10 things to do in Dubai this July
The World Cup draws to a close, Warner Bros World opens its doors and there’s new ladies’ nights and restaurant launches…
July kicks off next week, and with a new month comes a whole load of new fun things to do. Whether it’s seeing a Rat Pack tribute at Dubai Opera, catching the last of the World Cup, or waiting eagerly for the opening of Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi, it’s going to be a busy month.
Here are 10 things to look forward to this July.
July 3: Party at the launch of a silent disco ladies’ night
Throwing it back to your student days, popular Media City hotspot Mr Miyagi’s is combining its Hello Kitty ladies’ night with a retro silent disco, and it’s kicking off next Tuesday July 3. Ladies can take advantage of three dishes and three drinks for Dhs99 in the restaurant, before making their way to the dancefloor next door for the silent disco from 11pm, where there’s a further three free drinks on offer.
Mr Miyagi’s, Level 9, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 5pm to 3am, Tuesdays, three drinks and dishes for Dhs99 for ladies 5pm to 1am in the restaurant, three free drinks in the bar from 8pm for ladies, silent disco 11pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com
July 3 and 4: See a swing group at Dubai Opera
Three-piece swing artists The Definitive Rat Pack are to putting on two shows this July. The world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr will be hitting the Dubai Opera stage to perform some of the most popular hits from the swing decade. Expect to swing along to iconic tracks including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Fly Me to the Moon, Sway, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Mack the Knife, My Way, New York, New York and many more classics.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Tuesday July 3 and Wednesday July 4, from Dhs175. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com
Early July: Check out a sleek new steakhouse
The second of three STK openings planned for the UAE (the first is already open in the Rixos Premium, the second is set for Abu Dhabi) we’re expecting STK to open in the coming days. With a 240-seat capacity indoors, and a 100-seat garden terrace overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, there’s sure to be plenty of Instagram opportunities when it opens. STK Downtown will feature STK’s classic menu, so expect the likes of an oyster bar, seafood platters and those signature made-to-order steaks alongside the brand’s signature upscale New-York décor.
STK Dubai Downtown, The Address Downtown Dubai Hotel, Downtown, coming soon. Tel: (04) 425 3948. Facebook.com/STKDubaiDowntown
July 15: Football fever reaches fever pitch
The biggest football event on the planet has been dominated bars and pubs across the city for the last month, accumulating in a huge Final on July 15. There’s stacks of Dubai venues showing every minute of the Fifa World Cup 2018 action, but the place to see the new winner crowned has to be Barasti. The stalwart venue has transformed into a football super fan zone, and there’s no atmosphere like it.
Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, daily June 14 – July 15, free entry. Tel:(04) 318 1313 barastibeach.com
Throughout July: Get your breakfast fix with a twist
This July, dig your teeth into the new and improved breakfast menu at Tom & Serg, with three new eggs benedict dishes served all month long. First up, is the Black Benedict, a charcoal-infused combination for the for those wanting something different. There’s also a savory Smoked Salmon option and lastly, the Chorizo Benedict.
Tom&Serg, Al Quoz, near Ace Hardware, weekdays 8am to 4pm, weekends 8am to 6pm, from Dhs55. Tel: (056) 474 6812. tomandserg.com
July 19: Make a splash at a waterpark ladies’ night
Ladies can run wild under the stars with a girls-only evening at Wild Wadi waterpark (no boys allowed) where even the lifeguards are an all-female team. You can try the adrenaline fueled Tantrum Alley and the Burj Surj, or lie back and enjoy Juha’s Journey lazy river. The all-ladies evenings are twice a month until the end of September, this month they’re on the 5 and 19.
Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Road, Um Suqueim 3, 8pm-12am, two Thursdays a month, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 348 4444. jumeirah.com
July 20: Laugh out loud with a comedy festival
The Laughter Factory is back with its July line-up as part of its 2018 ‘The Summer of Laughter’ tour. This month, it’s bringing three brilliant comics: Jimmy Shubert, Nick Beaton and Sally-Anne Hayward to various gigs across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. On Friday July 20, catch the trio at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
The Laughter Factory, Jumeirah Golf Estates, 9pm onwards, Friday July 20, Dhs150. Tel: (050) 8786 728. thelaughterfactory.com
Throughout July: Check in for a budget staycation
The quintessentially British Dukes Dubai on The Palm is offering a great-value staycation rate this summer. Rooms start from Dhs750, but you’ll get a Dhs650 food and drink voucher back to spend at any of the hotel’s restaurants. It also comes with early check-in and late check-out, 25 per cent off spa treatments, and complimentary access to the lazy river, infinity pool, private beach and fitness centre.
Dukes Dubai, The Palm, until September 30, rates from Dhs750. Tel: (04) 455 11 00. Dukesdubai.com
July 25: Get your adrenaline fix at a new theme park
The hotly anticipated Warner Bros. theme park is opening on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island on Wednesday July 25. The world’s first Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, it will be home to a total of 29 rides and attractions based around six lands. Tickets to the theme park are now available on the website, priced at Dhs295 for adults, and Dhs230 for children (under 1.1 metres). An annual pass costs Dhs695.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, from July 25. wbworldabudhabi.com.
July 27: Be surprised with a Secret Parties brunch
Secret Parties, the brainchild of DJ and event manager Chris Wright, is a brand new concept on the Dubai brunch scene. Which is a feat in itself, considering almost everything has been tried, tested and re-invented when it comes to brunching in Dubai. The brunch takes part at a unique location on a monthly basis, with guests only finding out the location via SMS three hours prior on the day. It favours lesser known locations, and serves up a la carte and buffet dishes alongside a wide selection of drinks. But this is more than just food and drink – as well as a fantastic soundtrack of vocal house and commercial beats, guests are entertained by a live sax and roaming magician. We’re confident that it’s one of the best brunches out there right now.
Secret Parties Brunch, unknown location, 1pm to 5pm, Friday July 27, Dhs399 girls, Dhs449 guys. Tel:(055) 952 2597. secretpartiesdubai.com