The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with celebrity-approved singers, hit musicals, happiness festivals and yoga – on a boat.

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Thursday 16

See real soul right here in Dubai


She’s toured with Stevie Wonder and performed for the Obamas, so we’re expecting quite the show from Sheléa. The singer and pianist is the new artist-in-residence at Quincy Jones’ bar until April, and she’ll be performing jazz, soul and R&B numbers live five times a week. Legendary producer Jones says Sheléa’s “guaranteed to make you shake”, and the man who nurtured Michael Jackson’s music would know.

Q’s, Palazzo Versace, Al Jaddaf, Dubai, Tues to Sat 7pm to 2am, shows start at 8.30pm, 10pm and 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 556 8851. 21 and over only. More information on website. 

Get some advice on taming your mane

angel pastels

Pastels Salon are holding a drop-in stand at Mercato Mall today, where stylists will be on hand to give free consultations, show you how to use tools such as the Tangle Teezer, and just generally clue you in on all aspects of haircare. EIDEAL brand ambassador Angel Montague-Sayers will also be in the house to demonstrate how to use the brand’s heated hair tools (so say hello to DIY salon-worthy blowdrys).

Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 10am to 10pm (consultations are 10am to 7pm).

Friday 17

See a classic musical tonight, tonight

west side story

Get a snapshot of 1950s America in 2017 Dubai with hit musical West Side Story (you know, the one with songs like Something’s Coming, Tonight and I Feel Pretty). A modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the production explores the animosity between two rival gangs, and the star-crossed lovers from each side. The multiple Tony Award-winning show is at Dubai Opera until February 18, so you’ll have to be quick to catch Maria, Tony and co.

Dubai Opera, Dubai Opera District, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Tue and Wed 8pm, Thur to Sat 3pm and 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (800) 362.

Load up on wedding inspo

 bride show

Whether you want classic or modern, low-key or OTT, there’ll surely be something for everyone at this year’s Bride Dubai show – because there are more than 250 exhibitors coming. From dresses and accessories to wedding planners and hair and makeup artists, this should be a one-stop-shop for any bride-to-be.

Zabeel Halls 4, 5 and 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, February 15 to 18, 3.30pm to 10.30pm, tickets from Dhs25.

Forget your troubles and get happy

yoga generic

Work blues got you down? Well, then you might want to give this completely free Happiness Festival a go. With 65 wellbeing experts on hand to host sessions throughout the day, the festival will include everything from group yoga and personal training sessions, to talks on mindfulness and meditation, keeping cool and more. Here’s a full schedule of all of the classes happening at the event.

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Dubai Studio City, Al Qudra Road, Dubai, 11am to 6.30pm. Free (but register here). Tel: (04) 3618111.

Saturday 18

Snap up a customisable tee with some local culture


We’re often found having a virtual window shop at s*uce, and one particular item looks like it might sneak its way into our shopping bag this weekend. The Dubai-based fashion brand has teamed up with blogger Soraya Bakhtiar and Zayan the Label to create a slouchy grey tee with a gauzy ruffled hem. The best bit? You can customise the online exclusive with an Arabic letter of your choice, so it could make a neat gift for any new-to-Dubai friends…

Soraya Customisable T-Shirt, Dhs300,

Have a brunch that turns into a boogie

sass cafe

Now it might not be one for those of you with an important 9am meeting tomorrow, but you probably should try DIFC institution Sass Café’s Saturday brunch at least once. With Mediterranean-inspired dishes (think burrata, risotto, truffle linguine and beef tenderloin), you can go a la carte or choose from a new set menu between 12pm and 4pm. Then, the tables are whisked away and the DJ dials up the volume until 10pm, so you can dance off your three courses.

Sass Café, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai, Saturdays 12pm to 10pm. Dhs290 with soft drinks, Dhs440 with house beverages, Dhs690 with premium bubby. Tel: (04) 352 7722.

Yoga… on a boat


Forget rolling out your mat in a yoga studio – this weekend you can practice your sun salutations on a boat sailing through Dubai Marina. The sunset session is made up of vinyasa, tai chi and circular wave motions, plus there will be some freebies from event sponsors (think healthy treats and discounts). Sounds seriously zen…

GuGu Boat (next toDubai Marina Yacht Club), Dubai Marina, Dubai, arrive at 3.15pm for a 4pm departure, Dhs125, limited space so registration necessary. More information on Facebook.

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