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16 amazing and fun things to do in the UAE this week

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Events to go to this week

Talk: Bespoke design in the age of social media

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Explore the digital phenomenon of websites such as Pinterest and Instagram and their impact on design today with Sven Mueller of Dubai's architecture and design studio SVENM, and Basmah El Bittar, Head of Community Relations at Alserkal Avenue. They will discuss how these channels have changed the design process through people’s access to visual information, the fun of their constructed worlds, and how you actually turn mood-boards into reality by working with a professional. Attending guests are encouraged to register and send over links to their Instagram handles and Pinterest boards in advance to get the most from the evening!

Location Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue Cost Free Timings April 30 at 6.30pm Contact

Shopping: Georges, our new favourite boutique


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Tucked away within the serenity of The Courtyard in Al Quoz lies a hidden haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Mosaic tiles, soothing fountains and cobblestone walkways pave the way to Georges Of Dubai, a lifestyle concept boutique offering unique pieces of homeware fashion and jewellery in Dubai. Australian interior designer Georgina Trigg, opened the store is part of home grown concept The Collective by Ripe, a pocket of retail bliss that takes you out of the ordinary shopping experience. The pieces feature mainly Australian designers mixed with complementary pieces from design and fashion hubs including NYC, Paris and London. If you’re looking for unique pieces in Dubai, that you won’t be able to find anywhere else, prepare to unleash your inner home decorator. Life is too short for beige.

Location The Courtyard, 4B Street, Al Quoz Timings Saturday to Thursday, from 9am to 6pm Contact 055 3184355

Justin Bieber Live

Justin Bieber

Beliebers get ready. The concert is this weekend at the Autism Rocks Arena, located near Dubai Outlet Mall.

Tickets, ranging between Dh335-Dh2,800, are available on

Jazzy Jeff at Barasti Beach

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The Magnificent himself, DJ Jazzy Jeff will be returning to Barasti this weekend. Alongside Barasti’s resident DJs, Jazzy Jeff will take to the stage from 11pm to blast some of your favourite tracks. Best known amongst some for his work with partner Will Smith ‘The Fresh Prince’, the multiple award winning DJ Jazzy Jeff travels the globe to perform, taking fans on a musical journey with each set.

Location Barasti, Dubai Marina Cost Free Timings Friday May 5 at 11 pm, doors open all day Contact

Cinco de Mayo Mexican party at Nikki Beach

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Nikki Beach Style! Head south of the border this weekend with a Mexican-inspired party including entertainment, decoration, costumes and cuisine.

Location Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira Cost Free entry Timings Friday May 5 from 1pm to 9pm Contact 04 3766162

New: 101 night at Cavalli

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Cavalli Club, Restaurant and Lounge have announced new night called 101, launching tonight and taking place every Sunday after, this popular nightspot is offering an incredible beverage package. If you’re a lady in Dubai you know you’re onto a winner. The first 101 ladies to register on the guest list will get unlimited beverages between 11.30pm and 3am, that includes entry to the club and any house beverages desired. Men can enjoy unlimited beverages as well for Dh500.

Location Fairmont Hotel Shaikh Zayed Road Cost First 101 ladies on the guest list enjoy free beverages, First 101 gents on guest list get enjoy unlimited beverage package for Dh500 Timings Every Sunday from 11.30pm to 3am Contact 050 9910400

Brunch event: McGettigan’s JLT Mega Brunch

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McGettigan’s JLT are hosting a Mega Brunch this weekend. Party goers can enjoy six hours all you can eat and drink. Indulge in authentic Irish cuisine, inspired by the Emerald isle as well as international dishes, while enjoying back to back live entertainment. Choose from an a la carte menu and live cooking stations offering salads and cold plates, seafood and roast joints. Make sure you try banana French toast with cinnamon and vanilla icing sugar. Keep things simple with a bacon and fried egg brioche bap or fluffy pancakes, maple syrup and blueberry compote.  Live music includes Mike Ross, The Maplejacks and The Supernovas as well as a DJ while enjoying a range of unlimited house beverages.  

