Cold Dubai

From icy facials to private snow parties here's how to stay cool in Dubai

Eating and Drinking

Dairy-free ice cream at Coco Yoco
Lactose intolerant readers need not feel left out of the crazed call for ice cream this summer. Brand-new Dubai-based company Coco Yoco specialises in treats made with coconut milk instead of dairy, including ice cream in flavours such as chocolate, banana and mango. The products are also free from refined sugars, making them a healthier option, too.
From Dhs20. BiOrganic Store, I-Rise Tower, TECOM, (04 443 3535).

Gazpacho at Casa de Tapas

Not only is this traditional Andalusian soup served chilled, it is thought that the ingredients it classically contains (particularly tomatoes and cucumber) are the perfect combination to have a natural cooling effect on the body. So get slurping.
Dhs22. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).

Ice cream at Scoopi
This new parlour specialises in a gourmet product made with dry ice (aka liquid nitrogen). It doesn’t get any colder than that. Aside from selling the world’s most expensive cup of ice cream (dubbed ‘the black diamond’), you can also try more financially accessible flavours from medjool date to peanut butter.
From Dhs15 (single scoop). Jumeirah Beach Road (050 113 8497).

Iranian faludeh at the Spice Souk
If you head to the souks in summer, you’ll find this ain’t no mall, and there ain’t no AC. So, you’ll need something to help you cool down. Thanks to Old Dubai explorer Arva Ahmed (she says she lives in a frying pan, so she must know a thing or two about temperature control), we’ve found the perfect solution. Sold by a shop that has been on the same site for more than 75 years, Iranian feludeh is made with sweet frozen vermicelli noodles, rosewater, lemon juice and rose syrup.
Dhs5. Jaffer Biman Ali Cafeteria, Spice Souk, Deira (no number).

Just bananas at Wanna Banana
In case you are trying to steer clear of all the ubiquitous and calorific frozen treats this summer, head to new frozen treats store, Wanna Banana at Kite Beach. Here, all the desserts are frozen banana based, making them much healthier than your average gelato or ice cream.
Dhs14. Daily 9am-9.45pm. Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim (04 265 0027).

Mochi ice cream at Chez Sushi

The Italians don’t have the monopoly on ice cream, and in true Japanese style this particular frozen treat is compact but innovative. Traditional mochi rice balls are stuffed with ice cream, and Chez Sushi has introduced this dessert in a myriad of flavours such as green tea, chocolate, mango, strawberry, vanilla and even wasabi…
Dhs32 for three pieces. Al Wasl Road, Business Bay and Dubai Marina (800 78744).

Mocktail happy hour at Kris Kros
This globe-crossing themed eatery offers a daily happy hour deal on iced mocktails. So, quenching your thirst this summer will be 40 percent cheaper if you head to there 4pm-7pm.
Prices vary. Daily 4pm-7pm. Ongoing. Boulevard Plaza Tower II, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 453 9994).

Night in Arabia at Horizon
The new Tuesday night buffet dining deal at Horizon focuses on Middle Eastern food. As part of that theme, you can indulge at a designated ice cream station stocked with locally produced ice cream in a variety of flavours from chocolate and chilli through to a camel milk version.
Dhs199 (soft drinks). Dhs269 (house beverages). Dhs100 (kids aged six to 12). Tue 6.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).

Semifreddo at Per Te Ristorante e Café

If you think gelato is the only way to cool down Italian-style, head to this new Italian spot in Jumeirah to try a traditional semifreddo. Literally meaning half frozen, this particular recipe is served with fresh berries and balsamic vinegar.
Dhs52. Villa 54, Street 12C, Behind Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 6455).

Underwater afternoon tea at Ossiano

This sunken, submerged, underwater paradise of a restaurant has recently launched its first-ever afternoon tea, available on Saturday afternoons only, with live music.
Dhs295 per person. Dhs450 per person (bubbly). Sat 2pm-5pm. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Keeping Active

Aqua fit at Body Language

Keep fit outdoors this summer by plunging into a pool to exercise. Body Language now runs weekly Aqua Fit classes in a temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool.
Dhs50. Sun 9.30am. Ongoing. Body Language, Al Barari (04 326 7277).

Ladies’ night at Wild Wadi

This month, the waterpark reintroduces its summer ladies’ night package. On Thursdays, the entire park is reserved solely for women. Splash away ladies!
Dhs165 (general admission below 1.1m). Dhs205 (general admission above 1.1m). Thursdays in April, May, September, 8pm-midnight. Thursdays in June, July, August, 8pm-1am. Excluding Ramadan. Until September 30. Jumeirah Beach Road, next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 348 4444).

