40 things to do in Dubai for Eid Al Fitr this week
Book a staycation, see a show or soak up the sun…
Eid Al Fitr is almost upon us, and for the majority of us its going to be a fun-filled, work-free week. Seeing as June is our 40th birthday month (of course you need a whole month to celebrate), we’ve rounded up 40 different fun things you can do to celebrate Eid.
If you’re lucky enough to have the next seven days off, here’s 40 things to do in Dubai this week.
Sunday June 2
1. Ride the XLine
The longest urban zip line, XLine Dubai Marina, is offering a cool 30 per cent discount on rides from Thursday May 30 until Saturday June 8. For a solo ride you’d normally pay Dhs650 but during Eid the price drops to Dhs455. And, if you want to share the experience, you can opt for the double ride which is now Dhs840 instead of Dhs1200.
XLine, Dubai Marina, 9am to 1pm Sun to Tues, closed Wed 9am to 1pm Thur to Sat, Dhs455 single, Dhs840 couple. Tel: (04) 457 3212. xdubai.com/xline
2. Enjoy an Italian feast at BiCE
June 2 is Italian National Day so BiCE Ristorante has decided to celebrate in the best way. Guests who want to dine in the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah restaurant for lunch or dinner can enjoy 50 per cent off the total bill for the whole day.
BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, 12.30pm to 3pm or 7pm to 11.30pm, Sunday June 2. Tel: (04) 318 2520. hilton.com
3. Take a staycation at Address Dubai Mall
For those who are looking to take an extended staycation this Eid, Address Dubai Mall has a great offer for guests. If you choose to stay three nights you’ll only pay for two nights, or stay six nights and pay four nights, or stay nine nights and pay for six nights.
Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, valid until September 28. Tel: (04) 4238 888. addresshotels.com
Monday June 3
4. Get 75 per cent of tickets to La Perle
If you haven’t had a chance to see the captivating show that is La Perle by Dragone yet, now is your chance. The world-class show is offering 75 per cent off its tickets for the week of Eid, with tickets starting from just Dhs199.
La Perle, Al Habtoor City, Mon to Fri 7pm & 9.30pm, Sat 4pm & 7pm. Tel: (04) 437 0123. laperle.com
5. Soak up the sun at Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity is hosting one, not two, but six brunches to celebrate Eid this week. On Monday June 3, Wednesday June 5 and Thursday June 6, the award-winning beach club will host Dubai’s brunch lovers for an Eid party. Also on Friday, Tropical Brunch will back and here to stay. From Monday to Saturday, you can enjoy access to Zero Gravity, including all six brunches for Dhs999.
Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, noon to 5pm, June 3 to 8, Dhs249 girls, Dhs299 guys. Tel: (04) 399 0009. o-gravity.ae
6. Stay at TRYP by Wyndham
Eid staycations don’t have to break the bank. TRYP by Wyndham has a tempting offer that won’t have you taking out a bank loan. Stay at the Barsha Heights hotel for only Dhs229 per night between June 3 and 10. Alternatively, stay at Wyndham Dubai Marina for Dhs329 per night.
TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, offer valid until June 10. Tel: (04) 247 6666. trypwyndhamdubai.com
7. Spend two days at Aquaventure
Atlantis’ popular water park, Aquaventure, is offering two-day full park experience tickets starting from Dhs250 for UAE residents. The two-day pass also includes access to a shark feeding show, unlimited rides on the Surf’s Up wave rider as well as access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
Atlantis Aquaventure, Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 426 2000. aquaventurewaterpark.com
Tuesday June 4
8. Have dinner for only Dhs150
Cosy Italian restaurant, Segreto, has a lunch and dinner deal too good to miss out on. Indulge in a delicious three-course set menu of authentic Italian feasts for only Dhs150 per person. Drinks will be charged additionally but you can make the most of their daily happy hour from noon until 8pm
Segreto, Souk Madinat, Jumeirah, 12pm to 11.30pm, June 4 to 8, Dhs150. Tel: (800) 666 353. facebook.com/SegretoDubai
9. Head to Saadiyat for a few days
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is the ideal place to escape Dubai and relax during the Eid break. Stay from June 4 to 8 and enjoy the large outdoor pool, pristine white beach, spa, tennis courts, mini golf course and kids’ club.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 697 0000. rotana.com
10. Have a French Mardi
Bistrot Bagatelle is returning on Tuesday, back with their Famous themed-parties and Tuesdays are all about France. If you love nothing more than partying to French music, dining of French cuisine and sipping a refreshing beverage, then Bistrot Bagatelle is the place to be.
