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Top Things to Do in the UAE This Week

26 Jun 2014

Bag a bargain iftar, get a great summer adventure and meet earth's oldest living species

1. Bag a Bargain Iftar for Just Dhs69 at New Aurora Lounge & Terrace!
Daily During Ramadan
One of the newest night spots in town — and surely the most colourful — Aurora Lounge & Terrace is a stylish and chilled out place to relax. The rooftop space is serving up iftar on every evening of Ramadan, and Ahlan! readers can sample it for less than others pay. Simply take this copy of Ahlan! and present it on arrival to receive 30 per cent off the usual price. Sample Arabian and international fare, as well as an assortment of juices, finishing off with Middle Eastern sweets.
INFO: Sunset-8pm Sun-Sat, throughout Ramadan, Dhs69 (usual price Dhs99) inclusive of buffet, fruit juice, shisha and Arabian sweets. Level 5, Hues Boutique Hotel, The Corniche, Al Baraha, Deira, Dubai, 04 603 4849, aurora@huesboutiquehotel.com, www.huesboutiquehotel.com

2. Get a Great Summer Deal at Aquaventure
Cool off with half-price entry to Aquaventure Waterpark this summer – and gain free admission to The Lost Chambers Aquarium, home to hundreds of fascinating marine creatures. Emirates ID must be presented to obtain discount.
INFO: Entry costs Dhs125 for adult UAE residents and Dhs140 for children, or Dhs250 and Dhs205 for non-resident adults and children respectively. Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 04 426 0000, www.atlantisthepalm.com

3. Meet Earth’s Oldest Living Species
Are you ready for a fascinating encounter with one of the oldest and still thriving species on the planet? Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has unveiled an awesome new exhibit — a massive 5m crocodile! Named King Croc, the 40-year-old beast is one of the world’s largest reptiles and weighs a hefty 750kg, so you’d better get down there and make it snappy!
INFO: Dhs70, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Level 2, The Dubai Mall, 04 448 5200, www.thedubaiaquarium.com

4. Try the Ahlan! Iftar
Daily During Ramadan
This year, Ahlan! has joined forces with Le Méridien Mina Seyahi to host an iftar at Latest Recipe. The restaurant will be transformed with an adjoining tent on the terrace, creating the ultimate retreat. Expect Arabian classics and a few special surprises, with team Ahlan! popping by with some of our own VIP guests.
INFO: The Ahlan!  iftar ordinarily costs Dhs165 per person, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Rd, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, 04 399 3333, www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.com. Terms and conditions apply; winners must book in advance, the prize is not exchangeable for cash, the winner and their guests must dine in the same sitting, subject to availability

5. Indulge in a Fine-Dining Iftar at the Address Dubai Marina
Daily During Ramadan
The Address Dubai Marina has pulled out all the stops to ensure its iftar experience in the Constellation Ballroom will leave you full and enlightened, in a culinary sense at the very least. From authentic Arabian lamb ouzi to feisty fish masala, this iftar offers so much variety it’s practically impossible not to find a dish that suits your palate. And we haven’t even mentioned the desserts yet. We sampled four varieties of kunafeh, the traditional Arabian dessert made from pastry soaked in sugar syrup, filled with cream, cheese or nuts and topped with a crunchy vermicelli-shaped crumble or chopped pistachios. Gorgeous!
INFO: Dhs170 per person, iftar sunset-9pm, suhour 8pm onwards, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, 04 436 7777, www.theaddress.com