During August Dubai is a vibrant and sun-drenched city, an ideal holiday destination for a group of friends. Restaurants, licensed bars and nightclubs come alive at night and with food and drinks promotions and big screen sport on offer there is never a better time to visit.
Friday Brunch (www.fairmont.com/Dubai) (www.rotana.com): Friday is the first day of the weekend in Dubai and is a time when groups of friends come together to enjoy brunch. At venues throughout the city a vast array of food is laid on along with themed entertainment. Try the Friday Brunch at Spectrum on One at Fairmont Dubai (from €69pp) or the more informal offering at Double Decker at Al Murooj Rotana (from €32pp). (Brunch is not available during Ramadan.)
Football World Cup 12th June – 13th July: Enjoy all the action from Brazil on big screens throughout the city. Tourists and ex-pats alike will come together at sports bars such as Fibber Magee’s, Waxy O’Conners and McGettigans. There will even be a fully air-conditioned ‘stadium’ built at the popular Barasti beach bar.
Golf (www.dubaigolf.com): Dubai is home to some of the finest golf courses in the world. During the summer months, friends can enjoy cooler tee-off times either early morning or late at night. The Emirates Golf Club’s Faldo Course is the only course in the Middle East to offer full floodlighting.
Watersports: Parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking and power boating are all available at a number of beaches in Dubai. Companies such as Watercooled at the JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel offer affordable watersports with highly trained staff as part of their all-inclusive packages.
Desert Safaris (www.arabian-adventures.com): Take a trip into the desert in a 4×4 with a trained driver for dune bashing, sand boarding, falconry and more. Complete the experience with a desert BBQ.
Nightlife (www.dubaicalendar.ae) (www.timeoutdubai.com): During August Dubai has a vibrant nightlife and is home to literally hundreds of restaurants, licensed bars and nightclubs. The range of options is staggering. Enjoy a cool sea breeze and shisha at well-known beach bars such as Calibar or the Jetty Lounge at One&Only Royal Mirage. Watch some sport at the ever popular Barasti or, for a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere, try cocktails at Neos at Address Downtown, or At.mosphere high up the impressive Burj Khalifa. For partying to the early hours, try Embassy, Mahiki or N’Dulge. Dubai also regularly plays host to some great live music, including some of the world’s top performing artists – the Dubai Calendar website details upcoming events.