We’re more than willing to get on board with the festivities and we’ve rounded up some of the best deals in Dubai below so you can make the most of the special day. We are stoked at the thought… Brunswick Sports Club Flash your Aussie ID at Brunswick Sports Club this Australia Day and you’ll be presented with a complimentary glass of Aussie punch. There’s also two-for-one specials on all house hops and grape over the weekend and prizes for the best dressed Aussie. Celebrations will kick off on Friday January 26 with a few rounds of Aussie game Goon of Fortune (we’re baffled) or get stuck into an Oz burger made with beetroot and pineapple. There will also be back-to-back DJs on Friday night, and a streaming of the Triple J Hottest 100 from 3pm on Saturday January 27, which is an annual listener poll from an Australian radio show, if you didn’t know… Prices vary. Fri 26 and Sat 27 noon-late. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates (056 404 0685). Deliveroo The food delivery service is teaming up with Pineapple Express this Australia Day to offer a classic Down Under treat to Dubai with every order form the JLT eatery. On Friday January 26, every delivery will arrive with a free banana caramel dessert to finish off your healthy main from the Australian superfood café. With everything from salads and wraps to bowls and smoothies, there’s bound to be something worth washing down with banana. Prices vary. Jan 26. www.deliveoo.ae.
J&G Steakhouse What better way to celebrate Australia Day than with a great big juicy steak? This Aussie National Day, J&G has put together a “Meat the Aussies” menu highlighted by premium cuts including wagyu, onyx and stockyard. There will also be 20 percent off grape for the evening, and Aussies get a complimentary bottle of red or white Homeland grape. Expect live jazz and traditional Australian tracks, too. Dhs350 (including three cuts of rib-eye, flank and tenderloin). Fri Jan 26, 6.30pm-midnight. The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5577). Nezesaussi Grill Coincidently, Nezesaussi Grill will be sharing its first birthday with Australia Day – which means double the celebrations. All guests will get a pie and a pint for Dhs99 per person, but that’s not all. On Friday January 26 between 1pm and 10pm, every new 26th man to walk into the restaurant will get a case of Australian hops, while every new 10th woman to walk into the outlet will get a bottle of grape. Also, every table and guest at the bar will receive a complimentary Vegemite toast (concentrated yeast extract, apparently). The best-dressed Aussie will win a brunch for two in Nezesaussi Grill, and there will be a happy hour on beverages from noon to midnight. Special entertainment, as well as themed menu items will also be on offer. The offer will be available at both Nezesaussi Grill Downtown and Nezesaussi Grill Address Dubai Marina Dhs99 (pie and pint – offer to be extended until the end of Jan). Jan 26 noon-midnight. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444); Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 8899).
McGettigan’s The Irish pubs are going rogue this Australia Day and embracing traditions from afar. For just Dhs69 you can get a delicious 8oz Australian wagyu beef burger topped with beetroot, sweet pickle, pineapple, bacon, cheese and a fried egg in a brioche bun and a pint of Australian hops. Sounds beaut. Dhs69. Jan 26 noon-10pm. Available at McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC and Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.mcgettigans.com.
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera Celebrate Australia Day at this Aussie-based chef’s restaurant, right here in Dubai. British-born Sean Connolly is laying on a barbecue brunch, where dishes include Australian lamb and Kinkawooka mussels at his Dubai Opera restaurant. Choose from a variety of dishes served up from barbecue stations in the garden and dig into. Plus, if your kid has an Aussie accent (real or put on) they’ll get to eat free. Bonzer. Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Fri Jan 26 only. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7312).
Yalumba Popular Garhoud party spot Yalumba is going all out and making a full weekend of it this Australia Day. There’s a barbie smoking tasty meats, live entertainment and a few rounds of cricket. There will be an all-night bonanza on the Thursday (January 25), followed by a special Friday Brunchology the next day (January 26). Expect Aussie specialities like meat pies and sausage sizzle. We’re not sure what that is, but it sounds tremendous. Thur: Dhs159 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). Thu Jan 25m 7pm onwards. Fri: Dhs389 (sparkling grape), Dhs529 (bubbly). Fri Jan 26 12.30pm-3.30pm.Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).