We present plenty of perfect excuses to leave the house this week
The sun is shining, daytime temperatures are currently floating around the 31˚C mark, night-time temperatures are a cooler 22˚C and Dubai is back to its glorious best. If you needed another reason to venture outdoors, we’ve listed some of the most exciting events taking place in the city this week, as well as new things to do around town, plus some quirky activities you may not have tried yet. Grab your sunglasses: we’ll see you outside.
Around town 1 Do yoga under the stars Holistic lifestyle organisation Liv2Lead is holding outdoor yoga classes at night, so you can stretch while stargazing. Dhs70. On the grass between Almas and Icon buildings, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (050 181 9527).
2 Have an outdoor spa treatment at Talise Sample Talise’s seasonal menu, which includes a full-body massage, all carried out in the outdoor garden area. From Dhs519. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).
3 Explore Art galleries on foot Alserkal Avenue is the place for any Dubaian in search of cultural sustenance, offering a gaggle of galleries that you can stroll between. Although it’s not technically ‘outdoors’, a promising new exhibition called ‘Any Resemblance to Actual Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental’ has just launched at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
4-5 Watch a double bill of outdoor cinema On Monday November 12, catch an outdoor screening of Rio at 7pm, followed by Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (featuring the Burj Khalifa!) at 9pm. Free; buffet available for Dhs75. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
6 Feed the stingrays Dhs175 (plus Dhs225 entry to Aquaventure). Atlantis The Palm (04 426 0000).
7 Go to the zoo Take a trip to Al Ain, where animals such as African wild dogs and giraffes roam free in this impressive reserve. Dhs15 (adults), Dhs5 (children). Open daily 9am-8pm. Al Ain City; follow signs to Al Ain Zoo (03 782 8188).
8 Buy food from Choithrams and picnic in The Greens The leafy Greens residential area near Sheikh Zayed Road features a series of small lakes lined with plenty of trees and park benches, where you can sit and gobble tasty snacks, crisps, sandwiches and more bought from the delicatessen at nearby Choithrams supermarket. Choithrams Town Centre, The Greens (04 885 2299).
9 Head out at dusk to take Dubai snaps Capture our photogenic, fast-changing city on camera. Time Out’s picture editor suggests heading out at 5.30pm for sharp sunset snaps. For inspiration, visit Foto Weekend 2012 on Wednesday November 7 until Saturday 10, www.gulfphotoplus.com.
10 Look cool on a Segway Take a tour of Downtown Dubai on one of these unusual two-wheeled contraptions, which can be rented from The Pavilion. The guides will teach you how to use them, before leading you on a tour of the area. From Dhs150 for 30 minutes. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (056 146 4093).
11 Have a barbecue Snap up one of Weber’s Smokey Joe portable barbecues from Dubai Garden Centre (prices start at Dhs288): the perfect way to cook in the sunshine. Make your barbecue all the more tasty by buying quality sausages from Prime Gourmet (from Dhs50). Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 340 0006); Prime Gourmet, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 5445).
12 Hire an abra and explore the creek Stroll up and down Dubai Creek, watching as dhows unload their cargo, before hiring an abra for you and your friends to enjoy a trip on the water (haggling recommended). Approximately Dhs120 per hour. RTA abra station near Bait Al Wakeel, Bur Dubai (no number).
13 Finally take the bus tour See the city via the Big Bus Tour – it has an open top, and stops off at the city’s top sights. You might even learn some history too. Dhs220 for a 24-hour ticket. Locations across Dubai, www.bigbustours.com (04 340 7709).
14-18 See the city by Dubai ferry For five great ways to explore the city by water (or race around on Jet Skis and in speedboats).
Desert activities 19 Spend a night in a Bedouin camp This impressive setup offers a barbecue dinner and a peaceful, relaxing environment. Much classier than alternative tours. Dhs340 per person, plus Dhs30 for pick-up from Dubai. Ras Al Khaimah, off Emirates Road, www.arabianincentive.com (04 266 6020).
20 Try full-moon desert drumming On Friday November 30, Dubai Drums is inviting people out to the desert for a spot of night-time drumming. Food provided. Dhs200 (adults); Dhs100 (children aged six to 13). From 6.30pm. Gulf Ventures Camp, Al Awir, www.dubaidrums.com.
21 Go dune-buggying Arabian Adventures offers specialised dune-buggying tours, so you can tear about the desert during the morning and be back in the city for lunch. From Dhs495 per person. Arabian Adventures (04 303 4888).
22 Do some off-roading Practise your driving skills on this two-hour desert jaunt. Dhs550 with your own vehicle, Dhs2,500 without. Bedouin Oasis car park, off Emirates Road, Ras Al Khaimah (04 266 6020).
