From free brunches for birthday people to some ’29’ themed discounts and prices…

A lot of things can happen when the leap year’s extra day, February 29 comes around (it happens every four years, in case you didn’t know). Girls having the go ahead to propose to a guy or, you know, those people who are born on February 29 actually getting to celebrate on the anniversary of day they were born.

There’s a few leap year deals going around in Dubai, so here’s our top six… 

For everyone

Couqley French Bistro & Bar

Fan of a liquid lunch? Well, it doesn’t get much more so than this. Popular JLT bar, Couqley are offering a platter of four colourful soups; yellow lentil, beetroot, mushroom and broccoli for just Dhs29. That’s not all, either – selected bottles of wine are Dhs29 when you order a main on that day only, too.

Couqley French Bistro & Bar, Mövenpick Hotel, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, open 12pm to 2am daily. Tel: (04) 514 9339.

McGettigan’s JLT

Guys, head down to stalwart Dubai bar, McGettigan’s JLT on Saturday, February 29, as there’s an epic deal waiting for you. You’ll get four bottles of selected beer, absolutely free between 4pm and 6pm. McGettigan’s feels like it’s about time the lads were celebrated too, and who are you to refuse? To make it a true lads’ night, don’t forget to check out their dedicated sports room to shoot some pool and play some other competitive games.

McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, JLT, Dubai, 12pm to 3am daily, offer available Saturday February 29 only, 4pm to 6pm. Tel: (04) 356 0470.

Perry & Blackwelder

For a casual way to spend the evening on Saturday February 29, head to cool smokehouse restaurant Perry & Blackwelder at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. All day, selected beverages are specially priced at Dhs29, along with a range of scrumptious dishes like P&B’s signature chicken wings, glazed chicken poppers and spinach and artichoke dip. From 11pm to 12am, selected drinks are priced at Dhs15. If you happen to be born on February 29, you can enjoy a complimentary two-course dinner with a main and dessert included.

Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 12pm to 2am Saturday to Wednesday, 12pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday, offers available on Saturday February 29 only. Tel: (800) 666353. @perryandblackwelder

For people born on February 29

For those were born on February 29 and only get to celebrate their technical birthday every four years, this one’s for you…

Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge

If your birthday actually falls on February 29, head to chic Dubai club, Cavalli, on that day to bag yourself a three-course dinner, inclusive of unlimited wine, at the restaurant, plus a table for you and five friends at the club afterwards. Dinner dishes include Burrata Ravioli, Zebra Lobster Tortelloni or Fried Gnocchi with Jerusalem Artichoke. A bottle of vodka and mixers will be provided on the club table.

Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 8.30pm to 4am daily, offer available on Saturday February 29 only. Tel: (050) 991 0400.

Trader Vic’s Hilton Dubai Jumeirah

If you’re born on February 28, 29 or March 1, you’ll be entitled to 29 per cent off your entire bill if you visit Trader Vic’s Hilton Dubai Jumeirah on February 29 between 7pm and 9pm. Take it al fresco and enjoy dinner or drinks on the cool outdoor terrace.

Trader Vic’s Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai, open 5pm to 3am daily, offer available Saturday February 29 7pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 318 2530.


If you only get to celebrate your actual birthday once every four years, you might as well go big when you’re doing it. Get your friends together for the famous Traiteur brunch on Friday, February 28 (okay okay it’s the day before, but still…) and yours will be free. You’ll get to choose between the soft and house/sparkling package. Following the brunch, you’ll also receive 50 per cent off selected beverages at SeventySeventy, where the afterparty is.

Traiteur Brunch, Brasserie Du Park, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek, 1pm to 4.30pm, Fridays, soft package Dhs495, sparkling Dhs695, champagne Dhs775, premium Dhs895. Tel: (04) 602 1814.

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