Great news: It’s the weekend. And if you’re casting your eye around for something to do, look no further. Whether it’s pampering, a brand new brunch, or a cheeky staycay you’re after, we’ve got you covered.

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Thursday July 26

Book yourself in for some discounted pampering

Tips & Toes is having an online sale, with up to 50 per cent off all kinds of hair treatments, facials and massages. Once you’ve purchased your voucher, you have until the end of September to redeem it. We’ll be treating ourselves to a set of half-price eyelash extensions, which are a steal at Dhs262.50.

 

Tips & Toes, various locations. Vouchers valid for redemption until September 30. tipsandtoes.com/en/vouchers

Check in for a weekend staycation

The Royal Central Hotel has just opened its doors on the East Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, and they’re offering an incredible opening rate of Dhs499 for a standard room for two adults, which includes breakfast. The hotel has three signature restaurants, private beach access, and a dreamy looking infinity pool…

Royal Central Hotel The Palm, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, from Dhs499. Tel: (04) 454 4900. central-hotels.com

Friday July 27

Check out a brand new Friday brunch

The party people from Candypants are bringing a brand new brunch to the Maiden Shanghai in the chic FIVE Palm Jumeirah. Launching today, Dim Sum Disco is described as a “boutique party brunch concept”, featuring an a la carte offering of modern Asian dishes as well as house beverages, selected signature cocktails and free-flowing bubbly. Maiden Shanghai also has its own karaoke room, so you know you’re in for a good time.

Maiden Shanghai, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Fridays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395. Drunch drinks package available 4pm to 6pm, Dhs100 for three drinks. Tel: (050) 220 4638. facebook.com/CandypantsEvents

Enjoy a coffee and chocolate tasting

Is there a better combination? Homegrown chocolate makers Mirzam are hosting an hour-long tasting, pairing and making workshop this evening. You’ll sample coffee beans brewed by Zero Four Specialty Coffee and paired with handcrafted single origin chocolate. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be a coffee and chocolate expert. Oh, and as a side note, you HAVE to try Mirzam’s brownies from The Brownie Outpost… you’ll find these at the Bay Avenue Farmers Market every Friday.

Mirzam, Warehouse 70, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Friday July 27, 4pm to 5pm, US$10. mirzam.com

Saturday July 28

Celebrate Peruvian National Day

Lima Dubai is one of our favourite restaurants in City Walk, and the Peruvian hotspot is celebrating the country’s 197th National Day with a delectable deal. Dhs197 will get you three courses, paired with a refreshing beverage. Get yourself a Pisco Sour from the bar and settle into one of their oh-so-Instagrammable hammock seats for the perfect Saturday afternoon.

Lima Dubai, City Walk, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (056) 500 4571. limadubai.com

Go see a free film

In collaboration with the US Embassy in the UAE, Cinema Akil presents Fierce, an American film showcase celebrating the strength and power of women. This evening’s film is Custody, starring Viola Davis and Hayden Panettiere, which centres around the story of a hard-working single mother who has her children taken away from her.

A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saturday July 28, 7pm, free. cinemaakil.com

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