See how many you have ticked off our ultimate to-do list
Time Out Dubai Staff
The problem with Dubai is that there’s often too much to do, which can cripple its go-getting residents with choice anxiety. Need a little help deciding how to spend the first public holiday of the year? The birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) falls on Saturday February 4 (which means a day off work on Sunday), and in celebration we’ve rounded up 101 essential things to keep you busy (listed in no particular order), from budget eats to blow-out brunches, museums to makeovers, all selected by our expert team. Some are already renowned, while others you may not even know existed, but all go to show what a wonderful, diverse city we live in. All you need to do is start ticking them off.
Around Town 1 Take a Segway tour Why see Downtown Dubai using your puny human legs when you can cruise on a Segway? Dhs150 for 30 minutes. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (056 146 4093).
2 Tea and a flight Tour the city by seaplane and finish with tea and crumpets at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Approx Dhs1,325 per person. Lakeview, Dubai Creek Golf Club, Deira (04 807 0708).
3 Go for gold! Buy gold from a vending machine (because you can) at the Burj Khalifa. A 2.5g bar costs around Dhs540. www.burjkhalifa.ae.
4 Hop on the Big Bus Tour See Dubai’s sights and learn a fact or two while you’re at it. See this week’s magazine for details. Dhs240 for a 24-hour adult hop-on, hop-off ticket; Dhs100 for kids. Bus stops across Dubai, www.bigbustours.com.
5 See the Dubai Fountains Our favourite recent displays from the world’s tallest fountain include ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, complete with zombie-style movements. Daily 6.30pm-11pm, every 30 minutes. The Dubai Mall (04 362 7500).
6 Hire pedal buggies See the sights of Dubai Marina from the comfort of a four-seater buggy. Dhs40 for 30 minutes, plus Dhs50 deposit. Outside Dubai Marina Mall (no number).
7 Stay in a ski chalet The Kempinski’s ski chalet-style suites overlook the slopes of Ski Dubai, and inside there’s a toasty fire and free-standing bath to keep the chills at bay. Dhs14,000 per night for up to six people. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).
8 Spend a day taking photos It’s difficult not to take good photos of this amazing city. Our tip: set off about 5pm and head to the pier at Jumeirah Open Beach, by the running track, and shoot back at the city.
9 Read in the park Dubai boasts plenty of green spots to while away a sunny afternoon – our faves are Al Safa and Jumeirah Beach Park. Buy next week’s issue to read about our pick of the best green spots in the city.
10 Learn Arabic You’ll be surprised how much more you’ll get out of the local culture by learning a few words or taking a course in basic-level Arabic. Basic Arabic courses start at Dhs1,350 for 30 hours. Eton Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village (04 360 2955).
11 Take an abra ride or a dhow cruise Jump on a traditional boat to sample the bustle of the creek first-hand. Ride an abra between the Deira textile souk and Bur Dubai abra station, or hop on the Al Mansour Dhow to enjoy dinner as you sail. A one-way abra ride is Dhs1. Al Mansour Dhow dinner cruise Dhs185 per person.
12 Play backgammon and drink Arabic coffee Lebanese restaurant Reem Al Bawadi is a favourite for locals wanting to socialise over shisha and backgammon. Get involved! Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 7444).
13 Ride an indoor rollercoaster Just in case the flashing lights at the Sega Republic theme park weren’t nauseating enough, the SpinGear indoor rollercoaster will be sure to finish you off. Dhs140 for an all-day unlimited pass. The Dubai Mall (04 448 8484).
14 Night safari at Dubai Aquarium Strap on a head torch and marvel at nocturnal creatures during this new night tour at Dubai Aquarium’s Underwater Zoo. See if you can spot the elusive but beautiful carpet python during your trip. Dhs50. Open daily 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200).
15 Brush up on your history at Dubai Museum The number-one spot in the city for inquisitive visitors. Dhs2. Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm; Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm. Bur Dubai (04 353 1862).
16 Volunteer! Give something back by joining Volunteer In Dubai, a proactive organisation involved in a number of free local community-oriented schemes. www.volunteerindubai.com.
17 Stay in luxury for less Top hotels such as Atlantis often offer discounted packages for local residents. This February, you can enjoy a luxury spa-and-stay package at the iconic Palm Jumeirah hotel from Dhs2,315 per night for a double room. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
18 Meet the penguins at Ski Dubai Yes, really. www.skidxb.com (800 534 7873).
Sport & Outdoor
19 Drive a fast car that
No, we’re not advocating joyriding; rather a special course to boost your skills and confidence by driving Audi TTs and R8s.
