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Vegan, dairy free, and gluten-free, these yummy nut milk lattes are packed

Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda from August 15-21

Relax and eat cheese, please.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15

It’s the first day back after the long weekend, but if you’re not ready to return to the grind quite yet, take advantage of the fact that today is National Relaxation Day and head over to Tania’s Tea House for the BOGOF offer on its immunity-boosting Magic Mylk menu. Vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free, these yummy nut milk lattes are packed with all-natural adaptogens that boost resilience and mental and physical health, making them a delicious way to power up your day. Bring a friend for a catch-up, host your next meeting there, or cosy up in a corner of the café and try out two flavours by yourself! For a further de-stress and boost to your creativi-tea, ask for a complimentary tea-themed colouring-in page – a great form of meditation that can lower stress and help to relax your brain.

Running until August 21, visit www.taniasteahouse.com for more information.

MONDAY, AUGUST 16

If your beach body isn’t quite where you wanted it to be this summer, Fairmont The Palm’s brilliant offer is one that you shouldn’t miss. Sign up for its one-month ReConnect package before August 31 and, for only AED 750, members receive unlimited access to the hotel’s gorgeous white sandy beach, eight temperature-controlled pools, state-of-the-art gym and TRX studio, as well as 20% off at Willow Stream Spa and at selected restaurants across the hotel.

For more information, call 052 863 6790.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17

Gwyneth Paltrow made cupping one of the must-try holistic therapies of the noughties, but did you ever try it? No, neither did we. But since Atlantis The Palm’s ShuiQi Spa has introduced Bellabaci cupping to its spa menu, we’ll definitely be giving it a shot. A modern upgrade on the ancient healing method of cupping that, like acupuncture, is believed to help sedate the central nervous system and promote relaxation and stress relief, Bellabaci cupping creates a vacuum/suction on the muscles, immediately bringing oxygen and new blood cells to the area, which aids in the detoxification process.

Used around the body in conjunction with massage for a deeper release of muscular tension and helping to break down scar tissue, Bellabaci cupping uses scientifically designed medical silicone cups that are hand-squeezed to provide a vacuum that provides superior stimulation to the skin and underlying tissue. These are used instead of the traditional Hijama cups that are made of plastic or glass and tend to leave marks – as most famously seen on Ms. Paltrow. It’s available as an upgrade to any massage for an extra AED 50, so we’ll be adding this onto the spa’s ‘Sensational Summer’ deal, which offers a complimentary 30-minute facial or body scrub with any 60-minute treatment booked.

For more information, visit www.atlantis.com or call 04 42 61020.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18

Love cheese? Then make your way to the newly opened Jones Social at Millennium Airport Hotel for its epic, all-new cheese and wine night featuring unlimited grape, a glorious cheese board including four fine artisan cheeses, lavish crackers, and specially paired accompaniments selected from Jones the Grocer’s gourmet grocery and cheese room. There’s also a sumptuous snack board to tuck into as the night progresses. With a smooth jazz soundtrack to set the mood, guests have the chance to participate in a mystery grape quiz with the chance of winning prizes ranging from restaurant gift vouchers to a complimentary dinner for two.

Priced AED 179 per person, every Wednesday from 7pm-1am, pre-book your table online at www.jones-social.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19

Collaborating with Dubai Summer Surprises and The Green Planet, Emirates Literature Foundation’s Tales of the Green Planet kicks off today. Running until Saturday, the three-day interactive ‘edutainment’ weekender is all about teaching children how to make our world a better place. Activities for kids aged 3-10 include a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and a letter-writing corner where children can send notes to their favourite animal (and receive a reply via e-mail). Topping the bill will be storytelling from top authors, illustrators, and performing artists Ebtisam Al-Beiti, Maitha Al Khayat, Noura Al Khoori, Stephanie Robert, Lamya Tawfik, Simar Halwany, and Youshey Zakiuddin to get imaginations racing, as well as an appearance from Magic Phil, showcasing his signature interactive magic and animal-focused storytelling.

Running 2pm-6pm on August 19 and 11am-6pm on August 20 and 21, restricted numbers will be allowed for each session to comply with COVID-19 protocols. For more information, visit www.elfdubai.org.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20

Brunch is well and truly back – and if celebrating its return with knockout food and sensational music is your kind of thing, there’s no better place than Buddha Bar at Grosvenor House. Aptly named Seventh Heaven, this brand new brunch is a four-hour spectacular of divine Pan-Asian cuisine and delicious drinks guaranteed to kickstart your weekend on a high. Paired with top tunes by the resident DJ and live entertainment, this is the only place to be if top-notch weekend party vibes is what you’re looking for.

For reservations, call 04 317 6000 or visit www.buddhabar-dubai.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21

New to Dubai, returning from a summer break, or just fancy a good time meeting new people? McGettigan’s JLT is hosting the ultimate Freshers’ Fair throughout the week of August 20-27 to celebrate all things back to school. With the city’s biggest social, sports, and supporter clubs present throughout the weekend of the 20th, there are plenty of opportunities to join a new team or learn about something new ahead of the new school year. Stop by McGettigan’s JLT on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and treat yourself to its famous Irish breakfast and the chance to meet-and-greet club officials for all the information you need to get involved.

Call 04 356 0000 for more information.

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Hidden Gems in Dubai

5 Hidden Gems Worth Exploring This Summer

Bonus: they’re all family-friendly.

Summer’s here, and schools will be closed before you know it, resulting in that all-too-familiar feeling of restlessness. But jetting off to a foreign destination isn’t always an option, which is why we’ve scoured the city of Dubai for a handful of hidden gems, each of which caters to all ages. Win-win.

1. Courtyard Playhouse

Courtyard Playhouse, Hidden Gems in Dubai

For those who think Dubai lacks culture, listen up. Independent theatre Courtyard Playhouse, located in Al Quoz, is where it all happens – acting classes, improv workshops, theatrical productions by amateur theatre groups, and more. Culture vultures will love National Theatre Live, an initiative by National Theatre to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas around the world. 

