From top restaurants to happy hours, make the most of Dubai summer
Time Out Dubai staff
We’ve been building up to the heat of summer for a while, but now’s the time when the mercury is soaring (we’re talking highs of 45˚C and 80 percent humidity) and many Dubai residents are running indoors for cover during the day, at least. To help you keep your cool, we’ve drawn up a comprehensive, fun and functional guide to surviving the season’s trials – remember, despite the temperatures, there’s still plenty of fun to be had, food to be eaten and great nights out to enjoy. We’ve also provided some style and health tips (and even a brief lesson in feng shui for those who refuse to leave their apartment).
Dining Out Don’t let the scorching sun come between you and your gourmet mores. We round up five new restaurants to try Asia Republic As the old adage goes, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen – which is why we’ll happily watch the chefs do their thing in Asia Republic’s open kitchen. The restaurant is the latest addition to Atlantis’s catalogue of restaurants and offers a selection of dishes from across Asia (the clue is in the name), allowing guests to tuck in to a varied selection of delicacies including Singaporean curry laksa, Vietnamese prawn lettuce cups and Cantonese roasted fragrant duck with plum sauce. Be sure to save some room for the wok-fried red-bean pancake with black sesame ice cream. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).
Don Corleone The cult Italian favourite, previously located at the now-defunct Metropolitan Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, has found a new home at the Metropolitan Hotel Deira. Decked out like an old-school trattoria from as many Hollywood mafia films as you can imagine, Don Corleone certainly looks the part, and promises to dish up simple and fun options for a rustic and uncomplicated Italian meal. If you fancy escaping to Italy over summer but can’t afford a plane ticket, this cheap-and-cheerful option is a sure-fire bet. Metropolitan Deira Hotel (04 295 9171).
Rossovivo Pizzeria Now open in the up-and-coming Business Bay district, we have high expectations that Rossovivo Pizzeria will prove to be a pizza place like no other in Dubai. The restaurant prides itself on being all Italian in concept and execution, and looks as though it will punch above the normal Dubai weight in terms of authenticity. Naples is the home of pizza and Rossovivo aims to do things the Neapolitan way, from the traditional brick oven (and the Italian craftsmen who came to Dubai especially to build it) to the Neapolitan chef tasked with keeping an eye on the kitchen. Fingers crossed that a slice of pizza at Rossovivo will make it well worth heading out of the house. Millennium Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 380 5833).
Trader Vic’s The fourth (and largest) Dubai-based outlet of Polynesian-themed bar and restaurant chain Trader Vic’s is due to open in Dubai Festival City around mid-July (the exact date is still TBA). As well as the bar’s staple tiki dishes, the new venue will introduce a Japanese-style sushi bar. However, Trader Vic’s is most famous for its mixed drinks and, aside from usual favourites, there will be an all-new mocktail menu, featuring creations such as the Coral Reef (coconut, pineapple, mango and strawberries), as an antidote to the heat of summer. Dubai Festival City (www.tradervics.com).
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Tea is reputed to be a cooling drink and, while we have our collective doubts about the science behind it, we’re willing to try anything to cool down. The newly opened TWG Tea Salon & Boutique in The Dubai Mall offers premium leaf teas to brew at home from old-school-style apothecary counters, or you can dine in for breakfast or lunch on dishes that use tea creatively in the recipes (try the Singapore breakfast tea ice cream or green tea vinaigrette). The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 325 3857).
Eating In Broaden your culinary repertoire over summer with these cookbooks
Appetite by Nigel Slater Perfect for renegade cooks (and those with a limited summer store cupboard), Appetite actively encourages adapting, improvising and breaking the recipe rules. Dhs130. Kinokuniya, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0111).
Around the World in 80 Dishes by David Loftus Escape the Dubai heat and make a quick getaway through your kitchen, with this new collection of global recipes from well-known chefs. Dhs158. Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4353).
The Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal Not so much a manual (unless you splash out on complex ingredients), more the ultimate in food indulgence for the eye. Dhs280. BooksPlus, Dubai Festival Centre (04 232 5563).
