This centre offers holistic reading materials in the form of books, ebooks, audiobooks and more. If the thought of peeling yourself from your sofa to borrow books is too much to bear, download eContent to your device or have old-school paper books delivered to your door. And perhaps get some motivational reading materials while you’re at it. (Boom boom.)
From Dhs100 per month for 12 months. www.reademption.com (04 321 2521).
If the sofa is your kingdom over the summer months, then meet your loyalest new subject. For a monthly fee (and deposit) of Dhs150, you can choose from a selection of movies, TV shows and videogames, to be delivered straight to your door within the hour.
If you need alterations or mending done, with this company you won’t have to leave your home. 800 Tailor will collect your clothes and bring them back to you ‘prêt à porter’. Neat, but make sure you leave plenty of time to make an appointment as they book up fast.
www.800tailor.com (800 824 561).
An excellent option for dry-cleaning without leaving your home, this company is reliable and will pick up your clothes to be cleaned as well as drop them off to you when they're fresh and ready.
www.champion-cleaners.com (800 4556).
These days, you can even get your eyelashes delivered to your door. This site specialises in delivering a selection of fashion lashes made with either synthetic fibres or mink hair. There is no minimum spend and delivery takes two days.
From Dhs37. www.pinkygoat.com (052 251 8653).
The Exposed House
The long hot summer won’t stop you getting a fashion fix. Log onto this site, which sells a selection of carefully selected fashion and art finds, and the Abu Dhabi company will deliver to Dubai within two to five days.
Wolves and Lions
Run out of clean undies with a summer stuck indoors? This home-grown Dubai company will deliver stylish men’s undergarments to your home. Uniquely, they’ll even come round and discuss your bespoke underwear requirements with you before you make your choice. Make of that what you will.
From Dhs55. www.wolvesandlions.com.
This new online shopping service sells only products that have received an award for their quality – hence its name. Items available include handmade pasta, premium teas and coffees, sea salt dark chocolate, black pepper and mint strawberry jam, and more.
Fancy hosting dinner but don’t have the energy to cook? You can use this new service to get a chef delivered to your door, who will do that bit for you, so all you and your friends need to do is enjoy.
Fait Maison Cuisine
Invite your friends round to break the fast this Ramadan and get this new Dubai catering company to do all the hard work for you. Fait Maison Cuisine’s USP is that it works closely with clients to create a tailored menu. It is currently offering iftar home catering, with menu options including ‘paella-diyeh’ (a fusion of Spanish paella and Arabic sayadiyeh) and Nutella maamoul with salted caramel. A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is required.
www.faitmaisoncuisine.com (04 380 8544).
This brand-new delivery service brings Del Monte fruit and vegetables washed, cut, portioned and packed, direct to your door.
From Dhs50 (minimum spend). firstname.lastname@example.org (800 3356 6683).
Just launched, this delivery service offers organic, gourmet meal plans. The company promises that all the snacks and meals they deliver are made from scratch and contain no preservatives. Options include a paleo meal plan.
www.lovefoodme.com (04 321 2663).
If you are either (a) a fan of nuts and healthy snacks and/or (b) a sucker for a tasty pun, then look no further than munchbox, a delivery service providing packages including Nutty Professor, Purely Figtional, Berry Nice selections and more.
Keen on healthy and raw eating? This UAE company will deliver all you need, including ingredients and equipment, such as masticating juicers, Vitamix blenders, vegetable spiralisers and nut milk bags. Zucchini noodles are go!
Pizza is arguably the king of delivery dishes, and Rossovivo is arguably the king of Dubai’s pizza delivery options. Made in ultra-Italian style, in an oven built in Naples, this is an authentic pizza experience. Try the award-winning Raffaello pizza.
www.rossovivo.ae (04 380 5833).
If you’re in the mood for a Chinese takeaway you’ll be glad to know Time Out Dubai’s Highly Commended Chinese restaurant has just launched a delivery service, operating the same quality you’d expect in the restaurant (including chemical-free recipes) to your door.
www.rck.ae (04 207 9989).
The Argentinian restaurant in DIFC, is launching its gourmet takeaway and delivery services Gaucho Anywhere on Monday, August 17. Tailored to suit all taste buds, Gaucho offers a variety of starters, salads and their renowned steaks and sides.
www.gauchorestaurants.ae (04 4227898)
Health & Grooming
Azur Spa on Wheels
This spa offers a home service with a treatment list that includes hair styling, nail care and more. You can even book a ‘sparty’ for any of your friends who also don’t fancy leaving the house for a manicure this summer.
www.azurspa.com (04 447 5284).
Belle Femme Beauty At Home
Be a lady of leisure with home spa services that include tinting, threading, waxing, nail and hair care.
Beauty addicts that like to try out the latest products can let someone else do the research, sourcing and shopping by signing up for Glambox for a three, six or 12-month period. The company will then put together a selection of interesting new beauty finds and deliver them straight to your door each month.
From Dhs70 per month. www.glambox.me (04 455 8699).
