Fabulous news: it’s the weekend. If you’re casting your eye around for something to do, look no further. Whether it’s food festivals, French breakfasts or free films, we’ve got you covered.

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Thursday 8

Get a free pamper



JBR salon favourite Pastels is turning 10, so to celebrate, it’s offering a free hair treatment and hair diagnosis from a Kerastase expert to anyone who’s booked a hair appointment for Thursday (so if you ring now, you could still get a slot). Everyone who visits the salon on the day will also be entered into a prize draw to win a complimentary 60-minute treatment. And with summer coming, we think our hair needs it…

Pastels Salon, Ritz Carlton Hotel, JBR, Dubai, open 9am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 399 5016. pastels-salon.com.

Raise a glass with the ladies in your life

The Bar, Rixos The Palm

This Thursday is International Women’s Day, and Rixos The Palm is getting in the mood to celebrate with its themed party night. There’ll be hours of complimentary drinks for women, as well as a live band, dancing and a DJ on the decks. So kick up your heels on the dance floor—you’ve earned it.

The Bar, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, doors open 5pm, complimentary beverages for women from 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 457 55 55. thepalmdubai.rixos.com.

Friday 9

Enjoy a brunch that’s actually focused on breakfast food

We all know what a Dubai brunch really entails—it’s basically the biggest lunch of your life, where you eat and drink so much you’re asleep by 5pm. Bistro Des Artes, however, is all about an authentic Parisian brunch experience (ie it starts before 1pm). Expect traditional pastries, crepes, cereals, fresh eggs, pancakes and even a duck burger, plus plenty of juices, coffee and tea. You can also sit outside on the terrace and soak up the atmosphere of Dubai Marina as you lazily dine.

Bistro Des Arts, Dubai Marina Promenade, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. Dhs99 per person, or Dhs174 with three selected cocktails. Tel: (04) 55 11 576. bistrodesarts.ae.

Eat your way around the amphitheatre

Taste of Dubai

This weekend marks the 11th annual Taste of Dubai food festival, with three days packed full of tasty nibbles, cooking classes and live entertainment (including a concert headlined by We Are Family crooners Sister Sledge). This year there’s also something called the Italian Pavilion, so expect to fill up on plenty of authentic pasta.

Taste of Dubai, Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai. March 8 4pm to 12am, March 9 12pm to 12am, March 10 12pm to 11pm. Dhs200 on Thurs, Dhs95 on Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 391 1196. platinumlist.net

Saturday 10

Chill out by the pool

address boulevard

Need a reset before the working week kicks off again? Then the Address Boulevard’s Saturday afternoon ‘Good Vibes’ session might be one for you. For Dhs295 for two people, you get a platter of hot and cold bites, a pitcher of sangria, and four hours of laying out by the pool, which should help you feel refreshed (until the Sunday morning alarm goes off).

Address Boulevard, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm, Dhs295 for two people. Tel: (04) 561 8888. theaddress.com

See a movie under the stars


To celebrate International Women’s Day, JBR is putting on a series of free family-friendly movies with female leads to enjoy al fresco. On Thursday and Friday you’ll find Brave and Frozen respectively (from 6pm), and on Saturday Disney favourite Moana will be screened. Plus, there’ll be free popcorn and candy floss for all…

Rimal Square, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, free. Film starts at 7pm. facebook.com/thewalkatjbr.

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