Fabulous news: it’s the weekend. If you’re casting your eye around for something to do, look no further. Whether it’s a fancy spa day, a free workout, or a luxe suhour you’re after, we’ve got you covered.
Thursday June 7
Dine inside a traditional Ramadan tent
Once you’re done with your iftar, give yourself a two-hour breather and then head straight to QD’s. Enter the Ramadan tent and settle in for their daily Suhoor. An a la carte menu allows you to choose from some meaty options like a lamb burger and chicken pizza to a grilled rib eye or even a lamb Shakshuka. Loosen that belt a notch or two before you seat yourself down though.
QD’s, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Baniyas Road, Port Saeed. 9pm-1am. A la carte pricing. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com
Try a full-body treatment
Maybe you’re making an appointment for after work, maybe you’re making use of some annual leave. Either way, Nikki Spa’s summer offers are very compelling. We like the sound of the Drifter, which will see your therapist personalise a top-to-toe treatment to suit you perfectly. Outstanding. The spa’s signature and exclusive treatments are half price until the end of August.
Nikki Spa, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa, Pearl Jumeira, daily 9am to 10pm, 50 per cent off until August 31. Tel: (04) 376 6150. nikkibeachhotels.com.
Friday June 8
Treat yourself to a lush breakfast
How does starting your day with waffles and almond panna cotta sound? If you’re not fasting, Boardwalk’s summer breakfast menu is a must. With creekside views and warm, personal service, you can see why these guys have been around for 25 years. They know what they’re doing. There are some very tempting beverage offerings, too…
Boardwalk, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek Marina, 8am to 11am, Friday and Saturday. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com.
Plan a long weekend
Astronomers are predicting that the last day of Ramadan will fall on June 14, which could tell make next weekend a long one. We’re planning on spending at least part of our weekend plotting an escape — and this stunning mountain retreat in Oman is top of our list. You can read more about it, and check out the rest of our picks, over here.
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Hajar Moutains, Oman. GCC residents offer applies until September 30. Tel: (+968) 2534 4200. alilamoments.com.
Saturday June 9
Get fit with Westin
If you’re not one to kick back over the weekend and would rather spend it wisely enough getting fit, Westin in Al Habtoor City has a plan for you. Westin has teamed up with BeStrong fitness coaches to offer a variety of classes from air drumming to modern dance. This Friday, they’re offering a circuit training session which is a form of high-intensity exercises that are meant to increase endurance levels. Best of all, it’s free. No excuse not to attend, then.
The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road. Entre free. Tel: (04) 437 3333. westindubaialhabtoorcity.com
Indulge in a spa day at the Waldorf
You never really need a reason to pamper yourself. But in case you’re searching for one, the Waldorf will throw up a whole bunch. Book a spa treatment here and you get access to the Himalayan Salt Stone Spa, Aromatic Steam Room, Herbal Sauna, Experience Showers and waterbeds and also the Signature Massage by Anne Semonin. That’s five good reasons. If you really need a sixth, then it’s good to know that your pass allows you 25 per cent off all food and beverage as well.
Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road. Daily 10am-9pm. Dhs400 for one person, Dhs650 for two people. Tel: (04) 818 2222. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com