9 great things to do in Dubai this week
The annual art exhibit is back for its third edition. Much like previous years, it will see the city’s aspiring artists portray what Ramadan means to them in art form. The free event is open to all and guests are encouraged to make their own submissions. In short, it’s a great way to learn more about the blessed Holy Month and to do so in the company of friends and family.
When: May 14 – June 17
Where: The Gallery of Light, DUCTAC
Contact: +9714 341 4777, website
The community arts space works to support and promote Dubai’s art scene through various programmes, educational initiatives and community projects. What we love though is its DIY studio. From AED110, you are given access to a canvas of your choosing, an unlimited supply of paint and brushes as well as two whole hours to complete your masterpiece. If two hours isn't enough, you can extend your time limit by paying an additional AED40.
Where: Unit H74, Al Quoz
Price: From AED110 exlcusive of VAT
Contact: +971 4 341 7303, website
If only our frustration with this year’s summer heat would evaporate too. While it’s not socially acceptable to go around smashing things in public, Smash Room has created a safe space to do just that. Items to destroy include old TVs, stereos and glass ware. Weapons include gold baseball bats, golf clubs and sledge hammers. Ps. if you bring your own items, it's cheaper.
Where: Smash Room, 195 Umm Sequim Street, Al Quoz Industrial 4
Price: From AED 99
Contact: +971 4 339 7810, website
There’s no shortage of things to do at this waterpark. Thrilling rides? Check. Dolphins? Check. Sharks? Check. A mega zip line to see it all? Check. In fact you should probably already be well on your way by now. Once you're there be sure to check out the Leap of Faith, it's a 9-storey high water slide, that sees you go plummeting down a vertical half pipe before entering a clear acrylic tube that's filled with sharks and sting rays. Aquaventure also boasts a private beach and private encounters with Cownose Sting Rays.
Our picks: Atlantean Flyer Zip Line, Leap of Faith, Poseidon’s Revenge and Shark Attack
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
When: 10am-sunset daily
Price: AED195 for UAE Residents
Contact: +971 4 426 2000, website
No Way Out
This is not your typical escape room experience. There are four rooms with four different themes, each of which have been designed to test your mental skills. Players are given 60 minutes to "escape" using nothing but their logic and reasoning abilities.
Where: HDS Business Center, Cluster m, JLIT
Contact: +971 4 243 8208, website
They’ve won awards for their Anatolian-style cuisine, made to be shared. Guests can expect a bespoke Iftar dining experience that includes traditional fast-breaking bites – like muhammara, citir kalamar, borek and pide – with mains like yogurtlu kebab and güveç to follow.
Where: Grosvenor House Hotel
When: Sunset until 11pm
Contact: +9714 399 9123, website
Burger & Lobster
Burger & Lobster has some of the finest lobster meat around so the fact that almost the entire menu is on offer for Iftar makes it the perfect place for pescetarians to break their fast this Holy Month. Our top picks include the mini lobster roll and the half pounder lobster and chips.
Where: Burj Daman, DIFC
When: Sunset onwards
Contact: +9714 514 8838, website
Halle Berry and Daniel Craig star in an emotional drama set during the 1992 L.A. riots. Gang violence and civil unrest erupts as Berry tries to keep her family safe.
Life of the Party
Melissa McCarthy puts in a star performance in this story about a dumped housewife who decides to go back college, and ends up at the same one as her daughter.