If you didn’t get tickets for Ed Sheeran, and couldn’t give a flying Formula One about the Grand Prix – there’s still a whole lot of awesome stuff to get stuck in to this weekend Dubai. Let the festivities commence.
Bag a bargain
White Friday fever has hit Dubai and more than 125 top brands are discounted at The Outlet Village. Hit up the retail space in Jebel Ali for a three-day super sale, which starts on Thursday. There is plenty of free parking and even complimentary shuttle buses from Dubai hotels – here’s a full schedule.
10am-midnight weekends. Near Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Celebrate American holiday Thanksgiving desi style with Roti Rollers. The casual diner in Dar Wasl Mall has locked and loaded tasty turkey tikka in a whole wheat roti with cranberry parsley chutney, potato crisps, parsley and an optional spice mix for daredevils. At AED 34, it’s a bargain way to get your festive fix.
11am-midnight weekends. Roti Rollers, Dar Wasl Mall, Al Safa. 04 3450761. Available until 31st December.
For all the fun of the sales, but none of the crowd-based bustle. Jump online to the region’s favorite web retailers – many of whom are having their own Black or White Friday Sales. Elabelz.com, Souq.com, Noon.com, Namshi.com are involved, so scoop the fashion, electronics and miscellaneous bargains from the sanctuary of an armchair.
Website sale dates vary, most are valid till 11.59pm Saturday night.
Thursday, 23rd November
In the pink
With news that Victoria Beckham has shattered hope of a Spice Girls reunion, celebrate or commiserate in Alta Badia Bar with a night of free-flowing pink grape for ladies. Head there from 6pm-8pm every Thursday to spice up your life.
Every Thursday 6-8pm. Alta Badia, Jumeirah Emirates Towers. 04 432 3232
Friday, 24th November
Put the brakes on the Formula 1 – the party will be revving up at Beach Lounge, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. British DJ Marvin Humes, is on the decks for from 4pm for a live show with London radio station Capital FM. Entry is free and watching the sun set behind Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is priceless.
4pm- 8pm. Beach Lounge, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Free entry. 04 432 3232.
Actively against Diabetes
The Beat Diabetes Walk is happening this weekend. Participants are invited to gather at Dubai Creek Park (Gate 1) before the events begin. Dance classes, yoga and a bunch of other entertainment will be on offer to help raise awareness for the condition.
Entry AED 20 (goes towards the Al Jalila Foundation to support diabetes research, awareness and education programmes in the UAE), from 8am. www.beatdiabetes.me
Replenish your book shelves for less and help others at the same time. The Books2Benefit Charity Book sale starts at Novotel Al Barsha on Friday and with 25,000 donated books, there’s bound to be a title or two that will hook even the most well-stocked bookworm. All proceeds go the Red Crescent.
24th-25th November, Novotel Al Barsha. 10am-10pm.
Go on a day-long gastronomic journey with an 11-hour brunch at Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers. The eating extravaganza takes place from noon-11pm and includes 48 delectable dishes and free-flowing bubbles. If the AED 800 price tag doesn’t taste good, diners can dip in for four hours at AED 400. All proceeds are donated to the Al Jalila Foundation.
Noon-11pm. Packages from AED 320 for four hours of soft drinks. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Baniyas Street. 04 207 1717.
Saturday, 25th November
Grab a beanbag at Dubai Marina Mall and catch a beautifully animated Japanese fantasy about a goldfish princess. From the peerless Studio Ghibli, cute and quirky Ponyo will captivate kids of all ages, but seating at the outdoor venue is first come, first served, so don’t be late.
5.30pm, Dubai Marina Mall Promenade. Free.
Smart Christmas cookies plan and pick up one-off gifts and decorations at Yadawei Ceramic Studio’s seasonal sale. Gift wrapping is completely free and the studio doors are open for complimentary trial classes and snacks.
11am-5pm. Yadawei Pottery Studio, Al Quoz, opposite Alserkal Avenue. 04 379 1312.
Saturday is the day the teddy bears have their picnic! Bring your faithful furry friend to T-Lounge by Dilmah, Egypt Court at Ibn Batutta Mall, for an afternoon of arts and crafts. There’s a free scoop of ice-cream for kids who come with a teddy.
AED 19 including kids’ combo meal. Egypt Court at Ibn Batutta Mall. 11.30pm-6.30pm. 04 273 1196.
Reform Social & Grill knowingly, willingly and joyously flouting the no-Christmas Markets until December rule here. But they’ve done a festively brilliant job with the entertainment program, pop-up stalls and a Santa’s grotto in addition to holiday food favourites.
Free entry. 12pm-6pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes. 04 454 2638
Pets are for life, not just Christmas, so get your furry friend now and start a lifetime of happiness together. Find your paw-some pal at Pet Mart Media City, where there are kittens, cats and dogs that need homes. Be sure to read our guide to animal adoption first.
1pm-7pm, Friday and Saturday. Concord Tower, Dubai Media City. 04 423 1009.