Residents discount at Ski Dubai

Dubai’s coldest spot is now offering a special 20 percent discount to all UAE citizens and residents. Just show them your Emirates ID card, UAE driver’s license or labour card, and you can get discounted deals on the three-hour or full-day ‘super pass’.
Dhs160 per person. Daily 10am-11pm. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (800 386).

Swimming classes at The Burj Club
The Burj Club has launched a new season of swimming classes this month, held in partnership with the Australian International Swimming School (AISS). Classes aimed at different goals will be available, including fitness training, beginner’s classes, and even a parent and child class.
Prices and times available on request. Ongoing. The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3900).

The ‘seabreacher’ at Rixos The Palm

This resort has just launched several new beach packages from no frills access at Dhs250 through to a soothing ‘morning after the night before’ experience for Dhs500. The new season of deals also features a number of watersports activities and the launch of ‘the seabreacher’. Dubbed by the resort as the ‘sports car of the ocean’, this crazy piece of marine transportation is actually a shark-shaped two-seater fully submersible watercraft. Jet skis are so last summer…
Dhs725 per person (based on two sharing). 20 percent discount on weekdays. Daily 9am-6pm. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555). 


Marine detox wrap at The Ritz-Carlton spa

This detoxing treatment starts with a gentle bamboo body polish, before you are cocooned in a wrap of algae and a cooling gel.
Dhs495 (60 minutes). Daily 10am-10pm. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, DIFC (04 372 2777).

Nordic Ocean journey at Waldorf Astoria Spa

This new treatment is designed to cool down and soothe sun-exposed skin. Using natural plant and sea extracts, it includes a moisture-boosting body wrap, plus a facial cleanse, lymphatic pressure point facial massage and a collagen-rich cream using arctic berry.
Dhs625 (80 minutes). Daily 10am-9pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).

Sun Kissed Saver at Conrad spa
This new treatment is designed to soothe and cool skin that has had too much exposure to the summer sun.
Dhs550 (60 minutes). Daily 10am-10pm. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).

The snow room at Talise Ottoman Spa

If you spend a day at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray spa this summer, you might like to ditch the hammam and sauna facilities available and head straight to the snow room to cool down. The temperature in the room is an icy four degrees Celsius, so if that isn’t enough to keep you cool, you’d probably best move country…
Spa access from Dhs250. Daily 9am-9.30pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).

The Water Temple at Nysa Spa
This spa treatment uses the healing power of water in a variety of hydro experiences and includes a cooling ‘ice fountain’
massage with crushed ice to stimulate circulation.
Dhs75 (two hours). Daily 9am-10pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai Healthcare City (04 553 1234).

And also...

Cooling kit for pets at Omasi
Yes, it’s not just you who will be feeling the heat this summer. Give a thought to your poor pooch, too. Dubai-based company Omasi sells a range of cooling coats for dogs – and you can even have the beast’s name stitched onto it.
Dhs100. (050 152 5889).

Fake snow at Desert Snow

If you’re really determined to cool down over the next few months, you could build your own snow room or miniature Ski Dubai. How? Well, Desert Snow, based in Al Quoz, specialises in selling fake snow. They even deliver across the UAE.
From Dhs3,500 (including installation and removal). Street 10A, Al Quoz 3, (04 338 5578).

Cooling hand and foot treatments at Heart & Soul Spa
This could well be the perfect summer mani pedi. Opt for a treatment where polish is applied, but after a cooling and refreshing peppermint sugar scrub and a cooling mask. Therapists will give you a neck and shoulder massage with lavender and ginger oil during this process and the good news is that the cooling feeling lasts for hours after the treatment.
Dhs110 (hand massage). Dhs130 (foot massage). 60 minutes. Daily 10am-8pm. Al Barari (04 320 7350).

CRYO Glow Facial at CRYO Health

You’ve heard of liquid nitrogen in ice cream, but how about on your face? This ten-minute facial uses pressurised liquid nitrogen vapour to increase collagen production and reduce the appearance of ageing.
Dhs275. Sat-Thu 10am-8pm. Fri 11am-7pm. The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 351 8300).

Outdoor fun as the mercury rises…

At 35°C
Brunch at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

This week, hit Blue Marlin. The last outdoor brunch at the beach club takes place until Saturday June 6. The event will feature Mediterranean cooking and a fashion collection showcase.
Restaurant: Dhs265. Terrace and Beach: Dhs295. Dhs550 (with bubbly). Sat June 6, 1pm-3pm, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort (056 113 3400).


Last chance for outdoor music festival fun. Catch Robin Thicke and Craig David.
Dhs395-2,200. Thu April 30-Fri May 1. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre,

Staycation at Madinat Jumeirah
It’s your last chance before the summer hits to enjoy Dubai as a staycation location with 20 percent off the best available rate to UAE residents.
From Dhs1,760. Until May 9. (04 366 8888).

