This Dubai weekend we’re throwing snowballs, hitting a classy happy hour and dancing to the tunes of Oliver Heldens. #WeekendVibes
Get involved in the Middle East’s largest snowball fight
From 11pm onwards this Thursday, Ski Mall at the Mall of the Emirates is hosting the Middle East’s largest snowball fight. While things are heating up outside, cool down at this so-strange-it’s-cool night-time event. Entry is free, shoes will be provided but jackets and hats you’ll need to bring yourself. When else can you have a snowball fight in the desert? For more information, call (04) 3410000
Hit happy hour at The Ivy
OK, so while this isn’t new we were surprised how many people dodn’t know about this. Between 5pm to 8pm The Ivy’s 99-er happy hour allows you to buy four (select) cocktails for just Dhs99, or a bottle of wine Dhs99 or three dishes for, you guessed it, Dhs99. It doesn’t get happier than that.
Put on your dancing shoes
Oliver Heldens is headlining this week’s One Big Friday at Zero Gravity, spinning his own hits as well as the best of soul and disco-funk from the 1960s and 1970s, alongside Resident DJ Andrew Hartley. You can start the party off with a brunch from 3pm to 6pm (Dhs395/Dhs666 with bubbles) which includes your entry to the event. Or if you’re brunching elsewhere, head down to Zero Gravity before 6pm for free entry, Dhs150 after. Tickets can be purchased here, call this number to book a table (poolside available).
Take part in wedding mania
Getting married? Thinking about getting married? Know someone getting married? Just really, really like weddings? At the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre this weekend BRIDE is open for the public. From 3pm to 10pm, enjoy the region’s leading wedding and lifestyle event, brimming with a schedule of catwalks, VIP lounges, jewellery, hijab styling, pop-up couture and more. Buy your tickets at the door for Dhs125 or visit thebrideshow.com/abudhabi for more information.
See the Ottoman empire come to life
Whether you’re a fan of the cult TV series Hareem Al Sultan, a history buff or a lover of fashion, the Hareem Al Sultan, exhibition at City Walk takes you inside the colourful world of the Ottoman Empire and the hugely popular TV that has put the royals back in the spotlight. The Hareem Al Sultan The Exhibition runs until December 2016. Tickets are Dhs100 for adults and can be found at ticketmaster.ae
Have authentic Japanese high tea in downtown Dubai
Feeling a little adventurous? Chakon Café’s second outlet is located in Al Manzil Souk – a far cry from the original café in Kamakura, a seaside city south of Tokyo. Some of the delicacies on its menu include black sesame lattes with toasted marshmallows, milk shaved ice served with coffee jelly and Japenese-style French toast. Open Thursday and Friday from 10am – 11pm and Saturday from 8am – 11pm. Call (04) 4428 8883 or visit chakon.ae for more information
Head to The Kooples at The Dubai Mall from 5pm to 7pm for a fashion masterclass with stylist Banan Alawneh. Those who attend not only get an education in all things style but also receive an in store discount of 15 per cent. With NUXE and The Loft Avenue as event partners, we’re sure there will be a nice goody bag, too.
April 20 & 21
Couture designer Rami Al Ali is holding his first ever private sale, exclusively selling his autumn/winter 2015, spring/summer 2015 and autumn/winter 2016 pret-a-porter collections with up 80 per cent off. Rami Al Ali boutique, Villa #697, Al Wasl Road Jumeirah, Dubai. (04) 3945607