Food and drink 23 eat on the grass at Blades picnic brunch Pick up a packed basket of treats and a picnic blanket and enjoy them on the lawn. Dhs265 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs525 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 701 1128).
24 Have a Friday barbecue at Rivington grill… Head outside onto the restaurant’s terrace, where you can tuck into barbecue classics. Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). Fri-Sat 12.30pm-4.30pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6464).
25 …or an Argentine-style feast at Kempinski on the Palm jumeirah… This regular evening deal serves Argentinian-style barbecue dishes. Dhs185 (food only), Dhs275 (house beverages). Thu-Sat 7pm-11pm. Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2501).
26 or an Italian barbecue at Rosso Sample grilled fish and meat, cooked the Italian way. Dhs189 (soft drinks). Sun 8pm-10.30pm. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk at JBR (04 428 3088).
27 eat good ‘street food’ at Zaroob This funky Middle-Eastern restaurant serves trendy fare on a small terrace on Sheikh Zayed Road that’s decorated with fairy lights. Jumeirah Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 327 6060).
28 Dinner on a doughnut Jump into one of these doughnut-shaped boats, complete with a barbecue and cool boxes full of food (a driver/chef is optional). From Dhs1,200 (six people). Daily noon-9pm. The Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
29 Drink at The Dek on 8 The newly launched terrace at Media One Hotel has a great after-work vibe on Thursday evenings. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
30 Have breakfast at Barasti You can now start the day in the same place you ended the previous evening, with a full English breakfast by the beach. Prices vary. Fri-Sat 9am-noon. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 318 1313).
31 Nobu’s Sunset Saturday Try mixed drinks and great food. Dhs450. Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626).
32 Eat and drink in style at The Terrace Every Friday and Saturday, enjoy two complimentary glasses of bubbly with every purchase of 100g of Imperial caviar. Prices from Dhs650. Fri-Sat 6pm-1.30am. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
33 Nomad’s picnic deal Grab a picnic basket and blanket and plonk yourself on the venue’s extensive grassy outdoor area (complete with duck pond). Dhs295 (food only), Dhs395 (selected house beverages). Daily noon-4pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8571).
34 Eat lunch at Nasimi’s Beachside restaurant and spend the day on the sand This Ibiza-style beach lounge serves international dishes and plays music. Spend Dhs150 and you can use a sunbed. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
35 Eat steak in the sun at the Meat Co. The Madinat Jumeirah branch of this steakhouse boasts an extensive outdoor terrace alongside the waterways. Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6040).
36 Take your pets to the Irish Village Sit in the garden and enjoy a drink with your four-legged friend (providing he or she is well behaved and kept on a leash). Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
37 Eat outside at Al Fanar This restaurant’s traditional Emirati menu is served amid an atmospheric, majlis-style outdoor area. Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City (04 232 9966).
Markets 38 Visit mirdif Flea Market The huge, family-friendly market is back on Friday November 9 with plenty of second-hand finds. Free. 3pm-8pm. Promenade Courtyard, Uptown Mirdif, www.dubai-fleamarket.com (055 452 6030).
39 Peruse global village Aside from funfairs and restaurants, this international theme park offers plenty of shopping opportunities, and makes a perfect evening out for families. Dhs10. Open daily 4pm-1am. Emirates Road, exit 37 (04 362 4114).
40 Shop at Marina Market Browse everything from artwork and accessories to interiors. Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-11pm. Behind Dubai Marina Mall, www.marinamarket.ae (04 325 5123).
41 Head to the new Ripe market Ripe’s weekly farmers’ market has reopened, selling a selection of locally sourced and organic produce. Every Sat 9am-1pm. The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 380 7602).
Park life 42 Ride a horse Canter across Mushrif Park and watch the sunset Dhs300 for 90 minutes. Mushrif Equestrian Club, Mushrif Park, Al Khawaneej Road (04 257 1256).
Visit one of Dubai’s many green spots… 43 Al Barsha Pond Park Stretch your legs on the 1.4km jogging and cycle tracks. The park also features tennis and basketball courts. Free. Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11.30pm. Enter from behind Emirates NBD and Al Mawakeb School (no number).
44 Al Mamzar Park Park facilities include plenty of barbecue stations, bicycle rentals and a half-pipe skate ramp. Oh, and there’s also a beach to lounge on. Dhs5 per person, free for kids under two, or Dhs30 per car. Open Sun-Wed 8am-11pm; Thu-Sat 8am-11.30pm. Al Khaleej Road, past Hamriya Port, Deira (800 900).
45 Al Quoz Pond Park This neighbourhood park comes complete with batting cages and jogging track. Free. Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11.30pm. Take the Nad Al Sheba exit from Sheikh Zayed Road, continue along the overpass and the park is on the sharp right (no number).
