We’re about to enjoy a three-day weekend and to make sure you really make the most of it, here’s eight cool happenings in the UAE. Hello #WeekendVibes


Spend holiday Thursday on the sand



Enjoy the public holiday and get down to the beach for some beats, sounds and relaxation in a one-off beach party at Cove Beach Dubai (in Jumeirah Beach Hotel). Entry is free and Dhs300 for a BBQ brunch (from 12pm to 3pm), which includes luxury sweets and unlimited selection of house beverages while the house DJs provide the beats. (052) 6253111, the allevents.in page.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo



To celebrate their Mexican neighbours, Peruvian restaurant MAYTA is throwing a foodie fiesta this Thursday evening. For one night only, indulge in a unique set menu inclusive of food and beverages for Dhs500 per person (in addition to the usual a la carte menu). Included on the menu are their delectable beef empanadas, chicken croquettes, quinoa bread pudding and a selection of grape and cocktails. MAYTA, DIFC, Gate Village Building 3, Capital Club, Level 3. (04) 5148774, info@maytadubai.com 


Become the next #VIPface


At VIP Room Dubai’s famous ‘Talk to my Agent’ night this Friday, you could win the chance to become the next #VIPface. All you have to do is turn up, wear your best pout, and if you’re snapped by the in-house paparazzo you’re automatically in the running. If that wasn’t fun enough, ladies drink for free all night while DJ Rawdolff and Yann Turner work the decks. VIP Room, JW Marriott Marqui, Business Bay. (052) 8818888, bookings@viproom-dubai.com


See the waves and raves at Barasti Beach



Prepare your swimsuits and your sunglasses this weekend because at one of Dubai’s most popular beach destinations, Barasti Beach, Red Bull’s Open Water Party will be taking over the water. Soak up more than just the rays as British house music trio Dirty Vegas and local electronic duo Hollaphonic takeover the decks ahead of the headline act – three time Grammy award-winner DJ Jazzy Jeff. The event starts at 2pm and entry is free.  Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, barastibeach.com


Have a giggle in Abu Dhabi



Dubomedy Dubai is bringing the laughs this weekend with ActionHA! This one-day festival is jam-packed with Hip Hop, Arab pop stars, comedy, races, drifting and magic and it’s all taking place at Yas Island Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. There will be performances by Ali Al Sayed, Maya Diab, Saad Lamjarred and more of your favourite funny people. yasmarinacircuit.com


Do some yoga for good



Naya Yoga and Pilates are running three yoga and meditation sessions at Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre.  The sessions are free, but they ask that you donate a minimum of Dhs50 to attend. the donation goes toward the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children. This is the first non-profit shelter in the UAE for women and children victims of domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to their cause. Classes start from 4pm to 5pm: vinyasa flow with Juana Basto, 5.10pm to 6.10pm: restorative/yin yoga with Kathryn Cantwell and 6.15pm to 6.45pm: pranayama and mediation with Kathryn. Email  hello@yogafest.me for more information.


Break the fast with class



What better way to start the day than with a breakfast at Bistro at La Serre. Located in one of downtown Dubai’s favourite establishments, Vida Downtown Dubai, La Serre bistro is a Parisian-style cafe known for its light and lovely meals. And now they’re serving up a chic breakfast to share from 10am to 1pm. Enjoy all your favourite breakfast items from indulgent poached eggs with smoked salmon to waffles with maple syrup. Start the weekend how you want it to go on.  (04) 4286969, reservations@laserre.ae

Find an excuse to shop



Whether you have a reason or not, there’s always time to do some shopping. At Etoile La Boutique, they’ve just introduced a whole range of some of the cutest and quirkiest tidbits that make ideal presents for loved ones… or just yourself. From unique phone covers and retro lomography cameras to bottle stoppers and mason jar glasses, you’re spoilt for choice for gift ideas. Etoile La boutique at The Dubai Mall (04) 3399933, and Mall of the Emirates (04) 3414166 in Dubai and The Galleria (02) 6266922 in Abu Dhabi


Diary Dates

Sunday May 8

At 3pm local time, participants from all walks of life, from 34 different locations around the world, will be setting off at the same time on the ground breaking Wings For Life World Run. With the mission: the whole world running toether for those who can’t,  100 per cent of entry fees go directly to spinal cord research to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Sign up at wingsforlifeworldrun.com/ae

Monday May 9



Starting on Monday, the Z Gallery at Four Points by Sheraton on Sheikh Zayed Road will be showcasing artwork by artist Robert Davidian. Attempting to convey information and facts in the forms of numbers and signs he Z Gallery, located on the first floor of Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, is open to both guests and visitors giving them an eye into the world of art with displays of beautiful pieces from both local and international artists.


Wednesday May 11



In the heart of the DIFC hub, INDIE’s latest Wednesday night contribution to Dubai’s nightlife has arrived to bring some soul to your mid-week grind. It’s an alternative and edgy night that will bridge the gap between the working day and time to play as they invite Boogie Breeze directly from New York Club, supported by a live in-house band. Every Wednesday from 8pm to late – enjoy live artists performing a range of genres.