101 things to do this EID

Don’t waste the extended weekend by staying at home. We’ve rounded up a feast of ideas to help you make the most of the city

Al Dawaar
Al Dawaar
Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
Rivington Grill
Rivington Grill
Shawarma in Satwa
Shawarma in Satwa
Lime Tree Café
Lime Tree Café
Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding
The Big Bus Tour
The Big Bus Tour
Dubai Marathon
Dubai Marathon
iFly at Mirdif City Centre
iFly at Mirdif City Centre
Al Ain Wildlife Park
Al Ain Wildlife Park
Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai
Posh Paws Petting Farm
Posh Paws Petting Farm
The Music Room
The Music Room
Salsa at Malecon
Salsa at Malecon
Bahri Bar
Bahri Bar
Bidi Bondi
Bidi Bondi
Nasimi
Nasimi
Step Up 3D
Step Up 3D
Cyrus
Cyrus
Khan Murjan souk
Khan Murjan souk
Kurt Geiger
Kurt Geiger
The Farjam Collection
The Farjam Collection
Eid pampering
Eid pampering
Hatta Fort Hotel
Hatta Fort Hotel
Catch Premiership action
Catch Premiership action
The Gramercy
The Gramercy
Visit Abu Dhabi
Visit Abu Dhabi
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Officially falling this Friday September 10, Eid al-Fitr is the festivity marking the end of Ramadan and a time of revelry across the city, when Muslims celebrate their purification after the Holy Month of fasting. Eid al-Fitr literally translates as ‘feast of the breaking of the fast’. Many use the long weekend as an opportunity to visit friends and relatives and to spend time with their family, and there are also lots of flight and hotel promotions to entice people to spend the holiday somewhere more exotic. But why would you want to leave when Dubai has so much to offer? (Okay, so maybe you can’t afford a break this year.) For those of you who’ll be staying home, Time Out Dubai’s expert section editors, Oliver Robinson, Holly Sands, Nyree Barrett and Becky Lucas, have come up with a bumper list of ideas to make your Eid weekend the most exciting yet.

Eating Out

Chosen by food editor Oliver Robinson
1 Eat at the Fashion Dome: Not only does Mall of the Emirates’ new extension house a treasure trove of fancy frocks, it also provides yet another place in town to fill our bellies. Fashion Dome boasts seven eateries, including old favourites PF Chang’s, More, Fauchon, Asha’s, and Biella, as well as new Arabic restaurant Al Halabi and the African-themed Tribes. They all opened on September 1, which – in theory – means they’ll have had time to perfect their menu and service.
Mall of the Emirates (04 409 9000)

2 Try some chai: This spiced tea is sold in any self-respecting Indian or Pakistani café around Dubai and costs no more than Dhs3, yet it tastes like a million sweet dirhams. Try the cafés on Satwa Road

3 Stock up on Vimto: If you’ve developed a taste for this fruity concoction, you better stockpile it now – it often disappears from shelves after the Holy Month.

4 Grab a manakish for lunch: Head to Al Reef Lebanese Bakery in Jumeirah for the tastiest (and gooiest) cheese manakish in the city. Grab a spinach fatayer for later!
Opposite Safa Park, Al Wasl Road (04 394 5200)

5 Hit the fish market: Check out the massive variety of fresh seafood – storeholders will even clean fish in front of you. Top tip: set your alarm and arrive at 6.30am for the best choice.
Next to the fruit and vegetable market, near Al Shindagha Tunnel

6 Eat al fresco: With Ramadan almost over and the weather starting to cool, we’re looking forward to revisiting the breezy outdoor dining areas at Pierchic (04 366 6730), Pars Iranian Kitchen (04 398 4000), Basta Art Café (04 353 5071), and Margaux (04 439 7555).

7 Dine by the creek: Spend an afternoon relaxing and playing cards at one of the little kiosks on the Deira side of the creek, and grab a tasty vegetable samosa for just Dhs1 – the perfect snack.
Various locations along Baniyas Road

8 Have a leisurely breakfast: Tucking into a heavenly Mediterranean saj at cute café Shakespeare & Co is the only way to start the weekend.
Meadows Town Centre, Emirates Hills (call 04 360 8886 for other locations)

9 Get dizzy over dinner: Head over to Hyatt Regency’s revolving restaurant, Al Dawaar, for an early dinner, where you’ll find a refreshingly grown-up vibe and subtle decor (there are no Trader Vic’s-esque dried blowfish hanging from this ceiling). Though a little on the pricey side at times, the novelty is fun and there’s nothing quite like catching Dubai at dusk and watching the twinkling lights as they’re switched on across the city.
Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222)

