Top 10 Things to do in the UAE This Week

09 Jul 2013

Iftar and suhoor banquets, Sportfest in Abu Dhabi, diving with sharks at Dubai Mall and lots more!

Iftar and Suhoor banquets at Atlantis The Palm
After sunset through Ramadan

After the light dissipates, a vibrant evening with delicious food will be on offer at Atlantis, The Palm. Arabian dishes, sweet treats and juices will be available in stunning displays during iftar and suhoor at the Asateer tent, as well as restaurants Kaleidoscope and Levantine. Dishes will include Ouzi, a lamb and rice dish infused with Arabic spices; Kebbeh bil Laban, meat balls made with beef and onions and simmered in a light yoghurt sauce; and Fish Sayadiyha, a classic dish served with spiced rice and caramelised onions.
INFO: Dhs185, (Asateer and Levantine), Sunset to 8pm, Dhs195 (Kaleidoscope), 6pm to 8.30pm, 04 426 1000,

SportFest at SummerFest Abu Dhabi
Until 3 August

Yas Island’s du Forum will be taken over by global sports champs this month. English tennis star Tim Henman, Robert ‘Big Shot Rob’ Horry, a seven-time NBA champion and former Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs player, plus former Manchester United and England striker Andrew Cole, will be in town! Celeb coaching and sports tournaments will be held and there will also be special ladies’ events.
Henman will be at the helm of Racket Week from 13 to 15 July, with three-hour sessions running every evening from 8pm. Check the website for the full rundown!
INFO: From Dhs50, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,

Dive with Sharks!

Fancy getting close to Jaws? Well now you can at the world’s biggest aquarium! Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has introduced some new diving experiences, including the Sharkwalker. It allows two people to go underwater in the shark cage wearing special underwater helmets that allow you to breathe naturally while coming face-to face with the scary creatures! Can’t wait to try it!
INFO: Dhs590, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, 04 342 2993,

Ramadan with a View
Daily throughout Ramadan

Emaar Properties has introduced a tent with a view overlooking The Dubai Fountain where special iftars will be held in an the Arabic-style courtyard filled with lanterns and chandeliers. There will also be private majlis or glass-enclosed garden available to indulge in a private iftar with family and friends.INFO: Dhs170, 6pm-2am, (weekdays) 6pm-4am, (weekends) Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 050 4524558,

Show World at SummerFest Abu Dhabi
Daily until 17 August

Scooby Doo is heading to the UAE! Yes the cult cartoon character and his friends will be part of one of the shows hitting the stage as part of SummerFest Abu Dhabi. The theatre versions of kids’ fave TV show Lazy Town and Bananas in Pyjamas will also be heading our way, while The Muppets will be in town too! Bader, Anees, Elmo, Khokha, Ka’aki and Gharghour (also known as Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Grover) will star in live action show, Sesame Street’s Iftah Ya Simsim live: Treasure Hunt. Kids can also catch boy-morphing-into-an-alien phenomenon Ben 10 live on stage. The event is being organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
INFO: Dhs40 (adults), Dhs20 (under 12s) Free (under twos), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre,


Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Daily until 30 September

Get away for Ramadan to this iconic hotel, which is offering a Suite Summer Delight Package costing Dhs1,079 for a one-night stay for a family of four in a suite, plus Yas Waterworld tickets.
INFO: Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 0700,

Nofara Café Iftar
Daily during Ramadan

Enjoy traditional Arabic dishes blended with modern flavours in a family-friendly environment.
INFO: Dhs90 including drinks, sunset to 9pm daily, café open 8am to 12am, Nofara Café, Swiss Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Block Y, 04 432 2023.

Bo House Café
Daily during Ramadan

Bo House Café on JBR opens from 6.45pm until 2am during Ramadan and has a special Ramadan menu including a Mediterranean Mezza sharing plate comprising of grilled shrimps, chicken wings, marinated artichokes, grilled mushrooms, hummus, olive tapenade and garlic bread.
INFO: Dhs99, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 429 8655,

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Until 31 July

To celebrate the hotel’s first birthday, the anniversary package includes a free night for every night booked, plus buy-one-get-one-free breakfast as well as a pass to Wild Wadi waterpark and the hotel’s private beach.
INFO: Dhs701, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Al Garhoud, 04 230 8582,

Monte-Carlo Beach Club

This Saadiyat Island hotspot and fave sunbathing spot of Demi Moore has announced new cut-price rates for the summer, which include free day-passes for children.
INFO: Dhs175 (week day), Dhs315 (weekend), Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 3500,