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We’ve just gotten over the horror of April Fool’s Day (Don’t. Trust. Anyone) and arrived at the weekend. It’s time to lose some inches at a spa, put them back on again at brunch, and attend some of the regions most stylish events.

Losing some inches

Skinny Beach

It’s the red carpet secret that the celebs don’t want you to know about – the ‘Shrinking Violet’. We’ve got a busy weekend to prepare for, and that means looking our best in our party dresess. This treatment from the Skinny Beach menu at Urban Spa combines body brushing, oil application and a 60-minute wrap. You can expect to lose over eight inches straight after the session… New addiction alert. 90 minute Shriking Violet Dhs 730, visit the website.


Doing some workshops

d3 chewing gum

If you haven’t already heard about Meet d3, the fantastic free event taking place in Dubai this weekend, check out our complete guide here. Aside from a great line up of entertainment on the main stage, there are fun interactive classes like glassblowing and chewing gum culinary! For a full schedule of events, music, dining experiences and fashion pop-ups, visit the website.



Eating our weight in food

Ruth's Chris

Being as it’s Easter weekend, there are plenty of foodie delights to celebrate. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is encouraging overindulgence, with a special set menu on Friday and Saturday. Featuring the likes of tender petite fillet, Chilean sea bass served with sizzling caper dill butter topped with oven roasted grape tomatoes, or extra thick herb encrusted lamb chops. Those who would rather an all you can eat option should check out the themed Friday brunch, which includes Easter eggs for children. The set-menu is priced at AED 280 per person, brunch starts at Dhs285. Visit the website.



Getting our style fix


With industry workshops, specialist talks and a line-up of fabulous runway shows, the second season of Fashion Victims is set to be a corker. We’re especially excited to see Canella Hostal Couture’s new collection for S/S15 come to life. The designer, who graduated from ESMOND Dubai, is known for using cut outs in strange places, pops of colour and putting the fun in fashion. This line, Optivison, is a prime example of homegrown talent. Canella Hostal Couture will be showing at 3.30 at Atlantis, The Palm. For a full line up, visit the website.



Exploring local talent


Miriam Humer & Gazmend Kalemi, GazMir, 2015, Work on paper


Get a visual treat this weekend, with a collaboration by two German artists living in Oman, Gazmend Kalemi and Miriam Humer. With individual works which focus on their separate styles, as well as collective pieces exploring nature in the world around us. The exhibition focuses on paper, pencil and water, drawing inspiration from their home surroundings in the Middle East. On opening night this weekend there will be an opportunity to meet the artists. Showing at the XVA Gallery, from April 4. For more information visit the website.


Feeding the soul


Every Saturday throughout April, Toko will be laying on live entertainment to showcase one of the regions finest soul and funk bands, Abri & Funk Radius. The restaurant has become a firm favourite amongst Dubai’s style-set for it’s Japanese street food and delicious set menu. The band kicks off at 8.30 each night, so get yourself down early and grab a table. For more information visit the website.


One for the week…


It would be rude not to overindulge in chocolate this Sunday. If you’re looking for some creative treats to please kids (and big kids alike) this weekend, Jones the Grocer has an egg-tastic menu. With the likes of Artisan du Chocolat’s Kaleidoscope Chocolate Eggs with folded layers of dulce de leche and Pandora Bell’s Real Eggshell Eggs with chocolate praline, this place puts the couture in chocolate. In stores across Dubai and Abu Dhabi until April 12. Visit the website.


Main Image: Catherine Seikaly S/S15