The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with free pool days, super sales and smooth singers.

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Thursday 29

Try and score a full house

bongos bingo

Granted, that photo doesn’t exactly scream bingo, but that’s what you’ll get at this games-night-meets-thumping-party. British export Bongos Bingo blends a few rounds of the popular number-matching game with dancing that lasts into the wee hours.

ON42, Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, 8pm to 3am. Dhs100 per ticket, aged 21 and over only.

Sit back and savour some jazz

Katie Thiroux

Shrug off the (admittedly short) working week with some soulful music courtesy of bass-playing Katie Thiroux, who also happens to have Ella Fitzgerald-esque vocals. The multi-talented performer is the new musician in residence at Quincy Jones’ Dubai bar, where she and her band will entertain the crowds until September 2.

Q’s Bar, West Wing, Palazzo Versace, Culture Village. Free entry, only for those 21 and over, 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 556 8865.

Friday 30

Check out an impressive wardrobe collection


If you’re interested in the history of Emirati style, this sartorial exhibition is one for you. Fashion designer and author Dr Reem El Mutwalli is displaying a selection of traditional Emirati thawbs and kandurahs from her private collection at Robinsons department store, with the 18 gowns worth a whopping US$1.5 million (Dhs5.5 million). The intricate pieces are a must-see for history buffs and fashionistas alike…

Robinsons Department Store, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, until July 13. Store open 10am to 10pm Sun to Wed, 10am to 12am Thur to Sat. Tel: 800 67667.

Have a free five-star pool day

nasimi atlantis the palm Offers Free Pool Access Until September

It did it last year, and now the Atlantis’ Nasimi Beach is offering free pool access for another summer. The almost-too-good-to-believe deal means ladies can score a day at the Zero Entry pool and a sun lounger spot for absolutely nothing, seven days a week. The sun beds are on a first come first served basis, so you can’t book in advance – but let’s be honest, you’d be cooling off in that water most of the day anyway, so not to worry if you miss out.

Nasimi Beach, The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. 9am to 1am. Free for women, Dhs150 for men on weekdays, or Dhs250 on weekends(redeemable against food and beverages). Tel: (04) 426 2626.

Saturday 1

Hit the shops

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Yes, Dubai’s six-week shopping extravaganza known as DSS is back for another summer, with discounts of between 30 and 75 per cent at shops taking part. The whole thing kicks off this weekend, with Walid Al Shami performing a one-off gig tonight to celebrate. You’ll find the Iraqi singer at Dubai Festival City mall at 8pm, and the show’s free to attend.

Dubai Summer Surprises, at participating stores from July 1 to August 12.

Sign the kids up for summer camp

An 11-week school holiday (eep!) leaves a lot of days to fill, but Apple have come up with a solution. The tech giant is offering free three-day programs for kids aged 8 to 12 this month, where eager young minds can learn about anything from film making and composing music to basic coding. The 90-minute sessions will teach children plenty of new skills, while also affording you some time to hit the shops or enjoy a kid-free coffee and lunch. The Apple Summer Camp doesn’t kick off until July 10, but you should register now to secure a spot.

At Apple stores across the UAE. Summer camps running between July 10 and 28.

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