Australia Day in the UAE

Calling all Aussie Blokes and Barbie Girls - here's how to make your Billa go 'Bong!' on Jan 26
ByAl NeedhamSunday , 18 January 2015
Australia Day in the UAE
It's Ocker Central at BOUNCE on Australia Day

If you’re looking to rage hard for the Motherland, or just want an excuse to hit up a BBQ, it’s your lucky week; Australia Day is looming, the grills are being fired up, and there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate. Here’s just a few of the events that have caught our eye so far…

It goes without saying that jones the grocer - the UAE’s very own Australian food emporium - will be pushing the boat right out on Australia Day. In fact, they can’t even hold the celebrations to a mere 24 hours, with a special themed menu until Sun Feb 1. But if you’re hankering for a bit of barbie action, the flagship store at Al Manara in Dubai will be hosting an Antipodean BBQ. It’s first-come, first serve, with dukkah marinated prawn skewers, Aussie sausage sizzle with truffle aioli and caramelised onions and grilled rib-eye minute steak. Sides will include a choice of delicious pumpkin and feta salad, traditional corn on the cob and a jacket potato with chives and sour cream along with a selection of condiments. Ripper. INFO: 3pm-6pm, Sat 24 Jan, www.jonesthegrocer.com

If you can’t wait until next Monday, ubk will be starting the proceedings 48 hours early with a mouth-watering BBQ. Bangers and mash, chips, succulent beefburgers, juicy briskets, char-grilled vegetables, salads, warm breads, house-made sauces and much more will be waiting for you to have a fair go at. True Aussie patriots can boast their love for the Motherland by having the Australian flag painted on their face. INFO: Dhs125 for all-you-can-eat, Dhs145 for all-you-can-eat with soft drinks, additional Dhs150 for drinks package on selected beverages, 1pm-5pm, Sat 24 Jan, ubk, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers

If you're hankering for some Advanced Australia Fare, Yalumba are holding their Australia Day celebrations back a few days for Fri 30 Jan, which means you can keep the celebrations going all week. Their Australia Day brunch will feature a traditional Aussie BBQ, drinks from the old country and – naturally - a variety of the finest complimentary Australian fizz. INFO: Dhs499 per person, 12:30pm-3:30pm, Happy Hour 3:30pm-7pm, www.yalumba-dubai.com

But if you wallaby startin’ somethin’ on the actual day itself, BOUNCE – Dubai’s very own urban playground – is turning itself into a boingy Aussie paradise, complete with Antipodean anthems, a ripper-bash party atmosphere, blow-up beach balls and crazy crocs thrown amongst the action on the trampolines. There’s a discount on the hour-long session if you have an Australian passport or driving licence, and the first 500 people to walk through the door will receive a complimentary true blue meat pie! INFO: Dhs60 holders of Australian passport/driving licence, Dhs80 non-Aussies, 10am-10pm, Mon 26 Jan, www.bounce.ae

Australia Day celebrations will be coming to Barasti Beach early this year, with a host of activities set to take place on Saturday 24 January. Bring the whole family down and join Virgin Radio and Ahlan! columnist Kris Fade and Dubai 92’s Pricey as they celebrate all things Aussie! Highlights will include live entertainment and kid’s will be kept occupied with a bouncy castle and face painting. All that plus an Aussie-style BBQ and the chance to play a special backyard cricket game to go into a draw to win a trip for two to the Cricket World Cup, taking place in Australia and New Zealand, makes Barasti a venue not to be missed. INFO: Free entry to all, 11am-6pm, Mon 26 Jan, www.barastibeach.com

To celebrate the launch of their second Dubai location and Australia Day Pie Face is giving away some flights to Oz. Located at Dubai Marina Walk, Pie Face, in conjunction with Qantas Airlines, are offering a lucky Pie Face fan the chance to win two tickets to Australia on Australia Day. If that’s not reason enough to go down and get your face stuck in a pie, we don’t know what is! INFO: Find out more at www.facebook.com/PieFaceME

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