And as Courtyard Playhouse is a partner venue, past screenings have included the likes of Fleabag, Hamlet, and Hedda Gabler. The ultimate family-friendly offering, meanwhile, are the highly interactive Improvised Kids’ Storytime sessions held every Saturday. They’re especially popular amongst families as children aged 4-11 can get in on the action, volunteering on stage or directing the actions of the actors, resulting in a wonderfully whimsical afternoon every time.

Visit www.courtyardplayhouse.com for more information.

2. TheJamJar

It’s no secret that art is easily one of the best ways to express oneself – or just a great way to while away the hours during summer. Enter: thejamjar, a community arts space rooted in supporting the development of Dubai’s arts scene through educational initiatives, community projects, and more. Tucked away in Alserkal Avenue, the studio hosts everything from guided DIY sessions to classes that cover drawing techniques and even workshops on connecting with your deeper self through art. 

Young ones, meanwhile, are welcome to attend the bi-weekly Jam Time sessions where anyone over the age of four can paint for two hours together and take home the artworks. And if your kids are even younger? Opt for Toddlers Artsploration, which serve as bonding sessions between toddlers (ages 1-3) and their guardians while helping them develop their motor skills.

Visit www.thejamjardubai.com for more information.

3. History of Cinema Museum

History of Cinema Museum, Hidden Gems in Dubai

To walk into the intimately sized History of Cinema Museum is to step into a world of mechanical wonders. A hidden gem in every sense of the word, it’s open by appointment only and discreetly located in Barsha Heights, chronicling the progression of visual entertainment from its inception to the advent of early cinema through a collection of over 300 antiques. 

The magic of the moving image comes to life through interactive exhibits that take visitors on a journey through time and technology – they can peep into an 18th century peep box or turn the reel of an early 20th century mutoscope to see the flicker effect. As for the rarest piece? A toy magic lantern with a 1001 Arabian Nights theme from Germany circa 1860. A guided tour, for obvious reasons, comes highly recommended.

Visit www.hocmuseum.com for more information.

4. Mirzam

Artisan chocolatier Mirzam offers so much more than its beautifully wrapped creations. Workshops and tours are also offered at its facility, so there’s always something to look forward to – like the Coffee & Cocoa Pairing Workshop, for example. This one’s a must for anyone who loves chocolate and coffee as it takes attendees on a sensory journey expertly pairing signature single-origin chocolates from its Maps collection with single drip V60 coffee from El Salvador, Brazil, and Ethiopia. 

And if restless kids are in the picture, we suggest booking the Chocolate Factory Tour & Custom Wrapper Making Workshop instead. Fun for all ages, the workshop allows participants to design their own wrappers, which they can then use to wrap their custom chocolate bar, followed by a  tour of Mirzam’s chocolate-making process.

Visit www.mirzam.com for more information.

5. Mazmi Café

Mazmi Café

While there is no shortage of memorable sunset spots across Dubai, Mazmi Café gets our vote for its backstory and location. Owned by an Italian woman and her Emirati husband, this seriously underrated destination is located in Old Dubai and serves up an honest snapshot of the city – especially as Textile Souk, Shiva Temple, and Grand Mosque are all in the vicinity. 

But it’s the must-try homemade gelato (flavours include stracciatella, saffron, and pistachio) that makes it popular with kids and adults alike. And because it sits at the edge of Dubai Creek, Mazmi is not only frequented by residents in need of a change of pace, but it also translates to endless photography opportunities. Incidentally, Mazmi also houses a three-room B&B, where Afghan fabrics, black-and-white photographs depicting fishing scenes, and coffee table books dominate the soothing aesthetic. 

Visit www.mazmi.me for more information.

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Packing Lists Hacks

Pack Happy: Your Summer Holiday Starts Here

A checklist for every vacation type.

Every day brings with it a hit of dopamine as more countries lift travel restrictions, whetting our appetites for adventure and kicking our summer plans into high gear. But exploring a new destination starts with one rather tedious aspect: making a packing list. Here, we do the legwork, putting together a list of tips and hacks by holiday type.

Beach

Packing Lists Hacks

You’re in dire need of some vitamin sea. We hear you. But whether you’re headed to Boracay, Bora Bora, or Zanzibar in search of palm-fringed beaches and crystalline waters, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • You’ll need a beach bag, so use yours as a carry-on baggage
  • Reef-safe sunscreen 
  • A kindle packed with beach reads (why lug books around?)
  • Two to three pieces of swimwear
  • One or two cover-ups to take you from the beach to dinner
  • A light sweater for chilly evenings
  • Polarised sunglasses
  • A wide-brim sun hat
  • SPF lip balm
  • Flip-flops and a pair of dressy sandals
  • Wet wipes aplenty 
  • An after-sun hair product, like the multitasking Solar Sun Oil by System Professional

City

Summer Holiday Starts Here

City breaks bring with them a bit of everything – food, culture, art, history, and adventure, all in a matter of days. But first? A few packing reminders rooted in comfort and practicality.

  • A lightweight rain jacket
  • A handful of statement accessories
  • Comfortable sneakers
  • Light layers to dress according to weather changes
  • An anti-theft backpack
  • A power bank or portable charger
  • A travel document holder
  • Dresses – they’re light to pack and can be dressed up or down
  • A reusable water bottle
  • A lightweight travel camera
  • A portable WiFi device
  • Packing cubes

Cruise

Packing Lists and Hacks by Holiday Type

Taking a cruise is a great way to explore several new destinations without long layovers and having to pack and unpack multiple times. Bonus: someone else is responsible for all the planning.

  • Seasickness bands/patches
  • Eveningwear in case dinner comes with a dress code
  • A hanging toiletry bag with clear pockets
  • A backpack or beach bag
  • A travel-size wrinkle-release spray 
  • Necessary medication and a copy of your prescriptions
  • An international travel adapter
  • Destination-appropriate outerwear
  • A waterproof phone case
  • Activated charcoal tablets in case of food poisoning
  • Specialised attire for themed nights
  • Oh, and steer clear of the pineapple motif – it’s code for wife-swapping!

Safari

Going on safari is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the memories you’ll make while wildlife-spotting are priceless. As for what you’ll need in the midst of a sprawling savanna? Read on.

