The World Cup finals, surfing lessons and a Hollywood blockbuster business lunch…

Welcome to a brand new week in Dubai, and with the World Cup reaching its culmination, all eyes are on tonight’s final game between France and Croatia. Of course, for all the moments in between there’s still plenty to keep you occupied (and fed) from all-you-can-eat pizza deals and the return of our favourite ladies night to a fantastic daycation offer.

Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week.

Sunday July 15

1. Watch the World Cup final

It’s finally here: the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. All the drama and excitement of the month-long tournament has led to France and Croatia squaring off tonight at 6pm at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. But you don’t have to travel all the way to Russia to catch the action, we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of over 75 of the best bars and venues in Dubai where you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a drink deal or two, whatever the outcome.

2. Gather the lads for a boys night out

Manzil Downtown holds a regular “Men’s Night” every Sunday that will net you a great deal on some read meat and hops. Enjoy three selected beverages and food for just Dhs149 between 6pm to 10pm. It might be the perfect after-match compliment to tonight’s World Cup final.

Manzil Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Sundays 6pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 428 5888.

Monday July 16

3. Indulge in non-stop pizza

The Oberoi, Business Bay - restaurant week

Do you love pizza? Dumb question, of course you do. The new ‘Matto Mondays’ night at The Oberoi in Business Bay lets you indulge in non-stop pizza (and one negroni) for just Dhs100 from 7pm to 12am. Want to go all out? Pay Dhs180 and you get an open bar of wine and beer for two hours, or Dhs280 with selected spirits, cocktails and prosecco, along with as much pizza as you can handle.

The Oberoi, Lobby Level, Business Bar, Mondays 7pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 444 1335.

4. Learn to surf at Dubai’s newest waterpark

Laguna Waterpark at La Mer is holding daily surfing lessons from 10am to 8pm on the park’s WaveOZ 180 FlowRider artificial wave pool. Aspiring surfers will learn to go from a body board to stand-up board, getting all the thrills of riding a real ocean wave. Classes cost Dhs75 per hour and run from 10am to 8pm.

Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, daily 10am to 8pm, Dhs75 per hour. Tel: (800) 637 227.

Tuesday July 17

5. Treat yourself to the ultimate daycation

Got the week off? Then don’t just spend it on the couch binging Netflix. Take advantage of this fantastic daycation package at Vida Downtown. For Dhs250 you can enjoy full pool access at Dubai’s upscale lifestyle hotel with a Dhs150 credit towards food and beverages at their contemporary dining restaurant 3in1.

Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily 7am to 7pm, Dhs250 (w Dhs150 credit on F&B). Tel: (04) 888 3444.

6. Hit up our favourite ladies night

We awarded Mahiki’s excellent ladies night top honours at our 2018 What’s On Nightlife Awards, so you know it’s a cracking good time. Well, ‘Love Tuesdays’ is back with complimentary sushi, cocktails and wine for ladies right up until 1am, plus a roster of excellent DJs spinning commercial hits all night long.

Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Tuesdays 7pm to 3am. Tel: (055) 216 0181.

Wednesday July 18

7. Dress all in white for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing

Peruvian resto and bar Coya Dubai’s annual White Night party is the stuff of legend and this year looks to only build on that. For this year’s ‘La Noche Blanca’ the Latin American venue will transform into a white wonderland with a  nautical theme for glamorous evening of dinner, drinks and dancing. It’s guaranteed to be busy so make sure to book a table if you want to grab a great spot.

Coya Dubai, Four Season Resort, Jumeirah, 9pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 316 9600.

8. Catch a movie during your lunch break

Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar and Dine-in Cinema by Reel Cinemas at the Jebel Ali Recreation Club has launched a business lunch deal where you can sneak out for a cheeky viewing during work hours. Every Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 3pm you can kick back and enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a house beverage and something from the a la carte menu for just Dhs75.

Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar and Dine-in Cinema by Reel Cinemas, Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Jebel Ali.

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