Try something new: 15 fun new things to do in Dubai


From long-awaited openings to fresh dining spots and deals, we bring you our monthly round-up of new things to do in Dubai.

1. De-stress at Dubai’s first smash room

How’s this for a unique therapy session? The Smash Room lets you smash out all of your frustrations in a safe space – it’s essentially a rebel’s version of a day spa. The room is filled with old furniture, TVs, laptops, and mannequins, and you get to choose your weapon and show those objects who’s boss.

The Smash Room, Umm Suqeim Street, Al Quoz Industrial 4, Sun to Wed 11am to 10pm, Thur to Sat 9am to 11pm. Tel: (058) 198 2323. More info on website.

2. Hit up happy hour at La Mer’s new licensed spot

Popular sports bar Stars ‘n’ Bars is now open at La Mer, the second licensed spot at the beachfront district in Jumeirah 1. Originally from Monte Carlo, this is the second Stars ‘n’ Bars outlet in the UAE (the other one is in Abu Dhabi), offering live sports coverage, music and a daily happy hour from 5pm to 8pm.

Stars ‘n’ Bars, La Mer, open daily 10am to 3am. More info on website.

3. Treat yourself with a new daycation deal

Atlantis, The Palm has launched a new “Pamper Me” package especially for UAE residents – and it’s a goodie. The Dhs550 package (Dhs650 on weekends) includes a 75-minute Aromatherapy Associates treatment and massage, a three-course lunch at Nasimi Beach, and all-day access to the Royal Pool, Zero Entry Pool, and Royal Beach.

ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm. Pamper Me package can be booked by emailing myday@atlantisthepalm or calling (04) 426 1698. Valid Emirates ID must be presented on arrival at the spa. More info on website.

4. Catch a film at a new outdoor cinema

Reform Social & Grill is hosting a free weekly movie night in their lovely orchard area. Every Tuesday throughout April, you can watch a musical classic, with La la Land, Grease, Mamma Mia! and Dirty Dancing on the bill. Plus, Reform is offering a special on house prosecco that means that when you buy two glasses of bubbles, you’ll get the rest of the bottle for free.

Reform, The Lakes, 8pm onwards, Tuesdays, free. Tel: (04) 454 2638. More info on website.

5. Check out the world’s new tallest hotel

At 356 metres high, Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road is the world’s new tallest hotel – yes, it just beats JW Marriott Marquis by one metre. The new hotel boasts a rooftop viewing deck, offering spectacular views of the city. Tickets for the viewing deck are priced at Dhs100 for adults and Dhs50 for children, which includes a voucher for a pastry tray and drink at the Le Veyron Cafe.

Gevora Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre area. Viewing deck open daily from 10am to 9pm. More info on website.

6. Take a dip in the new Blue Marlin Ibiza pool

Popular beach club Blue Marlin Ibiza recently unveiled its brand new pool. The Ghantoot party spot is one of Dubai’s original beach clubs, having been around for almost six years. But an awesome infinity pool overlooking the sea is the one thing the club has been missing… until now. The pool is accessible to all guests from 1pm to sunset, including brunch-goers.

Blue Marlin Ibiza, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Fridays and Saturdays 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (056) 113 3400. More info on website.

7. Book a table at a new celebrity restaurant

Japanese celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto – the star of cooking show Iron Chef – has opened a Morimoto restaurant in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel. The restaurant, which is located on the 23rd and 24th floors of the hotel, includes a 24-seat sushi counter, a live teppanyaki counter, and spacious terraces.

Morimoto Dubai, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Downtown Dubai. Daily 6pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 512 5577. More info on website.

8. Visit a new lakefront destination

A new destination called The Yard has opened in Dubai’s Al Khawaneej area. Blending a rural farm environment with urban accents, The Yard is home to a rustic courtyard, a farmers’ market, a bakery, a lake and shaded walking trails. There’s also some awesome street art to be found, and even a ‘Promise Bridge’ where you can hang love locks. Definitely one for Instagram.

The Yard, Last Exit D89, Al Khawaneej. More info on website.

9. Party hard at a new superclub

The latest superclub to explode onto the Dubai nightlife scene is Gotha, a 14,000-square foot venue in the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront. Operating three nights a week, Wednesdays will be dedicated to ‘Gotcha’, a night of entertainment centered around an element of surprise. On Thursdays and Fridays, expect a line-up of international artists.

Gotha Dubai, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, Weds to Fri, 11pm to 3am. Tel: (055) 1 934 934. More info on website.

10. Take in the views from Dubai Frame

Dubai’s newest – and most picture-perfect – landmark is finally open. Located in Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame consists of two 150-metre high towers, connected by a 93-metre glass bridge at the top. An elevator takes visitors up to the bridge, where you can admire the panoramic views over old and new Dubai. There’s also a museum on the ground floor that showcases the city’s transformation from fishing village to thriving metropolis.

Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park, daily 9am to 9pm, Dhs50, Dhs20 for children, free entry for elderly, kids under 3 and people of determination. More info on Instagram.

11. Explore La Mer

La Mer, the new beachfront district in Jumeirah 1, is looking amazing. There are so many cool restaurants, cafes and shops open there now, and the colourful seaside spot recently played host to the Dubai Canvas street art festival, so there’s plenty of eye-catching murals (perfect for Instagram fans). Head along in the evening when the area is lit up with fairy lights.

La Mer, located between Pearl Jumeira and Jumeira Bay. More info on website.

12. Take a tour of Dubai Safari

Dubai Safari is a long-awaited attraction that opened its gates in December to much fanfare. The wildlife park is currently home to 2,000 animals representing 250 species from all over the world, with more to arrive in the coming months. You’ll also find the world’s first drive-thru crocodile exhibit, the UAE’s largest aviary exhibit, and the UAE’s only drive-thru hippo and tiger exhibit.

Dubai Safari, Al Warquaa 5 district, opposite The Farm, near Dragon Mart, daily 9am to 9pm, tickets priced from Dhs20 to Dhs85, free entry for elderly, kids under 3 and people of determination. More info on website.

13. Head along to a fab new ladies’ night

Legendary Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão recently opened in DIFC, and already counts Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan among its fans. Meat-loving ladies have another reason to check it out – Fogo has just launched a Wednesday ladies’ night, where ladies enjoy 50 per cent off the Brazilian Churassco experience (which usually costs Dhs299) and five free drinks.

Fogo de Chão, Central Park Towers, DIFC, Wednesdays, 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 343 8867. More info on website.

14. Check out a new dining destination

Park Hyatt Dubai has a beautiful new dining destination located on the shores of Dubai Creek. The Promenade is home to five unique concepts; French restaurant Brasserie du Park, Cape Cod-inspired eatery NOÉPE, retro-cool bar seventyseventy, authentic Thai restaurant The Thai Kitchen, and the iconic Traiteur Brunch.

The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai. Tel: (04) 602 1814 or email More info on website.

15. Shop up a storm at the new Dubai Mall extension

Just when you thought The Dubai Mall couldn’t get any bigger, it’s gone and added space for more than 150 luxury shops. The long-awaited Fashion Avenue extension is now open, housing a number of high-end brands including Gucci, Mikimoto, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Rolex and Cartier.

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Sun to Weds 10am to 11pm, Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight. Tel: (800) 38224 6255. More info on website.

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