Bistrot Bagatelle, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, 8pm to late, every Tuesday. Tel: (04) 354 5035. bistrotbagatelledubai.com
11. Welcome back Drai’s
After a short break, Drai’s DXB is returning with a bang to bring you a new edition of Taste. The popular ladies’ night will offer the girls free entry and drinks all night. Guys can enter for Dhs100 which will get them one drink in return.
Drai’s, Meydan, 10pm to 4am, Tuesday June 4, ladies free, guys Dhs100. Tel: (052) 388 8857. draisdxb.com
12. Check out the new Toy Room
Toy Room has had a makeover and will be showcasing it to the public, along with Frank, on Tuesday June 4. The popular Monday hip-hop ladies’ night will be moved to Tuesday for this week only, so you don’t miss out on your favourite urban tracks. Ladies’ can enjoy free drinks from 11pm to 1am.
Toy Room, Soho Garden, Meydan, 11pm to 4am, Tuesday June 4. Tel: (052) 463 3338. toyroomdxb.com
Wednesday June 5
13. Party at Nikki Beach
On June 5, 6 and 7, Nikki Beach is throwing an Eid celebration with an epic pool party. Expect bubble machines and confetti, water guns, water balloons, inflatables, frozen drinks and tropical cocktails. Entrance will be free for the first 100 ladies.
Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeirah, 11am to 8pm, June 5-7, free for first 100 ladies. Tel: (04) 376 6034. dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com
14. Save on a trip to Dukes
Stay at Dukes the Palm hotel from June 5 to 9, and pay for only three nights instead of four. The stay is inclusive of complimentary breakfast and evening turndown service, plus you’ll have access to the fitness centre, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool, lazy river, water sports, and DUKESY kids’ club.
Dukes The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, June 5 to 9. Tel: (04) 455 1111. barcelo.com
15. Indulge in a mid-week brunch
Trader Vic’s JBR is offering party people the chance to kick off their brunch early. This Wednesday, celebrate Tiki-style with Trader Vic’s signature Polynesian dishes and cocktails a-plenty. Expect the return of everyone’s favourite Latin band and plenty of partying.
Trader Vic’s, Hilton Jumeirah Dubai, JBR, 12pm to 4pm, Wednesday June 5, Dhs350. Tel: (04) 318 2530. tradervicsjbr.com
16. Watch the Eid Al Fitr fireworks
Celebratory fireworks will be seen at beachfront destination La Mer and Al Seef, on Dubai Creek, on the first day of Eid (either on Tuesday June 4 or Wednesday June 5), from 9.30pm. While Dubai Festival City Mall will also be showcasing their own firework display, to the backdrop of IMAGINE, their light and laser show on Wednesday June 5 and Thursday June 6.
17. Check out a new ladies’ night
La Carnita’s secret bar has launched a weekly ladies’ night taking place every Wednesday. Called PATRONA, it offers girls unlimited free drinks from 11pm to 2am including house beverages and wine. The music is an eclectic mix of 2000’s RnB and hip-hop, afrobeat mixed with oldschool favourites.
La Carnita, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, 11pm to 2am, every Wednesday. Tel: (04) 425 4030. lacarnita.ae
18. Soho Garden reopens with a new look
Those who have missed the outdoor mega-venue will be pleased to know its opening again this week. From the first day of Eid until Saturday June 8, Glasshouse and Tokyo Vibes will be your favourite hangout for all the best urban and house music.
Soho Garden, Meydan, 1st day of Eid to Saturday June 8. Tel: (052) 388 8849. sohogardendxb.com
Thursday June 6
19. Make a Bollywood day of it
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai has a great Eid offer for all Bollywood fans. Visitors can enjoy the release of new movie, Bharat at the Rajmahal theatre from June 4 to 8 plus park entry with unlimited access to rides as well as an Eid buffet at Mughal-e-Azam restaurant for only Dhs99.
Bollywood Parks Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, June 4 to 8, Dhs99. bollywoodparksdubai.com
20. Stay in a movie-themed hotel
Enjoying an Eid staycation shouldn’t mean having to spend a fortune on the room, dinner and activities over the weekend. At Studio One Hotel the room rate costs just Dhs300 per night and you’ll receive the full amount back to spend on food and drinks in the hotel. So, book for two nights and you’ll have Dhs600 to spend or book for a week and treat all your friends to a lavish meal.
Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, offer valid until 30 June, Dhs300. Tel: (800) 788 346. studioonehotel.com
21. See Russell Peters live
Stand-up comedy superstar, Russell Peters, will make his return to Dubai on Thursday June 6, making him the first act to grace the stage at the epic new arena at City Walk. The Emmy award-winning comedian is back in Dubai for the third time, promising all-new material as he brings his Deported World Tour to the city.
Live Nation Presents Russell Peters, Dubai Arena, City Walk, Dubai, Thursday June 6, from Dhs200. ticketmaster.ae
22. Celebrate National Rosé Day
Fans of rosé wine, get ready, as national rosé day will be taking over Villamore for a week-long celebration. The Mediterranean restaurant is offering unlimited antipasti and rosé wine from 12pm-4pm each weekday. This week, the Dhs195 deal is on a buy one get one free offer from Sunday June 2 to Thursday June 6.
Villamore, Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 4pm, Sunday June 2 to Thursday June 6, Dhs195 for two. Tel: (04) 248 8890. villamoredubai.com
23. Get your garage on
Garage legend MC DT will be taking the stage at The Hideout this Thursday. Famed for his hit tune ‘Do You Really Like It?’, the British MC will be heading to Dubai to put on a no-doubt unforgettable show to launch the club’s new House and Garage Thursdays.
The Hideout, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina, 8pm to 3am, Thursday June 6, free entry. Tel: (058) 534 6000. thehideoutdubai.com
24. Have a 5 course meal at Masterchef
Nikita Gandhi, MasterChef India’s youngest-ever winner, has created a limited-edition five-course menu which guests can only enjoy during the Eid holiday. On June 6 and 7, have dinner at the new restaurant to test out the Indian-inspired vegetarian menu. The dinner is Dhs260 with soft drink pairing or Dhs360 with wine and cocktail pairing.
Masterchef The TV Experience, Millennium Marina Place, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 11pm, June 6 and 7, Dhs260 soft, Dhs360 alcohol. Tel: (04) 550 8111. masterchefdxb.com
25. Enjoy a barbecue at Key West
On Thursday night, enjoy a Jammin’ Beach BBQ at Key West, Nikki Beach Resort. Expect a fired up grill with Cuban frittata’s, pulled beef tostados, vegetarian Kingston patties, tuna ceviche and jackfruit quesadillas, as well as live Caribbean entertainment.
Key West, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, 7pm to 11pm, June 6. Tel: (04) 376 6290. dubai.nikkibeach.com/dine/key-west
26. See Ferreck Dawn play at Penthouse
Defected DJ, Ferreck Dawn, is performing at Penthouse this Thursday, ready to play his house tunes including the hit ‘In My Arms’. The popular night, Skyline Thursdays, is returning to Penthouse with its evening brunch offering live food stations and unlimited house beverages for Dhs149 for girls and Dhs249 for gents.
Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, 9pm onwards, Thursday June 6. Tel: (052) 900 4868. fivehotelsandresorts.com
27. Welcome back BOA with a brand-new look
Luxe Habtoor City club, BOA, has had a makeover over the last few weeks, and are ready to unveil their new look. Open from the first day of Eid until Sunday June 9, BOA is back to bring you the very best in nightlife entertainment.
BOA, V Hotel, Al Habtoor City, open from first day of Eid, 8pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 501 2039. boadubai.com
Friday June 7
28. Get ‘ready for whatever’
Barasti’s summer spectacular is due to launch on Friday June 7. We’re told to expect the unexpected, as Barasti’s House of Whatever promises a host of spontaneous surprises until August 28. While we’re wondering what will be in store, we do know that there will be plenty of live performances, activations and giveaways throughout the summer.
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Friday June 7, free. Tel: (04) 399 3333. barastibeach.com
29. Have lunch at Pai Thai
Arrive by abra to Pai Thai for their Friday lunch, Feast of Xahar. The stunning Jumeirah Al Qasr restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy unlimited delicious Thai cuisine. For Dhs195 per person and indulge in a sharing-style lunch from 12.30pm to 3.30pm this Friday.
Pai Thai, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Al Sufouh Road, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, June 4 to 8. Tel: (800) 666 353. facebook.com/PaiThaiDubai
30. Enjoy a Mexican fiesta
Mexican diner, ZOCO, is hosting a summer brunch party with a mysterious twist on Friday June 7. From 12.30pm to 4pm, enjoy the sounds of a live mariachi band, alongside unlimited food and drinks, tempting desserts and much more.
