UK Father’s Day falls on Sunday 17 June this year, with the UAE version on Thursday June 21. And if you’re lucky enough to spend the day with your dad, or if you’re a proud father yourself, then it calls for a bit of a celebration.
Whether he likes to take a few swings on the golf course, or is partial to a bit of pampering at the spa, there’s plenty going on across the city to mark the occasion.
Enjoy a roast at Bread Street Kitchen Being a dad of four, we can imagine Gordon Ramsay is big on Father’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a slap-up roast at his Atlantis The Palm restaurantrestaurant? On Sunday June 17 you can get a chicken or beef roast with fluffy Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg, cauliflower cheese and lashings of gravy. And if dad is more of a stay-at-home type you can try out the Host my Roast dining option, which provides you with everything you need for a roast with none of the required effort for just Dhs750 (for six or more).
Get stuck into a McGettigan’s Roast There was obviously going to be more than one roast on this list, not that that’s ever a bad thing. You can get a hearty roast at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeriah on Sunday June 17 with all the trimmings for Dhs109. If your dad loves his grub, treat him to a three-course option for an extra Dhs25 per course.
Get your hands on a free Truck Burger at Clinton St. Baking Company On Thursday June 21 Clinton St. Baking Company is spoiling the main men with a complimentary Clinton St. Food Truck Burger meal for every dad with any order of a separate main course. We love sniffing out a good bargain and our fathers’ have taught us well.
Go Loco at ZOCO Take dad for a taco on Thursday June 21 at ZOCO. He can also pile up the tortillas, fajitas and guacamole and enjoy the Latin American spirit at the Al Habtoor City restaurant. Best of all, dads get 20 percent off the bill on the day, so if you’re spoiling your papa it won’t cost you a brazo and a pierna (that’s an arm and a leg). Dia Del Padre!
Mosey on down to The Beach Is there any better way to spend time with the old fella than down at The Beach? Head to JBR for any amount of outdoor activities including parasailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and more. Alternatively you can visit The Flying Cup for an elevated coffee at 40-metres high with 360-degree views across the city.
Relax with a treatment at Saray Spa Even dads need to slip on some fluffy slippers and don a towelling robe on occasion and Saray Spa has a selection of treatments to help the boss man unwind. Treatments include the Alpha Male Energy Booster, which is a restorative two-hour treatment beginning with a neck, back and shoulder massage, complete with herbal compress and a 30-minute men’s executive facial. There’s also a Moroccan hammam and deep tissue massages among other treatments including Dead Sea immersion.
Scoff some burgers at Couqley Share a couple of burgers for the price of one with your pop this Father’s Day at Couqley. Head on down and satisfy the man of the hour with a wealth of burgers with two-for-one on the classic cheeseburger, the raclette burger with caramelised onion, the truffle brie burger and more. We’re going whether dad wants to or not. The best news? It runs for a whole week so both UAE and UK Father’s Days are covered.
Take a swing at The Els Club If your dad likes golf and food then it really doesn’t get much better than this offer at The Els Club. This Father’s Day the leader of the pack gets a free main course and welcome drink when dining at 261 or Big Easy. And if he’s up for a round of golf, the treat is for the younger members of the brood as under 16s can bring their own clubs and play the round with him for free. Time to show the old fella how it’s done, kids. Prices vary. Sun Jun 17 & Thu Jun 21, 6am-11.30pm. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City (04 425 1000).
Treat dad to a Shine Spa facial This Father’s Day, your old man can wash the years away with a 60-minute facial for half the price at Shine Spa. He’ll also get full use of the spa facilities for some much-needed me-time while enjoying lovely views from the 24th floor location.
Watch the match on the big screen Take your dad down to the VOX Cinemas Outdoor screen at Aloft City Centre Deira and placate him with the match in an air-conditioned arena with a chilled beverage, popcorn and unlimited bites. The screen is open for all World Cup games and costs just Dhs175 for unlimited soft drinks and snacks. What a result.
Free pints at Reform Social & Grill The first 50 dads to arrive at Reform Social & Grill on Sunday June 17 will get a free pint in honour of the occasion. And while you’re there you might as well dig into the Great British Roast, too. For Dhs100 you’ll get a full roast dinner with chicken or beef with all the trimmings. Free. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes (04 454 2638).