Fabulous news: it’s the weekend. If you’re casting your eye around for something to do, look no further. Whether it’s a brand-new menu, luxurious spa treatments, or an outdoor market, we’ve got you covered.

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Thursday 11

Start the new year fresh 

the spa palace downtown


Maybe you’re already a bit sick of 2018 and need to wind down. We feel you. Why not book in at The Spa at the Palace Downtown? It’ll be more rejuvenating than an after-work happy hour, we promise. Our pick is the Balinese massage, priced from Dhs578, and they also have a traditional hammam room.

Balinese massage at The Spa, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai. From Dhs578. Tel: (04) 428 7805. addresshotels.com

…Or have a glass of bubbles


Hey, maybe you’d prefer to wind down over some sparkling. Equally valid. Bellini Bellas is a new ladies night at Carluccio’s in the Jumeirah Creekside hotel, and it offers three free glasses,  with a fourth added on if you post on Instagram tagging the restaurant’s account. Too easy. There’s also 50 per cent off food.

Bellini Bellas at Carluccio’s, Jumierah Creekside Hotel, Dubai Creek. 6pm-11pm. Tel: (04) 256 7440. carluccios.com

Friday 12

Enjoy a taste of Persia


It’s the fine-dining restaurant known for its rotation of themed menus, and a new one (designed to share) has just landed. Curated by executive chef Mansour Memarian, Enigma is putting a new spin on Persian cuisine with its just-launched dishes, which include crispy potatoes with minced beef, onion and saffron, an Iranian dizi stew, and falude. Just the sound of that is making our tummies rumble.

Enigma, Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf, Dubai, open Monday to Saturday 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 556 8830. palazzoversace.ae.

Peruse some homegrown gems

Market Outside the Box

We sure have plenty of creative talent right here in the Middle East—and now you can shop a range of independent brands all in one place (well, for a limited time). Market Outside the Box is back for another year, bringing together 120 emerging and iconic regional designers—including Deborah Henning, Emaan Home and House of Fatam—for a 10-day extravaganza. There’ll also be pilate classes, live entertainment and outdoor movie screenings, so check the schedule to make sure you don’t miss anything…

Market Outside the Box, Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, open 4pm to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends, until January 20. Free to enter. dsfmarketotb.ae.

Saturday 13

Enjoy an outdoor movie

How long has it been since you saw Bridesmaids? Too long, we’re betting. This Saturday has the perfect opportunity for a re-watch, as the popular Urban Outdoor Cinema returns to the Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa Hotel in Dubai Marina. Get your friends together and finish your weekend with some laughs.

Bridesmaids at Urban Outdoor Cinema, Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa Hotel, Dubai Marina. Dhs75 per person, movie starts 7.30pm. urbanoutdoorcinema.com.  

Check out a new spa concept

Soul Wellness & Spa

The Sheraton Grand has revamped its spa with a fresh makeover and a just-launched holistic focus, which includes in-depth chats with clients to best assess what they want out of their treatments. The spa menu includes tailored options such as detox wraps, signature massages and radiance-boosting facials, with every treatment finished off with an optional 10 minutes of guided meditation. Sounds like the perfect way to reset your zen before the working week begins.

Soul Wellness & Spa, Sheraton Grand Hotel, 3 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Tel: (04) 503 4444. sheratongranddubai.com.

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