46 Burj Park This green space, located on a man-made island amid the Burj Khalifa lakes, offers an escape from the bustle of Downtown. With the Burj towering above, the setting is magnificent, making this a great place to walk the dog or, surprisingly, to skateboard. Free. Open 24 hours. Next to Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (800 36227).
47 Creekside Park This park features a long promenade overlooking the creek that’s perfect for walking and rollerblading. You can also ride the cable car. Dhs5 entry; cable cars Dhs25 per person. Open daily 8am-11pm. Between Maktoum and Garhoud Bridge, Bur Dubai (04 336 7633).
48 Mushrif Park This huge park is Dubai’s oldest and most bizarre – look out for World Village, which features miniature versions of the world’s most famous landmarks, and an impressive windmill. Al Khawaneej Road, Mirdif (04 288 3624).
49 Safa Park A popular spot for families, who head here for picnics, barbecues, a ride on the boating lake and a trip to the bird sanctuary. Dhs3, free for children under two. Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11.30pm. Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 349 2111).
50 Safa 2 Park Hidden away in suburban Al Safa 2, this is a downsized version of the giant Safa Park nearby – a hit with young families. Free. Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11.30pm. From SZR, turn onto Al Manara and turn right at the lights. On Al Wasl Road, take the first right, then right again – the park is on your left (no number).
51 Za’abeel Park There’s something very ‘Central Park’ about Za’abeel – perhaps it’s the ponds, bridges, boating lake and central location complete with city skyline views. There’s also a cricket pitch. Dhs5. Open Sat-Thu 9am-11pm; Fri 9am-11.30pm. Za’abeel Road, behind DIFC (04 398 6888).
Party 52 Get your November Sandance fix… There are fewer Sandance festivals this season, but the organisers have still managed to pull out all the stops by booking the Stereophonics and Newton Faulkner to play on Friday November 9. Dhs275-450. 2pm-2am. Atlantis The Palm, www.timeouttickets.com.
53 …or see trance giants Above & Beyond the night before Last seen headlining Sandance’s Yew Year’s Eve bash last year, trance kings Above & Beyond return to Sandance Beach on Thursday November 8. Dhs150 in advance, Dhs200 on the door. 7pm-2am. Sandance Beach, Atlantis The Palm, www.timeouttickets.com.
54 Chill on the Aurora Lounge terrace On Friday November 9, the impressive and oft-overlooked Aurora Lounge and Terrace relaunches. Open daily 6pm-3am. Hues Boutique Hotel, Deira (04 236 5566).
55 Remember to go to ‘Do You Remember?’ Expect big old-school reggae classics, Caribbean food (such as jerk chicken) and more on Friday November 9. Dhs150. 6pm-2am. Club Joumana, Jebel Ali Golf Resort, www.timeouttickets.com.
56 Escape the city and head to Ras Al Khaimah’s new beach parties RAK’s Asmai Beach is holding beach parties every weekend until the end of the year. Next up is local DJ Tim Kay on Friday November 9. Dhs90 (men, including one free drink); free (ladies). From 6pm. Al Hamra Palace Beach Resort, Ras Al Khaimah (050 310 4785).
57 Catch Sunstroke’s boat party Hop aboard for five hours of partying on Friday November 9; music provided by DJs Jack Woodcock, John Spoor and Martin Hibbi. Dhs350 (including food and beverages). 1pm-5pm. www.sunstroke.ae.
58 Welcome Lovebirds back to 360˚ German DJ Lovebirds returns to Sunset Sessions on Friday November 9 with open-air melodic bass. Free (guest list recommended). 4pm-2am. 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
59 Check out Domeland at Chi This institution has recently refurbished its garden into a ‘fantasy wonderland’. Head down to see what all the fuss is about. Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 339 9470).
60 Take a fishing tour Marine Concept’s tour prices start at Dhs850. (055 960 3030).
Sports 61 Get your padi qualification and swim with dolphins This express scuba-diving course is a great way to learn the ropes in a single weekend, and you’ll also get to meet the dolphins. Dhs1,999. Al Boom Dive Centre, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 3000).
62-67 Play a new sport We can’t get enough of Duplays’ social sports leagues. A new men’s outdoor five-a-side football starts on Monday November 12, while a mixed-netball league kicked off on Tuesday November 6 and individual players are still welcome to sign up. The SWAT II volleyball league starts on Sunday November 11 (and beach volleyball league starts on Monday November 19); the Lady Ballers basketball league starts on Sunday November 11; Super 8s cricket starts Wednesday November 18; and Glory Days flag (American) football starts on Tuesday November 13. Prices and locations vary. www.duplays.com.
68 Take a plunge with freediving All you need is a pair of fins, a snorkel and a mask (not included in the price, sadly). You can then learn to explore the ocean and make friends with local marine life. Courses start at Dhs1,850 per person. www.freedivinguae.com.
