Get over your seasonal slump with our guide to enjoying summer 2014
Over the past few weeks, it’s been hard to find anyone stoked about spending summer in the city. The sweat-soaked shirts, the bugs setting up camp in your living room to hide from the heat, the exhaustion of every possible DVD box set you can think of… But it’s too easy to gripe about this sweatiest of seasons in Dubai, and lazy too, because as well as the upcoming Eid holiday (which at the time of writing was due to start on Monday July 28) there are actually many fantastic things about being in town over the next two months. We’ve got 101 of them right here. It’s a hefty number – more than one a day to see you through as far as October – and suffice to say there really is something for every personality and interest. Read on to thoroughly bat away your summer boredom.
1 Kart and win at Dubai Kartdrome Collect stamps every time you visit the indoor karting track or round up your friends for a game of lasertag, and once your card is complete you will be entered into a raffle to win a Mini Cooper, plus many more brilliant prizes. The offer is also valid if you fancy taking a spin in the outdoor kartdrome, though we recommend you visit late at night to avoid melting on the tracks. Dhs80 lasertag, Dhs110 indoor karting, Dhs120 outdoor karting. Until September 3. Dubai Kartdrome, Dubai Autodrome, Motor City (04 367 8744).
2 Free nail polish at Sephora Drop by beauty store Sephora in The Dubai Mall or Mall of the Emirates for a free nail polish application or to experiment with some of the new colours and effects from Formula X. Choose from more than 150 different hues and looks – no purchase or booking necessary. Free. Daily noon-10.45pm at The Dubai Mall (04 339 9828); Sun 9am-5.30pm, Tue 4pm-12.30am, Wed 2pm-10.30pm, Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri 2pm-10.30pm, Sat 2pm-10.30pm at Mall of the Emirates (04 395 1734). Ongoing. www.sephora-me.com.
3 Chill in an air-conditioned poolside cabana Love lazing by the water? There’s no need to melt on a sunlounger with One&Only The Palm’s uber-luxurious pool cabanas. Accommodating up to four people, these air-conditioned poolside chalets have both indoor and outdoor lounge areas, with free wi-fi, local English or Arabic newspapers, a 46-inch television and satellite TV, a minibar filled with soft drinks, sunbeds, towels, showers and, of course, guests get full pool and beach access. Dhs1,750 for four people, Sun-Thu, Dhs2,500 Fri-Sat and public holidays. Ongoing. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
4 Play on a golf simulator Want to take advantage of great rates but can’t hack the heat? Try the indoor golf facility at Dubai Creek Academy. The simulator features high-speed camera technology to capture the swing path, impact and ball flight to deliver a highly realistic indoor golf experience for both practise and play. You can even choose your course from more than 140 around the world. Dhs240 per hour. Ongoing. The Academy, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 205 4666).
5 Try the Speedflex workout
This new cardio-based training program at JA Ocean View Hotel promises accelerated calorie burning, increased metabolism and muscle toning. Until September 1, the gym is offering unlimited 45-minute training sessions completely free of charge. Advance bookings required. Free. Ongoing (free until September 1). A Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (04 814 5666).
6 Summer photoshoot offers The Studio in The Courtyard, Al Quoz, is offering special deals on two summer photography packages. The bump-to-baby offer includes three shoots – one of your baby bump, one with your newborn and finally a shoot with your baby when they are three months old. The family portrait offer features a discounted family photo experience, plus ten percent off the studio’s unique products, including its popular acrylic and aluminium prints. Bump-to-baby Dhs296, family portrait Dhs195. Until August 31. The Studio, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, www.thestudiodubai.com (04 347 1745).
8 Watch skilled junior ballers at the Fiba Under-17 Basketball World Championship, which takes place in Dubai from Friday August 8 to Saturday 16. Hamdan Sports Complex, Emirates Road (E611), www.fiba.com (04 306 2666).
9 Catch Disney On Ice in Dubai for the very first time, with stories and themes from films including Tangled, Brave, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. From Dhs175. Wed September 10-Sat 13. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.disneyoniceme.com.
10 Play HintHunt– the escape game that requires teams of between three and five people to solve a fictional crime in a locked room in less than 60 minutes. Dhs110 per person. Times Square Center, www.hinthunt.ae (04 321 2242).
