Shopping, football, brunches, parties and free fries in Dubai.
We’ve almost made it to the weekend, and what a weekend it promises to be. Not only is it our final weekend of the FIFA World Cup, there’s also plenty of parties, brunches and other activities to keep you entertained across the city. We’ve picked out 29 of the best to see you through, so peruse at your leisure and make this weekend a good one.
Afternoon tea at BiCE Sky Bar Enjoy a selection of classic scones, sandwiches, hot bites and pastries at this weekend afternoon tea at BiCE Sky Bar, before polishing it all off with a traditional Victoria sponge with fresh strawberries, violet and elderflower éclairs and classic lemon tart bergamot. Dhs150 (food, coffee and tea), Dhs190 (food, coffee, tea, one glass of bubbly). Thu-Sat, 4pm-6pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Dubai Marina (04 318 2520).
Bag a bargain with Summer Surprises Dubai’s six-week Summer Surprises sale has returned and we are leading the stampede to the shops. Until Saturday August 4, at various locations across the city, there will be a “Deal of The Day” offer, weekend destination surprises and a final weekend sale. If you visit The Beach, opposite JBR, you can expect discounts of up to 50 percent at restaurants, shops and even at the cinema. Winning. Fri Jun 22-Sat Aug 4. Various locations including The Dubai Mall. www.dubaisummersurprises.com.
Barastic Park Fancy brunching with the dinosaurs? Head to Barasti’s summer tent Barastic Park: Return of the Lost World, for live music, food and some roar-some deals (sorry). Dhs175 (ladies), Dhs250 (men). Sat 2pm-5pm. Ongoing. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
Bastille Day at Bleu Blanc This Bastille Day (Saturday July 14), Bleu Blanc by David Myers will host a special brunch in celebration of all things French, with décor and beverages themed on La Vie En Rose. Indulge in free-flowing signature dishes from a special à la carte brunch menu while a live DJ spins commercial tunes injected with French vibes. A live fashion illustrator will be on hand to capture your brunch outfit à la mode, while French-themed photo props are available to enhance your insta-worthy moments. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house drinks), Dhs649 (bubbly). Sat Jul 14, 12.30-4pm. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 512 5533).
Bastille Day fun at Chez Charles Celebrate the “Le Jour De La Bastille” at Chez Charles with back-to-back brunch on Saturday. There’ll be two sessions between 1pm and 5pm and again between 7pm and 11pm, where you can enjoy a three-course menu and a spectacular live band, DJ and French fête décor. Dhs225 (soft drinks). Sat Jul 14, 1pm-5pm; 7pm-11pm. d3 (04 512 2444).
Cash for keys offer Every time you spend Dhs100 on selected drinks at The Huddle Bur Dubai you’ll be given a key to unlock one of 200 boxes. Inside is a range of prizes, from a staycation to free dinners, drinks and even cash prizes of up to Dhs10,000. Dhs100. Open daily noon-3am. Until Mon Jul 16. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai (04 407 8000).
Catch the World Cup at McGettigan's JBR Enjoy a pie and a pint while you watch the match across ten screens at McGettigan’s JBR. For just Dhs120 you can get a pie or a burger and a pint of hops and there will also be a happy hour offering drinks from Dhs25 during the group stages and a round of 16, served one hour before the games, and in between every game. Dhs120 (pie/burger and pint). Open Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3am; Fri-Sat 10am-3am. McGettigan’s JBR, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2580).
Celebrate Le Quatorze Juillet at Trader Vic’s Celebrate the National day of France this Saturday (July 14) with a live salsa band, a DJ and a special French menu with favourites such as raclette and potato gratin, mini quiche Lorraine and frites with blue cheese dip. Ooh la la. Dishes from Dhs35. Sat Jul 14, 5pm-1.30am. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2530).
