Weekend Vibes

August has almost landed, which means we’re half way through the summer, which means soon we’ll stop cursing the relentless humidity and remember why living in Dubai is awesome. Until then, here’s a little indoor inspiration for your weekend…


Checking out new restaurant Garden 

Garden, Dubai

Peruvian restaurants are taking over Dubai, but we’re not complaining, we love a good ceviche. Also Edgar Hurtado, chef de cuisine at this spanking new venue, Garden, in the JW Marriott Marquis, is keeping things healthy. PLUS it was Peru’s National Day last week. Any excuse, eh?



Listening to live music with The Other Side 

Tonight is the launch of The Other Side, billed as a new music concept inspired by the scenes in Brooklyn, New York, in Austin, Texas, and in London’s Shoreditch. That’s music to our ears. It’s the brainchild of Electric Days co-founder Dana Ismail and Audrey Soler, the stylish French woman behind thepeopleofsand.com, who say they want to bring the magic of intimate, live gigs in neighbourhood venues to Dubai. It all kicks off tonight at And Lounge, in The Address Dubai Marina, from 8pm, with a performance by The Wanton Bishops. Tickets cost Dhs75 via platinumlist.com or Dhs100 on the door.



Getting our domestic goddess on at Jones the Grocer

Jones the Grocer

We’re going to resist the siren call of Netflix and do something proactive with our Saturday, like learning to cook retro comfort food at Jones the Grocer. The Aussie cafe’s team of chefs are hosting gourmet cooking classes this month, and today they’ll be teaching foodies how to make the perfect chicken kiev – served with butternut squash puree and mixed greens. You get to eat your labour of love once you’ve finished.

Jones the Grocer, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 9pm. Dhs395. Tel: (02) 6395883.


Diary Date

Ellie Goulding live in Dubai, September 24

Ellie Goulding

Yes, British star Ellie Goulding is coming to Dubai. Wedding singer to Wills and Kate, buddy of Cara, Rita, Taylor and Calvin will perform at Dubai World Trade Centre as part of Dubai Music Week, it was announced today. Thirty Seconds to Mars will perform the following night, and organisers have promised to announce more major acts in the coming weeks. General admission tickets for both concerts cost Dhs295.


Main image: Style director Sarah Joan Ross, photographer Samuli Kerala