It might feel like Eid Al Adha has only just come and gone, but the next long weekend is already around the corner. A three-day break, including the weekend, is expected to start on August 12 to mark Islamic New Year.
While the summer heat makes it hard to spend much time outside in August, there is still plenty happening across the UAE to keep you and your loved ones entertained.
So whether you are looking for a summer staycation, or to indulge in delicious dining offers, find some inspiration below...
Take a desert staycation
Escape the city heat with Bab Al Shams’s Desert Breeze summer staycation offer. The famous desert resort has announced a special summer deal, running until the end of August, with one-night stays starting at Dh449 per room. Guests also have the choice to upgrade their packages to either a stay inclusive of breakfast the next day at Al Forsan Restaurant or a half-board option, inclusive of dinner, too.
Until August 31; from Dh449; Bab Al Shams; 04 809 6150, www.babalshams.com
Treat yourself to a couples’ spa weekend
If you're looking for some pampering, the newly opened SLS Dubai Hotel is offering a staycation with relaxation at the forefront. The couples' "spa-cation" offer includes an overnight stay with breakfast the next day, alongside a 90-minute couples' treatment at the Ciel Spa, from Dh1,300.
On top of that, guests will be able to make use of the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool, which offers incredible views over Business Bay and Downtown Dubai, and is the perfect place to catch the sunset against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa.
Ongoing, from Dh1,300; SLS Dubai, Business Bay; 04 607 0757; www.slsdubai.com
Dubai Summer Restaurant Week is taking place between Wednesday, August 11 and Saturday, August 21, allowing diners to try some of the city’s top eateries at affordable prices. Restaurants including the likes of Bella, The Pangolin, Bistro des Arts, Rhodes Twenty10 and Carnival by Tresind will be offering special set menus, with great deals on offer.
Wednesday, August 11 to Saturday, August 21; prices vary; locations vary, Dubai Summer Restaurant Week;www.visitdubai.com
Take a Deep Dive
Be among the first to explore the newly opened Deep Dive Dubai, the world’s deepest indoor diving pool. The 60-metre-deep pool, which houses an entire sunken city, is open to experienced divers, for snorkelling, or for complete beginners just dipping their toes into the world of diving. All experiences come with a guide, with prices starting from Dh400.
Wednesday to Sunday, noon-8pm; from Dh400; Nad Al Sheba, Dubai; www.deepdivedubai.com
Explore the night skies
Dubai’s newest viewing platform, The View at The Palm, doesn't only offer perspectives of the city’s impressive skyline. For the month of August, it has partnered with Dubai Astronomy Group to offer visitors the chance to explore the night skies. Taking place on Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14, the sessions at 8.30pm will give visitors the chance to learn more about astronomy, ask questions and stargaze. Sessions cost Dh125 for adults and Dh95 for children. Pre-booking is required.
Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14, 8.30pm; Dh125 for adults, Dh85 for children; The View at The Palm, Palm Jumeirah; www.theviewpalm.ae
Dubai Autodrome, the multipurpose motorsport and entertainment facility, has an array of BMW M cars available to the public, so visitors can experience them on the track. There's also a 20 per cent discount on the BMW 330i M Sport driving experience until Tuesday, August 31. If you buy any two driving experiences at the Dubai Kartdrome, an indoor and outdoor track facility for racing activities for all age groups, the third one is complimentary.
Daily; 9am to midnight (the outdoor Kartdrome is open 9am to noon and 3pm to midnight); Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Motor City; www.dubaiautodrome.ae
Get lost in a world of art
Visit The Dubai Mall’s latest art gallery, Infinity des Lumieres. The attraction uses more than 130 projectors, 58 speakers and 3,000 HD digital images to create an immersive experience for visitors. Three exhibitions are currently being shown, with the first being a light, sound and visual presentation of Van Gogh’s works, including The Potato Eaters (1885), Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889). The centre also houses a boutique, so you can pick up pieces of art afterwards.
Daily; Dh125 for adults, Dh75 for children under 13; The Dubai Mall; www.infinitylumieres.com
Try some underwater yoga
Enjoy some morning yoga in front of an underwater world at Atlantis The Palm’s The Lost Chambers Aquarium. The one-hour class costs Dh160 and involves a calming sequence of postures, breathing exercises and relaxation in order to improve strength, posture and balance. Advance booking is required.
Friday, August 13, 8am; Dh160; The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis The Palm; 04 426 1000; www.atlantis.com
Make a splash
As part of Dubai Summer Surprises, Legoland Water Park is hosting Splash Fest throughout August. There are a number of offers available, including 20 per cent off admission when you book online at least one day in advance and 50 per cent off cabanas, plus kids can eat for free at Waves Bistro after 5pm with a paying adult. It’s the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat.
Thursday to Tuesday, 10am-7pm; Dh275, children under 3 go free; Legoland Water Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts; 04 820 3123; www.legoland.com
Watch a skydive show
Clymb Abu Dhabi recently launched Dare to Soar, a free indoor skydiving show, where the instructors showcase their best moves. The shows take place every Friday at 6pm, and if you’re tempted to imitate their stunts after, you can scan QR codes to get 20 per cent off on your first flight.
Fridays, until August 28; 6pm; Clymb Abu Dhabi, Yas Island; www.clymbabudhabi.com
Hit the malls
Now may be the best time to shop the sales as shopping deals and discounts can be found in more than 3,500 stores across several malls in the capital until Tuesday, August 31, as part of the Abu Dhabi Shopping and Dining Season. Some participating brands include Burberry, Chaumet, Dior, Fendi, Gucci, IWC Schaffhausen, Max Mara, Panerai and more.
Shoppers can also take part in the Shop & Win promotion, run in partnership with Visa, in which Visa cardholders spending Dh200 or more in participating outlets can win prizes, cars and a share of four million Etihad Guest Miles.
Daily, until Tuesday, August 31; www.retailabudhabi.ae
Brunch and swim
Guests heading to Friday brunch at Rosewood Abu Dhabi can also enjoy access to the pool for an after-brunch dip to cool off, as well as 20 per cent off any further poolside snacks or drinks. The brunch includes staples such as oysters, sushi and tacos, all for Dh350. Free-flowing drinks are an additional Dh125.
Fridays throughout August, 12pm-3pm; from Dh375; Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island; 02 813 5550, www.rosewoodhotels.com
Indulge in some beachside luxury
Visitors seeking a luxury stay can try The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah in Ajman, where there’s 15 per cent off room rates, and 10 per cent off spa treatments this summer. Making the most of the oceanfront location is Aquario, the hotel’s speciality seafood restaurant while Vinesse is open for elegant all-day dining. The spa at The Oberoi features private treatment rooms with open-air showers and private hammams. Book by Tuesday, August 31 for stays until Thursday, September 30 to take advantage of summer deals.