Floating movies, cosy jazz, great garage sale and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 15 Dive in to Slumdog Millionaire
Catch the second half of Dive-In Movies’ double bill, Slumdog Millionaire, from 9pm. If you have kids, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is on at 7pm. As well as watching movies from the pool, you can buy snacks hot off the barbecue.
The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, 9pm. Call 04 602 9333 for more information.
Thursday 15 Check out Freshly Laced Casa
For those who don’t remember iBO, it was a cult club in a warehouse in Garhoud a few years back, attracting Dubai’s alternative and arty set. Where are they now? In Barsha, every Thursday, listening to funk, Afrobeat and Latin music from DJ Solo, DJ Lobito and Mr Yeti. Go!
Latina Bar, Ibis Al Barsha. Call 04 399 6699 for more information.
Thursday 15 Dance your socks off at Hed Kandi Beach House
Hed Kandi resident Nathan Lee, Emma F of the Ting Tings and local DJ Da Sendri unite for soulful house with Balearic and Latin flavours. Ladies and Face card holders are free until 11pm, Dhs100 after.
Sanctuary, Atlantis, 9pm-3am. Call 04 426 0561 for more information.
Thursday 15 Eat through the Tour de France
The 97th annual cycling competition is being screened at this top French bistro. Catch the event and enjoy Gallic snacks until July 25.
Bistro Madeleine, InterContinental, Festival City. Call 04 701 1127 for more information.
Thursday 15 Hear Marwan’s blues
Check out one of Dubai’s top-rated musicians at this cosy jazz bar. Remember, Dubai will be quiet for Ramadan come mid-August, so make the most of him while you can. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre, 10.30pm. Call 04 332 0000 for more information.
Friday 16 Watch local artists in action
Our favourite custom toys, the Megas, are still doing their rounds of the city. Head to Virgin Megastore this Friday or next at 5pm to see live painting of the cute toys: we’re looking forward to watching Romela Elenzano Orencillo airbrushing one of the little fellas.
Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates, from 5pm. Log onto www.foo-dog.com for more information.
Friday 16 Bag bargains at a garage sale
Head to the fourth floor to buy everything from used home appliances and furniture to clothes and DVDs. Proceeds go to Dubai-based charity The Dhaka Project, helping slum children in Bangladesh. Bargains and do-gooding in one.
Above French Connection café, Sheikh Zayed Road, 11am-2pm.
Friday 16 Try parasailing
Feeling trapped by the summer heat? Have a bash at parasailing this weekend. The air is cooler up there and the quiet and aerial view is oh-so-soothing – unless you’re scared of heights, that is. Dhs250 for a 10-minute flight.
Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina. Call 050 426 2415 for more information.
Friday 16 Stay at the Pak Hyatt for free
How’s this for dessert? Receive a certificate for a night’s complimentary stay at the Park Hyatt for every Dhs1,500 you spend in Café Arabesque, Traiteur or Thai Kitchen. Valid until August 10.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira. Call 04 602 1614 for more information.
Friday 16 Hear top house and techno tracks
If you’re in the mood for a dance-off, DJs Aki Bergen of Neuroxyde and Philip Jo present a night of deep house and techno. Dhs100 entry.
Rooftop Main Room, Madinat, 10.30pm-3am. Call 04 319 8088 for more information.
Saturday 17 Beginners’ guide to trekking
Get up early and get outside with Social Circles Dubai this weekend. There’s a trek planned, although the location is yet to be decided. We’d recommend you take suncream. Meeting point TBC, 10am. Sign up at www.socialcirclesdubai.com for more information.
Saturday 17 Last chance to see Fame and Hairspray
Both of these infectious musicals finish their run tonight –go along to see West End professionals perform alongside the cream of the UAE’s theatre enthusiasts.
First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, and Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Saturday 17 See NZ take on SA
This is the second encounter of the Tri-Nations with South Africa still licking their wounds from last week’s pounding defeat against the All Blacks. Catch the full match and soak up the atmosphere at this Antipodean bar.
Nezesaussi, Al Manzil Hotel, from 11.30am. Call 04 428 5888 for more information.
Sunday 18 Catch the mime
During DSS, mime artists will be roaming around the mall. Don’t be scared – help them escape the box! Until August 7.
The Dubai Mall, 6pm-7.15pm, 7.45pm-9pm. Log onto
www.thedubaimall.com for more information.
Sunday 18 Get rock ’n’ roll
Start the week in a rebellious fashion with The Runaways, a biopic of the infamous ’70s girl band. It stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie – this casting needs to be seen to be believed.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Sunday 18 Learn Arabic this summer
This intense three-week Arabic immersion course starts today and involves 60-hours of cultural and linguistic learning, costing Dhs2,635. By registering for a course, you’ll also be entered into the draw to win a car – bonus!
Eton Institute, Knowledge Village. Call 800 3866 for more information.
Sunday 18 Start the week at a luxury spa
Book a Talise Luxury Arabian Gold ritual for Dhs995 and you’ll get a free Andalusian Milk Bath worth Dhs495. The treatment includes an exfoliation, gold clay body mask, Shiffa face mask and a full-body, face and scalp massage – now that’s a whole lot of pampering.
Talise Spa, Al Qasr hotel, until August 7. Call 04 366 6817 for more information.
Monday 19 Eat three courses for the price of one
Every day during the summer, you can eat a three-course meal- for lunch or dinner- for the price of your main course (between Dhs130-160). Get in while you can.
Aquarium Restaurant, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira. Call 04 295 6000 for more information.
Monday 19 Learn about Emirati culture
Bring the kids to this unique mini exhibition. There will be a display of Emirati handicrafts, traditional shows and activity corners featuring replicas of traditional homes. Until July 26.
Gold Souk Atrium, The Dubai Mall, 5pm-10pm. Log onto www.thedubaimall.com for more information.
Monday 19 Get quizzical!
Run by jolly host Rob, this weekly quiz is always packed, and includes free drinks as spot prizes.
Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa, from 8pm. Call 04 432 9520 for more information.
Tuesday 20 Try a taste of Spain
For Dhs179, enjoy unlimited Spanish delicacies and drinks at this theme night.
Choices, Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud. Call 04 282 0000 for more information.
Tuesday 20 Don’t miss Inception
Christopher ‘The Dark Knight’ Nolan’s new film has an all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Expect the ever-elusive concept of a smart and inventive actioner as Leo sets about stealing secrets from inside people’s dreams.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Tuesday 20 Go to the coldest place in Dubai
It’s official – the Ice Café is a freezing -6°C all year round. Head down with some friends, grab a mocktail and huddle. Entry is Dhs60, including a hot chocolate.
Ice Café, Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call 800 244 55688 for more information.
Wednesday 21 See I Love You, Man
Feel the bromance in this enjoyable man-com starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. It’s the second half of Movies & Munchies’ double bill, which you can watch tonight from the pool. ‘Totes, m’goats’ (you have to see it to understand it).
Desert Palm resort, 9pm. Call 04 602 9333 for more information.
Wednesday 21 Try beach volleyball
No, it’s not too hot to play beach volleyball. The season is in full swing, but there’s still time to sign up (and there are indoor games on Tuesdays too).
Le Méridien Mina Seyah, Al Sufouh Road. Log onto
www.duplays.com for more information.