The Family Meal by Ferran Adrià From the master of molecular gastronomy, learn realistic recipes for everyday cooking, including an ingenious Spanish tortilla made with crisps. Dhs163. Kinokuniya, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0111).
The Icecreamists: Boutique Ice Creams and Other Guilty Pleasures by Matt O’Connor Cool down with a collection of outlandish (and sometimes outrage-inducing) ice-cream flavours from this trendy London-based boutique. Dhs107. Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4353).
Staying healthy in the sun Summer can play havoc with your health, whether it’s an increased chance of becoming dehydrated or dry skin from the constant A/C. We asked the experts for their top wellbeing tips
Haircare ‘After washing your hair, you should apply conditioner only to the tips, to close the cuticle,’ explains Emine Funk, head stylist and manager at Dubai salon VOG Color Your Life. ‘If the hair’s cuticle is open, it absorbs the humidity easily and becomes frizzy. You should also protect your hair with sunblock spray or nourishing hair treatments that can be left in while you bathe. Finally, don’t over-process your hair during summer. Straightening and colouring at the same time can cause brittle hair and lead to breakage.’
Skincare ‘Drink plenty of water – it’s crucial for skin hydration,’ says Silkor skincare centre manager Samar Maatouk. She explains that vitamin C supplements and facials are good for people whose skin is already sun-damaged, and advises people to have a deep peel once a year. If you become sunburnt, apply antioxidants to the skin quickly – products containing vitamin E, C and green tea are a good place to start. They will help to neutralise the free radicals attacking your skin, which can cause premature ageing.
Diet In hotter months, stay hydrated by eating foods with a high water content, such as melons, grapefruits and tomatoes – the latter also helps sunburn. Avoid overdoing it on salty foods: pizzas are the worst offenders, even though you might not be able to taste it (salt is often hidden in the sauce). A takeaway pizza can contain up to three times as much salt as a frozen pizza from the supermarket.
Keep cool when the heat is on Five essential products to help you stay fresh in the heat Kanebo Sensai intensive hair mask Treat dry, damaged hair with this nourishing formula. Dhs256. Available at Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates (04 340 7575).
L’Occitane Sorbet Verbena Body Ice Gel Zesty lemon and fresh mint oils ensure this body gel smells as delightful as it feels. Dhs129. Available at L’Occitane, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0891).
Bioderma travel kit Contains travel-sized cleanser, ultra-rich soap, moisturising cream and SPF100 sun protection. Dhs145. Available in all good pharmacies.
Elemis sun protection liquid layer SPF30 Make sure your skin stays young. Dhs198. Available at Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5333).
Benefit ‘the POREfessional’ Minimise the appearance of pores during summer with this lightweight, oil-free balm. Dhs129. Available from Faces, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 8630).
Stay active! It’s summer, and they think it’s all over... it certainly isn’t. There are still plenty of sports in which to take part
Athletics Keep training throughout the warmer months at Dubai American Academy, which hosts athletics nights twice a week throughout the summer for athletes of all abilities. Track and field instructors are on hand at every session to offer coaching tips. Dhs40. Tue, Sun 5.30pm-6.30pm. Dubai American Academy, Barsha (050 225 7024).
Basketball Local league organiser Duplays is hosting three-on-three basketball tournaments on Friday July 13 and Saturday 14 – one for men, and one for women. There will be two men’s divisions, one women’s competition and a mixed division. Dhs250 per player (men’s division A), Dhs100 (all other divisions). Fri 4pm-7pm, Sat 5pm-7pm. July 13-14. www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Golf There are plenty of offers across town on nine- and 18-hole rounds, and don’t forget Dubai Golf’s summer series – the second fixture is on Saturday July 14 at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Dhs375 (visitor), Dhs275 (EGF member). 1.30pm shotgun start. Until August 25. email@example.com (04 380 1234).
Martial arts Mixed martial arts, muay thai, Brazilian jiujitsu and boxing are just a handful of the classes offered by the TECOM branch of MMA Fitness Centre. See website for timings. From Dhs499 a month for unlimited classes. Pacific Building, TECOM, www.mmafitnesscenter (04 367 5077).
