7 great things to do in Dubai this week
Dubai Summer Surprises is coming to an end. There's a limited edition softie to be had at Salt and British funnyman, Dane Baptise joins The Laughter Factory's August line-up.
DSS Closing Week
Dubai Summer Surprises comes to an end on August 4 and as you’d expect, it’s going to go out with a bang. While exact details are being kept under wraps (as always) we can tell you to expect live entertainment and shows popping up in various malls and a ton of great last minute sales on everything from electronics to clothing and more. Time for a bargain hunt.
When: Until August 4
Where: Various malls across Dubai
The Laughter Factory August Tour
The Laughter Factory is flying in three comedy heavyweights to keep you entertained this August. British comedian Dane Baptiste will have the crowd in stitches with his range of hilarious sketches from his critically acclaimed one-man show Citizen Dane World Tour. Canadian funnyman Sean Collins and Bronx native Jackie Fabulous are also on the bill. Tickets start at AED150. But all those aged 21 will be granted free entry on August 3 in celebration of the brand's 21st anniversary.
When: Until August 10
Where: Various locations across Dubai
Price: From AED150
Fan of watermelon? Fan of ice cream? If the answer is yes to both, then you’d best make your way down to Salt to try out their limited edition “Watermelon Softie”. Not only will it keep you cool – even if only for a minute, the initiative also supports the local community, as all the watermelons used have been sourced by local suppliers. If you’re in the mood for a bit of scavenger hunt, read the next few words carefully. If you find and buy a watermelon from any of these suppliers – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain, you can get a free softie on your next visit to Salt. All you need to do is present the watermelon’s sticker.
Where: Various locations across the city
Price: AED21 per watermelon softie
The Man Cave
Any place that’s got a PlayStation, a ‘Beirut’ setup and a dart board is alright by us. There’s also a pool table and screens showing the latest sporting action. The brunch its attached to is packed full of delicious comfort food, too.
Where: Cook Hall, The Westin Dubai
Contact: +971 4 435 5577, website
The atmosphere is never less than lively, the mood is relaxed and there are enough talking points among the décor to keep you nattering away even when faced with the most lacklustre of company. There are neon signs, kitschy pop art pictures, a parasol-adorned ceiling and furniture in every blush of the rainbow, as well as hops pong, loud music and vivacious entertainment. A night here is never dull and there’s plenty of delights to get stuck into from the Asian street-food inspired menu should you get a bit peckish.
Where: Media One, Dubai Media City
Contact: +971 4 420 7489, website
Orange Is The New Black
Minor spoilers ahead: Following the riot at the end of season five, the ladies find themselves in completely new surroundings for the new season. The drama follows their adjustment to life in a new place and – *GASP* – different coloured jumpsuits. The entire season is on Netflix now.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
For the sixth entry in the espionage franchise, Ethan Hunt finds himself having to outwit assassins (including Henry Cavill’s burly, bruising August Walker) after a failed IMF mission leads to the escape of a new bad guy, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). While the plot is predictable, the set-pieces scintillate once again. And let’s be honest, this is the reason you’re buying a ticket to see it anyway. Whether it’s a blistering rooftop chases across London, a high-octane HALO jump, or that whirlybird chase, director Christopher McQuarrie frames the action with breathless panache. Even at 56, Cruise serves up exhilarating action like no-one else.