Hollywood movies, purple brunches and more Dubai fun this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 22 Add some Salt
Start the weekend with a bang and check out Angelina Jolie’s new action flick, Salt. The actress sustained a head injury doing her own stunts.
Cinemas across Dubai.
Thursday 22 Check out Maxx bar
While this new joint is a little out of the way, it’s the perfect spot for post-work drinks. There’s even a resident funk and soul band, The Usual Suspects.
Citymax Hotel, Barsha. Call 04 409 8000 for more information.
Thursday 22 Eat your way through Thailand
Like Thai food? We’ve found one deal you’ll love: enjoy a gastronomic journey through the nation’s flavours for Dhs145 including soft drinks and a glass of house beverage.
Toshi, Grand Millennium Dubai, 7pm-11.30pm. Call 04 429 9999 for more information.
Thursday 22 Dance to Derrick Carter
For those Dubaians who haven’t yet heard Mr Carter’s fierce house beats (where on earth have you been?), there’s no excuse to miss his set this Thursday. We’ll see you on the ’floor.
Chi, Oud Metha, 9pm. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Thursday 22 Meet new friends
Friendly social group Dubai: New In Town is organising a meet-up for new members. You must apply online to join the group so if you fancy taking part, sign up now.
Venue TBC. Log onto www.meetup.com/dubai-new-in-town for more information.
Friday 23 Try our favourite pool
This is one Summer Surprises special we’re definitely going to try: book a 45-minute massage at the spa (yes, we know it’s a bit expensive at Dhs400) and you’ll get to lounge by one of the best pools in Dubai for the rest of the day.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira. Call 04 602 1660 for more information.
Friday 23 Slide into UAQ
This weekend, social group Dubai: New in Town is also hitting the waterslides at UAQ’s retro-but-cool waterpark. Fancy joining in the fun and making new friends? You have to apply online to join, so be sure to sign up.
Log onto www.meetup.com/dubai-new-in-town for more information.
Friday 23 Buy some ARTE
For the first time, ARTE, Dubai’s largest crafts market, is staying open during the summer months. Drop by on Fridays for a chance to purchase some one-of-a-kind wares. Dubai Festival Centre, Festival City, noon-9pm. Log onto www.arte.ae for more information.
Friday 23 Eat a purple brunch
Bring the family for brunch and meet Barney the Dinosaur. Dhs150 for kids, Dhs75 for adults, soft drinks included (and yes, you can still go if you don’t have kids).
InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, 12.30pm-4pm. Call 04 701 1127 for more information.
Friday 23 Don your glad rags for charity
The Red Tie and Tiara ball, in aid of Dubai Autism Centre, includes dinner, unlimited beverages, a raffle and an auction. Fancy a swanky night out for a good cause? Pick up a ticket now.
Address Dubai Marina, 7.30pm. Call 04 436 7777 for more information.
Saturday 24 Visit the Chef’s House
Tuck into a fun Saturday brunch: Dhs135 with soft drinks, Dhs180 with house beverages. Radisson Blu Hotel, Media City, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Call 04 366 9111 for more information.
Saturday 24 See Australia take on South Africa
It’s time the gloves came off in the Tri-Nations – and where better to watch this week’s biggest rugby game than either Aussie hangout Bidi Bondi on the Palm, or South African fave Downtown Bar & Grill at the Metropolitan Hotel in Deira.
Nezesaussi, Al Manzil Hotel, Old Town, 2pm. Call Bidi Bondi on 04 427 0515, or Downtown Bar & Grill on 04 227 0000 for more information.
Saturday 24 Dip those chips
Drop in at Choices for unlimited moules frites (aka mussels and chips) and select beverages for Dhs179. Stop by before 8pm and you’ll get 20 per cent off your bill.
Choices, Al Bustan Rotana, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Call 04 282 0000 for more information.
Saturday 24 Toast the end of a great weekend
Round up the troops and head over to Vista for sundowners as the perfect end to the weekend. The restaurant and bar is offering an unlimited number of bottled brews between 8pm and 9pm for just Dhs100.
Vista Rooftop, Holiday Inn Knowledge Village. Call 04 427 5500 for more information.
Sunday 25 Become an exhibiting artist
You have two months left to submit your artwork for a GCC-focused, lens-based exhibition at Shelter. Don’t be shy, just send in your work – it could be the start of something big.
The Shelter, Sharjah and Dubai, until September 25. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Sunday 25 Swing and swim
Play nine holes of golf, grab some lunch and ice cream, then go for a swim for a reasonable Dhs179. The deal runs daily during the summer, though rates go up on the weekends.
The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira. Call 04 295 6000 for more information.
Sunday 25 Stretch it out
New power yoga classes have just kicked off in Umm Suqeim, and more Pilates, dance and fitness sessions may soon be added, depending on demand. Dhs60 per class.
Raffles West Campus, Umm Suqeim. Log onto
www.duplays.com for more information.
Monday 26 Bag bargain books
’Tis the season to stay inside, so you’ll need plenty of good reading material. Bag some discount books at Magrudy’s huge sale at the flagship store in Festival Centre. It ends on August 7, though, so don’t leave it too late.
Magrudy’s, Festival Centre. Call 04 232 9673 for more information.
Monday 26 A Ramsay feast
A meal at Gordon Ramsay’s first overseas venture has become more affordable. Get three courses for Dhs395 per person, or six courses for Dhs495. At that price, it’s not to be missed.
Verre, Hilton Dubai Creek. Call 04 227 7550 for more information.
Monday 26 Get quizzical
Let quizmaster Brian put your brain to the test. Prizes include food and drink vouchers. Krossroads, Imperial Suites Hotel, Bur Dubai, 8.30pm-10.30pm. Call 050 624 7469 for more information.
Tuesday 27 Vietnam gets fresh
The weather is toasty here, but in Vietnam it’s pouring. To celebrate monsoon season, resident chef Thran is serving up a three-course menu incorporating the fresh produce grown during this fertile time. At just Dhs180 per couple (yes, couple), it’s a great bargain.
Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel. Call 04 343 8888 for more information.
Tuesday 27 Free freediving
Get a free taste of this meditative watersport. The session is free, but make sure to book and you may have to rent some equipment: call ahead.
Al Boom Dive Centre, Al Wasl Road, 5pm. Call 04 342 2993 for more information.
Wednesday 28 Relax at the Shangri-la
We love this inner-city haven. Book in for the July ‘Back To Nature’ special, which involves a natural facial with ingredients such as cucumber, oranges and honey, plus a massage, for just Dhs400.This weekend is your last chance!
The Spa at Shangri-La, until July 31. Call 04 343 8888 for more information.
Wednesday 28 An elementary movie
Sherlock Holmes turns action hero for the Robert Downey Jr/Guy Ritchie collaboration, showing tonight at 9pm. Watch from the pool with free popcorn.
Movies & Munchies, Desert Palm Resort. Call 04 602 9333 for more information.
Wednesday 28 Learn to salsa
Spirals, also known as the Arsenal Tavern, may be an unlikely venue for a salsa social night, but we’re all in favour of throwing caution to the wind once in a while.
Spirals, Grandeur Hotel, Barsha, 9.30pm-12.30pm. Call 04 341 8777 for more information.