Catch Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation. Not literally – we hear he’s got a bit of a temper. Just watch the film.
Where’s that rose? Dubai Tango Fest is on until May 25. www.dubaitangofestival.com.
Invest in a Skins Ice Suit – it cools down as you heat up. Really! Go Sports, Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 3251.
Get tickets for theatre production Umoja – The Spirit Of Togetherness. This self-proclaimed ‘celebration of life’ should cheer you up.
Pop to Dubai’s only ice bar, Chill Out, in Times Square. Minus six degrees isn’t pleasant, but it’s worth it for the photos. 04 341 8121.
Swing a round of indoor golf at the 50+ simulated golf courses inside Sheikh Zayed Road’s Crowne Plaza. 04 331 1111.
Time to see if Winslet deserved that statue for The Reader, in cinemas today.
Head to the Hatta Pools for an early morning dip. Even better, go on a trek and absorb the lush greenery. Net Tours, from Dhs300.
Enjoy one of the last nights at 360° before the summer closure with a banging house set from Conan Manchester. 04 406 8744.
Quick – get to Bernhard Buhmann’s neo-baroque works at Carbon 12 in Marina View Towers before the exhibition ends on June 8. 050 873 9623.
Find out why everyone’s banging on about The Wire: 60 episodes = 60 hours of gripping drama.
Express your summer woes with paint at thejamjar, and enjoy photos of Subodh Kerkar’s installations on the beaches of Goa until June 6. 04 341 7303.
His show’s called Good Times Live, for Pete’s sake. Norman Jay’s set at The Warehouse should definitely live up to its name.
Head over to The Music Room to hear Nine Below Zero, a blues-rock act, 04 359 8888. Or, watch the whole of 24, Season 7 on Showtime.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is back at the Madinat. Challenge the Comedy Store Players to act out Dubai’s summer cabin fever. Oh, go on.
Head to the beach at dusk. It’s hot, but bearable, and the water’s just lovely.
Fill a paddling pool (Carrefour and Géant both have great deals) with ice water. Place in shaded spot. Pour refreshing drink. Wallow.
Experience the sheer randomness of Al Saheel: The Voice Of The Horse at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. It will make the summer season seem less insane. Until June 27, from Dhs110.
Catch actors enacting fairytales, including Cinderella, and stories from the Holy Qu’ran in World Of Stories – on until June 23. www.mydsf.com.
Rearrange your home a room at a time. Hibernating will feel that much more bearable. Call Feng Shui expert Vicky Moane for tips on how to do it properly. 050 646 1417.
Summer wardrobes demand good T-shirts, so invest in a few from ace design store Graniph. Festival Centre, 04 232 8531.
Watch new episodes of Ugly Betty, series three on Showtime. Did you miss Marc as much as we did?
Climb the walls – literally – at Dubai’s World Trade Centre. 04 436 8100.
Swim with dolphins at Atlantis for a ‘so Dubai’ moment. 04 426 0000.
Go shell hunting on the beach in the morning when it’s low tide.
Make a playlist of your top summer songs and then listen to it while dangling your legs in the pool (we’re loving ‘Bulletproof’ by La Roux at the moment).
Spend the day watching movies back-to-back in the cinema – never mind square eyes. If you’ve got the cash, splash it on Gold Class at Mall of the Emirates or Festival City.
Last year S*uce offered ice lollies to shoppers. Have a look-see at what they have up for grabs this year. Village Mall, 04 344 7270, Dubai Mall, 04 339 9696.
It was made for summer: Ski Dubai. Even if you just want to roll about in snow for a bit. 04 409 4000.
Create your own vegetable garden: aubergines, basil and radish all grow in the summer here and it’s very therapeutic. For green-fingered tips, head for The Garden Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 340 0006.
Head to the Courtyard in The Palace hotel. Somehow it remains cool outside throughout the summer. 04 428 7888.
Marvel as big robots tear up America in Transformers 2.
Chill with a massage at International City’s Express Unwind. 04 430 8304.
Check out the works of talented local Sheila and Abaya designers at their show, until June 30. www.mydsf.com.
Find out what obsesses Dubai with memorabilia exhibition The Collectors from June 27-August 7. www.mydsf.com.
