How are those new year’s resolutions going Dubai? We’ve put together a list of things to do this weekend that will either help or hinder them. The choice of which, is up to you.
Thursday, 4th January
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates kicks off its fitness challenge with free gym access on weekdays, a stretch class on Saturdays and bootcamp on Tuesdays. All to help you reclaim that pre-festive period physique.
Free. Weekday gym access, 10am-6pm. Stretch Saturday 9am. Boot camp Tuesday 7pm. Until the end of January. Sheraton Fitness, Level 24, Mall of the Emirates. 04 377 2380.
Witness the visually beguiling, exclusive Middle East début of Cirque Du Soleil’s phenomenal production Toruk – The First Flight. The show, inspired by the hit movie Avatar, combines enthralling acrobatics, a cinematic score and beautiful puppetry.
From AED 295. Varying times, until 16th January. Dubai World Trade Centre. www.tixbox.com
Get your fireworks fix courtesy of Dubai Shopping Festival. Rockets will be popping off for three minutes on Thursday and Friday, at Al Seef from 8.30pm, La Mer from 9pm and The Beach 9.30pm. For the Thank you Mohammed Bin Zayed initiative, Thursday’s show at The Beach will be eight minutes long.
Friday, 5th January
Pop-up boutique café outfit Double B has assembled some world champion baristas to take guests on a coffee-perfumed adventure. The coffee-tasting event is absolutely free and aims to help broaden people’s understanding and appreciation of good coffee.
Free. 5pm-6pm. Double B, City Walk. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social media platforms
Increase your #heelgame with a towering 85 per cent off Nine West in Ibn Battuta Mall. From 9am until stocks last, savvy shoppers who come to heel will be able to make a super savings on women’s shoes, as part of the latest greatest Friday deal from Dubai Shopping Festival.
Nine West, Ibn Battuta Mall. From 9am. 04 368 5097.
Join the first beach clean up of 2018 as volunteers tackle Umm Suqeim Open Beach. The 7.30am start allows for plenty of time to cleanse the sands of litter before the day begins. All you need to bring are refreshments – in recyclable containers, of course.
Meeting point is near the big stage, opposite to Umm Suqeim Park. 7.30am-9.30am. A Beach Clean Up Dubai.
A rare find
Great food and foot-tapping music combine at West 14th Steakhouse on Fridays. Catch meaty a la carte offerings from 6pm-11pm and live Latin sounds from 10pm-2am. Ladies who arrive at the New York-inspired grill after 10pm earn a complimentary drink too.
Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah. From 6pm. 04 447 7601
Saturday, 6th January
A new term begins at Media City dance academy James & Alex and little ones who like to move can join courses in ballet, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre.
Concord Tower. For course timings and costs, email email@example.com or call 04 447 0773.
Market some money
Dubai Flea Market is at Zabeel Park every first Saturday of the month. Whether you’re selling or spending, it’s a Dubai experience that everyone needs to try. Admission to the park for visitors is AED 5 and seller tables are AED 290.
Gate 1,2 and 3 Zabeel Park. Open to visitors from 8am-3pm. Admission to the park is AED 5 AED. Book your stall here.
Customise your clothes at swish department store Robinsons Festival City. Newly-bought watches, sneakers and men’s t-shirts can all get a make-over thanks to on-hand fashionistas. Need inspiration? Preview top brands including Hugo Boss, Kanzi and more at a trunk show in-store from 5pm on Saturday.
All weekend: t-shirts customisation from 4pm-9pm, watches 5pm, sneakers 5pm-8pm. Robinsons Festival City 800 67667.