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Where to celebrate International Women’s Day in Dubai

Celebrated annually on March 8 for over a century, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Here are the 30 best places in Dubai to celebrate.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

AMMOS at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR – A Girls Get-Together:

The popular Greek restaurant at Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, provides the girls with a reason to celebrate International Women’s Day with traditional sharing mezze and a bottle of house grape. The Greek feast will be familiar to those who have visited the venue’s Ladies night, but for one week only, the offer will be running for two consecutive nights. Available Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 180 per person.

GO: Email info@ammosgreek.com or call (0)52 777 9473 for reservations and more information.


Argentina Grill at The Pointe – Complimentary Argentinian Dessert and Rose:

Argentina Grill has partnered with luxury florist Bella Fleur to celebrate its female diners and make them feel special. Ladies dining on International Women’s Day will be delighted with the traditional Argentinian dessert, Alfajores and a pink rose from Bella Fleur florist.

GO: Call (0)54 570 26 26 for reservations and more information.


Atelier M at Pier 7 – Ladies Welcome Drink:

Ladies can enjoy a complimentary welcome drink upon arrival when visiting the restaurant, lounge or rooftop on International Women’s Day. Enjoy a Mediterranean menu including dishes such as Wagyu tartare, grilled octopus and wild Dover sole while enjoying the spectacular views overlooking Dubai Marina. Monday 8 March, from 5pm to 12:30am.

GO: Call (0)4 450 7766 for reservations and more information.


Bagatelle Dubai at Fairmont Dubai – International Women’s Day Set Menu:

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, quintessentially French Bistro Bagatelle invites the UAE’s women to indulge in a special night out. Ladies can enjoy bottomless Bellinis for two hours and a decadent three-course set menu that includes foie gras parfait and yellowfin tuna to start, short rib ravioli and asparagus and wild garlic risotto for mains and Bagatelle profiteroles served with salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Monday 8 March, from 8pm to 1am. AED 325 per person.

GO: Call (0)4 354 5035 for reservations and more information.


Bella at Grand Millennium Hotel, Business Bay – Bella’s Apericena:

A new weekly Monday ladies night is launching at Italian restaurant Bella. On International Women’s Day, ladies will be given a taster of what’s to come. Enjoy four hours of free-flowing cocktails, mocktails, grapes and hops, with pizzas and tapas-style Italian food. Mondays, from 6pm to 10pm. AED 250 per person.

GO: Email ciao@belladxb.com or call (0)4 873 3377 for reservations and more information.


Bla Bla Dubai – Miss Gindependent:

Head to the epic new beach club in JBR, where ladies can enjoy a delicious complimentary pink welcome drink called ‘Miss Gindependent’ on arrival. Spend the day topping up the tan around the pool, with sun loungers priced at AED 150 per person, with AED 100 redeemable against food and beverages. The special cocktail is also available all day at AED 25. Monday 8 March, from 10am to 6pm.

GO: Call (0)58 606 3535 for reservations and more information.


Bombay Borough, DIFC – Ladies Special Menu:

Bombay Borough will be offering ladies a special menu in celebration of International Women’s Day. The menu includes a selection of Bombay Borough favourites dishes, such as Aam Papad Paneer, Himalayan Stuffed Mushrooms, Banana Leaf Wrapped Seabass and Guntur Podi Chicken. Better yet, the upmarket DIFC restaurant will be giving a complimentary bottle of prosecco or wine when you share the celebrations with the women around you and book for a group of five. Monday 8 March. AED 125 per person.

GO: Email difc@bombayborough.ae or call (0)4 327 1555 for reservations and more information.


Bussola at Mina Seyahi – Lunch and Spa:

Mina Seyahi has created a captivating experience that invites women to luxuriate the day away with a one-hour Swedish massage at the Heavenly Spa and a delicious three-course lunch at Bussola. Beach access is also included, as well as 25% off F&B at the poolside bars. Available until 31 March. AED 520 (Sunday to Thursday) and AED 585 (Fridays and Saturdays).

GO: Call (0)4 511 7901 for reservations and more information.


Hotel Cartagena at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – Ladies Discount and Complimentary Frida Kahlo Inspired Dessert:

Hotel Cartagena will mark International Women’s Day with a week-long celebration scattered with touches of the bold and undying spirit of the mighty Mexican feminist and artist Frida Kahlo. Kicking off with a weeklong ladies-only discount, each female diner will receive a 20% discount on mains courses and a complimentary Mexican hot chocolate cheesecake with hazelnut cinnamon brittle, chocolate dulce and spiced cinnamon ancho crust featuring the ultimate female icon, Frida Khalo. Available from 8 to 14 March. 

GO: Call (0)4 560 1799 for reservations and more information.


Hutong, DIFC – Complimentary Golden Fortune Dessert:

The contemporary Northern Chinese restaurant and bar invites guests to celebrate International Women’s Day with a special dessert. Ladies dining at Hutong for lunch or dinner will receive a complimentary Golden Fortune dessert. Made with a delicate coconut sponge and creamy coconut mousse, the dessert is topped with a smooth passionfruit ganache and a crisp butter cookie and served with a mango compote and mango sorbet. Monday 8 March.