Did you know Ibn Battuta offers trips in a hot air balloon? 04 362 1901.
Buy a ClimaCushion gadget to cool your car seat. www.climacushion.com.
Learn about Emirati life at the heritage event Min Bladi Al Emarat at Ibn Battuta Mall. www.mydsf.com.
Ideal for cooling you off – Ice Age 3 frosts up cinemas from today.
July 3 & 4
Take advantage of the Chill Out offer at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. 04 809 6100.
Happy Hour at The Observatory at The Harbour Hotel & Residence: AC, views and atmosphere. 04 319 4000.
If you haven’t watched Curb Your Enthusiasm already, summer means you can indulge in 30 hours of Larry David’s mishaps.
Hold a DVD party. Invest in a projector and then discuss the flick afterwards.
Arts Oasis is a chance to meet international artists. This year’s focuses on global warming. www.mydsf.com.
Get inspired at the Junior Chef of the Year Awards. Until July 14. www.mydsf.com.
Pencil in an overnight stay at Al Maha Desert Resort, it’ll be about 10 degrees cooler. 04 303 4222.
There are five seasons of Six Feet Under. That’s 63 hours of fatal fun.
Gobble Frederic-James Fitoussi’s premium gelato from stands in Ibn Battuta Mall, Deira City Centre or Mall of the Emirates.
Madicts are people who love US drama Mad Men. Become one, and enjoy 26 hours of ’60s New York nostalgia.
Alternatively, if you’re into violence, DVD-it-up with Dexter for 24 hours of gore.
The speccy one is back in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. There’s no stopping the wizardry.
Score points with the UAE Scrabble Club – check out the group on Facebook.
Swim with sharks and 30,000 other species in The Dubai Aquarium. It’s perfectly safe (really!). 04 437 3200.
Get up early and walk the mall with other friendly strollers. www.strideforlife.com.
Buy DKNY’s Be Delicious scent for yourself or your missus to avoid the summer stench.
Grab a fabulous fresh fruit juice from Arabian Sea Shell Cafeteria on Jumeriah Beach Road. 04 394 2886.
Girls – get to Wild Wadi for their weekly Ladies’ night, until 1am. Fellas, we’ll describe it later. Until August. 04 348 4444.
Brunch it up at The Warehouse. Dhs266 for tapas and mojitos (in dinky test tubes!). 04 217 0000.
Man/Age Men Spa at JBR has some great membership programmes. Come on lads, get with the programme! 04 323 2676.
If you haven’t seen The West Wing, don’t be ashamed. Just watch it now: 156 episodes = 109.2 hours of political play.
Hold a dish-it-out dinner party, where everyone brings an ingredient. Just make sure you co-ordinate, or it might end up a little unappetising.
Buy a garden swing from Ace Hardware. Create your own breeze. 04 338 1416.
Organise a paintball session by night. www.dubaipaintballclub.com.
Hold a board game night. Cranium, Monopoly, Who’s Who – whatever incites vicious rivalry.
Drive to the top of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, and then down to the wadi at the bottom for the lower temperature and sense of escape.
Have a stab at a sailing class with Dusail. 04 394 9146.
Learn to play an instrument and start a band. Call The Music Institute for lessons and a rehearsal space. 04 4243818. Then check out our Music section to find like-minded musicians.
Get into linen. We recommend Bur Dubai’s Kachins for top, breathable clothing. 04 352 1246.
Personalise a plate at Café Ceramique to commemorate your steadfast refusal to let summer win. Maybe write ‘air con is bliss’. Jumeirah branch 04 344 7331, Mall of the Emirates. 04 341 0144.
Feel like the last people left in Dubai? Catch Battlestar Galactica and empathise: 75 episodes means 52.5 hours of cultural sci-fi.
To commemorate HH Sheikh Zayed Day, nose around Bur Dubai’s Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House to see how UAE royalty live. 04 393 7139.
National Geographic participate in DSS’s Photography Exhibition, open to all local snappers. Until August 13. www.mydsf.com.
New week, new skills: enrol in one of the 30 language courses offered at the Eton Institute, from Arabic to Russian to Farsi. www.eton.ac.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel boasts a Mr Whippy ice cream machine. And no, it’s not only for five-year-olds. Get whippin’! 04 348 0000.