At 38°C
Barbecue at Double Decker
The Saturday barbecue takes place in the garden, but this meaty event will wrap for the summer by the end of May.
Dhs179. Sat 1pm-5pm. Until May 30. Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111).

Bikram yoga at B/Attitude Spa
Temperatures and humidity in Bikram classes typically soar towards the average Dubai summer temperatures. However, you can (slightly) beat the heat at this particular class, since it takes place in the spa’s hammam pool rooms, and the temperatures are a few degrees cooler than the average hot yoga class.
From Dhs100 for group classes. Mon and Wed 8.30am-10am. Fri 9am-10.30am. Grosvenor House Tower 2, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).

Reggae Beachfest at XL Beach Club
Join in this monthly reggae beach party. The next one takes place this week on Friday April 24, and Elephant Man performs on Saturday May 2. The last scheduled event is for Saturday June 6. Following this, the organisers will decide whether or not to continue the festival throughout the summer within the comfort of an air conditioned venue. Check the Facebook page for further details.
Free for ladies before 5pm, Dhs100 before 7pm, Dhs150 thereafter. 2pm-3am. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina. (055 232 3956).

At 40°C
Sunset session at TOMO

TOMO’s stunning terrace is the setting of an sundowner deal, with half price beverages and a DJ soundtrack.
Prices vary. Daily 5pm-7pm. Ongoing. Raflles Dubai, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 357 7888).

Sunset yoga at Talise Spa
Taking place daily, even throughout the summer months, this is a relaxing, beginner-friendly hatha yoga session that takes place on the Al Qasr beach.
Dhs80. From 5.30pm-6.30pm (depending on sunset). Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).

Undercover at Barasti
This year, for the first time, the beach bar will be covering up the middle deck during the summer months.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 318 1313).

Indoor gigs to look forward to

Nino Katamadze & Insight Live In Dubai
Honouring a 15-year anniversary, see these jazz performers play for the first time in Dubai next month.
From Dhs300. Wed May 6. MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (056 270 8670).

Omid Djalili Live in Dubai
This Middle Eastern comedian will hit Dubai next month for a night at the famed Beiruti night spot MusicHall.
From Dhs195. Sat May 1. MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Palm Jumeirah (056 270 8670).

Italian Opera Gala
Fans of classical music can enjoy an evening of Italian opera classics from the likes of Mozart (sung in Italian), Puccini and Rossini, held in honour of Italian national day.
From Dhs150. Thu May 14. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546).

Malek Jandali UAE Tour
The well-known classical pianist and composer will tour the UAE, with dates in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
From Dhs200. Sat May 16-17. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546).

Michael McIntyre ‘Happy & Glorious’ Tour

The British comedian performs for two nights this summer.
From Dhs350. Fri June 12-13. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 1000).

Spandau Ballet Live In Dubai
The ’80s comeback kings will be singing their kitsch-tastic tunes ‘Gold’ and ‘True’.
From Dhs350. Thu September 17. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 1000).

30 Seconds to Mars Live in Dubai

Jared Leto’s band come to Dubai for their first-ever gig in the emirate.
From Dhs295. Fri September 25. Dubai World Trade Centre (04 332 1000).

Upcoming cool trends

Ramy Mrad, Managing Director for Carmudi UAE, shares his trend predictions for the future of technology in Dubai

1. With older car models being phased out and the latest car models becoming more technologically advanced with features including Head Up Displays and full phone-to-car integration systems, in the next two years we are likely to see an increase of tech-savvy car models on Dubai’s roads. With the introduction of partly autonomous cars with features such as lane assistance and automatic emergency braking, we might see a change in the way we drive.

2. There is a high chance that delivery drones will become a reality. Aerial drones will most probably be used to deliver small, light and time sensitive items and the service will not cost a great deal either. It could cost as little as Dhs4,000, fly for up to 3km at 40kph and carry objects weighing up to 1.5kg.

3. We will be able to make payments simply by swiping our phones, or even through smart watches. Cashless payment has already rolled out in more than 100 restaurants in Dubai and it is likely that this method of payment will be introduced in other industries across the emirate by late next year. Online transactions will gain traction and become more widespread as trust in this method of payment grows.

4. Smart homes will be the next big thing. Housekeeping will require minimal effort, for example, it will be possible for household bills to be paid off automatically every month via the credit card information you’ve already integrated into your household system. All you will have to do is set up a list of household items that you are likely to run out of on a weekly or monthly basis, so later on, all you will have to do is touch a button to get the right groceries delivered to your doorstep.

5. Virtual reality will make greater leaps in the next two years and will be hyper-realistic enough to entice mass audiences. While the technology itself might not yet be economical enough to warrant presence in every household, Dubai will definitely be among the cities to open up Virtual Reality Hubs, whereby people can pay to take a walk among dinosaurs or a rocket to Mars!

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