Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori has officially completed his tour of space duty, returning to earth flying a flag of innovation and pioneering spirit for the UAE.
Celebrate this historic event by having your own pioneering week. Try something you’ve never tried before. Make the most out of every morning, afternoon and evening. This is your invitation to the week that’s out of this world.
Sunday, 6th October
Deutsche food bank
The Brits and the Germans have a lot in common. They’re both great footballing nations, they both have a fascination with occupying sun loungers with their towels, and then there’s the partying. Both nations love their hops. Which is why an English pub makes a fitting surrogate for German-style gemütlich (cosy hospitality) in Dubai. This particular venue is offering a special menu with stein-banging Bavarian gastronomic classics from AED 65. There are also great deals on Deutsche-origin drinkies, starting from AED 20. Sadly, though, this is the last night of the event.
11am to 2am, until 6th October. The Rose & Crown, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City. 04 437 0022.
The Courtyard Playhouse is home to some of the finest improv talent in the Middle East. And the players like to keep the themes as fresh as the material, which means whenever you decide to visit – you’ll be getting a unique brain-to-theatre experience. On Sundays, they do ‘This is Impro’ – an eclectic comedy mixtape.
Contributions welcome. 8pm-10pm.The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz Industrial 1. Register online at www.courtyardplayhouse.com
Monday, 7th October
The toad and the princesses
The fabled four free drink ladies night is a rare and precious thing that should be protected wherever found. Atmospheric pub, Mr Toads at the Premier Inn IBN Battuta Mall hotel, is one such place, offering a generous four free glasses of grape to the fairer gender. They also have a daily 4pm-8pm happy hour, no word on whether it includes HOPS though. Anyone? No? Toad- hops? Don’t make us ribbit ourselves.
Free. Mr Toads, Premier Inn IBN Battuta Mall hotel. 04 2782222
Apparently the cool kids go to Azure Beach on Mondays. Their Pool Tribe promotion gives complimentary pool access to the first 100 ladies in. As an additional prize for promptness, the Azure Beach top #100 can opt-in on a voucher for five drinks for only AED 100. Still need reasons? Try outstanding JBR shoreline views, breezy Baleric vibes and top-notch nibbles.
Free. 10am-11pm. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, The Walk, JBR. 052 777 9472
Tuesday, 8th October
Can you Dig it?
Kids seem to have a magnetic attraction to construction vehicles. Is it because they’re capable of creating industrial levels of mess? We may never know for sure. But ‘Dig It’ is an amazing construction-themed activity centre that gives your little Bob and Barbara Builders access to the awesome world of mechanised edutainment. In case that’s not enough mess, the attraction also offers supplementary workshops including slime making, sand art creation, freestyle painting, paper crafts and block building.
The 30-minute workshops are included in the price of the Drop & Dig Ticket (AED 125) and are an additional AED30 for those holding Stay & Dig tickets (AED 75). 10am-10pm. 4-10 year olds. The Springs Souk. 04 438 4479.
Top Gaucho marks
Lunch like a lord with Gaucho’s gastronomic business lunch. The three-course menu is packed with amazing grazing options like Argentine king prawns, braised beef back ribs, a 150g Ancho rib eye, lamb chops with parsnip purée, spicy rock chicken, black truffle risotto, dulce de leche cheesecake, sizzling brownie and pionono with dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream. And if you can read that without licking your lips, you win the internet today.
AED 125 (+ AED 25 for dessert) . 12pm-3.30pm. Gaucho Dubai, Podium Level, Gate Village 05,DIFC. 04 422 7898
Wednesday, 9th October
Become a wok star
Wagamama JBR is launching a new type of ladies’ night. Starting on Wednesday 9th October, and then every other Wednesday – women will be invited to join a cooking class with the Executive Chef. You’ll learn how to make one of the restaurant’s signature Japanese dishes, and sauces – before getting to swap non-stick woks for chopsticks – and tucking into a main and a glass of grape, all for AED 99.
AED 99. 7pm-8pm. Wagamama JBR, Al Fattan Tower, JBR. 04 399 5900.
Jazz and juice
Head to Jones the Grocer at the Dusit Thani on Wednesdays for one of the most seductively sophisticated soirees in town. The Veronica Vintage Band is supplying the jazzed-up soundtrack, and the Jones kitchen has got your hunger covered – with cheese, rustic breads and covetable charcuterie boards, paired with grape and hops.
AED 199, 7.30pm-10pm. Jones the Grocer, ground floor Dusit Thani Dubai, Near Financial Centre Metro Station. 04 343 3333.