GO: Call (0)4 220 0868 for reservations and more information.


Il Passaggio at The Pointe – 50% Discount Food For The Ladies:

Call your mother, sister and best friends to celebrate this International Women’s Day with a delicious lunch or early dinner at the Mediterranean inspired restaurant, Il Passaggio. Ladies will exclusively receive a 50% discount on their bill. Monday 8 March, from 2pm to 5pm.

GO: Call (0)4 587 3111 for reservations and more information.


Joe’s Backyard at Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City – Complimentary Bubbly:

Joe’s Backyard, the barbecue restaurant at Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, offers an appealing deal this International Women’s Day. Ladies dining on the day can enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and a 50% discount on food and drinks. Monday 8 March.

GO: Email email reservations@joebackyard.com or call (0)55 709 4509 for reservations and more information.


Koko Bay at West Palm Beach – Complimentary Welcome Drink:

The beachfront restaurant and lounge will raise a glass to all the leading ladies with a free specially prepared International Women’s Day drink, the Koko Berry. Available to all ladies dining at Koko Bay on International Women’s Day, the free welcome drink is the venue’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to the superwomen in our lives. Monday 8 March, from 12pm to 4pm. 

GO: Call (0)4 572 3444 for reservations and more information.


Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre – Afternoon Tea:

This elegant bar and lounge is ideal for a sophisticated afternoon tea this International Women’s Day. The term ‘Peacock Alley’ was coined to portray the daily promenade of people passing through the original colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York City and this historical part of New York heritage is now in DIFC. All month long, guests are invited to indulge in a traditional afternoon tea, which comes with a 30-minute massage. The offer is available daily for AED 400 per person.

GO: Call (0)4 515 9818 for reservations and more information.


Perry & Blackwelder’s at Souk Madinat Jumeriah – Complimentary Beverages:

Dubai’s original smokehouse in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Perry & Blackwelder’s is offering ladies three complimentary beverages following a minimum spend of AED 50 in celebration of International Women’s Day.

GO: Call 800 666353 for reservations and more information.


Raffles Dubai – Spa and Afternoon Tea Indulgence:

Ladies can take delight in a blissful journey of tranquillity and indulgence with a 60-minute Absolute Relaxation massage at Raffles Spa combined with an afternoon tea experience in Raffles Salon. The deep relaxing massage oils by Aromatherapy Associates assist in soothing the restless mind and help bring the body and soul to a state of calm. Following the spa session, guests can select from the Treasures of Arabia or Floral Afternoon Tea at Raffles Salon. Available daily until 31 March. AED 450 per person.

GO: Email spa.dubai@raffles.com or call (0)4 314 9869 for reservations and more information.


Swissôtel Al Ghurair – Afternoon Tea and Massage:

Swissotel Al Ghurair is set to celebrate the lovely ladies in your life with its magical March offering. The hotel will be offering a special afternoon tea experience inclusive of a 30-minute body massage. Spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying the Marco Polo High Tea with its exquisite menu of Mother’s Best Shepherd’s Pie, Salmon Teriyaki Glazed Skewers and scrumptious pastry dishes, including Mom’s flavoured Macarons and Love Chocolate Tart. A 30-minute complimentary body massage is scheduled right after. Available daily until 31 March, from 12pm to 6pm.

GO: Email foodandbeverage.alghurair@swissotel.com, or call (0)4 293 3270 for reservations and more information.


The City Grill at The Atrium, Al Habtoor City – Ladies Night:

The South African steakhouse will be offering female guests a complimentary appetiser upon the purchase of a main course item from the food menu. Choose from Salmon Gravlax, Crab Roll, Scallop, Calamari and Beef Tartar. If you visit with four ladies, you can also enjoy a bottle of Prosecco on the house. In addition to these special offers, the usual ladies night deal will be available, where ladies can enjoy five selected drinks along with a meat platter or seafood dish for AED 120. Sunday 7 March, from 7pm.

GO: Call (0)4 437 0088 for reservations and more information.


The Duck Hook at Dubai Hills Golf Club – Complimentary Sparkling Beverage:

The picturesque country gastropub and garden at Dubai Hills Golf Club celebrates International Women’s Day with a glass of complimentary sparkling for all ladies ordering a main dish. 

GO: Call 800 666353 for reservations and more information.


The Tap House at Club Vista Mare – Extra-Long Happy Hour:

Ladies will be the toast of the town at The Tap House on International Women’s Day. With drinks priced at AED 29 for ladies, International Women’s Day 2021 will be an occasion like no other and a great excuse to get the girls together for an afternoon or evening by the beach. 

GO: Call (0)4 514 3778 for reservations and more information.


