Eat for free at Wild Wadi UAE residents who visit Umm Suqeim waterpark Wild Wadi and present their Emirates ID will be able to enjoy a free medium-sized meal at Julshan’s Kitchen during their day out. The offer is only valid until Sunday June 15, so hurry down this week. From now until September, visitors can take advantage of Late Night Fridays, when the park stays open until 10pm – even during Ramadan – and on Thursdays, it’s ladies’ night, when no male visitors are allowed in the park. Entry Dhs275 (above 1.1m in height), Dhs215 (below 1.1m in height). Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).
Play life-size Monopoly Majif Al Futtaim, the company behind the UAE’s City Centre malls and Mall of the Emirates, is partnering with Hasbro to bring Monopoly to life. From Friday June 13 to Thursday June 26, visitors to Mall of the Emirates and Deira and Mirdif City Centre will be able to play in a life-size version of the board game, where players can draw oversized versions of chance cards or even get put behind bars in jail. As well as Monopoly plots, Ski Dubai, iFly, Magic Planet and more will also have spaces, and players who land on these can win instant prizes. What’s more, ladies can get a Monopoly-themed manicure. Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/malloftheemirates, www.facebook.com/deiracitycentre and www.facebook.com/mirdifcitycentre for updates.
Play golf over drinks No need to wait until you’ve completed 18 holes before hitting the 19th – Maison Mathis’s new monthly golf simulator nights are a great way to practise your swing without leaving the bar. It’s just one of the indoor sporting events taking place at the Belgian restaurant and bar this summer and includes sports screenings and even a rumoured Ferrari simulator. Battle against competitors to get nearest the pin while enjoying pub grub specials on the covered, air-conditioned terrace – overlooking a very real golf course. Next to Arabian Ranches Golf Club, www.maison-mathis.com (04 450 1313).
Paddle with sea lions Atlantis The Palm is now offering a sea lion discovery programme with its South African fur seals, allowing guests to wade waist-deep into the water and experience whiskerykisses, cuddles and one-on-one time. As it all takes place in shallow water, non-swimmers can get in on the action, which includes learning about why these creatures are so unique. Those who take part must be at least six years old, and sessions take place daily at 10.45am and 3.45pm. Sea Lion Discovery Dhs495 (hotel guests), Dhs595 (non-hotel guests). Dolphin Bay, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1030).
Drinks deals at Wafi Looking for a reason to get Oud Metha-bound? Wafi Pyramids has the answer. There’s a huge range of summer discounts at outlets including daily two-for-one bottles of grape at Vintage, Dhs22 pints and Dhs20 glasses of grape and short drinks at Carter’s and Dhs95 litre jugs or Dhs25 glasses of Spanish mixed beverages at Seville’s. There are also deals on dining in Medzo (two for one main courses) and Thai Chi (two for one dinner buffets). Until August 31. Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha, www.pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com (04 324 4100).
Sushi-licious summer The last thing you’ll want to eat in summer is a steaming hot mega meal, so Blue Jade’s sushi offer is perfectly timed. This sushi sundowner offer includes unlimited fresh California rolls, prawn nigiri, salmon maki and more, with the option to include Japanese mixed drinks. Dhs100 (sushi), Dhs180 (with mixed drinks). Daily 5pm-7pm. Until September 30. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
Organic iced tea Pascal Tepper has launched a new summer thirst quencher in the shape of Tea Jay, a range of exotic teas that are fused at the table before being served over ice. There are four flavours to try, with the leaves originating in India, China and Sri Lanka. Ongoing. Dubai Media City, www.pascaltepperfrenchbakery.com (04 454 2408).
Jump to fitness Check out the city’s hottest new sport zone – Bounce, a trampolining park devoted to the art of defying gravity. Play sports including dodgeball or simply jump around and burn off calories without melting. Book ahead online, as sessions sell out fast and walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated. From Dhs80 per hour. Street 4B, Al Quoz, www.bounce.ae (04 321 1400).
Free cabs to Yas Waterworld Pile yourself and three friends into a taxi and hit the road up to Abu Dhabi to check out the enormous Yas Waterworld – the Yas Island waterpark will foot the bill for your fare if you provide a valid receipt from the journey, as part of the ‘Me +3 and the taxi is free’ offer, currently ongoing. The park has 45 temperature-controlled rides and attractions, as well as shaded dining and lounging areas. Entry Dhs240 (above 1.1m in height), Dhs195 (below 1.1m in height). Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com (02 414 2000).
Learn to pilot a plane Why not go and check out the new Emirates A380 flight simulator at The Dubai Mall, which allows aviation enthusiasts to experience what it’s like to be a pilot in the cockpit of the world’s largest aeroplane. Sessions last 30 minutes. Dhs350 for 30 minutes. Ongoing. The Village, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.emiratesa380experience.com.
Get fit in the snow Snow-robics classes are now taking place every week on the slopes of Ski Dubai, with the option to attend class-by-class, or sign up for a full month of workouts. The organisers claim that working out in sub-zero temperatures burns more calories – good news if you’ve been slobbing on the sofa. Classes are Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30am and 9am. Dhs90 per session, Dhs1,000 for 12 sessions. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, www.skidxb.com (04 409 4090).
Summer membership at Fit Lab Pay less for your gym package this season – Fit Lab at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is offering monthly membership for Dhs750 per month until September 30. As well as unlimited access to the state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool and classes, members get a free fitness assessment and personal training session, plus discounts on further sessions.