The weekend is nearly here, and we’ve scouted out the hottest restaurant openings, pool deals, and pamper packages in the city. Just because temperatures are going up doesn’t mean we have to slow it down…

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Thursday July 19

Catch a movie at a brand new boutique cinema

Reel Cinemas has just opened a licensed cinema inside the Rove Downtown Hotel, and it looks pretty special. The boutique package costs Dhs70, which includes a plush sofa-style seat, soft drink, and popcorn that comes in a variety of gourmet flavours. Want to check it out? Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is playing tonight at 6.20pm.

Reel Boutique, Rove Downtown Hotel, Downtown Dubai.

Put your dancing shoes on

Mahiki in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel has a new ‘Hip Hop Junkies’ Thursday night which is perfect for hip hop and R&B fans. Ladies will receive a welcome coconut grenade drink on arrival, and then it’s free cocktails from 7pm until midnight.

Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Thursdays, 7pm to 3am. @MahikiDubai

Friday July 20

Enjoy a free yoga class in JBR

TEPfactor in JBR is one of our favourite new indoor activities in the city – it’s kind of like an escape room, but even more epic. And every Friday from 8am to 9.30am, they’re hosting free yoga classes inside the cool confines of their caves. All you have to do is flick TEPfactor Dubai a message on Instagram or call (04) 398 8438 to book your spot. Yoga mats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

TEPfactor, Bahar plaza level, JBR, Fridays 8am to 9.30am, free. Tel: (04) 398 8438.

Check out a hot new restaurant

If you’re already a fan of the sleek JBR steakhouse STK, you’ll definitely want to pay its big sister in the newly re-opened Address Downtown Hotel a visit. STK Downtown boasts unbeatable views of the Burj Khalifa, chic vibes and upmarket interiors with a trendy New York edge. The menu features reimagined classic American cuisine, and, of course, top quality steak.

STK Downtown, Address Downtown Hotel, Downtown Dubai. Open daily 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 425 3948.

Saturday July 21

Book yourself a pamper package

ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis The Palm has a special ‘Pamper Me’ package just for UAE residents this summer. For Dhs650 per person on weekends, you’ll get a 75-minute ESPA treatment and massage, a three-course lunch at poolside restaurant The Edge, and all-day access to the Royal Pool, Zero Entry Pool, and Royal Beach. Just make sure to bring your Emirates ID.

ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm, Sun to Thurs Dhs550, Fri & Sat Dhs650, valid until September 15. Tel: (04) 426 1698.

Spend a day by the pool and then spend the night

Rove Hotels has just launched a special pool pass offer for the summer. Pay Dhs99, and not only will you enjoy a day by the pool at any of the Rove Hotels across the city, but you’ll also get an overnight stay in a Rover Room. There are limited passes available at each hotel, so you’ll need to book early.

Rove Hotels, various locations. Pool pass offer available until August 31, Dhs99. Book via, promo code POOLPASS.

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Main image: Rove Downtown