1. Summer special
Peruvian eaterie Garden has launched a chilled-out new brunch offer to get us through the last of the hot months. Every Friday from 12.30pm-4pm there’s a mouth-wateringly tempting Latin American feast such as ceviche, beef empanadas, chicken saltados and the quirky quinoa risotto, as well as sweet treats including the utterly moreish lemon tart, set to the background of house band N2L playing popular covers. A selection of beverages rounds it off, all for just Dh185. And if you want to stay for sundowners, you’ll get discounted drinks and shisha from 4-6pm with DJ Keza spinning the tunes. Level 5, JW Marriott Marquis, Shaikh Zayed Road. 056 600 8750
2. How marvellous!
Hold on to your hats, there’s a new theme park in town. IMG Worlds of Adventure at Dubailand opens its doors on August 15 and promises a world of fun with all your favourite Marvel heroes. Get online and get your tickets pronto! www.imgworlds.com
3. A spot of culture
The NOS Symphony Orchestra kicks off its fifth season on September 30 at Emirates Palace with A Night At The Movies...Extreme! Expect everything from Beethoven to Disney. Tickets from Dh75. www.ticketmaster.ae
There’s also the Russian State Ballet, accompanied by the Orchestra of Siberia, performing the classical ballet Giselle at the Dubai Opera on September 16. www.dubaiopera.com
The Ghostbusters remake with female ghostbusters including Kristen Wiig will get us feeling the girl power! We’ll be slightly anxious of the ocean after watching Blake Lively being terrorised by a shark in The Shallows. And with the kids, we’ll get lost in Tim Burton’s imagination at Alice Through the Looking Glass. www.reelcinemas.com
5. Read all about it
Loveability: Knowing How to Love and Be Loved by Robert Holden Ph.D
Loveability is a meditation on love. All the happiness, health and abundance you experience in life comes from your ability to love and be loved; an ability not taught, but innate within us. The book explains that self-love is how you’re meant to feel about yourself, and how it’s the key to loving others. A great book for anyone wanting to reconnect with themselves.
6. Across the UAE
One for the kids
There’s a new children’s menu at gastropub The Sportman’s Arms. Choose from favourites including organic chicken fingers, Margherita pizza and penne pasta, and enjoy a main course, ice lolly and drink for the bargain price of just Dh60. 02 403 4235
Live on stage
Britain’s Got Talent illusionist Jamie Ravens and US rib-tickler Marlon Wayans are bringing their talents to Emirates Palace this summer. Raven’s show is July 8 and 9, while Wayans will be on stage on August 19. Tickets from Dh145, www.ticketmaster.ae
Sweet treats and more
Sharjah dessert café Paper Fig has opened an extension and launched a brand new menu, now including a range of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything’s homemade and dishes are carefully selected to ensure ingredients are perfectly paired. 600 560 601
7. Mad science
Grab some friends and head to Escape Quest, JLT, for its latest zany challenge. Your group will get 60 minutes to solve puzzles, crack codes and follow clues, and ultimately escape The Lab – a new escape room and lair of eccentric Romanian geneticist Dr Zol Pasted. From Dh140 per person depending on group size, with a minimum of two and maximum of five. Not for the faint-hearted (or the under 14s, and under-16s must have an adult with them). www.escapequest.ae
8. Stand up please
Laughter Factory is back in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from July 13-22, with three new comedians hot off the international circuit. Check out www.laughterfactory.com for dates and venues, and also for August shows. Tickets are Dh140 and selected venues also offer Comedy Brunch from Dh280 and Supperclub from Dh260.
9. Find your equilibrium
Balance your chakras and align your energy at the hands of renowned Balinese healer Guru Made Sumantra. He’ll be visiting the Mandara Spa at the H Dubai where he’ll conduct once-in-a-lifetime private healing sessions with chakra energy reading and alignment (Dh560), as well as a grand yoga session for 200 yoga enthusiasts. Then on July 15 from 8-9am Guru Sumantra will lead a therapeutic Balinese yoga session (Dh195) in the Excelsior Hall that’ll provide balance through movements, breathing and meditation. Each yogi will be provided with a selection of refreshments as well as a Mandara yoga mat that they can take away after the session. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised. 04 501 8270.
10. New dining options
Switch it up for brunch this Saturday at A La Turca in the Rixos hotel. Expect authentic Anatolian cuisine, live cooking stations, entertainment and traditional Turkish-style service – a day the whole family will enjoy! Dh199-Dh500 with kids under three eating for free and those aged four to 12 enjoying 50 per cent off. 04 457 5454
Start the day right
There’s a new healthy breakfast menu on offer at Reform Social and Grill. Choose from four Pots of Goodness made with yoghurt, fruit and granola, and a range of refreshing fruit smoothies. There’s even coconut yoghurt and chia seeds available, making this a great option for vegan and gluten-free diets too. 04 454 2638
Check out Ramusake, the hot new Japanese restaurant at Doubletree by Hilton in JBR; great food and a great atmosphere. We loved the Ramusake Salad with crispy tofu and from the grill, the salmon cooked in tangy teriyaki sauce is a must-try. The refreshing homemade sorbet and creamy ice-cream was a favourite too. 04 559 5300
El Sur – Contemporary Spanish Restaurant, The Westin, Dubai
At heart of the Westin Hotel, lies a truly authentic Spanish delight. During the Iberico nights (every Saturday to Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm) the contemporary-style restaurant accommodates couples in search of a romantic dinner as well as people meeting up after work for sundowners at the bar.
The bar serves the famous Spanish tapas – a selection of Spanish cold meats and cheese accompanied by a bottle of red grape for Dh250.
We shared the Seleccin de Charcutera, a selection of the finest meats, slightly toasted breads and Queso Manchego – a well-aged cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the Manchega breed. It was complemented with a fresh tomato and garlic spread – a brilliant combination not to be missed. www.elsurdubai.com; 04 399 7700
Paint and grape
Become an artist in one night at the Media One Hotel (Dh369). With a brush in one hand and a beverage in your other, you’ll spend the three hours painting a pre-sketched masterpiece whilst making friends. There will be two classes in July – email for details or to reserve a place: firstname.lastname@example.org
A stitch in time
Beginner’s knitting class
Learn the basics for either knitting or crochet in just one week! Create your first block and carry on to make a blanket or cushion cover with expert guidance in an intimate environment. four sessions of 1.5hours for Dh345. www.mycraftland.com/classes
Your night planned
Head down to Mahiki on a Tuesday night with your girlfriends for the new Candylicious ladies’ night! With complimentary cocktails until 1am, cupcakes, candy floss and candy stations, it’s sure to be a sweet night. Not only that, but there’ll be fashion and beauty brands supplying goodie bags for the first 30 ladies there!
Clutch Nine West, approximately Dh149; Shoes Steve Madden, Dh299; Nail polish OPI, Dh49; Dress, Free People, Dh650.