Things to do in Dubai in April
The best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai in April, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars and spas, sports, concerts and festivals.
Finally, after months of ever-so-slightly restrictive weather, we can absolutely guarantee November will be perfect. It really the Get Outdoors time of year and traditionally a month for a raft of exciting new openings. So what's stopping you? Check out our list below and be inspired to make the most of November.
Get ready to have an “oar-some” time at the UAE’s first-ever man-made white water rafting, kayaking, wakeboarding and surfing attraction.
The levels of fun will be turned up rapidly once you start navigating your way through crashing waves of an adrenalinecharged white-water rafting experience at the base of Al Ain’s Jebel Hafeet.
Whether you’re new to the activity or have dipped your toe in the waters before, you’re in for plenty of thrills and spills.
There are three different levels of whitewater rapids available and no previous experience of it is necessary.
For those with a sense of adventure, this is an exhilarating experience that is not to missed.
All raft trips include a professional guide, a short briefing on the essentials, and all the safety equipment you could need. With that taken care of, all that’s left is to make an almighty splash.
LEGOLAND is the only UAE waterpark designed specifically for kids aged from two to 12 and their families – not that this place is small. With more than 20 waterslides to enjoy you will need to check a map to make sure you tick off all of the many Legoboxes.
There is a lazy Build-A-Raft River, Joker Soaker playground water shooters, a wave bowl and any number of slides for both the little ones and the thrill seekers.
We love the Twin Chasers where you can race each other on double body slides shooting you into a wading area below, or take on Red Rush, where the whole family can ride together in huge raft down a 312-foot-long curving track on an 11-foot in diameter half pipe.
Make sure you don’t miss the Wave Pool to get swished around a bit (in the safest way possible), or take on the Wave Rider if you’re brave enough to zoom your way 240 feet down an open body slide, plunging straight into the water below.
Dhs165 (adults), free (kids under three).
Royal China is steeped in luxury, from the huge red tasselled chandeliers down to the dark polished wood floors – and the garden is something else completely. It’s candlelit, romantic and ambient, and the tranquility feels a million miles away from the bustle of DIFC.
Not sure what to choose from the menu? Order prawn crackers and pickles to nibble while you peruse the options – though you should know that the prawn dim sum is unbelievably juicy and fresh. The calamari, meanwhile, is unlikely to remain unfinished for long, delicately flavoured in an encased in a beautifully light, crisp batter. (You may not wish to share with your dining companion – but Time Out accepts no responsibility if your table manners fall so far short.).
Elsewhere on the list, crispy shredded beef has a perfect balance of crunchy exterior and tender meat, and arrives garnished in fiery red chillies that deliver a seriously moreish kick. Also try the sweet and sour chicken dish, which is laden with crunchy onions and fresh peppers that balance out the rich sauce perfectly.
An oasis in the city’s busy business district, prepare to enjoy the serenity, the grandeur, and the completely splendid food. It is one of our Highly Commended in the Best Chinese Restaurants category, after all.
The bottom line:
Top-notch Chinese cuisine in a fancy location
Iyou’ve been keeping up with Time Out Dubai recently, you’ll know what a foodie hub Business Bay is becoming. And a major part of that is the opening of the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel. The hotel houses three exciting restaurants – BASTA! and Bleu Blanc from US chef David Myers, and the soon-to-open Morimoto.
However, we’re here to talk about Myers’, delightful French restaurant, Bleu Blanc.
Myers, who’s fittingly known as the “Gypsy Chef” due to his love of travel, has designed Bleu Blanc around themes of a French farmhouse, with its own floor-to-ceiling herb garden and fresh bread baked on premises.
As soon as we enter the vast dining room the staff are on hand to help – introducing us to every chef working in the open kitchen and proudly showing us around. The restaurant is all whites and blues (as the name suggests) and has a chic yet warm feel, thanks to low lighting.
We take our seats overlooking the Dubai Water Canal through the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.
Dishes are classy and grown-up, and we start with a lobster risotto, which is exquisite. Rich yet light, and subtly truffled, the meaty lobster sits on perfectly cooked rice. It’s a joy.
A wood-fired grill is designed as the showpiece, and so we pick the beef tenderloin.It’s butter-soft and perfectly seasoned. We also choose the baby chicken, with a yoghurty zaatar dressing, and the blend of Middle Eastern flavours are a smart touch.
Sadly we’re defeated by the massive chocolate trifle, but reget nothing.
Admittedly Bleu Blanc is on both the pricey and quiet side, but with food this good it’s one not to be missed.
The bill (for two)
1x blue fin tuna Dhs120
1x lobster risotto Dhs72
1x beef tenderloin Dhs250
1x baby chicken Dhs150
1x truffle mushrooms Dhs40
1x chocolate trifle Dhs40
1x large still water Dhs40
Total (incl service) Dhs748
The bottom line
Delightful food in a charming setting.
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