Sunday blues? We hear you, but did you know that Dubai is full of amazing things to do to kick start your week? Whether you’re looking to cling onto those weekend vibes for just one more day, making use of some annual leave, or looking to turbo charge your working week, read on for a bit of inspiration. Just don’t pull a Sunday sickie on our account...
Here are the best things to do on a Sunday in Dubai (no tourist traps here, just pro advice for real residents).
Go catch the match
Sundays across Europe are when the big boys come out to play, and you’ll be able to catch the titans of the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and beyond battle it out, with practically every fixture guaranteed to be covered live in sports bars across Dubai.
It just so happens that Dubai is chock full of brilliant sports bars (check out an exhaustive list of them here) that are great for a pint, a bag of peanuts, a frame of pool and a happy hour bevvie or two.
Particularly worthy of your attention on a Sunday afternoon could be one of the many fan pubs you’ll find across Dubai. There are supporter’s bars for most Premier League clubs, including Goodfellas for Liverpool fans, The Red Lion for Manchester United fans, garden on 8 for Wolves fans and loads more to check out, too.
In the winter, GMT in the UK means Premier League means matches kick off four hours later in the UAE, so expect Sunday matches to start at about 6pm in the winter, and 5pm after the clocks change to BST.
Go for a Sunday Roast
If it’s not the sport you’re heading for, perhaps a bit of classic pub grub will put you in a better mood on Sunday evening?
There are some outstanding pubs across the city, many of which serve up a traditional Sunday roast (which you’ll also find being served on Saturdays). For example, Reform Social & Grill often serves up a roast dinner plus drinks deal on Saturday and Sunday, while some pubs even serve up roast dinners every day of the week – here’s looking at you, The Lion by Nick & Scott.
Feeling lazy? There are a number of places that even deliver roast dinners straight to your door.
There are plenty of other ways to tuck into grub at Dubai’s world class restaurants, many of which run midweek dinner deals to keep you in the mood for food – click here for more.
Check out some live music
Dubai is a vibrant city full of brilliant bars and equally inspired musicians. Every night of the week you’ll find live music playing across the city, whether original acts taking to the stage or bar bands filling venues with covers of well-known hits and classics.
A former winner of the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife award for best live music venue, Jazz@PizzaExpress serves up some high-quality, consistent Italian grub every night of the week. It has an eight-days-a-week approach to live music, and twice on Fridays, so you’re practically guaranteed to see a top-quality act on stage during your visit. Deals on food are on throughout the week, too, to help keep that monthly budget in the black.
Alternatively, world-famous live music bar Hard Rock Cafe is also open every night of the week, with some sort of live band or entertainment hitting the stage, including one of Time Out Dubai’s best bar bands – Big Mouth. Later on in the week, former Bar of the Year winner Lock, Stock & Barrel (in both of its locations, in Barsha Heights and in JBR) put on live music thanks to resident acts 13 Daze and Gorgeous George. A chance to rock out, loosen your hair and grab a drink on a Sunday night.
Sweat out the weekend
Speaking of letting your hair down – if you perhaps overdid it at the weekend and need to sweat out Friday brunch or that gigantic takeaway pizza you scoffed down on Saturday night, then a Sunday workout is a great way to kick-start your week.
Dubai is home to some truly outstanding gyms and places where you can work out – if you’re after the latest and greatest places to try, here are six new gyms to visit in Dubai including swanky, state-of-the-art places on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, in Dubai Marina, and even a brand-new Platform gym in DIFC. Click here and read on
Most gyms in the city offer a free class or some sort of trial if you’re a new member, so you can make the most of some wallet-friendly ways to keep (or get) fit.
If, though, you’re perhaps looking for something a bit different from you workouts (surprisingly, it’s pretty easy to get bored of burpees, squats, lunges and bench presses), then we’ve got nine alternative workouts to try in the UAE this year – just click right here. Whether you want to be transported to an alternate reality while doing a bit of spinning at GFX, some trampoline fitness at BOUNCE Dubai, or even fancy taking on a light-up, LED movement class on the Palm Jumeirah (think of a fitness version of whack-a-mole), you’ll find a load here.
Settle in for a blockbuster
If the start of the week has been a bit chaotic, and you feel the need to sit in a dark room for a couple of hours, popcorn and soft drink in hand, then check out one of the city’s many great cinemas/movie theatres.
Year-round you’ll find Hollywood’s (and Bollywood’s) biggest blockbusters showing on the big screens across Dubai, and if you fancy treating yourself to something a little bit extra spesh then treat yourself to one of the premium experiences you’ll find at cinemas including Roxy and VOX. At VOX Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates you’ll find ThEATre, which is sort of like fine-dining for cinemas. Big, comfy, reclining seats, a three-course meal and a more intimate theatre experience than you’d find in normal theatres. Head to uae.voxcinemas.com for more.
Meanwhile, the Platinum Suites at Roxy Cinemas across Dubai (at locations including The Beach, City Walk, La Mer and BoxPark) is another premium experience with a full menu of dishes from which to choose, as well as in-theatre table service and bedtime-worthy levels of comfort – don’t eat too much, lest you’ll risk falling asleep. Not that we’ve ever done that… never…
Head to www.theroxycinemas.com for more information.
For more of the best things to do in Dubai, click here.