10 Scoff cool treats on the beach: Grab an ice cream, head to Sunset Beach in Umm Suqeim and marvel at the colour-changing Burj al Arab.
Umm Suqeim 3, next to the Burj

11 Enjoy an Oriental feast: Taste some of the best Friday dim sum in town at Long Yin from 12.30pm until 3pm. These Cantonese treats start at Dhs14 per portion.
Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000)

12 Treat yourself to high tea: Fresh scones, pastries and teeny finger sandwiches await during the classy afternoon tea at The Ritz-Carlton’s Lobby Lounge. Choose from more than 20 types of tea. Prices ranges from Dhs110 to Dhs265.
The Ritz Carlton, The Walk at JBR (04 399 4000)

13 Tuck in to British grub: Feast on seriously posh fish and chips nosh at Rivington Grill. From noon until 6pm, kids eat for free.
Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903)

14 Celebrate the humble shawarma: For less than Dhs10, you can sample the tastiest chicken snack in the city at Satwa’s Al Mallah restaurant. The cheese bread is also a life-changing experience.
Al Dhiyafa Street (04 398 4723)

15 Slurp fresh juices at The Walk: Go for fresh avocado or watermelon. Okay, at Dhs20, they’re a bit pricier than in Old Dubai, but they’re worth it for a more serene vibe.
Scoosh, The Walk at JBR (04 422 2491)

16 Shop and snack: Mooch around Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn at Mirdif’s newest mall while snacking on delicious frozen yoghurt.
Mirdif City Centre (800 6422)

17 Try cheap thalis: Aryaas’ amazing lunch thalis are just Dhs10, and will truly fill you up.
Al Nakheel Building, Karama (04 335 5776)

18 Lunch in the desert: Head to Bab Al Shams and enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the dunes.
Near Endurance Village (04 809 6100)


Sport & Outdoor

Chosen by Sport editor Oliver Robinson
20 Join a bike challenge: Tackle an 80km, 120km or 140km cycle ride with Dubai Roadsters every Friday morning. The ride finishes at Lime Tree Café, where delicious refreshments await.
Contact jasejc@gmail.com

21 Watch the sun rise: You need to do it at least once while you’re here. We suggest heading to Jumeirah Open Beach around 6am. Off Jumeirah Beach Road – get there early!

22 Ride the cable cars: It’s the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of Creek Park. Most Dubaians have forgotten about them, but they’re still there, hanging away.
Dubai Creek Park, near Wonderland (04 336 7633)

23 Take a stroll: Try an afternoon walk around Safa Park – have you even seen the bird garden or the lake in the middle? You’ll feel like you’re in Tokyo Gardens.
Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah

24 Fly a hot air balloon at the mall: Ibn Battuta is one of Dubai’s more eccentric malls, and its balloon is tethered to the ground so it can’t fly away. Still, it’s enough to give you a great view of Dubai Marina. Rides cost Dhs80.
SkyDubai Adventure at Ibn Battuta (04 363 6552)

25 Serious hot air ballooning: Balloon Adventures will restart its flights over the Al Ain desert this month. Flights depart between 4.15am and 5.15am, and cost Dhs950 per adult (Dhs800 for children under 12). Maximum of 24 people per balloon.
Balloon Adventures (04 285 4949, info@ballooning.ae)

26 Chips and dip: The weather’s cool enough to enjoy a swim at the Jumeirah Beach Club again – which means we can indulge in the curly fries.
Beach Road, opposite Neuro Spinal Hospital (04 349 2555)

27 Picnic in the park: Head to one of Dubai’s gourmet grocers and pack a picnic for Za’abeel Park. Wafi Gourmet in Oud Metha (04 324 4433) is a good bet for Arabic delicacies such as mezze, kebabs, shawarma and fish, and its nougat selection is unmatched. Alternatively, head to Milk & Honey on the Palm (www.milkandhoney.ae), or Baker & Spice at Souk Al Bahar (04 425 2240) to stock up on picnic grub. For those who don’t fancy squatting on the grass, Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates (04 409 4899) sells cheap picnic mats, with prices ranging from Dhs7 to Dhs30.

