Where to go out on weeknights

Straight-from-the-office dinner deals, drinks offers and exercise classes

Mid-week meals

BA Restaurant
Those wishing to dine early are in luck at top Chinese spot BA. The ‘lucky eights’ promotion offers a 28 percent discount on dinner if you eat before 8pm.
Prices vary. Daily 7pm-8pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).

Belgian Café
Carnivores can start the week at ‘mighty steak’ nights, a Sunday night promotion in Festival City. Diners will be offered a whopping 500g portion of grass-fed New Zealand rib eye steak, plus any Belgian draught of their choosing.
Dhs150 per person. Sun 5pm-11.30pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

Benihana

The new ‘ikanji sushi’ night at this teppanyaki hot spot serves a selection of handmade sushi rolls, such as the ambe, heki and the scarily named Godzilla rolls.
Dhs199 (soft drinks). Dhs259 (house beverages). Wed 7pm-11pm. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 428 2000).

BiCE Ristorante
Head to this popular Italian restaurant for a promotional early dinner deal, that offers a two course selection of signatures from the menu.
Dhs150 person. Sun-Thu 7pm-8.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2520).

Lafayette Gourmet
Dubbed ‘seven days, seven ways’, and due to start this week, from Wednesday October 1, every night at Lafayette Gourmet will now be theme night. The schedule of food deals features dim sum Sundays, cheese fondue for Monday evenings, Indian thali on Tuesdays, Spanish tapas and paella on Wednesday, and Arabic mezze and grills on Thursdays.
Dhs95 per person (soft drinks). Daily 6pm-9pm. Lafayette Gourmet, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).

Mekong
This beautiful looking restaurant has a brand new ‘Sam Yan Monday Market’ promotion. It offers a selection of Asian cooking from across Thailand, Vietnam and China, prepared in ‘market-style’ at cooking stations on the terrace outside.
Dhs199 per person (soft drinks). Dhs350 per person (house beverages). Mon 6.30pm-11.30pm. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).

Nineteen

For those with a lust for lactose, finish off a hard day at work with Nineteen’s ‘cheese workshop’, which offers guests on Wednesday nights a buffet selection of cheeses, as well as deals on grape.
Dhs75 per person (unlimited cheese, plus buy one get one free on grape). Dhs175 per person (unlimited cheese and selected grape). Wed 7pm-10pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 363 1275).

Reform Social & Grill
Although ‘posh pub grub’ is arguably what Reform Social & Grill’s concept is all about, for this new Wednesday night deal, the British haunt offer two of the (British) nation’s fast food favourites, chicken and chips or scampi and chips, both priced at Dhs99.
Dhs99 per person. Wed 5pm-11pm. The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).

Western Steakhouse
Head to this Sheikh Zayed Road-based steak house any night after work, and you’ll find a themed deal to enjoy. Sundays offer prime ribs and hops; Mondays and Wednesdays are all you can eat barbecue night; Tuesdays offer Black Angus steak and a glass of grape; and on Thursdays (except October 2), you can put an end to a tough week in the office with an unlimited grape package.
From Dhs185 per person (soft drinks). Dhs235 per person grape and hops). Daily 7pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 276963).

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Get out, work out

Badmintown
Get into racket sports with this fun-loving organisation, which prides itself on being inclusive and accessible, whatever your playing ability or background. Taking place on Monday and Tuesday 7pm to 10pm in Satwa and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm in Al Safa Sports Hall (there are also Friday and Saturday afternoon slots at the same location), make new acquaintances and broaden your horizons over a friendly game of badminton.
Dhs40 per three-hour session. Mon-Tue 7pm, Thu 6.30pm, Fri noon, Sat 4pm. Al Safa Sports Hall, Al Safa, search ‘Badmintown’ on www.facebook.com (no number).

MMA and more
De-stress with a combative workout at MMA Fitness Center, which does rotating classes throughout the week from 6.30pm including muay Thai, boxercise, and Brazilian jiu jitsu in the half cage. Paying for a class also entitles you to use the gym facilities.
Dhs100 per class for non-members. Pacific Building, TECOM (04 367 5077).

