Learn to row: Lessons at Monty’s Rowing School take place along Dubai Creek, where the instructors will show you the basics and help you improve your speed. Dhs120 per lesson. Daily, various times. Al Boom Tourist Village, Oud Metha, www.montysrowingschool.com (050 738 0910).
Get shopping: Now in its 14th year, Dubai Summer Surprises starts today. Visit the big malls for great competitions and plenty of sales. Until July 31. Various locations across Dubai, www.dubaievents.ae
Learn about an arty initiative: Today is the final talk in the 2011 MENAseries art initiative, which aims to reconnect people with their city. Head to thejamjar for what is sure to be an interesting discussion. Free. 7pm-8.30pm. thejamjar, Al Quoz(04 341 7303).
Mussels mania! Head to The Wharf at the Madinat and enjoy black pot mussels served with garlic or soda bread. Dhs90. 7pm-11.30pm. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6152).
Go Russian for the night: Dance to commercial house music with a Russian element. Dhs50; free for men before 8pm and ladies before 11pm. 7pm. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand (056 640 6161).