28 Catch a catamaran: The boat sets sail at 3pm every Thursday and Saturday from Dubai International Marine Club, costing Dhs499 (including food and soft drinks).
Arabia Horizons (04 294 6060, www.arabiahorizons.com)

29 See Dubai by bus: You’ve been cooped up all summer, so what’s the harm in getting some sun on the top deck? Alternatively, take the night tour. Prices start at Dhs125 for the night tour to Dhs285 for a 48-hour ticket.
www.bigbustours.com

30 Take an overnight desert safari: Try One World’s camping package and enjoy a night under the desert stars for Dhs360.
www.desertsafaridubai.ae

31 Visit Time Out’s fave pool at the Park Hyatt: To lounge there you have to book a spa treatment at Amara – hardly a chore.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1660)

32 Go fish!: Marine Concept offers four-hour trips for Dhs3,000. Captain, crew and soft drinks are provided.
(04 432 9496, www.marine-charter-concept.com)

33 Get fit in 30 minutes: Well, you’ll have to do several 30-minute sessions to see results. Each session costs Dhs40, or pay Dhs400 for 12.
American Fitness, locations across Dubai (www.americanfitness.me)

34 Bounce on a trampoline: Under 21s can head to Fun City, while big kids can have a bounce at Safa Park.
Fun City, Al Reef Mall, Deira (04 222 2405)

35 Go wakeboarding: One of the best things about living by the (warm) sea.
Nautica 1992, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina (050 426 2415)


36 Try desert quad-biking: You must be at least 15 years old to take part in this three-hour tour, which costs Dhs395.
Arabia Horizons (www.arabiahorizons.com)

37 Go on a donut ride: It’s like a banana boat, but smaller, with added screaming.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 3333)

38 Learn to wakesurf: Similar to wakeboarding, only you’re not strapped to the board or holding onto a rope attached to a boat. A six-hour course in Abu Dhabi is Dhs250 per person for a minimum of four people.
RJ Performance Marine, Abu Dhabi (050 238 3145)

39 Dive around: The Palm monorail Head to Atlantis for a dive that will take you around the monorail’s pillars.
Atlantis Dive Centre, The Palm (04 426 3000, www.atlantisdivecentre.com)

40 Discover Dibba: Absolute Adventure’s plantation camp in Dibba, near the beach and Wadi Khab Al Shamsi, has been completely rebuilt over the summer, and has accommodation for up to 180 people. While you’re there, take advantage of the company’s new-season tour schedule, offering excursions that inevitably involve cycling up/down mountains, kayaking around wadis, trekking through the mountains, and clambering over rocks. All regular adventures will be available at the same rates as last season.
(04 345 9900, www.adventure.ae)

41 Start pounding the pavements: The Dubai Marathon is not until January 21, so you have five months to get in shape. Serious runners can join ABRaS AC (www.abrasac.org), while novices can try Dubai Road Runners (www.dubai-road-runners.com) and Desert Hash House Harriers (www.deserthash.org) – though with the latter you may do more drinking than running.

42 Join a team: Are you overweight, with few friends? Join one of the many amateur sports leagues starting in Dubai this month. Note: thin, popular people are also welcome to play sport in Dubai.

43 Go bowling at Al Nasr Leisureland: The perfect option between 4pm and 6pm, when many brunch venues stop serving (the alley is licensed).
Al Nasr Leisureland bowling alley (04 337 1234)

44 Get fighting fit at KO Gym: Eid is the last chance to sign up for KO Gym’s Survivor’s Challenge, a 12-week fitness overhaul. Each entrant will receive coaching, supplements and equipment. Sessions involve kickboxing, outdoor plyometrics and resistance training. It costs Dhs2,250 and culminates in a gala dinner on December 17.
Dream Tower 1, Dubai Marina (050 420 1523)

45 Become a surfer: Surf School UAE is offering free lessons every Friday morning at Sunset Beach. Space is limited and the classes depend on the weather, so email for info.
Surf School UAE, Jumeirah (info@surfschooluae.com)

46 Hit that bullseye: For those who don’t take their exercise anywhere but the pub, darts is the perfect pastime. At time of going to press, The Red Lion was finalising its autumn darts league.
Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 0000)

47 Race in an Audi R8: Audi offers half-day performance and advanced safety driving courses at Dubai Autodrome to help you navigate Sheikh Zayed Road safely and stylishly.
Dhs260 per person. Email info@audidriving.net

48 Reach new heights: Dubai’s latest climbing wall at Magic Planet in Mirdif is more approachable than most, and casual climbers can clamber to their heart’s content for just Dhs50.
Magic Planet, Mirdif City Centre (800 534 7873)

49 Get back to nature: Head to Al Ain Wildlife Park for a night safari, where you can watch the animals inc;uding falcons, cheetahs and giraffes being fed their evening meal. ‘Wilde Nights’ run from 4pm until midnight Saturday to Thursday, and 10am to midnight on Friday.
Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (www.awpr.ae)

50 Take to the skies: Book yourself an aerial tour of Dubai in a seaplane. Prices range from Dhs1,225 to Dhs9,900, depending on what you want to see.

