Summer has set sale

Reasons to mark this Friday on your calendar: it’s Father’s Day, the longest day of the year as well as the first day of the longest celebration of summer, the Dubai Summer Surprises. You’re in for six weeks of citywide sales on shopping and staycations, promotions on entry to attractions and tourist sites in the city, special performances by international acts, an array of entertainment shows and programmes for the entire family. Where to go, what to do, what deals to pounce on — we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist of the annual summer festival’s highlights, so you don’t go sweating over the small stuff this summer.

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Modhesh World: Kick things off with a visit to Modhesh World. Modhesh, the beloved DSS mascot, will be exuding sunny good cheer at halls 3-7 of the Dubai World Trade Centre with arcade games, bungee jumping, live shows, inflatable wipeouts, interactive workshops until August 17. Visit dubaisummersurprises.com.

Wild Wadi Waterpark: Discounts go to new heights at the waterpark until August 31. GCC residents over 1.1m tall can splash around for Dh249, and those under 1.1m only have to spend Dh149. Both rates are inclusive of a meal voucher redeemable at the Julshan’s Burger and Dogs outlet inside the waterpark.

Kids Rock festival Dubai Festival City Mall: Characters from popular children’s show bringing a host of PJ Masks such as Catboy, Gekko, Owlette, and Luna Girl will make an appearance at the mall from Saturday until July 11 with daily stage shows and interactive workshops for the entire family to enjoy.

Mango Tree: the popular Thai street food restaurant has launched a new deal called ‘Woah Wednesdays’ where guests can try unlimited dishes served from 7pm to 9pm for Dh99 per person.

Deals: Malls participating in DSS sales include Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Me’aisem, City Centre Al Barsha and City Centre Al Shindagha. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Deal of the Day’ which reveals and exclusive shopping deal every day at one outlet in one specific location. Daily deals begin Saturday and run until July 31 and will be announced on social media @DSSsocial 24 hours in advance.

Raffle Draws: Shoppers who spend Dh200 at Dubai Shopping Malls Group, including Al Bustan Centre, Al Mulla Plaza, Burjuman, Al Barsha Mall, City Centre Me’aisam, Dubai Outlet Mall, Etihad Mall, Oasis Mall, Reef Mall and Time Square Centre, will be in with a chance to win an INFINITI Q30. There are six cars up for grabs, with one given away each week of DSS starting from June 29.

Keep calm and Goan

The Indian state of Goa is synonymous with a good time, and Sharjah’s Goan community is keeping that flag flying with a grand feast on June 28 — the Summer Fest 2019 at the Ajman Beach hotel. While Goans back in India will celebrate the feast of St. John with the unique jumping into wells, their compatriots will be making a splash here in the UAE with a lavish buffet lunch, music and games for both the young and old, dancing contests and fancy dress competitions for kids. From 11am-7pm; for passes, call 050 784 5777.

Girl talk

Girl talk is far from frivolous at W Hotel’s What She Said series — a networking and speaking initiative for women. The event returns to Dubai on June 25 with a conversation centred on the business of clothes and fashion. The panelists this time are Zayan Ghandour, co-founder of Dubai’s first successful multi-brand fashion concept store, S*uce Boutique; designer Khulood Thani of BINT THANI; Nez Gebreel a fashion and design consultant; Safiya Abdallah a fashion designer and founder of Dulce By Safiya, and Caroline Labouchere, Dubai’s first grey-haired international model. These women will discuss the transformation of the region’s fashion and design through their personal stories and through the lens of leading trends in the fashion world, from the use of sustainable fabrics to trends.

Face the music

Nouvelle Vague
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Dip into some refreshing sounds at Parisian music ensemble, Nouvelle Vague’s (New Wave) performance on June 25. The band, currently on their 15th anniversary tour, is known for their eclectic covers of sixties’ and seventies’ punk new wave music — such as The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks and Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough — reimagined in languid Bossa Nova rhythms from the fifties and sixties. Tickets from Dh150 at dubaiopera.com; show starts at 8pm.

