What to see and do in the city
For a special iftar experience in a stunning location, head over to Fairmont The Palm and its wonderful Fairuz Tent, which will be open every evening from sunset onwards for families to take advantage of. With the venue designed in a Moroccan style, guests will be able to indulge in a beautiful buffet featuring both Arabic and international flavours, while at the same time enjoying some fantastic live music and entertainment. Tickets are priced AED215, with 50 percent off for children between the ages of six and 12.
Where: Fairmont The Palm
When: Sunset until 10.30pm, daily
Contact: +971 4 457 3388
You can savour and enjoy a menu featuring a host of traditional Arabic dishes in a beachfront venue adorned with hundreds of glittering lanterns. Worth a visit.
Where: Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 426 0800
NAS night challenge
Competitors will take on the 5km course in the UAE’s only night-time obstacle race. Athletes can compete as part of a team of four people.
Where: Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
When: Thursday May 9
Contact: +971 54 394 8228
If you’re a fan of Italian-inspired cuisine, head down to Luigia where you can enjoy homemade pizzas and an array of pasta dishes.
Where: Rixos Premium, Dubai, JBR
Contact: +971 4 349 6950
If you’re a fan of the show, you can now enjoy Masterchef, The TV Experience in reality. Many dishes have been created by winners of the various shows around the world, including fried chicken waffles with Southeast Asian salad. You can also take on the Mystery Box, where diners choose five ingredients and challenge chefs to bring the selections to life within 35 minutes.
Where: Millenium Place, Dubai Marina
Contact: + 971 4 550 8111
Texas De Brazil
Blending together the unique culture of Brazil with the spirit of Texas, this authentic eaterie, located at Mall of the Emirates, is well worth a visit. There is a heavy emphasis on meat dishes, with mains including braised beef ribs, lamb chops and Brazilian picanha. Desserts are equally attractive with highlights featuring chocolate mousse cake.
Where: Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha
Contact: +971 4 379 2447
A new vegan menu includes exciting meat-free dishes. Pizza with roasted garlic and wild mushroom? Lovely.
Where: Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 354 5035
Hissa Hilal doesn’t own a passport or drive a car. Like the majority of women from Saudi Arabia, she requires consent from her husband for any form of activity. A self-taught writer who isn’t afraid to say what she thinks, Hilal decides to take part in the “Million’s Poet”, an Abu Dhabi-based multi million dollar programme, and the world’s biggest poetry competition. It’s also been traditionally dominated by men. After becoming the first woman to reach the finals, she then criticises the Arab society and attacks one of the most notorious Saudi clerics for his extremist rulings in front of 75 million viewers. All of a sudden, from nowhere, this Saudi housewife becomes headline news in both the Arab and Western worlds, but how did it get to this point? How did she develop the knowledge, as well as the courage, to break the mould and go on the attack?
Where: Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Quranic Park is a recently opened attraction in Dubai which aims to provide a better cultural and educational understanding of the Islamic heritage. Located in Al Khawaneej, the venue attracted over 100,000 visitors on its opening weekend early last month. Entry is free, although there is a fee of AED5 if you wish to access the Glass House, which is home to 29 different plants and trees, or The Cave of Miracles, which contains seven miracles from the Quran and displays them with the latest modern and interactive techniques.
Where: Al Khawaneej
When: Daily from 8am to 10pm
Contact: +971 4 221 5555
Podcast Listening Party
Fan of coffee and podcasts? Head to Jameel Arts Centre and listen in on Serious Jolt, a podcast about Yemeni coffee and its journey to a trendy coffee shop in the US. Free to attend.
Where: Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai Creek
When: Tuesday May 7, 9.30pm-11.30pm
Contact: +971 4 873 9800