Do something different this weekend with our round-up of the latest trends, activities and offers
Time Out Dubai staff
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).
Play golf after dark Emirates Golf Club has launched a new night golf pass. It’s a steal at Dhs1,800 per month for unlimited access to the fl oodlit 18-hole Faldo course, seven nights a week from 4.05pm. More casual players can opt to pay per round, with 18 holes for Dhs425 and nine holes for Dhs255, including cart hire and range balls. Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).
Belt out tunes at a ladies’ night karaoke Dubai’s exclusive VIP Room has launched an aural assault on the city’s existing ladies’ nights. Glamorous womenfolk are now not only invited to enjoy a few free drinks on Tuesdays, but they can also spend the night warbling along to their favourite tunes courtesy of the club’s karaoke set-up. Tue 9pm-midnight. VIP Room, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 881 8888).
Ride a bike in a swimming pool Dubai’s L’Atelier Aquafi tness is now offering a unique exercise class to the city – and it’s called Aquabiking. A combination of water aerobics and spinning, throw on your swimsuit and jump in the water for a 45-minute dynamic workout to uplifting music. First class Dhs125, from Dhs155 thereafter. L’Atelier Aquafi tness, Al Wasl Road (04 338 8323).
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).
Borrow books at breakfast Bert’s Cafe in The Greens has amassed a healthy collection of titles from a range of different genres. Diners are invited to borrow books during their meal, which they can take home to read, and then return at a later date. Book donations are welcomed, and there are also board games such as Scrabble available to play over coffee. Open daily 7am-11.30pm. The Greens (04 361 9292).
A new way to go gourmet at home A high-end food supplier catering to the UAE’s fi nest restaurants is now doing home delivery. Get your mitts on everything from Italian truffl e to Scottish salmon to French cheese, with next-day delivery for orders placed before 3pm. There’s a private showroom for tasting, open on request. Free delivery for orders of more than Dhs250. www.secretsfi nefoods.com
Get groomed at b:blunt in DIFC Renowned Indian hair salon b:blunt has opened in Dubai – its fi rst branch outside the country, with separate parlours for men and women. Its Mumbai branch boasts Bollywood stars among its regulars, and the UAE outlet will offer the same range of services to guests, including both hair and nail care. Cut and blow-dry Dhs180. Liberty House, DIFC (04 352 6300).
Buy a business card reader British fashion brand Amodoria has just unveiled its fi rst boutique in Dubai and is entering the market with a splash, selling ‘the Middle East’s fi rst smart cuffl inks’. Featuring gold, leather and gemstones, the cuffl inks are wired with Near Field Technology (NFC) and pick up info from business cards and smartphones with a swipe. From Amodoria, (04 452 3355).
Grab a spoonful of rice pudding The old-fashioned dessert is seeing something of a revival in Dubai, courtesy of Rice Creamery, which is now open at City Walk in Jumeirah. Flavours include orange blossom, coconut paradise, red and velvety, choco loco, bananas for toffee and many more, with dozens of toppings to choose from. Delivery is also available. From Dhs15. www.rice creamery.com (04 344 4553).
Check out a new sports store Sports and fi tness enthusiasts will be pleased to hear about a brand new retailer, SportsOne, in Dubai. Pick up everything from biking gear to swimwear, basketball boards to ping pong tables, and even have your running style matched with your trainers with a GAIT analysis. It also offers kit printing and embroidery. Al Ghurair Centre, Deira (04 298 4150).
Check out a Paleo cafe The Cycle Bistro inside Motor City’s Cycle Hub serves up a menu fi lled with Paleo-inspired meals (to the uninitiated, that’s no wheat, no sugar – a nutritional plan beloved of CrossFit enthusiasts). Expect veggie omelettes, smoothies, grilled meats with fresh vegetables, salads and even grain-free fish tacos. The Cycle Bistro, Motor City (04 425 6555).
Get a new suit fitted Get off to a swish start this new year by having a brand new suit made. Men’s tailoring spot The Custom Shop is now open in Ibn Battuta Mall, and offers experienced tailoring at great prices. Alterations and accessories are also available. From Dhs365 for two shirts, Dhs600 two shirts and pair of trousers, Dhs995 two-piece suit. Near Switch Bowling, Ibn Battuta Mall (04 456 5280).
Learn to recreate your favourite burger Every month, Jones the Grocer hosts group masterclasses focussing on one of its most popular dishes. Get in touch to find out what’s up this month. Spaces are limited and advance booking is essential. Dhs375 per person. Wed 7pm-9pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 346 6886).
Ride Dubai’s new Snow Bullet In Ski Dubai, you can now not only brave the cold, but also the city’s fi rst sub-zero zip line. Launched this month, the state-of-the-art Snow Bullet takes guests whizzing 16 metres above and 150 metres across the snowy slopes. Dhs150 (two rides on Snow Bullet), Dhs300 (with snow park access, zorb ball, mountain thriller tube ride, snow penguin or skiing). Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 4090).
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 the city’s highest new bar Located on the 40th fl oor of Dubai’s H Hotel, 40 Kong is the city’s most vertiginous new nightspot. From the team behind People by Crystal and Sake No Hana Dubai, expect panoramic views and an uber cool lounge vibe, with drinks and slick tunes kicking off nightly from sunset and running into the small hours. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.40kong.com (050 297 2097).
Watch movies over a meal From Tuesday February 18, Reform Social & Grill will be holding weekly fi lm nights on its terrace. Each month will focus on a different genre, with screenings ranging from British classics to horror, black and white to James Bond, comedies to French fl icks. Free entry, food or drink must be purchased. Tue 8pm. The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).
Watch a selection of ten-minute plays Short+Sweet is the largest festival of ten-minute plays in the world and is back in the emirate after a successful run in 2013. The festival runs from February 19 for five days and will feature 70 short stories. Participants will be disqualified if they don’t complete their story within those ten minutes. Dhs100. From Wed, February 19 until Sat, February 22 www.timeouttickets.com
Go to a trendy new European-themed bar The brand new, retro-themed Café Belge is said to be inspired be the ‘golden era’ of 1920s Brussels, complete with Art Nouveau furnishings and an affluent vibe. Housed in the classy Ritz-Carlton DIFC, this new nightlife spot promises classically Belgium food delivered with finesse, alongside distinctive Belgium hops. Venue officially opens on February 19. Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (04 372 2222).