11 Spend an evening watching back-to-back episodes of Friends at Reform Social & Grill on Tuesday July 29. Vote for your favourite episodes by tweeting @ReformDubai on Twitter. Free with purchase of food or drink. From 8pm. The Lakes, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 453 2638).
12 Head to Layali Dubai on Wednesday July 30 to enjoy live Arabic entertainment from Ismael Mubarak, Balqees Ahmed and Rabeh Saqer. From Dhs200. 8pm-3am. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubai.platinumlist.net.
13 Bollywood music directors Salim and Sulaiman perform a concert fusing western, folk, Hindustani and Sufi sounds on Thursday July 31. From Dhs145. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.adss.ae (04 369 2128).
14 Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal performs live in Dubai at Al Nasr Leisureland at the Marhaba Dubai show on Friday August 1. From Dhs75. Oud Metha, www.timeouttickets.com.
15 See ‘Kings of 90s R&B’ at Club Sensation on Tuesday July 29 – with Wingo from Jagged Edge, Q Parker from 112, RL of Next and Dubai act Sal. Dhs175. 9pm-4am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 675 0816).
16 The Courtyard Playhouse hosts Breakthrough You #5, a showcase of original short film, dance, music, spoken word and stand-up comedy on Thursday July 31. Dhs50. 8pm-10pm. Al Quoz (052 779 0077).
17 Check out the launch of Aryana Fridays at Atelier M in Pier 7 on Friday August 1. Ladies free, gents Dhs200 (including one drink), couples only. From midnight. Dubai Marina (056 175 1010).
18 Take the Urban Sprint Challenge on Friday August 22, where individual competitors or teams of three must run 660m, do 43 thrusters and an obstacle course of 23 burpees, 23 tyre flips and 23 box jumps. Phew! Dhs150 (individual), Dhs300 (team). Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 311 6571).
19 This Thursday July 24 is your last chance to get a free retina screening at Mediclinic – available for those with diabetes between 9am and noon. The Dubai Mall (04 449 5111).
20 Pool and spa soother Head to the One&Only The Palm to enjoy a day-long getaway. Valid on weekdays, this special package includes a 60-minute ESPA treatment at the private spa and full access to the pool and beach. Dhs650. Weekdays until September 30. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
21 Top to toe Get a manicure from the team of international nail virtuoso Bastien Gonzalez, plus a personalised 60-minute ESPA massage or facial. You’ll also get a free paraffin and polish bottle to continue your beauty experience at home. Dhs665. Until September 30. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
22 Teaser treatments Give yourself a mini treat at Anantara Spa, with its selection of 30-minute treatments. The more you buy, the better the value. Choose from an express facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, scalp massage, foot massage and body scrub. Dhs299 for one, Dhs399 for two, Dhs499 for three. Until September 30. Anantara Spa, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8140).
23 Summer day out package Get a 30-minute body scrub, 60-minute aromatherapy massage and 30-minute booster facial as part of this day spa package. Dhs599. Until July 31. The Spa, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8025).
24 New Arabian Gold Ritual The Address Dubai Mall’s spa introduces this new treatment exclusively for August. During the 120-minute session, enjoy a body exfoliation followed by a scalp massage while you’re cocooned in purifying gold clay and a Shiffa face mask. Round off with a full-body gold-infused massage and a healing balm face massage. Dhs1,050. August 1-31. The Spa, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 43 8025).
25 Summer tresses Get more value from your Kerastraight treatment at Jet Set, which is offering free Kerastraight shampoo and conditioner to those who have a session in the salon. Dhs1,500. Sun-Wed 1pm-4pm. Until July 31. Jet Set, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 386 8604), Emirates Towers Boulevard (04 330 0886), Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 5005).
26 Early birds and summer indulgence Head to B/Attitude Spa at Grosvenor House Dubai and book an early bird session (any 60-minute or more treatment) between 9am and noon daily to get a 40 percent discount. Meanwhile, the summer indulgence package includes a 60-minute treatment of your choice with a free 30-minute massage for either back, foot, scalp, hand or face. Prices vary. Until September 30. B/Attitude Spa, Grosvenor House Dubai Tower 2, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888, ext 2200).
