We’ve got the mix ready to batter your week with awesomeness. Stick some candles on it, count to 11, blow the week down, and glow ‘the you’ up.
Sunday, 15th September
Wagamama in Marina Mall is running a September promo that you nood to know about. The first 50 lunchtime diners each day will be given a free reusable bowl to take away with them. You just need to order one main, and show your waitress that you follow @wagamamauae on Instagram. This is exactly the sort of offer that makes miso happy. Amazing Japanese bites and a free snazzy new bit of crockery to binge katsu from.
Mains from around AED 49. Opening hours 8am-midnight. Wagamama, Marina Mall. 04 3940440
Root and seam
If you prefer your bowls delivered on the cricket pitch, Sunday is the last day’s play in the final Ashes test this tour. Joe Root’s England team are essentially playing for a series draw, which may sound underwhelming, but it’s taken a lion’s roar to get here. Watch the drama unfold in one of our fave sport spectating venues. Why not try Nezesaussi Downtown – an atmospheric hub to Aussies in Dubai.
Live until 9pm-ish. Probably. Nezesaussi Grill, Manzil Downtown. 04 428 5888.
Libertad and lime juice
Tortuga is a squeeze of genuine Mexicana which means they’re obliged to fiesta HARD for Mexican Independence Day. There’s a special dining deal that includes a carnival of colourful plates, regional classics live ceviche and quesadilla, with a legit live mariachi band supplying some acoustic fuego.
Soft drink package AED 225, house beverage package AED 395. Tortuga, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah. 04 432 3232.
Monday, 16th September
Bolly-what happens next?
Off-script action as homegrown talent spin tales on the spot in improv show Bollywood Improvised. The Courtyard Playhouse welcomes stories of villains, star-crossed romancers and long-lost relatives. Boo, cheer and maybe even star in the performances!
From 8pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz. Entry is free, once you’ve signed up for the guest list.
Tuesday, 17th September
Latte fun going on?
Bean here to see the UAE’s best coffeemakers in action. The UAE Aeropress Championship takes place on 17th and 18th September at the DMCC Coffee Centre in the Jebel Ali Free Zone. Visitors get to sample some of the best speciality coffee in the world and win Aeropress merch for swanking up your daily brew.
From 6pm. Free, but you need to register for tickets at www.eventbrite.com
Don’t be board
Analogue entertainment takes every Tuesday at the Rove Dubai Marina. Dubai Board Gamers group gets together there from 6pm. Bring your own games or join in with what’s on offer, from “lighter social deduction games to all day long marathon gaming fiascos, including heavy Euro games and immersive thematic games.”
The Daily Café. Free, but members are encouraged to buy drinks and/or food. 6pm-11.45pm. RSVP at www.meetup.com/Dubai-Boardgamers
Independence Day 2: Resurgence
The Mexican Independence Day celebrations are still going strong at Meshico. There are some amazing deals on traditional Latin beverages and limited edition tacos to complement the line-up of Central American entertainment. Live singers, bands and DJs all taking turns to help keep it Hispanic at the Disco!
Limited edition tacos AED 20. 1pm-midnight until 18th September. Meshico, The Pointe, The Palm Jumeirah. 04 514 4512.
Wednesday, 18th September
Are you not entertained?
Dubai Opera continues to blend arts genres, showing epic film Gladiator with a live symphony orchestra performing Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-winning score. Likely to be accompanied by, the audience chiming in for those killer quotes. All together now: “And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
From AED 175. 18th-19th September, 8pm. Dubai Opera House, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. www.dubaiopera.com
Lights, camel, Alsatian
If you’re the owner of a potential cat-dashian, listen up. The Studio Dubai has launched a brand-new pet photography package for the emirate’s animal lovers. Get professional snaps of you and your domesticated divas, upload them to social media and break the internet.
Packages start at AED 295. 9am-6pm. The Studio Dubai. The Courtyard, 4B Street, Al Quoz. 04 347 1745.
Thursday, 19th September
The 19th edition of Sharjah’s Xposure photography festival begins today. Entry to the four-day event is free giving you the chance to be inspired by more than 1,000 images by 357 photographers. If that sets some snapping goals, industry experts will lead workshops aimed at all skill levels, which are charged separately.
From 11am Thursday. Sharjah Expo Centre. Sign up for free tickets here.