Season 8 of the Emirates NBD Classics concert series will see the Ustad Shujaat Khan Collective — a classical blend of Sufi, Ghazal & Folk Music premiere at the Dubai Opera on Saturday. The show will feature Hindustani classical music legend Ustad Shujaat Khan. The Grammy-nominated musician will be accompanied on stage by Azaan Khan on acoustic guitar and vocals, Anil Chawla on keyboard, Aveleon Giles Vaz on drums, Makrand Sanon and Sarthak Pahwa on percussions and Danik Ghosh on bass. Tickets from Dh100 at dubaiopera.com; show starts at 8pm.

Dancing Queens, time to find your sea legs and boogie aboard the QE2 where the tribute concert ABBA Reunion is happening on June 26 and 27. The show is the brainchild of director, producer, and choreographer of the award-winning West End production ABBAMANIA and will star the singer who plays lead singer Frida in the musical. Brace yourself for stunning costumes, choreography and vocals that’ll recreate the Swedish pop idols’ disco vibes down to every glittery note. From 8pm-10pm at Theatre by QE2; tickets cost Dh200 at platinmulist.net.

You’ve cheered them on the small screen, now do it on in person when Indian reality show participants from shows like The Voice India Kids and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs rock the stage at Shaikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School Dubai on June 27. Singers Neelanjana Ray, Nitin Kumar and Salman Ali will keep audiences entertained with their renditions of popular Bollywood numbers. Tickets from Dh100 at platinumlist.net.

Dad’s the way to dreams

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This Father’s Day you can teach your kids what thinking outside the box can look like, well, inside a box! We’re hosting a free workshop at JamJar in Al Quoz with Home Centre where fathers and their offspring (aged five to 12 years) can spend an afternoon learning to design their home in a shoe box. To ensure you’re a shoe-in at the event, email us at fridaymasterclass@gulfnews.com with your mobile number and child’s age, and wait for your confirmation.

Inhale, exhale, repeat

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Dig out your stretchy LuLu Lemons and yoga mats and head over to one of these free yoga sessions celebrating International Yoga day Friday.

Fitness First is hosting a free sunset yoga session at Cove Beach, Ceasars Palace, Bluewaters Island starting 5.30pm. You’ll be guided through cycles of sun salutations and traditional yoga poses that focus on both physical and mental wellbeing during the 90-minute class. Bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and towel. Register at uae.fitnessfirstme.com/beachyoga2019.

Good habits start young, so introduce your kids to the benefits of yoga with Babyshop’s yoga event Friday at Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital in Al Jaddaf. Run by Charm Yoga and Kidzapp, the event aims to set a new world record of the largest parent and child yoga session. It’s a great way to improve your little one’s immunity to stress and up their flexibility and concentration. From 9.30am to 12pm. Register at kidzapp.com.

The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian Consulate in Dubai will be celebrating Yoga Day with free activities and yoga sessions across all the emirates. Those in the capital can enjoy free sessions at the Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi (on June 20 at 7pm) and Dubaiites should make a beeline for Zabeel Park at 6.30pm. Al Ain gets to limber up too this year, with yoga day celebrations by the Indian Embassy at Al Jahili Park on June 28. In Sharjah, a yoga event will be held in the International Cricket Stadium at 6pm Friday. In Ajman, head to the Indian Association Ajman event at 6pm and In Umm Al Quwain, the celebrations will be held at Etihad Hall at 11am on Saturday. Out in Ras Al Khaimah, a yoga event will be conducted at the American University’s football ground at 6.30pm on Saturday.

Lifestyle Yoga is putting up a free 90-minute session on Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra at the Shangri-La Hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road on Friday. Here’s how you book yourself for the free session — hit the going button on their Facebook page, share the event on your Facebook page and tag a friend. From 5.30pm-7pm; call 056 624 1002 or email lifestyleyogabooking@gmail.com.