7 things to do in Dubai this weekend
Ramadan Kareem Dubai to residents and those who are visiting. With some beautiful Ramadan tents and iftars to try, there are some great ways to celebrate the Holy Month. Gain a different perspective of the city with a photography tour of the Naif district, break a sweat at Dubai Sports World, and check out the Ramadan Bazaar at Wafi Mall.
Dubai Sports World 2016
The massive indoor sports space is back this summer at Dubai World Trade Centre, offering sports enthusiasts the chance to beat the heat with air-conditioned pitches. You’ll find football, basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball and even an indoor gym. Check out the website to book pitches and find out more.
When: June 5 – August 27
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, +971 4 306 4000,
Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah
Al Majlis is a great spot for anyone enjoying their first iftar. It might seat 1,000 guests, but cosy booths dotted around the perimeter can be booked to ensure you still have an intimate experience. Residents can also stay a night at Mina A’Salam for just AED850.
Where: The Madinat Arena Conference Centre
Price: AED210 per person
Contact: +9714 366 6730
Photography Tour – Unseen Trail: Discover the Spirit of Ramadan
Dubai perhaps isn’t a city that is explored so much as experienced; most of its attractions are plotted, purpose-built and presented on a beautifully prepared plate. There are, though, pockets of the city that are fascinating precisely because they aren’t pre-packaged. The alleyways of the Naif district, for instance, which are nestled in the western fringes of Deira near the Fish Market, are packed with the kind of chaotic jumble one would expect in the Middle East – and whose sights, sounds and daily routines are largely unchanged from the earliest days of the Emirates.
In Ramadan, Gulf Photo Plus and Frying Pan Adventures are leading tours of the area, enabling photographers – professional and amateur – to share the atmosphere of the Holy Month with the people who live and work here. AED595 per person.
When: June 11, 5.30pm
Where: Contact Gulf Photo Plus for details,
Al Reem Ramadan Bazaar
This is the third instalment of the popular Al Reem Ramadan Bazaar in Wafi Mall, which is taking place over four days in the first week of the Holy Month. Held in collaboration with the fashion designer Eman Al Flamarzi, it will feature stalls from more than 70 fashion vendors specialising in Arabic dress as well as Ramadan items. They’re promising plenty of celebrities, too.
When: June 8-11, 10am-10pm
Where: Wafi Mall, +971 50 552 5210
Iftar at Play Restaurant and Lounge
We can thank Chef Reif Othman for the new Arabesque inspired menu for Ramadan with brand new dishes that embrace seasonal changes and stay true to Play’s luxe experimental approach. This is food rooted in tradition but cooked in a modern way. In fact, the dishes come straight from the restaurants Research and Development Kitchen where a team of 40 chefs helped come up the new creations. Highlights include kibbeh with Wagyu and truffle yoghurt, hummus crustacean and crispy pita, warm quinoa with harissa and tensi ebi and, for dessert, sticky date pudding. Look out for an exciting entrée exclusive to the restaurant; stracciatella (the inside of buratta cheese), served with curried couscous, basil oil and tomato jelly.
Where: H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: A la carte
Contact: +9714 453 5279
Euro 2016 – Lock, Stock & Barrel
This raucous, high-ceilinged New York-style bar – all exposed brick, industrial touches and a mammoth speaker wall – has burst onto the scene in 2016 to become one of the go-to places for music and sport. In addition to their 10 screens, including what we assume is the biggest non-projector screen in any bar in the country, they have also entered into a deal with a major drinks supplier (from Holland, if you want to guess) to create a special fanzone for the Euros.
Upstairs, on the balcony-like mezzanine level, are two semi-enclosed areas that can be booked out – ideal for any England fans who want to wallow in misery in private after another penalty defeat. In fact, there will be a special roast dinner deal whenever England play.
If this bar were a team: Belgium. It’s come from nowhere to be a genuine favourite.
Where: Grand Millennium Hotel, Tecom
Contact: +9714 514 9195
Cinema – Welcome to Me (18)
Kristen Wiig is on top form as a women with Nurse-Betty-like issues, whose mundane,Oprah-obsessed life is suddenly enriched with an $86 million lottery win. With the windfall, she pays a struggling shopping channel to produce a chat-show devoted entirely to, well, her. No longer on medication, she airs her problems via bake-offs and mini plays, all of which begin to attract a cult audience. It’s unsettling and awkward, yet oddly entertaining.
In cinemas from June 9