Jazz Lounge Spa
This men-only salon offers a number of home services including hair care and cuts, shaving and waxing and facials.
From Dhs200 (minimum spend). www.jazzloungespa.com (04 345 0036).
Despite its name, this pharmacy actually has branches across Dubai. Not only can you order medication to be delivered to your door, but if you find yourself house bound with no cash on you, it’s not a problem, because you can pay with your bank card.
www.marinapharmacy.com (800 7427 6229 ).
The Lifestyle Company
You may think it is hot enough outside, but this is one instance when you may wish to bring the heat to your home. This new Dubai company specialises in group and individual bikram yoga classes. It can also bring the experience to your home, along with humidity equipment to create the same heat that you would experience in a studio. A great way for shy beginners to get their sweat on.
From Dhs350 per class. www.thelifestylecompany.me (055 188 5962).
Tips and Toes
This salon will come to your home to perform services such as nail care, eyelash extensions, waxing, threading and hair services.
From Dhs200 (minimum spend). www.tipsandtoes.com (04 399 0550).
Cocosia Artisan Chocolate
Think looking for a Ramadan or Eid gift involves putting on clothes and leaving the house? You’re wrong. You can get your hands on a box of pralines, handmade in Dubai by an independent, home-grown brand, delivered to your door.
www.cocosia.ae (04 395 0977).
Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
If you need gifts such as flowers, or cakes for a special occasion, Mövenpick will deliver them for you in a hotel limo to anywhere in Dubai. That means you can look like you really care, without actually leaving the house. Bonus!
From Dhs258. www.movenpick.com (04 336 6000).
Home Gift Box
If you’re dealing with moving house in addition to the summer heat, this new Dubai business could be a lifesaver for you. The company will deliver to your new door a box of items from tea and coffee to cleaning products, to help ease the transition.
Jim Will Fix It
Broken AC could just be your biggest summer nightmare. For household issues requiring servicing and repair, you can call in this maintenance company whose philosophy is a reassuring promise of ‘one call, one visit, job done’.
Dhs100 call out charge, from Dhs200 per hour. AC servicing from Dhs350 per unit. www.jimwillfixit.ae (800 349).
Too hot and tired to clean your apartment in July? Yeah, us too. So, call in an expert to help you out – the trained cleaners from this company come highly recommended.
www.mimaidsdubai.ae (04 361 9416).
Dubai Pet Food
This site will deliver nearly any resource you require to keep your pets alive. That includes items for cats, birds, fish and even reptiles.
Its tag line is, ‘Where pet’s dreams come true.’ The company has four branches across Dubai – including in Arabian Ranches and Emirates Hills Town Centre – and with a comprehensive list of products on sale and available for home delivery (if your order totals more than Dhs100), this summer, it might just make your dreams come true, too. Whether it’s a scratching post for kitty or gourmet feed for your birds, the company will ensure all is sent directly to your door.
Cafés without company: top places to dine out alone
Billy no-mates this summer? So head to Dubai’s first cat-café and the furry residents in here can keep you company.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 3 (04 321 6661).
If you are dining on your own, or in fact with the kids (which, intellectually speaking, can be the same); this family-friendly café has a selection of books to keep both adults and children busy.
Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road (04 388 4006).
Classic Rock Coffee UAE
Fans of rock music may find it is hard to find a destination where you can listen to live music and feel comfortable on your own. Since this is a casual café concept, where you can grab a coffee and a sandwich, it offers a perfect solution to the problem.
Healthcare City (04 276 6039).
Meet new people
Want to brave the outdoors but haven’t got any mates to go with? Make some…
Footie events in the UAE
This Facebook group has nearly a thousand members keen to play in friendlies and tournaments. If you are a footie fan looking for team mates to play with, this is a good place to find them.
Search Footie events in the UAE on www.facebook.com.
Filling the blues with Moti Roti
Volunteer to get involved with a charitable initiative, and you can meet like-minded people in the process. Throughout Ramadan, Moti Roti is handing out iftar meals to labourers. Pick a night and volunteer to help them out.
Salsa at James & Alex Dance Studios
Dance classes are usually an activity that you need a partner to be able to attend. However, at the regular weekly salsa classes run by this longstanding studio in Dubai Media City, the instructor will rotate dancers around the room, meaning you’ll get to dance with several different partners, even if you turn up on
Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, www.jamesandalex.com.
Sabado Coffee Club
This coffee tasting club is as much for caffeine-keenos as it is for amateurs. It is a friendly event and a great way to meet new people. The next event takes place at Mellow Yellow in Uptown Mirdif on Saturday September 5.
Go and get yourself a furry friend
Because you’re not the only one who’s been abandoned this summer
This group helps you to find a pet to adopt or foster. You can even help to pay vet bills, too.
Bin Kitty Collective
This group rescues stray felines and runs regular adoption days to find them permanent homes.
Feline Friends Dubai
The organisation’s mission is to house stray cats and kittens. Volunteers foster them temporarily.