Check out STK Downtown The second branch of international steakhouse STK is now open at Address Downtown and it looks like it’s worth checking out. Described as a “high-energy dining and drinks venue offering the ultimate blend of food-meets-party”, the new location boasts views of the Burj Khalifa, as well as garden terrace, and promises a “New York edge”. We’re there. Open daily 6pm-midnight. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Cheer at Atlantis The Palm Head to this fan zone, which has capacity for more than 2,000 football-lovers, to watch the World Cup. There are massive screens, as well as a gamers’ corner. Plus, ladies will get four free drinks daily from 6pm until and from noon until 9pm on Fridays. Free entry. Match days. Until Jul 15. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Comfort eat It’s tough when the opposing team scores, but to soften the blow, Cook Hall is offering ten percent off your food bill every time your team concedes in the World Cup. Along with brilliant food and beverage deals, no one’s a loser here. Prices vary. Match days only. Until Jul 15. The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
Free fries at The Sum of Us Friday 13 is unlucky for some, but not for anyone who heads down to The Sum Of Us for some dinner on this World Fry Day. Every person will get a free portion of truffle fries with their meal. Fri Jul 13, 5pm-7pm. Burj Al Salam (056 445 7526).
Free ice cream Thought your summer holidays couldn’t get any better? Think again. You can now enjoy free ice cream before your vacation even begins. Emirates is giving away two million Emperor ice creams – in five flavours – from multiple carts dotted around Terminal 3’s Departures and transit areas. Chill-out pre-flight. Free. Until Aug 31. Terminal 3 Departures and transit, Dubai International Airport, www.emirates.com.
Get fit for less Fitness fan? This is for you. Fairmont The Palm is offering both an aquaspin and a yoga class for just Dhs99 until Saturday September 15, which saves you Dhs51 on the regular classes. We’ll see you at the pool. Dhs99. Daily from 7am. Until Sep 1. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.beyourbestdxb.com.
Hop into the Uber Fan Van to watch the World Cup In celebration of the biggest football event, Uber has launched a specially-themed pop-up van showcasing the matches, and there’s a chance you could hop in to cheer on your favourite team on a 48” TV. Enter the promo code “UberFanVan” into your Uber App and wait to see if you won. Various locations. Until Sun Jul 15. uber.com/app.
Indoor beach extravaganza Until Saturday July 28, Dubai Marina Mall will be hosting an indoor beach party so families can enjoy shoreline entertainment while beating the summer heat. The best part? The event is completely free, and a few lucky people will even go home with some exciting prizes. Free. Until Sat Jul 28. Beach Party: Open daily noon-8pm Dubai Marina Mall: Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight; Sat noon-11pm. Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, dubaimarinamall.com (04 436 1020).
Italian French fusion at Certo Italy is world famous for its pasta, while France is renowned for its grape. Happily, for the whole of July, diners can indulge in a fusion at Certo, at the Radisson Blu Dubai Media City. From 6pm until 11pm every night, Chef Antonio at the Italian restaurant will be cooking up a special three-course dinner. For just Dhs198 per person, guests will get a starter, main course and dessert, along with a French grape pairing with each course. Dhs198 per person. Until Tue Jul 31. Daily 6pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
It’s brunchtime Jazz@PizzaExpress at JLT has launched a new night brunch. Every Thursday enjoy live music, all your fave pizzas and unlimited drinks for Dhs225. Dhs225. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
Kids eat for free at Armani Hotel Dubai Armani Hotel Dubai’s Bambini offer allows kids under the age of ten dine in four of the hotel’s exquisite restaurants completely free of charge. All the little ones out there are in for an absolute culinary treat. From Sunday July 1 all the way until Friday August 31, all families need to do is book a table at either Armani/Ristorante, Armani/Amal, Armani/Mediterraneo or Armani/Deli, and children will get a complimentary meal. Free (kids under ten). Prices vary (adults). Sun Jul 1- Fri Aug 31. Opening times vary. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai, www.armanihoteldubai.com/en/special-offers/kids-dine-for-free (04 888 3666).