Dhs950 (advanced driving experience), Dhs2,450 (sports car experience). Audi Suite, Dubai Autodrome, Motor City (04 367 8700).
20 Run around like a lunatic at the Laserdome
The medieval castle scenery, glow-in-the-dark décor and artificial smoke machines add to the fun as you shoot your mates with lasers.
Dhs80 per person for 15 minutes. Next to Dubai Indoor Kartdrome, MotorCity,
www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 436 1320).
21 Spend a night in the desert
Don’t worry if you don’t own a tent, try an organised trip with Arabian Incentive.
Arabian Incentive offers a Bedouin Oasis experience in Ras Al Khaima, costing Dhs340 per person per night. Pick-up and drop-off available at extra cost. www.arabianincentive.com (04 266 6020).
22 Watch camel racing
Witness robotic jockeys racing camels… as
you do. To find the race track, follow the E66 road past the Sevens, take the Al Lisali exit, turn right, then take the first right, follow the road until you reach a grandstand, continuing to the right, and then left until you reach the second stadium.
Free. 7.30am and 2pm. Call to confirm race days. Al Marmoom Racetrack, Dubai-Al Ain Road (04 832 6526).
23 Learn to drive off-road
Get to grips with manoeuvring your
4WD in the sand dunes with the help of Nomad 4x4.
Dhs750 for a day’s lesson.
Nomad 4x4 (04 450 2429).
24 Play soapy soccer Slip and slide around the inflatable pitch as you try to find your footing. Hilarious fun guaranteed. Free. Jumeirah Beach Road, near Saga World (no number).
25 Dive with sand tiger sharks
Don some scuba gear, jump into Dubai Aquarium and peer into the eyes of these (well-fed!) creepy creatures.
Dhs825 for beginners, Dhs625 for PADI-certified divers. The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200).
26 Learn to paddleboard
This more accessible version of surfing is a great way to improve core strength, as well as tour Dubai’s waterways.
Dhs125 for a paddleboard tour around the Burj Al Arab. Surf School UAE, www.surfschooluae.com.
27 Go skiing, even in summer
Ski Dubai – the huge indoor ski slope slapped onto the side of a mall – is an experience that sums up the city (weird, wonderful and a lot of fun). All gear is provided, but bring gloves.
Dhs180 for a two-hour ski pass. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, www.skidxb.com.
28 Play crazy golf What it lacks in size, Jebel Ali Golf Resort’s mini-golf course compensates for with a simple, fun and colourful layout. Dhs20 per person to play crazy golf. Day entry rates to enter resort apply. Jebel Ali Golf Resort (04 814 5555).
30 Have a skateboard lesson
Recreate the antics of Steve Caballero by taking lessons at The Rage Bowl.
Group lessons from Dhs100 per hour.
Rage, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1549).
31 Skydive… indoors
Feel the thrill of skydiving without the acrophobia by braving iFly’s huge wind tunnel.
Dhs195 (first-time flyers). iFly,
Mirdif City Centre (04 231 6292).
32 Skydive… for real
Fling yourself out of a plane (attached to an instructor and a parachute) and see The Palm from a bird’s eye perspective, 13,000ft up.
Dhs1,700 for a tandem jump. Skydive Dubai, www.skydivedubai.com (050 153 3222).
33 Ice skate with no ice
The Arabian Center is made of synthetic ice, which is 10 per cent less slippery than the genuine stuff – perfect for beginners.
Dhs25 per person. Arabian Center, Khawaneej Road, Mirdif (04 284 5555).
34 Get swinging
Head to Emirate Hills driving range and spend a few hours thwacking balls (extra points if you manage to hit the distance markers).
From Dhs35 for a bucket of balls; club hire from Dhs10. Open daily 6.45am-10pm. Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).
35 Hire a kayak
Paddle out to sea or work your way across JBR beach.
Single kayaks Dhs50 per hour; doubles Dhs75 per hour. Nautica 1992, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (050 426 2415).
36 Put pedal to metal
The Autodrome’s kart facilities (indoor and outdoor) boast plenty of sharp corners and chicanes. Alternatively, cars are cleared from the main circuit every Wednesday to make way for joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers at the weekly Cycle Safe sessions.