27 Body, face, nails Get groomed from head to toe at Spa InterContinental, with numerous summer specials including a 45-minute salt and oil scrub for Dhs375, a signature 60-minute ESPA massage for Dhs415 and a classic Minx nail-art pedicure for Dhs225. Until September 30. Spa InterContinental, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1257).
28 Nails and neck pampering
The summer experience at N.Bar includes a paraffin pedicure, essential manicure and a 15-minute head, neck and shoulder massage. Dhs265. Sun-Wed 1pm-4pm. Until July 31. N.Bar, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9828).
29 Pool and pampering
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and The Nail Spa have joined forces to offer a package including a full-body 60-minute massage, classic mani-pedi and poolside pass, plus 15 percent off dining at Plumeria. Dhs365. Sundays and Tuesdays only. August 3 to September 30. Akaru Spa, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8565).
31 Check out the new So Spa at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown – treatments include a 60-minute ‘freeze time’ facial for Dhs475. Ongoing. Downtown Dubai (04 503 6667).
32 Breath & Health’s ayurvedic anti-cellulite massage is massively discounted – just Dhs299 until July 31 instead of Dhs390. Book it while you can. Al Wasl Road (04 348 9940).
33 During Eid get a rejuvenation facial, wash and blow-dry and polish change for Dhs350, or a Himalayan salt rejuvenation body care treatment, wash and blow-dry and polish change for the same price. Spadunya Colour Experience, JBR (04 439 3669).
34 Get a 60-minute Swedish massage and 30-minute foot reflexology for Dhs350, or book any facial and get a free de-stress back massage. Until August 31. Calm Spa & Salon, JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (04 814 5968).
35 Have a Brazilian Blowout
for less this summer, and see the results last for up to 12 weeks. Dhs1,000 (any hair length). Sun-Wed until August 31. Marquee, The Blow Dry Bar, The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 399 5336).
36 The Nail Spa’s Summer Sundays run until the end of July, and give visitors 15 percent off all treatments. There’s also 30 percent off top travel bag picks from the Heaven by Deborah Mitchell range until the end of the month. Locations across Dubai, including Ibn Battua Mall (600 544 001).
37 Save up to Dhs900 on skin treatment packages including Revital Radiofrequency, Viora Pristine Diamond Peel and Viora Infusion during Eid. Visit the website for details. Rebecca Treston@Euromed, Umm Suqeim, www.euromedclinicdubai.com (04 294 5422).
38 Discounts on a 90-minute Moroccan bath, followed by a blow-dry at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort during August. Dhs360. Until August 31. Jebel Ali (04 814 5810).
39 Pick up ‘humidity hero’ haircare products, including leave-in conditioners, texturizing paste and finishing spray from Kevin Murphy, now available at Marquee. From Dhs90. Various locations including Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches (04 420 7700).
40 Try the Legends Summer Sizzler Celebrate summer with a two-course lunch menu, offering a choice of starter and main, or main and dessert for just Dhs99, with water and a soft drink. Perfect for a business lunch or a catch-up with friends. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Legends, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
41 Signature Dining at GQ Bar Check out the menu offered by this magazine-branded nightspot, which features a range of international dishes. During July and August, say the words ‘Signature Dining’ to a member of the team and settle your bill before 10.30pm to get 30 percent off the total. Until August 31. GQ Bar, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 4541).
42 Chef’s Table experience at Jazz@PizzaExpress
This new offer is available exclusively on weekdays, with diners given the chance to create their own pizza, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen, learning the secrets of creating the perfect pizza. Available for groups of seven to ten people. Dhs99 per person with soft drinks, Dhs149 per person with three house beverages. Sun-Thu noon-5pm. Ongoing. Jazz@PizzaExpress, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
43 Toko sushi masterclass Add another string to your culinary bow this season. Sushi master Lin and Toko executive chef Nasser teach diners the history of sushi before helping them prepare their very own nigiri, sushi or Californian rolls. Guests are then invited to taste their creations with a drinks pairing. Dhs300 per person, maximum eight people per class. Ongoing. Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 442 8383).
44 Cook and eat at Jones the Grocer A new cooking class schedule for July, August and September in the Al Manara branch includes the opportunity to learn about pastries and breads, pastas and desserts. Afterwards, you get to dine on your creations. After Ramadan, the new Al Safa branch is open 24-7.
