Summer isn’t just something we need to get through. It’s a celebration of the big orange orb in the sky that gives life to us all. These are the best ways to get your sun dance on this week.
Sunday, 18th August
Follow Eros’ arrow to Ammos on Sunday for a great little date night. You’ll find a soothing sea view, and a set menu stacked with signature Greek delights, including a bottle of grape for just AED 495 per couple. For this gust of summer Greek island chill, set sail for the Rixos Premium, located conveniently on the JBR.
AED 495. 7pm-11pm. Ammos, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR. 052 777 9473.
To celebrate Indonesian National Day (17th August), pan Asian street food diner Asian5 – is offering up steaming bowls of the Javan staple, half price. Those irresistible aromatic combinations of sambal sauce, crunchy nuts, egg, rice and chicken or prawn – all have 50 per cent off, the whole day.
From AED 33 (full price), dine-in only. Asian5, Dowtown, Rose building,Al Murooj Complex. 04 325 9955.
Monday, 19th August
Double dip dining
They say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. ‘They’ obviously haven’t been to Alloro this summer. The Italian eatery is giving all diners vouchers equivalent to the total value of the bill to spend on their next trip. That means you get two bites of the maraschino cherry, a pair of molto bene Mediterranean meals for the price of one.
Mains from around AED 59, vouchers have a validity of two months from date of issuance. 12pm-12am. Alloro, Wyndham Dubai Marina. 04 407 8872.
Nikon’s ME HQ is opening its doors to a select group of kids on Monday. A group of 25, eight to 18 year olds will be able to enjoy a tour of the facility and a Nikon Kids Photo Club workshop free of charge. It’s all thanks to World Photography Day, an opportunity to show some summer shutter love to the art of celluloid.
Free, ages eight-18 only. 9.30am-5pm. Nikon Head Office, Jebel Ali Free Zone. chitra@nikonkidsphotoclub
Pretty as a picture, Tania’s Teahouse also cares about how you feel inside. The cute hot bev shop in Jumeirah Beach Road is holding a Wellness Week. From today, there are talks, workshops and panel discussions. Want to learn how to mix a mean nut milk latte? Make your own Lush bath bomb? Hit them up for more info on email@example.com
Open Sunday – Thursday: 8am-10pm. Friday – Saturday: 9am-10pm. Jumeriah Beach Road. 04 324 0021.
Tuesday, 20th August
There’s a new ladies night 122 floors up in the Burj Khalifa, a sophisticated soiree amongst the clouds, courtesy of sky bar, Atmosphere. For AED 200 ladies get access to free-flowing house beverages and canapés. If, after the clock strikes midnight, the night still seems shamefully young – there’s an after-party at Armani Prive, where ladies drink for free until 3am.
AED 200 (AED 300 premium package). 9pm-12am. Atmosphere, Burj Khalifa, Downtown. 04 888 3828.
Wednesday, 21st August
Barsha’s got talent
Lock Stock & Barrel’s open mic night is back at the Barsha Heights venue. The last search for entertainment greatness stretched from stage cringe to stage kings. If you think you’ve got the ‘yassss factor’ – sign up for free now, you’ve got nothing to lose and a potential life of luxurious superstardom to win.
Free. 9pm onwards. Lock, Stock & Barrel, Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai, Barsha Heights. 04 514 9195.
Burjuman’s super fun attempt to bring the seaside indoors has been extended until Saturday. Plunge into a family-friendly summer proof beach-themed activity zone, where bigger beach bunnies can splash creativity over rock painting, artistic knitting, jewellery making and flower pot designing. For smaller sand hoppers, there are virtual reality installations and play areas.
Free for kids. 2pm-10pm, until 24th August. BurJuman, Bur Dubai. 04 352 0222.
Thursday, 22nd August
A tortellini great deal
Where all our carb-craving amici at? How do you feel about dining deals on delicious Italian pasta? Eh? What about if a certain Madinat-based restaurant also included grape? How about romantic waterfront views? Pretty nice eh *gestures in Italian*? Ragu, calamarata, carbonara, gnocchi con gorgonzola e fichi, whatever your particular passt-ion, Trattoria Toscana is one of the best pasta-ble date nights in the region.
One pasta dish and one glass of grape for AED 75; two pasta dishes and 500ml of grape for AED 125; or two pasta dishes and a litre of grape for AED 193. 12pm-11.45pm Until 31st August. Souk Trattoria Toscana, Souk Madinat. 800 666 353.
Norweigan playwright Henrick Ibsen earned his title the ‘father of realism’ with plays like Ghosts, his examination of a family tragedy. See Tall Tales Production, in association with The Junction Theatre, bring the hard-hitting and thought-provoking show to the stage nightly from 7.30pm.
Ages 13 and above. 22nd-24th August. The Junction Theatre, Alserkal Avenue. Tickets from AED 1oo at dubai.platinumlist.net
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Sunday, 11th August
It wouldn’t be Eid without fireworks, and this time Festival City Mall is bringing colour to the skies for Eid Al Adha. Catch the light, water and fireworks extravaganza on Sunday and Monday (11th and 12th August), at 8pm and 10pm. Watch out for a holiday edition of much-loved light and water spectacular, IMAGINE too.