  • Insect repellent
  • A wide-brim safari hat
  • Moisture-wicking clothing in neutral hues
  • Local currency for tipping and snacks
  • A lightweight scarf
  • Lightweight pants and long-sleeve shirts to prevent scrapes and mosquito bites
  • A utility jacket
  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • A multitasking antiseptic, like Sudocrem
  • Proof of inoculations
  • Soft-shell luggage (hard-shell suitcases are banned on the small planes flying into the parks)
  • A sizable dry bag to protect your belongings from rain and mud

Skiing

 packing lists and hacks

Between the surge of adrenaline during the day and the après-ski traditions that follow, escaping the summer heatwave for powdery pistes is a no-brainer. Just be sure to follow these packing tips.

  • Resist the temptation to buy pricy ski equipment – rent instead
  • 1 to 3 waterproof ski jackets and pants
  • Thermal base layers and fleece layers
  • A non-cotton balaclava or ski mask
  • Goggles, ideally with changeable lenses for sunshine and low visibility
  • Bring your own ski boots, and roll up small clothing items inside them
  • Sunscreen and lip balm, both high in SPF
  • A daypack to carry all your essentials on the slopes
  • Windproof and waterproof gloves
  • Thick, moisture-wicking socks
  • An insulated flask for hot liquids
  • Disposable hand and foot warmers
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Travel Guide to Zanzibar

Spice Makes Nice on This African Archipelago

Your trip to Zanzibar starts here.

Sun-drenched shores, picturesque sunsets, and palm-fringed beaches blend seamlessly with chaos of the best kind – meet Zanzibar, an archipelago of four major and several small islands with charisma to spare. Located 35km off the Tanzanian coast, Unguja (more commonly known as Zanzibar) is the largest and most populated of these islands. And to say Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience is an understatement. 

Ride aboard a traditional sailing dhow, stop to admire weathered doors with intricate carvings, and explore the heady scents of the many spices that have earned Zanzibar its nickname, ‘Spice Island’. Here, diversity reigns supreme. The Assyrians, Egyptians, Indians, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Omanis, and Shirazis have all been here, some settling down and marrying into local families – thus turning Zanzibar’s modern-day residents into true symbols of its colourful heritage.

Travel Guide to Zanzibar Island

Living History

Any trip to Zanzibar should be anchored in exploring Stone Town, its historical capital and the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Located on the island’s central-west coast, its cobbled streets and crumbling 19th century architecture make it easy to see why it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. While you could simply stroll around its bathhouses, craft centres, mosques, and colourful backstreet markets at your own pace, a guided tour comes highly recommended for true insights into this traditional society – and tidbits that you would undoubtedly miss on your own. For example, Zanzibar’s iconic doorways are not only functioning works of art, but they’re also storytellers, revealing the origin, occupation, religious beliefs, and social status of their original owners.

The town has changed little during the past 200 years, and boasts a multitude of important architectural highlights. History buffs should start at the imposing Palace Museum. Once the official residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar, it was renamed the Peoples’ Palace following the revolution in 1964 and turned into a museum in 1994. Another defining feature is the Old Fort, the first defensive structure erected by the Omani Arabs when they seized the island from the Portuguese in 1698. The structure once performed double duty as both a prison and place of execution. These days, its restored rooms house offices for the Cultural Arts Centre Zanzibar, while the open-air amphitheatre provides a dramatic screening venue for the Zanzibar International Film Festival. On the lookout for authentic souvenirs? Be sure to make a pitstop at the Cultural Arts Gallery – which is housed within the fort – to watch local artists in action and purchase their works.

Trip to Zanzibar

The most attractive landmark in the cultural heart of the island, however, is the Old Dispensary. This late 19th century building was commissioned by prominent Indian merchant Tharia Topan, and has been successfully restored after falling into disrepair in the 1970s, so a visit to admire its peppermint-green latticework balconies is a must-do. But no trip is complete without exploring Zanzibar’s beleaguered past, as the island remained a hub of slave trade in East Africa for several centuries. Christ Church is built on the site of the world’s last open slave market, its altar marking the spot where slaves for sale were lashed. While you’re here, be sure to walk over to the poignant slave memorial outside that depicts five slaves standing in a pit wearing original neck collars and chains, their haunting expressions serving as a grim reminder of a not-so-distant past.

Food Matters

An evening spent at the waterside Forodhani Gardens comes highly recommended. Here awaits a carnivalesque atmosphere, courtesy of the al fresco food market that comes alive every night. This is the place to sample everything from crab claws and calamari steaks to the hearty Urojo soup, hand-pressed sugar cane juice, and Zanzibar’s take on pizza – all on a budget, too. Celebrating a special occasion or in the mood to splurge? Head to Tea House Restaurant at Emerson on Hurumzi hotel. Pairing authentic Swahili cuisine with expertly made cocktails, it’s the magical setting of this restaurant that you’ll long remember – think: vibrant floor cushions, dimly lit lanterns, live taarab music, and views over the motley roofs of Stone Town. Just be sure to book ahead and get there in time for sunset.

What Lies Beyond

At least one day trip outside of Stone Town is needed for a change of pace and, considering Zanzibar is blessed with several offshore islands, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Prison Island, originally used by the Arabs to detain insubordinate slaves, is only a 30-minute boat ride away. You can sunbathe or simply gaze at the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on its powdery-white beach, or snorkel as it is also fringed with a beautiful coral reef. Prison Island is also home to a family of giant tortoises – some of which are over 100 years old – that were imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century.

Trip to Zanzibar Island

Another jaunt not to be missed is the Princess Salme & The Spices tour operated by Zanzibar Different. Because many of the islands produce nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, it incorporates a guided tour through a spice plantation as well as tracing the footsteps of Zanzibar’s rebel princess by way of Mtoni Palace ruins, Persian baths, and a coffee ceremony amidst spice plantations. The company also runs Mrembo Spa, where employment is offered to blind and deaf therapists with a deft touch. The menu here spans everything from henna application to aromatherapy massages, but for a treatment rooted in tradition? Opt for the Singo Scrub that Swahili women undergo before their wedding day and is made using the likes of ylang ylang, sandalwood powder, rose petals, and rosewater – any excuse for a little R&R after navigating Stone Town’s labyrinth of alleys.

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You, But Better: The Gaggler Agenda for May

Mark your calendars.