46 From August, The Palace Downtown Dubai will be offering a new ‘high tea buffet’ at its Al Bayt lounge. Enjoy hot and cold appetisers, entrees and desserts, along with more than 25 different varieties of loose tea and infusions. There’s also a live violinist. Dhs180 per person. Wed and Sat 2pm-6pm. Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).
47 Try Burgerfuel’s new limited-time-only ‘PBJ’ burger, complete with peanut sauce, balsamic strawberries, strawberry jam and melted cheddar cheese. We dare you. Various locations including The Walk, JBR (04 445 8220).
48 Two-for-one dining at award-winning Latin American restaurant Asado at The Palace Downtown. Until September 15. Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).
49 Ice-cream is currently a legitimate meal for cooling-down purposes. We’re loving Baskin Robbins’ new mandarin orange cheesecake flavour. Locations across Dubai, including Mall of the Emirates, www.baskinrobbinsmea.com.
50 Try the new afternoon tea at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers from Friday August 1.
The Lobby Café will serve an assortment of scones, cakes and sandwiches with a selection of tea every day from 3pm to 6pm. Dhs120. Deira (04 228 1111).
51 Cold Stone Creamery is now catering events – book a sundae bar or cool cart for your next birthday party of big event. It also offers unique ice-cream wedding and birthday cakes. Locations across Dubai including Dubai Festival City, email@example.com (04 813 6337).
52 Get 20 percent off at more than 50 Jumeirah restaurants when you pay with MasterCard. Until October 15. Various locations including La Parilla, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com.
53 Every Friday and Saturday from Eid onwards, Madeleine Café & Boulangerie will be serving lazy breakfast on the terrace, looking out to the Burj Khalifa. Perfect for late-risers, a wide range of breakfast items are available à la carte until 5pm. The Dubai Mall (04 438 4335).
54 Enjoy a special buffet featuring classic Arabic dishes and a variety of international treats at The Atrium restaurant, available at lunchtime throughout Eid. Dhs175 per person, half price for under 12s, free for under sixes. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
55 As part of the Big Summer Giveaway, those who spend Dhs500 or more when dining in Radisson Blu or Radisson Royal restaurants until the end of August will receive a scratchcard for a complimentary stay at one of nine Radisson hotels across the UAE. That staycation just got cheaper... Details at www.radissonblu.com.
56 Check out Roberto’s Pranzo Italiano brunch, which launches this Eid, featuring a variety of favourites from the menu all served sharing style. Dhs325 (soft drinks) Dhs400 (Italian grape), Dhs495 (Italian grape, bubbles, mixed drinks and hops). Throughout Eid. DIFC (04 386 0066).
57 Try creamy new creations at Sblended Milkshakes, where you can create your own combinations using just about every ingredient imaginable. The Dubai Mall (04 388 2301).
58 Dine at any restaurant in The Westin Dubai and when you spend a minimum of Dhs250 per person you’ll be given the chance to win one of six return tickets to London. Virgin Atlantic Flying club cardholders get a free drink also. Until September 15. Al Sufouh Road (04 511 7136).
59 Spend Dhs300 in any Millennium Airport Hotel dining outlet this summer and get a 50 percent cash-back voucher, redeemable on rooms, spa treatments or your next meal at the hotel. Ongoing. Garhoud (04 702 8888).
60 Two-for-one yogalates Attend an invigorating one-hour outdoor yogalates class, fusing yoga and Pilates principles, and bring a friend along for free. Sessions take place by the pool. Dhs70 per session. Mon and Wed 7.15pm. Until August 31. Fraser Suites Dubai, Al Sufouh, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 328 9642).
61 Bargain PADI Open Water and Advanced courses
Al Boom Diving is offering 15 percent off PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver courses, plus an Intova SS1000 underwater camera for free (worth Dhs330) until the end of July. OW Dhs1,995, AOW Dhs1,655. Until July 31. Al Boom Diving, various locations including Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 342 2993).
62 Open air acroyoga Head outside for a hot twist on Dubai’s popular acroyoga classes, which fuse yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage for an intense workout that’s much easier than you might expect. Beginners are welcome. Recommended donation of Dhs50 (towards a different charity each month). Fri 10am-11.30am. Ongoing. Mantra Fitness, Ontario Towers, Business Bay (044 442 0135).
