There’s no better time than Father’s Day to show your dad how much he means to you
Time Out Dubai staff
Celebrated on the third Sunday of June in countries all around the world, Father’s Day takes place this year on Sunday June 15. It’s a time to celebrate dad for all his terrible jokes, bad dance moves and hopeless inability to get you and your siblings’ names the right way round, despite almost 30 years’ practice. Brilliant dads around the world are ever-more involved with their kids’ lives, with the number of stay-at-home fathers rising in many countries across the globe, while others spend many hours working boring desk jobs to fund demands for the latest One Direction-themed merchandise. We take a look at some of the newest and coolest ways to thank dad this month in Dubai.
For the action dad For the adventure-loving man who raised you, the Palm’s Dive Discovery is a great way to get into underwater pursuits. One of several different activities on offer in the 11 million litre Ambassador Lagoon at the heart of the Atlantis The Palm hotel, the discovery is an introductory diving experience that doesn’t require a licence. The two-hour course sees beginner divers do a basic skills session before a 20-minute dive – it’s a great jump-off experience before signing up for a full PADI certification. Dhs1,150. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1030).
For always-stressed dad Say thank you by booking your dad a relaxing massage, facial or body treatment at swanky gentlemen’s grooming lounge 1847, which is giving sons a chance to join their fathers by offering a complimentary 15-minute foot reflexology massage with any treatment booked. Prices vary. Valid Sunday June 15 only. 1847, various locations including The Walk, JBR (04 422 1847).
For the food-loving dad On Sunday June 15, a Father’s Day lunch buffet is available at Flow Kitchen – and dads dine for free when accompanied by the family, with at least one other full-paying adult. The menu includes pan-seared foie gras, freshly shucked oysters, beef prime rib carvery and roasted duck. Dhs155 per guest. Sun June 15, noon-3.30pm. Flow Kitchen, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 467 3388).
Meanwhile, on Friday June 13, the competitive dads out there may like to take on the dining challenge presented by Brazilian steakhouse Frevo at its Friday brunch. Entrants will be pitted against each other to devour the largest number of beef ribs in an allocated time period, with prizes including a free Friday brunch, membership to the hotel’s health club and T-shirts to commemorate their participation all up for grabs. A seat in the competition must be reserved at the time of booking brunch. Dhs240 per person (soft drinks), Dhs340 (house beverages), Dhs410 (bubbly). Competition 1pm-2pm, brunch noon-3.30pm. Frevo, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 47 3388).
For the petrolhead dad If he can’t help but mock your Toyota Yaris every time you take him for a hair-raising pootle down Sheikh Zayed Road, let him put his machismo to the test with a single- seater driving experience in an F1-style vehicle. Get an idea of how he would really measure up against Lewis Hamilton with these Dubai Autodrome sessions Dhs875. Ongoing. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8745).
For the new dad Proud new papas will no doubt be pleased to get their mitts on Sony’s new Handycam, a full HD camcorder, which not only features technology to help you maintain a steady shot, but also has easy wireless sharing and even a built-in projector, allowing dads to bore all and sundry to tears with videos of their kids. Dhs4,199. Available from Jumbo, locations across Dubai including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0101).
For the far-flung dad Pull together all your best Instagram selfies, family shots and Dubai scenes and have fishfayce create a hardback photobook for your dad. Perfect for sons and daughters with little time on their hands, all the company needs is your Instagram account name and within a matter of days they’ll be able to deliver your hardback book. Each book includes as many photographs as you like, for the same set price. Dhs350. Ongoing. Fishfayce, firstname.lastname@example.org (800 347 432 823).
For the dad who has everything He may have the car, the watch, the gadgets – everything including the state-of-the-art kitchen sink. But does he have the Dhs70,000 bottle of aftershave? Possibly not. Luxury French perfume house Parfums M.Micallef has something for every kind of man, with all fragrances a blend of Arabic and French scents. Bottles are hand-made and individually decorated with Swarovski crystals. You can even create a bespoke vessel for dad, with in-house engravers on hand to create customised keepsakes. Dhs1,000-70,000. M.Micallef Boutique, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, www.mmicallef.com.