The week's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this week and weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more.
Sure, five of the seven days are supposed to be 'work, sleep, repeat', but frankly we see 16 hours either side of your 9-5 that need filling with fun things to do. So, round-up, because this is your ultimate guide to the week and weekend ahead, with the latest events, deals, sports, film releases and more.
‘But… Al Ain doesn’t have a coast!’ we hear you cry. Indeed it doesn’t. Instead, it has Wadi Adventure, home to an enormous surfing pool, a white water rafting facility and air park (essentially an enormous climbing frame for adults). Book your slots in advance. Dhs50 (entry), Dhs25 (giant swing), Dhs50 (air park), Dhs100 (surfing), Dhs100 (rafting). Al Ain, www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 842203 781 8422).
Qualifying for the Mark Clark Golf Day (Thursday October 26), takes place at The Els Club on Thursday May 18 and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Friday May 19. To play, email firstname.lastname@example.org today. The prize for amateurs includes a spot in the DP World Tour Rolex Pro-Am and a two-night stay at Atlantis The Palm. Funds raised go to Pink Caravan and tickets include a barbecue and drinks. www.facebook.com/swingagainstcancer.
Just off the east coast and accessible from Al Boom Diving’s Fujairah outpost, Martini Rock is home to an abundance of colourful, fascinating marine life. See cuttlefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, broomtail wrasse, rays and even a turtle or two if you’re lucky. Dhs400 per diver with full kit. Al Boom Diving, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, www.alboomdiving.com (04 341 494004 341 4940).
The popular market has moved inside, to Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road. Every Saturday throughout summer, fans of fresh organic produce, clothes, handicrafts and all manner of goods can shop the stalls within the confines of glorious A/C. Expect activities for kids, too. Prices vary. Ongoing throughout summer.
The work of Cecil Beaton, one of the most legendary portrait photographers of the 20th Century, is on show at Sotheby’s for the first time in the Middle East. He has captured everyone from The Rolling Stones and Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol.
This supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show isn’t just for kids. Expect plenty of cheeky jokes for grown-ups, too, plus knockout performances from the whole cast and plenty of singing and dancing. And flying.
The mall has teamed up with Emirates Red Crescent to distribute clothes donated by you to help families in need throughout Ramadan. Donation points are set up throughout the mall. Visitors can also break the fast with coffee and dates daily in the main atrium. Other activities taking place include live Arabic calligraphy art to take home and Henna paining. Kids can also enjoy lantern and pottery painting. Until the end of Ramadan.
Throughout Ramadan, Bounce is offering unlimited access to its trampoline park. To jump all day, every day, snap up your pass now. Dhs299 (while stocks last). Open Sun-Thu noon-midnight (throughout Ramadan).
“2-4-1 Tuesday” at Be Bar means you and a friend can head down and get two blow-dries for the price of one. What’s more, if you decide to go for a treatment, too, you’ll get 20 percent off your blow-dry. Prices vary. Until the end of Ramadan.