The weekend is finally here (and it’s a long one at that!), and we’re going to be making the most of it with spa treatments, special menus, sales and free fireworks.

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Wednesday August 30

Ease into the weekend with a wellness treatment

waldorf spa

Maybe you really, really need this long weekend. What better way to get into it than with a discounted wellbeing treatment? At Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, they’re offering 25 per cent off NEOM services in September and October, and they’re all aimed at restoring your peace of mind.

Waldorf Astoria Spa, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Rd, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. NEOM treatments Dhs650, down from Dhs799. Tel: (04) 818 2222.

Settle back with some soulful tunes

Layla Kardan

She cites Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu and Nina Simone as inspirations, so you can expect some spine-tingling jazz from Layla Kardan’s Back to Black night. The singer will perform at Atelier M’s Art-Deco-inspired lounge, and ladies score two free drinks between 8pm and 11pm.

Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 9pm until late. Tel: (04) 450 7766.

Thursday August 31

See the sky light up

fireworks jbr

To celebrate Eid Al Adha, The Beach at JBR is putting on four nights of spectacular fireworks plus some free family-friendly entertainment. Over the long weekend, there’ll be marching bands and street performers as well as a pop-up kids’ play area, so we reckon have dinner along the seafront and stroll down the promenade before the festivities kick off.

The Beach opposite JBR, Dubai, fireworks 8.45pm daily between August 31 and September 3.

Grab some deeply discounted goodies

outlet village

If you ask us, there’s not exactly a bad time to shop for bargains, but this Eid weekend is even better. The Outlet Village is having a three-day mega sale, and that means up to 90 per cent off at stores like Calvin Klein, Lanvin and Sephora. Count us in. They’re also putting on food specials and fun workshops daily between 1pm and 9pm.

The Outlet Village, Jebel Ali near Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai. 10am-10pm Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-12pm Thursday to Saturday. Tel: (04) 317 3999.

Try a specially created eight-course menu

mint leaf of london

To celebrate Eid Al Adha, Mint Leaf of London’s head chef Pradeep Khullar has devised a bespoke tasting menu, with dishes including rara mutton and seared foie gras and malai corn cake with stewed garlic greens. The menu experience starts at Dhs250 per person (but the Burj Khalifa views as you dine are priceless).

Mint Leaf of London, 15th floor, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Dubai, Eid menu available Thurs 31 Aug to Sat 2 Sept, 12pm until late, from Dhs249. Tel:(04) 706 0900.

Friday September 1

Try a street-food style brunch

mr miyagi's

Mr Miyagi’s is a recent opening, but it’s already become a firm favourite among Media City types. They’re now offering a Wok & Roll brunch from 4pm-7pm Fridays, with dishes like dim sum and katsu curry to tempt you. Packages from Dhs275, and you can get another hour of unlimited drinks afterwards for Dhs100.

Mr Miyagi’s, Level 9, Media One, Dubai Media City. House package Dhs275, sparkling package Dhs500. Tel: (04) 420 7489.

Meet a social media star

rashed belhasa

If you’re keen to reduce the degrees of separation between you and DJ Khaled to one, head down to meet Rashed Belhasa at Le BHV Marais City Walk on Friday. The teen entrepreneur, social media star (he’s got over 732,000 Instagram followers), and celebrity mate will make an in-store appearance between 7.30 and 9.30pm, and there will be live graffiti art in the store too.

Rashed Belhasa at Le BHV Marais City Walk. Tel: (04) 339 9933.

Take some time for you


Real Pilates, which has two studios in Dubai, says it aims to “de-stress and restore” its customers… and that sounds like something we’re often in need of. The workout spot is currently offering an introductory deal to new clients, giving them five classes during 14 days for Dhs295 (and a single session would usually cost Dhs110). So if you’re a pilates novice, this might be a cost-effective way to give it a try.

Real Pilates, One JLT Building, JLT, or Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, classes daily. Tel: (04) 3453228.

Saturday September 2

Treat yourself to a 24k pamper

nova clinic gold facial

Getting a facial is always a bit of a treat, but having one that uses a gold mask? Now that’s luxury. You’ll find the Dhs850 session, which is designed to improve skin texture and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and redness, at Nova Clinic, with a special deal on to give you more dewiness for your dirhams. If you book a Gold Collagen Facial or microneedling Meso Facial between now and September 16, you’ll get a second one free. Sounds like a relaxing end to the long weekend to us…

The Nova Clinic, Utamah Villa 1047, Al Wasl Rd, Jumeirah, Dubai. Buy-one-get-one-free offer available on treatments on Meso and Gold Collagen facials purchased before September 16. Tel: (04) 384 5666.

Catch some rays with a view

la ville pool

You don’t need to get out of town to feel like you’ve had some R&R, thanks to Dubai’s wealth of beach clubs, pools and spas. So if you fancy a little dip and some sun (hey, it is getting marginally cooler now), now’s a good time to check out La Ville’s new rooftop pool package. For Dhs150, you can get weekend access to the boutique hotel’s pool, which has pretty spectacular views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa.

La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Al Multaqa Street, Dubai. Pool day pass costs Dhs150 on weekends or Dhs100 on weekdays for adults, and Dhs75 on weekends and Dhs50 on weekdays for children aged six to 12. Pool access from 7am to sunset, spaces subject to availability. Tel: (04) 403 3111.

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Words: Emma Day and Harriet Pudney