1. TOMORROWLAND IS HERE
Tomorrowland, the Belgian electronic dance music festival is back again in the UAE – well kinda! Unite With Tomorrowland, the festival’s miniature spin-off that recreates the festival’s party experience across the world for those who can’t make it to the actual event in Boom, Belgium, is back in the UAE on July 28 but this time it’s not Dubai but Abu Dhabi’s Du Forum that gets to host the event. Performances from the festival’s main stage by Lucas and Steve, DJ Licious, D.O.D, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike will be broadcasted live. Tickets from Dh495 at platinumlist.net.
2. COOK UP A STORM
Transform kids into master chefs this summer! Dubai-based cooking studio Top Chef, is hosting a summer camp from July 8 to the end of August; Top Chef’s gourmet professionals will train the kids to prepare top notch nosh with age-suitable kitchen equipment and teach them the importance of a clean kitchen. The cherry on top? Kids top off their day with a dash of Zumba, drum classes and fun games. The course is open to kids aged six to 12, from Sunday to Thursday, 9am-2pm. Daily classes cost Dh300 and weekly packages Dh1,200. There’s a 10 per cent siblings discount. Visit topchefdubai.com or call 04 3855781.
3. ICE AND WATER
UAE residents can chill-out, very literally, this summer gliding through Wild Wadi’s water slides and shred Ski Dubai’s icy slopes with a combo ticket. The Ski-N-Slide offer for Dh249 gets you a one-day single entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark and Ski Dubai and lets you try out one attraction per theme park. Valid only for UAE residents, until September 30. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the attraction. Call 04 348 4444 for more details.
4. BREAK OUT THE CYCLES
It’s too hot to put the UAE’s many scenic cycling routes to use but that doesn’t mean your fitness goals should fall off the track. Homegrown indoor cycling studio Motion Cycling is offering new comers with one free class until July 31. Their classes led by professionals will help you burn 1,000 calories per session as you pedal to the beat of powerful music in the candlelit studio that has been designed to inspire and motivate. Book your classes at motioncycling.ae.
CycleBar, Dubai’s biggest indoor cycling studio at City Walk, is offering special summer packages so you can get the wheels turning on achieving that summer body without breaking the bank. There are a number of plans to suit all budgets: Dh650 for a monthly plan, Dh1,500 for three months, Dh2,700 for six months and a yearly plan for Dh4,800. There’s also a 40 per cent discount on all unlimited ride packs. What’s more? If you’re new, you get the first week of classes for free! Call 04 395 5523 or email email@example.com.
5. SUMMER SPORTS
FIFA is over but that doesn’t mean your fever for sports must end for the summer – Dubai World Trade Centre will once again transform its air-conditioned halls into the indoor sports arena called Dubai Sports World. Footie fans can continue their love for the game with advice from former Real Madrid legend, Fernando Sanz at the La Liga Academy which will set up base at the indoor venue. Don’t get your kicks form football? That’s alright, because the venue will have everything from a gymnastic area, to a basketball court, badminton and a ninja warrior course. From 8am to midnight daily; prices differ according to sport, entry is free. Visit dubaisportsworld.ae.
Relieve the stresses of urban life through the ancient martial art of Tai Chi at Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. The free sessions will be held every Saturday at Nadi Al Quoz as part of the artsy venue’s summer programme called Sensing Memory. Masters Hang and Luo from Shaolin Kung Fu, Dubai’s first Chinese martial arts school will train participants from 11am-12pm. Until September 15, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. THEATRE TIME
Thanks to technology, you can enjoy British theatre here in the UAE with the National Theatre Live screenings at The Courtyard Playhouse. Today, they’re broadcasting a live show of the play Yerma from London’s Young Vic Theatre. English actress Billie Piper will play the titular role of the childless woman who goes to extreme lengths and does the unthinkable to have a baby of her own. Based on the classic 1934 play by Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca, this English production by director Simon has been touted as radical interpretation set in contemporary London. Show starts at 8pm, registration to watch National Theatre Live screenings costs Dh100 at courtyardplayhouse.com.
7. CELEBRATE THE FLAVOURS
Peruvian restaurant Lima is celebrating the country’s 197th National Day with a special menu on July 28. The three-course menu crafted by head Chef Diego Varagas will offer you more than just ceviche. Relisg vegetarian options such as Aubergine Tiradito with carrots, asparagus and artichokes marinated in Rocoto tiger’s milk for starters, savour the Lomo Saltado’s fillet steak or the Casava and vegetable Saltado as mains and end the meal on a sweet note with a savory Suspiro Limeno, a traditional Peruvian dessert made with Oporto meringue and Chirimoya ice cream. Dh197 per person, from 12pm-7pm. Visit limadubai.com.
Enjoy the best of Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine at Double Tree by Hilton Resort Spice Route-themed brunch. Catered by the Ras Al Khaimah hotel’s Turkish restaurant Meze, and Thai and Malaysian restaurant Sanchaya you can enjoy flavourful mezzes and aromatic Asian dishes every Friday. From Dh189 per person. Call 07 203 0000.
Continue celebrating culinary culture this weekend with some classic British roasts aboard the QE2, the historic and quintessentially British ship that’s now a floating hotel at Port Rashid. The ship’s monthly summer brunch will unfiold at it’s international restaurant Lido, with the first one happening today. Your taste buds will cruise the world with a buffet of fresh seafood, live cooking, artisan cheese, salads and an extensive dessert selection. From 1-4pm, starting from Dh195 per person. Call 04 526 8888.