Gather your friends and head off on a holiday of pampering, shopping and fun just for ladies!
Dubai is primed for a holiday with friends. Our city is one of the few places in the world that offers events, deals, venues, parks and even beaches that are exclusive to women - from special deals at nightspots across the city to fitness classes and spa packages. Whether you're looking for a truly pampered hens’ weekend or a relaxing get-together with gal pals, Dubai can deliver with these fabulous experiences.
Laugh out loud at Wild Wadi Waterpark
Kick-off the UAE weekend with some thrills and spills. Every Thursday night from 8pm, this impressive waterpark overlooking the Burj Al Arab is open to ladies only for the discounted price of AED205. It may take some courage to climb the stairs to take on the park’s crowning glory, the Jumeirah Sceirah, but once you step inside the capsule, there’s no going back: the floor drops straight out from under you. Keep your eyes closed as the waterslide shoots you 120m to the bottom at incredible speed. We promise you’ll laugh so much it hurts!
When? From 8pm on Thursdays
Where? Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 3
How much? AED205 per person
Bounce off the walls
Every Monday night, ladies head to Bounce indoor trampoline park in Al Quoz to enjoy more than 80 interconnected surfaces to bounce on. Even if traditional gym or fitness classes have never really been your thing, you’ll be hooked on this unique workout. Bounce off the walls, learn how to flip into airbags, play dodgeball and perfect your slam-dunk while spending quality time with your besties. Bookings are essential.
When? From 7pm on Mondays
Where? 32 4B Street, Al Quoz
How much? AED80 per hour
Charter a yacht in Dubai Marina
As soon as the weather cools down, Dubai’s parties move onto the water. There are a large number of options when it comes to yacht charters, from the luxurious vessels available at Xclusive Yachts to the charter boats at Eden Yachts. Most provide cooler bins, ice and soft drinks, so you'll just need to bring snacks and - most importantly - an iPod and AV cable.
Dates, locations and prices vary, contact yachting company for more details.
Spend a day at Talise Spa
There are few pampering spots in Dubai that are as luxurious as Talise Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort. Crowned the largest spa in the Middle East, it’s easy to get lost in the facilities here, which include an elaborate Turkish hammam area, complete with murals and decorated ceilings. The signature Royal Ottoman treatment is out of this world and the booking includes all-day spa access, giving you ample time to catch up with the girls as you float from the indoor saltwater pool to the relaxation room, steam room and sauna.
When? Open everyday from 10am to 10pm
Where? Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah
How much? AED565 per person for Royal Ottoman treatment
Unwind at Atlantis
Another serious pampering hot spot is ShiQi Spa. Located in Dubai’s iconic Atlantis The Palm, not only do guests get to enjoy the excellent spa facilities, they are also welcome to relax by the pool or on the resort’s private beach. The spa also offers special packages for big groups, including aromatherapy, massage, manicures, pedicures – you name it, they have got it.
When? Open everyday from 10am to 10pm
Where? Atlantis The Palm Dubai, Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah
How much? Treatment prices upon application; room and spa packages from AED 1,570
Organise a shopping party
For women who want to shop from the comfort of their home or hotel room, but also like to touch, feel and try on the clothes, Dubai-based online boutique Monroe & Me offers Shop N’ Style soirees for groups of five and more. Over the course of two hours, a stylist will guide you and your friends through the collection and provide advice on what best suits you.
Where? All locations across Dubai
How much? AED500, minimum five people
Traditional afternoon tea
There is nothing better for a classic girly get-together than a spot of afternoon tea, and when it comes to this oh-so-traditional of pastimes, there are very few places in the world that do it better than Al-Bayt in the Palace Downtown hotel .
Whether it’s a classic British afternoon tea (finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and a selection of jams), or an authentic Arabic afternoon tea (camel milk pistachio crème brulée and saffron and cardamom scones) there is something to suit all tastes. And at just AED 130 per person and AED 150, respectively, it is easy on the pocket, too.
When? 2pm to 6pm daily
Where? The Palace Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
How much? From AED 130 per person
Ladies’ night out with Madame Butterfly
If there is one thing Dubai does exceptionally well, it is ladies’ nights. One of the best venues is the Chinese restaurant China Grill, located in the beachside Westin Hotel. Called ‘Madame Butterfly’, the night runs from 6.30pm to midnight, and offers 50 per cent off the food bill as well as free beverages all night. Not only that, but there are pop-up fashion boutiques showcasing local and international designers, so all the cash you save can be spent on clothes.
When? Tuesdays from 8pm
Where? The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach
How much? Half price food and complimentary beverages