May 2: Eat Green

The Dubai Food Festival is set to return for its ninth edition, the programme featuring two weeks worth of culinary events across the city. Our pick? The Vegetarian Chef’s Table from May 2 to 15 at Avatara, the first and only all-vegetarian fine dining experience in Dubai. Here, the menu is inspired by humble seasonal ingredients that are pure, clean, natural, and energy-boosting, translating into a reincarnation of soulful Indian food.

Learn more here.

May 8: Revisit the Classics

Catering to fans of classical music, the InClassica International Music Festival returns to the city for its eleventh edition. Taking place at Dubai Opera and running from May 8 to June 2, the series of concerts will showcase renowned soloists, orchestras, and conductors from across the globe performing works by the likes of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart.

Learn more here.

May 10: Capture Nature

Start your day deep in the dunes with the Al Qudra Desert photo walk led by Gulf Photo Plus. With the assistance of a professional photographer, participants will be challenged to capture the essence of Al Qudra desert and Al Qudra lakes, gaining exposure to the colours, textures, flora, fauna, and atmosphere of the desert.

Learn more here.

May 12: Laugh Aloud

Laughter has been proven to strengthen the immune system, diminish pain, and protect from the damaging effects of stress, so attending a citywide comedy festival spanning 11 days feels like a no-brainer. That’s right – the Dubai Comedy Festival is back after two successful sell-out seasons, bringing with it stand-up gigs by acclaimed comedians like Russell Peters and Jo Koy alongside variety shows and activations like Comedy Bazaar.

Learn more here.

May 13: Enter the Metaverse

While the term ‘metaverse’ remains both vague and complex, it is indicative of a major shift in how we interact with technology. Case in point: the Digital Extravaganza exhibition at Theatre of Digital Art. Taking place from May 13 to August 31, the exhibition invites visitors to imagine themselves as travellers on a multisensory narrative journey, exploring unknown lands before finally immersing in the Metaverse gallery, thereby witnessing different perspectives of visual art.

Learn more here.

May 16: Chant Along

Because May’s full Moon is a total lunar eclipse and part of a set of eclipses falling along the Taurus-Scorpio axis (from November 2021 to October 2023), it is one of several cosmic pushes towards understanding and improving our attachments, financial state, and intimate life. Enter: the Lunar Eclipse Chanting session led by Eda Gungor at Seva. Incidentally, ‘man’ means mind and ‘tra’ means wave or projection, and putting it together translates to the sound current that controls mental vibration.

Learn more here.

May 21: Make Amends

Family relationships are some of the most complex ones out there, often riddled with conflict and miscommunication – and that’s where the Family Constellations workshop at Illuminations comes in. Led by holistic psychotherapist Irina Khanna, the day-long session will help you heal on a deep energetic level, addressing painful family situations and releasing blocks in the unconscious mind that limit growth, health, and happiness.

Learn more here.

May 23: Heal from Heartbreak

Coping with the breakdown or end of a committed romantic relationship is never easy, and there could be collateral damage, but healing is made a little easier with the free Heartbreak Support Group at The LightHouse Arabia. Designed for men and women over the age of 21, it’s led by a clinical psychologist and aims to provide a safe space to share, connect, seek support, and explore the challenges that come with break-ups.

Learn more here.

May 29: Indulge Your Inner Child

The Palestine in Plasticine Painting workshop invites anyone looking to get creative with their hands to paint the map of Palestine in plasticine, a non-drying modelling clay that’s similar to playdough in texture, and fun and easy to use. Led by leading artist Farah Nasrawi, this highly therapeutic activity will take place at Kave in Alserkal Avenue, with guidance provided throughout the duration of the workshop.

Learn more here.

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Bahrain Sea View

This Isn’t Your Typical Island Getaway

Is Bahrain on your bucket list yet?

A five-day Eid break is headed our way, but not everyone is keen on the idea of long-haul travel. And that’s understandable. Still looking to explore a new destination and satiate your wanderlust? One word: Bahrain.

Not only is it the only archipelago in the region, but it’s only a mere 70-minute flight away. And between its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, trendy eateries, old-school souks, cultural institutions, and endless island-hopping opportunities, it’s also seriously underrated – especially if a quick getaway is all you can manage.

Sleeping In

By now, many of the major luxury hotel groups have landed in Bahrain – Sofitel, Four Seasons, and Ritz-Carlton included. But we’re slightly biased towards boutique hotels, preferring to stay at properties that have an entirely distinct personality of their own. Enter: The Merchant House, an ultra-contemporary property that boasts 46 beautifully appointed suites, a lush rooftop terrace, a library curated by The Ultimate Library of Oxford, and an eclectic collection of artworks by emerging and established artists. Another plus? Location, location, location. The Merchant House is ideally placed in the always-vibrant Bab Al Bahrain area.

Stepping Out

Speaking of which: a stroll through Manama Souq is part retail therapy, part cultural experience, so skip the malls and head here instead. The main entrance is the historic Bab Al Bahrain, taking you back in time as you browse shops specialising in everything from jewellery and antiques to calligraphy, handpainted room dividers, embroidered poufs, perfumes, and more. It’s not just kitschy souvenirs, we promise. Oh, and keep an eye out for the art installation inspired by the traditional Bahraini necklace ‘martasha’ while you’re around. Strategically located at the entrance of Manama Souq, it is composed of 20,000 gold-plated coins that are attached to seven-metre strings suspended from the ceiling. 

All that walking around will leave you famished, and no trip to Manama Souq is complete without pausing at Haji’s Cafe, where time has essentially stood still 1950. Sitting on those bright-blue benches surrounded by vintage photos and platters of delicious food in a narrow alley is such an unadulterated joy. Bahrain’s tolerance of all faiths is well-documented, so try to visit the Shri Krishna Temple, even if it’s tricky to find at first. Not only was it built in 1817 – making it a whopping 204 years old – but it has also recently been renovated and decorated in the traditional Mewar style of art that originates in Rajasthan. 

Take a couple of moments to appreciate the colourful detailing before stepping into Manama Post Office. No ordinary post office, this museum houses an archive of photographs from the postal service since its inception, an extensive catalogue of stamps from Bahrain and all over the world, and a collection of vintage scales and franking machines. As for its claim to fame? It was designed by none other than interior designer Ammar Basheir.