51 Skydive indoors: A must for high-flyers.Indoor skydiving centre iFly is offering three sessions for the price of two until the kids go back to school.
Mirdif City Centre (800 534 7873; www.iflyme.com)

52 Experience Ski Dubai for just Dhs120: Head to the snow park and throw a few snowballs – it’s not just for kids, we promise.
Mall of the Emirates (800 534 7873)


Community

Chosen by Community editor Oliver Robinson
53 Volunteer to help the animals: Laura and Lindsey at Posh Paws are always looking for good people to help out with all manner of cute strays and abandoned pets – from horses and dogs to sloths and baboons. Check out the website for directions.
Posh Paws (050 273 0973), www.poshpawsdubai.com

54 Give a little to Pakistan: Charity is part of the Eid al-Fitr tradition, and the people of Pakistan still need help after the devastating floods that rocked the nation earlier this summer.
Email dubai@unicef.org or see www.dec.org.uk or www.pakassociationdubai.com to donate

Music & Nightlife

Chosen by Music editor Holly Sands
55 Have a lazy lunch: Head to Bidi Bondi and lay the foundations for a night out with a solid burger.
Shoreline Apartments 1-5, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515)

56 Rock out to live tunes: The Music Room, our favourite live music venue in the city, has been undergoing a little facelift throughout Ramadan, and is soon to announce a new (and apparently more varied) line-up.
Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888)

57 Dance on the sand at Nasimi’s Big Beach Party: Don’t miss DJ Schooly’s first Soulful Session of the season at Nasimi, with sounds from Ronnie Jazz, David Craig, Charl Chaka, Kristian Valdini and plenty more of the city’s favourite DJs.
Atlantis The Palm (04 426 0000)

58 Enjoy cocktails on the beach: It may close at 9pm, but Beach Bar at Dubai Marine Beach Resort feels like beach bars used to – relaxed, unpretentious and sand-scuffed.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 346 1111)

59 Watch the sun go down: Enjoy an ice-cold cocktail while admiring the setting sun from Bahri Bar’s stunning terrace.
Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730)

60 Play pool outdoors: Chuck on your boardies and flip flops for a late-afternoon game of pool at Wavebreakers.
Hilton Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR (04 399 1111)

61 Scoff a proper pub lunch: Treat yourself to grub at Harvester’s: the show-stopping stuffed potato skins remain the city’s best bet for cholesterol-raising joy.
Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111)

62 Eat, drink and watch sports on TV: Men! Get back into the swing of things (and, subsequently, the doghouse) by taking advantage of Double Decker’s Super Saturday where, from 4pm until 10pm, the day’s major sporting events will be projected onto screens, and a five-bottle bucket and chicken wings will cost a mere Dhs99.
Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111)

63 Devise a Dubai drinks trail: Pick a theme or an area. We recommend stopping at The Garage for themed fun (Ramee International Hotel, Deira, 04 224 0222), Club Africana for lively tunes (Rush Inn Hotel, Bur Dubai, 04 352 2235) and Moulin Rouge for eye-popping entertainment (Broadway Hotel, Deira, 04 221 7111).

64 Try a ladies’ night: If you’re new to the city, check out Friday night at Blends in Dubai Marina. There’s a sociable crowd and free drinks for the girls all evening.
The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777)

65 Sip mocktails overlooking the creek: Plonk yourself down at one of the tables on a platform jutting out over the water, then watch the world go by while diving into juicy kebabs and Arabic salads, accompanied by excellent mocktails.
Bait Al Wakeel, Bur Dubai (04 353 0530)

66 Be the dancing queen: Flail your limbs to booming basslines at Alpha, Dubai’s much-loved alternative club. Fridays are notoriously popular with the indie crowd.
Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000)

67 Practise your singing: China Sea rents out private karaoke rooms for group sessions, and serves to-die-for dim sum (Al Maktoum Street, Deira, 04 295 9816). If it’s a giggle you’re after, there’s no better karaoke spectacle than at Rock Bottom. Friday night is a raucous affair that attracts some of the best lungs Dubai has to offer: those brave enough to sing in front of the masses receive drinks tokens and five minutes of fame (or infamy).
Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 396 3888)

