The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with fabulous shopping deals, garden parties, and celebrity meet and greets…

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Thursday 30

Nab a bargain

Credit cards at the ready… one of the most important events on the shopping calendar kicks off today. The Big Clearance Sale at Dubai World Trade Centre sees discounts of up to 80 per cent off more than 100 brands, including H&M, TopShop, Victoria’s Secret and more. The shopping extravaganza lasts for three days – but we recommend heading there early to get your pick of the goodies.

Za’abeel Halls 1, 2, 3, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, Thurs 12pm to 11pm, Fri & Sat 11am to 11pm (doors close at 10pm). Entry costs Dhs10. Tel: 600 55559.

See UB40 live 

The UK’s most successful reggae band are back in Dubai, after concerts last year and in 2014 (clearly they can’t get enough of us). Three of the key founding members of the band, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will be gracing the stage at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, performing classic hits like Red Red Wine and Falling In Love With You.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, Dubai, Thurs, doors open at 7pm. Tickets from Dhs150, available on The Irish Village websitePlatinum List, Tixbox, Virgin and 800tickets

Friday 31

Catch a glimpse of Zac Efron (and maybe even meet him!)

Be still, our beating hearts… High School Musical star Zac Efron is in town, and he’ll be at the Dubai Mall this evening to launch the new Hugo Iced fragrance. Fans can go in the draw to meet the celeb by purchasing a bottle of Iced from the Paris Gallery store (that’s where he’ll be hanging out).

Paris Gallery, the Dubai Mall, Dubai, Fri 6pm. Ask for details in-store. Tel: (04) 330 8289.

Hit up a beach party

World-renowned DJ and producer Robin Schulz (known for smash hits like Sugar and Prayer In C) is headlining tonight’s Nasimi Sessions, joined by Rudimental (Feel the Love, Lay It All On Me), and HUGEL (Coming Home). Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, it’s going to be an epic night.

Nasimi Beach, The Atlantis Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri, doors open at 5pm. Tickets from Dhs200. Tel: (055) 200 4321 for table bookings, or visit Platinum List.

Saturday 1

Enjoy a British garden party

Spring has finally arrived, and what better way to celebrate than by taking part in a traditional British garden party? Held at the amphitheatre at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, this lovely-jubbly event promises traditional British food (fingers crossed for scones with jam and clotted cream), live entertainment and games, as well as activities for the wee ones like sand castle building contests.

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, Sat 12pm to 10pm. Free entry. Free parking available. More info on Facebook.

Indulge in a Saturday roast

Forget about the classic Sunday roast – in Dubai, it’s all about the Saturday roast. Fortnum & Mason in the Dubai Mall is now serving up Saturday roast dinners, and Dhs140 will get you a plate of roast, beef, chicken or lamb with all the trimmings (think Yorkshire puds, duck fat potatoes, gravy…) – just thinking about it is making us hungry.

Fortnum & Mason, The Dubai Mall (near the fountain), Sat, 9am to midnight (roast available for dinner), Dhs140. Tel: (04) 388 2627. More info on website.

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