Try something new: 15 fun new things to do in Dubai


From long-awaited openings to fresh dining spots, deals, and things to do, we bring you our monthly round-up of new things to do in Dubai.

1. Try out a brand new restaurant 

Neighbouring the recently opened Mr Miyagi’s, Maine Street Eatery and L’Arte in Studio One Hotel is their funky new amigo, El Chapo’s Tacos. A homegrown Mexican spot, the quirky restaurant is set to bring affordable, ‘authentic Mexican flavours, sounds and experiences to the sandy suburbs of Dubai’. The kitchen, spearheaded by chef Jose Carlos serves up an array of traditional Mexican dishes and family recipes designed to share, as well as a twist on classic tex mex dishes.

El Chapo’s Tacos, Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, daily noon to 2am. Tel: (04) 514 5411.


2. Check out Dubai’s newest garden centre

The UAEs much-loved Dubai Garden Centre as just opened a brand new boutique branch in Jumeirah. Located next to Mercato Mall, it’s quite different to its counterpart on Sheikh Zayed Road, with a pretty villa-style setting and activities to make your visit an experience, rather than a pit-stop, grab and go. The gardeners paradise has a vast range of plants, flowers and shrubbery, for inside and outside living, as well as loads of outdoor furniture for you to revamp your living spaces.

Dubai Garden Centre, Villa no 11 & 13, Next to Mercato Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai.

3. Cool off at a beautiful beach club

Andreea’s Beach Club recently re-opened with a brand-new look. Located on the beachfront of the Habtoor Grand hotel in Dubai Marina, the beautiful beach club has had a revamp, and now features a super sized swimming pool three times the size of the original. As well as boasting in-water loungers and whitewashed sun beds dotted around the pool shaded by parasols, guests can also book day beds designed for two, or luxury shaded cabanas that line one side of the swimming pool, for the ultimate VIP day out.

Andreea’s Beach Club, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, daily 9am to late. Tel: (058) 693 5778.

4. Kayak around the Louvre at night

If you’re into stunning architecture, innovative art and design (and, to be honest, even if you’re not) the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is a must-see. And now there’s a whole new way to see it, with the launch of night kayaking experiences in the waters around the Louvre. Not your average kayak tour, you’ll navigate on the Arabian Seas before heading towards the cultural ‘mini-city’ for a closer look. The kayaking tour requires no prior experience, and you will be accompanied by a professional instructor as you navigate both inside and outside of the spectacular structure.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, August 15 and 16, 18.30pm and 10pm, Dhs126. Tel: (02) 6736 688.

5. Head to a chic new ladies’ night

Popular pan-Asian restaurant Maiden Shanghai has a new weekly ladies’ night every Wednesday which includes a three-course dinner. For Dhs150 per person, guys and girls can enjoy a starter main and dessert from a set menu, and girls can enjoy three complimentary drinks. For your first dish we recommend the crispy prawn and Chilean seabass rolls, accompanied by a tasty sweet chilli sauce, for mains there’s a choice of seven meat, fish or vegetarian options including a stir-fried catch-of-the-day with wild mushrooms, or organic Kung Pao chicken. A dessert platter will follow to end your meal on a sweet note. If you want to carry on a little later, at the after-party girls will be able to get another three drinks for Dhs100.

Maiden Shanghai, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Wednesdays, 7pm onwards, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 247 5222.

6. Check in for a staycation at a brand new hotel

Rove Hotels has opened a new property at Dubai Parks and Resorts, and launched an unmissable offer along with it. The family-friendly hotel is offering guests complimentary tickets to the nearby theme parks, as well as brilliant introductory rates until September 30. Guests who book in to stay at the hotel can either enjoy the Summer Special rate of Dhs99 per night, or upgrade to the Stay + Tickets price, costing Dhs199. This offer grants one ticket per person per night (based on two adults and one child) to the Dubai Parks and Resorts theme park of their choice.

Rove at the Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, now open, offer valid until September 30.

7. Party at a new club in Soho Garden

Code is one of three new venues recently opened at Soho Garden. It’s a warehouse-style venue, which has already hosted world-class DJs Nicole Moudaber and Art Department. To access the club, you’ll need to pass through trendy Japanese bar Tokyo Vibes. A place where people can come and dance, there’s a big focus on the music and less on tables and extravagant bars.

