From getting the kiddos going on their bikes to camping adventures in the desert, piggyback rides to weekend swims – not to mention sharing the sleepless nights and daily grind with us mamas – papas deserve a little recognition and reward every now and then. Treat them to something sassy this Father’s Day!
Looking for an adrenalin experience? Book papa in for a shark dive at the Dubai Mall Aquarium where he’ll come face to face with the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. Whether he’s a certified diver or not the experience is open to all (partners Al Boom Diving offer a short course for anyone who’s never dived before and kids over the age of 10 can join too). The kids will love waving at him through the glass too!
There are 3 daily dives for groups of up to 4.
2. Kiehls Body Fuel All-In-One Energising Wash, Hair & Body Cleanser For Men
We all know how great he is at multi-tasking (ahem), so a deliciously manly smelling wash that does it all – hair, body, energising – is just the thing to get his day off to a good start.
AED 85, available at Kiehl’s The Dubai Mall, Kiehl’s Bloomingdale’s, Kiehl’s Harvey Nichols, Kiehl’s Mercato, Kiehl’s Festival City.
Sophisticated, sweet, sexy – all the things that dad aspires to be beautifully bottled up in a delicious Tom Ford scent.
Available in 50 ml and 100 ml at all Tom Ford beauty counters in department stores across the UAE.
Got a dapper dad at home? the 1940’s inspired afternoon tea at Reform Social & Grill has been designed specifically for the gents and includes mini masculine bites such as steak pie, sausage rolls and Yorkie bar brownies. Depending on whether dad has to get back to work or not he’ll have the option of a mighty leaf tea, coffee or cocktails plus there’s a ‘whiskey and cigar’ package available if he fancies himself as a bit of a Don Draper.
AED 95 per person (alcohol packages extra and not available during Ramadan) Saturday – Thursday, 3pm -5pm.
When you’re short on space but big on charbroiled flavour, go for the classic Weber gas grill in a portable version (when it’s hot we even bbq indoors on the kitchen counter just because nothing beats the taste). It’s so iconic and perfectly compact, we’d almost call it cute (but not in front of Dad). Summer just got a whole lot tastier – and in the winter you’ll be able to take it camping. Perfect.
Available at ACE Hardware and Adventure HQ.
Tired of cufflinks going missing or littering the bedroom surfaces? We bet he is too. A compartmentalised box with glass lid is just the thing for keeping cufflinks or spare change safe and easy to find – you could even add a couple of pairs as part of the gift.
AED 219 available at Zara Home Stores across the UAE
If dad’s a caffeine fiend then he’ll know (and love) cold brew coffee – one of the latest techniques of producing a smoother, less acidic brew that still packs a punch and can be served chilled (summer survival essential) or steaming hot. Get him set up with his own cold brew coffee dripper that looks as good as the coffee it makes.
AED 1,750 available at the Coffee Planet online store.
3. Apple Watch
Is it obnoxiously trendy? Of course it is. Is it still the coolest gift of the spring? Yes! This tiny work of art can track his health habits, keep track of his flight status, and make it easier for him to keep sending on-the-go snapshots to your kids through that phenomenal little camera – ideal for the long summer if he’s spending time in Dubers without the fam.
From AED 1,599 available at Souk.com
The latest incarnation of Beats headphones are as good as gold (literally, if you buy the gold ones – how Dubai are they?!), and Dad needs all the noise-cancelling he can get on the flights home or just to get a little peace and quiet every now and then – be it when pounding the pavements (or the treadmill in the summer) or chillaxing at home. Available in a range of fun colours and absolutely wireless, these headphones are the real deal.
From AED 1,290 available at Beats by Dre.
Get daddy-o kitted out for the summer hols in some seriously cool swimmers. Available in a whole heap of patterns, we love the matching mini options for junior.
AED 314 at StarBlu.
He’d give you the shirt off his back but he’d much rather receive one, especially if it can help make him stand out in the corporate crowd.
AED 275 each, but by 3 or more for AED 235. Available at T.M. Lewin Deira City Centre, Dubai Marina Mall, Al Ain Mall.
Papa looking (and feeling) a little rough around the edges? Treat him to a traditional and luxurious barbershop shave at the 1847 male grooming salon to help clean him up. If he has a penchant for pampering then there are massages, hair treatments and much more to choose from here too – all done man-style of course.
AED 125 for 35 mins.
Put a spring in his step – and on his feet -with this trio of flowery socks – perfect for jazzing up his days if he’s always stuck in a suit.
Available at the Happy Socks stand in Mercato Mall.
Turn up the heat in the kitchen and get dad the ultimate box of Italian goodies to play with and the Eataly cook book to inspire him.
AED 420, available at Eataly The Dubai Mall.
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