1. Literary dining
Kick back and relax at the new Book Munch café in Bay Square, Business Bay. Gorgeous, bright interiors, great service, a menu stacked with healthy, delicious home-made treats and shelves full of books – what’s not to love? There’s also an extensive kids’ menu, and colouring-in sheets and crayons to keep them busy. Pop in on a Saturday and enjoy a leisurely brunch for just Dh95, including an unlimited selection from the varied buffet, juice and water, one main course à la carte and a cup of tea or coffee (under-sixes eat from the buffet free of charge). We’ll be back for more of the gravity-defyingly fluffy ricotta pancakes, the smashed avocado and the sinfully yummy salted caramel sundae. 04 514 9459
2. Get your 80s on!
Rock on down to cocktail kitchen in jlt for a night to remember. prove you’re a child of the 80s and get two free drinks plus 20 per cent off the menu, then dance the night away to the greatest hits of the 80s. www.cocktail-kitchen.com
3. The Maine thing
Trendy New England-inspired eaterie The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill is now offering an exciting lunch menu. Get the Lunch Prix Fixe menu for just Dh99, which features a two-course set menu plus a glass of grape or hops. Choices on the menu include brasserie classics such as steak frites and Dover sole, as well as seasonal dishes such as red quinoa salad with summer tomatoes and avocado. Finishing off with the soft-baked cookie is an absolute must! 04 457 6719
4. New movies
Russian mafia thriller Our Kind of Traitor, starring the lovely Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård, will have us hiding behind our popcorn. For a bit of light relief, we’ll be checking out Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War and Michael Fassbender in X-Men: Apocalypse. Hot men in Lycra, anyone? www.reelcinemas.com
5. Read all about it
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
If ever a book could remind you to be thankful for what you’ve got, this is it. As a medical student and trainee neurosurgeon, Kalanithi saw death every day. But one day, the death he faced was his own; on the verge of completing his training at the age of just 36, and not far off becoming a father, he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. This is his heartbreaking story from diagnosis to death, while still writing his book.
6. Out and about: Abu Dhabi
Squeeze in one last al fresco breakfast before the summer at Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. There’s a new à la carte menu stacked full of yummy, healthy dishes including organic omelettes, oven-baked roesti and smoked salmon with potato and leek cakes. 02 407 1138
Children’s favourite Dora The Explorer is coming to the capital on May 12-14. Showing at du Forum, Dora’s Pirate Adventure follows the intrepid Dora as she embarks on an exciting trip to treasure Island in pursuit of the ultimate Pirate Party. www.ticketmaster.ae
Time for a roast
Gastropub The Sportsman’s Arms now offers its popular All Day Roast on a Friday. Dh95 (or Dh115 for mixed meats) gets you beef, lamb or turkey with a selection of tasty sides, and younger diners can enjoy their own Little Sportsman’s roast for just Dh55. 02 403 4235
7. It’s all about the face
Make like a Kardashian and pop down to Euromed Clinic for the latest in anti-ageing technology. A step forward from the famous vampire facials, the range of Concentrated Growth Factor (CGF) treatments promise to rejuvenate skin and combat signs of ageing on the face, décolleté and hands in the most natural way possible. Contact the clinic for details of their introductory offer and other deals for May, including Ultherapy and HydraFacials. 04 394 5422
8. Time to fly
The second Wings For Life run, held in aid of research into spinal cord injuries, is set to be held on May 8. Races are held simultaneously all over the world and the Dubai race kicks off at 3pm; runners simply set off from Dubai Autodrome and see how far they can make it before the Catcher Cars catch up! www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com
9. Play and learn
‘Eduplay’ attraction Mattel Play! Town is now open at City Walk in Jumeirah. Aimed at little ones from two to 10 years, the new facility features engaging, stimulating experiences built around five popular character shows – Barney, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Fireman Sam – and offers the innovative ‘eduplay’ concept that integrates play and learning. Entry fees are Dh95 per child and Dh55 per accompanying adult, and there’s a Mattel Play! Café on site serving healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. You can also pick up a souvenir from a toy store offering the latest Mattel merchandise, and there’s a 4D cinema and party rooms. Open 10am-10pm. www.playtowndubai.com.
10. Everyone loves a freebie
It’s burrito time!
Mexican diner Taqado is marking Cinco de Mayo – and the opening of its 11th UAE branch – with a huge 11,000-burrito giveaway from May 1-11. Each branch will give away 1,000 burritos on a set date and there are also extra offers on May 5 and 12 at all branches. Check out www.facebook.com/taqado for more details.
There’s a new ladies’ night at Vault, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, with three free drinks on Tuesdays from 7pm to midnight for the fairer sex. Billed as the world’s highest ladies’ night, Vault boasts a cracking panoramic view of the city from its perch on the 71st flooreclectic tunes from resident DJ Nicol. 050 738 1388
Deals all round
Australian artisan deli and restaurant Jones the Grocer is celebrating 20 years in the business with a host of freebies, from coffees, burgers and desserts, to fresh food hampers and cheese-club memberships. Offers are on from May 29 until June 4; check them out on www.facebook.com/jonesuae for details of what’s up for grabs and where!