8 things to do in Dubai this week
There are quite a few brunches to get stuck into this weekend, with a new monthly offering at The Act, as well as a more chilled out Saturday option. Analog Room are throwing their season opening party, while those who are looking for a fit and healthy weekend should head along to Ripe Market or try out some partner yoga.
Analog Room Season Opening
Most of the main DJs might be in Europe for the summer but there are still some good options here. The Analog Room returns with DJ Moritz Von Oswald, a genuine pioneer of techno.
When: Thursday, July 14
Where: Story Rooftop, Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village, +971 55 773 0010
The monthly brunch at The Act – the world’s highest supper club, they say – kicks off on July 15 with the combination of food, music and performance on which its reputation has been built. The cuisine is Peruvian-Japanese fusion, the music is provided by DJs Jean B and Sam Stark, while the The Act’s in-house acrobats and dancers will keep things interesting between courses. The price includes all house beverages, and if you want to hang around, the party will continue until 9pm.
Where: The Act Dubai, The Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
When: Friday, July 15, 2pm-5pm
Price: AED395 (ladies), AED495 (gents)
Contact: +9714 355 1116
If you’re into yoga and fancy having a bit of a laugh (and hopefully cracking some beautiful poses) then check out this partner yoga class. Twist and stretch your way into acrobatic-style shapes with a fellow yogi, or bring a friend along and practice together.
When: Friday, July 15, 4pm-5pm
Where: Urban Yoga, 37th Floor Aspect Tower, Executive Towers, Business Bay,
Authentically American Saturday Brunch
American food does seem uniquely suited to weekends, especially when there is nothing on the agenda other than sitting around eating with friends and family – and the success of several new US-style eateries does underline the point.
Latitude in Jumeirah Beach Hotel has caught this welcome bug and has just launched its new American-themed Saturday brunch, which has goodies such as stuffed jalapenos, beef brisket, chicken wings, burgers, smoked sliders and sweet potato chips. The desserts are the calorific, guilt-inducing indulgence you’d expect, too. Bring a group and dive in.
Where: Latitude, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Sufouh
When: Saturdays, 1pm-4pm
Price: AED350 (house beverages), AED275 (soft drinks)
Contact: +9714 432 3232
The summer edition of this popular market moves the food and crafts indoors to Times Square Center. There are stalls from local artisans and designers offering unique jewellery, homeware, fashion and skincare. There will also be food trucks and a market filled with fresh and organic ingredients.
When: Saturdays, 9am to 3pm
Where: The Ripe Market, Times Square Center
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: Until August 27
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, +971 4 306 4000,
Cinema – Independence Day: Resurgence (15)
It’s 20 years since Earth was last devastated by a July 4th alien invasion and the plucky planet has managed to rebuild itself, complete with a massive new defensive apparatus. The intergalactic invaders are back, though, having received a distress signal from the vessels lost last time around. With Will Smith no longer on the job, it’s left to Liam Hemsworth – who was orphaned in the first attack – to save everyone. Expect effects galore.
In cinemas from July 7