With summer starting, a much-needed break from academic life dazzles you into wanting to do everything you’ve ever dreamed of. More often than not, summer goes by in a blink of an eye, and you realize you had a mediocre vacation. It all comes down to the ideas of what to do, and where you can do it, so here you go: a list of non-mediocre activities for an unforgettable summer.
Night swimming (Dubai)
Three new summer beaches have opened up for night swimming in Dubai, UAE: Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3 and Umm Suqeim 1. Cool off with this well-lit and safe opportunity for seaside activities and dining this summer.
Watch a play (Dubai)
Watch the stage at the Junction Dubai, a local theatre at Al Serkal Avenue. Catch Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in a tale of family drama when the movie star Masha arrives home with the young Spike leading to a weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves and a lot of broken mugs this June 23-25th. Directed by Akansha Goenka.
Qasr Al Hosn (Abu Dhabi)
Explore the oldest standing building in the capital city and its position as a heritage landmark. Discover the Crafting Stories Exhibition, Bait Al Gahwa and Dips Café within the walls of the monument. It encapsulates the story of Abu Dhabi’s journey from a pearling city to a global hub.
Take a Summer Sunset Hike (Fujairah)
Explore the hiking trails of Fujairah Adventure Park for various skill levels from Sunday to Thursday from 8 am to 9 pm. Take a sunset hike to get a sweat in and keep your heart rates up this summer!
Experience summer pop-ups with the brands featured at Urban Market Concept this summer. Gather at Barry’s in Dubai Marina from 8 am to 2 pm on June 3rd for brands such as Bernessi, Miss Vintage, Flashback Fashion and more!
Al Ain Fun City (Al Ain, Abu Dhabi)
Unleash your inner child with attractions for all at Al Ain Fun City. With cheaper tickets on Mondays and Tuesdays, its rides and games area are sure to make you experience some fun times.
Café Céramique (Dubai)
Paint a variety of clay creations and explore your artistic side with Café Céramique. With locations in Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates, experience the process of painting, firing and taking home your own unique piece of ceramic work.
Experience Unique Cinema (Dubai)
Explore the work of your favourite directors and filmmakers within the cosy seats of Cinema Akil at Al Serkal Avenue. Known for its unique offerings in cinema, there’s something for every indie film lover. Watch ‘The Last Queen’, ‘The Hanging Gardens’ and more this summer at Cinema Akil.
Indoor Rock Climbing (Abu Dhabi)
Harness your inner climber with the region’s largest indoor climbing gym ‘CLYMB’ in Yas Mall. With offerings for every age and skill level, it is sure to challenge your inner adventurer this summer.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (Dubai)
Connect with nature by watching the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary migratory birds. Open from 6 am to 6 pm this summer, you can find great egrets, great herons, cormorants, sandpipers and more within the walls of this sanctuary.
Yoga at Danube Sports World (Dubai)
Stretch your body and relax your mind at Danube Sports World’s celebration of International Yoga Day with a free yoga session on the 21st of June led by a professional Indian yoga guru.
All You Can Eat Sushi and Dim Sum at China Bistro (Dubai)
Enjoy unlimited Sushi and Dim Sum every Tuesday this summer for AED75 per person. From Edamame with Truffle Oil, Spicy Vegetable Wonton with Soy & Golden Garlic and Pan-Fried Chicken Gyoza to Truffle Mushroom Lobster Maki & Spicy Tuna Rolls, indulge in the journey of Pan-Asian flavours offered by China Bistro at select locations (Al Karama, Studio City, Business Bay, Al Barsha & Sharjah).
GLITCH at Al Ghurair Centre (Dubai)
Newly opened and spanning 40,000 square feet, get your activity in through this indoor theme park. Open to all ages, GLITCH promises to deliver a day of fun with its climbing walls, ninja warrior course, 10-metre slide and more! Explore PAC-MAN, 360 VR attractions and PlayNeo, an immersive experience for groups of up to 5.
Business Lunch at Torno Subito
Indulge in the flavours of Italy with this midday meal from Sunday to Friday 12:30 to 3:00pm. The Michelin star restaurant Torno Subito is providing its offerings at AED 125 for a two-course meal and AED 145 for a three-course meal. Make sure to enjoy such dishes as Polpo E Patate featuring a roasted octopus with sweet potato, stracciatella, friarielli and semi-dried tomato, or the Vitello Tonnato, a dashing plate of slow-cooked veal in tuna sauce, with pickled celery and capers powder and more at the Palm this summer.
Forever 21 Grand Re-Opening. (Dubai)
Make sure to mark your calendar for the exciting Grand Re-opening of Forever 21 at Mall of Emirates on Thursday, July 13th at 5 PM. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Dubai’s Bling Star Kris Fade and enjoy the experiences of music and shopping. The new store will showcase the brand’s latest collection, which includes the limited line inspired by Barbie, along with a wide range of summer clothing that you would want to add to your wardrobe. Additionally, the shop offers a unique aesthetic set designed specifically for pictures enthusiasts, allowing you to capture countless Instagram-worthy pictures.
Saddle New Hawaiian Summer Flavors
Beat the summer heat with a delicious refreshment from UAE’s beloved cafe, which is back with a range of new tropical flavors. Indulge in their latest summer beverages, including Pineapple and Coconut Ice Cream, Creamy coconut Milkshake, Hawaiian Refresher, and Sparkling Ginger. Prices for these delightful treats start at AED 35 for the Sparkling Ginger, AED 38 for the Coconut Milkshake, AED 39 for the Pineapple Ice Cream, AED 42 for the Coconut Ice Cream, and AED 35 for the Hawaiian Refresher. These summer offers are now available at all branches across the UAE
Kishmish Afghanistan Fresh Culinary Dishes
Experience the rich flavors and afghan cuisine of Kishmish at their new branch in Mirdif, Avenue Mall, Dubai. Delight in a diverse menu featuring delectable starters, salads, soups, stews, dumplings, and mouth watering main dishes like the Kabuli Palou with tender slow-cooked lamb, the protein-packed mashawa, and the flavorful slow-cooked dopiyaz. They also offer a complete kids menu and an irresistible selection of desserts and special flavored ice cream. Kishmish guarantees you a warm and homely dining experience with an exceptional cuisine, so be sure to give it a try.
August Baby? Eat for free!
If you’re birthday falls in August, the same month as Punjab Grill’s, you can choose any item on the set menu- and have it on the house! Indulge in the glorious Chef’s Tasting Menu, Business Lunch Menu, the divine Golden Hour Menu, or go all out with the lavish Brunch Menu. The only condition being that you need to bring a friend who pays full price for their meal off the set menu.
Get Pink with the Pink Barbie Dosa at Yummy Dosa
In wake of the Barbie wave that has gripped the world upon the release of the Barbie movie, Yummy Dosa would like to present its newest creation a pink dosa! Priced at AED 28 and colored with the goodness of beetroot, be sure to check out this treat starting August 1st.