The weekend is upon us, and if you’re looking for ways to fill your calendar, we’ve got you covered. From free yoga classes and new ladies’ nights to Insta-worthy cafes and exhibitions, here are six fabulous things to do in Dubai this weekend.

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Thursday July 5

Stop by Charlotte Tilbury’s new store

We started saving our dirhams the minute we heard Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Wonderland was coming to The Dubai Mall, and now it’s finally here. The store is a place of wonder – expect crimson velvet sofas, ornate art-deco light fittings and old Hollywood-style vanity tables, plus a Magic Mirror that actually morphs your face into Charlotte’s 10 iconic looks. We’re in love.


Charlotte Tilbury’s Dubai Beauty Wonderland, ground floor (near the Dubai Aquarium), The Dubai Mall. Daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 362 7500.

Head to a chilled-out concert

Legendary singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is playing a one-off show at Dubai Opera tonight. Widely regarded as one of the best songwriters of her generation, the artist emerged as a leading figure in the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. She’s best known for her catchy hit Tom’s Diner, which was later covered by Britney Spears.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. Thursday July 5, show starts 8pm, tickets from Dhs95.

Friday July 6

Make time for a tea party

Tania’s Teahouse is officially the prettiest cafe we’ve ever encountered, and over the next two months they’re giving us another excuse to take refuge from the heat inside its millennial pink walls. With any main menu item ordered, you’ll receive a free iced tea (complete with Instagrammable edible flowers within the ice cubes), in refreshing flavours like cherry blossom, lavender lolapalooza and strawberry tea-wi.

Tania’s Teahouse, Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road. Sun to Wed 8am to 10pm, Thurs 8am to midnight, Fri & Sat 9am to midnight. Tel: (04) 324 0021. @TaniasTeahouse

See an exhibition celebrating the Year of Zayed

One&Only Royal Mirage has just launched an exhibition of archived photos documenting key moments in the life of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. You’ll get to see memorable moments he shared with world leaders, such as Queen Elizabeth II. The exhibition takes place in the hotel’s stunning Grand Gallery, and is free for all to attend.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh. Year of Zayed exhibition will run until the end of the year.

Saturday July 7

Enjoy a free yoga class

Karma Yoga is a tranquil new yoga studio in the heart of Dubai Marina, and every Saturday this month they’re inviting newbies to try out their classes for FREE. We’re mentally slipping into our lululemons as we write this. Pre-booking is required online, or via the MINDBODY app.

Karma Yoga, Floor 33, Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina. Saturdays for the month of July, free. Tel: (04) 399 9301.

Check out a brand new ladies’ night

Media One hotspot Q43 is launching its all-new ladies’ night, Forever 43, tonight. For Dhs59, you’ll get unlimited drinks from 8pm to 3am, or for Dhs99, you can enjoy three dishes off the ladies’ night menu, plus a glass of sparkling. Groups of six or more will get a VIP table and a free sushi platter, so grab your squad and make that weekend feeling last a little longer.

Q43, Floor 43, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City. Saturdays, 8pm to 3am, from Dhs59. Tel: (04) 443 5403.

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Main image: Supplied by Tania’s Teahouse