11th-12th August, 8pm and 10pm. Entrance is free. Festival City Mall. www.dubaifestivalcitymall.com
League of its own
Sorry, sports haters – EPL is back from its summer break. Tonight top-flight teams Man Utd vs Chelsea clash and high hopes and hops meets in the air-conditioned bliss of Barasti’s ‘House of Whatever’ tent. Daily deals on drinks (tonight it’s AED 25 on selected bevs) and 16 screens, including a seven by four-metre monster, should keep fans happy, whatever the final score.
Kick off 7.30pm. Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai Marina. 04 318 1313. More sports bars for cheers and tears.
Monday, 12th August
Watch the stars
The Perseid meteor shower is set to peak this evening, giving us one of the best opportunities to catch glimpses of shooting stars this year. Join Dubai Astronomy Group for a ‘Perseid Meteor Shower Party’ in the Al Qudra desert, where you’ll observe the majestic planets of the Solar System, the beauty of the almost close-to-full moon and maybe a few fireballs.
10pm-4am. Adults from AED 120, children (under 13) from AED 70. Find out more and buy tickets at dubaiastronomy.com
A right Perler
Quite simply one of the most spectacular aqua-batic extravaganzas ever conceived. 65 talented, daring artists soar through the air, dive from daring heights and defy gravity on motorbikes, to a backdrop of rain, flames and waterfalls cascading down walls. Zero chill at its most theatrical.
Standard pricing from AED 336. Eid deals up to 60 per cent off. Shows take place twice a night, five days a week at Al Habtoor City, Dubai. Catch them Tuesday to Friday at 7pm and 9.30pm, and Saturday at 4pm and 7pm. Book through www.laperle.com
Tuesday, 13th August
Last day of free parking and altered timings for public transport. You’ll still get parking for absolutely nothing at all in usually-paid-spaces across Dubai until the close of play on Tuesday (13th August), saving you a handful of dirhams.
Our guide to getting about over Eid is here.
OliOli has eight themed galleries featuring more than 40 ingeniously interactive exhibits, from the pneumatically-propelled rockets of the Air Gallery to the plastic ball-firing cannons of The Water Gallery. The all-ages attraction has also an amazing family discount scheme just for Eid, where the more people you bring, the less you pay per person. Donations will also be made to Dubai Cares for every artwork built at its drop-in workshops.
Family passes from AED 299 for four. Visit: www.olioli.ae. 9am to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm Sunday to Monday. OliOli Building, Al Quoz 1. 04 702 7300
Families looking for a great way to get those fuzzy Eid feels should take a trip to Legoland. This week the usual block-busting entertainment is supplemented by a dazzling light show of Dubai at the indoor recreation of global landmarks and cities, Miniland. There are more than 15,000 faithfully rendered models, including a 17 metre 439,000 brick Burj Khalifa, complete with little Lego skydivers and window washers.
Swap your single entry tickets (AED 245 for one park, AED 345 for Legoland and Legoland Waterpark), for a summer pass and use it until 14th September, free of charge. Open 11am-8pm daily. Dubai Parks and Resorts in Jebel Ali. Visit: www.legoland.com
Wednesday, 14th August
The Museum of Illusion feels a little bit like Dr Strange’s holiday home. Right now, there are more than 80 exhibits in the appropriately Tardis-dimensioned space. Divided into three categories – Master Illusions, Grand Illusions and Optical Illusions – they are all completely interactive, with a playroom for younger visitors. The Vortex Tunnel and Infinity Room are as flagrantly Insta-tastic as they are disturbing.
Open 10am-10pm daily. Al Seef. 04 357 3999. Tickets AED 75. Book at musuemofillusions.ae
Thursday, 15th August
Mouse in the opera house
Between the 15th and 30th August, Dubai Opera will be screening a total of 48 classic Disney films, including The Jungle Book; Bambi; Cool Runnings; the OG Mary Poppins; Parent Trap; Pirates of the Caribbean; Moana; A Beauty and the Beast. Be Our Guest for plenty of sing-a-long potential by winning tickets with Dubai Week.
Adult tickets AED 60, children’s AED 40 and the under twos are free. You can buy a day pass (four movies) for AED 95 (AED 75 for a child), and a full festival pass for AED 495 (AED 295 for kids). Find a full schedule at www.dubaiopera.com
India’s Independence Day will be celebrated around Dubai today and across the weekend, including indoor gaming HQ, Hub Zero. To mark the 73rd anniversary, the Hub has slashed the price of its two-day premium passes to – AED 73, obvs. This gets you access to 10 VR rides and attractions, from laser tag shoot ’em up Gears of War to race track battle, Virtual Arena.
15th-16th August. City Walk. Noon to 11pm. 800 637227. See here for more Independence Day offers.