17 things to do in Dubai this week

Cucumber Day, Doughnut Week, Bingo Night and more things to do

Mega brunch
Special one-off mega brunch Cirque De Cuisine at Atlantis The Palm invites you to enjoy food from the hotel’s top restaurants (including Nobu, Bread Street Kitchen and Seafire) all in one night. You get to finish off with dessert watching the fish in the Lost Chambers Aquarium, too. Seating is limited – expect a more informal night out.
Dhs595 (early-bird), Dhs650 (on the door). Thu May 18, 7.30pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1166).


Anantara Spa ladies' night

It’s ladies’ night with a difference tonight, at Anantara Spa. Start off with a traditional hammam, followed by a back neck and shoulder massage, plus full access to spa’s facilities.
Dhs399. Wed 5pm-10pm. Ongoing. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8140).

Swing Against Cancer

Qualifying for the Mark Clark Golf Day (Thursday October 26), takes place at The Els Club on Thursday May 18 and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Friday May 19. To play, email info@sixteen-10.com today. The prize for amateurs includes a spot in the DP World Tour Rolex Pro-Am and a two-night stay at Atlantis The Palm. Funds raised go to Pink Caravan and tickets include a barbecue and drinks.
Dhs295 (Els Club Members), Dhs625 (non-members), Dhs295 (spectators). May 18-19, www.facebook.com/swingagainstcancer.

Cucumber Day

Head to Copper Dog today with a cucumber and you will be able to trade it for a juniper and tonic beverage. There will also be a special menu of cucumber-centric dishes.
Free. Times vary. Copper Dog, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 559 5355).


Bongo’s Bingo

We know that sounds sarcastic. But seriously, this night will have you thinking of bingo halls in an entirely new way. The atmosphere is raucous and there are all sorts of prizes to be won.
Dhs100. 8pm-3am. ON42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.platinumlist.net.

Doughnuts galore

It’s National Doughnut Week in the UK from Saturday May 13 to Friday 19, and Bread Street Kitchen is getting in on the action. For Dhs45, guests can have specials such as ice cream doughnuts or jam doughnuts from 6pm to 10.30pm. On the Friday, kids joining for brunch get to decorate their own doughnuts.
Dhs45. 6pm-10.30pm. Until May 19. Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).

Mary Poppins tea

Celebrate the super-nanny’s stay at Dubai Opera with a themed afternoon tea, including sandwiches, cupcakes and more, at Armani/Lounge.
Dhs170 (per person), Dhs300 (per couple). Daily 3pm-6pm. Until May31. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3888).


Tuck in at a one-off brunch

A special brunch is being held at McGettigan’s JLT, today only. Live music comes from Mike Ross, The MapleJacks and The Supernovas as you tuck into a traditional roast, plenty of desserts and more.
Dhs249. Noon-6pm. McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J (04 378 0800).

Chuckle with Laughter Factory
Three stand-ups are back by popular demand at this edition of The Laughter Factory: Dominic Holland, Kai Humphries and Addy Van Der Borgh – aka Spider-Man’s dad, a Georgie lad and a qualified clown.
Dhs140. May 18-19, 9pm-10.30pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (May 18); The Gramercy, DIFC (May 19), www.800tickets.com.

Improve your moves

Love Latin American moves? Get your dancing shoes and head down to the Meydan Hotel from Wednesday May 17 to Saturday 20 to learn all about the tango. And whatever level you’re at, you can get tips from professional dancers on technical movements and how to improve your skills.
From Dhs150 (per workshop). May 17-20. Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, www.tangodubai.org.


Howzat at The Junction
Watch locally written and produced play Howzat, about families living on the Palm. It’s a comedy-drama about tolerance, Salik, traffic jams and cricket.
From Dhs80. May 18-20, 3pm, 7.30pm. Alerskal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 338 8525).

Get sustainable
Register now to attend Goumbook’s first anniversary celebrations for its campaign “Drop It – Say NO to Plastic (bottles)” on Monday May 22. The social enterprise is hosting a panel discussion and screening documentary A Plastic Ocean. And there are sustainable prizes to be won.
Free. Mon May 22, from 3.30pm. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim. Register in advance at goumbook.com/rsvp.

Wings, rings and more

US-style sports bar Original Wings & Rings has a new menu, including four new flavours for its wings. There’s a new Hawaiian chicken burger, too.
Prices vary. Open daily noon-2am. Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).


Free pizza!

Simply Italian at Club Vista Mare has a deal to get your week off to a great start. Every Sunday to Wednesday, the eatery is giving away a free margherita pizza with every two selected Italian beverages purchased. May as well start the week with free pizza, right?
Dhs38 per beverage. Sun-Wed noon-1am. Ongoing. Simply Italian, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 558 8354).

Lads’ night offer

Dusty’s has launched a new weekly night for gents, offering three free beverages when you order a main course, 50 percent off selected dishes (such a jerk chicken and lamb chops), plus new menu specials.
Free. Sun 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Dusty’s, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 354 5435).


Date night with views

Jumeirah Al Qasr’s couples’ night includes a glass of bubbly, canapés and shisha.
Dhs325 per couple. Mon 5pm-9pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).


Bubbly on Tap

The Tap House, the gastropub at Club Vista Mare on the Palm Jumeirah, has launched a new ladies’ night, where señoritas get unlimited bubbly, or free-flowing house red and white grape, and the mixed drink of the day. There’s also a bonus 30 percent off food. Dishes include burgers, salads and pasta as well as sharing platters.
Food prices vary. Tue 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 514 3778).

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