63 Beach and pool access at Anantara
Relax in the main pool, on the beach and in all 10,000 sq m of lagoon pools at the stunning Asia-inspired Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa with the fantastic day access pass. Dhs250 adults, Dhs100 kids. Ongoing. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8140).
64 Fireworks will be set off nightly during Eid Lighting up the skies at Dubai Creek. Head down to Festival City, or Creekside locations in Deira and Bur Dubai to get the best views. At the time of writing, Eid was due to begin on Monday July 28.
65 Enjoy Aquaventure waterpark’s UAE resident rates Entry is just Dhs165 per adult and Dhs140 per kid when you show a valid UAE driving licence, Emirates ID or passport. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0000).
66 Tour operator Platinum Heritage is offering a seasonally themed Summer Conservation Drive. This could be your chance to see gazelles, wildcats and a variety of birdlife before knocking back refreshing juices and afternoon tea-style snacks at the Al Maha Desert Resort. Pick-up locations across Dubai (04 388 4044).
At Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, your little ones can enjoy access to the all-new club’s indoor playzone and enhanced outdoor space, complete with a giant whale-shaped waterslide and climbing wall. There are also more than 50 activities, sports and arts and crafts sessions to keep them entertained, while mum and dad enjoy some grown-up time using the pool, beach and spa facilities (Dhs489 per person). Dhs250 per day per child, five-day and week passes available at a discounted rate. Until September 5. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
68 Creative camp at Tashkeel studio Send your kids to a cool art summer camp at Tashkeel, with a range of three-hour sessions from radio-making to designing T-shirts taking place from Sunday August 10 to Thursday 21. Nad Al Sheba, www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313).
69 The Dubai Mall summer camp 2014 Enrol your kids for Dhs675 per week (Sun-Thu 9am-3pm, or 10am-3pm during Ramadan), and they’ll be taken to KidZania, Dubai Ice Rink, animated movies at Reel Cinema, the Dubai Aquarium and Sega Republic. Until August 21. Downtown Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 448 5200).
70 Al Badia Golf Club
Get more than just golf with this amazing summer offer – enjoy 18 holes on the course plus a two-course meal and two house beverages for a bargain price. Dhs299 Sun-Thu, Dhs399 Fri-Sat. Until September 30. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
71 Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Take advantage of the hot golf offer at this Dubai Creek club. Tee off for 18 holes between 10am and noon, Sunday to Thursday (excluding public holidays) and get a vastly reduced rate. Dhs150 (UAE residents), Dhs135 (EGF members). Sun-Thu 10am-noon. Until September 18. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 205 4555).
72 Lessons at Al Badia
Improve your game for winter with this comprehensive package, including ten 30-minute lessons, four 90-minute playing lessons, two 60-minute lab sessions, four nine-hole midweek green fee vouchers and unlimited driving range access. There’s also an end-of-summer tournament, with a full set of TaylorMade clubs and a fitting experience to be won. Dhs2,995. Until September 30. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
73 Free nights and discounts at Fairmont hotels Stay at the Fairmont Dubai this summer and get 20 percent off regular rates, while at the Fairmont The Palm guests get their third night free, plus 50 percent off the price of a second room, complimentary breakfast and free dining for kids under the age of 12 when they’re accompanied by an adult. Guests also get 50 percent off Fairmont’s Falcon Juniors’ Club. Until September 30. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.fairmont.com/dubai; Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai.
74 Free nights and discounts at Marriott hotels Get your third night free plus 33 percent off food, drinks and spa treatments when you book into any Marriott hotel in Dubai, including JW Marriott Marquis, using an American Express card. Until September 6. Marriott hotels across Dubai, www.marriott.com.
75 Eid at The Westin Dubai Book a stay for the Eid holiday and save up to 30 percent on room rates, plus get Dhs300 dining credit every night and a buffet breakfast each morning. Al Sufouh Road (04 399 4141).
76 Eid at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Stay at this recently renovated property on the banks of the Dubai Creek. Junior suites start from Dhs1,300, executive suites from Dhs1,400 and the presidential suite from Dhs3,000 (prices exclude 10 percent service and 10 percent municipality fees). Rates include breakfast, evening drinks and canapés in the Club Lounge, free garment pressing for three pieces per guest, free in-room fruits, free wi-fi, access to fitness facilities and 20 percent off in the hotel’s international restaurants. Deira, email@example.com (04 228 1111).
