Read Arabic books: Discover Arabic literature with Kutub Bilarabia Book Club, open to everyone – even if you don’t speak the language. The Archive, Safa Park (04 349 4033).
Enjoy Asian cuisine: Chef’s House has introduced a brand new Monday theme night, which offers a varied selection of Asian cooking, prepared at live stations. Dhs135 (soft drinks). Dhs195 (house beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Free drinks for ladies: Women enjoy complimentary mixed drinks at this laid-back old-fashioned watering hole. Free 8pm-2am. The Stables. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 342 5571).
Bake off at Balance: The café has been running a baking festival, serving recipes such as baked ricotta tart with ginger glaze and baked cherry-crusted cake with piquant orange coulis. Catch the promotion before it ends. From Dhs55 per dish. Daily 11am-10pm. Until January 10 2014. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4051).
Splash around at Aquaplay: Aquaplay is great if you’re looking for a water adventure in an air-conditioned setting. From Dhs10 per ride. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat, 10am to midnight. Mirdif City Centre. www.theplaymania.com/aquaplay (04 231 6311).