Food Matters

Bahrain is an island beloved amongst foodies, and it’s easy to see why. A district by the name of Block 338 is where everything from Nikkei cuisine hotspot Clay and patisserie Café Lilou to Japanese restaurant Mirai and Mexican eatery Calexico reside. Elsewhere, rustic-chic Italian restaurant L’ORTO is still the hottest ticket in town, bringing a taste of the Tuscan countryside to Manama – after all, everything chef Susy Massetti touches turns to gold.

Another firm favourite is Fusions By Tala, a dynamic eatery where Bahraini chef Tala Bashmi – the poster child for culinary experimentation – captures the essence and flavours of local cuisine while transforming it into lighter, more elevated fare. But if an entirely unexpected experience is what you’re seeking, make a beeline for Japanese teahouse Chawan. Here, a Bahraini tea master by the name of Budoor Steele hosts traditional tea ceremonies, celebrates Japanese festivals such as Tanabata and Tsukimi, and serves intricately crafted nibbles like onigiri, mochi, and nerikiri.

A visit to Bahrain

Culture Quest

The island’s art and culture scene is constantly evolving, but Muharraq is where it’s at if you’re pressed for time. You don’t have to go looking for its charm either – it’s there in spades, especially if you’re guilty of Golden Age thinking. And the best way to discover the neighbourhood? A walk down the Pearling Path, a 3.5km trail that snakes through its storied alleyways, rehabilitating this urban center of yesteryear while introducing contemporary infrastructure to match modern-day lifestyles. It’s especially suited to those interested in street photography, public art, street food, and coffee pitstops. 

Most people don’t realise that Pearling Path includes 17 public squares that are dotted along the different neighbourhoods that the path crosses, with strategically placed lamp posts guiding visitors through the streets. For an optimum introduction to Bahrain’s pearling era, start at the Pearling Path Visitor and Experience Centre, which sits at the entrance of Qayssareyah Suq and hosts rotating exhibits on pearling history alongside a café and an auditorium. Alternatively, you can begin at the trail’s southern starting point, Bu Mahir Fort (from where boats used to set off for oyster beds) and its glass-walled visitor centre. 

While you’re around, be sure to see the Vertical Garden up close – what it lacks in size, it makes up for in innovation. This living laboratory at the entrance of Muharraq is home to over 200 plant species, mostly from subtropical and desertic areas around the world and is the first of its kind in the region. Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House, one of the most impressive examples of Gulf Islamic architecture in Bahrain, is another interesting spot. Stroll around its multiple courtyards and walk up and down the various staircases to take in the carved wooden doors, ingenious wind towers, and perforated gypsum panels for insights into royal life circa 19th century.

Journey Back

There’s no shortage of ancient sites on the island, and one’s more intriguing than the last. The UNESCO-recognised burial mounds from the Dilmun era, for example, are a must-visit. Unique and mysterious, they continue to dominate the A’ali landscape due to their sheer number – there are over 11,000 of them and therefore impossible to miss. Prefer to time-travel within the comfort of a cultural landmark? Of the many exhibition halls at Bahrain National Museum, one focuses on the artifacts and history of the Dilmun civilisation, while another showcases its fascinating burial practices – it even features an actual burial mound that was transported from A’ali and reassembled onsite!

Meanwhile, as Bahrain residents turn to trendy rooftop bars for great views, we suggest Qal’at al- Bahrain (or Bahrain Fort as it is commonly known) instead. Walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll encounter plenty of vantage points while breathing in the soothing ocean air. On your left, you’ll see the adjoining Karbabad Beach, which explains that aforementioned breeze. Straight ahead? An excavated coastal fortress dating back to the 3rd century AD, with the glistening city skyline rising above the horizon. The site is also surrounded by groves of palm trees, which you’ll notice on your right. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional example of human occupation that spans nearly 4,500 years.

Sun, Sea, Sand

You’d think an island would entail plenty of beach clubs to choose from, but alas, that is not the case. Luckily, boho-chic Solymar Beach brings dining, partying, swimming, sunbathing, and lounging in luxury to one highly Instagrammable venue. However, what makes Bahrain truly unique in this part of the world is that it’s composed of 70 natural and 33 artificial islands. Jaradah Island is arguably the most famous as it’s only visible during low tide. Another great option is Al Dar Island, despite its size. 

For starters, it’s just a 10-minute boat ride from Sitra Fishing Port. If facilities are high on your agenda, this one’s for you – everything from palm leaf huts and chalets to fishing trips, dolphin-watching excursions, and water sports are on offer. There’s even a burger joint on the island in case you get peckish. For something a little more serene, think Nurana Islands. Whether you head here for a run, a horse ride, a swim, or killer views, it’s utter bliss.

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The Great Escape

A journey deep into the lush green mangroves in Tubli Bay is one that every tourist should take. This one-of-a-kind eco tour feels like a true escape, taking you away from the commotion of the city centre and introducing you to the aquatic plants and diverse wildlife of this protected ecosystem. Birdwatchers are also bound to enjoy the boat ride due to the sheer variety of resident and migratory birds spotted throughout. 

The Great Escape

Mother Nature has blessed the island with so much more than the aforementioned mangroves, though. The height and density of the trees at Karzakan Forest is unexpected, to say the least, making it a popular place for impromptu photoshoots and early morning cycle rides. But if you’re going to make the time to visit only one natural wonder, it has to be the Tree of Life. For over 400 years now, this 32-foot mesquite tree has stood all by its lonesome in the barren desert with no water source in sight, making it an enigma to many – and a source of pride for Bahrain.

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You, But Better: The Gaggler Agenda for April

Mark your calendars.

April 2: Take a Stroll

Kickstart the holy month on a cultural note, exploring the colourful neighborhood of Karama through a Gulf Photo Plus photo walk entitled Suhoor Strolls. You’ll be given night-photography tips to capture images that depict Ramadan alongside a special tandoori chai stop, insights on local history, the discovery of hidden gems, and feedback on your work.

Learn more here.

April 5: Process Your Emotions

Research shows that painting can be a very potent method for expression and emotional release – and that’s where the Process Painting session at Kave comes in. Considering the experience of painting is more important than the outcome, you’ll learn how to trust your intuition and overcome blocks by embracing their hidden message.

