10 great things to do in Dubai this week
The weekend has been and gone, at the speed of light we might add, and now it's time to get back to work. We've shortlisted 10 great activities you ease back into the swing of things. There's a cooking class at Jones the Grocer, a new brunch at Zero Gravity and more.
ShortList World Cup Tour with Atelier M
This FIFA World Cup, ShortList is going on tour and we would like you, our readers, to join us. We’ll be taking our own sofa down to Atelier M on Thursday, June 28 to watch as England and Belgium duke it out in Kaliningrad, Russia, in the hopes of getting one step closer to winning this year’s tournament. We will have a VIP zone for ShortList readers, where you will receive 10 percent off your total bill. All you have to do is mention “ShortList10” when making your booking. Check out the competition section of our website to enter for your chance to win a spot on the ShortList sofa as well as a gold package, two pizzas and premium bottle of mixer.
When: 7pm onwards, Thursday, June 28
Where: Atelier M, Pier 7
Contact: +971 4 450 7766, website
DSS Gaming Challenge
The DSS Gaming Challenge is being dubbed as the biggest gaming event of the region, with tons of prizes and giveaways – including limited edition PlayStation 4s and FIFA 19 to look forward to. Swing by from 12pm-10pm to play a couple of games of FIFA World Cup Edition, PlayLink or Fortnite with your friends and family – you know to brush up on your skills or maybe even acquire some. Saygin, Tareq and Ahmed will be around from 4pm-8pm on the weekends, where they will be playing live on stage and interacting with the crowd.Those interested in playing against KSI have to spend a minimum of AED300 at any of The Dubai Mall’s stores (including food and beverage outlets), and present their receipt at the DSS Gaming Challenge kiosk to enter. Every day, two FIFA and two PlayLink winners will be announced. They will then advance to the semi-finals on June 29. FIFA winners will be determined by the highest winning streak and PlayLink winning teams will be selected by the daily high score. The semi-finals will be split into two different tournaments – the FIFA one, which will have sixteen different players, and the PlayLink, which will have eight different teams. The winners will advance to play against Saygin, Tareq, Ahmed and KSI. That’s right, the winner of the FIFA tournament and the winning PlayLink team will both get the chance to take on KSI in the finals. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so you really don’t want to miss out on the chance to enter.
When: Until June 30, 12pm-10pm
Where: Star Atrium, The Dubai Mall
Contact: +9714 444 3316
The famed comedian and actor will be bringing his alter egos Gutthi and Dr Mashoor Gulati with him when he takes to the Bollywood Parks stage. As the star of the Kapil Sharma show, you can expect to be left in stitches as he proves that laughter really is best medicine. Tickets start
at AED95 and we recommend booking your place soon, as they’re bound to sell out quickly.
When: June 29
Where: Raj Mahal Theatre, Bollywood Parks Dubai
Contact: 800 2629 4646, website
‘She started it’ screening
If you consider yourself a bit of an entrepreneur, this is one you have to watch. Directed by Insiyah Saeed and Nora Poggi, the film follows five women on their path to success. Spanning across two years and over three continents, the uplifting documentary film will have you itching to quit your job and follow in their footsteps. It’s a bit weepy in places, so bring tissues.
When: June 30
Where: A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue
Contact: +971 58 524 6362, website
Pasta making masterclass
The popular eatery is throwing a masterclass on all things pasta, so you never have to suffer a mediocre tagliatelle ever again. At Jones the Grocer’s hour long session you’ll learn how to perfect the one of the brand’s signature dishes for just AED275. Classes include ingredients, aprons, nibbles and a ten percent discount on any other item you purchase in store.
When: June 27
Where: Jones the Grocer, opp Times Square
Price: From AED275
Contact: +9714 346 6886, website
It’s never too hot to brunch, well that’s how Zero Gravity sees it, anyway. The popular venue is hosting a new unlimited food and beverage Friday brunch with a fresh menu. It features delights such as Jamaican beef patties, shrimp and avocado salad and chicken and pineapple salad. AED295 for ladies and AED345 for gents.
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone
Price: AED295 for ladies and AED345 for gents
Contact: +9714 399 0009, website
Dim Sum Night
If endless amounts of dim sum is the stuff of dreams to you, then you need to head to Hong Loong. Every Wednesday and Thursday for just AED160, you can help yourself to unlimited dishes of chicken siew mai, fried lamb rolls, steamed vegetable dumplings and incredibly moreish shrimp dumplings. The feast begins at 6pm and finishes at 8pm and includes some house tea, too.
When: 6pm-8pm, every Wednesday and Thursday
Where: Hong Loong, Sofitel The Palm
Price: From AED160
Contact: +9714 455 5656, website
FIFA at Garden on 8
With an air conditioned outdoor fan zone, a specially crafted food menu that includes the likes of Wiener schnitzel strips, tangy BBQ chicken wings and crispy chunky onion rings, and one massive screen airing every single of the FIFA World Cup, Garden on 8 really have gone all in celebration of this year’s World Cup. No really, they have. There’s live entertainment, tons of competitions and face painting too.
Where: Media One Hotel
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website
FIFA at Perry & Blackwelder's
With 10 screens airing every second of the footie madness, you sure not to miss a single goal, penalty or “dive” at P&B’s this World Cup. If you’re a foodie, be sure to check out their “Wing Your Way Around The World” offering, that features a selection of dishes from the many countries taking part in this year’s FIFA World Cup. The venue’s daily happy hour and special drink package – a bucket of six bottled hops, will keep you hydrated throughout the tournament. There’s a “Season Ticket” too. For every AED200 spent, guests will receive one stamp. The goal is to get to five stamps to receive an AED100 “milestone” voucher.
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
The film follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the younger sister of Danny Ocean, the protagonist from the previous movies. Fresh out of prison, Debbie wastes no time in getting back into the crime game by planning one last heist of epic proportions. The target? The Toussaint, a $150 million Cartier necklace, which will be present at the annual Met Gala in Manhattan, New York. She soon enlists the help of her former partner in crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett) and puts together a ragtag crew to aid her quest for bagging the prize. In it’s ranks are tech whizz Nine Ball (Rihanna), disgraced fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter) and jewellery maker Amita (Mindy Kaling). It’s the chemistry between the band of sisters that carries the movie superbly – a cast selection that’s great and doesn’t contain a weak link.