The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with cool new pop-up shops, rainforest yoga, and freshly baked goods.

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Thursday 17

Check out this fab ladies night deal

Ladies nights on Thursdays are the rarest of unicorns, but Shanghai 30 is offering you and your gals a fantastic end-of-the-week deal. From 8pm to 11pm, ladies can enjoy three selected cocktails for Dhs9, three glasses of house grape for Dhs19, or a bottle of house grape for Dhs49. You also get 30 per cent off the food menu – so that’s dinner sorted.


Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Oud Metha Road, Al Jaddaf, 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 317 7777. More info on website.

Have a giggle at this new improv night

Who else loved the show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Well, you’ll be happy to hear Rove Hotels is hosting Dubai’s first ever improv theatre night, which kicks off tonight and will be held on the third Thursday of every month. Featuring top actors from the Courtyard Playhouse Company, as the name would suggest, each performance is totally unscripted and unrehearsed  – so prepare for some belly laughs.

Rove Downtown, Downtown Dubai, from 8pm, free entry. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Tel: (04) 561 9000. More info on website.

Friday 18

Take a yoga class in a unique setting

136.1 Yoga Studio is holding an invigorating hour-long session of yoga at the beautiful indoor rainforest, The Green Planet in City Walk. This morning’s class is Vinyasa Flow, a fast-paced yoga workout which is sure to boost your energy levels for the weekend ahead.

The Green Planet, City Walk, 8am to 9am, Dhs70 for members, Dhs80 for non members. Tel: (04) 441 6287. More info on website.

Pop into this new JBR bakery

You may have noticed some delicious smells wafting from The Beach at JBR. That’s because the brand new Bouchon Bakery has just opened there. The sweet spot is the brainchild of celebrity chef Thomas Keller, who has seven Michelin stars under his belt, and this will be his first Bouchon Bakery outside of the US. You’ll find all your favourite baked treats, as well as an all-day menu of French-style pastries, sandwiches, salads and soups.

The Beach, JBR, 8am to 11pm weekday and 9am to midnight weekends. Tel: (04) 419 0772. More info on Facebook.

Saturday 19

Have a green tea-inspired breakfast

We’ve found the perfect guilt-free option for you. Parisian cafe Aubaine has introduced a selection of healthy matcha options to its menu. There’s yummy-looking matcha-infused pancakes topped with bananas and berries, as well as detoxifying cups of matcha green tea and matcha lattes. Made from Japanese green tea leaves packed with antioxidants and vitamins, what better way to start the day?

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 501 6970. City Walk II, Level Kids Ground Floor, 10am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 510 8391. More info on Facebook.

Indulge in some retail therapy

Creative Shelf DXB is a cool new pop-up retail space which will be open in d3 for the rest of the month. You’ll find unique collections from Dubai’s emerging designers, and there will also be various fashion, photography, social media and beauty workshops throughout the event.

Dubai Design District, Building 5, 10am to 7pm, daily until Aug 27. Tel: 055 612 5774. More info on website.

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