25 things to do this week

Munch on posh steak, celebrate Waxy's birthday and more Dubai fun

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Thursday 5

Take a dip with George Clooney: Enjoy a star-studded double bill tonight, with Woody Allen in Antz followed by George Clooney in the Oscar-winning Michael Clayton.
Dive-In Movies, The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, from 7.30pm. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.

Eat posh steak: Check out Gary Rhodes’ newest Dubai eatery – an upscale steakhouse.
Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Méridien. Call 04 316 5550 for more information.

Waxy’s birthday: Our favourite Bur Dubai watering hole will celebrate its seventh birthday in true Waxy’s style, with games, competitions and more from August 5 to 7.
Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai. Call 04 352 0900 for more information.

Try a taste of Ibiza with Circoloco: Get into the Mediterranean groove with Ibiza club night Circoloco, which presents one of its residents, dance music powerhouse Clive Henry, to the night, plus sounds from Dyed Soundorom.
The Rooftop Main Room, Madinat Jumeirah, from 10pm. Call 050 725 8277 for more information.

Party at Hopfest: Celebrate a feast of international brews while listening to live music. Until August 7.
The Irish Village, Garhoud. Call 04 282 4750 for more information.


Friday 6

Decorate the walls at 400 Club: Get your crayons out and get creative, because 400 Club is inviting guests to scribble graffiti all over the walls before it closes for Ramadan (and some renovations).
The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call 04 332 4900 for more information.

Films, food and pool: Dive-In Movies is on a roll this week. Its second double bill of the week is another belter: Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, followed by an unusual role for Steve Carell in Little Miss Sunshine. Barbecue and drinks available.
Dive-In Movies, The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, from 7.30pm. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.

Rock on! Join Dubai’s rock stars and metallers at the Metal Asylum Compilation launch with performances from The Crow Murder, Sho?, Universal Rogue, Absolace, Revolution Junkies and Moonshine.
Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, 9pm-3am. Call 04 398 2222 for more information.

Go to the theatre: Local drama group Backstage is putting on two short plays tonight: Business Lunch and Players & Pawns. Head down and support Dubai’s burgeoning theatre scene. Email backstage.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 7pm. Email to dubai@gmail.com for more information.


Saturday 7

Bag flea market bargains: Thought the searing heat would discourage the city’s monthly flea market fans? You thought wrong. Instead it’s held indoors and is just as busy. Arrive early – experienced shoppers get there before it starts to nab the good stuff.
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 10am-3pm. Call 050 296 9680 or log onto www.dubai-fleamarket.com for more information.

Last day of Magrudy’s book sale: It’s the final day of the summer sale at this flagship book store, so rush down for your very last chance to find bargain finds.
Magrudy’s, Festival Centre.

Dance to Bollywood beats: Don your best outfit and head down to the Anokha night to check out some of the best Bollywood tunes in town.
The Rooftop Main Room, Madinat Jumeirah, 10pm-3am. Call 04 397 3389 for more information.

Lounge by a pool in the desert: We love visiting Bab Al Shams: it’s just 40 minutes from Dubai, but it feels a world away. Lounging by the pool is a great way to spend a weekend, although it’s usually well out of our budget. But this month it’s much more affordable: for Dhs275 you get a day’s pool access, camel rides and a seat at the falcon show.
Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, until August 30. Call 04 809 6167 for more information.


Sunday 8

Guess the sweets in the jar: Pop down to Candylicious and guess the number of sweets in a container for the chance to win Dhs1,250 in cash prizes (and buy some cool candy while you’re there). The competition ends on September 15.
Candylicious, The Dubai Mall. Call 04 330 8700 for more information.

See great art: Browse the diverse art on show at this gallery’s group exhibition. We love its location in Jumeirah – grab coffee and a slice of cake at nearby Lime Tree Café before your visit.
Green Art Gallery, Jumeirah, until September 25. Call 04 344 9888 for more information.

Get a cheap Thai massage: We’ve only just discovered this gem: banish Sunday stress with an hour-long traditional Thai massage for just Dhs180. It’s the perfect start to the working week.
Siam Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road. Call 04 319 8660 for more information.

Pump some iron: Body Pump is one of the best aerobic workouts you can get, and Big Apple Gym offers hour-long classes for Dhs40. A must for bargain biceps.
Big Apple Gym, Emirates Towers, 6.30pm. Call 04 319 8660 for more information.


Monday 9

Shop and dine: Spend Dhs1,000 or more at designer fashion haven Soirée and get vouchers for Mandara Spa and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Offer valid until September 31.
Soirée, Al Wasl Road. Call 04 349 4995 for more information.

Forgive and forget: Join this forgiveness meditation class and you’ll walk out feeling as though a weight has been lifted from your shoulders (although it depends what you’ve done, of course). There’s no fee – it’s donations only.
The Third Eye, Sheikh Zayed Road, 7.30pm. Log onto www.thirdeyeonline.com for more information.

Phuket treats: Feast on Thai specialities, with a focus on the culinary delights of Phuket. The food is unlimited. Dhs179 with house beverages.
Blue Elephant, Al Bustan Rotana, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Call 04 282 0000 for more information.

Sweet clubbing: Enjoy retro and old-school music at Boudoir’s Candy Shop night, complete with special mixed drinks and plenty of free sweets.
Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, 11pm onwards. Call 04 345 5995 for more information.


Tuesday 10

Dine for less: Until September 10, spend Dhs400 at any of Radisson Blu’s many eateries to receive a Dhs100 voucher for next time. Restaurants include Sumibiya, Dubai’s first Japanese yakiniku-style venue, letting diners cook their own food at the table.
Radisson Blu Deira Creek. Call 04 205 7333 for more information.

Shop Symphony: After several months selling from a hidden showroom near Souk Al Bahar, Symphony’s grand flagship store – full of breathtaking designer clothing – is finally opening at The Dubai Mall.
Symphony boutique, The Dubai Mall. Call 04 425 5666 for more information.

See Ex-Drummer: Catch this quirky Belgian film, listed in our ‘100 Films to Get You Through Summer’ issue.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 8.30pm. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.

Party on the beach: Ladies can enjoy three free glasses of bubbles, plus there’s a barbecue and sushi to tuck into.
Horizon Lounge, Habtoor Grand, 7pm-11pm. Call 04 408 4444 for more information.


Wednesday 11

Ladies dive for free: Try breathing underwater for a few minutes under the watchful eye of a Padi instructor to see if diving is for you. It will only take 10 minutes – just turn up with your swimwear. Note: if Ramadan hasn’t started today, the sessions will run from 10.30am.
Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road, 8pm-10pm. Call 04 349 9922 ext 200 for more information.

Fill a shoe box: The Shoe Box Appeal kicks off today, collecting donations for UAE labourers. Do your bit and pick up a shoe box, then fill it with items including T-shirts and toothpaste.
Boxes available at Radisson Blu, Media City. Call 04 366 9111 for more information.

Try an iftar feast: Khaymat Al Bahar, Al Muna, Arboretum and Shoo Fee Ma Fee are all offering iftar buffets, including selected drinks, for Dhs185, or Dhs92.50 for kids.
Madinat Jumeirah, sunset-8pm. Call 04 366 6730 for more information.

Climb the Burj: Okay, it’s no feast, but why not break your fast with water and dates while taking in Dubai’s best view? Dhs100 for adults, Dhs75 for kids under 12.
Burj Khalifa, 5pm-midnight. Log onto www.burjkhalifa.ae for more information.

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