Karting: Dhs110 for a 15-minute session. Open Tue-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 9am-12.30am; Sat 9am-10pm. Cycle Safe sessions: free. Wed 6pm-9pm. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity (04 367 8744).
37 Get fit with Nike Run Club
PTX’s professional coaches host free weekly training sessions for novices to experienced runners.
Free. Tuesdays 6.45pm at Dubai Festival City; Fridays 7.45am at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, Saturdays 7am at Al Fattan Towers, JBR. www.facebook.com/NikeRunningMiddleEast.
38 Compete in a triathlon
Missed out on the Dubai Marathon? Take part in the AeroFit Triathlon in Ghantoot
on Friday February 24 instead.
Dhs220. Register by Friday February 17 at
39 See Maradona in action
Watch legendary Argentinian player turned average manager Diego Maradona stride the touchlines as his Al Wasl side take on local rivals Bani Yas.
Dhs10. 8pm, Thursday February 9. Zabeel Stadium, Oud Metha Road, near Wafi (04 324 3333).
40 Shoot your mates
Gun down friends or colleagues with a paintball session (warning: point-blank shots are ridiculously painful).
From Dhs90 per session. Booking required. Pursuit Games Paintball, between Wonderland Theme
Park and Children’s City, Garhoud,
www.paintballdubai.com (04 324 4755).
41 Try dragon boating
Get out on the water each morning
and meet new people, or compete in
UAE-wide dragon boat competitions.
www.dubaidragonboat.com (050 763 4008).
42 Feel the need for speed
Race dune buggies across the desert – an exhilarating way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Dhs325 for 45-minute buggy session, Dhs425 for 60 minutes. 8.30am
or 2.30pm. Desert Rangers (050 276 8111).
43 Bowl at Al Nasr Leisureland
This eight-lane alley is a favourite in Dubai, and it’s licensed, so is a great way to spend
the 4pm to 6pm post-brunch lull.
Dhs100 per lane per hour (minimum six people). Open daily 4pm-midnight. Al Nasr Leisureland,
Oud Metha (04 337 1234).
44 Take the Leap of Faith
This 27.5m-tall and 61m-long near-vertical waterslide at Aquaventure has to be tried at least once. If the drop doesn’t put your heart in your mouth, the journey through the shark tank might.
Dhs140 for an adult day pass, Dhs115 for kids. Open daily 10am-sunset. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 000).
Food 45 Dine at the world’s highest restaurant Head to At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa: the new lunch menu is more affordable than the à la carte options, and there are promos on this month to celebrate the venue’s first birthday. Dhs390 for three courses. Daily 12.30pm-3pm. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3828).
46 Try camel meat Head to Yemeni restaurant Zaina for a camel burger – or a shawarama or kebab, if you’d prefer. Dhs25. Rose Garden Apartments, Barsha (04 325 6100).
47 Enjoy a barbecue feast on a floating doughnut Grab a group of friends and hop on these mechanised doughnut-shaped dinghies, complete with DIY barbecue stations. From Dhs1,200 for six people for two hours. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 380 1234).
48 Blow it all on brunch Go all out at one of the city’s Friday bubbly brunches. Our favourites? Try Traiteur for classic French food, or Zuma for Japanese treats. Traiteur, Dhs595 with bubbly. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222). Zuma, Dhs550 with bubbly. DIFC (04 425 5660).
49 Picnic at the polo There aren’t many places in the world where the sport of kings is so accessible. Catch the Nexus Valentine’s Cup on Friday February 10. Dhs100 per car; brunch Dhs275 (selected beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Palmero, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
50 Eat at the city’s favourite curry house Feast like a king on Ravi’s butter chicken and rice with garlic naan for Dhs32. Bargain. Ravi’s, off Rydges Plaza roundabout, Satwa (04 331 5353).
51 Shop at the fish market If you can stand the pungent smell, you’ll be able to snap up the freshest fish in town. Daily 4.30am-noon. Near Al Shindagha Tunnel, Deira (no number).
52 Snap up farm-fresh veg If you’re not quite ready to take on the smell of the fish market, try Dubai Farmers’ Market, which offers locally grown produce at affordable prices. Fridays 9am-3pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856).
53 Treat yourself to a decadent dessert The main courses at French restaurant STAY by Yannick Alleño are sublime, but the desserts, prepared by pastry chef Marie Wucher, are something else. Try the vanilla, coffee and chocolate soft tart – heaven. One&Only The Palm (04 440 1010).
