Don’t let the rising temperatures turn you into a hermit, all locked up indoors. Embrace the adventure that this weekend in the UAE offers.This weekend we’re swapping the twerk for the jerk, joining the jumping revolution and catching up with our pals while saving cash at the same time… come join us.
Enjoy one of the best happy hours in town
We’re loving Tribeca’s new Exit 29 night. Perfect for post work catch up with your pals, Exit 29 nights run every Thursday and offer one of the most affordable nights you can get in Dubai. Added bonus is that it’s also in a stylish venue. Each Thursday enjoy organic tapas at just Dhs29 per dish and a range of house beverages also for just Dhs29. Exit 29 every Thursday from 7pm to 3am, Tribeca, JA Ocean View Hotel.
Get your retro vibe on
#ThrowbackThursdays at The Baggot is back at McGettigan’s. No one can resist a bit of nostalgia, so we will be reliving our music memories with the very best 1980s, 1990s and 2000s tunes. With a live band and DJs playing dance, R n B, and rock classics there’s no better way to dance off the working week’s frustrations than to pull out the choreographed moves from Destiny’s Child’s Survivor. Entrance fee is Dhs199 but gets you unlimited drinks between 10pm to 1am. ***note 1990s music may be played but leave the 1990s fashion at home.
Sample a new brunch (rude not to)
Legends restaurant at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club seems to cottoning on to the fact that some people aren’t too happy to waste their entire Fridays drinking at a brunch. So, not only does their new brunch offer the choice to enjoy their all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal from 3.30pm or from 7pm to 10.30pm, but it offers some fun entertainment. Take a break from the buffet with a round of mini golf at #minigolfdubai, or take a dip in the resort style swimming pool. Either way make it less debauched and more about a fun day out. Dhs175 for food and soft drinks, Dhs255 for food and selected drinks, Dhs345 for food and sparkling. All prices are inclusive of access to pool and #minigolfdubai course. (04) 2956000, dubaigolf.com
Get free access to a five-star beach
Throughout August and September, Nasimi Beach at Atlantis The Palm is offering free pool access on weekdays and weekends. What’s the catch? The complimentary deal is aimed at women only, however men shouldn’t feel too hard done by as they can pay Dhs150 for entry, which is redeemable against food and drink. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, (04) 4262626.
Go on a mini staycation
Escape the chaos of the city and treat yourself to a mini holiday at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Their new summer deal is the perfect way to getaway and return to work on Sunday feeling refreshed without having to break into that savings account. Until September book a one bedroom Anantara Pool Villa for just Dhs1,999 including breakfast. The best part? The villa has its own private plunge pool. Now that’s our idea of a chilled out weekend. Qasr Al Sarab, (02) 6561399, qasralsarab.anantara.com
Join the free jumping revolution
BOUNCE has now opened in Abu Dhabi and it’s even bigger than the mammoth Dubai venue (30 per cent bigger, in fact). The new BOUNCE venue offers a quick drop freefall experience and hosts two dodgeball courts, as well as two giant air bags and a humongous Infinity Wall. Basically it’s a giant playground of fun. bounce.ae
Take the Last Exit
Last Exit, the food-truck-filled rest stop in between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is now open. With over 10 food trucks from some of Dubai’s most-loved outlets (Clinton St. Bakery, Burger Pit and Poco Loco to name a few), Last Exit will also feature a number of retail and convenience stores as well as a kids play area, parking spaces, restrooms, prayer rooms, phone charge boxes and ATMs. Get specific directions here). Open 24/7.
Celebrate Jamaica Independence Day at Miss Lily’s
August 6 marks the anniversary of when the Colony of Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom. So, where better to get your groove on to celebrate then at Miss Lily’s the UAE’s newest and most talked about restaurant. Forget the twerk it’s all about the jerk, and plenty of of it at Miss Lily’s where the portions are huge, the clientele are gorgeous and vibrant mood is so magnetic you want to get up and dance. Do try their signature corn on the cob. Miss Lily’s, fifth floor, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Hotel. 7pm to 2am daily. (04) 3544074.
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Treat yourself on your lunch break
Don’t eat your lunch at your desk, instead treat yourself at your next lunch break at a spa. From 9am to 1pm from Sunday to Thursday B/TTITUDE Spa at Grosvenor House Dubai is offer 20 per cent off 60-minute treatments. It’s time to get zen. B/TTITUDE Spa, Grosvenor House, Dubai.