8 top things to do in Dubai this week: April 11 to 14
Discounted massages, a brand new beach club and the return of the world’s biggest book sale…
Welcome to a new week Dubai, where there’s plenty of things to do if you’re wanting to switch things up this week. Whether it’s a new vegan menu, farm-to-table restaurant or a Thai set menu to celebrate Songkran, there’s plenty for the foodies. But we’ve also found you sunset yoga classes, discounted massages and a brand new beach club.
These are the best things to do in Dubai this week.
Monday April 11
Tuck into a brand new vegan menu at one of the city’s best restaurants
Recognized as one of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro has added a limited-edition vegan menu to its offering of tasty Italian dishes. Chefs Fulvio Opalio and Stefano Giovannetti have introduced refreshing starters like carpaccio di pomodori (tomato carpaccio) and fiori di zucca ripieni (stuffed zucchini flowers), plus mains such as a cavolfiore grigliato (grilled cauliflower steak), and mezzamanica alla “Bolognese” di funghi” (mushroom “Bolognese” pasta).
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem, 12pm to 3.30pm and 6.30pm to 11.30pm daily. Tel: ilborrotuscanbistro.ae
Enjoy a massage with 30 per cent off
Feeling a little stressed lately? Don’t let the worries take their toll on your body. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, as the trendy spa at W Dubai – The Palm now has 30 per cent off for residents. The What’s On Award-winning AWAY Spa has launched the brilliant deal from now until September 15, 2022. The offer applies across all 30-, 60- and 90-minute massages, giving you the freedom to choose the package that best suits you. The deal is available every day from 10am to 10pm, and open to anyone with an Emirates ID – make sure you bring it with you to show proof of residency.
AWAY Spa, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (0)4 245 5533. marriott.com
Tuesday April 12
Release your inner zen with a beach yoga class
One of the best beach clubs on Palm West Beach, February 30 has launched a new weekly event that will put the ‘aaaaaaahh’ into relaxing. Every Tuesday, guests are invited to take off their shoes, bury their feet in the sand and partake in a one-hour yoga session hosted by BecomingYin. It starts at 5.30pm and is priced at Dhs100, including a complimentary refreshment.
February 30, Palm West Beach, 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Tuesdays, Dhs100. Tel: (0)4 244 7200, february30dubai.com
Enjoy 50 per cent off the menu at a new Chinese restaurant
Yingsu is the newest addition to Dubai’s vibrant dining scene, found in the DoubleTree by Hilton JBR. The restaurant promises an authentic Chinese dining experience, with a tastebud-tingling menu of traditional flavours and signature dishes. It’s currently in soft opening ahead of a grand launch in April, and from this week you can be among the first to try it and enjoy a saving of 50 per cent off the a la carte menu. You just need to book via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yingsu, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR. Tel: (0)4 575 1331, @yingsudxb.com
Wednesday April 13
Move your work from home office to a rustic new restaurant
Tucked inside the new Dubai Garden Centre is Harvest & Co, a charming new farm-to-table restaurant that promises hearty, home-cooked dishes. Its brand new signature breakfast dish is a bowl of oaty delights, enriched with chocolate, black cherries, whipped banana, vanilla cream and of course, porridge. The special porridge bowl is the perfect power bowl to kickstart your workday.
Dubai Garden Centre, 739 Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, 8am to 6.30pm. Tel: (0)4 590 4333, harvestandco.dubai
Celebrate Songkran with a three-course menu
Park Hyatt’s pretty Thai Kitchen will celebrate Songkran, Thailand’s traditional New Year’s festival, with a specially curated three-course set menu from Wednesday to Friday this week. Diners will be able to choose from authentic starters including som tum salad and gai satay, signature mains like stir fried prawn with chili lemongrass and Thai green curry. The whole experience will be completed with Thai sticky rice and coconut ice cream or tub tim grob.
Thai Kitchen, Park Hyatt Dubai, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Weds April 13 to Fri April 15, Dhs165. Tel: (0)4 602 1814, hyattrestaurants.com
Thursday April 14
Soak up the sun at a boho new beach club
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SĀN Beach is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and beach club, designed with super-chic, minimalist touches that make for a seriously premium-looking venue – and it’s opening this week. The retreat-style space is inspired by and named after Africa’s first indigenous tribe, the San. While the interiors are truly breathtaking, we’re mostly excited about the outdoor space, where tables offer a sun-kissed space to enjoy the Mediterranean menu, tucked just behind the marble DJ booth. A gorgeous white-stone bar sit 10 guests, who will be submerged in water as they sip their cocktails. Further down, a large glistening infinity pool is lined with comfortable sun loungers, as well as three luxurious cabanas.
SĀN Beach, Palm West Beach, opens Thursday April 14. @sanbeach.dubai
Pick up some new reads at the world’s biggest book sale
The biggest book sale in the world, the Big Bad Wolf is returning to Dubai this week with amazing deals that will blow bibliophiles away. Running from April 14 to April 24 at Sound Stages in Dubai Studio City, the sale will feature a whopping one million books – so of course, you can expect books spanning a number of genres and languages from English to Arabic, French and more. There will be plenty for children and adults alike.
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, Sound Stages in Dubai Studio City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai, April 14 to 24, 10am to 2am (the following day), @bigbadwolfbooks_uae