10 brilliant things to do in Dubai this June
New restaurants, the return of a bingo rave, plus the shows and concerts to know about…
With the summer fast approaching, you might be looking for new things to do and luckily, we’ve got heaps of them for you to check out. Whether it’s a wild bingo rave or a rock concert, there’s plenty of live shows to look forward to, plus a new restaurant, beach club and the return of the coolest run in the city.
Here are 10 things to do in Dubai this June.
June 3: Get your dancing shoes on for a bingo rave Bongo’s Bingo
British bingo extravaganza Bongos Bingo returns to Atlantis, The Palm on Friday June 3 for a wild night of bingo, prizes, singing and dancing. There will even be a special headline performance by S Club Party – now made up of original members Tina Barrett and Bradley McIntosh as well as former S Club Juniors’ member Stacey McClean. Fans of the band can look forward to a string of 00s nostalgic hits, such as Reach, Bring It All Back and Don’t Stop Movin’.
From early June: Soak up the sun at a brand new beach club
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You’ll have a new spot for tan-topping from next month as Playa Beach Club prepares to open its doors. Housed within The Club at West Beach alongside luxurious new beach club SĀN Beach and the ever-so-pretty Eva Beach House, Playa is a vibrant beach club with a boho edge. Playa is self-described as a ‘celebration of the renewal of life’, and will feature an indoor restaurant as well as several alfresco areas that spill down to the white sandy beach. Offering something for everyone Playa’s roster of events will include a weekend brunch, signature business lunch and chilled sunset rituals that promise extravagant ceremonies as day turns to night.
Playa Beach Club, Palm West Beach, opening soon 10am to 2am daily. @playadubai
June 7 and 8: Tuck into a two-night only tasting menu
Tala Bashmi, who was recently named MENA’s best female chef, joins Tresind Studio’s Chef Himanshu for a two-night only special collaboration on Tuesday June 7 and Wednesday June 8. There’s two seatings each evening at 6pm and 9pm, and dinner costs Dhs695.
Tresind Studio, Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm and 9pm, June 7 and 8, Dhs695. Tel: (058) 895 1272, @tresindstudio
June 11: Tackle the coolest fun run in town
Take on one of the ‘coolest’ fun runs in town – The DXB Snow Run sees participants race around three loops (3km) or five loops (5km) inside the frosty confines of Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. The popular indoor ski venue has teamed up with Dubai Sports Council for the third edition of the super cool (literally) run, which will see you navigating the slopes of Ski Dubai in -4⁰C. Brr…
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, June 11, Dhs160.95, Tel: 800-FUN (800-386), skidxb.com
Throughout June: Listen to the soulful sounds of Jeremy Isaac
American music talent Jeremy Isaac has taken up residency at Palazzo Versace’s impressive Q’s Bar and Lounge, until July 31. Jeremy’s music talent blurs the lines between neo-soul, Latin percussion grooves, and modern R&B, and his performances every Wednesday to Sunday are laced between DJ sets each evening. There’s a Dhs250 minimum spend per person on Wednesday and Thursday, and Dhs350 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Palazzo Versace Hotel, Wed to Sun 7pm to 1am, Dhs250 min spend. Tel: (04) 556 8888. palazzoversace.ae
June 16: Rock out at a Pink Floyd tribute night
Celebrating over 50 years of Pink Floyd, this tribute show lands at Dubai Opera this June. Recreating the sounds of the legendary band, the highly acclaimed show features over two and a half hours of songs from all the bigalbums, including The Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.
The UK Pink Floyd Experience, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 7.30pm, Thursday June 16, from Dhs175. dubaiopera.com
Thursdays throughout June: Test your knowledge at a quiz night
Up for a little brainwork? Catboy and Lorra, a duo of Dubai’s best-loved quizmasters, are bringing their brilliant quiz night to The Cheeky Camel this and every Thursday night. It’s free to enter, and you can expect the typical general knowledge questions, plus great games, music and prizes.
The Cheeky Camel, Voco Bonnington Hotel, JLT, 8pm to 10pm, Thursdays, free to enter. Tel: (04) 356 0574, @thecheekycameldxb
Throughout June: Check out the new Bidi Bondi, The Byron Bathers Club
Restaurateur and all-round bonzer Aussie bloke Tom Arnel (of Tom & Serg fame) has taken over the space of Bidi Bondi, and is replacing it with a new Aussie-inspired multi-concept called The Byron Bathers Club which opens at the end of May. The Byron – as it aims to be affectionately known – will be a seafood focused beachside dining destination offering a la carte breakfasts, lunches and late-night dinners. Taking inspiration from Australia’s celebrity hotspot, Byron Bay, the new concept hopes to become a Palm local offering a range of diverse concepts, including Byron’s Bar & Bistro, Ulu’s Oyster bar and Tigerlily’s Beach.
The Byron Bathers Club, Al Manhal Building, Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah (formerly Bidi Bondi). @byronbathersclub
June 17: Hear a British boxing star in conversation
Boxing fans will have the chance to see Amir Khan up close and personal when he takes the stage for a one-night only, interactive Q&A talk at Movenpick Hotel, JBR on Friday June 17. The youngest ever British World Champion Boxer, who now resides in Dubai, has had an illustrious career. The former unified light-welterweight world champion held the Commonwealth lightweight title for two years, the WBA title for four years, the WBC Silver welterweight title for three years and the IBF title once. Hosting this special event at Movenpick Hotel JBR, is Dubai Eye Sports Commentator Chris McHardy. Tickets cost Dhs235 for regular seats and Dhs350 for VIP seats, are available now via ticketslover.com
An evening with Amir Khan, Movenpick Hotel, JBR, June 17, 8pm, from Dhs235. ticketslover.com
June 24: Catch a screening of Henry V live from London
The National Theatre live presents Henry V – screened live from Donmar Warehouse in London – and stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) in the titular role. Watch it inside The Courtyard Playhouse.
Courtyard Playhouse, Alserkal Avenue, 8pm, Friday June 24, Dhs100. Tel: (0)50 986 1760. courtyardplayhouse.com