Find the perfect event for dad in our Father's Day round-up
You know the man on the other end of the phone who says ‘hi’ before putting your mum on the line? Well, on June 19, many countries around the world celebrate this man and his lack of phone etiquette. The low-key Father’s Day festival is not an age-old tradition by any stretch of the imagination – it’s thought to have originated in the early 20th century in West Virginia, USA – but it is one that’s recognised all over the world and, while the date may vary from country to country (from December 26 in Bulgaria to the last Sunday of July in Dominican Republic), the majority of the world celebrates it on the third Sunday in June, which is why now is the ideal time for a Father’s Day feature. Besides, if we hadn’t reminded you, who would have (apart from your mum)?
F1 Driving Experience No matter how old your dad is, he’s still a boy racer at heart, which is why racing a 180bhp single-seater car around Dubai Autodrome is the perfect way for him to realise his F1 aspirations (Time Out takes no responsibility for the corner-by-corner account he’ll bore you with afterwards). Dhs875 for a session, including 20-minute briefing, 20-minute drive time, and 20-minute debrief. Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Motor City (04 367 8700).
Dinner celebration Dads like golf. Fact. If this sweeping statement is true of your father, take him to the Arabian Ranches Golf Club’s Father’s Day buffet on June 19 for a slap-up feast. The set price includes a bottle of grape for every family. Dhs95; Dhs50 for kids aged six to 12, free for under sixes. 7.30pm-11pm. Ranches Restaurant, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Emirates Road (04 360 7935).
Father’s Day brunch Dads accompanied by three paying adult guests eat for free at Meydan’s family-friendly yet lavish brunch on June 17. Fathers also get their car washed for free (providing they have a car, of course). Dhs495 (selected beverages), Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs150 for under 18s, free for under 13s. 12.30pm-4pm. Farriers, Meydan Hotel, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 381 3111).
Father’s Day Golf Retreat On June 17-19, the Al Badia Golf Club is offering a special Father’s Day Golf Retreat, which, bizarrely enough, incorporates a 60-minute massage with, um, golf balls. The package also includes free access to the driving range. Dhs450. 9am-8pm. Spa InterContinental,
My Dad makes the very best pancakes in the world! Mazina is celebrating Father’s Day a day early on June 18 by challenging competitive dads to a pancake-making contest mid-brunch. Just make sure he doesn’t stick it to the ceiling. Dhs195 (includes soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).