No dates diarised for this weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a sassy sax night out, some essential shopping tips, a night on the tiles, the perfect solution to adhering to your New Year’s resolutions plus the perfect spot for post-workout fuel.

 Sax night at Qbara on Thursday


We’ll be checking out Qbara’s Restaurant and Lounge’s new and exciting line-up starting off with Thursday night’s newest resident, supreme saxophonist Adam Long. Qbara never fails to deliver whether its quintessential arabesque cuisine or the best entertainment Dubai has to offer.
Jazz up the start to your weekend and book a table by calling (04) 709 2500 or email


Keep shopping (but save money at the same time)


The holiday season might be over but Dubai Shopping Festival is just beginning. Head to Mall of the Emirates this weekend as they celebrate the festival’s second decade running with a full month of flash sales, celebrity reveals and daily contests – one of which will see a lucky shopper driving a Lamborghini Huracan 2016 home at the festival’s end. That’s bound to put a smile on your husband’s face.
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Cure your Latin Fever

Inka Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Weekend vibes

After all the food and drink you indulged in this festive period, let’s burn those calories the way you do best… by dancing until the early hours of the morning. Every Friday at Inka Restaurant and Lounge it’s ‘Noche Latina’ night and we can’t wait for another week of authentically Latin, live entertainment. With an elegant dress code and a speculator live show, we’ll be salsa-ing, cha-cha-ing, samba-ing and mambo-ing from 10pm till close. Located on the 31st floor at Sofitel Hotel Dubai Downtown, call 050 7854163 or email for reservations

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Cool Running


Lace up your running shoes and head down to JBR this Saturday to enjoy the cooler weather at Dubai’s first ever beach race. Those of us still sticking to our our new year’s resolutions to keep as fit as possible will be paying Dhs99 to participate in either the 1.8km Family Run or 3.6km Fun Run, depending on how committed we feel on the day. After the hard work is done, we’ll be enjoying the post-race party and carnival atmosphere, fully decked out with DJs, dancers and a healthy food festival.
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Indulge in the International Day of Italian Cuisine


After all that physical exercise, we’ve worked up an appetite… so how fitting that this weekend marks the start of the weeklong celebration of International Day of Italian Cuisine? From Saturday Italian restaurants across Dubai will be celebrating everyone’s favourite cuisine with classically prepared Italian dishes. The dish of the year is Costoletta alla Milanese (a breaded milk-fed veal rib) and it is available at Alta Badia (Dhs195) in Jumeriah Emirates Towers or Segreto (Dhs190) and at Trattoria Toscana (Dhs180) both in Souk Madinat Jumeriah.

To make a booking, call (04) 432 3232 or email


Diary Dates

Shakespeare, weekend vibes

Tickets are now on sale for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – the longest literary festival ever held in the Middle East. Held over 12 days from March 1, there are 150 authors currently confirmed to be attending as well as screenings of Shakespeare plays, children’s sessions and an exclusive segment dedicated to the Emirati literary scene. Prices start at Dhs50, with many children activities free of charge, visit to get your ticket.



From January 18, one of the world’s most celebrated hairstylists Jose Eber and his Beverly Hills team will be in Dubai to officially launch his exclusive beauty lounge and we want to be the first in line. Visit for more or call (052) 2222901 for reservations.


Words: Jennifer McNeill

Images: supplied