Thursday 21 Hopfest is back!
In its seventh year, this hop-tastic event at The Irish Village returns this weekend. Expect more than 100 varieties of yeasty beverage, as well as an A/C-cooled marquee and live music.
Free entry. Noon-2am, until Saturday 23. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Thursday 21 Sushi night at Sushi Folie
This Friday, gorge yourself on Japanese delicacies fresh from the rotating belt.
Dhs120 (includes soft drinks). 7pm-11.30pm. Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 4333).
Thursday 21 Celebrate Belgian National Day
This great nation is home to fantastic hop-based beverages, chocolate and Jean-Claude Van Damme – what’s not to love about Belgium? To celebrate, head to Belgian Beer Café for traditional dishes such as meatballs or sausages with stoemp. Celebrations will run throughout the week until July 22.
Dhs350 (selected house beverages). 8pm-11pm. Belgian Beer Café, Dubai Festival City, www.diningdfc.com (04 701 1127).
Thursday 21 Hed Kandi closing party
Hed Kandi DJs Andy Norman and Natalie Brogan will be providing the soundtrack to the last party before Ramadan.
Dhs120; free for ladies before 11pm. Open 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 550 0964).
Friday 22 Red Tie and Tiara Ball
This glam event gives you a chance to dress up and raise money for Dubai Autism Centre.
Dhs395 (includes dinner and drinks). 7.30pm. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, email@example.com (050 658 1338).
Friday 22 Learn to ride a jetski safely
This one-day personal watercraft theory and practical course covers everything you need to know to be a responsible jetski rider.
Dhs1,500, 10am-5pm, Marine Concept, Al Barsha Business Centre, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).
Friday 22 Fire vs Ice DJ event at Nasimi
Patrick Carrera, Darko Dejan, Var, Mr Mr, Jason Pinto and David Craig will face off against one another in this battle of musical genres.
Dhs100, free before 6pm. Open 2pm-1am. Nasimi, Atlantis The Palm (055 200 4321)
Friday 22 Rewind with DJ Tim Cheddar
Cheeky chappy Tim helms the decks for this fun new night at Catwalk. Expect great tunes from the ’80s and ’90s, as well as drinks deals.
Dhs100; free for men before 11pm and ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).
Friday 22 Experience a night of UK garage
Expect garage, garage and a whole lot more garage from the UK’s DJ EZ in Chi’s main room – he’ll be supported by DJ Emtee and quick-witted local MC Olly Wood. Not your cup of chai? Flow Master J will be spinning R&B and hip hop all night in Chi Black.
Dhs100, free for ladies before midnight. Doors open 9pm. Chi@The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Saturday 23 Gym deals at The Palace
Sign up for a three-month single or couples membership and get a reduced summer rate of Dhs1,800 for singles and Dhs3,000 for couples. Benefits include a free neck and shoulder massage, 20 per cent off all spa treatments and 15 per cent off at the hotel’s restaurants.
Until August 31. The Spa at The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).
Saturday 23 West Side Story closing night
This Spotlight Academy production of the classic musical combines the best of local talent with professionals from overseas. The show ends tonight, so see it while you can.
Tickets from Dhs135. 7.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com
Saturday 23 Deals and drinks at the Shangri-La
If you dine in either Marrakech or Amwaj at the Shangri-La this July, you’ll get 30 per cent off your entire bill. What’s more, if you arrive an hour before your confirmed reservation, you can enjoy free drinks – hops, grapes and mixed drinks. Offer continues until the end of July.
Prices vary. 7pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8888).
Sunday 24 New exhibitions at Traffic gallery
Two new shows have just opened at this large Al Quoz gallery. One focuses on the works of recent graduates from the University of Sharjah, and the other is a series of thought-provoking pieces produced by gallery owner Rami Farook. Expect a
bit of controversy.
Continues until August 31. Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Sunday 24 Go Goan at Handi
Goan celebrity chef Urbano de Rego will whip up some traditional dishes at Handi’s Goan food festival. The event continues until July 30.
Prices vary. Noon-3.30pm; 7pm-11.30pm. Handi, Taj Palace Hotel, Deira (04 211 3020).
Sunday 24 Play beach volleyball
Compete for fun in teams of six at these sessions, which also take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And yes, it is cool enough in the evenings!
Dhs450 per individual, Dhs3,200 per team to play until August 31. 7.30pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).
Sunday 24 Check out a new club night
Like chrome, black leather and hip hop? No, it’s not a bad music video, it’s Rone Jaxx’s new club night, Urban, at Pulse – and if all those things float your boat, what’s not to love?
Free. Open 10pm-3am. Pulse, Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai (04 358 2090)
Monday 25 Enjoy a discount massage at NStyle
Enjoy 15 per cent off a 50-minute reinvigorating aromatherapy massage – perfect for alleviating stress and relieving tension. Plus, if you spend Dhs300 at any of the salons, you’ll get a Dhs50 voucher to use on your next visit.
Dhs221 (normally Dhs260) Until August 26. Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 2616).
Monday 25 Eat healthily at Ember
Ember’s lunch menu features a selection of healthy gourmet dishes – tuna salad, spinach and truffle risotto and salmon, to name a few.
Dhs99. Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Mall, dine.dubai
firstname.lastname@example.org (04 438 8999).
Monday 25 Ribs and a pint at Loca
One of our favourite nights in Dubai – enjoy wickedly delicious ribs and hop-based beverages as part of this weekly deal.
Dhs75. 8pm. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
Tuesday 26 Last chance to win big prizes
Head to The Dubai Mall or Dubai Marina Mall and spend Dhs300 or more, pop to the information desk to enter and you could win Dhs15,000 this week, or the grand prize of a Dhs50,000 luxury holiday. Fingers crossed!
Until July 31. The Dubai Mall (800 38 224 6255); Dubai Marina Mall
(04 436 1000).
Tuesday 26 Test your brain at Nelson’s pub quiz
Ever bore your friends to tears with your encyclopedic knowledge of useless nonsense? Now you have another outlet for putting this dubious character trait to good use – and you might just win something.
Free. From 8pm. Nelson’s Bar, Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000).
Tuesday 26 Ladies’ discounts at Pisces
Every Tuesday until the end of August, each lady will earn their table 10 per cent off the total bill. The deal is limited to a 50 per cent discount, so round up five ladies and eat for half price.
Prices vary. 7pm-11.30pm. Pisces, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Wednesday 27 Cheap family breaks at Atlantis
The Magic Family Moments package includes a night in a deluxe room, a Dhs800 restaurant voucher, unlimited access to Aquaventure waterpark and a two-for-one massage at ShuiQi spa.
Dhs1,495 per person (valid only when booking with a Mastercard). Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1000).
Wednesday 27 Unlimited golf at Arabian Ranches
For golf enthusiasts who also have a penchant for skiving off work (or have too much time on their hands), Arabian Ranches Golf Club is offering unlimited golf from Sunday to Wednesday – as many holes as you like, at any time. You can also pay Dhs60 for unlimited balls at the driving range.
Dhs255 per daily session (visitors), Dhs145 (members). 6am-5pm. Arabian Ranches Golf
Club (04 366 3000).
Wednesday 27 Eat for half price at Spectrum on One
Until August 31, diners can bag a 50 per cent discount on the à la carte menu, which covers a feast of culinary options.
Prices vary. 6.30pm-1am. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).