It is only through darkness, that we understand light. And it is only through the week, that we may truly understand the weekend. The secret for the best of both worlds is having awesome weeks, to make your weekends try a little harder.
That’s where we come in.
Sunday, 15th April
Impressions of greatness
Leena Kewlani is an artist whose work is most neatly described as abstract impressionism. Her inspiration comes from her passion for journeying and adventure. Some of Kewlani’s bright, positive and irresistibly engaging master works are on display in Dubai now, and the exhibition is free to attend.
Free. 7am-12am. 30th April. Ahlan Café. Pullman Hotel Jumeirah, JLT. 04 5671100
Sunday night at 8pm, Emirates International School. Sorry fellas, tonight is ladies only. And women, make sure you remember the five Vs of Volleyball: Velocity, Vie, V-formation, Vacillate and Vie. Practice takes place four times a week at various locations (with ladies, gents and mixed sessions) so sign up to the Facebook group to stay in the loop.
Monday, 16th April
Peak mid-week chic at Publique
Join this Tripadvisor top 20 ranked restaurant for an evening brunch with a distinctly Franco-Swiss flavour. Rather than the adopt the ubiquitous buffet format, the gastroteers at Publique offer a special menu with dishes brought straight to the table. The mains include such indulgent delights as Pierade, Raclette and Fondu Savoyarde and are guaranteed to put the ooh la la in to your working week.
AED 295 (incl food and house beverages) Tables of six minimum. 8pm-11pm. Publique, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 04 430 8550.
Tee for 10
This April the Els Club is 10 years old. And for those playing golf over its much-loved undulating greens there’s a special beverage deal. For the whole of April selected hops served whilst playing a round are available from AED 10.
Drinks from AED 10. Els Club, Sports City. 04 425 1000.
Tuesday, 17th April
The World Health Organisation estimates that there are one billion people worldwide, suffering from anxiety. If you’re one of those affected, there is help out there. One such way is by signing up to the Anxiety Management Skills course, at The Lighthouse (details below). Whether you sign up for the course or not, know that there are methods as well as learnable skills and techniques out there that can drastically improve your quality of life.
AED 2,349. 6.30pm-8pm, Every Tuesday until June 5th. The LightHouse Arabia, Al Safa 2. 04 380 2088.
From floor crawl to front crawl
There’s a parent and toddler swim class at the Park Inn Hotel Motor City on Tuesdays and Saturdays, hosted by L.S. Swimming Academy. The aim is to help your little water babies become confident swimmers. The classes are led by experts and the parent interaction in the pool provides the perfect environment for the toddlers to kick off on the right foot. They also have classes for babies too.
From 18 months old. From 10am. Park Inn Hotel Motor City. 056 788 8798.
Wednesday, 18th April
Birthday perks at Le Cirque
Le Cirque Dubai, sister restaurant to Le Cirque New York and grand bastion of sublime food in its own right is celebrating its first birthday this month. For anybody else with April birthdays (we’re looking at you Aries and Taurus people), Le Cirque is giving a discount equal to the age of the birthday boy or girl – for a party of four.
Mains from AED 90. Le Cirque, Ritz Carlton, DIFC. 04 3722444.
Between 17th-21st April, diners at the Amwaj Rotana’s Teppanyaki restaurant, Benihana are in for an extra special Teppan experience. Chef David Tran will be in, the house to wow and delight diners with his over 22 years experience slicing and flipping in the theatrical teppanyaki way.
6pm-12am. Benihana, Amwaj Rotana, The Walk. 04 428 2000
Thursday, 19th April
Starry, starry light
The incredible Van Gogh Alive exhibition comes to a close on 23rd April and if you haven’t seen it, it’s a must. At AED 65 it’s great value for a gallery experience, quite unlike any other in Dubai, huge canvasses are painted with the artists most famous works using projected light. The pictures combine to tell the moving story of the troubled artists all too short life.
AED 65. From 9am. Dubai Design District, Temporary Exhibition Centre. Tickets from www.dubai.platinumlist.net