The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with makeup discounts, iconic operas, new pool days and talks from top authors.

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Thursday 2

Get your opera on

Madam Butterfly

Even if you’re not a huge classical fan, we’ve never met anyone not brought to goosebumps by Madam Butterfly. The iconic production is playing for a limited time at Dubai Opera, and is staged by the Welsh National Opera (and they are a nation known for their rich voices). The Italian epic tells the tale of a 1890s Japanese geisha and US Navy officer and, well, let’s just say it’s a weepy.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. March 2 to 4, 8pm. Tickets from Dhs300. Tel: (04) 440 8888). More information on website.

Want a different dose of culture?

3D Art Festival

Dubai’s 3D Art Festival has returned for another year (but in a slightly different location), featuring the works of 25 artists. The free-to-attend event should make for a scenic wander before a City Walk dinner, plus there are workshops held during the week for anyone who wants to get in touch with their artistic side.

City Walk, March 1 to 7. 4pm to 10pm weekdays, 10am to 12am weekends. More info on website.

Friday 3

Check out a new laid-back pool day

rixos the palm

Dubai isn’t short of a beachy hangout or two, but this one sounds like a sanctuary from bustling city life. Rixos has just opened its El Chiringuito venue (yes, as in the Ibiza institution), and there you’ll find Mediterranean-influenced food, oceanfront cabanas, a kids club, and some electric tunes on a Friday eve. We hear that bougainvillea-draped pool calling…

El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Tues to Sat 10am to 12am, Sun 10am to 6pm, closed Mon. Beach and pool access from Dhs250 per person on weekends, free for women on weekdays, Dhs100 for men on weekdays. Rates vary depending on beds. Tel: (04) 277 9180.

Bookworms, unite

Festival of Literature

Fans of the written word, your favourite Dubai event kicks off today with the start of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. There are more than 100 writers taking part in the massive programme of events, which includes lectures, workshops and panel discussions. Check out our top 10 of who to see here…

InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. March 3 to 11. Various ticket prices. Tel: (04) 3559844. More information on website. 

Saturday 4

Get your wedding moodboard sorted

Dubai Wedding Collection

Tying the knot in the near future? This weekend’s Dubai Wedding Collection fair should help you get together plenty of inspiration, with bridal shows from brands including Walid Atallah, Angelina, Anjali K and Jameela Al Mansoury. There’ll also be makeup masterclasses, along with stalls from caterers, wedding planners, stylists, florists and more.

Al Joud Ballroom, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, Thurs 7pm to 10pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm, Sat 2pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 4355544.

Replenish your makeup bag


It’s been a dreary couple of weeks weather-wise, but MAC are promising to put some sun back into your lives with 25 per cent off for a limited time. Until March 5, you’ll get the discount automatically applied online, and the deal exists at stores across the UAE too. Now, we’re just off to repurchase a Ruby Woo…

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