69-70 Brave the Jumeirah Sceirah or go flowboarding at wild wadi Hyperbole aside, the new waterslide at Wild Wadi waterpark is, as one Time Out staff member eloquently put it, ‘mental’. Not for the faint of heart. For a decidedly less ‘mental’ but equally fun waterpark activity, try flowboarding in the same waterpark (it’s like surfing, but without the sea). Dhs220 (adults); Dhs175 (kids). Open daily 11am-9pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 348 4444).
71 Try flying yoga Phoenix Rising’s classes run every Friday at 10am in Safa Park. Dhs50 donation. (050 152 5961).
72 Learn to kitesurf on Kitesurfing Beach… The sport offers a great workout, and Dubai is a great place to learn. Kite Fly Dubai offers lessons starting at Dhs250, including equipment. www.kitesurf.ae (050 254 7440).
73 …or play waboba in the sea Buy a waboba ball (they bounce on water) for Dhs50 from Go Sports and fling it around in the sea – hours of fun. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3251).
74 Put your foot down at Dubai Kartdrome Get kitted out in a crash helmet and overalls, then race your mates on the track (now that the weather is cooler, it’s much less sweaty). Experienced drivers can race the more powerful RX250 karts. Dhs110 for 15 minutes, plus Dhs10 registration fee. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8744).
75 Smack some balls at the driving range… A great way to polish your swing, let off steam and enjoy the weather. Dhs30 for 50 balls, Dhs15 per club. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 380 1234).
76-81 …or try a round at one of Dubai’s many courses Play 18 holes at Al Badia (Dhs595 for non-members), Arabian Ranches (Dhs555), Dubai Creek Golf Club (Dhs695), Emirates Golf Club (Dhs795 at the Majlis), Jebel Ali Golf Resort (Dhs300), or Jumeirah’s Fire and Earth courses (Dhs795).
82 Take up tai chi Relax using this ancient Chinese practice. Lessons are offered at Golden Eagle Martial Arts in Garhoud. Dhs750 (monthly membership). Sun, Tue, Thu 8.30pm-9.30pm. Near Yellow Brick Road Nursery, Garhoud (04 447 7451).
83 Learn to skateboard at Tashkeel This unique outdoor skate park offers classes so you can unleash your inner Tony Hawk. Dhs200 per private class, Dhs120 per group class. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313).
84 Shoot hoops at an outdoor basketball court Head down to the courts in Satwa Park or Safa Park for a pick-up game – there’s a great social vibe at both venues. Free. Open 24 hours. Satwa Park, near 308th Street; Safa Park, Al Wasl Road (no numbers).
86 Try windsurfing Take a lesson at the One&Only Royal Mirage. Dhs130 for 50 minutes. (04 399 9999).
87…hit the cycle track… There’s a great cycling path between Arabian Ranches and Bab Al Shams. Head to Polo & Equestrian Club, then keep going straight until you reach a sandy roundabout. The track runs next to the road towards Bab Al Shams (no number).
88 …or try one last trip before the Coast-to-Coast ride This Friday November 9 is a good chance to head out with Dubai Roadsters, especially if you have your eye on next week’s Coast to Coast Ride on Friday November 16. Free. 5.30am. Meet at Lime Tree Café, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.dubairoadsters.com.
89 Hire a bike to explore the city… If you can’t afford to buy a bike, why not hire one and discover Dubai on two wheels? Road bike rental from Dhs100 per day. Wolfi’s Bike Shop, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 339 4453).
90 Splatter your chums Settle scores with friends or colleagues without resorting to actual violence: try a paintball session to let off steam. From Dhs90 per person. Paintball Dubai, near Wonderland (04 324 4755).
91-94 join a local running club Get in shape for a slew of upcoming Dubai-based running events, including the Nike-organised We Run Dubai 10km on November 23 (Dhs165; www.werundubai.com). Running clubs include ABRaS AC, which meets every Wednesday 6.30pm; Dubai Creek Striders, who run every Friday at 6.30am; and Dubai Road Runners, meeting every Saturday at 6.30pm.
95-98 test your strength at boot camp Get into shape with one of Dubai’s many beach-based fitness bootcamps. A few to try are b2b Fitness (Dhs80 per session), Fitness 02 (Dhs950 for 12 sessions), Ignite Fitness (Dhs100 per session) or Urban Energy (from Dhs50).
99 watch some local football If you don’t fancy working up a sweat yourself, watch the pros do so. On Friday November 9, local team Al Wasl play Al Jazira. From Dhs10. 8pm. Zabeel Stadium (04 324 3333).
100 Learn how to sail in Jebel Ali Take to the waves and try an introductory sailing course at new watersports centre Watercooled. Dhs520 for two hours. www.watercooleddubai.com (04 887 6771).