standard of dancing rests on you.
Mains from AED 115. Bagatelle, 1st floor of The Fairmont Hotel Dubai, DWTC area. 04 354 5035
Are they a joke to you?
The Laughter Factory begins its August tour with a trademark mix of veteran and rising stand-up stars. This month see former child actor, roadie and Australian funny person Ro Campbell; much-touted comedy newbie Scott Bennett; and the incredibly dark humour of Dave Fulton – live in person, and without filter.
AED 160. From 9pm. Movenpick JBR, Dubai. www.thelaughterfactory.com.
We think we’ve watched every cat fail video on YouTube, but we’d still make time for the Cat Video Fest screening at Cinema Akil. Part of the un-meow-sible Cat Weekend, the compilation is the absolute cat’s whiskers in feline film. Tickets are also on sale for anime The Cat Returns, charming cartoon A Cat in Paris, Japanese drama Rent-A-Cat and Kedi, a documentary about the stray cats of Instanbul, all showing at Dubai’s first art-house cinema.
Tickets from AED 52.50. Timings and bookings at www.cinemaakil.com
Previously, this summer
Sunday, 28th July
Carry on at the Khyber
The Palm’s sky-high North Indian dining gem, Khyber, has a sizzling summer deal. Indulge in three delicious courses, selected from a wide range of traditional dishes, for only AED 100 per person. There are few better ways to spice up your date night.
AED 100. 5pm-11pm. Khyber, Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel. 04 455 1101.
Big news for the sweet-toothed – Magnolia Bakery is now open on The Palm. Your banana pudding fix can be found at The Golden Mile mall, where this and other pastel-hued all-American goodies are on sale every day from 7am-11pm. Sweet.
Mangolia Bakery, Golden Mile, The Palm. 04 564 3443.
Monday, 29th July
Join the charismatic Nerry for a special yoga session focusing on freeing up those desk job aches and pains. Her chest opening exercises target the between-the-shoulder twinges we get from being hunched over a computer all day. They also open up the lungs – expanding our respiratory range, apparently making us more receptive and compassionate.
Donation-based class. 7.15pm-8.45pm. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, water and a yoga block. JLT Park. www.facebook.com
Béchamel golly wow
You know who likes lasagna? Garfield. You know who else loves lasagna? EVERYONE. What’s not to love? Carbs – good, béchamel sauce – good, cheese – good, meat – gooooood. In fact, it’s such amazing sustenance that it has its own day dedicated to it. Today (29th July) is Lasagna Day and one of its finest incarnations in Dubai, the one on 800 Pizza’s menu has 50 per cent off when you dine-in, all day long.
Full price AED 55. All day, at dine-in locations across Dubai. Call 800 74992 to find your nearest store.
The DSS (Dubai Summer Surprises) rages on this week with sales and excitement galore. Monday’s Deal of the Day definitely has good jeans; fashion retailer Garage is selling all denim trousers for AED 59 each at the City Centre Mirdif branch.
AED 59 per item. 10am until stocks last. City Centre Mirdif. 055 213 6059.
Whether you’re casually flexi or devotedly vegan, the Beyond Burger is a chance to indulge in a fast-food treat with a clear conscience. Now at right-on New Zealand chain Burger Fuel, the all-plant patty ‘Beyond Beleaf’ brings a totally plant-powered twist to the classic cheeseburger.
AED 45. Burger Fuel branches around Dubai, while stocks last. Find your local store at www.burgerfuel.com/uae or call 800 238 35
Tuesday, 30th July
Bustling Mumbai import, Tanatan has a special night of crazy cut-price sipping sauce and banging live tunes. Select adult beverages are served at AED 10 each, with music being provided by Alizeh and DJ Danzil.
Free entry. 8pm-1.30am. Tanatan, Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai. 055 600 5454.
Tanuki a look at this
Take a big bite out of your bill when you eat out at Tanuki. The Chinese/Japanese restaurant in The Dubai Mall is offering diners 50 per cent off every Tuesday evening. So that’s maki for less money, pizza for a lower price – you get the idea.
Every Tuesday from 6pm-11pm. Tanuki Dubai, lower ground level, The Dubai Mall. 04 580 8228.
Friends with bony bits
Pals with sore backs will be your BFFs after you’ve teamed up with them for a Friendship Day offer at Away Spa, W Dubai – The Palm. Until 31st August, all 30, 60 and 90-minute massages are BOGOF. Whether you go doubles on a half-hour pack rub, or pair up for a one hour 30 Thai experience, the spa’s ‘stroll in, strut out’ ethos will leave you both feeling your best.
From AED 350 (30 minutes), AED 520 (60 minutes) and AED 750 (90 minutes). 10am-10pm daily. Emirates ID and appointments required – call 04 245 5533. W Dubai – The Palm.
Wednesday, 31st July
There’s a feast from the East going down at Aloft Me’aisam – sample special dim sum and free-flowing ‘Asian-inspired beverages’ for a cheekily low all-inclusive price of AED 99. Drowning in soy, fresh from the pot, veggie, chicken or shrimp – however you like your dumplings, you can (chop) stick’em all in your gob between 8pm-10pm.
AED 99, add-on bottomless hops for AED 50. 8pm-10pm. Aloft Me’aisam. 04 248 7070.
New hipsteriffic Souk Al Manzil bar, Distillery has gone got itself a smoking hot ladies’ night. From 8pm there’s two-for-one on their gourmet small plates (like siracha octopus and roasted bone marrow) and from 10pm, get hold of four free select beverages each.
Free entry. From 8pm-12am. Souk Al Manzil, Manzil Downtown Dubai. 04 329 8899.
Thursday, 1st August
Sofa so good
Pan Emirates is one of the nation’s favourite furniture suppliers and is upholding some incredible deals on upholstery (and garden furniture, accessories, home items etc) this summer. Get up to 70 per cent off a wide range of products covering all stylistic tastes.
All stores, over the summer period www.panemirates.com
Summer proof beach
Fun in buckets and spades as Dubai Marina Mall invites us all to an indoor beach party. While we take a break from Dubai’s beaches over the scorching summer, we can still feel the sand between our toes. Parents need to show a AED 100 receipt for goods bought in the mall that day for AAA to a mini ‘beach,’ arts and crafts stations and a giant ball pit too.
Free entry with a receipt for AED 100 spend. Dubai Marina Mall’s indoor beach party will be raging until August 8th. Daily from 12pm to 8pm.