Every four years, February 29 comes around, and in 2020 the Leap Year falls on a Saturday.
From places for women to propose, in keeping with 1,500-year-old Irish tradition, to Dh29 food and drinks, discounted room rates and special offers for anyone with a February 29 birthday, here is how to take advantage of the extra day in Dubai.
Couqley's Dh29 drinks
Casual bistro Couqley is offering selected bottles of French grape for Dh29 on Saturday, February 29. Pair the drinks with dishes from its extensive menu, including steak-frites, moules mariniere and escargot.
Saturday, February 29, 12pm-1am; Couqley French Bistro & Bar, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai; www.couqley.ae
Pop the question with Address Hotels
If any women are considering a February 29 proposal, as per the 1,500 year-old Iris tradition, Address Hotels are on hand. Address Downtown Dubai, Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View are inviting women to take matters into your own hands with a four-course meal, after which you can pop that all-important question. The meals start at Dh590 per couple at Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View and Dh650 per couple at Address Downtown Dubai, inclusive of a four-course menu, soft beverages and a box of homemade chocolates. A la carte menu options are also available.
Saturday, February 29; 6.30pm-11pm; Address Downtown Dubai, Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View; 04 888 3444; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dh29 food and drink at Perry and Blackwelder’s
Perry & Blackwelder's, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, is hosting a leap year party to celebrate the extra day . Those born on February 29 can enjoy a complimentary two-course dinner, including a main and a dessert. And other guests can also take advantage of a selection of beverages priced at Dh29 all day. There will also be dishes for Dh29, including chilli cheese fries, P&B's signature chicken wings, glazed chicken poppers and spinach and artichoke dip.
Saturday, February 29; noon-2am; Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai; 800 666353; www.jumeirah.com
Discounted French fizz on Palm Jumeirah
A number of venues on Palm Jumeirah are offering 35 per cent off French bubbles this February, and Saturday, February 29 is the last day to take advantage of the offer at locations at The Pointe, Club Vista Mare, Palm Views and Azure Residences. Participating venues include: Seafood Kitchen, Fitzroy, Asian District, Piazza Pizza Palapa, Tucano, Mama Pho and Fat Chow at The Point; Breeze Beach Grill and La Cucina at Club Vista Mare; Barrel 12 and Sun& at Palm Views; and Asian Kitchen and Il Faro at Azure Residences.
Until Saturday, February 29; 35 per cent off bubbles; various locations, Palm Jumeirah
Leap Year birthdays dine for free at Cavalli
Cavalli Club Restaurant and Lounge is celebrating anyone with a February 29 birthday, as the special occasion comes around every four years. The lounge eatery is offering a complimentary dinner and club table to anyone born on that day. Following dinner, groups can head to the club, where they’ll be able to sit in complete luxury on one of Cavalli Club’s tables with up to six of their friends, with no minimum spend or table charge.
Saturday, February 29; 8pm-4am; Cavalli Club Restaurant and Lounge, Fairmont Dubai; 050 991 0400; email@example.com
Special offer at Trader Vic’s, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Polynesian eatery and bar Trader Vic's will be offering all patrons born on February 28 or March 1 a total of 29 per cent off on their bill on Saturday, February 29. Diners can opt to sit inside or outside at the terrace to enjoy the cool winter breeze and take in the breath-taking views of the sunset. ID will be required to prove date of birth.
Saturday, February 29; 7pm-9pm; Trader Vic’s, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, Dubai; tradervicsjbr.com
Drinks deals at Sobe
W Dubai – The Palm is giving all leap year babies a special birthday treat at Sobe. They will receive four complimentary beverages and bites to share, for the birthday person plus two friends. Register by sending a DM on @sobedubai’s Instagram and share a picture of any ID with birthdate proof.
Saturday, February 29; 4pm-1am; Sobe, W Dubai – The Palm; 04 245 5800; wdubaithepalm.com
Wings at O’Learys Dubai Creek
O’Learys Dubai Creek is offering a selection of dishes for Dh29 from Wednesday, February 26 to Saturday, February 29, including chicken wings, classic Caesar salad and chicken quesadilla.
Wednesday, February 26 to Saturday, February 29; O’Learys, Hilton Dubai Creek; 04 212 7570; olearys.ae/dubaicreek
Leap Year room rates at The H Dubai
The H Dubai is offering a two-day Leap Year Sale offering 29 per cent off of best available rates on deluxe and premium rooms with a free upgrade to an executive suite. Bookings must be made on Friday and Saturday, February 28 and 29, while stay dates are valid through until December 28.
Book on Friday and Saturday, February 28 and 29; The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai; book here