The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with award-winning plays, Ramadan pop-ups, and a whole lot of shopping…

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Thursday 25

Catch the last night of Mary Poppins

She’s been in town for a few weeks, but now Mary Poppins is set to fly away from Dubai Opera. Everyone’s favourite nanny has just two more performances left, but tickets are still available (at time of publishing). The show’s had rave reviews (we can vouch for that, and the set design is some of the most spectacular we’ve seen) so catch her while you can.

 

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, May 25, 3pm and 7.45pm. Tickets from Dhs300. Tel: (04) 440888. More information on website.

Book a table at Dubai’s latest Latin American offering

Located in The Oberoi, Waka is the hottest new Latin American restaurant we’ve experienced in Dubai in a while – no mean feat, in a city where “Peruvian” is currently a culinary buzzword. With a creative menu prepared by Roberto Segura (the chef behind The Act and Craft Cafe), you’ll be presented with perfectly-presented plates that look as good as they taste. We highly recommend the Chocolate Bomb dessert – though be warned, you’ll need at least two dining companions for sharing this decadent treat.

Waka, The Oberoi, Dubai, Saturday to Wednesday 6pm to midnight, Thursday and Friday 6pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 444 1455. waka.ae

Friday 26

Fill up that pantry with fresh fruit and veg

Ripe Farmers Market

The Ripe Farmers Market is returning to Reform Social & Grill for five weeks over Ramadan. Everything from fresh fruit, just-baked bread and deli goodies will be on offer at the weekly Friday pop-up, and the best bit is that the whole thing will be held in an air-conditioned tent (yay!). There’ll also be stalls packed with arts and craft, fashion and homewares, plus some face painting to keep the kids happy.

Ripe Market, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 8am to 12pm. Free entry. Tel: (04) 315 7000. ripeme.com.

See s screening of Daniel Radcliffe’s new play

The Courtyard Playhouse is back with one of its National Theatre screenings (and we’re huge fans – they’re free and fun). This time Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will be broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre, a sitcom about two hapless minor characters from Hamlet (with one played by Harry Potter star Radcliffe).

Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, May 24 to May 27, 8pm to 11pm, free. Tel: (050) 7812257. courtyardplayhouse

Saturday 27

Kick off the Holy Month with a casual iftar

iftar crepe

Alserkal Avenue is hosting an alternative iftar this year, with a rotating selection of vendors popping up throughout the Holy Month. The Nadi Nights concept will kick off with two tasty street-food-style options on offer – Huguette and Guy (above), which serves sweet and savoury crepes, and Hookeddxb, which dishes up baos and Asian-inspired sandwiches. With main costing from Dhs30 to Dhs45 (and no reservations required), this laid-back experience sounds like it’ll keep us coming back week after week.

Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, event on until June 24 (these particular vendors on until May 31). Starts nightly at iftar time. More information on Facebook.

Stock up on summer essentials

Boutique Nomads

 
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We’ve just discovered a brand-new online store in the UAE, and we can tell it’s going to be bad for our credit card bill. Boutique Nomads is virtually stuffed with plenty of outdoorsy finds, from loungers and hammocks to giant pool flamingos, lamps and picnicware. Everything’s bursting with colour or Scandi-cool, and making us picture all the poolside parties we need to have over summer. Plus there’s free shipping and a cash on delivery option (always a bonus).

boutique-nomads.com

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