Cool, dark, with tons of fodder for the imagination and popcorn – movie theatres are the ultimate bolthole to escape from the sweltering reality of summer heat. The rise in mercury has prompted boutique cinema concept Roxy Cinemas ,to drop the prices of their premium seats, which means you can enjoy movies in the luxe Director’s Lounge – think marble counters, reclining leather chairs and a butler on call – for Dh99; visit theroxycinemas.com.
To really chill out, Ski Dubai’s snowy slopes are a freezing respite and the special UAE residents’ offer lets you experience chairlift rides, a spin on the snow bullets and penguin encounters for discounted rates. Show your Emirates ID and you’ll get a 20 per cent discount on the Polar (Dh275), Polar Express (Dh350) and Ski Dubai Experience Passes (Dh510). Visit theplaymania.com.
Once the sun goes down, offers and deals pop up across 11 outlets at the Dubai Design District (d3) – part of their new Live@5 promotion. From 5-8pm, every Sunday to Thursday, the trendy design hub’s visitors can enjoy buy-one-get-one-free offers at dining venues including Chez Charles and Molecule (below), which will also host DJ battles on Wednesday. There’s discounts being dealt out at retail outlets, too – FMBI is giving 15 per cent discounts on handcrafted rugs and carpets and menswear store Closet Case will have a 10 per cent discount across the 100 or so brands they stock. Frame and Yui, the Japanese lifestyle culture shop with a ramen and gyoza restaurant (noodles are made in-house by the Japanese chef!), is giving a 15 per cent off everything.
Want more shopping but left jaded by the malls? The Summer Bazaar is on at the Dubai World Trade Centre until September 4 and provides the perks of shopping without the hassles of a mall. Rummage through handicrafts, cosmetics, perfumes, home appliances, toys and accessories from Greece, Turkey, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, UAE, Yemen and other countries. From 3-11pm.