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.
Love schnitzel? Head to Brothaus Bakery-Bistro every Wednesday for two-for-one deals on the dish. The breaded veal steak is served with chips and salad, for just Dhs95. That’s your Wednesday night date sorted. Dhs95. Wed 6pm-11pm. Ongoing.
JLT’s new Belgian restaurant, Le Petit Belge, is now serving up a European-style brunch every weekend. Dishes include French toast, eggs Florentine, Danish pastries and more. Dhs99 (food), extra Dhs100 (three house beverages), extra Dhs390 (bottle of bubbly). Fri-Sat, 10am-2pm.Ongoing.
Gather your friends for a sushi-making crash course at Minato. Chef Suri will help you make perfect maki and tempi rolls, or even yakitori and sashimi. Dhs180 per person (minimum group of five). Ongoing. Call for timings.
If you’re in City Walk at lunchtime, don’t miss the new business lunch deal at Chival. The La Ville Hotel & Suites restaurant has a new summer menu, being served up every weekday from noon until 4pm. You can get a two-course meal for Dhs80, or three courses for Dhs100, and there’s a house beverage thrown in, too. Dhs80 (two courses), Dhs100 (three courses). Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing.
Billion*Her is back by popular demand. Billionaire Mansion, the club, restaurant and lounge from Flavio Briatore at Taj Dubai, Business Bay, is bringing back its weekly ladies’ night every Friday. Whether you’ve been at the beach or at a brunch, women get free drinks including grape, bubbly and mixed beverages as well as canapés such as home-made mini paninis with bresaola, rucola and emmental cheese all night. There’s also music from resident DJs LucasDirty and Ramz that’s guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing. Free. Fri 8pm-3am. Ongoing.
If you haven’t heard of Slow Hands, he’s someone you should get to know. Specifically by checking out his live set at this week’s edition of Summer Vibes in Dubai Media City. He combines funky live guitar with groovy house music that’s guaranteed to put you in the mood to dance.
Head out to watch the Cinema Akil screening of Embrace the Serpent. The stunning Academy Award-nominated film depicts a 40-year-long friendship between an Amazonian shaman and two scientists who set out to scour the rainforest in search of healing plants, inspired by the first Western explorers of the Colombian Amazon. Evocative and powerful. www.cinemaakil.com.
Salvation, Sara Rahbar’s solo exhibition at Carbon 12 gallery, depicts the suffering of humanity, discrimination and violence through heavy sculptures that are arranged precariously in order to evoke feelings of vulnerability in the viewer. A hard-hitting but important exhibition.
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).
‘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).
Counting the dirhams but in need of chill time? Raffles Spa is offering a complimentary treatment with every full-price treatment bought this month. You’ll get access to all the spa’s facilities, too. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 10am-3pm. Until Aug 31.
One of the better offers on show this summer is over at Palace Downtown, where you can enjoy an entire day at the pool with lunch or afternoon tea upon purchase of a spa offer. For an extra Dhs300, get access to the pool from 6am to 8pm, plus lunch at Ewaan or afternoon tea at Al Bayt. Dhs300. Sat-Thu, ongoing.
Highly Commended in the Family Hotel category at the 2016 Time Out Dubai Kids Awards, we can’t think of any reason not to staycay at this hotel. A half-board package means you get a big breakfast at Flow Kitchen and a choice of either lunch or dinner, too. What’s more, a couple of hours’ free play at the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club is thrown in for the little ones for good measure. From Dhs585 per room, per night. Until August 30.
This beach hotel is declaring madness this summer in the form of 50 percent off all food, beverages, spa treatments and watersports when you stay at the hotel. From Dhs499 per room, per night. Until August 31.
In a city of superlatives, it takes a stay at a humble art hotel in the historic neighbourhood to truly show Arabian charm and boutique style. We love just about everything about the arty hotel, and when you stay this summer, you get almost 50 percent of the usual room rate, plus free bike rental and 10 percent off at the café and off the cost of art for sale. Dhs300. Until August 31.