Riding Most of Dubai’s equestrian centres offer evening lessons, including Desert Palm Riding School. Alternatively, try a desert ride in Mushrif Park with Mushrif Equestrian Club. Desert Palm group lesson Dhs175, private lessons from Dhs240. Desert Palm, Al Awir Road (050 451 7773). Mushrif Park rides, Dhs300 for 90 minutes. Daily 5pm-9pm. Mushrif Park, Mirdif (04 257 1256).
More sports... Alternatively, there’s all the action at Dubai Sports World in Dubai World Trade Centre until Friday August 31, as well as leagues such as Frisbee and volleyball still ongoing. www.dubaisportsworld.ae, www.duplays.com.
Summer Sporting Accessories Adidas Clima Generation Y These women’s trainers are from the new breathable range. Dhs435 at Adidas, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0603).
Adidas t-shirt Stay cool in this dry-fit training top. Dhs155 at Adidas, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0603).
Maui Jim sunglasses Offering a snug fit ideal for watersports. Dhs1,008 at Al Jaber Optical, Festival City (04 232 6446).
CamelBak A water reservoir backpack is ideal for keeping you hydrated. From Dhs300 for 1.5 litre at InterSport, Festival City (04 206 6576).
Relay shorts by Marika These lightweight shorts will keep you cool, with soft fabric to prevent chafing. Dhs135 at www.shemovesonline.com.
Embrace summer in style Personal shopper and stylist Dina Yassin helps you maintain your style integrity during the hotter months
Skirt, was Dhs630, now dhs375, pencey standard at West LA Boutique ‘Wear bright neon colours to spice up your style and brighten your mood.’
Men’s trousers, Dhs1,163, Mr Porter ‘White is timeless, clean, crisp, pristine and elegant, and keeps you cool and fresh.’
Lace dress, Dhs1,585, DKNY ‘Choose fabrics that will keep you comfortable and breezy due to their ventilation, such as linen, lace, eyelets or seersucker, a thin cotton fabric that is often checkered or striped.’
Sunglasses, Dhs1,250, Ermenegildo Zegna ‘Sunglasses are the most functional accessory you’ll ever own. They help protect you from UVA and UVB rays, and they add flavour to your look.’
Bangle, was Dhs525, now Dhs260, Marc by Marc Jacobs at My-wardrobe.com ‘Chunky bangles in different sizes, textures and colours will add drama to your look.’
Espadrilles, were Dhs325, now Dhs195, hudson at my-wardrobe.com ‘Gents: espadrille flats are comfy and cool, and allow your feet to breathe.’
Hat, Dhs195, Bebe ‘Wear an oversized hat to protect you from the sun’s rays and keep you cool.’
Shirt, Dhs95, New look ‘Whether styled over a camisole or a cropped top, a sheer blouse will keep you fresh and make a statement.’
Top household accessories Give your home an extra edge with these three must-have products
Storage box, Dhs55 each, Home Centre Organise your life and give your room a vintage twist.
Wood mirror, Dhs899, Crate & Barrel There are many ways to bring nature inside: make a statement with this rustic driftwood mirror.
Plant pots, Crate & Barrel Bring lush greenery into your home and pot indoor plants in these classic, clean white pots.
Pouffe, Dhs2,190, O’De Rose Add Arabic flair to your living room with this quirky pouffe featuring an old-school vintage Pepsi advert.
Candle, Dhs75, Zara Home Create a pleasant atmosphere indoors and light candles to give your dinner party that ‘wow’ factor. (Don’t forget to blow them out.)
Game on Try this all-new electronic entertainment to distract you until October
Sims 3 Diesel Stuff Create a virtual dream pad by styling Sims and their homes in Diesel products. Dhs59 (PC only). Released July 15. Available at Virgin Megastore, Deira City Centre (04 295 8599).
Fifa 12 Platinum If it’s too hot to kick the ball around outside, practise your volleys and headers onscreen instead. DhsTBC (for PS3). Released July 6. Available at Virgin Megastore, Mercato Mall (04 344 6971).
Zumba Fitness 2 Stay fit with this aerobics game that combines the latest beats with Latino dance styles. Dhs299 (for Wii). Available at Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4353).