Things to Do in the UAE This Week

Things to Do in the UAE This Week

25 Jun 2015

Five iftars to try this week, plus a summer camp for plants and secret treasure at Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Until 25 Jul
Join the RWAQ Ramadan Festivities at The Beach
The Walk at JBR has been transformed for the Holy Month, with decorations, entertainment and a row of pop-up shops. Inside the air-conditioned tents you’ll find festive cuisine, fashion and accessories, art installations and more, including collections by leading regional designers and concept stores, including local handbag label CeeCode and trendy homeware hub Cities. Al Quoz gallery The Jam Jar has teamed up with Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to deliver talks and Ramadan-themed art workshops; you can also unwind to the melodic sounds of the oud.

INFO: 7pm-2am daily during Ramadan, 2pm-2am from Eid onwards, free, 800 MASAT,,

Until Sun 30 Aug
Send Your Plants to Summer Camp!

Things to Do in the UAE This Week
In the rush to escape the scorching UAE heat, green-fingered residents often leave their plants to wilt and die, dousing them with water and hoping for the best. While we might ask trusted mates to care for our pets, expecting them to pop around just to water the plants is a pretty big ask, so a new initiative from Dubai Garden Centre is a blooming good idea! Simply drop them off, wave goodbye and let its staff do all the work as your treasures make new plant friends as they’re kept well-fed and watered.

INFO: Free, a total of three indoor plants, each no taller 1.25m, may be left per person; Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Quoz, near First Gulf Bank metro station, 04 340 0006,

Throughout Ramadan
Stay Calm with a Soothing Massage

Things to Do in the UAE This Week

Keep your cool in the searing summer heat with a calming treatment at the Waldorf Astoria. It’s offering 35 per cent off massages and body therapy throughout the Holy Month, with options including the Soothing Bamboo Massage utilising Hawaiian lomi-lomi techniques, the VIP-worthy Golden Body Polish and a stint in a steamy hammam. And if the Arctic Hydrating Body Wrap doesn’t cool you down, nothing will.

INFO: Sat-Thu, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah,

Until Mon 31 Aug
Uncover Secrets of the Souk

Things to Do in the UAE This Week

A summer campaign at Madinat Jumeirah sees summer promotions on shopping, dining, entertainment and activities – but you’ll have to hunt for them! To get involved, pop by any of the participating outlets and answer a quick, easy question. You’ll then be shown a key and asked to photograph it, then share the pic on Instagram and Facebook, tagging the outlet and @soukmadinatjumeirah, to unlock your reward. It could be a big-money prize! Participating outlets include Left Bank, Louise Harrison Couture, Trader Vic’s, Café Rouge, The Camel Company, Eva Gems, Royal Fashion and Ronnefeldt.

INFO: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Follow #‎secretsofthesouk‬‬‬‬, #soukkeys and @soukmadinatjumeirah‬ on Facebook and Instagram to find out more

Until Sat 29 Aug
Get Your Game On at Dubai Sports World
For almost three months, Dubai World Trade Centre is transformed into the emirate’s largest indoor sports venue, hosting coaches, athletes and enthusiastic amateurs. Rent a court or pitch with mates, brush up on your skills or play to win against rival sports clubs – with activities from tennis and volleyball to skateboarding and even parkour, there’s a fun way to stay fit.

INFO: Dubai World Trade Centre, 04 306 4000,

Iftars of the Week

1. Downtown

Things to Do in the UAE This Week

Feast on a buffet of traditional and modern Arabian cuisine while taking in amazing views of Burj Khalifa, from within the air-conditioned comfort of a roomy tent and its glass-enclosed lawn.

INFO: Iftar sunset-9pm, suhour 10pm-2am, each Dhs195 Sun-Wed, Dhs225 Thu-Sat, Downtown tent, off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, 04 423 8883,,

2. The Foundry
This intimate, stylish steakhouse will present a buffet of classic Oriental and Arabian dishes, including flavoured ouzi. If you’re watching your waistline, there’ll also be a selection of salads.

INFO: Sunset-9.30pm, Dhs129++, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina St, Tourist Club, Abu Dhabi, 02 818 4888,

3. The Med
This modern iftar offers an extensive variety of light bites and more substantial dishes. You’ll find live cooking zones and main courses served to order, as well as a dessert station. For shisha, head over to The Garden on 8.

INFO: 8pm onwards, Dhs120 with soft malted drinks, coffee and tea, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City,,

4. Naya
For a twist on the traditional iftar, opt for a curry at this upscale North Indian restaurant, which is serving a specially created set menu throughout the Holy Month.

INFO: Sunset-8pm, Dhs145, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai,, 04 366 5866,

5. Pascal Tepper
The Abu Dhabi branch of this popular French bakery is opening late throughout the Holy Month. Expect a French twist on seasonal dishes, served buffet-style, including faves from the kitchens of the Far East and Arabia. Book online and you could win a meal for two.

INFO: 6.30pm-10pm, from Dhs140, IPIC Tower, Al Muroor St, 02 444 4762,

Book Now!
Bon Jovi

Things to Do in the UAE This Week
The epic rock band last played here seven years ago and are sure to be a sell-out this time around.

INFO: Thu 1 Oct, Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, buy at or at Virgin Megastore