Ways to change up your weekend for the better

Need a social life make-over? We’re here to fade out dull days and highlight the good stuff for the upcoming weekend.

Go shopping for organic eats, find a furry friend, do the cinema in style and book up for an iftar that’s good for mind, body and heart.


Wednesday, 22nd May

Good deal and then sum…

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Eat, drink and win prizes tonight at Tanuki Dubai. Every Wednesday evening, diners can order baskets of dim sum for AED 20. New head dim sum Chef James has a rainbow of flavours for you to try, from mashed potato and spicy mayo to chicken edamame. The bill comes with a pleasant surprise – red envelopes with vouchers for complimentary drinks, dinners and desserts.

Every Wednesday from 6.30pm-2am (during Ramadan). Tanuki Dubai, lower ground level, The Dubai Mall. 04 580 8228.


Thursday, 23rd May

Rock the Qasba 

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Market stalls, snacks, henna painting and crafts – Al Qasba’s Ramadan Nights has everything you need for an entertaining evening. Head over the canal-side complex’s illuminated bridge and let the fun begin, every evening from 6pm.

6pm-11pm until 25th May. Al Qasba, off Al Khan Corniche Street, Sharjah. Entry is free.


Silver screen, discount dream

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For the rest of Ramadan, Roxy Cinemas are slashing ticket prices by 40 per cent. That means tickets start from a bargain AED 20 at the retro-styled Roxy Cinemas City Walk, The Beach, Boxpark and La Mer. All cinema experiences are included too – even the super fancy Roxy Platinum Plus, where guests get to relax in style with a three-course meal and mocktail.

Till the end of Ramadan. Roxy Cinemas City Walk, The Beach, Boxpark and La Mer. Find your nearest screen and buy tickets at www.theroxycinemas.com


Friday, 24th May

Ripe for some shopping?

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Don’t let healthy eating slip over the summer – the Ripe Market is still here and beating the heat by moving indoors. Catch traders every Friday at Dubai Festival City Mall. As well as organic fruit and veggies, stalls sell freshly baked bread and homemade jams, chutneys and spreads – everything you need for a wholesome weekend breakfast. There are fashion, accessories kid’s toys and home décor too.

Free entry. From 10am-midnight (10pm after Ramadan) every Friday until 28th June. Dubai Festival City Mall.


Paws for support

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Don’t forget pets over the summer. Sadly many dogs are left behind during holidays or relocation. Good cause Amanda’s Animal Rescue is holding an adoption day at Paws and Whiskers pet nursery in Al Quoz where you might meet your dream doggo. Adoption fees will apply and remember, animals are for life.

3pm-6pm. Paws & Whiskers, Al Quoz. For a location map and to meet the adoptees, visit www.facebook.com/events


Saturday, 25th May

Ve-go iftar to Rove

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Vegan chef Zendy Marsam provides a meat and dairy-free alternative to the traditional iftar experience, at Rove Healthcare City. Five courses take diners from dates and water to soups, smoothies, a salad buffet, grains and proteins. Raw chocolate cake rounds off an evening of harm-free treats, organised by Dubai Vegan Days.

From 7pm. Rove Healthcare City, 19th Street, Oud Metha. AED 99 adults, AED 49 children (six to 12, under sixes are free). Booking is essential – call 04 561 9200. 


Games of Bones

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On the flipside, if you’re all about the carnivore life, tuck into some primal dining every Saturday and Sunday, at rainforest-themed restaurant Mama Zonia. Channel your inner animal with half a kilogramme of beef back ribs and fries for AED 95. “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die,” but everyone’s a winner with this generous deal. Read our full review of the restaurant here.

Until 11pm Saturdays and Sundays. Mama Zonia, Mama Zonia. Second floor of Pier 7, Dubai Marina. Call 04 240 4747 for reservations. 



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Wednesday, 15th May

Scroll with it

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The world’s biggest shopping centre marks Ramadan by celebrating the art of ornate Arabic writing. Until the end of the week, visitors to The Dubai Mall can see a stunning show of light calligraphy by talented artist Karim Jabbari. In the Bloomingdale’s Atrium, choose one of five verses from the Holy Quran to create a calligraphy print in Arabic and other languages.

Free. Exhibition from 15th-18th May around The Dubai Mall. Quran Tech by Dubai Culture until 27th May, Bloomingdale’s Atrium. Opening hours: 10am-1am, daily.


Thursday, 16th May

For beach boys and girls

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If you’re still willing to brave outdoors, slap on some SPF and head to Azure Beach at Rixos Premium, Dubai JBR. Entry fees are slashed during the summer to AED 100 on weekdays and AED 200 on Fridays and Saturdays. The weekend offer also comes with a voucher worth AED 100 to redeem while you’re there.

Pool and beach open 10am-7pm daily. Rixos Premium, Dubai JBR. 052 777 9472.



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Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront is decked out with ornate lighting and celebratory decor for the whole of the Holy Month. As well as being a pleasant place to stroll after dark, it’s here that the traditional Ramadan cannon announces the end of fasting. Restaurants along the stretch will then offer food from the traditional to the contemporary.

No entry charge. From sunset daily during Ramadan. Follow www.facebook.com/AlMajazWF for daily offers and updates.


Friday, 17th May

Make it Rain

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We won’t see any actual rain in Dubai for a while, but Danish apocalyptic drama The Rain returns to Netflix today for its second outing. The survival series is the streaming site’s first original to come out of Denmark and follows a band of young people in the aftermath of a brutal virus that falls from the sky. Or does? We continue…

From 17th May on Netflix. Sign up here for 30 days free.


Aloe baby

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Overdone the sun? Soothe a sore scalp with a cooling 30-minute aloe vera treatment. For AED 150, the therapists of That Hair Tho (THT) will rub your head with the moisturising plant that’s been used for thousands of years. Follow up with a blow dry and you’ll pay another AED 80 to the salon where the products are vegan-friendly, sustainable and gluten-free.

THT, Cluster N, The Dome Building, Jumeirah Lake Towers. 1pm-10pm daily during Ramadan. 045 896 670.


Saturday, 18th May

Time to chill

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Make time for mindfulness with a free morning meditation session for ladies. Sportswear store Lululemon Athletica in Mirdif hosts the hour-long classes every Saturday from 8.30am. Today instructor Tamryn leads the way in bringing awareness to the breath and ancient techniques to help us reduce stress. We feel better already.

8.30am-9.30am. Lululemon Athletica, City Centre Mirdif. Free, but you need to register here.


Hike for life

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Feeling energetic? Good cause Gulf for Good challenges us to a 14-kilometre beach hike. Like all its activities, funds raised will support kids in need around the world. Bring your hiking boots or trainers, plenty of sunscreen and anything else needed to sustain you, to the running track next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel for 6.30am. You don’t have to complete the full course, but you must be 16 or over to take part.

6.30am, opposite Umm Suqeim Park, Al Thanya Street. Entry is AED 50, payable in advance. Register and find an exact meeting point here.


From YYC to DXB

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A new exhibition comes to the gallery and studio space for determined adults and young people. Creatives at Mawaheb for Beautiful People have teamed up with Canada’s Indefinite Arts Centre in Calgary to create a collection of joint works by UAE-based and Canadian artists. The theme is ‘Connection’ and, as always, the talent is top rate.

Free entry. From 18th-31st May. 9am-1pm (opens 7.30pm Saturday 18th) Sunday-Thursday. Villa 11, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. 050 421 3070.


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