A culinary masterclass, perfume workshop, dining deals and more…

There are so many things to be excited about this weekend: such as the fact the end of summer (and the soaring temperatures that come with it) is almost in sight. Here are six great ways to celebrate.

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Thursday August 9

Make the most of this red-hot dining deal

pure sky lounge

This pan-Asian dining rooftop restaurant, complete with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, has a sizzling summer deal. Throughout August the pan-Asian restaurant will offer you a discount on your food bill for the same temperature as it is outside. Like, if it’s 45 degrees outside, you’ll get 45 per cent slashed off your bill. Just show your server the temperature on Google Weather when you pay. There could be worse ways to celebrate the soaring temperatures in our humble opinion…

Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, daily 6pm onwards, until August 31. Tel: (04) 374 7888. hilton.com 

Unwind in a traditional drawing room

Fancy avoiding the crowds for a nightcap in a more refined setting? Enter The Ritz-Carlton’s newly refurbished Library Bar. Inspired by a traditional English drawing room, complete with leather seats to recline on and plenty of cozy corners, you’re in safe hands. The revamped menu feature classic ‘bar bites’ including squid tempura, short rib tacos and an artisan cheese selection, as well as plenty of interesting cocktails.

The Library Bar, The Ritz-Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com/dubai

Friday August 10

Sample a taste of Thailand

Fancy a trip to Thailand without having to pay for the airfares? You can’t go that wrong with award-winning Pai Thai’s special three-course summer menu for Dhs185. Take your pick from a range of tasty dishes, such as papaya salad, traditional Thai green curry, and wok-fried crispy tofu. Need to give your belly a break? Feast your eyes on the restaurant’s picturesque waterfront views, only accessible by boat. The deal is only available this month, so don’t miss it.

Pai Thai, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah. Dhs185 for three courses and a coconut-based beverage, until August 30. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com

Sharpen your culinary skills

Want to round up your glam squad but want to go easy on the mocktails? Change it up with Cuisinero Uno’s recently launched master class led by chef and founder Chef John Buenaventura. Specially designed for groups, he’ll guide you with basic kitchen skills as well as in-depth knowledge of different cooking methods. The only hard part? Picking if it’s paella or steak you want to whip up. A catch-up with the girls and getting to hoover it all up at the end? Win-win.

Cuisinero Uno, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay. Masterclasses run from 11am to 2pm daily, from Dhs350 per head (maximum of six participants per session). Tel: (04) 431 7816. cuisinero-uno.com

Saturday August 11

Master your downward dog

Need to unwind after a heavy week? Yoga bunnies, dig out your mats and head to a free session of the ancient practice at Le Meridien Dubai. Peckish? Complimentary healthy snacks will be on hand post work-out. Listen to a motivational guest speaker, who’ll take to the stage at the Great Ballroom. You can even mingle with like-minded yogis at the end. Namaste to that.

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre. Saturday August 11, from 5pm to 9.30pm (free yoga class from 6.15pm to 7.15pm). Tel: (04) 217 0000. lemeridien-dubai.com

Create your own perfume

Ever fancied creating your own perfume? You’ve finally got your chance. With the help of perfume artist Mona Bassam Haddad, master the art of mixing essential oils, scented oud and more. Best bit after getting to lug it back home with you? No one’s *ever* going to smell like you again.

Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Saturday August 11, 2pm to 4pm. Free. Limited to 30 participants. To register, email rsvp@alserkalavenue.ae with the subject line ‘Perfume-making workshop’.

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Main image: Pai Tai