Pole fit, burlesque and belly dance
Ladies can head over to Capella Club in Dubai Marina for a Monday night filled with fun, energetic dance classes. Choose from belly dancing at 6.30pm, pole fit at 7pm or burlesque at 7.30pm. If none of those float your boat, there are also classes on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays including Zumba, tae kwon do, afro dancehall and flamenco.
From Dhs60 per class, packages available. Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina (04 452 6000).

Speedflex
As traffic can get a bit hairy, this one is best saved for those who live or work in the neighbourhood, or whose office is a walkable distance away (from Dubai Media City, the walk is a manageable 40 minutes). One of the city’s newest cardio workouts, sessions involve the use of equipment with a push-pull mechanism – and you’ll even be able to see your calorie count on-screen. Classes take place throughout the day, but the best ones for office workers are likely the weekday 5pm and 7pm slots. The hotel itself is home to a number of restaurants and bars where you can grab a bite to eat after (or skip the class and make the most of the happy hour at Girder’s instead…).
Dhs150 per class, packages available. JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (04 814 5666).

Trampolining
Check out new trampolining park Jump Boxx, which is now open in Mirdif to help those nearby get in on the city’s latest obsession with bouncing. Even newer is the centre’s ladies’ night, when only females are allowed through the doors every Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm.
Dhs69 first hour (plus Dhs9 for rubber grip socks), Dhs59 for each additional hour. Wed 7pm. Uptown Mirdif Mall, Mirdif (04 288 5744).

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Early happy hours

The Observatory at Dubai Marriot Harbour Hotel

One of the city’s most popular happy hour spots, The Observatory offers three hours of drinks promotions daily with a 40 percent discount on drinks including selected hops from Dhs20 and grape and mixed drinks from Dhs25. The place tends to get packed pretty quick, so we recommend you reserve a table or get there early.
Daily 5pm-8pm. The Observatory, Dubai Marriot Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 3194 795).

Girders at JA Ocean View Hotel

Girders is a jaunt back to Britain where quiz nights bring back memories and TV screens show sports history in the making. Every night of the week, you can enjoy happy hour from 4pm until 7pm with selected drinks from Dhs25 and a traditionally British menu.
Daily 4pm-7pm. Girders, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (04 814 5599).

Calabar at The Address Downtown
With views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa, Calabar is a must-stop spot. The lounge bar attracts a trendy crowd and offers 50 percent off a selection of premium beverages and innovative mixed drinks. With a daily happy hour the crowd is an even balance of men and women.
Sat-Thu 6pm-8pm; Friday 4pm-8pm. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

Voda Bar at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Perfect for those living or working on the city’s most iconic coastal development, Voda bar’s daily happy hour runs from 6pm to 8pm, and offers swanky James Bond-esque surroundings in which to unwind (in fact, the hotel even hosted filming for Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol).
Sat-Thu 6pm-8pm; Friday 4pm-6pm. Voda Bar, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).

Fibber Magee’s on Sheikh Zayed Road
The Irish themed pub offers daily happy hour with selected drinks for Dhs24. With tasty pub grub including traditional fish and chips, cottage pie, Irish stew and curry dishes, it attracts mainly an expat crowd.
Daily 4pm-7pm. Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).

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Ladies’ nights

The Z:One at Media One Hotel

Gossip with the Girls is Media One’s new ladies night concept. Start your evening off with friends with three selected drinks while enjoying the best of the ’90s from Da Sendri at the ground floor of the hotel. Enjoy a lucky draw every week for the chance to win spot prizes and more. Free. Wednesday 6pm-9pm.
Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Senorita night at Maya
Ladies can indulge in a range of freebies including three free beverage vouchers and nibbles, with live beauty demonstrations from different brands each week.
Free. Sunday 7pm-1am. Until 2 November, Maya, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa (04 316 5550).

West 14th at Oceana Beach Club

The contemporary open-plan bar and restaurant offers ladies three complimentary beverages every Tuesday evening at the Marina Bar at West 14th. While it may not be one of the liveliest ladies nights out, the elegant surroundings are ideal for a relaxing glass of grape.
Free. Tuesday 7.30pm-10pm. Marina Bar, West 14, Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah (04 4477 601).