Code, Soho Garden, Meydan, Fridays, 11pm to 3am. Tel: (052) 388 8849.

8. Take a ferry between Dubai and Sharjah

A ferry service has just launched between Dubai and Sharjah, and will run 42 times per day from Al Ghubaiba Marine Station in Dubai to Aquarium Marine Station in Sharjah, and back. The journey will take roughly 35 minutes, and runs every 30 minutes during peak hours between 5am and 9am and 4pm to 8.30pm, and every 90 minutes during off-peak times in between.

9. Meet Wallabies at Green Planet

Visitors to Green Planet, the tropical rainforest housed in a glass dome in City Walk, will now be able to check out a host of new inhabitants at The Australian Walkabout. As well as new turtles, frogs, spiders and lizards, the new additions also include the arrival of wallabies. Found in the largest exhibition in The Australian Walkabout, you’ll be able to get close enough to touch the wallabies as you wander amongst the cave and trees.

Green Planet, City Walk, Sun to Weds 10am to 7pm, Thurs to Sat 10am to 8pm, tickets from Dhs99. Tel: (800) 637227.

10. Check out a new gym

XFit is the latest gym to join Dubai’s ever-growing list. The 3-in-1 studio just opened in Town Centre and gives members a choice of ten specialist classes over three zones: LIFT, BOX and HIIT. Classes include X60, BOXX, Smash and Lift, which aim to improve cardio and agility to ensure you get fit, fast and lean. One-off classes are Dhs80, while a monthly membership is priced at Dhs699.

XFit, Town Centre, The Springs, Sun to Thurs 6am to 9pm, Fri & Sat 9am to noon. Tel: (04) 439 2323.

11. Hit up a new pool party

The latest pool party to storm onto the scene takes place at FIVE Palm Jumeirah every Friday. It’s called Summer Ice and there’s a live burlesque show and tunes from Chico Boss so expect a party atmosphere. It starts at 2pm so you still have time for a lie-in and ladies can enter for free. Guys will pay Dhs300 per person with Dhs150 redeemable against food and beverages.

FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, Fridays, 2pm to 9pm, ladies free, guys Dhs300. Tel: (04) 455 9999.

12. Feast at a fun new brunch

Not content with their garden brunch at Flair No5 (currently on hold for summer), high-end party brunch at Emerald Palace Kempinski and sellout ladies’ day at FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Secret Parties have launched a brand new party brunch at La Carnita every Friday. Called El Secreto, the new party brunch promises free flowing drinks, an array of Mexican street food to share and plenty of live entertainment.

El Secreto brunch, La Carnita, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays from July 19, Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house.

13. Check out a chill ladies’ day

While Nikki Beach club is closed during July and August, the popular Tuesday ladies’ day has been relocated to Nikki Beach Resort & Spa down the road. Until August 27, Pour Elle will take place around the hotel’s relaxed infinity pool. For Dhs150, ladies can enjoy pool and beach access plus three selected beverages, and 20 per cent off the a la carte menu. Gents can enter with a Dhs200 minimum spend applied.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, Tuesdays until August 27, 12pm to 6pm, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 376

14. Spend your Sunday night at a dinner party

Popular steakhouse-meets-party spot STK has launched a new lively dinner party that’s set to be the reason you don’t stay in this Sunday. The unique concept is based around the 7 deadly sins, and for Dhs250, each guest is given seven ‘sins’ (tokens). Kicking off from 7pm, guests are allowed to use their seven tokens as they like across two menus; one for food and one for drink.

STK Dubai JBR, Rixos Premium, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 1am, Sundays, Dhs250.

15. Head to a theme park and get a free flight

IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park have taken their summer offering to a new level by offering customers an (almost) free flight. With every Dhs299 ticket to the theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure Participants will offer guests a free return flight to a destination of their choice. Each participant will choose three prospective destinations to fly to on three different dates, and then you’ll be entered into a lucky dip to see which one you’ve been given. Each park ticket equals one return flight, and you can’t give your ticket to anyone on your behalf.

IMG Worlds of Adventure, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Sat to Weds 10am to 11pm, Thur & Fri 11am to 11pm, offer valid until Sept 30, Dhs299. Tel: (04) 403 8888.

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