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Sunday June 21 is Father’s Day across the world; it’s a day to show dad just how grateful you are for all he’s done.

Naturally, what your dad really wants is Lego, a new Xbox, and a Ferrari California. But you can’t afford any of these things and he’s too busy pretending to be interested in property prices to tell you. So why not treat him to one of these fantastic experiences? Well, when we say treat him, we all know he’s still paying…


For action-dad

Audi R8 driving experience

Despite what he tells you, dad loves driving fast – in a safe manner, of course. So why not book him a driving session at Dubai Autodrome? Book the old man an Audi R8 driving experience. After some practice laps in an Audi TT, dad will be allowed to blast around the Autodrome for four adrenaline-fuelled laps.

Booking is essential.

Location Motor City, Dubai Metro Mall of the Emirates followed by a 15 minute taxi ride Cost Dh1295 Timings Times vary, call for details Phone 04 367 8700 Email info@dubaiautodrome.com Website Dubai Autodrome

A trip to the slopes

Whether you opt to descend the piste or just get silly in the snow park, Ski Dubai is a great place to take dad this weekend. Dad will probably want to demonstrate his magnificence on the slopes, so get him kitted up with the boots, salopettes, poles, and skis. Best check that medical insurance policy beforehand though...

Booking advised.

Location Mall of the Emirates Metro Mall of the Emirates Cost Dh225 per person Weekend timing Friday 9am to 12am; Saturday 9am to 11pm Phone 800 386 Website Ski Dubai

Cool off at a water park

It’s the height of summer, and going outside is probably something dad wants to avoid. Unless, of course, you’re going to Wild Wadi. Let dad’s inner-child run wild on the slides as he demonstrates his fearlessness. If you take him on a Monday during Ramadan, then you will receive free entry if you donate some of your old clothes. Dad probably doesn’t fit into those jeans anymore anyway.

Location Jumeirah Metro Mall of the Emirates Cost Dh275 Timings 10am to 7pm Phone 04 348 4444 Website Wild Wadi


For relaxing dad

Take him on boat tour

If dad would rather be chauffeured around and shown the sights, then what better way to spend Father’s Day than on a boat tour? Captain Tony’s boat tours are renowned around the water ways of Abu Dhabi. Sail around the capital’s myriad islands and canals and see the city like you’ve never seen it before

Booking is essential.

Location Starts Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi Cost Sunset cruises from Dh250 Timings To schedule Phone 02 650 7175 Website Captain Tony's

Fishing day

Does your dad keep telling you that he once caught a 110lb carp? And does it keep getting bigger every time he tells the story? Well now it’s time for him to put his money where the fish’s mouth is. Spend a relaxing day on the water with a brace of fishing rods and see what you come back.

Booking is essential.

Location Jumeriah Metro Mall of the Emirates followed by a five minute taxi ride Cost Varies, inquire Timing Varies, weather dependent Phone 050 496 7367 Website Fishing Tour Dubai


He may pretend that he likes hot chilies and manual labour, but the truth is he loves massages as well. Book him into the fantastic Talise Spa at the Madinat Jumeriah for a massage he’ll probably be asleep for.

Booking is essential.

Location Madinat Jumeirah Metro Mall of the Emirates Cost From Dh395 during Ramadan Timing 11am to 9pm during Ramadan Phone 04 366 6818 Website Talise Spa