Cooking classes at Mirdif City Centre: As part of a month-long food festival, the mall’s chefs will host cooking classes on weekdays between 4pm to 6pm, for children and adults. Free. Sun-Thu 4pm-6pm. Until October 31. Mirdif City Centre (800 6422).
Thrifty Italian eats at Certo:
Enjoy a two-course meal with coffee or tea for Dhs85 at this pleasant and professional Italian joint. Dhs85. Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Go diving at night:
End your day with a night dive at Jumeriah Beach to see fish, relax, get some exercise and meet new dive buddies. Discover the depths of the ocean every Monday and Wednesday evening. Dhs150 with full dive kit and transport to the beach; Dhs50 with tank and weights. Mon and Wed 6pm. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 342 2993).
Try Carter’s pub quiz: We’ve pub quizzed all over town recently, and this sophisticated trivia session was one of our favourites thanks to a very professional quizmaster. Free. 7.45pm. Carter’s, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Take a turn on the ‘iceless’ ice rink at Arabian Center: Possibly the most underrated ice rink in town, the Arabian Center near Mirdif boasts a cool experience for novice (and professional) skaters. The difference is that this rink is made from ‘synthetic ice’ which is 10 per cent less slippery than regular ice (less tumbles for the tots) and isn’t cold to the touch. Another bonus is that the rink doesn’t require huge refrigeration units to maintain it, which also makes it more environmentally friendly. Dhs25 for a two-hour session plus skate hire. Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Arabian Center, Mirdif, www.arabiancenter.ae (04 284 5555).