While most are escaping the city now that schools have closed, things are heating up here, with Dubai’s social scene laying on the very best to keep its discerning residents entertained this summer, from chic eats to get-away-from-it-all spa days to books you can immerse yourself in. Enjoy at leisure…
If, like us, you have a penchant for seafood, then set your gastronomy GPS to The Loft at Dubai Opera. Its new Oysters & Pearls night pays tribute to the finer things in life, where you can sip and shuck through an evening of sophistication, bubbles, and, of course, fresh oysters. The restaurant’s view of Burj Khalifa is second to none and the feeling of eating al fresco will make up for the city’s soaring temperatures. Dive in.
The Loft is located at Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. For more information, please call +971 4 362 7312
If you’re winding down for summer, then this beautiful tome is made for indulgent days on the sofa. Celebrating over 35 years of friendship, Prosper Assouline (founder of the iconic publishing house) reprinted Azzedine Alaia’s 1992 Collector’s Book, which goes behind the scenes of the masterful designer’s 1992 show, revealing the complete story of a fashion show, from start to finish, whilst uncovering the secret alchemy that goes into creating such work. It’s a visual feast and an eye-opening slice of history for all fashion enthusiasts.
Alaia: Livre de Collection is available at Boutique 1, at Mall of the Emirates. For more information, please call +971 4 448 3400
In a bid to get Dubai thinking about mental health and wellness, DIFC is hosting a ‘Hush from the Rush’ yoga day on July 9, with a mission to biohack the mind and body into good health. Partnering with yoga studio INSPIRE, the session aromatherapy, sound baths and Yin Yang yoga to help relieve stress, stimulate the vagus nerve and improve both mental and physical strength. With DIFC as the backdrop, this promises to be as impressive as it is impactful.
Hush from the Rush takes place from 5-8pm on July 9 at DIFC Gate Avenue. For more information, please register through the Mindbody app
THE EVENING OUT
One of our favourite ways to spend an evening has to be in the company of incredible food, so we’re thankful to Armani Hotel for its summer offerings. You can dine for pleasure and at leisure in either Armani/Amal or Armani/Deli with special set menus that include beautiful dishes, such as lime-infused sea bream, confit turkey and prawn tagliolini. Each complete with stunning views of the Dubai Fountain, from the comfort of your AC’d seat, this is an elegant, after-dark evening out.
The Armani Hotel is located in Downtown Dubai. For more information, please call +971 4 888 3666
If your holidays aren’t quite within reach, but you need to feel the frivolity of ‘getting away from it all’, then escape the best way we know how to Melia Desert Palm. Plumped in the middle of horse paddocks and palm trees, the hotel’s Samana Spa Retreat package is a full day of unadulterated relaxation that includes a massage, facial, lunch at Epicure, plus pool and lounge access. The calming, bucolic environs of Desert Palm will take you worlds away from frenetic city life, so you can close your eyes and vacation through your imagination.
Melia Desert Palm is located on Al Amir Road. For more information, please call +971 4 602 9311
- Words: Emily Baxter-Priest