Ski races, expert diving, top DJs and more weekly highlights
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 29 See Predators
Grindhouse enthusiast Robert Rodriguez has produced the sequel that the Arnie original deserved – at last!
In cinemas across Dubai
Thursday 29 Have a cool summer night
Atlantis’s huge waterpark is hosting another evening of carnival frolics, featuring fireworks, stalls, Latin street food and discounted rates on the dolphin show. Treat yourself and enjoy a chilled-out evening for Dhs200 per person.
Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm. Call 04 426 2200 or log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Thursday 29 Dance ’til you drop
Berlin duo M.A.N.D.Y. – the self-proclaimed ‘most exciting pioneers of electronic music on the planet’ – are coming to play Dubai.
Madinat Rooftop, Jumeirah, 10pm. Call 04 366 8888 for more information.
Thursday 29 Listen to sweet music
Ultra-chic club night Atelier celebrates its birthday in style at Sanctuary with a live DJ set from the Dutch dance act.
Chocolate Puma at Sanctuary, Atlantis, 9pm. Call 04 426 1000 for more information.
Thursday 29 Watch a ski race in the desert
We’re zooming straight to Après after work tonight to watch the Dubai Ski Club’s Summer Cup Race – only in Dubai!
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, 7.30pm. Log onto
www.dubaiskiclub.com for more information.
Friday 30 Dive in to a double bill
Both films at this al-fresco movie night are corkers tonight – Pixar triumph The Incredibles followed by BAFTA-winning An Education.
Dive-In Movies, The Address Montgomerie, 7.30pm. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.
Friday 30 Book a bargain hotel room
For Dhs330 per person, you can bag a night’s stay in a deluxe room, plus a summer barbecue, access to the pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and a 25 per cent discount on all food and drink. Continues until the end of Ramadan.
Bonnington Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Call 04 356 0400 for more information.
Friday 30 Try an evening brunch
With Ramadan around the corner, evening brunches are soon to be big news. Try Pergolas for all-you-can-eat South American food: Dhs159 with soft drinks, Dhs199 with premium drinks.
Pergolas, Al Murooj Rotana, 7pm-11.30pm. Call 04 321 1111 for more information.
Friday 30 Rock out at Metal Asylum
Local band Absolace launch their new album, Resolve[d], at this popular rock night.
Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa, 9pm-3am. Call 04 398 2222 for more information.
Friday 30 Spend a night in Ibiza
See the screening of Brit actor Jimi Mistry’s film about Ibiza’s music scene. Afterwards, Mistry and Danny Rampling will take to the decks.
Chi, Oud Metha, 9pm-3am. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Saturday 31 Watch the Tri-Nations: Australia v New Zealand
The tension will be running high at this Aussie den today. Book the afternoon off if you want to soak up the atmosphere.
Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa, 2pm. Call 04 398 2222 for more information.
Saturday 31 Could you be the next Arthur Miller?
Budding scriptwriter? You have a month to write a script for a play that lasts up to 10 minutes, with a maximum of four characters. Shortlisted scripts will be shown at thejamjar in Al Quoz. Until August 31.
Log onto www.dubaidramagroup.com for more information.
Saturday 31 Become a National Geographic diving explorer
Al Boom Dive Centre is offering serious discounts off its National Geographic diving accreditation course, where you’ll learn how to explore while diving. Two dives and Dhs900 (it’s normally Dhs1,400) later, you’ll have the official certificate to prove your skills.
Musandam, until September 7. Call 04 342 2993 for more information.
Sunday 1 Go speak dating
Are you one of Dubai’s many bilingual residents? This is the perfect event for you: hook up with another clever clogs and trade language lessons. It’s free, but be sure to book.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 7pm-9pm. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Sunday 1 Catch flying food
Let yourself be entertained by chefs flipping meat on the teppanyaki grill at Benihana’s special themed night. At Dhs179 for unlimited food and drink, it’s a fun way to start the week. Come before 8pm for a 20 per cent discount.
Benihana, Al Bustan Rotana, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Call 04 282 0000 for more information.
Sunday 1 Last chance for bargain books!
Magrudy’s massive book sale ends on August 7. Get in today before all the good reads have gone.
Magrudy’s, Festival Centre. Call 04 232 9673 for more information.
Monday 2 Chill in the pool
Swim a few lengths then hit the gym with the reduced-rate day pass: Dhs120 for adults and Dhs60 for kids. Or sign up for the month for Dhs750. Available throughout the summer.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira. Call 04 295 6000 for more information.
Monday 2 Buy one spa treat, get one free
Head to this spot for buy-one-get-one-free deals on manicure/pedicures (Dhs250), massages (from Dhs275) and MD skincare facials (Dhs450). Available until August 31.
Beauty Within, Jewels, Dubai Marina. Call 04 430 8719 for more information.
Monday 2 Hit a quiz
We ran this week’s cover story for a reason: summer is pub quiz time. We like the sound of the Player’s Lounge quizmaster, Sam, whose focus is on fun.
Player’s Lounge, Country Club Hotel, Bur Dubai. Call 04 398 8840 for more information.
Tuesday 3 Shop Manoukian
The new store promises French fashion and flair.
The Dubai Mall. Call 04 434 0724 for more information.
Tuesday 3 Arty film screening
Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s masterpiece, A Time for Drunken Horses, features at The Shelter’s new alternative movie night, hideout@shelter. Go see.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 8.30pm. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Tuesday 3 Stay at the Hilton
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the hotel is offering a rate of Dhs800 per night, including two spa treatments and two meals at Pachanga. Until October 31.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR. Call 04 399 1111 for more information.
Wednesday 4 Cut-price pizza
Got a large family (or group of friends) to feed? Take advantage of The Pizza Company’s summer deal: three for the price of two.
The Pizza Company, The Walk at JBR. Call 04 423 1996 for more information.
Wednesday 4 Al-fresco films
It’s worth running the risk of soggy popcorn at the Desert Palm’s movies-from-the-pool night tonight, because it’s an ace double bill. Last year’s animated smash hit Up at 7pm is followed by multiple Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker at 9pm.
Movies & Munchies, Desert Palm Resort, 7pm. Call 04 602 9333 for more information.
Wednesday 4 Join the circus
Start the weekend early at Boudoir’s ‘Le Cirque’ evening, with clowns, jugglers and theatrics aplenty. Plus free selected drinks for ladies all night.
Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, 9pm-3am. Call 04 345 5995 for more information.