The top stuff to keep you entertained in Dubai this week...
Time Out Dubai staff
Be a Karate Kid
Jackie Chan and Jaden ‘Will’s son’ Smith team up for the remake of The Karate Kid this week. Okay, technically it’s a kids’ film, but we’ve come over all nostalgic. Crane kick to the chin!
In cinemas from today
Shop Dubai Summer Surprises
The biggest event on Dubai’s shopping calendar (on a close par with Dubai Shopping Festival earlier in the year), Summer Surprises means sales, random entertainment, special offers and even more sales. Watch out for our free guide with next week’s issue.
Locations across Dubai
Dance to Kele Le Roc
UK star and Basement Jaxx collaborator Kele Le Roc is joined in the Garhoud venue by DJ C Sar, plus local talent DJ Rone Jaxx and David Craig.
Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud. Call 04 702 2640 for more information.
Catch Tinie Tempah
The popular UK grime artist finally comes to Dubai after postponing his May 21 slot. Was he worth waiting for? Go find out.
Chi, Oud Metha. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
The Wedding Fair, Dubai
Getting Married? Create your perfect wedding at The Wedding Fair, 4-9pm, 18 and 19 June, The Westin Dubai Marina. Check out the latest bridal trends with daily catwalk shows, make up tips and planning advice from the experts.
Enjoy discount spa treatments during the World Cup
Lime Spa, Natural Elements Spa, Thai Privilege Spa and Spaces Salons are all running special discounts on selected treatments throughout the World Cup. Lost your partner to the football? This is guaranteed to make you feel better.
Lime Spa (04 323 8888); Natural Elements Spa (04 217 0000); Thai Privilege Spa (04 348 9679); Spaces Salons (04 515 4400)
Run the world in 80 days!
What a way this is to spend your weekend! Sharjah-based special needs centre Manzil is looking for volunteers to help run 50,000km on Fitness First running machines in just 80 days. The challenge kicked off on May 31, so there’s plenty of time left to help out.
Fitness First health clubs around Dubai.
Call 04 380 2222 or see
www.runtheworld.ae for more information.
Watch the footie at Atlantis
The World Cup will be occupying most of the sports schedules for the next few weeks, and Friday has a particularly tasty line-up. Watch Germany take on Serbia at 3.30pm, then it’s Slovenia and the USA at 6pm, followed by England and Algeria at 10.30pm. Atlantis has created a special World Cup Lounge, serving ‘World Cup Platters’ (aka fish and chips, boerewors with mashed potatoes and the Atlantis Burger). Yum.
The Terrace, Atlantis The Palm. Call 04 426 2626 for more information.
Brunch with Dubai Roadsters
It’s time for Dubai’s cycling community to unite. Wolfi – the man behind the bike shop on Sheikh Zayed Road – is organising a barbecue ‘smorgasbord’ lunch. Adults pay Dhs200, kids aged 12 and over are Dhs100, and those under 12 go free.
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina. Email email@example.com for more information.
Sing along with The Fratelllis
Barry Fratelli, bassist of the band that brought us ‘Chelsea Dagger’, will spin indie and rock tunes (we hear he also takes requests).
Alpha, Le Méridien Garhoud. Call 04 702 2640 for more information.
Sail on an overnight dhow trip Musandam
Go diving, snorkelling and sun tanning with the Al Boom Diving team – it’s the last overnight trip before summer. You could even see whale sharks. Trips cost from Dhs1,100.
See ‘Last overnight dhow trip before summer’ on Facebook, or call 04 342 2993 for more information.
Free fitness classes!
This weekend, pop along to The Aviation Club to try any of their fitness classes for free (we particularly love the yoga and circuits options). There will also be a free health check, where you can get your body composition tested to figure out your precise muscle to fat ratio – eek!
The Aviation Club, Garhoud, 10am-11pm. Call 04 282 4122 for more information.
Preview Greg Norman golf
Fancy a swing on the Greg Norman-designed Fire and Earth courses, but can’t afford the membership fee? This summer the course is offering a Preview Play option, enabling non-members to try the famed course for just Dhs495. Perfect.
Jumeirah Golf Estates. Call 04 363 0519 for more information.
Treat yourself to a spa afternoon
Don’t forget about the exclusive offer for Time Out readers at this salon: get seven beauty treatments, including a 30-minute hand and foot reflexology, a mani/pedi and a wash and blow-dry for just Dhs199. The offer is valid until July 7 – just take along this copy of the mag to prove you’re a loyal reader.
Mayumy Ladies Salon, Satwa. Call 04 345 6799 for more information.
Be an F1 marshall
Have you ever dreamed of standing trackside at F1? Sign up today for two free days of training to be a marshall at events like the F1, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, V8 Supercars and motocross – it could all become a reality.
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. Sign up at www.atcuae.ae for more information.
Buy dad a gift
Sure, you could give dad a stuffy book for Father’s Day today. Or you could buy him a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dreamdays has a range of adventures, from kitesurfing to skydiving, with prices from Dhs125 to Dhs8,500. Plus if you buy him one single-seater driving experience, you get another for free.
Log onto www.dreamdays.ae for more information.
Don’t forget to check out war photojournalist Tina Hager’s collection of electrifying images from Iraq. The exhibition, called ‘Iraq: Transition to Peace’, follow the movement towards a stronger country.
Portfolio Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz. Log onto www.portfolio-uae.com for more information.
Learn to cook all types of mussels with this haute class – create a dish using saffron, garlic butter and Thai gravy, then taste your handiwork. What better way to wow your friends at your next dinner party?
L’Atelier des Chefs, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, 7.30pm-9pm. Call 056 6900 480 or see www.atelierdeschefs dubai.com for more information.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 341 4777 or see www.ductac.org for more information.
The UK tennis tournament starts today, and there will be several venues in town showing it alongside the footie. Time Café and Bidi Bondi told us they were ‘probably’ screening the matches; best to call ahead and double check.
Time Café (04 334 4088); Bidi Bondi (04 427 0515)
Free music fest!
Alliance Française’s annual music festival, La Fête de la Musique, is a fantastic showcase of fresh local talent. Head to Souk Madinat Jumeirah and stroll the venue to discover acts dotted around the maze: expect everything from jazz to Irish tunes.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm-midnight. Call 04 335 8712 for more information.
During the summer months, get 50 per cent off your dinner bill on selected food and drinks. There’s no better deal in town, and it continues until September 11 (excluding Fridays).
Spectrum on One, The Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call 04 311 8316 for more information.
Boutique 1 sale!
Boutique 1, The Walk at JBR Love designer fashion? This luxe boutique is offering up to 50 per cent off during the summer. Missoni, Diane Von Furstenberg and Kara Ross are just some of the designers on sale.
www.boutique1.com for more information.
Fashion films: the finale
The final film in The Shelter’s Fashion Films season is a surprisingly in-depth documentary on Valentino. Are corporate bosses trying to push the legend into retirement?
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 8.30pm. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Eat the Far East
Gorge on dim sum, Beijing duck and other Oriental-themed fare at this weekly theme night. Enjoy a large buffet and unlimited soft drinks for Dhs159 (Dhs179 with unlimited selected beverages).
Pergolas, Al Murooj Rotana, 7pm-11.30pm. Call 04 321 1111 for booking and for more information.
Movies & Munchies
Another al-fresco double bill to watch from the cool of the Desert Palm’s pool. This week it’s G-Force, followed by My Sister’s Keeper.
Desert Palm resort, 7pm. Call 04 602 9333 for more information.