ZOCO, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, 12.30pm to 4pm, Friday June 7, Dhs265 soft, Dhs370 house. Tel: (04) 437 0044. zocodubai.com
31. Get brunching on the QE2
Head to Lido on the QE2 for a buffet brunch extravaganza with everything from classic British roasts, fresh seafood counters to live cooking stations as well as a dedicated kids’ buffet. Or make it a two nights’ stay for Dhs790, including breakfast, brunch and 40 per cent off the spa.
Lido, QE2, Port Mina Rashid, 1pm to 4pm, Thursday June 6 and Friday June 7, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (04) 526 8811. qe2.com/offers
32. Feast at Palace Downtown
Dive into a generous buffet of traditional Middle Eastern and international cuisine at Ewaan, Palace Downtown this Friday. From 1pm to 4.30pm, expect a lavish display within the authentic Arabian tent for you and your family to enjoy.
Ewaan, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 1pm to 4.30pm, Friday June 7, Dhs345 per person. Tel: (04) 888 3444. facebook.com/palacedowntown
33. Party in a pool
FIVE Palm Jumeirah is about to become your newest Friday afternoon hotspot, with the launch of Summer Ice. The pool party will run every Friday from 3pm to 9pm and offer tunes by Chico Boss, a live burlesque show, iced golas and a sunset ritual. The entrance will be Dhs300 per person with Dhs150 redeemable against food and beverages.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, 3pm to 9pm, Fridays, Dhs300. Tel: (04) 455 9999. fivehotelsandresorts.com
34. Have a laugh
VDesi Laughs has top comedian, Sundeep Sharma, taking the stage for one night only on Friday June 7. The comic, who is also an actor and International Cannes Lions Award winning writer, will be performing at Clavichord, Signature Hotel at 9pm. Tickets are Dhs150.
Clavichord, Signature Hotel, Barsha Heights, 9pm onwards, Friday June 7, Dhs150. Tel: (050) 824 1453. vdesilaughs.com
Saturday June 8
35. Take the kids to a movie at the Louvre
Louvre Abu Dhabi will celebrate Eid with screenings of five animated movies which are inspired by universal themes of unity, family and tolerance. The series, curated by Rinku Awtani, is linked to the current exhibition at the Children’s Museum: Animals, Between Real and Imaginary. The free screenings will run from June 6 to 8 in the auditorium.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm, Thursday June 6 to Saturday June 8, free. Tel: (600) 56 55 66. louvreabudhabi.ae
36. Feast on an Eid-themed buffet
The Bay at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, is offering an extensive lunch buffet on June 7 and 8 from 1pm to 4pm. For Dhs265, tuck into an impressive line-up of international and Arabic buffet and live cooking stations.
The Bay, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Jumeirah, 1pm to 4pm, June 7 and 8, Dhs265. Tel: (04) 777 2233. mandarinoriental.com
37. Check out the entertainment at Ibn Battuta
If you go to China Court in Ibn Battuta Mall this Eid, prepare to be amazed and entertained by the mall’s Aladdin-themed stage show. Children can enjoy four shows daily, each followed by a meet and greet and photo opportunity with characters Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and Genie.
China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm, Thursday June 6 to Saturday June 8. ibnbattutamall.com
38. Celebrate World Oceans Day
On Saturday June 8, Pierchic will celebrate World Oceans Day with an ethically-sourced five course menu. Available for lunch or dinner, the specially created menu is 100 per cent ethically sourced. The meal will cost you Dhs395 per person, with the option to add on an organic wine pairing for Dhs295.
Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, noon to 11pm, Saturday June 8, from Dhs395. Tel: (800) 666 353. pierchic.com
39. Tuck into a tasty set menu
Popular Thai bistro, Mango Tree, is offering a three-course set menu you won’t want to miss from June 6 to 8. Head to the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah restaurant from 5pm to 11pm to devour a feast of green papaya salad, authentic pad thai, and Chatuchak ice cream for only Dhs120 per person.
Mango Tree Thai Bistro, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR, 5pm to 11pm, June 6 to 8, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 374 7555. facebook.com/mangotreethaibistro
40. Head to a pool party
Popular pool party, Vogue, is returning to Azure beach every Saturday from June 8. The RnB night offers guests the chance to party in the infinity pool until the early hours. Entrance is free for ladies or Dhs200 for couples (which is redeemable on food and drinks) while guys will pay Dhs400 (redeemable).
Azure Beach, Rixos Premium JBR, 8pm til late, Saturdays, ladies free, couples Dhs200, guys Dhs400. Tel: (055) 545 5461. azure-beach.com