Do something new in 2014 with our list of fun things to try
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 1 Ease your soul over brunch A buffet brunch and barbecue to help your weary mind from New Year’s Eve partying takes place at Talk Restaurant and Chinwaggery + Soul. Dhs222 (soft drinks). Dhs333 (sparkling grape). Free for children 12 and under. 12.30pm-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 449 8781).
Wednesday 1 Start the year with a detox Kick off 2014 with a detoxifying organic package using fresh ingredients such as mint, strawberries and aloe from De La Mer’s garden. Enjoy a mocha and mint body polish, followed by a mint and coffee detoxifying wrap and massage. Dhs525 for 120 minutes. Until January 31. De La Mer Day Spa, Villa 783, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 328 2775).
Wednesday 1 Play freaky glow-in-the-dark golf Big kids and smaller ones will enjoy the glow-in-the-dark mini golf course at Wafi, which features a slew of asteroids and aliens. Dhs150 for three people for one round (normal price Dhs225). Wafi Mall. www.teeandputt.com (04 357 3290).
Thursday 2 Spend during Dubai Shopping Festival Today marks the start of the month-long shopping extravaganza, featuring hard-to-beat bargains in malls, stores and boutiques across the city. Start shopping to enjoy Dhs99 million-worth of prizes including luxury cars, gold and cold hard cash. For more information on events and promotions visit www.mydsf.ae.
Thursday 2 Get ready for the Meydan Races It’s nearly time to don your best finery and head to the premier event on Dubai’s sporting calendar as horses and jockeys ride into town for the Meydan Races, marking one of the top spectacles of the year that is held annually at the stadium. Free, hospitality packages are available. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).
Thursday 2 Dine on ethically sourced fish Fire & Ice introduces its first seasonal special of 2014 with a menu of sustainable fish and seafood with seasonal organic vegetables. Prices vary. Daily 7pm-11pm. Until January 31. Raffles Dubai, Wafi (04 324 8888).
Thursday 2 Go and see a hit Broadway musical Check out the prohibition era Broadway musical Chicago, in town until January 3. Dhs245-2,295. December 26-January 3. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 457 3212).
Thursday 2 Enjoy a night of ribs and rock Head to SoHo Bar & Grilll, where you’ll get to feast on ribs whilst listening rock and roll sounds from the 1950s-1970s. Prices vary. 6pm-2am. Ongoing. Century Village, Garhoud (04 286 8520).
Friday 3 Go for a bike ride Newcomers to cycling can own the roads for a morning as Cycle Safe Dubai hosts one of its cycling get-togethers for riders of all abilities. But remember – no helmet, no ride. Free. 6am, The group meets on the cycle path on Al Qudra Road www.facebook.com/cyclesafedubai.
Friday 3 Donate your unwanted gifts Give your clothes, toys, books, homewares and more a better purpose through the excellent organisation Aid in Motion, which distributes to those most in need from a mosque in Sharjah. Call to donate. www.volunteerinuae.com (06 503 4535).
Friday 3 Browse local hand-made products Spend any leftover Christmas dirhams at regular art and crafts market ARTE Dubai, filled to the brim with products made by local artisans. Free. 12pm-9pm. Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, www.arte.ae.
Friday 3 Take in high tea at the Burj Khalifa Armani/Lounge has launched a new afternoon tea menu with three price packages. Why not start the new year in style by splashing out on oysters, caviar and vintage bubbly? Dhs280 (one mocktail). Dhs360 (glass of sparkling grape and fresh berries). Dhs900 (glass of bubbly, caviar and three oysters). Daily 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3308).
Saturday 4 Try a yoga session in the park Enjoy an hour of yoga in Safa Park with the soothing sound of tweeting birds and rustling trees in the background. Dhs50 per session, packages also available. 9am. The Archive, Gate 5, Safa Park (04 369 7882).
Saturday 4 Get a group together for a Thai feast Dine in a group of ten or more at Benjarong and you’ll get vouchers to join in the Dusit Thani Dubai Friday brunch for free. Dhs245 per person (Benjarong set menu). Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Until January 31. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).
Saturday 4 Watch international cricket Pakistan and Sri Lanka go head-to-head in a test match. The two big teams will play in the final of the Future Cricket Tour Programme. From Dhs40. From 10am. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City (04 251 1111).
Saturday 4 See Cirque Du Soleil’s new spectacle This Cirque Du Soleil extravaganza Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is based on the music and performances of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. Dhs295-2,295. Until Jan 14. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 366 2289).
Sunday 5 Check out a 3D movie New 3D film Walking with Dinosaurs promises effects that will transport you to a fascinating Jurassic world. Out now in cinemas across Dubai.
Sunday 5 Dine on tapas The Salero Tapas & Bodega lunch deal offers two tapas dishes and a dessert per person, from the chef’s daily selection of dishes. Dhs95 per person. Sun-Wed noon-6pm. Ongoing. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5888).
Monday 6 Read Arabic books Discover Arabic literature with Kutub Bilarabia Book Club, open to everyone – even if you don’t speak the language. The Archive, Safa Park (04 349 4033).
Monday 6 Enjoy Asian cuisine Chef’s House has introduced a brand new Monday theme night, which offers a varied selection of Asian cooking, prepared at live stations. Dhs135 (soft drinks). Dhs195 (house beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Monday 6 Free drinks for ladies Women enjoy complimentary mixed drinks at this laid-back old-fashioned watering hole. Free 8pm-2am. The Stables. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 342 5571).
Tuesday 7 Free spa treatments Spend Dhs1,000 on Aromatherapy Associates products to receive a free 50-minute aromatherapy massage and spend Dhs1,000 on Thermae products to get a free Singapore massage. Until March 31. The Spa at The Address, Dubai Marina. www.theaddress.com (04 436 7424).
Tuesday 7 Time for tea A brand new afternoon tea with different options, from English cream tea, to an Oriental-inspired menu. Cream tea: Dhs95 per person. Oriental tea: Dhs95 per person. Traditional tea: Dhs105 per person. Daily 3pm-7pm. Ongoing. Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Tuesday 7 Enjoy girly drinks Pool bar Cabana is offering ladies drinks for Dhs25. 6.30pm-11.30pm. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).