Water, water anytime
Water babies can now cool off all year round in the UAE as Splash Pad, the outdoor wet play area for kids on The Beach, JBR, has launched an Annual Pass for just Dh250 per person. That means for 12 months from the date of purchase, from 9am-8pm, kids aged one-12 years can frolic under sprinklers, giant buckets of water, waddle in temperature-controlled shallow pools, as well as run amok in shaded dry play areas. Visit splashpaddubai.com.
Call off your hunt for juicy mangoes in the markets –you’re looking in the wrong place. Markette is where the king of fruits is at! The cosy restaurant and crêperie’s Mango Festival Menu has returned with mango-based drinks and desserts. Satiate summer thirst with creamy mango lassi, milkshakes and icy mojitos. The likes of buckwheat flour mango crêpe and mango mousse on chocolate hazelnut crust will put paid to cravings. From Dh28. Until August 31 at The Dubai Mall and Boxpark branches.
Tranquil environments and cooling facials? Yes please! Save your skin – and money – when you book into SensAsia Urban Spa’s Summer Massage Celebrations. Select 60-minute massages such as Thai Stretching (Dh399 now Dh229) or Knead it (Dh440 now Dh305) are priced-down between 10am and 6pm on weekdays. Make savings while the sun shines! Visit sensasiaspas.com.
Pretty is as pretty does and the Panasonic Lumix GF8K takes creating pretty pics seriously! The movable touchscreen LCD tilts up to 180° and with the face/eye detection, selfie-snapping ceases to be a lucky shot. Worried the 16 MP lens will enhance blemishes? Don’t. Advanced beauty functions like soft skin and slimming mode help while the Beauty Retouch function adds virtual make-up to images before you post them online instantly. In pink, silver, brown and orange. Dh1,999.
Take India’s Independence Day celebrations out to the streets with street food at Bombay Brasserie’s evening brunch on Monday, August 15. Pop tangy pani-puris and munch on spicy vada pavs at the Taj Dubai restaurant, with luscious main courses such as sarson ka saag, teen mirch jhinga (prawns), dal makhni and refreshing drinks like thandai. On from 7-11.30pm, the diya-lit rangoli-strewn venue is perfect for post-work patriotism. We recommend the masala chai in earthenware pot. Combined with Bollywood classics, every sip will taste like nostalgia. Dh225 per person. Call 04 438 3100.
Can one desire too much of a good thing? This Montblanc Writers Edition fountain pen celebrating the 400-year-legacy of Shakespeare is laden with symbolic references like his plays. The barrel ring features seven standout plays’ motifs (skull for Hamlet, crown for Macbeth etc.), Shakespeare’s signature is embossed beneath the 18K gold nib, and there are only 1,597 pieces – the year Romeo and Juliet was published. Price on request. Visit montblanc.com.
Hoping to become the next Chris Hemsworth? You’re in luck, as Australia’s Screenwise Acting School – the Thor actor’s alma mater – is holding classes in Dubai. From September 19-25 The Junction, Unit H72 at Alserkal Avenue turns into acting classrooms with three courses, for experienced actors, beginners and youngsters (12-16 years). Founder and award-winning actor, director and producer Denise Roberts and professional Dubai-based actors will train participants – screenwise.com.au.
How clever is Rang Mahal’s Indian Independence Day extravaganza from Sunday to Tuesday (August 14-16) where each of the JW Marriott restaurant’s four-courses pay homage to an Indian inventor or scientist? For example, Gujarati starters dhokla and khandvi will honour scientist Vikram Sarabhai, while Kerala’s chukka chicken and meen pollichattu pay tribute to Nobel Prize-winning physicist CV Raman. Why wasn’t its chef Atul Kochhar teaching us history in school? Dh250 per person, 6-11.30pm. Call 04 414 3000.
Jolly good Bollywood weekend
A weekend spent singing along and shaking a leg to the best of Bollywood songs is a weekend well spent, so buy your tickets for the Bollywood in the Capital concert. Part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season’s two-day event at du Forum, Abu Dhabi, the concert sees composer-duo Vishal-Shekhar and actor/singer Farhan Akhtar perform today, and music-producing trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy belting out chart-toppers tomorrow. General tickets cost Dh150. To book visit abudhabisummerseason.ae or call 800 822.
The bright side
Pick any side with this silk twill scarf from luxury brand Amouage and you’ll come out the stylish winner as a special printing process ensures almost the same colour definition on both ends! Handcrafted in the city of Como – luscious Italian silk’s hotbed – the glossy beige and brown material is embossed with the brand’s logo and comes in a traditional square style (Dh1,045) and a rectangular stole of 170cm x 60cm (Dh1,185) to wrap around against the summer sun. Visit www.amouage.com.