The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with nostalgic stage shows, happiness workshops, al fresco lunches and the one and only Justin Bieber…

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Thursday 4

Forget your troubles, get happy

Mind Body Soul, a Happiness Centre, is said to be the only one of its kind, providing the tools to empower people to be happy. To celebrate the centre’s opening, there will be a three-day open house event, with free activities and wellness programmes, including yoga, coaching sessions, meditations, and talks from the centre’s Happiness Ambassadors.

1409, The Metropolis Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, May 4 to 6 from 9am to 7pm. Free. To RSVP/register, visit the event Facebook page.

See the world’s favourite nanny

Who didn’t wish they had Mary Poppins as their nanny? The award-winning musical has taken over the Dubai Opera stage and promises to be every bit as magical as the classic film, with dazzling choreography, incredible effects, and – of course – those unforgettable songs. What better way to start the weekend than with a spoonful of sugar?

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, May 1 to 25. Dhs250. Tel: (04) 440888. More info on website.

Friday 5

Take lunch on the terrace

Folly by Nick & Scott is already known for its stunning views, and today the restaurant is launching a brand new al fresco lunch deal. Set within the courtyard area, underneath the shaded pergola, diners are surrounded by greenery, with views across the Arabian Gulf. You’ll graze through five courses over three hours, with the menu built around the freshest local produce.  Sounds like a classy alternative to brunch if you ask us…

Folly by Nick & Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, lunch menu from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Dhs300 including soft drinks, Dhs495 including house beverages, and Dhs550 including house beverages and bubbles. Tel: (04) 430 8535, email

Check out a bridal fair

Tying the knot soon? Then you’ll definitely want to stop by one of the region’s top bridal events, the Sharjah Bridal Fair. Over four days, brides-to-be can get inspired with vendors exhibiting all the wedding-related products you could ever dream of. There will also be wedding service experts and influencers conducting workshops and discussion panels in beauty, fashion and nutrition, to ensure you’re looking your very best on the big day.

Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, Sharjah, May 3 to 6 from 4pm to 11pm. Dhs10 entrance fee. More information on website.

Saturday 6

Take an interior styling workshop

We adore the gorgeous XVA Gallery in the Bastakiya quarter, and today the arty space will be hosting a workshop for those who are obsessed with all things interior. Learn how to create colour palettes, combine prints and patterns, and arrange furniture, while enjoying tasty bites from the charming on-site cafe.

XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai, 9am to 5pm. Dhs400 includes lunch, snacks and a styling kit. Tel: (04) 353 5383.

Fangirl over Justin Bieber

Yes, the Biebs is back in town – and if you’re still umming and ahing over whether or not to get tickets, the good news is, there are still some available. Here on his Purpose tour, this is definitely going to be a gig to sing along to – expect hits like Where R U Now, Love Yourself, and – everyone’s favourite chart-topper – Sorry.

Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubai, doors open 4pm. Tickets from Dhs335. Tel: (04) 4237980. More info and tickets here.

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