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Time Out Dubai staff
Step inside the Dubai Aquarium tank Dubai Aquarium and Zoo is now running sharkwalker experiences with Al Boom inside its 10 million-litre tank. No need to learn how to scuba dive, just pop on a speciallydesigned helmet to walk among more than 140 different marine species, all without even getting your hair wet. Dhs590 per person. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 342 2993).
Try Belgium tapas You don’t need to be an expert in international cuisine to know that tapas originated in Spain. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the world can’t get in on the small-sharing-plate action, which might explain the birth of Dubai’s latest hot spot – a Belgium tapas bar called, inventively enough, Bapas. As we write we are eagerly awaiting the venue’s launch, set for September 23. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
Go wakeboarding with Sea Riders This brand new watersports company launched last month, and is currently offering regular wakeboarding and wake surfi ng sessions and lessons, using a specialised boat. Fishing and cruises will soon be offered, as well as luxury yacht charters. From Dhs500 per hour (weekdays), from Dhs550 (weekends). Dubai Marina Mall Promenade, Dubai Marina (055 510 3739).
Check out The Farm House Pick up local organic produce at this tiny store in Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai. Displaying the names of the farms where stock has been sourced, The Farm House sells everything from gluten-free cakes to honey from Yemen, mangoes from the UAE to a new stock of camelmilk soap – and much more. Open daily 8am-10pm. Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org (no number).
Check out a brand new museum No sooner than Time Out Dubai’s museum guide is out of the stables, another new one throws open its doors. The Dubai Moving Image Museum is now welcoming visitors and showcasing the progression of visual entertainment, from inception to modern cinema. Dhs50 (adults), Dhs25 (kids). Open Sun-Thu 11am-7pm, Sat noon-7pm, Fri closed. MCN Hive, TECOM (04 421 6679).
Desk-side revival from The Nail Spa Suffering the effects of a long day and no sign of home time yet? The Nail Spa’s new deskside revival offers a range of packages for men and women, carried out at your office. Packages include mani-pedis, reflexology and head, neck and shoulder massages. From Dhs250. The Nail Spa, locations across Dubai, email@example.com (04 323 2268).
Try a ride and stretch outing Horse riding and yoga isn’t a classic combination – perhaps because doing a warrior pose on the back of an animal is simply not practical. But Mushrif Equestrian Club’s ride and stretch programmes with Yoga Retreats offers the best of both – enjoy a 60-minute ride followed by 60 minutes of yoga, with an evening picnic. Dhs550. 5pm-8.30pm. Mushrif Park, Mirdif (050 181 9527).
Swim indoors at a huge pool Hamdan Sports Complex is now open to the general public, and with pools 25m and 50m-long, is a great place to keep fi t during the hot summer months. You can also pay to use the gym and sauna, either through a daypass rate or a full month. Start your Olympic training today. Day pass for swimming Dhs20, gym and sauna Dhs30. Hamdan Sports Complex, Emirates Road (04 306 2666).
Go bowling at Arabian Centre The city’s newest bowling alley provides a cool post-iftar hangout and an avenue for getting competitive indoors. Throughout summer, they’re running special deals, including free bowling for ladies every day from 10am to 2pm and two out of ten lanes open exclusively to the fairer gender. From Dhs60 per hour or Dhs12 per person per game. Arabian Center, Mirdif (04 239 3636).
Play glow-in-the dark mini golf Dubai has recently become home to its fi rst glow-in-thedark mini golf course. Featuring a range of weird and wonderful themes, the course is located indoors, making it ideal for avoiding the summer heat. Open to both adults and kids, test your skills on 18 holes covering 10,000 sq ft. From Dhs75 per player. Tee and Putt, nexto to Wafi Gourmet, Wafi Mall (04 357 3290).
Try Dubai’s hottest burger Qube Sports Bar has launched a burger so spicy that diners must sign a legal waiver before tucking in. The Qube Inferno Burger features some of the hottest chillies on earth, including bird’s eyes, cayenne peppers and chocolate habaneros, as well as local UAE varieties. It’s free to those who finish within 30 minutes. Dhs60 (with a free soft drink). Meydan Hotel (04 381 3231).
Breakfast in a garden centre With incredibly reasonable prices, The Roseleaf Café is well worth a visit. Hidden away in the back at Dubai Garden Centre, it offers a variety of breakfast classics, such as pastries and scrambled eggs on toast – and it also does a mean coconut ice (retro treat!) to take away for later. Scrambled egg on toast Dhs15. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 340 0006).
Buy gifts from a vending machine At its newest location in Al Wasl Square, the S*uce Gifts store has launched a prewrapped gifts vending machine, accessible 24-hours a day – perfect if you’re the type to only remember you’ve forgotten a birthday present on your way to the party. There are currently 35 options, ranging from jewellery to T-shirts to travel packages. From Dhs150-3,000. S*uce, Al Wasl Square, Jumeirah (04 346 3393).
Have a Dead Sea experience in Dubai JW Marriott Marquis has just opened Saray Spa, where guests can now try out a unique Dead Sea floatation pool, apparently the fi rst of its kind in the emirate. Try it by booking the Saray Signature Dead Sea Journey, which includes a full body scrub, mask and massage, as well as a soak in the private pool, of course. Dhs865 for 115 minutes. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 6754).
Eat sushi in Dubai Marina Chez Sushi by Sho Cho has now opened a second outlet, this time in Dubai Marina. Located in Silverene Towers (the same complex as Tribe Fit gym), diners can expect to fi nd the same menu of tasty Japanese classics, which can all be devoured in the restaurant or via the home delivery service. Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina Walk, www.chezsushi.com (800 78744).
Try Speed Pong Following a lavish launch party with Hollywood star Susan Sarandon hitting the tables, new Ping Pong club SPiN Dubai is putting on a series of new events throughout the week. Saturdays at the nightspot will host Speed Pong, where Dubai singletons are invited to step up and play games against potential new friends at the club from 8pm-11pm. SPiN Dubai, Wafi, www.spindubai.com (04 370 7707).
Eat camel milk ice-cream New to The Dubai Mall, coffee lounge The Majlis Dubai is well worth a visit during your next shopping trip. Unlike the mall’s chain outlets, however, here you’ll fi nd hot beverages made with camel milk instead of cow’s, alongside an extensive range of camel milk chocolate and even camel milk ice cream, available in chocolate and vanilla fl avours. Ground floor souk, The Dubai Mall (800 38224 6255).
Try a Dubai photo tour with Hairy Goat Hairy Goat photography tours, well known in London, is now in Dubai. Personal tutor Corinna will be in Dubai from October 2 to October 9 - see hairygoat.net/personal-tuition-dubai for more details.
Eat a super healthy takeaway 77 Veggie’s founder claims to have played with 77 vegetables in her quest for delicious meatfree recipes and is offering her nutritious creations as part of a specialtakeaway menu. With super foods like asparagus and spinach popping up, there’s no excuse for unhealthy eating. From Dhs75, 77 Veggie Boutique, Jumeirah Lake Towers (04 442 4116)
Sample date ice cream Well-known ice creamery Baskin Robbins is selling a special date-flavoured ice cream in Dubai, which features chopped chunks of the fruit throughout, and is also available as a sweet, cooling shake. From Dhs8. Various locations, including Mall of the Emirates (04 340 2677).