54 Learn to cook Bored of eating beans on toast? Become a sushi master at Nobu, concoct spicy Thai specialities at Thai Kitchen, or prepare the perfect Argentinian barbecue at Asado. Nobu. Dhs1,250, including bubbly lunch (04 426 2626). Thai Kitchen, from Dhs350 (04 602 1234). Asado, from Dhs295 (04 428 7971).
55 Sup afternoon tea in a seven-star hotel Try the Burj Al Arab’s ‘Ultimate Afternoon Tea’ at Sahn Eddar, served at the base of the world’s tallest atrium. You’ll get delectable finger sandwiches and cakes, plus (for an extra Dhs25) a glass of bubbly. From Dhs350. Daily 1pm-6pm. Burj Al Arab (04 301 7600).
56 Eat Michelin-starred food for less Head to Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire to fill up on some of Dubai’s finest fare without completely emptying your wallet: present your Time Out City Card to get a 20 per cent discount on food and soft drinks. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1111). Sign up for your free Time Out City Card at www.timeoutdubai.com/citycard.
57 Try Dubai’s best coffee Local brand RAW offers a wonderful selection of blends, prepared by an award-winning barista. RAW Coffee, Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 553 6808).
58 Dinner at the races Why wait until Dubai World Cup when you can head down for a track-view dinner nearly every weekend? The next races are on Friday February 3 at 3pm, or Thursday February 9 at 6.30pm. Dinner Dhs250 per person (includes half a bottle of grape). Farrier’s, The Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3111).
59 Get to know your grape Asado is offering guests the chance to taste four different grapes from different parts of the world. Dhs220. Asado, The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
60 Eat fresh fish by the beach Bu Qtair, a beach-shack restaurant complete with plastic chairs, is the ideal spot to try the catch of the day and watch the sun set. From Dhs60. Take the road next to McDonald’s on Jumeirah Beach Road, close to Burj Al Arab (no number).
61 Try yum cha at Hukama A more laid-back variation of brunch, yum cha is a Cantonese weekend tradition (think tea and dim sum). Dhs145. Fri noon-3pm. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8928).
62 Have afternoon tea while cruising the creek Bateaux Dubai, the city’s favourite dinnertime cruise, is now offering a refined afternoon tea. Dhs75 (canapés, tea and coffee). Board at 3pm for 3.30pm departure; cruise lasts 45 minutes. Dubai Creek, in front of the British Embassy, Bur Dubai (04 399 4994).
63 Tackle the Tomahawk Challenge Stuff yourself with 2kg of steak and 300g of fries in less than an hour. Why? Because if you eat the lot, you won’t have to pay for it. Dhs690 (or free if you complete the challenge). Terra Firma, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
64 Arrive at a bar by boat Have an aperitif at the slick Jetty Lounge at the One&Only Royal Mirage before taking the boat across to even slicker Mediterranean restaurant and bar 101 on The Palm. Free. Every hour 1pm-5pm; every 30 minutes 5pm-midnight. Jetty Lounge, One&Only Royal Mirage (04 399 9999). 101, One&Only The Palm (04 440 1030).
65 Arabic dinner and a show at Khan Murjan This beautiful underground (yet open-air) restaurant offers the quintessential Middle Eastern dining experience. From Dhs200 for a meal for two. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 327 9795).
Music & Nightlife 66 Dance on a yacht You don’t have to be a millionaire to quaff bubbly on a boat – offers a range of yacht sizes for private charter, costing from Dhs1,200 per hour for a 12-capacity boat to Dhs3,500 for a vessel that can take 35 guests. For an even bigger bash, a house boat, with space for 80 revellers, costs Dhs5,000 an hour (that’s Dhs66 each). Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina (04 432 7233).
67 Enjoy creekside shisha QD’s is one of the city’s least pretentious shisha venues, with a real melting-pot vibe and great views of Dubai Creek. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
68 Party all over The World The first public visit to The World (remember those little sand islands just off the Dubai coast?) will take place this month, with an exclusive nightclub opening on Lebanon island. Royal Island Beach Club opening soon – keep an eye on future issues of Time Out for details.
69 Step back in time at Jebel Ali Club Expect lived-in decor, cheap drinks, a decent jukebox and a glimpse of what the Dubai expat social scene was like 30 years ago. Jebel Ali Village, past Jebel Ali Primary School (04 884 6628).
