From alfresco cinema to dinner and spa deals…

Welcome to a new week Dubai, and a list of fun things to do that are sure to cure those Sunday blues. Whether you’re being healthy, looking for fun fitness classes or wanting to catch up with friends, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Here are 8 things to do in Dubai this week.

Sunday January 13

1. Catch a film alfresco

Zero Gravity’s cinema on the sand runs every other Sunday on the beach of the Dubai Marina beach club. They’ll show a different blockbuster each time, with the movie starting at 8pm. Admission is priced at Dhs50, though it’s fully redeemable on food and drink, with a range of cinema snacks, as well as service from a fully licensed bar on offer. This week  they’ll be showing the first ‘Die Hard’ movie (1988), starring Bruce Willis as Detective John McClaine.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, 8pm onwards, Sundays, Dhs50. Tel: (04) 399 0009.

2. Party at a popular 80s night

Sundays at Sho Cho Dubai are all about the 80s, hosted by popular DJs Samad Idas and Dj Elie. Head down early to take advantage of happy hour drinks from 6pm to 9pm, and enjoy the nostalgic beats from the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson.

Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, 6pm to 3am, Sundays. Tel: (04) 346 1111. More info on website

Monday January 14

3. Drift away at a ladies’ day

Located in the swanky One&Only Royal Mirage, DRIFT is described as a destination where “luxury beach chic meets casual simplicity”. There’s an infinity pool, 1km of prime beachfront real estate, and a restaurant and bar serving up Provencal cuisine and interesting cocktails. On Monday and Tuesday, ladies can enjoy a sun lounger at the discounted rate of Dhs100 throughout January.

DRIFT, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh. Pool and beach open daily 10.30am to 7pm, restaurant open daily 12.30pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 315 2200.

4. Catch up over a coffee at a ‘Friends’ inspired

Cross Cultural Perks, the ‘Friends’ inspired cafe in the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa in Al Fahidi is now open. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week the venue is promising ‘a friendly, comfortable, authentic cultural vibe; where friends come to meet’. We can only hope for Phoebe-inspired solo sets and Gunther-style service…

Cross Cultural Perks, Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, Al Fahidi, Dubai, 24/7.

Tuesday January 15

5. Sip sundowners at a new ladies’ night

Madinat spot folly has just launched a new ladies’ night, perfect for a mid-week catch up. On offer every Tuesday on the Rooftop at Folly, ladies can enjoy three complimentary drinks from a selection when they spend Dhs50 on food. The deal will run every Tuesday from 6pm until 12am, and is served up to a soundtrack of retro hits sure to get your toes tapping.

folly by Nick and Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah, 6pm to 12am, Tuesdays. Tel: (04) 430 8535.

6. Pamper yourself with a wellness day

The Guerlain Spa at One & only The Palm is offering a new wellness day, perfect for recovering from the festive season. The package includes 20 minutes Body Exfoliation, a 60-minute body massage, 60 minute radiance face treatment and complimentary access to the spa facilities and pool.

Guerlain Spa, One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to 9pm, until January 31, Dhs1,500. Tel: (04) 440 1040.

Wednesday January 16

7.  Work up a sweat at Cardiolates

While cardio and pilates might not be two words you immediately put together, you will after trying out Cardiolates at Pilates Academy Dubai in JLT. The one-hour class, taken by pilates instructor and studio founder Cloe Sommadossi, is a sweat-busting session of pilates done on trampolines. It begins with a basic core warm up that prepares the muscles (and feet) for the workout ahead. It’s followed by a thirty minute, high-intensity class which combines the benefits of cardiovascular bouncing and the core strengthening of pilates. You’ll spend a lot of time trying to keep up with Chloe, and also a lot of time trying to master all the one-legged moves (trampolining on one-foot is not easy), but burning 400+ calories in a class, will have us bouncing back.

Cardiolates at Pilates Academy Dubai, Jumeirah Bay X2 Tower, Cluster X, JLT, 7pm to 8pm, Wednesdays, Dhs120. Tel: (056) 798 4655. 

8. Enjoy a dinner deal at an insta-worthy cafe

Head to Tania’s Teahouse mid-week throughout January and February and their ‘2 Cool For School’ promotion will get you two main dishes and a tea/coffee for Dhs100. There’s an array of healthy and not-so-healthy dishes on the menu, as well as Tania’s Teahouse signatures, such as the oh-so-Instagrammable mermaid toast.

Tania’s Teahouse, Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road, Sun to Thurs, Dhs100. Tel: (04) 324

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