On your bike The scorching heat can be tough, but this indoor cycling studio won’t let that be an excuse to stop you exercising. CycleBar Dubai is offering unlimited monthly rides for summer. Dhs900 (package). Open Sun-Thu 6am-10pm; Fri-Sat 8am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 395 5523).
Party at Shades There’s a hot new evening pool party, and it’s at Address Dubai Marina. Shades is throwing open the doors to its stunning infinity pool every Thursday night for Dhs250. And you’ll get five drinks included in that, too. From Dhs250. Thu 6pm-midnight. Ongoing. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Pinch My Summer pop up Head down to Times Square Center for a mouth-watering fusion of Eastern and Western cuisine at the Pinch Gourmet pop-up. The casual Montreal-style dining experience offers hearty flavours and an ever-changing menu to tantalise the taste buds. Open Sun-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 9am-8pm. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timessquarecentre.ae.
Pool day discounts on the Palm Soak up the sun at RIVA for less Sun, sand and discounts, anyone? Palm Jumeirah beach club RIVA is offering a summer-long deal, where you can get day passes for Dhs105 instead of Dhs200 during weekends and 25 percent discount on all à la carte food and drink. Dhs105 (daily pass). Open daily 7am-sunset. Until Fri Aug 31. Shoreline 8, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
Post-brunch house party No need to go straight home after brunch on Friday, you can head to The House Party Bar post-brunch for a special package. Get unlimited drinks from 4pm until 8pm for just Dhs200, and maybe play a spot of Pac-Man or foosball, too. Dhs200. Fri 4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
See the match at The Penthouse Catch all the World Cup action from this stunning location at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai. Not only is there a dedicated area with plenty of big screens, the specially-constructed air-conditioned tent is transparent, so you won’t miss the super view across the city. How about watching it from the swimming pool, too? Free. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, email@example.com (052 900 4868).
Stay and brunch at Aloft Palm Jumeirah It can be exhausting travelling all the way back home after a brunch, and this resort understands the feeling all too well. Aloft Palm Jumeirah has coupled a brunch at Mexican eatery Luchador with a stay for two. The offer also comes along with pool and beach access to completely chill you out. And if you have any room left, there’s a complimentary breakfast, too. Dhs799 per night (for two). Thu-Sat. Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah (04 247 5555).
Take a moonlight dip Fancy a swim but want to avoid the summer heat? Well you're in luck. La Ville Hotel & Suites has launched a new night pool package, and it's looking like a good deal. The Dip in the Dark offer includes access from 5pm until 10pm every evening to the boutique hotel’s rooftop infinity pool which overlooks the glistening skyline.The pool is open every evening until Sunday September 30 and once you’ve worn yourself out with a bit of doggy paddle, you’ll be able to refuel with some tasty bites at La Ville’s urban rooftop bar, LookUp. Dhs100 (Sun-Thu, includes Dhs50 food and drink voucher). Dhs150 (Fri-Sat, includes Dhs100 food and drink voucher). Open daily until Sun Sep 30, 5pm-10pm, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk (054 309 5948).
Tennis brunch Celebrate all things Wimbledon on Friday July 13 with a special brunch at Caravan. Expect strawberries and cream and summertime beverages. Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (mixed drinks), Dhs650 (sparkling). Fri 13 Jul, 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
Tropical brunch at Zero Gravity This weekend brings a brand-new brunch at Zero Gravity. Tropical Brunch kicks off this Friday (July 13) including unlimited food and drinks, all-day pool and beach access and tropical and tribal sounds from Dubai’s finest DJs. Dhs295 (ladies), Dhs345 (men). Fri 1p,-5pm. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Vive la France at The Grape Escape Get stuck into endless raclette fondue and charcuterie this weekend to honour French National day for just Dhs129 all weekend. The bar will even throw in a free glass of grape. Dhs129. Thu 12-Sat Jul 14, 7pm-11pm. Hilton Dubai The Walk (04 318 2319).
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