Trattoria at Souk Madinat Jumeriah – International Women’s Day Menu:

Trattoria is launching a limited-edition menu specially curated for International Women’s Day and running through to Mother’s Day. Dishes include Carasau Millefeuille with Ricotta, Zucchini and Marinated Trout (AED 75); Cannelloni Stuffed with Beef Sausage and Broccoli (AED 85); Grilled Octopus with Fregola Pasta and Mimosa Cake (AED 35). Guests can also avail of an optional beverage pairing option with the special menu, featuring a range of grape and cocktails. All women dining at the venue on 8 March will also receive a complimentary cocktail and Mimosa Cake. Available from 8 to 21 March. 

GO: Call 800 666353 for reservations and more information.


Trattoria by Cinque at FIVE Jumeriah Village – Italian affair Ladies Night:

Round up your girl squad and celebrate at Salute, Bella Ladies Night. With every main course ordered, ladies receive three complimentary drinks, but save room for dessert. The ice cream is not to be missed! Mondays from 7pm to 10pm. 

GO: Call (0)4 455 9989 for reservations and more information.


ZOCO at The Atrium, Al Habtoor City – Ladies Night:

Visit Mexican hotspot ZOCO with your senoritas and toast to good times with a 25% discount on signature cocktails. Better yet, if you come in a group of four ladies, you will be treated to a giant jar of Strawberry Margarita on the house. In addition, the regular weekly ladies’ night deal will also be available, where ladies can enjoy free flow of selected drinks along with a taco or quesadilla for AED 150. Monday 8 March, from 8pm.

GO: Call (0)4 437 0044 for reservations and more information.


SPA & POOL DAYS

Cove Beach at Caesars Palace, Bluewaters Dubai – Special Ladies Packages:

Relax in the sunshine next to the pool and bask in the laid-back Mediterranean vibes while being treated to a complimentary sunbed and a 30% discount on the total bill. Cove Beach Caesars Palace is also partnering with renowned French retailer L’Occitane, who will be highlighting the importance of self-love. Beauty Advisors from the L’Occitane team will be offering all ladies visiting Cove Beach Dubai bespoke and invaluable skincare tips, as well as access to exclusive promotions. Monday 8 March, from 10am to sunset.

GO: Call (0)50 454 6920 for reservations and more information.


Guerlain Spa at One&Only The Palm – An Ode To Femininity:

Cherish precious moments with Guerlain’s beautiful mother and daughter ritual. Inspired by a Vietnamese technique, the Feminine Beauty Massage manually stimulates reflex zones and points on the face and body. Pressure, massages, rolling and stretching are performed and after repeated movements, energies will be regulated, emotions become settled, and balance is restored. Available daily until 31 March. AED 1,970 per couple

GO: Call (0)4 440 1040 for reservations and more information.


Qua Spa’s at Caesars Palace Dubai – Rub Your Back Offer:

Bluewaters luxurious retreat, Qua Spa, offers an unforgettable deal featuring 80 minutes of rejuvenation for Dubai’s superwomen. The treatment starts with a ‘Classic Facial’, a 50-minute bespoke treatment utilising the natural benefits of refined golden millet oil and pure collagen to hydrate, lift and brighten skin. The treatment continues with a 30-minute ‘Five Elements’ back massage to relieve pesky knots. To top it off, guests can also enjoy complimentary pool and beach access to soak up the Dubai skylines’ panoramic views. Available daily until 31 March. AED 750 per person.

GO: Call (0)4 556 6666 for reservations and more information.


Raffles Dubai – Spa and Pool Package:

Ladies can choose to dine, unwind and soak up the sun at Raffles’ pool for AED 195, including a Bento Box or Poke Bowl with a bottle of grape. For extra pampering, enjoy breakfast or a bento box in Raffles Salon followed by a 60-minute relaxing massage at Raffles Spa and access all day at the pool. Available until 31 March. 

GO: Email dining.dubai@raffles.com or call (0)4 324 8888 for reservations and more information.


St. Trop at Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre – Pool Pass:

Ladies can rosé for all day on International Women’s Day and enjoy this oasis in the heart of the city. St. Trop serves up a slice of the French Riviera in DIFC with its pool, whirlpool, timber decking and bright colours. Monday 8 March. AED 200 per person.

GO: Call (0)4 515 9818 for reservations and more information.


We Nails at Trident Grand Mall, JBR – Free 15 Minute Massage:

The first ten ladies through the door at We Nails for a mani-pedi on International Women’s Day will get a free 15-minute neck and shoulder massage. Monday 8 March, from 10am to 9pm.

GO: Call (0)4 452 8226 for reservations and more information.


Activities & Attractions

Dubai Parks and Resorts – One Park Pass for Women

The Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination, Dubai Parks and Resortscelebrates International Women’s Day by offering a one park pass to female UAE residents for only AED 99. With a whole host of fun and exciting experiences to choose from over three fantastic theme parks, there has never been a better time for ladies to gather and unite with their friends. The only choice is between MOTIONGATE Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai or BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai. 

GO: Visit www.dubaiparksandresorts.com for reservations and more information.


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David Tapley - Editor
Dubai-based editor for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications across Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar. Specialised in food, hospitality, arts, culture, and travel-related content.

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