Our Top Picks: 7 Things To Do In The UAE This Weekend
Whether you want to shop, sip sundowners or talk social media, we have your weekend plans sorted – starting tonight…
Dance on the rooftops
Happy weekend! To kick things off, the Pure Sky Lounge will host international DJ Nick Warren at Tiger sessions tonight. Sip signature cocktails as you dance the night away 35 floors up at The Hilton, The Walk JBR. If you really want to make a night out of it, reserve a table now.
Shop a colourful pop-up
If you haven’t checked it out already, make sure you don’t miss the final weekend of Kage’s Spring/Summer 2017 pop-up in Etoile La Boutique, at Mall of the Emirates. Feast your eyes on the Chasing Rainbows collection, which is full of bold graphic stripes, candy colours and structured frills. Credit cards at the ready…
Level One, Etoile La Boutique, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, open until April 28. Tel: (04) 3414166. etoilelaboutique.com.
Book into the Burj Al Arab
Undoubtedly the best venue in town to sip sundowners, head to one of the most stunning terraces in town which just happens to be over the water and at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The Lounge on the Terrace offers a tailored menu of platters to share and snacks to match, plus an incredible list of cocktails with unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf. Add a dash of DJ Naz and you have yourself a fabulous Friday afternoon.
Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai, from 3pm to 7pm Friday and Saturday. Minimum spend is Dhs250 per person. Tel: jumeirah.com.
Go fly a kite
Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen and sense of humour for Anantara’s second annual kite fest on Sir Bani Yas Island. Enjoy music, beach activities, food and drinks at the family fun event, and make the most of the weather before summer really kicks in…
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort, Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Day visitors Dhs150 for adults, Dhs100 for children, free for resort guests. Tel: (02) 801 5400anantara.com.
If you’re concerned your Saturday morning market run will be no more now the warmer weather is here – worry not. If you’re like us, you love a good weekend market, so will welcome the very good news that the summer Ripe Markets have returned. Every Saturday, the cult market will move indoors at Times Square Centre. In addition to getting your fruit and veg for the week, we recommend you check out the local artisans, crafters and jewellers and their bespoke, handmade works. If you have the tots in tow, there are tonnes of stuff like craft stations, indoor cinema and a petting zoo to let them loose in while you shop.
The Ripe Market, Times Square Center, Dubai, every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. ripeme.com.
Or shop from the comfort of your couch…
If you don’t fancy a day out at the malls, log on to local site ounass.com and check out the latest bespoke collection by cult Aussie brand Zimmermann. It’s a collection designed exclusively for us in the Middle East, and you will want to buy everything in this boho-meets grown-up-girl line. The best part is that once you buy, the pieces can be delivered to you in under two hours – perfect if you change your mind about going out on a school night.
Obsessed with social media? Live on Instagram and get all your creative concepts via Pinterest? Sven Mueller of Dubai’s architecture and design studio SVENM, and Basmah El Bittar, head of community relations at Alserkal Avenue, will explore the digital phenomenon of social media websites and their impact on design today. Topics for discussion will include how these digital platforms have changed our access to visual information, how to turn mood boards into reality, and workplace issues for designers. If you are attending, send over the links to your Instagram handles and Pinterest boards to get the most from the discussion.