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Academy Café
Located within the grounds of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, the café has recently introduced an indoor golf simulator to their repertoire – a great summer solution for golfers that can handle the heat. Players can choose a course from over 140 options around the world, while high-speed camera technology will capture elements such as swing path, impact and ball flight. You can also opt for one of the course packages, where a professional can help you improve your technique.
Dhs240 per hour for use of the simulator. Daily 7am-11pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).

This African restaurant is a real rarity in Dubai. Not only is it one of very few venues serving food from this continent in the emirate, but the tables you dine at are just about as intellectually empowered as HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Use the sensor enabled tables (which double up as huge tablet screens) to order your meal, watch it being cooked in the kitchen, play games, check social media, read the news, call a taxi. You name it, these tables can probably do it. For Ramadan, the restaurant will also be offering a special three-course set menu for iftar of Sudanese cooking, priced from Dhs75 (for one).
Daily sunset-11pm. Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 368 8015).

Mi Café
Devoted to computer gaming, this café opened earlier in 2014 with the promise of tournaments and world-class facilities. Here PC devotees can play Call of Duty, Global Offensive and the like, with rates starting from Dhs10 per hour. For keen gamers, there are discounts to be had – buy five hours, get two free, buy ten hours, get five free, or buy 24 hours and get 24 hours free.
Open daily 10am-1am during Ramadan, food and beverages served after sunset. Al Ain Center, near Al Fahidi Metro Station (050 525 2191).

Que Club
Perhaps one of the city’s best-known billiards cafés, Que Club houses Brunswick tables, along with 120 gaming computers (plus a VIP gaming section) and a dedicated café area with projector and plasma screens, showing whatever customers wish to watch. It also hosts regular billiards tournaments.
Open daily 10am-3am during Ramadan. Oud Metha, (04 336 5551).

Shooters Billiards & Café
Escape the heat by challenging a mate to a game on one of this café’s 12 pool tables or several PlayStation 3s. There are also LCD TVs at every table, meaning you can catch that essential football match while you’re there. The venue also offers free wi-fi, has three large projector screens plus an extensive menu of snacks and drinks. Open until 3am every night, it’s a good choice for watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Open daily 7pm-3am during Ramadan. The Torch, Dubai Marina, (04 368 5645).

The Living Rooms
Hidden away in Festival City Mall’s annex-like second floor, this sprawling premise houses dozens of ‘living room’-type set-ups with sofas and games consoles including PlayStations 3s and X-Boxes dotted around the room and yet more outside in the corridor. It’s a popular hangout for teens, with refreshments readily available. You can also play X-Box Kinect games in a designated area, or try your hand at classic board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Cluedo, as well as foosball, chess and billiards.
Open daily 10am-1am during Ramadan. Opposite Fitness First, Dubai Festival City Mall, (04 232 9291).

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