Back in the office? Or maybe you never actually left. However many hours you’ve racked up in gainful employment, you deserve some downtime and we’re here to help you ease into it.
Live music, fun for kids, animal adoptions and a pool party – all packed in to the next three days.
Thursday, 15th August
Nancy and Nabeel
Two stellar singers will be on-stage at Dubai World Trade Centre tonight. See multi-platinum artists Nancy Arjam and Seif Nabeel round off the city’s Eid celebrations, with tickets starting from AED 95 to watch the Lebanese superstar perform with the Iraqi singer and composer.
Doors open at 7pm. Sheikh Rashid Hall, DWTC. Tickets from AED 195 at dubai.platinumlist.net
Mark Indian Independence Day at Reel Cinemas with plenty of soul food snacks and screenings of Batla House and Mission Mangal. Cinemas at the Al Ghurair Centre and The Dubai Mall are marking the occasion with desi dining specials of samosas, bajis and more, from AED 15.
Reel Cinemas – The Dubai Mall and Al Ghurair Centre. Check prices and timings at www.reelcinemas.ae
Mighty morphing power mural
This is the “Metamorphosis of Dubai” mural, a stunning new bit of street art – created by Nesma Moharam, commissioned by ARTFIVE0. You’ll find it installed in ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC – where it adds an Insta-hungry, chaotic ripple of visceral art to the more orthodox surrounding urban cityscape.
Free. Find it at ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC.
Long-running club night Analog Room now has its very own home in the Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha. Open six days a week, the permanent party space will “rival those found in Berlin, Amsterdam and London” and has its own kitchen for ravenous ravers. Nasrawi and Shemroon are the opening night acts for all you electronic music lovers.
AED 100 on the door. 10pm-3am. Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha, near Sharaf DG Metro Station. www.facebook.com/events
Friday, 16th August
Gett some Midsummer Madness
Unrelenting heat is sending us all a little stir crazy, but Irish merrymakers McGettigan’s JLT & Souk Madinat have a safety valve for letting off some steam. These two branches of the bar chain are hosting Midsummer Madness parties across the day, with brunches starting from 1pm and AED 230 and AED 25 drinks after 8pm.
From 1pm. For details of the deals, which differ at the two bars, visit www.mcgettigans.com
Abandoned and neglected cats and kittens need new homes. Meet them from 11am-5pm every Friday at Dubai Garden Centre, Al Quoz. New owners are asked to make a payment to a veterinary clinic, contributing towards neutering, de-worming, vaccinations and microchip costs, so you get a healthy and happy friend for life.
Find out more about the paw-some pusses up for adoption at www.facebook.com/Kittysnipadoptiondxb
Trader Takes two
There’s a tango festival at Trader Vic’s JBR this weekend, with latin dance glasses all night long. Add some cha-cha-charcoal to the dance fuego – with special tango festival empanadas from the limited edition special menu for AED 40.
Free. From 6pm, 14th-17th August. Trader Vic’s JBR, Hilton Jumeirah Dubai. 04 318 2530
Saturday, 17th August
No more Modhesh
Last chance to have fun in the kingdom of the yellow fella. Air-conditioned fun scape Modhesh World winds down today after another successful summer at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Reasons to visit -it’s totally free to enter the five air-conditioned halls, which are packed with pop-up games and rides for kids aged big to little (you do need to pay for those, FYI).
Modhesh World, halls three to seven at DWTC. 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. Pricing info here.
Seef as houses
Super cool new-kid-on-the-hotel-block, Zabeel House Al Seef, is the place to be every Saturday. Its Chase The Sun Party at SOL Sky Bar is a rooftop relaxation package that includes all the ingredients for a great day – a DJ, free-flowing drinks, bar bites, pool access, gorgeous views over Dubai Creek – they’ll even throw in a towel.
1pm-5pm, Saturdays. Men AED 250, women AED 150. Reservations: 04 707 7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this month…
Thursday, 8th August
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.
There’s a new pop-up escape room at Rove Downtown that transforms the space into a hub of international espionage and intrigue. Operation Mindfall is enhanced with augmented reality technology, offering teams of two-five special agents 60 minutes to foil a plot that threatens to unleash a deadly virus on the world’s population. *Mission Impossible theme plays in head*
AED 99. 1pm-10pm, Thursday-Saturday until 21st September. Escape Hunt at Rove Downtown, Downtown. 04 561 9000.
Friday, 9th August
There s’more to life
Black Tap stores are OG freak-shake artists; the wild dessert beverages are bigger than a human face and often imitated but never replicated. For the Eid holiday period – they’re rolling out their interpretation of a campsite classic, s’mores. This Crazy-Shake includes ice-cream infused with a campfire marshmallow flavour, s’mores, whipped cream, a drizzle of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, chocolate frosting and crushed Graham crackers. Send help.
AED 69. 9th-13th August. At venues across Dubai, including Jumeirah Al Naseem, Rixos Premium JBR, InterContinental at Dubai Festival City.
Beach and BiCE
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah has a fantastic wee offer for Eid. If you purchase beach access for AED 99. You’ll get a voucher for that exact amount, AED 99 to spend at either BiCE or Trader Vic’s. The happy coincidences don’t stop there. BiCE is running a three-course AED 99 menu for the same period. We’ve done the maths, and that is an outstanding deal.
AED 99. Beach 10am-8pm. 9th-17th August. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR. 04 318 2999.
Fruit and vegetable delivery website NRTC Fresh is offering customers a cool 15 per cent off orders over the Eid break. From apples to yams, stock up on your five-a-day and grab a discount at the till, when you enter code EID15.
Discount available until 15th August. www.nrtcfresh.com
Meet the stars of Filipino romance flick Hello, Love, Goodbye at Reel Cinemas this weekend. Kathyrn Bernardo and Alden Richards will be at The Dubai Mall from 11am to noon and Al Ghurair Centre mall hourly from 3pm to 6pm, all followed by film screenings. Tickets are AED 120, including popcorn and a drink, but BYO tissues in case it’s not a happy ending. Remember, over Eid Al Adha, The Dubai Mall is showing movies around the clock.
Saturday, 10th August
Head to legit Brit pub Rose & Crown for this first weekend of the new Premier League season. Yes it’s back, delighting the fans and igniting haters. The campaign starts with some massive clashes – in Saturday’s late game top four Spurs take on newly-promoted Aston Villa. There are enough deals on refreshments to keep even the haters happy.
Free entry. Match starts 8.30pm. Rose & Crown, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City, Business Bay.
Veteran vinyl master Peter Tong drops bass all over our holiday weekend. Catch the original superstar DJ waking up the dancefloor at Soho Garden, with resident Adam Graca warming up and mixed drinks on repeat, with two-for-one from 8pm-11pm.
Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse Grandstand. 8pm-1am. To book, contact 056 82 22 559.
Afro feeling fit?
Shake your stuff at a fun workout that doesn’t even feel like exercise. Laguna Waterpark’s two-day Caribbean Fest welcomes talented dancer Gbemi Giwa for a fun Afrofit class. The 35-minute sweat-fest starts at 7.30pm and after that, you can cool down on the waterpark’s Lazy River, or ride some gnarly flumes on the flow rider surf machines.
Caribbean Fest, Laguna Waterpark. 5pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday. Class included in AED 99 entry fee. Tickets at www.lagunawaterpark.com
- FYI, to mark Arafat Day, restaurants and bars in Dubai have been asked to refrain from selling ‘adult beverages’ between 6.30pm Friday (9th August) and 7.30pm on Saturday (10th August).