68 Sample Australia’s finest: Spend a leisurely afternoon tasting top drinks and traditional grub from Down Under – the Stockman’s Pie, a combination of potato, swede, turnip and feta cheese, is particularly moreish.
Rydges Plaza, Al Dhiyafa Street, Satwa (04 398 2222)

69 Hear beachside tunes: Barasti is a great place to continue the live music love-in this weekend. Friday sees Skratch Band play from 6.30pm and Emanuel from 9.30pm until midnight. Skratch Band also play Saturday 6.30pm until 11pm.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Jumeirah (04 399 3333)

70 Grab a bite at Apple: Enjoy a very reasonably priced Lebanese buffet and fruity mocktails among an abundance of plastic red apples at this quirky Deira spot. Grab a table on the terrace overlooking the creek and enjoy the view.
Twin Towers shopping mall, Deira (04 227 4446)

71 Find your rhythm and learn to salsa: Cast aside your inhibitions for a night of energetic dancing with Malecon’s salsa lessons every Sunday evening. It’s way more fun than learning in a dance studio. What better way to work up an appetite for some tasty Cuban dishes and cocktails? Classes run from 8pm onwards.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111)

72 Drinks for just Dhs10…: Join Hilton Jumeirah to celebrate its 10th anniversary and enjoy selected drinks for a super-savvy Dhs10 at Pachanga until October 31. Don’t miss out!
Pachanga, Hilton Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR (04 399 1111)

73 …or double your measure: After you’ve snapped up the bargain above, head downstairs to Studio One, where customers can pay just Dhs10 more to make their measure a double.
Studio One, Hilton Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR (04 399 1111)


Film

Chosen by Film editor Holly Sands
74 Check out The Expendables: This hotly anticipated action flick from Sly Stallone and crew looks likely to be a late-summer hit with Dubai’s menfolk. In cinemas across the UAE

75 Catch a 3D film: Step Up 3D is also out this week, and watching these oh-so-street teenagers body pop is bound to be fun. In cinemas across the UAE

76 Superbad meets Stepbrothers: Check out Jonah Hill (Knocked Up, Superbad) in his latest movie Cyrus, out in cinemas from September 9. In cinemas across the UAE

77 Enjoy a cinema trip without the kids: Reel Cinemas and Dubai Marina Mall have teamed up with Qix Kids’ Club at The Address next door, so parents can relax at the movies while the kids are looked after.
Reel Cinemas, Dubai Marina Mall (www.reelcinemas.ae)

Shopping & Style

Chosen by Shopping editor Nyree Barrett
78 Visit the underground souk: Most of us have probably forgotten it’s there, but right next to Raffles there is still a souk under the floor, with an open-air restaurant in the middle.
Random! Khan Murjan, underneath Wafi City

79 Buy some jewels: Affordable jewellery brand Monet & Co has released a special Eid collection, and it’s likely to sell out fast. We have our eyes on the pale green teardrop earrings, a snip at Dhs179.
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 1995)

80 Go designer: Eid is all about gifts, and last week’s opening of Mall of the Emirates’ Fashion Dome is seriously threatening our bank balance. The options for designer spending are endless.
Mall of the Emirates (04 409 9000)

81 Renovate your home: Spend the long weekend sprucing up your home – a good place to start is a paint job. Pop to Ace Hardware and get a few paint pot samples. We recommend trying light greys or bold greens.
Dubai Festival Centre (04 206 6660)

82 Get free gifts: Spend Dhs750 at any Kurt Geiger store before September 15 and you’ll get a free Swarovski crystal pendant. Shoe purchases just got a lot more justifiable.
Kurt Geiger, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9737) and other locations across Dubai

Art & Culture

Chosen by Art editor Nyree Barrett
83 Take an art tour: Many of the best group art shows are finishing soon, so spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the city’s galleries. Start off in Al Quoz at Carbon 12 for its Blue Skie’d and Clear photography exhibition (050 464 4392), then head to DIFC for The Farjam Collection’s Islamic art show (04 323 0303), before finishing off at Jumeirah’s Green Art Gallery (04 344 9888), which is showing a fantastic range of contemporary painting and photography.

84 Read a book: You have four whole days – Why not rip through a good novel one morning? We recommend The Sonderberg Case by Elie Wiesel.