Head to the Dubai Marina. Run through the fountains (the ones that kids are normally playing in). Who cares if you look unhinged?
Invest in Carolina Herrera’s 212 Sexy Man aftershave, from all good scent shops. Waaay better than perspiration.
Time for another brunch. Lotus One’s serves trendy fusion. 04 329 3200.
Make like it’s a cold winter day and cook a Saturday roast. Check out www.jamieoliver.com for suggestions on how to get the recipe spot on.
Drive over to Sharjah and try out the Eye of the Emirates big wheel. There’s bound to be cool winds that high up. We think.
Head for the clouds in a Seawings seaplane. The views are fantastic and it’s definitely cooler up there. 04 883 2999.
Dive-In Movies is an outdoor cinema where you watch films from an inflatable chair in the Montgomerie hotel’s pool. Almost too good to be true. 04 390 5600.
Go for a powerwalk at night (with plenty of water). Convince yourself that because you’re sweating so much, you’re burning twice as many calories. Ahem.
Ramadan is forecast to begin. If you’re not Muslim, try fasting (sensibly) for the first day as a show of solidarity with other Dubai residents.
May the iftars begin! Last year, Four Seasons Golf Club’s Arabic-Asian offering was economical and palatable. 04 601 0101.
The One&Only Royal Mirage hosted two climate-controlled iftars last year for only Dhs150. Let’s hope they beat that in ’09. 04 399 9999.
Get lost for hours at The Dubai Mall’s immense book store Kinokuniya. 04 434 0011.
Fancy David Duchovny playing a fun-time novelist in a sharp, modern comedy? Take in six hours of edgy fun with Californication.
Get up at 6am and go for an early morning swim in the sea. Nothing starts the day better.
Magic Planet is not just for kids. Get on that hoop machine and wild elephants won’t be able to tear you away. 04 295 4333.
Lounge at home and read Between The Assassinations, the follow up to Aravind Adaga’s Booker Prize-winning The White Tiger. Then feel clever.
Sign up for a wakeboarding lesson at Cassells Hotel in Ghantoot. Once you’re up it’s like walking on water. Unbeatable. 050 768 9504.
Head over to Abu Dhabi Health and Fitness Club and go indoor skydiving. Now there’s a breeze. www.bluebanana.com.
You may not have heard of US series The Huff, but you should have. An addictive psychological drama, this makes for 13 hours of fun.
Eat a shawarma in Satwa from Al Khayal Cafeteria on Satwa Road. 04 349 0759.
Design your own smoothie. We like frozen berries, milk, mango and hazelnuts. If you’re lazy, head to the Basta Art Café. Its mixtures are a winner.
We’re feeling a little adolescent this week – pack in some laser tag at Dubai Autodrome’s Laserdrome. www.dubaiautodrome.com.
Help out at a charity Iftar and see what Ramadan is all about. See our Community section and pick a cause.
Host an Iftar at home. Learn to make Arabic staples like homous and baba ganouj and never be dip-less again!
Fly in a car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang style, with powered parachuting. 050 277 8464.
Go out for Iftar and learn something too at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. 04 353 6666.
Make some ice lollies, using real fruits for added flavourful fabulousness. Mmm.
Carry out a random act of kindness. Make cookies for your neighbour. Be kind on the roads. Pay someone a compliment. Watch the good vibes spread.
Get on The Metro! Then explore Burj Dubai! Dubai is set to change forever today.
Plan a Thursday night out using The Metro, just because you can.
You have our permission to sleep all day long if you wish.
Get to Jumeirah Mosque for 10am and learn the basics of Islam for Dhs10. It could change your understanding of Dubai life forever. 04 353 6666.
Join the Old Library at Mall of the Emirates. At over 30 years old, it’s ancient in Dubai terms. 04 341 4777.
Host a Wii party. If you don’t own one, find someone who does and get bowling. Or hold a private yoga session. It’s seriously addictive living room fun.
It’s finally slightly cooling off! Go forth and enjoy the great outdoors. No mall trawling allowed for at least a month.
Events and films all subject to change by organisers. Call ahead for details.