77 Eid packages at Desert Palm
Book the polo estate hotel’s Eid Villa Journey, where guests staying for two nights enjoy benefits including an in-villa spa ritual and daily breakfast and lunch at Epicure. Dhs3,995 per villa per night. July 28-August 2. Al Awir Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 323 8888).
78 Eid at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort This Eid spend the weekend at the Jebel Ali property and get breakfast and dinner for two adults and one child below the age of 12 included in your room rate, starting from Dhs775. Alternatively, stay at the adjacent JA Palm Tree Court and get breakfast and dinner for two adults and two children from Dhs825 per night. July 27-August 1. Jebel Ali, email@example.com (04 814 5800).
79 UAE residents offer at Burj Al Arab Save 40 percent on the best available rate at this five-star property. Room benefits include free breakfast, his and hers Hermes amenities, access to Wild Wadi, access to Sinbad Kids’ Club for up to three children and much more. Until September 30. Umm Suqeim, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 301 7400).
80 GCC residents offer at Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah Get a room with a daily buffet breakfast at Brunello Restaurant, free wi-fi and daily kids’ club access from 10am to 7pm. From Dhs1,380. Until September 30. Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).
81 Seasonal promotions at Hyatt Place Dubai
Hyatt’s latest hotel in the city is offering a raft of free nights, starting with three for the price of two, with benefits including free breakfast, discounts at food and drink outlets and free meals for kids. Until September 30. Al Rigga, email@example.com (04 608 1234).
82 Discounts at Raffles Dubai
Book the Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ Rise and Shine breakfast included package and get 25 percent off your accommodation. Keep an eye out for more seasonal offers in the series, available until September 30. Book until September 30, stay before October 7. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, www.raffles.com/dubai.
83 The first part of Jumeirah Corniche has just opened, running between the Umm Suqeim Dubai Municipality office and Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. The perfect spot for a brisk evening stroll.
84 Dubai’s parks are quieter, making them perfect for quiet meditation or a spot of yoga, while queues get shorter in the city’s waterparks.
85 If you can handle the heat, your outdoor running routes are much less crowded.
86 Parking spaces are far easier to find, whether outside your office or at the mall.
87 It’s the best excuse ever for a movie-marathon in one of the city’s notoriously arctic cinemas.
88 If you, like one Time Out staffer, absolutely hate eating outside, this is your time – as unless your fellow diners are lizards, the option is out.
89 It’s too hot for flies, so if you can bear lounging by the pool, you won’t be pestered by buzzing bluebottles.
90 Lose weight with your kids and win gold. You can still sign up until July 24. Visit www.thedmgold.com for details.
91 Many places offer UAE resident discounts – be sure to ask when you’re booking anything from a hotel stay to a round of golf.
92 Save money on DEWA. Well, perhaps not the A/C, but you can certainly turn off those water heaters.
93 Amazing summer sales at Dubai Summer Surprises, which starts this year on August 2.
94 It’s ‘off-peak’ season in Dubai, meaning the rates for hotels are likely to be the best you’ll see all year.
95 The build-up to the Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge begins, with a 35km ride at Nad Al Sheba park on Friday September 5. Details at www.premieronline.com.
96 Buy an ice lolly-making kit from Daiso and experiment with new flavours. Pomegranate and raspberry anyone?
97 Try night swimming. Whether you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool or just want to take a quiet evening dip in the Gulf, the water temperature after dark is ideal at this time of year. Too hot for competitive swimming, but just right for a refreshing soak.
98 It’s the perfect time of year to ramp up your culinary artillery – pick up a new recipe book and spend the weekends you would have done at the beach in the kitchen perfecting recipes that will see you through many dinner parties to come.
99 Save your money – with a quieter nightlife scene and the World Cup now done and dusted for four more years, skip a few nights out and stash some cash. You never know when you might need it.
100 There are hundreds of cats and dogs looking for a loving, permanent family during summer
– if you’ve been longing for a pet to call your own, there’s never been a better time to open up your home.
101 Relax! Dubai moves so fast the rest of the year, there’s no time like summer to put up your feet and have a break. You’ve earned it.