70 See a Russian cabaret Drink, dine and be entertained like a tsar at new Russian supper club Tchaikovsky’s, which offers a traditional Russian dance show every evening, plus a few more modern numbers. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (055 168 9151).
71 Sing your heart out The hush-hush karaoke joint above China Sea restaurant offers a typical Chinese experience in the heart of Deira. Al Maktoum Street, Deira (04 295 9816).
72 Order a fruity mixed drink at Mahiki This notorious Polynesian-themed nightspot, a celebrity-friendly import from London, is already the talk of the town, and it’s only been open six weeks. Expect plenty of Hawaiian shirts, plus bartending skills to rival Tom Cruise in Cocktail. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
73 Check out Filipino nightlife Kitakits Kafé & Klubb is a thriving place to get down with the Pinoy party people, with live music most nights from resident covers band Resound. Marco Polo Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 272 0000).
74 Saddle up at Stables This brand-new horse-themed gastropub’s homely vibe mixes Royal Ascot with the feel of a Swiss ski lodge. Expect to see former Man U footballer Lee Sharpe propping up the bar most evenings (he tells us it’s his favourite venue in the city). Sheikh Zayed Road, above Fibber Magee’s (04 342 5571).
75 Hear a mélange of local music Dubai’s cosmopolitan composition makes it the perfect place for musicians to meld traditions and genres. Local label The Fridge often showcase diverse talent. The Fridge, Al Quoz, www.thefridgedubai.com (04 347 7793).
76 Spend a lazy afternoon in a pub garden The Irish Village boasts what is possibly Dubai’s best pub-like drinking garden. You can even bring your pooch. The Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
77 Ladies: get free drinks The fairer sex enjoy discounted drinks on week nights at many bars across the city. For tipples with a spectacular view of the Burj Al Arab, iconic venue 360˚ serves two-for-one drinks every Tuesday. Free entry. Tues 8pm-11pm. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 5999).
78 Spot a C-list celeb Dubai is a haven for ex-footballers (Trevor Sinclair frequents Dubai Marina Yacht Club), holidaying footballers (Wayne Rooney stayed at the Burj Al Arab), British pop stars (Lisa from Steps is now a local DJ), and reality TV stars (The Only Way is Essex crew party at, erm, Zinc). Celeb-spotters can be sure there will be a gaggle of C-listers mooching at most high-profile events.
79 Have one last drink at The Red Lion The Metropolitan Hotel is likely to be demolished in June, but we suggest you head down for one last pint at The Red Lion (aka Dubai’s oldest pub) and i2 (possibly the city’s smallest club) soon. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 0000).
80 Dance on the sand Beach festival Sandance should be tried at least once. The next big event, on Friday March 9, features Snow Patrol and Calvin Harris. Dhs250. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).
81 Test your brain at a quiz There are plenty of pub quizzes around town, so conquer them all with your brainy friends. Start with Fibber Magee’s, which features music, photo and Plasticine rounds. Free. Tue 8pm. Fibber Magee’s, behind Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
82 Bargain drinks at the Yacht Club Never did a pint at the end of the working week have such a great marina backdrop. Happy hour every night from 6pm-8pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).
83 Bar-crawl through the Madinat Jumeirah Everything is within walking distance, and there are enough bars to make a night of it. Start at Jambase, head down to BarZar via Left Bank, pop into Trader Vic’s and see if you can make it to The Agency. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888).
Art & culture 84 Try aerial silk acrobatics Make like an extra on Cirque du Soleil and learn the art of aerial silk (aka dangling gracefully from a suspended piece of fabric). Dhs100 per class. Sat 2pm-3.30pm. Art Sawa, Road 323, Al Quoz (04 340 8660).
85 Watch a blockbuster movie in five-star luxury The Platinum Suite at Reel Cinemas is the business class of cinema-going: it includes huge reclining chairs, pillows, blankets and a personal butler on call. It’s even better than Vox’s Gold Class. Dhs120. Reel Cinemas, The Dubai Mall (04 449 1988).
86 Tour DIFC’s galleries Take a cultural afternoon stroll through the galleries around Dubai’s Financial Centre, including Opera Gallery and Ayyam. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909). Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (04 323 6242).
