It might be toasty, but you don’t need to be bored
The sk8factory This brand new indoor skatepark recently opened behind Marina Exotic Home Interiors in Al Quoz. Along with several ramps, there’s also a foam pit for skateboarders, scooters, BMX and inline skaters aged 12 and older. Better yet, it’s open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm, with different sessions catering to different skill levels and sports. Street 14C, Al Quoz 4, www.facebook.com/sk8factorydubai (050 420 4363).
LAO Now open at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, this glass-fronted South East Asian restaurant serves up cuisine from the nation of Laos, influenced by north-eastern Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodia flavours. Palm Jumeirah, www.waldofastoria3.hilton.com (04 818 2222).
Dubai Aquarium’s new exhibition Take a look around new permanent exhibit ‘UAE Night Creatures’ at this educational spot, which features animal species that thrive in the desert environment, such as Arabian toads, fruit bats, scorpions, hedgehogs and even giant camel spiders (shudder). From Dhs70 (adult), Dhs55 (under 12s). Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
Shanghai 30 Sip mixed drinks at this bar inside the new Dubai Marriott Al Jaddaf. As the name aims to suggest, the hangout is styled on the famous Shanghai Bund district, and aims to deliver a slice of 1930s Chinese glamour to Dubai. Dubai Marriott Al Jaddaf, Oud Metha Road, www.marriott.com (04 317 7700).
Just Salad Opening in Jumeirah Lakes Towers this month, Just Salad is an offshoot of the New York City healthy eating outlet. At the time of press, the Dubai café was yet to open, but has already collected more than 6,000 likes on Facebook. JLT, www.facebook.com/justsaladuae (no number).