The Laughter Factory banter bus is back for its September show, ‘Summer WitTank,’ with three big international acts. Canadian funnyman Pat Burstcher, no relation to the hoop-earringed Old Vic veteran, is joined by Andy ‘the silly Brummie’ White and Marcus Birdman who arrives fresh from a successful tour run at Edinburgh Fringe. Those looking to ‘stay laughing’ can get involved with TRYP’s special staycation price for ticket holders,
Comedy show AED 160. Room rates from AED 199. 9pm. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights. Book show tickets on www.thelaughterfactory.com/. Call 04 247 6666 for the hotel room.
Earlier this month
We’re here to provide a walkthrough on completing this week, with all trophies, awards and experience points. This next seven days? Completed it mate.
Sunday, 8th September
It’s one of the newest night clubs on the block, but Mantis has already gained a reputation as an EDM MVP. Deep beat aficionados will be delighted to learn that the soiree spot is initiating a bimonthly Techno night. The origin story begins this Sunday, with legendary sound smith, Dennis Ferrer on the decks. Reach for the lasers kiddos.
Free for ladies (and free drinks till midnight). AED 300 for men (including two free beverages). 10.30pm until late. Podium level in Emirates Financial Towers. 800 MANTIS.
Zanier than school
‘After School Mania’ is returning to KidZania – a special back-to-school promotion where parents can redeem an economy ticket for just AED 99 when booking online. The deal is valid for arrivals after 4pm, Sunday-Wednesday. KidZania’s activities are an excellent way to keep those knowledge gains stacking, with key life skills earned through super fun shenanigannery.
AED 99 – must be booked online, 24 hours in advance. Sunday to Wednesday, after 4pm until 31st October. 800 38224 6255.
Monday, 9th September
Comedy comes in many forms; this week it’s shaped like a free gig at Public Cafe in Cluster T, Jumeriah Lake Towers. ‘Comedians at Work’ is a line-up of funny folk, primed to unleash a LOL volley straight at your face. All you have to do is RSVP and turn up on time. And don’t heckle, you will regret it.
Free. From 7.30pm but arrive early for good seating. Public Cafe – Cluster T, Jumeriah Lake Towers. RSVP@Dubomedy.com.
Tuesday, 10th September
That ladies’ day tho
Trendy salon THT or ‘That Hair Tho’ is launching a ladies’ day package for a bit of pre-party pampering. Gals can get their hair ‘did,’ lashes lifted, manis manifested and eyebrows threaded at the same time as sinking some region-friendly refreshment, and then heading out to paint the town gel red.
Packages from AED 300. 10am-7pm, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Cluster N, Jumeirah Lake Towers, The Dome Building, basement level, B04. 04 589 6670.
First act now
Ever wanted to study the skills needed to work in film or audio? Frame Your Passion gives aspiring writers a taste of scripts, editing, putting together a crew and more. The three-hour session at creative trainers the SAE Institute is free – register now to save your spot.
Free. 3pm-6pm. Block 14, Knowledge Village. Register for tickets here.
Wednesday, 11th September
Fellowship of the quiz
Following the huge success of the Friends, Breaking Bad and Harry Potter themed quiz nights, Publique presents to you a Lord of the Rings quiz night. It’s for legit fans only, because some of the trivia is so difficult that literally NONE SHALL PASS. Can you best the nasty tricksy phone-cheating hobbits and Baggins the precious? It’sauron!
AED 100 minimum spend. 8pm-10pm. Publique, Souk Madinat, Jumeirah. 04 430 8550.
Go un poco loco at Zoco
Mexican restaurant Zoco is holding a weeklong Latin fiesta with some great deals on dining. We avo-cate picking up soft shell tacos for AED-10-a-pop, there’s also a special blended beverage for AED 35 and on the 17th September, a chance to see a real Mariachi band live and unplugged.
Free entry. 5pm-1am, 10th-16th September. ZOCO, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City. 04 437 0044.
Thursday, 12th September
The Laughter Factory banter bus is back for its September show, ‘Summer WitTank,’ with three big international acts. Canadian funnyman Pat Burstcher, no relation to the hoop-earringed Old Vic veteran, is joined by Andy ‘the silly Brummie’ White and Marcus Birdman who arrives fresh from a successful tour run at Edinburgh Fringe.
From AED 160. 7.30pm, Arabian Ranches Golf Club. www.thelaughterfactory.com/
Battle Royale with cheese
Fornite fans can find the Durr Burger IRL at Jones the Grocer for one day only. To celebrate Video Games Day, the DIFC branch of the Australian eatery has created the meaty and cheeky version of Fortnite’s season 10 challenge. Shoot ’em up then eat it up!
12th September only. Available through Jones The Grocer DIFC on Deliveroo for AED 79.