Learn more here.

April 9: Join the Community

Ramadan Nights at Jameel Arts Centre are all about family-friendly fun from 9pm until midnight. You can explore exhibitions, participate in workshops for both adults and children led by a locally based creative, join a hands-on activity at one of many stations, and enjoy a late night treat at farm-to-fork restaurant Teible or one of the local food vendors. Bonus: entry is free.

Learn more here.

Wellness Events

April 13: Prioritise Yourself

It’s no secret that women tend to put themselves last, and attempting to remedy the problem is the Women’s Empowerment workshop at Illuminations. Taking place onsite, it will teach participants about the art of self-care – tangible tools and strategies included – in order to achieve more balance, energy, vitality, and well-being.

Learn more here.

April 15: Clear Your Chakras

Hosted by SEVA, the Full Moon ThetaHealing session is a wonderful opportunity to free yourself from the limitations and energy blocks in your life because the full moon phase is downright powerful – it’s an optimum time for recharging your energy field and clearing your chakras. Unsurprisingly, many cultures have full moon rituals because there’s so much pure energy in the air that can be used to yield incredible healing results.

Learn more here.

April 17: Mold and Destress

The Clay Art For Wellbeing session at The Workshop in Jumeirah is not about learning pottery. Instead, it’s about working with clay to release stress as participants will be directed by prompts to mold and create a piece of art based on the theme of the day, with a registered Art Psychotherapist leading the workshop.

Learn more here.

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April 20: Recognise the Signs

With the pandemic resulting in a rise of eating disorders worldwide, the A Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders webinar hosted by The LightHouse Arabia is a great tool to help parents gain a better understanding of what an eating disorder is and how they develop. The session will help recognise the warning signs, learn about treatment, and learn practical tips for supporting young people with such issues.

Learn more here.

April 22: Play Your Part

With the return of Earth Day, the time for action is now – and there’s still time to register for the Green Call Project hosted by Emirates Environmental Group. To get involved and help heal the planet, exchange old mobile phones and tablets for an opportunity to plant a native tree sapling in December.

Learn more here.

April 29: Broaden Your Horizons

The beloved Ramadan Iftar Program at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding returns, taking place in a wind-tower house in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Not only will guests have a traditional iftar with Emirati hosts, who will happily answer questions related to the holy month and local customs, but there will also be a visit to Diwan Mosque before returning to the center for dessert and tea.

Learn more here.

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9 Activities & Events to Explore This Ramadan

Gather the family together for these.

Ramadan is not only rooted in self-discipline and introspection, but it’s also the perfect month to spend quality time with loved ones. To guide you on how to make the most out it, we’ve rounded up the nine best activities you can do with friends and family in Dubai.

Dhow Cruise

Indulge in iftar – with a twist! Enjoy up to two hours of continental dinner delights as you cruise alongside cultural sites such as Dubai Museum, Heritage Village, Gold Souq, and more. Choose between the dhow’s lower or upper deck and soak in the beautiful sights as you break your fast.

Dhow Cruise, 055 728 5588, [email protected]

Al Seef

This cultural attraction features both classic and contemporary architecture that shows the beautiful contrast between the old and new Dubai. Catch a glimpse of the past as you take a stroll down the creek and enjoy its various shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Top tip: make a quick detour at the unique Starbucks branch and take that Insta-worthy shot.

Al Seef, Al Seef Village, Dubai Creek, 800-738245, alseef.ae

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding

Learn about the country’s history through SMCCU’s guided walking tour along the neighbourhood. Then, relish in the rich flavours of traditional Emirati cuisine through a cultural dining experience led by its very own local hosts. The motto Open Doors, Open Minds means that any inquiry – big or small – is welcome, so don’t hesitate to ask questions in order to make the most out of your experience.

SMCCU, House 26 & 47, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Al Musallah Street, Bur Dubai, 04 353 6666, [email protected]

Infinity Des Lumières

Watch the most iconic art come to life as you walk through the impressive 2,700-square-metre structure located inside The Dubai Mall. This attraction uses 130 projectors, 58 speakers, and 3,000 HD digital images, holding the record for the largest digital attraction in the region. Learn more about the life of Van Gogh or take a digital stroll across Japan through this surreal visual activity.

Infinity Des Lumières, Level 2 The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Financial Center Rd, 050 358 3001, infinitylumieres.com

Box Park

If you prefer a more laidback Ramadan activity, meandering through Box Park on Al Wasl Road might be for you. It’s a modern lifestyle destination that offers unique dining and shopping experiences for everyone. And if you schedule your visit during the evening, you can also enjoy its lively atmosphere and colourful display of lights.

Box Park, Al Wasl Road, 800 738245, boxpark.ae

Dubai Water Canal

Take a relaxing post-iftar walk along Dubai Water Canal, where you can choose among various attractions along its path, such as watching a show at La Perle or cruise along its waters from Marasi Marina in Business Bay. If you prefer a more physical activity, you can bike along its cycle paths and take in the beauty of Dubai on your own time.

Dubai Water Canal, Sheikh Zayed Road, visitdubai.com 

Dubai Frame

This unique Dubai landmark treats its visitors to a 360-degree view of Dubai’s past and present. Witness the amazing growth of the city through three different attractions showing its past, present, and future. Don’t forget to step on its interactive 50-metre Skydeck that will make you feel like you’re walking on air.

Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Za’abeel, Al Kifaf, 800 900, dubaiframe.ae

City Walk

Take your shopping experience to the next level by visiting City Walk. This shopping establishment boasts modern, open-architecture that’s perfect for spending weekends with the family. Visit its trendy dining spots and overwhelm your senses with the endless array of flavours from around the globe. 

City Walk, Al Safa St, Al Wasl, 04 590 5090, citywalk.ae

Give Back

What better way is there to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan than by giving back? We suggest discovering the many government-recognised charities before creating a positive impact by donating or volunteering. You never know, your small act of kindness might just make a big difference.

See the full list of charities here.