85 Get crafty: The Arte craft market at Dubai Festival Centre features locally produced handicrafts and runs from 10am until 10pm on Eid Friday. Quality is definitely variable, but you can get some nice trinkets and artworks that have a decidedly local flavour.
Dubai Festival City (www.arte.ae)

86 Try falconry: It’s a must for the true Eid experience. Shaheen Extreme has a range of packages – some offer light snacks and falconry shows, while others train you to handle the birds. Prices start at Dhs270, but tailored packages are also available.
(050 874 5725; www.shaheenxtreme.com)

87 Learn to breakdance: Use the weekend to learn B-boy skills – that’s breakdancing to most of you. The URS Urban Roots Society welcomes anyone interested in ‘getting down’ (admittedly, we’re not sure if B-boys really speak like this).
See URS-Bboy Sessions on Facebook or email info@ursmag.com

Body and Mind

Chosen by Body and Mind editor Nyree Barrett
88 Time to detox: Feeling bloated after all those indulgent Ramadan iftars? Book in for a detox treatment at top spa SensAsia, which involves an exfoliating salt scrub and a warm spa ocean wrap to draw out the bulge. The 105-minute treatment costs Dhs795.
Shoreline Apartments, The Palm Jumeirah (04 422 7115)

89 Cheap pampering: Until September 15, Thai Privilege Spa is offering a fantastic package that will have you ready for the Eid parties. For Dhs350 (normally Dhs525), you’ll get hand henna, a Davines hair treatment, a wash and blow-dry and a back massage.
Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim (04 348 9679)

90 Tame your mane: Heading out to celebrate Eid? We recommend treating yourself to a quick blow-dry so you look your best. Our fave is Jen’s Hair Studio, at just Dhs80.
White Crowne Building, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1425)


Travel

Chosen by Travel editor Becky Lucas
91 Travel the metro: Okay, so you’re not going to be dancing in the street for Dubai Metro’s first birthday on September 9, but the fact that we now have a cheaper, cleaner alternative to driving or taking a taxi should be recognised. Jump on the metro this weekend and hop off at Al Karama for a curry at Aangan (04 359 9992), then head to The Dubai Mall aquarium (04 342 2993), and finish off at Ibn Battuta’s Grand Cinemas (04 366 9898) to watch The Expendables .

92 See the sights of Hatta: Only an hour away is Hatta Fort Hotel, which has a pool with a beautiful mountain view – you can pay just Dhs90 to lie beside it all day. Take your passport, ID or labour card because there’s now a checkpoint on the way.
Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333)

93 Fill up your car: Local media have reported that petrol prices will rise after the Eid weekend and, while the topic is still up for debate, we’re planning to top up our car this weekend, just to be on the safe side.

94 Visit the capital: How many of you have ever been to Abu Dhabi? The four-day weekend means it’s high time you visited. See the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque, sample high tea at the awe-inspiring Emirates Palace hotel and stock up on gourmet cheeses at Jones the Grocer.
www.visitabudhabi.ae

95 Stay in a palace: Dubai’s first Sharia-compliant hotel, the Taj Palace, is advertising special Eid rates, meaning you can bag a night in a deluxe room for around Dhs475.
Taj Palace Hotel, Deira (04 223 2222)

96 Take a staycation!: The Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach is offering Eid stays for Dhs900 per room per night when you stay for three nights until September 15. The deal includes free breakfast, Eid brunch for two and a 4pm late check-out.
The Walk at JBR (04 448 4848), www.sofitel.com

97 Go deep-sea diving in Musandam: Discover Nomad is offering three dives off the coast of Musandam, accommodation and meals for a savvy Dhs650 – plus a free Nitrox tank for certified divers.
(050 885 3238), www.discovernomad.com

Time In

Chosen by Time In editor Holly Sands
98 Watch Premier League!: See Sunday’s football matches at The Underground. It’s a Liverpool pub, so you’d better hope they win – Birmingham vs Liverpool at 7pm is sure to pull in a crowd.
The Underground, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000)

99 Watch a whole box set: Yes, it’s a little indulgent to waste an entire afternoon on the sofa now that the weather’s improving, but who cares? Invite some mates around, rustle up a bowl of nachos and burn through an entire season of Vampire Diaries.

100 Throw a 30 Rock party: Throw together a couple of nibbles and drinks (with plenty of rocks… aka ice) and invite your friends round to watch the season four premiere of 30 Rock on September 10.
Every Friday and Saturday at 7pm on OSN Movies

101 More Premier League action!: There are seven matches on Saturday, so why not head somewhere different to watch the Premier League games? The Gramercy offers great food – perfect for tucking in at half time – and you can choose which game you want to watch. Just ask the staff.
The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511)

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