Sure, five of the seven days are supposed to be ‘work, sleep, repeat’, but frankly we see 16 hours either side of your 9-5 that need filling with fun things to do. So, round-up, because this is your ultimate guide to the week and weekend ahead, with the latest events, deals, sports, film releases and more.
New Saturday lunch deal at Ossiano
If you’re after something extra special – but more affordable – this summer, don’t miss Ossiano’s new Saturday lunch deal. It features a set menu from hugely talented chef de cuisine, Grégoire Berger, and dishes include lobster velouté and grilled tiger prawns. Dhs350 (food only). Sat 1pm-3pm.
Seafood 04 426 2626 Atlantis The Palm – Palm Jumeirah
Unlimited free grape, plus 50 percent off food at Le Petit Belge
Ladies, drop into Le Petit Belge at any time on Wednesday for unlimited free grape, plus 50 percent off food such as “hoppetizers”, tasting platters and salads. The offer runs all day. Très bien! Free. Wed noon-2am. Ongoing.
Book up for brunch at Table 9 at Hilton Dubai Creek and you’ll get a free night’s stay at the hotel. Delight in the 14 dishes served to the table, before spending the night in a deluxe room with Creek and skyline views. From Dhs290 per person. Fri. Ongoing.
International 97142127551 Hilton Dubai Creek – Deira
New Summer sharing menu at BiCE
Try out some dishes to share from BiCE’s new head chef Davide Gardini, including tortellini stuffed with ricotta and spinach. Dhs150. Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm. Until Aug 31.
There’s a new summer menu at Parisian import Angelina in The Dubai Mall, offering a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes including pastries, salads – and this smoked salmon platter. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. Until Sep 30.
French 04 442 8814 The Dubai Mall – Downtown Dubai
Enjoy the Lazy Weekend Breakfast Brunch at Links. Dig into a full English, a “granolalicious parfait” or design your own omelette. From Dhs40. Fri-Sat, 11.30pm-4pm. Ongoing.
International 04 888 3444 The Address, Montgomerie Dubai – Emirates Living
Summer Saturday brunch at Zero Gravity
Don’t shy away from the heat this summer! The Summer Saturday brunch takes place throughout August at Zero Gravity and includes beach and pool access, plus unlimited food and drinks. Dhs199 (girls), Dhs249 (guys). Sat noon-5pm.
International 04 399 0009 Dubai Marina
Mixed drinks at ZOCO
Order from a special mixed drinks menu every Saturday and Sunday, with prices from just Dhs40. From Dhs40. Sat-Sun 9pm-1am.
04 437 0044 The Atrium – Al Habtoor City
Friday roast lunct at Palermo
It may be summer, but that’s no reason just to stick to salad. Head to Palermo at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club every Friday for a full-on carvery roast lunch. You can tuck into a wide arrange of roast meats, plus all the traditional accompaniments (think roast potatoes, Yorkshire puds and veg). Bring the whole family as there are plenty of activities for the kids with games, face painting and pony rides and more. Dhs180 (soft drinks), Dhs90 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids five and under). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm.
Italian 04 361 8111 Arabian Ranches
Analog Room and Boogie Box at Industrial Avenue
Analog Room is teaming up with Abu Dhabi’s best underground night for a special soirée. Featuring music from founders Hassan Alwan and Shadi Megallaa (of Dubai record shop, The Flip Side), the collaboration promises to bring something unique and different to the city for fans of house and techno.
Aug 10 Industrial Avenue – Jumeirah – Dubai
Head to The Laughter Factory
This top comedy night returns with old favourite John Fothergill, who’s on the bill alongside Irish heavyweight Paddy Lennox and Nick Page, making his regional debut, at a brand-new venue. Thu Aug 10, Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights; Fri Aug 11, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud.
Aug 10 to Aug 11 Grand Millennium Dubai – Barsha Heights – Dubai
Limitless Thursdays at Tr!beca
Indulge in unlimited food and drinks for four hours every Thursday at Tr!beca. It’s reggae night, too, so expect some feel-good tunes, a packed-out dance floor and delicious bar bites such as baja fish tacos and kale and fig pizza with Dijon mustard and organic honey.
Aug 10 Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar – Dubai Marina – Dubai
Go diving at Martini Rock
Just off the east coast and accessible from Al Boom Diving’s Fujairah outpost, Martini Rock is home to an abundance of colourful, fascinating marine life. See cuttlefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, broomtail wrasse, rays and even a turtle or two if you’re lucky. Dhs400 per diver with full kit. Al Boom Diving, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, (04 341 494004 341 4940).
09 244 9000 Others
Go surfing in Al Ain
‘But… Al Ain doesn’t have a coast!’ we hear you cry. Indeed it doesn’t. Instead, it has Wadi Adventure, home to an enormous surfing pool, a white water rafting facility and air park (essentially an enormous climbing frame for adults). Book your slots in advance. Dhs50 (entry), Dhs25 (giant swing), Dhs50 (air park), Dhs100 (surfing), Dhs100 (rafting). Al Ain, (03 781 842203 781 8422).
03 781 8422 Jebel Hafeet
60-minute body treatment for Dhs390 at Iridium Spa
The Retreat from the Heat spa treatment offers the perfect cool down from the searing summer. This 60-minute treatment is a full-body relaxation session beginning with a mist rain shower experience to cool the skin, before a full-body massage with cold stones applied to specific pressure points paired with revitalising essential oils to relax the muscles and knead away those stress knots. Dhs390. Until Aug 31.
04 435 5555 The St. Regis Dubai – Business Bay
Half price massage at Saray Spa
The luxurious spa is offering a 50 percent discount on all 60-minute massages during the week. Fifty percent off. Sun-Thu 9am-10pm. Until August 31.
04 414 0000 Business Bay
Pool day, spa and lunch or afternoon tea at Palace Downtown
One of the better offers on show this summer is over at Palace Downtown, where you can enjoy an entire day at the pool with lunch or afternoon tea upon purchase of a spa offer. For an extra Dhs300, get access to the pool from 6am to 8pm, plus lunch at Ewaan or afternoon tea at Al Bayt. Dhs300. Sat-Thu, ongoing.
04 428 7888 Downtown Dubai
Fairmont The Palm
Highly Commended in the Family Hotel category at the 2016 Time Out Dubai Kids Awards, we can’t think of any reason not to staycay at this hotel. A half-board package means you get a big breakfast at Flow Kitchen and a choice of either lunch or dinner, too. What’s more, a couple of hours’ free play at the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club is thrown in for the little ones for good measure. From Dhs585 per room, per night. Until August 30.
04 800 7256 Palm Jumeirah
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
This beach hotel is declaring madness this summer in the form of 50 percent off all food, beverages, spa treatments and watersports when you stay at the hotel. From Dhs499 per room, per night. Until August 31.
04 399 3333 Jumeirah
XVA Art Hotel
In a city of superlatives, it takes a stay at a humble art hotel in the historic neighbourhood to truly show Arabian charm and boutique style. We love just about everything about the arty hotel, and when you stay this summer, you get almost 50 percent of the usual room rate, plus free bike rental and 10 percent off at the café and off the cost of art for sale. Dhs300. Until August 31.