The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with superstar singers, bottomless brunches, street food from around the world, and afternoon tea with a stylish twist.

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Thursday 23

See a genuine superstar in the flesh

mariah carey

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or aren’t regular readers), you’ll know that global legend Mariah Carey is currently in town. The world’s best-selling female singer is headlining the Dubai Jazz Festival tonight at the Dubai Media City Ampitheatre – and she’s not the only big name taking to the stage. The king of Spanish pop Enrique Iglesias will perform on the last night of the three-day fest tomorrow, plus there’s plenty of live music before those two big hitters perform.

Media City Ampitheatre, Dubai Media City. Thurs and Fri, from 8.30pm, Dhs325. Tel: (04) 391 1196. Buy tickets here. More info on website.

Stuff your face for the next two weeks

Street Nights

This year’s Dubai Food Festival officially kicks off today, promising plenty of food trucks, special menus, deals and discounts and pop-up classes until March 11. For a breakdown of what to expect, read this – but this weekend we’ll definitely be down at Burj Park for Eat The World DXB. This weekend-long event brings together street food traders from the UK, USA, Singapore and the UAE, so expect a lot more than your average chip van.

Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, February 23 from 5pm to 11pm, February 24 from 12pm to 11pm, February 25 from 12pm to 11pm. Tickets are Dhs40 in advance, Dhs50 on the door, kids under 12 get in free.

Friday 24

A bottomless brunch with added spice

ting irie

You’ll often find us loading up at a buffet on a Friday afternoon, and this weekend we’ll be adding a little Caribbean twist to our usual meat and veg. Jamaican restaurant Ting Irie is launching a new all-you-can-eat brunch, and the sound of shrimp burgers and jerk steak and eggs have us loosening our belts already…

Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Fridays 1pm to 4pm. Dhs395 per perons, including house beverages on offer. Tel: (04) 5575601.

If if you’re in the mood for something from a different continent…

Downtown Toko

Find yourself a comfortable nook and spend the day relaxing in Downtown Toko’s tranquil garden. You’ll be served an array of mouth-wateringly fresh dishes from the Japanese and Chinese-inspired a la carte menu – highlights include the crispy duck salad, the unagi and salmon tempura maki roll, and the BBQ hoisin chicken. A word of advice – be sure to leave room for dessert (mochi ice cream… need we say more?).

Vida Hotel Downtown, Fri 12pm to 4pm, Dhs190 for soft package or Dhs325 for house sparkling package. Tel: (04) 4428383. Email

Saturday 25

Afternoon tea with a side of shopping

la serre

Ah, our two favourite things in one event. La Serre Bistro and Boulangerie are hosting a two-day treat, where you can get a dainty afternoon tea of mini pastries and sandwiches, plus a live catwalk show courtesy of fashion boutique Maison Clad. Guests will also get the chance to get their hands on the latest pieces from 17 hard-to-find brands in an on-site pop-up shop.

La Serre, Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, February 25 and 26, 3.30pm. Dhs95 per person. Tel: (04) 428 6969.

Make a date with Mozart


Get a taste of London’s West End right here in Al Quoz with the Courtyard Playhouse’s latest screening. The National Theatre hit Amadeus will be showing tonight, starring acclaimed actor Lucian Msamati. The play (yes, it’s also the plot of the 1984 Oscar-nominated film) follows the fictional tale of court composer Antionio Salieri, a man driven to destruction in his jealously of legendary musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Street 4b, Dubai (next to Lime Tree), 8pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (050) 986 1761. More information on website.

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