From beautiful iftars to intense new fitness challenges…

Making plans for the new week? For those not fasting, there’s a brand new business lunch and beach club to check out, while those only dining after sun sets we’ve got a beautiful iftar or a la carte menu to try. Away from dining, there’s four new fitness classes at a popular sweat-inducing studio, plus a spa day deal that’s too good to miss.

These are the best things to do in Dubai this week.

Monday April 4

Work up a sweat with four new fitness classes

NRG frequenters will be thrilled to try out the fitness studio’s four new workouts that have launched this April: NRG BoxFit, NRG Activ8, NRG Power, and NRG Gravit8. NRG BoxFit is a boxing-based strength and conditioning training, NRG Activ8, is a diverse 60-minute workout that is designed to improve cardiovascular endurance, NRG Power is a high intensity workout designed to build muscle strength, while NRG Gravit8 takes fitness to new heights, using suspension combined with kettlebell workouts to improve muscle strength and movement.

NRG Fitness, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, first class free, single session Dhs115. Tel: (04) 431 8517,

Gather with friends for a fabulous iftar

Atlantis The Palm Ramadan

Atlantis The Palm resort goes all out for Ramadan with its hugely popular Asateer tent serving both iftar and suhoor, with the addition of buffet theme nights this year, including Moroccan, Lebanese, Persian, and Emirati cuisine. Breathing new life into the stunning marquee for the highly anticipated Iftar and Suhour buffet, Asateer Tent features a variety of seating arrangements for guests, including a Royal Majlis, four VIP Majlis areas, two family Majlises, as well as booth seating and more than 100 dining tables.

Atlantis, The Palm, from sunset, Mon to Thur Dhs240, Fri and Sat Dhs260. Tel: (0)4 4262626.

Tuesday April 5

Tuck into a tasty business lunch

Need to get through a power business lunch in under an hour, the Japazónico business lunch at tropically-adorned DIFC hotspot Amazónico is designed to be served in under 45-minutes. A three-course set menu available from 12pm to 5pm through the week, Japazónico showcases Amazónico’s signature exotic take on sushi, bringing new and refreshing flavours to lunchtime. Start with a light quinoa salad, pick from a selection of tiradito, then feast through a delicious selection of Maki and nigiri. 

Amazónico, The Pavilion, DIFC, 12pm to 5pm Monday to Friday, Dhs125. Tel: (0)4 571 3999,

Wednesday April 6

Enjoy a pampering spa day

During Ramadan, treat yourself to a 90-minute healing and anti-aging ritual that combines cleansing and relaxation at the spa at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah. The treatment starts with a warm ginger oil massage followed by a signature collagen infusion facial. It’s Dhs700 per person.

The Spa, Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, The Palm, 10am to 8pm daily until May 2, Dhs700. Tel: (0)4 818 2222,

Celebrate Tomato Day

Is Tomato Day a big deal on your calendar? If so, then you need to make your way to swanky steakhouse Carna housed on the 74th floor of SLS Dubai. In celebration of this rather surprising national day, they’ve added a tasty tomato tartare to their menu, served with a just-crispy-enough grilled sourdough. It’s available as part of the a la carte menu daily.

74th floor, Carna, SLS Dubai, . Tel: (054) 705 8198. @carnadubai

Thursday April 7

Check out a chic new beach club

Looking for a new spot to soak up the beautiful weather we’re having in Dubai right now? Check out Venus, the new beach club now open in Caesars Palace Dubai. The chic spot looks like an ideal location to top up your tan, chill in the pool, or tuck into some tasty Mediterranean dishes. By the pool, guests can enjoy a refined menu of Italian bites, while inside dishes include burrata with sweet and sour baby tomatoes, wood-fired pizzas, grilled meats and fresh fish including a pan-seared sea bream plated with fennel, orange, pine seeds and herbs.

Venus, Julius Tower, Caesars Palace Dubai, Bluewaters, daily, Pool 10am to 7pm, Ristorante 12pm to 12am. @venusdxb

Design your own candle at a workshop in Al Quoz

We love a visit to Alserkal Avenue’s Oo La Lab to design our own fragrances, but did you know they also host candle making workshops? Available daily except Tuesdays, the two-hour workshop is taken by an Oo La Candlemaker, who will work with you to design your own bespoke hand-crafted candle of your own unique fragrance.

Oo La Lab, Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 58, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, 12pm to 6pm, two-hour sessions, daily except Tuesdays, Dhs330.