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The leisure charts

A round-up of the hottest products, places and experiences you can’t miss this week

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
14 Jul 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Flip Out Dubai


Flipping good

Spring into Al Quoz this summer for some high jinks at Flip Out Dubai, the Middle East’s largest trampoline park. The 4,000-square-foot space houses more than 200 interconnected trampolines with a kids’ arena, 3D wall runners for flips, tricks and acrobatics and more. What we’re flipping out about is the dedicated field for Archery Tag – the unique six-a-team sport that’s part dodgeball and paintball, and where your inner Legolas or Robin Hood can shoot down nemeses with foam-tipped arrows. Let the games begin! Dh70 per hour. Complimentary shuttle buses available from Noor Bank station. Visit



It’s traditional to see red during July – Ruby is the month’s birthstone (and not just because of the red-hot weather). As naysayers to norms and fans of Dorothy’s ruby slippers we’ve mined this precious pair from Italian label No.21. Designer Alessandro Dell’acqua’s signature deconstructed bow design loops in beauty and knots couture into frumpy pool sliders. No need to click your heels thrice to make statement strides into the office or shuffle around resort pools. Dh1,720,

The art of eating


Situated in the heart of Dubai Marina, Parisian food spot Bistro Des Arts have introduced a fresh new menu for these sizzling hot summer months. Tuck into light, colourful dishes full of authentic flavours from all over France, which are sure to satisfy every palate. Staple favourites such as the chicken liver parfait are still in the menu – hoorah! 
A special mention has to be given to starters such as the fresh salmon tartar with sour cream and dill and refreshing chilled tomato gazpacho. These mouth-watering dishes are perfect to eat while gazing out at the azure marina waterfront after a long day in the office. Call 04 551 1576 or email

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Fruitful health


Fruit yogurts are a universal summertime favourite that nourish the gut. Now let your skin snack on this delight too with the Tropical Oasis treatment at the Softouch Spa at Kempinski Hotel, Mall of The Emirates. Wrapped in a mix of yogurt, mango and passion fruit, the skin is hydrated, while the exfoliating enzymes of fruits remove dead skin. The wrap is followed by a relaxing Balinese massage utilising stretching and acupressure techniques. Dh850 for 120 minutes. Call 04 409 5909.

Plantation food


Why travel to Europe for the world’s best cassolettes? Delicious slow-cooked casseroles such as haricot de mouton, tartiflette and daue reside here, at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach’s The Plantation restaurant, which recently won the Best Global Restaurant for European Cuisine award. Its Art and Dine concept sees arresting paintings put down roots amidst the foliage and glass of the conservatory-like setting. Until August the Shadows of Ramadan complements scrummy Med cuisine. Call 04 448 4733.

Ace it up


We don’t know about you, but Acer’s gadgets have been working out hard this summer – the Acer Aspire 13 sees bulky laptops shape up into an ultra-slim and featherweight notebook with a glossy nano-imprinted pearl white metal cover and sleek diamond-cut edges. Its features, however, have been pumped up, with specs packing 6th Generation Intel Core processors, 13-hour battery life, full HD touchscreen display and a Bluelight Shield to protect vision. They’ve shed the dirhams too, as this beauty is available for just Dh2,499 at Sharaf DG stores.

As they Kambaa


It can get dreary when the rise in mercury sees Dubai’s crowds and clamour plummet, so stop by Kambaa, The Address Dubai Marina’s chic lobby lounge, and give drowsy afternoons a high with the fabulous high tea. Traditional Arabian pastries, buttery scones and sandwiches are flanked by zany 3D cakes, cronuts and vegetarian and gluten-free snacks (if you’re working hard on that summer bod). Sip on teas from around the world as a pianist regales you. From 3-6pm daily. Dh135 per person, call 04 436 7777.

Where art thou?


Craft some fun into your kids’ remaining summer days with Ductac’s ArtJoy Summer Camp. The intensive yet entertaining classes will keep kids active, working with clay, origami and printmaking, but it will also educate Michelangelos aged five-11 years about eras and styles of art, and patterns and optical illusions hidden in famous works, through weekly themes. Until August 4, 9.15am-1.30pm daily. From Dh200 per day, Dh1000 per week and Dh1,800 for two weeks. Call 04 3414 777 or email

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer