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Here's how to enjoy this weekend in the UAE

Free events at JBR

JBR is set to celebrate Chinese New Year this February with a variety of fun activities, bringing a touch of Asian culture to Dubai. Learn more about Chinese culture with a host of exciting workshops and discover one of the world’s most popular martial arts and join a Kung Fu class at the UFC Gym (open to all levels). Guests are also in for an action-packed weekend with the Rush Hour trilogy screening in the evenings over three days.

Location Rimal Square, Jumeirah Beach Residences, Dubai Cost Free (all activities) Dates February 1 to 3 (Chinese workshops and kung fu) February 8 to 10 (Rush Hour movie nights)

New Black Tap location!

Black Tap has recently opened its doors in JBR at the Rixos Premium Hotel. Their burgers and shakes are known for fresh ingredients and simple yet delicious taste. Also listen to our hilarious rapid-fire round with the boss Joe Isidori. 

Location Rixos Premium Hotel Timings From 11am to 12.30am

Try out Meraas's 'The Yard'

Home to Dubai's first ever love-lock bridge is The Yard, the bridge inspired by the famous Pont des Arts in Paris, where couples can hang a signed padlock to symbolise their ever-lasting love. The Yard opened to the public on January 25 and has a rustic courtyard, a lake, walking trails and expansive picnic areas. It is a great place to take advantage of the last month of winter in Dubai.

Location Al Khawaneej area, Last Exit D89 More details here

Check out wagamama’s new Dubai flagship

wagamama has recently opened its UAE flagship restaurant in The Dubai Mall. This is the fifth venue in the UAE and there are two more planned to open this year. 

What’s special about this flagship is that The Dubai Mall wagamama features the same design concept as London’s flagship branch in Covent Garden. 

The new branch is located in the Star Atrium walking distance from The Dubai Fountain. Seating 150 customers, the venue spans more than 4,000 square feet including an extended outside terrace.

Location The Dubai Mall, Star Atrium Contact +971 4 320 3237

Wasla Arabic alternative music festival

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Combining the best in alternative Middle Eastern music, art and entertainment to create an experience unlike any other in Dubai, Wasla Arabic Alternative Music Festival is gearing up for its upcoming edition at Dubai Design District. Look forward to incredible beats, stunning art installations, traditional Arabic street food trucks, endless beverage options and fun pop-up retail stalls.

The billed acts are from all over the world include: Cairokee (Egypt), Autostrad (Jordan), Lekhfa (Egypt), Hayajan featuring Alaa Wardi (Jordan), Tania Saleh (Lebanon), Gnawa Diffusion (Algeria) and Majaz (Bahrain). Genres range from folk to rock, pop, metal, bossa nova, jazz, electronica, psychedelia, roots, reggae and beyond.

Location Dubai Design District Cost Early bird tickets are Dh195, regular tickets are Dh245. Timings February 2 from 4pm to 2am


Proud Mary

Release Date: 01 February 2018
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown and Jahi Di'Allo Winston 
Language: English

Den Of Thieves

Release Date: 01 February 2018
Starring: Gerard Butler, O'Shea Jackson Jr and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Language: English


Release Date: 01 February 2018
Starring: Manoj Guiness, Saniya Iyappan and Santhosh Keezhattoor
Language: Malayalam

Staying in?

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