From civilised theatre and spa days to frenzied sale shopping and Friday brunch
The first week back at work is drawing to a close, and we think you’ve more than earned a chance to let your hair down and get stuck into the weekend’s frivolities. Christmas may be behind us, but don’t sit at home moping about it. Get out there and start 2018 as you mean to go on.
All-Out Brunch at Amwaj Rotana Try the revamped JBR brunch and dine on dishes from Italian restaurant Rosso, Japanese eatery Benihana as well as from JB’s Gastropub’s food truck. Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages and sparkling), Dhs690 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).
A trio of treatments Can’t decide what area you want to focus on after all those festive parties? This treatment trio means you can choose three mini massages from a selection including foot, scalp, hand, shoulders or facial. Plus it runs until the end of January, so you can extend the pampering for the whole month. Just what you need to beat the January blues. Dhs400 (plus 10 percent DIFC tax). Open daily 9am-10pm. Until Jan 31. Four Seasons DIFC (04 506 0000).
Barbecue at The Croft Enjoy the sunny weather with an al fresco afternoon around the barbecue. BBQ Saturdays from The Croft include an à la carte menu of premium cuts and fresh seafood, plus salads and sides. Dig in and enjoy the Marina views, plus there’s a happy hour with discounts on drinks from 5pm until 8pm. Prices vary. Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Breakfast at The Terrace by Boulevard Kitchen Tuck into a huge breakfast buffet spread with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa every day from 6.30am until 11am. Dhs125. Daily 6am-11am. Ongoing. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 423 8899).
Buy One Get One Free at Jekyll and Hyde Buy one beverage and get another one absolutely free all day every day at Jekyll and Hyde. The offer is available on all house beverages including grape, hops and grains. Open daily 8am-2am. Level M, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 343 5518).
Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight The newest Cirque du Soleil show, Toruk – The First Flight, is coming to town for a two-week run this month as part of a global tour. It kicks off tonight and is inspired by James Cameron’s record-shattering movie Avatar, set in the fictional world of Pandora. It promises to be a visually stunning live setting. So get ready to be wowed by some amazing acrobatic performances. From Dhs295. Jan 4-17 2018. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.tixbox.com.
Cling onto Christmas If you’re not ready to let go of the festive season just yet, then head on down to BurJuman mall for the final days of its huge winter spectacular, which includes a Christmas tree made out of 1,000 teddy bears, fake snow and seasonal décor. Daily 3pm-10pm. Until Sat Jan 6. BurJuman, Bur Dubai, www.burjuman.com.
Discover Dubai Frame Dubai’s newest landmark is now open to the public and allows visitors to see the city’s past, present and future in a one-hour tour with unique views of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Dubai from a 150-metre-high sky glass bridge. This is the first weekend that the Frame has been open, so get there early to beat the rush. From Dhs20 (kids), Dhs50 (adults) free (kids under three, adults over 60 and people of determination). Open daily 10am-7pm. Zabeel Park, www.thedubaiframe.com.
Dubai Shopping Festival Don your comfiest shoes and make haste to the shops to pick up some bargains at Dubai’s 23rd annual shopping festival. Afterwards you can enjoy the fireworks and celebrate your new purchases (or self-restraint) at La Mer, Al Seef and The Beach. For more information go to www.visitdubai.com/en/dsf.
Fondue and more at Publique Dig into raclette, pierrade (hot stone cooking) or fondue and a carafe of house grape for a special price every day. From Dhs140. Daily noon-midnight. Ongoing. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 430 8550).
IRIS Brunch The IRIS Dubai Brunch has been revamped for winter with new selection of delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes along with live cooking stations including a barbecue, a sushi bar and a new poke bar, featuring fresh tuna, salmon and crab along with an assortment of veggies and salad, which will also feature on the updated restaurant menu. Dhs140 (soft drinks), Dhs290 (house grape and draft hops), Dhs420 (mixed drinks), Dhs520 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-5pm. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
La Perle Take advantage of discount tickets to see La Perle with silver and bronze tickets available for special 2018 rate of just Dhs201.8 (see what they did there?).With regular prices of Dhs600 for silver and Dhs400 for bronze, that’s quite the saving for dirham-savvy theatregoers. Sale until Jan 8. Tickets valid for shows until June 2018. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City. Visit laperle.com/offers-packages/
Rockfish lunch at Jumeirah Al Naseem This lazy Friday lunch includes bucket loads of fresh seafood including clams, mussels, garlic prawns as well as sea bass crudo and Australian short rib. Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Rooftop Yoga Kick start that January health routine with new yoga classes from Soul Wellness & Spa. The Sheraton Grand’s spa, which has been revamped, is hosting the sessions on its 54th floor terrace on Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 6.45am. Dhs80. Sat 5.30pm & Sun 6.45am. Ongoing. Sheraton Grand Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 4444).
Spa package at Armani Hotel Reward yourself after a stressful day in the office or intensive gym workout with four 50-minute body scrub, body wrap, massage or facial sessions, to be enjoyed spread across the month. Dhs999. Sun-Thu 9am-9pm. Valid for 30 days from date of purchase. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3282).
Stas Mihaylov For something a bit different on a Sunday night, catch famous Russian singer Stas Mihaylov’s one-night-only performance at Burj Al Arab. From Dhs550. Sun Jan 7. 8pm-11.30pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7777).
Visit Mint Leaf of London For a classy ladies’ night head to this upmarket Indian restaurant, where you’ll get three free drinks, plus 30 percent off the lounge food menu. Free. Mon 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).
WASH at Cavalli Club and Cirque le Soir International music star WASH will be performing early next week (Sunday January 7 and Monday January 8) at Cirque le Soir and Cavalli Club and with special live performances that promise to dispel any January blues. The R&B singer, who has collaborated with the likes of French Montana, will be making appearances at the Fairmont Hotel venues. Cirque le Soir: Free entry. Sun 7, 10.30pm-3am. Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (050 995 5400). Cavalli Club: Dhs250 entry plus two drinks or Dhs500 entry and open bar. Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (050 991 0400).