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You, But Better: The Gaggler Agenda for March

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March 1: Cultivate Awareness

According to Mayan belief, working with cocoa – a.k.a. food of the gods – allows one to cultivate awareness on an emotional and spiritual level, releasing what no longer serves you and guiding you in the direction that you need to take. And that’s where the Cacao Ceremony with Nacho at SEVA comes in. Led by a medicine man from South America, the ceremony will open your heart in order to help you see more clearly.

Learn more here.

March 3: Identify and Respond

Knowledge of physical first aid is universally considered crucial and, now, The LightHouse Arabia is proving that mental health is no different. The wellness institute is offering a 10-hour course entitled Mental Health First Aid, which will teach participants how to identify, understand, and respond to the signs that someone in their life may be struggling with a mental health issue – depression, anxiety disorders, and addiction included.

Learn more here.

March 6: Sweat and Refuel

W Dubai – The Palm’s popular wellness experience FUEL Happening returns, this time partnering up with leading fitness retreat BeFitreat to host an unrivalled week full of epic workouts and delicious healthy cuisine. Expect everything from Muay Thai sessions to mindfulness workshops will be offer, complemented by exclusive access to the Instagrammable WET Deck and overnight stays in the hotel’s Wonderful Room.

Learn more here.

Wellness Events In March

March 7: Champion Equality

With the theme of International Women’s Day 2022 established as #BreakTheBias, the Joint Business Council event hosted by British Business Group at Hyde Hotel will delve into how gender equality factors into a more sustainable tomorrow. A number of inspirational speakers will share their own experiences in this area – Carly Dubery from (founder of Vegan Entrepreneurs UAE)  and Nayla Al-Obeidli (founder of FixPro UAE) included.

Learn more here.

March 10: Read Your Chakras

With the seven chakras in the human body serving as potent energy centres that influence your life experiences in areas like relationships, finance, and career, knowing the flow of energy will help you make choices that can bring your desires to life. Enter: the free Online Chakra Reading with Bharti Jatti Varma workshop that is hosted by Illuminations and explores the chakra system in an interactive forum.

Learn more here.

March 18: Bend, Stretch, Twist

Yogafest Dubai – the largest and only eco-conscious wellness event in the Middle East – returns to the city, this time taking place at Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre. The yoga festival will consist of three days packed with sessions covering different types such as hatha, power, and vinyasa, complemented by pilates and meditation sessions and stalls selling yoga gear and health food. 

Learn more here.

Dubai Wellness Events In March

March 20: Return to Nature

Ideal for beginners and nature enthusiasts alike, the upcoming Gazelle Trek and Trail Notes led by UAE Trekkers will wind through hills and around a lake to see ancient villages, geological features, an old falaj, a gazelle enclosure, and more in Hatta. The first 40 minutes will be a gentle walk, followed by hikers climbing the first group of switchbacks and coming over the top of the ridge, back down the same side, clocking a total of 7.5km.
Learn more here.

March 24: Explore Entrepreneurship

Taking place at Media One Hotel, the March edition of Female Fusion’s Firestarter Breakfast will delve into the challenges of entrepreneurship – and the roller coaster of emotions that comes with them. Attendees will therefore hear from three women who have not only faced massive challenges in life or business, but also managed to overcome them and thrive as a result. Expect to wrap up by noon with plenty of new wisdom to take home.

Learn more here.

March 31: Bid Farewell

Few details are known about the closing ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai, but if the pomp and circumstance of the global event’s opening ceremony is any indication, it’s not to be missed. While not everyone will be able to witness the spectacle onsite, it will be live-streamed on Expo 2020’s official YouTube channel. As for what happens after that? The site will transition into District 2020, a sustainable smart city that will reuse at least 80% of the Expo-centric infrastructure.

Learn more here.

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You, But Better: The Gaggler Agenda for February

Mark your calendars.

February 3: Celebrate Literature

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature returns to the city, this year taking up residence at Al Habtoor City and hosting over 160 authors. Some of the names on the roster? Bridgerton author Julia Quinn, best-selling children’s books writer David Walliams, and Nadiya Hussain of Great British Bake Off fame.

Learn more here.

February 5: Run for Good

Now’s the time to celebrate the legacy of humanitarian, amputee athlete, and cancer research activist Terry Fox as the Terry Fox Run returns to Dubai. Taking place at Jubilee Park, all proceeds will be donated to cancer research, whether you opt for the 3km or 5km run. Bonus: you can take part in person or virtually.

Learn more here.

February 6: Connect and Create

Escape the real world for 90 minutes, courtesy of the Creative Art for Wellbeing workshop at café and community space The Workshop. Led by a registered art psychotherapist and licensed lifestyle coach, it will feature creative prompts with a shared focus to help you connect with yourself, reduce stress, and gain new perspectives, leaving you feeling inspired and calm.

Learn more here.

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February 10: Empower Your Man

Leave it to SEVA to host the wellness events and workshops that truly matter. Case in point? The Powerful Strangers Men’s Gathering led by coach and men’s worker Tom Young. This ‘drop-in’ monthly forum allows men to communicate in a group setting, sharing honestly and confidentially without fear of judgment or shame – ideal if the man in your life is feeling misunderstood, grappling with workplace issues, or unable to share his emotions.

Learn more here.

February 12: Find Your Bliss

Part of Dubai’s appeal is being able to leave the frenzy of the city for the serenity of the desert. Enter: the Desert Bliss weekend escape hosted by Yoga House. Here awaits an evening of yoga, gong meditation, vegetarian dining, and glamping alongside like-minded individuals who have come together to cultivate a sense of nourishment and positivity. All the little extras – stargazing and sunrise views from a special vantage point – are just the proverbial cherry on top.

Learn more here.

February 13: Design Your Future

You know what you want your life to look like – now start living it. The LightHouse Arabia is hosting a two-part Val-YOU 2022 workshop that will delve into all things vision boards. Led by a psychologist Christine Kritzas, it will guide participants on how to visually express their dreams, offer strategies on living a life of purpose, and provide practical tools to start actioning one’s goals.

Learn more here.

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February 18: Sleep Differently

Sleep concerts date back to the 1960s, when avant-garde composers were looking for new forms of musical performance. Now, you can experience one in Dubai as the Sleep Concerts series takes place at the Theatre of Digital Art. The audio-visual show, complete with experimental electronic music concert provided by Russian artists Yuri Elik and Pavel Mikhailov, is designed to put the audience into a deep sleep. Bonus: each of the four sleep concerts will be unique.

