Thursday 2 Enjoy a cultural iftar
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre is running a unique iftar, during which you’ll get to sit in an old Bastakiya villa and watch the breaking of the fast, before enjoying traditional food and a visit to the local mosque. Dhs125, free for under 12s. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bastakiya, 6.30pm-9.30pm. Call 04 353 6666 for more information.
Thursday 2 Have a designer shopping spree
Master of heels Christian Louboutin opened his first boutique in the UAE yesterday, and it features classic and high fashion collections for men and women. If you’re still flush from payday, why not invest in a pair of iconic red soles? Also opening at the mall’s new fashion dome today are Paul and Joe and Y-3. Fashion Dome, Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.
Thursday 2 Get a taste of Belgium
Dubai Iftar feasts leaving your wallet a little light? Make the most of your Time Out City Card by nabbing a 20 per cent discount on all food and drinks at this European bar. Belgian Beer Café, Grand Millennium. Call 04 423 4111 for more information.
Thursday 2 Sample new food
The Fashion Dome also features new food outlets Al Halabi, Fauchon, Asha’s, More and Biella. There’s also the somewhat imprudently named African restaurant, Tribes… Fashion Dome, Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.
Friday 3 Golf then dine
Play 18 holes at Al Badia Golf Club, near Dubai Festival City, followed by a two-course meal at Spikes restaurant (breakfast, lunch or dinner) for Dhs299 per person (or Dhs399 per person on weekends). Better practise that swing. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City. Call 04 601 0111 for more information.
Friday 3 Nab crafty goods at Arte Market
Head to this handicraft souk to trawl through more than 60 artisans’ knick-knacks. Last time we visited the goods were of varying quality, but we did find an awesome garden gnome. Dubai Festival Centre, mezzanine floor (near Ikea), 5pm-11pm. Log onto www.arte.ae for more information.
Friday 3 Visit Flipper
Catch the special evening live dolphin and seal show and see dolphins playing basketball. Dhs100 per person. Dubai Dolphinarium, Creek Park, Bur Dubai, 9pm. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Friday 3 Drink somewhere different
Head over to this cosy Deira bar for splendid views over the creek, plus a 15 per cent discount on all food and drinks when you present your Time Out City Card. Up on the Tenth, Radisson Blu Deira Creek. Call 04 222 7171 for more information.
Friday 3 Catch some local football
With the arrival of Italian World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro and former Premiership manager David O’Leary at local soccer club Al Ahli, the 2010/11 UFL season is set to be the most exciting yet. Watch newly promoted Dubai Club (not the one with Cannavaro, the other one) take on Saudi outfit Al Shabab. Police Officers Club Stadium, Oud Metha, 10pm. Call 04 315 1287 for more information.
Saturday 4 Drive cars really fast – safely
Learn performance and defensive driving in a fancy Audi R8. Prices start at Dhs260 for the half-day Audi Advanced Safety driving course. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches. Email
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Saturday 4 Channel your inner geisha
Going to a party tonight and want to stand out? Head to Dubai’s only Japanese hair salon and they’ll style your hair in topknot fashion like a geisha, as well as lending you a traditional kimono to wear. Dhs360 per person. Salon Miyazaki, Al Barsha. Log onto www.salonmiyazaki.com for more information.
Saturday 4 Try a Turkish iftar
Trot over to the Sheraton to break fast with this Turkish-themed buffet, serving a selection of the country’s best-loved dishes. Dhs135 per person. Hatta Banquet Room, Sheraton Dubai Creek, 5.30pm-8pm. Call 04 207 1404 for more information.
Sunday 5 Donate!
The Holiday Inn is still collecting clothes, food, blankets and medicine for the victims of the floods in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Get down there and do your bit! Holiday Inn Al Barsha, call 04 323 4333 for more information.
Sunday 5 Abu Dhabi art
Create your own personalised wall hanging at these free workshops, which are a part of the must-see ‘A Story of Islamic Embroidery in Nomadic and Urban Traditions’ exhibition. Gallery One education room, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, 11am-1pm. Log onto www.artsabudhabi.ae for more information.
Sunday 5 Be the next Valentino
S*uce’s annual Design a Dress competition is back. If you win, you’ll see four of your pieces sold at S*uce boutiques across the city. Email for guidelines before you start sketching – the comp closes on October 1. S*uce boutiques across Dubai. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday 5 Kids stay for free
This week is one of the last where families can enjoy this Jumeirah promotion. When two adults stay at least three nights at any Jumeirah hotel, up to two kids (aged under 16) can stay and eat for free. Until September 9. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts. Call 04 366 6200 for more information.
Monday 6 Put your feet up
Take advantage of the last few days of Ramadan working hours and spend the afternoon at Senso: its three-and-a-half hour package includes a foot spa, a Swedish massage, an Anne Sémonin facial, a haircut and free access to the pool and steam rooms, all for Dhs650. Senso Wellness Centre, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City. Call 04 366 9111 for more information.
Monday 6 Moules and frites
Gorge yourself on mussels and fries for Dhs65 per person – a steal. If you fancy a tipple with your meal, pay Dhs85 and enjoy unlimited selected beverages.
Très bien! Mahi Mahi, Wafi, 7.30pm. Call 04 324 4100 for more information.
Monday 6 Take a dip with Whitney Houston
Catch Whitney and Kevin Costner at their best in The Bodyguard while drifiting about in the Montgomerie’s swimming pool. Dive-In Movies, The Address Montgomerie, 9.30pm. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.
Tuesday 7 Cross Fitness
Cross Fitness has nothing to do with working out while being angry, rather it’s a conditioning programme that utilises gymnastics, weightlifting, sprinting, and many other sporting disciplines. Safa Park Gate 2, 8pm. Call 04 311 6571 for more information.
Tuesday 7 Free sugar highs for the ladies
Fair maidens of Dubai can head to Caramel for half-price drinks every Tuesday, now with free mini Sweet Stuff cupcakes for the ultimate sugar rush. Caramel, DIFC, 7.30pm-9pm. Call 800 227 2635 for more information.
Wednesday 8 Total relaxation for half the price
We love the iLa Kundalini massage, which hones in on your chakras and muscles. The hour-long treatment usually costs Dhs400, but bring this page along and you’ll get 50 per cent off throughout September. Natural Elements Spa, Le Méridien Dubai. Call 04 702 2550 for more information.
Wednesday 8 More charity!
Ramadan is a month for giving, so spring-clean your wardrobe for a good cause – collection boxes will be placed in Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, and Mirdif City Centre for you to donate unwanted clothes, spectacles, mobile phones and books. Visit the malls for info
Wednesday 8 Watch Exiles rugby
Meet new people and get in shape with Dubai Exiles RFC as they prepare for the new season. All standards are welcome, as are ladies. The Sevens, Al Ain Rd, 6pm. Call 050 452 4558 for more information.
Wednesday 8 Cycle safely
For those looking to cycle (or run) somewhere different, check out Dubai Autodrome. Log onto Facebook for info. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches, 6pm. See ‘Cycle Safe Dubai’ on Facebook or visit www.dubaiautodrome.com for more information.