Story Rooftop Lounge
Cosy-up in a private ‘cabana’ complete with air-con at Story. Its VIP areas have 50in HD TVs, and you’ll get two bottles of voddy, two buckets of hops, two bottles of vino and two trays of shooters as well as a selection of Peruvian tapas.
INFO: Dhs2,500 minimum spend, Holiday Inn, behind Zayed University, Dubai Media City
The financial-district pub is hiring out a VIP Football Fanzone. Enjoy the beautiful game in a private area for a full 90 minutes. You won’t miss a second of the action by queuing up for drinks as you’ll be served by your very own waiter. Too bad Ireland never made it to the Cup.
INFO: 12noon-2am (2pm 2am Fri), 04 378 0800, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.mcgettigansdubai.com
Book a semi-private area for10 with private TV screens. Deals include five bottles of hops for Dhs99 and anyone wearing football shirts can bag two-for-one deals on selected drinks from the corresponding country – caipirinhas all round, then.
INFO: Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre, 04 603 8201, www.facebook.com/pullmandubaidcc
Until Sat 30 Aug
Get Sporty at Dubai Sports World
If you’d rather stay active than sit at home watching the footy, gather your mates around for a game of volleyball, tennis, squash… whatever you fancy. Whether you like skateboarding or BMX biking, you’re likely to find your fave physical activity at Dubai World Trade Centre – its massive arena will be dedicated to sport for much of the summer. Rent a court or pitch or take lessons from the pros – there are at least 15 activities to choose from, and on 21 June, you can join heavyweight boxer David Haye as he attempts to hold the world’s largest boxing lesson. INFO: Times vary, pitch hire free-Dhs500, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd, 04 332 1000, www.dubaisportsworld.ae
SAT 21 JUN
Hear UAE Bands at La Fête de la Musique in Souk Madinat Jumeirah
World Music Day is happening soon, and French Cultural Centre Alliance Française is celebrating by holding a free concert! La Fête de la Musique allows all people with a passion for music to gather and take part in the performance, whether they’re amateur or professional musicians. Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry of Culture, it’s held in more than 100 countries each year on 21 June, the day of the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice. This makes it completely different from a conventional music festival, and Alliance Française’s event has no fewer than 15 acts from across the UAE. This year is the last time La Fête de la Musique will be celebrated in the Gulf, as for the next three years it’ll fall during Ramadan, so you’d best head down to Souk Madinat Jumeirah to check it out! INFO: Sat 21 Jun, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, details from Alliance Française on 04 335 87 12 or email@example.com, or at www.afdubai.org
Fri 20 Jun
Have a Bop at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
The beachside club is closing its doors for summer, but not before one last party. Its end-of-season celebration will feature techno-house tracks from Michel Cleis and Gianni Callipari; other acts on the line-up include Jean B, Kay Tek, Jixo & Danz and DJ Frederick Stone. INFO: 1pm-11pm, Fri, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, off Sheikh Zayed Rd, Ghantoot Exit 399, Abu Dhabi, 056 113 3400, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bluemarlinibiza-uae.com