87 See the world through the eyes of Dubai labourers This Gulf Photo Plus photography exhibition documents the life of workers in Sijja labour camp in Sharjah, after they were abandoned by their employer. Until February 16. Gulf Photo Plus, Warehouse D36, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
88 A night at the theatre There are a number of great shows coming up at the First Group Theatre in the Madinat Jumeirah. Now showing: the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s creepy stalker tale Misery, starring Brit celeb Darren Day. From Dhs140. Daily at 8pm; matinee on February 2, 3, 7, 10, 11 at 2pm. Until February 11. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com.
89 Join a photography trip to Musandam Learn how to shoot the region’s most remarkable sights,. This workshop can be customised, and could include a trip to Bastakiya, Musandam or Bab Al Shams. Prices from Dhs100. Edventure Travel (050 715 9457).
Shopping & Style
90 Buy weird and wonderful stuff at DragonMart
We’ve picked up huge paintings for less than Dhs100 at this huge Chinese trading hub, and have been eyeing the antique gramophones for a while now.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu 10am-11pm; Fri 2pm-11pm. Near International City, Oman-Hatta Road (04 428 5665).
91 Treat yourself to a bespoke suit (or dress) A custom suit or dress is a relatively affordable luxury in Dubai (approximately Dhs1,500 for a two-piece), thanks to the generous number of tailors in the area. Try Kachins, Khalid Bin Waleed Road (04 352 1246), or Dream Girls for dresses, opposite Emirates Bank, Satwa (04 349 5945).
92 Buy David Beckham’s pants Well, almost. The football icon’s bodywear line for H&M, featuring men’s briefs, lands in stores this month. H&M, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 330 8327).
93 Commission a pair of custom-made shoes
Al Fareed Shoes will make you a pair of jewelled slippers in five days.
From Dhs150. Musalla Road, opposite Special Ostadi Restaurant, Bur Dubai (04 359 2862).
94 Wander the souks
Spend an evening mooching around the textile souk in Bur Dubai, where you can snap up beautiful fabric perfect for shirts and dresses.
Open daily from 4pm. Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai (no number).
Body & Mind 95 Get scrubbed in the region’s biggest hammam There are acres of warmed marble in the tepidarium, gently tinkling fountains and therapists on standby to scrub you into oblivion. Treatments start at Dhs325. Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).
96 Have an old-school shave Metrosexual gents can scrub up with a special shave at men’s spa 1847, which involves a face massage, pre-shave oil and plenty of special products to leave you smooth and stubble-free. Dhs115. The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0252).
97 Enjoy a couples’ spa treatment The ultimate treat for the pair of you, and a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
98 Learn a few hip-hop and ragga dance moves
Get into shape while picking up a new skill, which you can then put into practice on the dancefloor. Dhs80 per class, Dhs350 for a package of five.
Studio 106, Icon Tower, TECOM (04 450 8476).
99 Get a makeover Learn how to apply make up like a professional with personal beauty sessions at Make Up For Ever’s concept boutique. From Dhs75 for half an hour. Make Up For Ever, The Dubai Mall (04 325 3496).
100 Try a bargain mani-pedi For many this is already a monthly tradition, but if not, make the most of Dubai’s cheap manicures and pedicures. We like N-Style (Dhs140 for a classic mani-pedi). Ladies only. Various locations including The Walk at JBR (04 437 0270).
101 Have a henna tattoo We suggest you head into Oud Metha and enter one of the (ladies-only) beauty salons for some authentic body art. From Dhs40. Aroushi Beauty Salon, Oud Metha (04 336 2794).
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Roman May 31, 2012 02:07 pm
Yes, make a list please.
liz May 15, 2012 07:00 am
I agree - I just don't have all day to flick through all the pages!! Please make into a list
Asbed Kar Apr 24, 2012 05:55 pm
I got to #27 & I'm tired !
I loved the list literally loved couple of the ideas BUT the design of flipping page by page is sooo annoying !
It does give the website more clicks BUT makes you lose interest...
Maria Apr 23, 2012 01:36 pm
I would totally agree with the previous comment!!!
"The way that you have these lists as a gallery that you have to flick through is slow (and sort of annoying). Especially when they are 100+ pages! Can you go back to making them as lists? It also makes it more user friendly if you want to scroll back to any of them."
MKTL Apr 10, 2012 06:36 am
The way that you have these lists as a gallery that you have to flick through is slow (and sort of annoying). Especially when they are 100+ pages! Can you go back to making them as lists? It also makes it more user friendly if you want to scroll back to any of them.