One of Dubai's most-talked new restaurant openings offered a special Dhs500 burger to celebrate what is the National Burger Day in both the US (May is also 'Burger Month in the States) and Australia. Firebird Diner's incredible looking Burger Khalifa was part of the DIFC restaurant's Burger Domination Week, and lit up Instagram feeds from the moment pictures were released. For more information, click here.
Probably the biggest solo gig to take place in the UAE for more than three years, Zayn Malik was revealed to be launching his live one-man show in Dubai. Tickets went on sale on May 26 for the gig at Autism Rocks Arena, which has a capacity of 20,000 people... and they're expecting a sell-out. The record for a one-off gig in the region is Zayn's old pals One Direction, who performed to 25,000 at Sevens Stadium back in April 2015. Justin Bieber performed to around 40,000 at the same venue, spread across two nights. General tickets cost Dhs295, while Golden Circle go for Dhs595. More info at 117Live.
Heavy lifting in progress
Who said summer was for slowing down, relaxing and recouperating? Because at Time Out towers we've cranked things up a notch, to help we've enlisted Lipton Extra Strong, a new black tea available now in Dubai so strong it needs a crane just to hoist it out of the mug. Ok, so not really, but have you spotted the humungous Lipton Extra Strong Tea structure on Sheikh Zayed Road right past Al Manara this month? Now, that’s some Extra Strong tea!
The Burj Club opens
The world's tallest building now has a fitness and well-being centre to match your sky-high health goals. The Burj Club next to Burj Khalifa has undergone a significant overhaul and refurb, and is now open to the public both for membership and day passes. Described as a 'wellness retreat', the huge five-storey space features a state-of-the-art fitness centre, spa, rooftop pool, lounge and indoor pool for swimming laps. There is also a ladies-only gymnasium. Filling 6,320 square metres with the latest technology in health and fitness, the centre also offers a range of traditional and more unique classes, among them circuit training, KO8 training, aqua aerobics, and swimming. For more information visit The Burj Club page.
400 free flights
Ellen DeGeneres, America’s favourite stand-up comedian, is many things. Funny, witty, incredibly clever, talented and, true to her name, ridiculously generous. While she may have surprised her guests with many freebies in the last 12 years of hosting her eponymous chat show, her latest giveaway was a little more close to home for us. This month, the daytime chat show host overwhelmed her entire audience with a return ticket to Dubai in collaboration with Emirates. The over 400 audience members were left ecstatic as they found they had won an all-expense paid trip to the emirate.
May was a big month for movies, and none bigger than Jodie Foster's Money Monster starring George Clooney, Jack O'Connell and Julia Roberts. We spoke to the latter about the role. Here's a snipper, but to read more, click here. Julia Roberts: "George [Clooney] reached out to me about it and I thought it sounded intriguing. And of course there was the element of Jodie Foster… I told him, of course, send it to me – I’d love to read the script. And I have to say, I do read a lot of them. But this was one of those things that I just sat down and read in one fell swoop; it was just so terrific. I was so excited about it."
Burj Al Arab gets an upgrade
The 'extension' at Burj Al Arab will officially be open for business on Thursday May 26. And it looks spectacular. Known simply as Terrace, the 10,000m square space stretching 100m out to sea from the back of the iconic hotel provides members and hotel guests with two swimming pools - one of which is an infinity pool falling off into the Arabian Gulf - private cabanas, 1,000 tonnes of sand on a beach, butler, plus a restaurant and bars. In total there are 32 beach cabanas and 400 sun loungers. The four-person cabanas come with butler service, a range of food and beverage options, plus espresso machines and Bang & Olufsen TVs.