Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE This Week

02 Jul 2013

IGN Convention brings a touch of sci-fi to Dubai while Ferrari world in Abu Dhabi is offering serious discounts during the summer

IGN Convention
Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July

Hot on the heels of Middle East Comic Con earlier this year, fans of cult shows, films, comics and games are being treated to another new event. WWE wrestler Kevin Nash along with actress and TV host Naomi Kyle will be among the star guests. Wolverine, Lara Croft, Batman, Darth Vader and Doctor Who will be among the characters mingling with the crowds! There will be film screenings, Q&A sessions, a cosplay (costumed role-playing) competition, discussion panels, a video game tournament, quizzes and comic book stalls.
INFO: Dhs50, 10am to 10pm, Meydan IMAX, Dubai,

Zayed Sports City Ramadan Cup 2013
from Tuesday 9 July

Eat your heart out, Beckham! Abu Dhabi’s most passionate football teams are set to battle it out on the pitch for the ZSC Ramadan Cup. The annual seven-a-side tournament will begin on 9 July and continue through Ramadan with games held every weekday at 9pm. With a share of Dhs30,000 up for grabs, players from all around the capital will be fighting to nab the trophy for their team. Show your support for Abu Dhabi’s devoted football players as they compete for this year’s title!
INFO: 9pm, weekdays 9 to 30 July, Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, 050 5727 412,

Summer is The Dubai Mall
Daily until 10 July

Special promos to coincide with Dubai Summer Surprises are lined up at The Dubai Mall until 10 July! There’ll be kids’ events such as Smurfs Meet & Greet, Smurfs Show, and Modhesh Meet & Greet. The mall will also host roaming entertainment, exhibitions, in-store events, mascots appearances and parades. It has extended opening hours from 10am to midnight on weekdays and 10am to 1am on weekends. Waterfront restaurants will be open until 3am! You could even win a Bentley Continental when you spend Dhs300!
INFO: The Dubai Mall, 800 3822 46255,

Ferrari World
8 July until 7 August

Get geared up to race at the world’s largest indoor theme park this summer! Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is offering a massive 40 per cent discount on all tickets purchased at the gate when the temperature hits 40 degrees. The offer is only open to UAE residents. With over 20 rides inspired by the famous cars and drivers, you’ll feel like you’re on the tarmac yourself! The attraction is right next to the F1 circuit where the UAE’s only Grand Prix is held.
INFO: Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 04 367 2530,


Beach Day
Daily during July

Book a 60-minute deep-tissue massage at Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Talise Spa and get free access to the private beach as well as free use of the spa and leisure facilities.
INFO: Dhs560, 9am-9.30pm, Talise Spa, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 04 406 8800,

Eco Future Workshop
Friday 6 July

Let your kids become environmentally friendly this summer while having fun at a handmade eco-paper workshop.
INFO: Dhs50, 3pm to 6pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800,

Iftar at The Pullman Dubai
Daily during Ramadan

Spice up your traditional celebrations with a Moroccan-themed Iftar buffet at Medley restaurant, Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre. As part of the theme, there will be at least one Moroccan dish each night, specially prepared by the hotel’s Moroccan chef.
INFO: Dhs155 (adults), Dhs75 (children), Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre, Dubai, 04 603 8080,

Daily through Ramada
Hakkasan has introduced a Middle Eastern-inspired Chinese menu just in time for Ramadan.
INFO: Dhs188, 7pm-1am, Hakkasan, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 384 8484,

Chill at Jebel Ali Golf Resort

A massage, pool and beach access and lunch is yours for a great rate at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.
INFO: Dhs550, 04 814 5810, Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, Dubai, 04 814 5555,