8 things to do in Dubai this week

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A new ladies’ day, a staycation discount and plenty of foodie deals…

It’s only a four-day week, but there’s still plenty going on ahead of Eid weekend. We’ve got staycation discounts, plenty of foodie deals, a make up masterclass and a brand new ladies’ day.

Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week…

Sunday August 27

1. Get up to 30% off an Anantara staycation

Anantara The Palm is having a five-day flash sale that wraps up on Tuesday. All bookings made before then will get 30 per cent off a room-only booking, which means rates can start from Dhs595 per night before service charges and fees. It’s only valid on selected rooms, but the good news is it’s valid on all bookings up until August 2018 – plus you’ll get a Dhs150 restaurant credit to enjoy during your stay.

Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, 30% discount valid on bookings made by Tuesday 29 to be redeemed on stays up until August 2018. Tel: (04) 567 8888. More info on website.

2. Savour the best of South India’s flavours

Mazina is celebrating Kerala’s 10-day harvest festival, Onam, with Onasadhya – a wide spread of south Indian dishes, served on silver platters. The buffet-style spread will offer 105 types of dishes, from starters to desserts. The menu includes traditional Onam dishes such as Kalan (raw banana cubes cooked with curd, coconut paste and south Indian spices), Erissery (yam cooked with coconut paste and dal), and Ela Ada (rice flour cake spread on banana leaf steamed with banana and grated coconut stuffing).

Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina, daily 7pm to 11pm until September 6, Dhs175. Tel: (04) 888 3444. More info on website.

Monday August 28

3. Have an authentic Spanish experience

Every Monday at El Sur diners can indulge in unlimited Spanish tapas and traditional drinks in a taverna-style atmosphere. Dishes include shrimp & hake croquettes, Padrón peppers, Iberian charcuterie, gazpacho and seafood paella designed for sharing. The package also comes with unlimited drinks.

The Westin, Dubai Mina Seyahi, Mon 7pm to 9.30pm, Dhs175 soft, Dhs199 house, Dhs249 including spirits. Tel: (04) 399 7700. More info on website.

4. Celebrate Chinese Valentines Day

Blind Dragon

Karaoke lounge Blind Dragon is hosting a Chinese Valentine’s Day (which traditionally falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar) celebration on Monday August 28. The Asian-inspired bar will forgo its usual trendy low-lighted interiors and go full-on hearts and flowers for the occasion. Specialty cocktails will be on the menu, as well as a selection of Asian dishes to indulge in, such as beef sliders, crispy prawns with avocado and fiery dragon chicken, and you can enjoy all three dishes for Dhs150.

The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, 5pm-2am. Tel: (04) 437 0033. More info on website

Tuesday August 29

5. Tuck into a takeaway treat

The Croft has launched a new curry night every Tuesday for Dhs95. Dishes include chicken tikka masala, coconut shrimp curry, lamb balti or ‘The Croft’ garden curry, all served with basmati rice, potato samosa, homemade mango chutney, and mango pickle, as well as a selection of authentic Indian breads, raita and mint coriander cream. There will also be deals on selected beers starting from Dhs49.

Level 5, Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, Tuesdays 6pm to 11pm, Dhs95. Tel: (04) 319 4000. More info on website

6. Head to a tarot reading workshop

UK-based psychic/psychotherapist, Michelle Araujo, is in Dubai for a series of workshops. In this workshop, Michelle will be introducing you to a whole new perspective of  tarot, archetypes and spiritual awareness, and how this can improve your way of living. It’s open to anyone interested in symbolism and personal development, regardless of experience level with the tarot or any other form of psychic medium.

Illuminations JLT, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, JLT, 7pm to 8.30pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 448 7043. More info on website.

Wednesday August 30

7. Head to a make up masterclass

Budding make up artists and those looking to perfect their glam can master the art of strobing and learn how to get the ultimate summer glow with YSL’s Senior Regional Make Up Artist Iman. She’ll be hosting a one day workshop at Galeries Lafayette at Dubai Mall.

Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall 2pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 341 5339. More info on Facebook

8. Cool off at a ladies’ day

There’s a brand new ladies’ day at the new look Riva Beach every Wednesday. ‘Bella Wednesdays’ is a day-to-night occasion offering two-for-one day passes for ladies (making it Dhs100 for two) and also comes with three free drinks (although remember it’s dry from 6.30pm this Wednesday). There will be resident DJs spinning relaxing house hits throughout the day, plus it’s open from 7am until midnight.

Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, Wednesdays 7am to 12am. Tel: (04) 430 9466. More info on website.

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