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Here are our top picks for this weekend:

Act of kindness: Your loved shoe for another's happy feet

This is for those of us who hoard shoes (guilty hand raised). Shoe Mart in association with Red Crescent society in the UAE invite all visitors to Shoe Mart stores across Dubai to donate their pre-owned and usable shoes for others who may need it more.

As a token of appreciation, Shoe Mart will reward its first 2,000 customers on Friday with a gift voucher worth Dh100 each. For every old pair donated by customers, Shoe Mart will reward them with a gift voucher worth Dh25 each.

Location Shoe Mart stores in Dubai including Centrepoint stores Dates October 13 to October 21

Party: Because We Can

This weekend Bridge Water Tavern's absolute favourite headline act, Mr. Thing will fly in and create an exciting set, mixing some of the rarest grooves with the best loved records ever heard. Enjoy the coolest party in town!

Location Bridgewater Tavern Club at JW Marriott Marquis Cost Admission is free before 10.30pm, Dh50 after Timings from 9pm to 3am 

Brunch: Family brunch Friday at Rove

The family brunch on Fridays was only available at The Daily but now is moving to all Rove Hotels. The hangout offers an open buffet of fresh, breakfast treats, sandwiches, desserts and an assortment of drinks, with a choice of one main course from the kitchen and one hot beverage from the menu.


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Location Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, and Rove Trade Centre Cost Dh59 per person Dates and timings Fridays, 11am to 3.30pm 

Food: Last chance to try Jumeirah Restaurant Week's offers

It's officially the last two days of Jumeirah Restaurant Week, which is ending this Friday October 13  at more than 40 Jumeirah restaurants across Dubai and Abu Dhabi with signature menus priced from Dh95.  This weekend, there will be a an extra special ‘Chefs Table’ pop-up experience happening at Tortuga tonight! As JRW comes to a close, you have a chance to win ‘Brunch on us’ (that’s a free brunch every week for an entire year for four people) on October 13 and make sure you head down to their huge after party at 360° to celebrate. 

Location All participating Jumeirah Hotels Cost various 

New: Sandwiches gourmet style

Try the newest gourmet sandwich menu which is a fusion of flavours from the East and the West with North American, Asian and Middle Eastern notes. The beef is grass fed, New Zealand raised and the chicken is locally raised cage free, hormone and antibiotic free. The food is cooked by braising, roasting or grilling. The sandwiches are served in a soft potato bread roll along with homemade specialty pickles and presented in a customized handcrafted plate.


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Location State 88, City Walk 1 Dates and timings Weekdays 9am to 12pm; Weekends 9am to 1am Contact 04 388 8444 

Health: Wellness on Saturday

Start your Saturday mornings right, relax and recharge for the week ahead. Launching in collaboration with Fit Squad DXB, Vida Wellness Mornings features activities focusing on emotional, mental and physical wellness with meditation and fitness activities. Follow this up with Vida Downtown’s Saturdaze Brunch.


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Location Vida Downtown Cost Dh80 for fitness and meditation; Dh189 inclusive of fitness activities, meditation session and Saturdaze brunch; Dh100 per guest for a poolside cabana and pool access Dates and timings Every Saturday; 9.30am to 10.30am followed by brunch from 11 am to 3pm Contact 04 428 6888

Shopping: Shop organic every weekend

Open for around six of the cooler months in the year, Baker & Spice's 'Farmer's Market on the Terrace' is opening up again this weekend and will stay open until growing season in 2018 (usually around April or May). The market offers locally produced and organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, honey, rice and more, most of which has been picked or collected by the farmers that morning. 

Location Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay Dates and timings Fridays and Saturdays; 8am to 1pm Contact 04 427 9856

Party: Dance away this Friday

Looking for dance-worthy house music and trendy mixes of your favourite songs? Get it all this Friday at Blue Marlin Ibiza with Guy Gerber, Acid Mondays and their resident DJs, Frederick Stone, Jixo & Danz DJ Jean B and Aidin Karami. 

Location Blue Marlin Ibiza Dates and timings Friday; 1pm to 11pm Reserve in advance +971 56 113 3400

Staycation of the week: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

We tried a staycation at this venue, and believe us when we say, you will have a fabulous time here. With many dining and entertainment options, the suites have incredible views of the city. We recommend the Executive Towers suite for a comfortable and luxurious staycation.

Location Jumeirah Emirates Towers Cost Starts at Dh800 Contact +971 4 330 0000


Blade Runner 2049

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto

The Foreigner

Cast: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan


Cast: Dulquer Salman

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai? 

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