8 things to do in Dubai this week

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From workshops to opera and ladies’ days to rap performances…

Looking for something to cure those long weekend back to work blues? Well, we’re here to help. Whether it’s getting creative at a workshop, seeing a show at Dubai Opera, or checking out a new indoor street food market, we’ve rounded up some great ways to spend the week.

Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week.

Sunday September 16

1. Get creative at a dreamcatcher workshop

Turquoise Boutique Studio’s latest workshop is taking place this evening at ReTold Boutique, where guests will be taught to make modern dreamcatchers. Priced at Dhs195 per person, the two and a half hour workshop will see guests wrapping a metal ring with fabric, lace or yarn and stringing up a simple design embellished with lace, yarn, pom pom strands, wooden and glass beads and feathers.

ReTold, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha, Sunday September 16, 7pm to 9.30m. Dhs195. Tel: (056) 327 8244. Facebook.com/Turqouiseboutiquestudio

4. Celebrate Mexico

Looking to celebrate Mexican Independence Day? Head down to the South American hotspot Maya at Le Royal Meridien, who are throwing a Mexican fiesta this evening. Expect traditional Mexican dishes served up to the beats of Maya’s Latin band and their Salsa and Cha Cha Cha sounds.

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 12am, Sunday September 16. Tel: (04) 399 5555. maya-dubai.com 

Monday September 17

3. Check out a new indoor market

Love street food? Then you’ll want to know about this cool new market which has just opened inside City Centre Deira. INDOORS is a pop-up retail and food hall concept which is home to 16 unique street food stalls. As well as street food, the space also features an entertainment zone with arcade games, karaoke, beanbags, and free movie screenings.

INDOORS at City Centre Deira, daily 10am to midnight. citycentredeira.com

4. Head to a new rooftop bar

Brand new rooftop bar Eve is now open at Dubai Creek. Open from 4.30pm daily and found on the 34 floor of the Dubai Creek hotel, it serves up an extensive menu of cocktails as well as an internationally influenced menu of bar bites. The lounge has both in door and outdoor seating, and also advertises that there’s a secret room, for those who can find it.

Eve, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai Creek, Sat to Weds, 4.30pm to 2am, Thurs and Fri, 4.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 553 1214. eveloungedubai.com

Tuesday September 18

5. Top up your tan with the return of a ladies’ day

Drai’s beach club is back, and it’s undergone an upgrade over the summer, and now features even more poolside day beds and jacuzzi’s for lounging the day away at. Opening at the earlier time of 11am, this Tuesday will see the season opening of ‘Hot Mess’, their sellout ladies’ day. The ladies’ day offers a complimentary sunbed, towel, free bar, lunch platter and beauty services from 11am to 4pm for just Dhs100.

Drai’s Dubai, Meydan, 11am to 4pm, Tuesdays, Dhs100 for ladies. Tel: (052) 388 8857. draisdxb.com

6. Tuck into a new meat deal in Festival City

Pierre’s Bistro & Bar has a new value meat deal to get your teeth into every Tuesday. The funky restaurant by celebrated chef Pierre Gagnaire serves up a melt-off-the-bone veal rack served with veal jus and black rice for Dhs69 per person. Head down early to take advantage of the happy hour from 6pm to 8pm, and be sure you don’t leave without taking in the stunning laser show that the restaurant overlooks.

Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai Festival City, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Tuesdays, Dhs69. Tel: (04) 701 1127. pierresdubai.com

Wednesday September 19

7. Catch a rap star at 40 Kong

LUV Events take over the trendy rooftop bar 40 Kong for their weekly ladies’ night every Wednesday, and this week they’ll be joined by a special guest, as rapper American rapper Ace Hood heads to town for a live PA. Ladies can enjoy free drinks from 9pm until 12am ahead of the performance.

40 Kong, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 8pm to 3am, Wednesday September 19. Tel: (04) 355 8896. 40kong.com

8. See a show at Dubai Opera

Flamemco star Jesús Carmona and his company of 11 dancers, musicians, and vocalists will perform the emotionally charged Ímpetus at Dubai Opera for a one-off show this Wednesday. Tickets start from Dhs200.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 8pm onwards, Wednesday September 19, from Dhs200. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

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