Ride the Seabreacher, enjoy a desert safari or book a table at a club in an unusual way
Time Out Dubai staff
Take on the terrifying Seabreacher Rixos The Palm has launched a brand-new watersport experience with its new beach packages. The Seabreacher is a two-seater, fully submersible watercraft modelled on the shape of a shark, which has the ability to skim the surface of the sea at 100 kph, dive below waves and do quick turns and spins. The hotel’s Pro-Surfer day package includes a ride for two, plus a private cabana, bucket of drinks, burger and paddleboarding session. Dhs725 per person for the package (based on two sharing) and Dhs1,450 for two (minimum two people). Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah(04 457 5555).
Scoff protein ice-cream Light Whey Healthy living devotees yearning for a treat are in luck – high-protein, no-added-sugar ice-cream range Light Whey is now retailing across Dubai. For Dhs15, you’ll get a 200ml tub containing 22.5g of protein, a maximum 17g of carbs and a maximum 9.8g of fat (vanilla and strawberry flavours are both lower in all of these than chocolate). Ice-cream for breakfast, anyone? Free delivery for orders over Dhs90. www.lightwhey.ae.
Shop at new store Typo Australian gift and stationery brand Typo is now open at BoxPark on Al Wasl Road. It may be the store’s second Dubai outlet (the first can be found in Deira City Centre), but it’s the first to showcase the full range of products. Peruse a range of homewares, from bamboo serving spoons to handwoven wall hangings, as well as a range of stylish storage solutions, gifts and writing accessories. BoxPark, Al Wasl Road, www.facebook.com/typoshop (04 385 6631).
Scoff tandoori wings for Dhs15 Funky casual Indian restaurant Biryani Pot has launched a series of new dishes, adding to its menu of lighter, healthier options, such as a quinoa take on the traditional rice dish after which the eatery is named. A new tamarind fattoush salad features a mixture of nine different vegetables, while the slightly more sinful tandoori chicken wings add protein to your meal for just Dhs15. Biryani Pot, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim, www.biryanipot.ae (04 338 2277).
Get an app to book VIP tables with Banish the days of unanswered calls to guest list phone lines and irritating miscommunications. New app Exclusive Tables hopes the revolutionise the UAE’s clubbing scene with the launch of a VIP table booking service. The app stores upcoming, past and cancelled bookings, confi rmation passes and emails, and allows users to share plans with friends. By summer, an upgrade will also allow users to pay and split the bill, plus earn points. Free, available for iOS devices at itunes.apple.com.
By and sell art over a few drinks Iris Dubai at The Oberoi in Business Bay is hosting ‘Part with Your Art’ – an event that invites patrons to submit their pre-owned artworks for other guests and diners to view and buy. It presents a great opportunity to get your hands on works by up-and-coming artists in the city, as well as some affordable pieces to simply brighten up your home, all while you enjoy the ambient, outdoor vibes. Submit your paintings for sale on www.irisdubai.com by April 11. Event runs April 18-22.
Experience brunch ’50s-style ‘The Little Suzie Diner’s Brunch’ has launched Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre’s Medley Restaurant. Expect an American twist on the Friday event, with classics such as burgers, hot dogs, bagels and pancakes in a chilled, oldschool atmosphere. Sweet treats are also available too. Get stuck into a milkshake or ice-cream sundae while you enjoy famous ’50s tunes. Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs195 (house beverages), Dhs390 (bubbly). Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre (04 294 1222).
Dinner among the desert dunes Want to impress someone special? Treat them to luxury safari company Platinum Heritage’s platinum dinner experience. Guests are picked up in Mercedes G-wagens and escorted through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where they’ll enjoy a falconry demonstration, sunset canapés, henna, shisha, belly dancing and a lavish six-course dinner. Dhs1,500 (adults), Dhs1,250 (kids). Private cars from Dhs5,500 (two guests). To book visit www.platinumheritage.com.
Check out Anantara Gourmet From Thursday April 9 to 16, Anantara hotels across the UAE will be hosting a series of exciting foodie events, featuring the various talents of British pastry chef Claire Clark, Italian chef Igor Macchia, Australian chef Mark Olive, and Bangkokbased duo Dylan Jones and ‘Bo’ Duangporn Songivsava. World oyster-shucking champion Xavier Caille will also put in an appearance. Expect brunches, dinners, gala balls and more. For details on all individual events, visit www.anantara.com/gourmet.
Try a new cheese pairing night Hot new Dubai hangout Solo Bistronomia & Vinobar at the Raffl es Dubai has introduced a new regular event to its weekly offerings. Every Tuesday from 6pm, guests can now try the ‘Genius Loci’ night, with five cheeses served alongside fi ve specially paired grape beverages. Not fanatical about fromage? On Saturdays, the ‘Solo Aperitivo’ serves up vintage beverages and complimentary antipasti canapés. Tue Dhs120. Sat, price by consumption. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 370 8999).
Take a free lindy-hop class in JLT It may already be one of the city’s coolest places to hang out, but that hasn’t stopped Jazz@PizzaExpress adding even more to its weekly roster. Wednesday is now Swing Night, with music from The Swing Revue and free dance classes from Lindy-hop Dubai. Dance classes start from 7.30pm, and by 8.30pm the stage is set for the band to kick off the live swing sounds. Wednesdays 7.30pm. Jazz@PizzaExpress, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.pizzaexpressuae.com (04 441 6342).
Check out a new hotel in JLT Pullman has opened its second, 354-room, five-star hotel in the city, this time in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Inside, Seasons restaurant (all-day-dining) La Vue terrace lounge, Ahlan lobby café and upmarket tapas bar (or ‘tapastry’, as they’re calling it) Amarillo (pictured) are all now open, with Italian restaurant Manzoni set to follow soon, along with a rooftop pool bar. Rates from Dhs650 per room per night. Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.pullmanhotels.com (04 567 11000).
Get a picnic packed for you Heading out on one of the fantastic outdoor adventures featured in our cover story? Don’t forget your picnic! Fancy something a little more gourmet than soggy tuna sandwiches? Carluccio’s is now offering hampers complete with fresh focaccia, pasta salads and roast chicken, plus desserts. There are also special kids’ and vegetarian menus. Dhs60 (kid’s package for one with drinks), Dhs245 (adults package for two). 24 hours notice required. Carluccio’s, Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 1320).
See where your food comes from Local fruit and vegetable specialist and delivery service Go Organic ME is now offering public visits to its farm for the first time. Previously only available to chefs and supermarkets, trips to explore the farm and see where produce is grown are now open to all shoppers, with groups of up to ten accommodated at any one time. To secure a slot, book in advance by email. Go Organic ME, www.goorganic.me, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 887 7025).