25 things to do this week

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Thursday 9

Tan in luxury: Spend the morning at the wonderful Madinat Jumeirah beach and pools (it costs Dhs495 for two people) and get a Dhs150 voucher for any of the restaurants.
Madinat Jumeirah hotels, until September 30. Call 04 366 6821

Iftar with a view: If you haven’t tried an iftar yet, today is your last chance. We recommend Ewaan for startling views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Dhs180 including water and Ramadan juice.
Ewaan, The Palace Hotel, Old Town. Call 04 428 7888

Don’t miss the movie marathon: This is the kind of marathon we can handle. During Ramadan, Reel Cinemas has been running kids’ classics back to back. Today is the last day you can catch the Batman and Narnia double bill: buy two tickets at The Dubai Mall for Dhs50 and two at Marina Mall for Dhs80. Plan!
Reel Cinemas, The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall, 4pm and 9pm. Call 04 448 5222

Visit the Burj for iftar: This is top of our iftar list for style and pizzazz, not for the fairly muted interior but for the stunning views of the fountain and cityscape below. Ideal for bidding farewell to Ramadan.
Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa. Call 04 888 3888


Friday 10

Have a cool summer night: The waterpark carnival is back in time for Eid, with DJs, a night market, food stalls from around the world and firework displays. Atlantis is also offering a special room rate of Dhs1,470 over Eid, including access to The Lost Chambers and discount dolphin swims, plus free access to Kids’ Club and the Cool Summer Night party.
Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm. Call 04 426 0000

Watch England take on Pakistan: With so much controversy surrounding the Pakistani cricket team, anyone with a mild interest in the sport would be a fool to miss the first one-day international between England and Pakistan at the Riverside Ground in Durham in the UK.
Showsports 2, 1.15pm

See The Expendables!: Finally, it’s here: the movie with the action legends. You can’t miss a Sly/Arnie/Bruce dream team.
In cinemas across Dubai

Witness the return of rock: Revel in the company of Dubai’s metal-lovers with the return of club night Metal Asylum, with performances from GoPilot, Riff Raff and Xceed.
Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa, 9pm. Call 04 398 2222

Check out Chi’s new look: Be one of the first to see the club’s new look. Top local DJs will be on hand to entertain while you check out Chi Red, which has been decked out with red bricks, and the oh-so-stylish VIP area, which has been given a black and gold facelift.
Chi, Oud Metha, 9pm. Call 04 337 9470


Saturday 11

Buy designer frocks at Symphony: The long-awaited fashion store is finally open – head there if you’re willing to splash out on beautiful clothes by less obvious designers. We’re in love with the J Mendel range. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa. Call 04 330 8050

Brilliant Eid deals at Playnation: They’re going Eid crazy with special offers at MCC, including a Dhs25 card for Magic Planet with every Soccer Circus entry, and 15 per cent off your second ‘jump’ when you visit iFly.
Mirdif City Centre, call 800 534 7873

Try your hand at polocrosse: As the name suggests, polocrosse is a mix between polo and lacrosse. Mushrif’s polocrosse season has just started and you can practise every Saturday at 6pm. It costs Dhs75 per chukkah (around seven and a half minutes). Alternatively, book a lesson.
Mushrif Equestrian and Polo Club, 6pm. Call 04 257 1256

Check out Arab pop music: Arab pop megastars Fadel Shaker, Elissa, Hussein Al Jasmi, Mona Amarsha, and Sherine Abdel Wahab are set to play two concerts tonight and tomorrow. Get cultured and go!
Madinat Arena, Jumeirah, time TBC. Call 600 545 555


Sunday 12

Run! The Desert Hash House Harriers enjoy a social run every Sunday evening, starting approximately an hour before sunset. The run is followed by refreshments and food. For further details, together with the run location and exact starting time, check out the website. www.deserthash.org.
Locations across Dubai, an hour before sunset

Bag a half-price facial: Spend Eid pampering yourself with a half-price Ku Nye facial. Normally Dhs550, it uses Tibetan oil, organic sea buckthorn seed oil, a lavender and honey mask and deep lymphatic drainage and acupressure to pep up your skin. Present this page before the end of the month to enjoy the treatment for just Dhs262.50.
Natural Elements Spa, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud. Call 04 702 2550

Start snapping the capital: Taken a great photo that you think captures the essence of Abu Dhabi? Enter your images in the capital’s annual ‘Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes’ photography contest and you could be in with a chance to win up to Dhs30,000.
Until December 31, www.brand.abudhabi.ae


Monday 13

Keep your joints limber: This great yoga spot is offering more than 20 per cent off this morning yoga class, with sessions for just Dhs75, and it offers a pick-up and drop-off service. The first 10 readers to book will get a free hatha yoga class.
Gems of Yoga, Sheikh Zayed Road, 10.45am. Call 04 331 5161

Stay and feast: This Deira hotel is offering apartment rooms for just Dhs525, including breakfast and a Dhs150 restaurant voucher. Or stay in a standard room for Dhs325, including breakfast and a Dhs100 meal voucher.
Arabian Park Hotel, Deira, until September 14. Call 04 324 5999

Dine with 10 friends: Celebrate the Hilton’s 10th anniversary at Bice by booking dinner for 10 people for Dhs201 per person. The deal continues until October.
Bice, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. Call 04 318 2520

Listen to live blues: Head to slick wine bar Oeno to catch blues, jazz, pop and gospel music from Ptah Brown on her debut night.
Oeno, The Westin Dubai, 9.15pm. Call 04 399 4141


Tuesday 14

Tour the Grand Mosque: To celebrate Eid, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is offering twice-daily free tours every day except Friday.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, 10am and 5pm. www.visitabudhabi.ae

Learn to play golf: Dubai Golf has launched new autumn packages, offering tuition to perfect your game at leisurely coffee mornings or intensive night school classes.
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Call 04 380 2222 or 04 295 6000

Browse a new gallery: Opera Gallery has had a strong presence in DIFC for years, but it has now opened at The Dubai Mall, meaning we can check out pieces by Dali and Chagall after browsing the stores.
Opera Gallery, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa. Call 04 330 8262

See The American: The end of Ramadan heralds the release of some new flicks, including this thriller starring George Clooney as Jack, a primo assassin pulling his last assignment in Italy.
In cinemas across Dubai


Wednesday 15

Enjoy tea for two: There’s nothing quite as civilised as a spot of afternoon tea. At Raffles Salon you can enjoy a selection of teas from around the world and an array of tasty teatime snacks for Dhs140 per person. Yum!
Raffles Salon, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, 2pm-7pm. Call 04 314 9888

Try your hand at interior design: Sign up now for this seven-week course, which will run every Saturday from September 18 to teach you the fine art of home decorating. Dhs1,300 per person.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, starting September 18. Call 050 532 3749

See Charlie St Cloud: Indulge yourself with a midweek trip to the cinema. If you’re a Zac Efron fan, try this story of a young man coming to terms with the death of his little brother.
In cinemas across Dubai

Cheap buckets at Bar Zar: Kick-start a night out at the Madinat with a bucket of seven hop-based beverages for Dhs160. Bargain! If you prefer grape, the rest of the bottle is yours when you buy three glasses.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 5pm-2.30am. Call 04 366 6730

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