25 things to do this week

Underwater zoo, Olympic sport, Iranian art and more Dubai fun

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Wednesday August 1

Get a taste of India at Armani/Amal: Armani/Amal’s summer feast offers a three-course vegetarian or non-vegetarian menu.
Dhs225 (vegetarian), Dhs250 (non-vegetarian). Daily sunset-11pm. Until August 30. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

Give a pet a loving home: Looking to expand your family this Ramadan? Animal Action has dozens of pets on its books who are looking for new homes, including an adorable one-year-old labrador cross called Troy.
To enquire about adopting Troy or another animal, contact Mel at Animal Action (050 315 1427).

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See an innovative photography exhibition: Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo show, ‘When the Lights Went Off We Saw’, touches on the notions of abstract light, and features enlarged images of partial photo negatives that have been over-exposed and tainted with light.
Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Snap up great deals at West LA Boutique: This hip fashion store is offering 50 percent off selected items. Head down to Sunset Mall to get the best of summer sales.
Until August 4. Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 4248).

Try an opulent iftar at Al Iwan: This Burj Al Arab venue offers a mind-boggling spread of authentic Arabian delicacies served in lavish surroundings. There will also be traditional performances throughout the evening.
Dhs290. Daily from sunset. Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 301 7777).


Thursday August 2

Enjoy a post-sunset bite at BiCE: The Italian restaurant’s new menu offers dishes such as ricotta and spinach tortelli.
Dhs260 (four courses). Open daily sunset-11.30pm. Until August 20. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2520).

Enter the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award: UAE residents are invited to submit their art for the seventh instalment of this prestigious award. Winners will bag a substantial cash prize, which will act as a great springboard for their career.
Entry deadline Thursday November 1. www.youngartistaward.ae.

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Become a member of Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo: Buy an ‘Ultimate Aquarium Package’ for Dhs100 and you’ll have the option to buy annual membership for an extra Dhs100, allowing you
to ogle the fish for free all year round.
Dhs100. Open daily 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).

Spend this summer on ice: Dubai Ice Rink presents ‘Summer on Ice’ which offers a week-long skating programme and concludes with a month of free skating.
Dhs825 (week-long programme), Dhs1,925 (intensive skate camp). Sun-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Sat 11am-1am. Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

Escape city stress with meditation: Feeling stressed? Try this group meditation session to help yourself relax and wind down. The best bit? It’s absolutely free.
Free. 7pm-8.30pm. Raja Yoga Centre, opposite Rivoli, Za’abeel Road, Karama (04 335 2604).


Friday August 3

Head to the Sheraton’s beachside iftar: Palm Garden’s Ramadan tent is situated on the beach, and is designed to replicate a traditional desert setting.
Dhs185 per person including soft drinks. Open daily sunset-3am. Until the end of Ramadan. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers, Dubai Marina (04 399 5533).

Watch an Irish comedy flick: Brendan Gleeson stars in slick crime comedy The Guard, the most successful independent Irish film of all time at the box office.
In UAE cinemas from Thursday August 2.

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Head to the ARTE Market at Festival Centre: This regular craft market features handmade wares created by more than 1,800 artisans from 30 different countries.
Noon-9pm. Near Ikea, Dubai Festival City (04 341 8020).

Feast at Na3Na3’s Halla Night: Stop by for Middle Eastern-inspired food and performances – a perfect evening treat.
Dhs185 (food and soft drinks). Sunset-11pm. Ongoing. Na3Na3, The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).

Cheer on the Olympic cyclists: Head to French restaurant Rostang Brasserie, which is showing the Olympic action on a big screen. The essential event to catch today is the cycling, especially the men’s team pursuit final. The quarter-finals of the women’s football also take place throughout the day.
Free entry. 6.55pm-10.10pm. Rostang Brasserie, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).


Saturday August 4

Nab a bargain at Dubai Flea Market: This Ramadan edition of the flea market will offer all manner of second-hand goods.
Free entry. 8pm-midnight. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubai-fleamarket.com.

See an Iranian-inspired art exhibition: Contemporary Iranian artist Farzan Sadjadi presents a body of work influenced by the forgotten village of Mar in the harsh climates of central Iran.
Until September 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

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Find out who scoops gold in the women’s triathlon: Combining swimming, cycling and running, the triathlon is one of the highlights of the Olympics. Watch it at the special tent in Media One.
Free entry. 11.55am-2.50pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Learn the CrossFit fundamentals: Attend a three-hour introductory class and you’ll be ready to take on a beginners’ workout.
Dhs400. Noon-3pm. The Box, Star International School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (050 556 5640).

Enjoy caviar with great views: After sunset, classy venue The Terrace will be serving organically farmed Imperial caviar.
From Dhs650 per 30g. Sunset-1.30am. Ongoing. The Terrace, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira Creek (04 317 2222).


Sunday August  5

Visit Sega Republic and get a free cinema ticket: With every two Sega tickets you buy, you’ll get a free Reel Cinemas ticket and Dhs20 to spend at the theme park.
Open daily 10.30am-2.30am. Sega Republic, The Dubai Mall (04 448 8484).

Break your fast with Brit-style cuisine: English food is served every Sunday evening at Channels.
From Dhs145 (soft drinks). Sunset-10.30pm. Ongoing. Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0201).

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Try Somerset’s special burgers: This British-style venue offers a special burger each evening. The selection includes Angus steak, Middle Eastern chicken, teriyaki salmon and vegetarian bean burger.
Dhs70. Sunset-3am. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai, Oud Metha (04 310 4330).

Watch the 100m final: Catch a packed bill of Olympic events, including the women’s triple jump and 400m, and the men’s hammer throw, 3,000m steeplechase and men’s 100m final. See page 78 for more Olympic timings.
9.40pm-12.50am, OSN 1 HD.


Monday August 6

Learn Arabic for less: The Arabic Language Centre is offering a discounted adult beginners’ course throughout the month of Ramadan.
Dhs1,700. Classes 9.30am-11.30am, noon-2pm or 4pm-6pm. Until August 14. Arabic Language Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.arabiclanguagecentre.com (04 331 5600).

Head to Blue Orange’s lobster night: Enjoy fresh seafood and live cooking once the day is done.
Dhs250. Daily 6pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7136).

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Go mad for mangos: Try a three-course menu of mango-inspired dishes at Shiba. The deal includes a mango mocktail.
Dhs160. Sunset-11.30pm. Until August 31. The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3111).

Join the Kutub Bilarabi reading circle: Tonight’s literary discussion will focus on Gold Dust, an award-winning book by Libyan writer Ibrahim Al-Koni.
Free. 7pm-9pm. To join, register at tinyurl.com/KutubBilarabi. Traffic, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).


Tuesday August 7

Try Lush’s colour wheel: The bath and body store has launched a ‘colour wheel’ colour-therapy concept. Pick out the colours that you’re most drawn to in order to find out more about your mood.
Ongoing. Various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 435 6114).

Enjoy discounts at Nasimi Beach Boutique: Nasimi Beach may be closed, but its boutique is open, offering 25 percent off selected clothing and accessories.
Open daily 10am-midnight. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0000).

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Go for Olympic gold at Rivington Grill: Head to Rivington to enjoy dishes from the new ‘Classics’ menu. If Great Britain wins a gold medal during the evening, diners get a free drink.
Dhs200 (three courses). Daily 7.30pm-11pm. Souk Al Bahar , Downtown Dubai (04 423 0903), Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6464).

Check out a huge suhoor: Fun for all the family at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Dhs135. Daily 8pm-3am. Until August 19. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 306 4000).

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