Location JLT Cluster J Cost Dh249 including house beverages Timings Friday May 19 from 12pm to 6pm Contact 04 3780800

Gentleman’s night: Enjoy a slice of Amsterdam 

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach launches its most recent addition, the Amsterdam Hub. Savour a cool glass of hops as you kick-back, relax and enjoy the brand-new bar, inspired by the vibrant Dutch city of Amsterdam. Located on level 2, Amsterdam Hub has been styled to provide a haven away from The Walk and The Beach. The Dutch theme of the bar runs through the à la carte menu modelled on and named after world renowned paintings by famous Dutch artists. A selection of different dishes are on offer, ranging from traditional Bitterballen and an assortment of matured Dutch cheese as well as regular bar snacks including burgers and hotdogs.

Amsterdam Hub will also be screening major sporting events on the large TV screens. Amsterdam Hub hosts a series of different promotions every night of the week, to in-house guests and expats. Thursday night is ‘Gentlemen’s Night’, where men will receive a selected beverage on the house, after that, the malt beverages will be buy one get one free.

Location Amsterdam Hub Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Cost One free beverage and buy one get one free Timings Open daily from 4pm to 2am, Happy Hour will run from 4pm to 8pm daily Contact 4 4484733

New Happy Hour: Lima Dubai

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LIMA Dubai, the Peruvian restaurant and bar concept from internationally acclaimed Chef Virgilio Martinez is the first licensed venue to open in the exclusive Fine Dining Courtyard offering a new level of gastronomy in the heart of Dubai. The new daily happy hour, offers 50 per cent off of selected house beverages. The lounge is decorated in a vibrant yet rustic style, embracing the light, warmth and charm of the Americas, with materials sourced directly from Peru. The eye-catching wall mural created by Peruvian tattoo artist Stefano Alcantara provides a dynamic backdrop, as the LIMA lounge comes to life with an inspired soundtrack from LIMA’s resident DJs.

Location City Walk, Fine Dining Court Cost 50 per cent off on selected beverages Timings Daily from 4pm to 8pm Contact 8005462

Brunch: Seafood night at Na3 Na3

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Celebrate a perfect Friday with an amazing brunch offer at buy one get one free. The seafood extravaganza will range from freshly shucked oysters, pan-seared scallops to our signature paella at our Seafood brunch. Head to the Cabana afterwards for to continue the celebration of leisure all afternoon with Burj Khalifa views and special mixology crafted beverages at 50 per cent off until 6pm.

Location Address Dubai Mall Cost Dh320 per person including soft beverages, Dh420 per person including house beverages, Order one Seafood Brunch and receive another free Timings Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm Contact 04 4388888

Gentlemen’s night: Ikemen Wednesday at Aji

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Another Gents night, to show our make readers some love. This one goes by the name of Ikemen Wednesdays. Located at Palm hot spot Ají at Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah, the new night will offer the men of Dubai a chance to get groomed at a pop-up barber shop from Chaps & Co. Regular gents night will take place every Wednesday, offering male guests 20 per cent off Aji’s Japanese Peruvian menu and two complimentary beverages

Location Aji, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah Cost 2 free beverages and 20 per cent off food Timings Every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm Contact 04 5520244

Groove to Afro beats at Gursha every Thursday

Fancy an authentic Ethiopian meal and premium beverages while listening to wild afro beats? Pop on down to Gursha on Thursdays and groove to the beats of Samuel, their live drummer, and DJ Shoni who will be on the deck playing reggae, afrobeats, dancehall and old school.

Location Gursha, Unit No. 1, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah Days Every Thursday Timings 6:00PM – 1:30AM Reservations 04 5509223

Treatment of the week

Nikki Spa: Full body massage

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Check out the most stylish spa in the UAE. Designed as the ultimate sanctuary, fully relax and unwind with Espa treatment concepts and products. This beautiful spa needs to be seen. They’ve got both solo and social spaces made up of seven beautifully-appointed, separate spa suites for men and women, one devoted couple’s suite, a hammam chamber, sauna, steam room, ice fountain, a mixed vitality pool and indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges. Try a 60 minute massage there and you’ll never want to go anywhere else in Dubai.

Location Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Pearl Jumeira Dubai Cost Starting from Dh470 per person Timings Open Daily from 9am to 10pm

Movies to watch this week

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release Date: May 4 2017

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell Language: English

Mukti Bhawan Hotel Salvation

Release Date: May 4 2017

Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl and Anil K Rastogi

Language: Hindi

Release Date: 11 May 2017

Starring: Tommi Korpela, Mimosa Willamo and Nelly Hirst-Gee

Language: English