Learn more here.

February 22: Scour the City

Launching this month, Nara Nomad (yep, the same folks as the boho-chic Sonara Camp) caters to foodies, fashionistas, history buffs, and art enthusiasts across the UAE, showcasing Dubai in a totally different light through expertly curated, off-the-beaten-track guided city tours that span four hours. And if you prefer something customised to your personal interests, bespoke tours are also on offer. 

Learn more here.

February 27: Address Stressors

Family relationships are some of the most complex ones out there, often riddled with conflict and miscommunication – and that’s where the Family Constellations workshop at Illuminations comes in. Led by Hypnotherapist and Mind Science Specialist Arpita Mitra Gupta, the day-long session will help you heal on a deep energetic level, addressing painful family situations and releasing blocks in the unconscious mind that limit growth, health, and happiness.

Learn more here.

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Ladies’ Day: The Best Beach Clubs in Dubai

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Planning for a day out with your girls? Not sure where to go? Want to go somewhere different instead of your typical venues? Well, then it’s time to pack your swimsuits and head over to one of the following beach clubs, each boasting some incredible ladies’ day offers. Between the bargains and dreamy weather, you’ll want to make it a weekly ritual.

Five Palm Jumeirah

Spanning across 150 metres on Palm Jumeirah, this beach club features double-width sun loungers, cabanas, and a deck for dining. It also hosts an Instaworthy glass-lined pool with a chandelier. Mediterranean in theme, it has a carefully crafted menu that is highly hyped amongst guests – and for good reason. Its ‘Praia Ladies Day’ features unlimited cocktails, pool access, and a lunch platter. 

Five Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, 058 870 0708, https://palmjumeirah.fivehotelsandresorts.com, every Thursday 12pm-4pm  

Cove Beach 

Located on Bluewaters Island, this is a place rife with modern vibes and R&B tunes playing in the evenings, creating the perfect setting to watch a breathtaking sunset. With a stretch of soft white sandy beach and open lounge spaces, the beach club offers a lavish retreat. Named ‘Rosé All Day’, its offering is arguably one of Dubai’s most popular ladies’ days, offering unlimited rosé and pink gin tonic, a lunch platter, and a free sunbed. 

Caesars Palace, Bluewater Island, 050 454 6920, https://www.caesars.com/dubai/cove-beach/, every Wednesday 12pm-5pm

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Bla Bla

A supersized new addition to Dubai’s beach club scene, Bla Bla is a lively spot with a dedicated bar, a regular programme of live entertainment, and uninterrupted views of Ain Dubai. The beach club is very active by the massive infinity pool, where four-poster cabanas and daybeds dot the pool’s edges. For ladies’ day, it offers four hours of free-flowing house white or red wine, sangria, mocktails, or soft drinks plus one bar snack. 

Bla Bla Beach Club, The Beach opposite JBR, 058 606 3535, https://blabladubai.ae/, every Tuesday 12pm-4pm  

White Beach

Located in Atlantis, White Beach is one of Dubai’s new and hottest beach clubs, complete with ladies’ day. It features an infinity pool, a chic outdoor restaurant, and a breezy open-air-terrace for sundowners. With some amazing views of the Dubai skyline, this place is accented with some seriously boho detailing – think: whitewashed furniture and wooden cabanas with plush sofas. Its ‘Daysies Ladies’ Day’ offers four hours of free-flowing beverages and cocktails. 

Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, 054 582 2778, https://www.atlantis.com/dubai/bars-and-nightlife/white-beach-club, every Tuesday 12pm-4pm

Zero Gravity

Located next to Skydive Dubai’s Drop Zone, this beach club hosts one of the city’s longest-standing ladies’ days. Spanning 2,000 square metres with a 39-metre glass-fronted infinite swimming pool, this place is always filled with tourists and residents alike. With a focus on relaxation, its ladies’ day offers free access to the pool, free yoga sessions, a drink on arrival, and a gift from a leading beauty brand. 

Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone – King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, 04 399 0009, https://www.0-gravity.ae/, every Sunday and Tuesday 9:30am-5pm 

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Nikki Beach 

One of the pioneers of ladies’ day offerings at beach clubs, Nikki Beach serves up a lively atmosphere with live music in an ultra-modern setting featuring cutting-edge architecture and interiors. The pool area is filled with oversized luxury daybeds, single beds, and private cabanas along with sofa seating and three VIP cabanas. Its ladies’ day deals offer four complimentary beverages, a two-course lunch, and a complimentary daybed with pool access.

Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeirah, 04 376 6162, https://dubai.nikkibeach.com/, every Tuesday 11am-6pm 

Riva Beach Club

Known as the best beach club in Dubai for families, Riva Beach Club is an ideal destination for a relaxed day out with kids. Hosting a private stretch of beach, it has an expansive swimming pool and dedicated children’s pool. There are plenty of food and beverage services across the pool and beach areas to keep guests indulged in various delicacies. Its ladies’ day offer comes at half the regular price and features free beach and pool access with a complimentary starter dish. 

Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, 04 430 9466, https://riva-beach.com/, every Wednesday 10am-5pm 

Azure Beach

As a favourite beachside hangout at Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, Azure Beach is the perfect destination to soak up the sun while relaxing with your girls. It has recently elevated its luxury offering with the introduction of six exclusive cabanas to create the ultimate poolside experience. Azure Beach has a variety of packages to choose from, with its ladies’ day offering a discounted price along with five select drinks vouchers. 

Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR, 052 777 9472, https://azure-beach.com/dubai/, every Monday and Tuesday 10am-8pm 

Andreea’s

This beautiful beach club has a chic atmosphere with elegant interiors that perfectly blend with its newly expanded pool and a terrace adorned with palm trees. It is filled with a variety of modern amenities, private cabanas, and sunbeds. Granting views of the Dubai Marina skyline and gorgeous sunsets, this beach club is the ultimate hideaway for a time-out with your girls. Its exclusive ladies’ day deals come with six hours of free-flowing drinks and light bites along with pool/beach access. 

Andreea’s, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina, 04 408 4400, https://andreeas.ae/, every Thursday and Sunday 10am-11pm 

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