Fireworks, mighty shakes and American grub on Wednesday July 4
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light... smoked meats, scrumptious cheeseburgers and barbecue ribs? Yes, that's right – it's the USA's Independence Day on Wednesday July 4 and it's the perfect time to celebrate everything American.
Here are seven places across Dubai that are raising their striped flags to honour the States’ special day, and you’re invited to join the all-American fun.
Black Tap In true American flashy splendour, Black Tap has created a limited-edition, Fourth of July masterpiece.
From Tuesday July 3 until Sunday July 8, both the JBR and Jumeirah Al Naseem outlets of the restaurant and bar will be rolling out a red, white and blue CrazyShake with a glorious combination of flavours within a vanilla frosted rim. It features vanilla ice cream, red, white and blue sprinkles and whipped cream.
Not enough for you? There’s a hefty slice of red, white and blue cake, too. All this is topped off with a firecracker popsicle thrown in for good measure, and, of course, a cherry.
Dhs69. Tue Jul 3-Sun Jul 8. Jumeriah Al Naseem: Open daily 11am-midnight (04 422 9904). JBR: Open Sat-Wed 11am-midnight; Thu-Fri 11am-1am (04 399 9076).
Dubai International Hotel In transit on the big day? Not to worry, as you can pamper yourself silly at Dubai International Airport’s Ahlan First Class and Business Class Lounges with a 20 percent discount off the walk-in rate.
This applies to guests whose country is marking its independence or national holidays throughout July.
All you have to do is present your passport to the lounge receptionist and you’ll be treated to the deal, and first class luxury. From Dhs100. Open 24 hours daily. Concourse D, Terminal 1, www.dubaiintlhotels.com (04 505 2899).
Gotha Club Dubai Listening to DJ Brooklyn DXB on Independence Day? You can’t party more patriotically than that. Gotha Club Dubai is cooking up a wicked event to bring in America’s special day.
Partygoers can expect the best of hip hop, R&B and urban music from Isaac Levier and DJ Brooklyn DXB, and ladies can enjoy complimentary beverages from 11pm until 1am. Free. Wed Jul 4, 11pm-3am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, www.gothaclubdubai.com (055 193 4934)
Perry & Blackwelder’s One day just isn’t enough to celebrate America’s day of freedom, which is why Perry & Blackwelder’s will keep the party going from Wednesday July 4 until Friday July 6.
The American smokehouse in Madinat Jumeirah will be kicking off the festivities with entertainment from a live band playing funky tunes on Wednesday evening from 9pm.
For a hearty, all-American meal, a limited-edition Fourth of July feast will be on offer, including ten chicken wings, brisket nachos, two mini mountain burgers, veal ribs, Cajun-fried shrimp, grilled corn, coleslaw and fries. Pure yum.
Partygoers can also expect specially crafted red, white and blue drinks for Dhs49 as well as unlimited chicken wings for Dhs99. With 19 different flavours of wings available, including smoky BBQ, honey mustard, jalapeño and teriyaki, it should keep you occupied for a while. Dhs269 (Fourth of July feast), Dhs99 (unlimited chicken wings). Wed Jul 4-Fri Jul 6. Wed noon-2am; Thu-Fri noon-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road (04 432 3232).
The Hide This classy restaurant is described as an “American Meatery” so you can bet your bottom dirham The Hide has a deal for this special occasion.
The restaurant in Jumeirah Al Qasr wants you to explore the true tastes of USA with an open kitchen buffet.
Similar to the hotel’s famous Friday Brunch, guests can expect live cooking stations, along with an unlimited soft drinks package, house beverages and bubbly. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs645 (bubbly). Wed July 4, 7pm-11.30pm. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
West 14th Nothing screams “America!” more than a filling dinner with a slab of mouth-watering steak placed right in the centre.
For Dhs199 per person, New York-inspired steakhouse West 14th at DUKES Dubai will be offering a meaty feast, which includes a massive steak along with chips, chicken wings – and, of course, corn on the cob.
With views of the Dubai Marina, celebrate the evening with live music and great food. Dhs199 (family dinner), Dhs299 (family dinner including unlimited grape). Wed July 4, 6pm-10.30pm. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1101).
20 percent off tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater The New York based dance company will be making its way over to the Middle East for the first time, and it is set to show eight exceptional performances at Dubai Opera that will keep audiences at the edge of their seats.
In honour of Independence Day, theatregoers can get 20 percent off VIP, platinum and gold category tickets for a whole 48 hours, from just past midnight on Wednesday July 4 to midnight on Thursday July 5.
All you have to do is head over to www.dubaiopera.com/showlist/alvin-ailey/ and use the promo-tional code HEKMV9, and the offer is yours. Don’t miss out. Dhs250 (silver), Dhs450 (gold), Dhs650 (platinum), Dhs850 (VIP). Deal: Wed Jul 4-Thu Jul 5. Perfor-mance : Thu Oct 4- Sat Oct 6, 3pm and 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com (04 440 8888).
Bonus: Spend five nights in The Big Apple What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than a trip to the country itself? dnata Travel has launched an exclusive package where travellers will get to explore the buzzing streets of Manhattan and stay in The Westin New York Grand Central for five nights.
It’s only a stone throw away from the bustling Times Square, and you can’t go to New York without strolling through Central Park with a coffee in hand.
The package includes round-trip flights with Emirates from Dubai straight to New York, along with entry to the Empire State Building. Book your tickets before August 31 so you can get a taste of the American dream. Dhs6,850 per person (flights, hotel included). Until Aug 31. dnatatravel.com (800 36282).