The Gramercy at DIFC
This DIFC hotspot offers three mixed drinks for ladies alongside a special menu with various main course dishes from Dhs40. Dance along to the live Latin band or relax in one of the booths. There is no real dress code at this casual sports bar, however anything goes due to the central business location.
Free. Tuesday 7.30pm-11pm. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 4377 511).

Atelier M at Pier 7

Every Thursday ladies and gents can indulge in after-work drinks with a two for one offer on selected beverages at the J’Adore event overlooking views of Dubai Marina. The resident DJ will play a mix of soulful classics and deep house. After 9pm, DJ Brooklyn and DJ Shef Codes play a mix of urban hits.
6pm-9pm. Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (055 147 6034).

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The ‘I don’t have time’ meal

Chef Grant Brunsden from Fumé shares a simple dinner recipe that can easily be knocked up in just 15 minutes after work.
Fumé, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 421 5669).


Crispy fried tofu with black pepper sauce
Ingredients
For the dish:
12 pieces Chinese tofu, cut into 2.5cm cubes
10g Thai parsley, cut into 5cm length
25g red onion, diced
25g green beans, blanched
20g spring onion, white part only, sliced at an angle
5g red banana chillies (for garnish), sliced at an angle
For the black pepper sauce:
20g black pepper, cracked
206g oyster sauce
80g sweet soy sauce
73g light soy sauce
40g sugar
7g fish sauce
200g water
10g garlic, grated

Method
1To make the black pepper sauce – in a clean pan, roast the black pepper until fragrant. In a separate pan, mix all the liquid ingredients together including the sugar. Bring to a simmer until the sugar has dissolved, and once dissolved add the roasted black pepper and continue to simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

2 In a pan, blanch the green beans and the Thai parsley then set aside.

3 In a separate pan, fry the cubed tofu in hot oil until they just start to crisp on the outside then set aside.

4 In a clean pan, heat oil and sauté the garlic, spring onion and red onion together for ten seconds. Then add the tofu, blanched green beans, Thai parsley and pepper sauce. Toss for ten seconds until the sauce is fragrant.

5 Remove from the heat and plate the dish, garnish with the sliced red chilli and spring onion, and serve.

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Switching off at home

Amrit Chand, founder and CEO of Dubai’s Miracles holistic wellbeing centre, offers her tips for letting go of work and winding down properly after a long day
One of the biggest problems we face today is being able to switch off our minds and disconnect from work once we get home. The buzzing of gadgets is a reminder of work that is to be completed the following day, if not addressed right away. Even when our physical bodies go to bed, our mental self is busy composing an email. This leads to a sleepless night or broken sleep and we wake up feeling even more tired than the day before.

To ensure a good night’s rest, it is crucial to begin the relaxation process one to two hours (or more) before going to bed. Here’s how to give your head down a head start.

Physical activity (three to four hours prior to sleep)
Whether it’s a yoga class, a sport or putting on music and dancing on your own, engaging in physical activity helps release our stress from the day and produces feel-good hormones.

Burn some incense
Aromatherapy scents such as lavender and geranium are brilliant for invoking relaxation of the mind and body – all you have to do is take in its soothing sweet fragrance!

Take a hot shower or bath

This helps relax tense muscles from the day. When focussing on the act of washing, it serves as a ‘cleanse’ and helps release the stressful and negative energy collected from the day.

Journal
Keeping a journal allows us to safely express ourselves, and is another means of releasing and clearing events from our day. There is no right or wrong way of doing it, even just a few lines a day makes a huge difference.

Meditate
We have read and heard about the benefits of meditation for a few years now yet many of us aren’t willing to actually sit our butts down and do it. Even a quick five minute meditation helps further calm the mind and body and allows us to let go of our day. Put one hand on your stomach and another on your chest and start breathing out all the stresses and thoughts of the day. Allow yourself to let go and enjoy the process. You can also use an Amethyst crystal to promote further relaxation and improved sleep.

Right before you go to sleep
Switch off or put that phone on silent (not vibrate). The last thing you need is for your sleep to be disrupted by some type of email/whatsapp/facebook/BBM notification which may tempt you to check your phone instantly. This can make going back to sleep a challenging process.
www.miraclesworldwide.com.

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