Hang with the In Crowd at W Dubai
The hotly anticipated W Dubai is now open next door to St Regis. World-famous for being insanely cool and a complete celeb magnet (every A-lister from Beyoncé to Lady Gaga has graced a W hotel at some point), this will be the most talked-about hotel launch of the summer. Get your first glimpse at the newly opened W Lounge on the 30th floor, which promising dazzling views of the emirate’s skyline.
INFO: W Dubai, Al Habtoor City, www.dubaialhabtoorcity.com
Meat Up at Ruth’s
Dubai Marina’s Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has come up with a meaty deal “because Sundays don’t need to be anything less than awesome”. Hear hear! Its new Sunday get-together serves four to five people with a 2.5kg platter of USDA prime steak, including Tomahawk, T-Bone, New York strip and rib-eye, with three sauces and three side dishes of your choice, plus a homemade cheesecake and a bottle of grape (and any further bottles purchased are yours at 50 per cent discount). The deal works out at Dhs198 or Dhs248 between you and three or four mates. Sounds like a good start to the week to us!
INFO: Dhs990 per platter for four-five guests, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Address Dubai Marina, 04 454 9538, ruthschris.ae
Chill Out in Dubai’s New ‘Greenhouse’
Taj Dubai’s alfresco Treehouse lounge has been transformed into a greenhouse for summer with a transparent fully air-conditioned tent. Relax beneath twinkly gold lights, safe from fear of sweat patches and enjoy ‘The Greenhouse Effect’, a daily offer from 7pm to 9pm where guests receive a discount on their total bill equal to the number (in celsius) on the thermometer. How cool is that?! INFO: Open 7pm-2am, Treehouse Dubai, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 050 648 3083, treehousedubai.com
UNTIL 20 AUG
Bag a Bargain at DSS
DSS – Dubai Summer Surprises, for the uninitiated – is a 43-day programme of events and promotions largely taking place in the emirate’s air-conditioned malls. In keeping with the ‘surprise’ element, DSS visitors will have the chance to win 12 InfinitI Q 50 cars and loads of shopping vouchers, while kids will be distracted for the heat with entertainment including the Beijing Chinese Circus, Circo Latino, Kids Circus Workshop and Roaming Acts currently at Mercato Mall, and Barbie, The Athlete, an interactive performance inspired by the 2016 Olympics Barbie at Dragon Mart from 11 to 20 August.
INFO: For the full DSS line-up, see dubaisummersurprises.com
Brunch is Back!
The famous Friday feast returns following Ramadan and the UAE’s hotels are once again vying for your attendance with ever-more enticing concepts. To whet your taste buds, here are three brunches currently on our radar:
This lively Asian weekend celebration follows a market theme with eight interactive cooking stations, including a waffle corner and two pop-up bars. Expect dim sum, sushi and house tracks spun by resident DJ Alex T. The health-conscious should kick off with some Novikov Detoxers, juices designed to make you feel good.
INFO: Dhs370 with soft drinks, Dhs490 with house drinks, Dhs545 with premium drinks, 12pm-4pm, Novikov Dubai, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 388 8744 firstname.lastname@example.org, novikov-dubai.com
Tapas Friday Lunch
How about a Spanish-style Friday fiesta with three hours of unlimited tapas at El Sur? Chef Juan Carlos rustles up delicious dishes from fried crab tempura with squid ink aioli to sea bass ceviche with guacamole.
INFO: Dhs265 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, 12.30pm-3.30pm, El Sur, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, 04 399 7700, elsurdubai.com
The Hive Friday Brunch at Warehouse
On our radar because it’s the best value brunch in Dubai right now, the Warehouse Hive Brunch is partly al fresco (aka scorchio), but it also offers two floors of indoor seating with buffet spreads on both floors, including a room dedicated to desserts and massive wheels of molten Camembert served with crusty bread. The waiters are quick with refills, and there’s always good after-brunch deal to keep you partying.
INFO: Dhs259, 1pm-4pm, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, 04 702 2455, lemeridien-dubai.com
COMING SOON: Boyzlife
Boyzone’s Keith Duffy and Westlife’s Brian McFadden will take to the stage in Dubai on 10 November and Abu Dhabi on 11 November as part of their world tour as Boyzlife, the two-man band dedicated to Nineties nostalgia.
INFO: 10 Nov, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, 11 Nov, Hilton Abu Dhabi, ticket prices to be confirmed, available at boyzlifetour.com