As of 1st November – Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ officially becomes legal tender, the countdown to NYE begins, and those outdoor temps just keep getting sweeter.
Here’s where to do your celebrating this week.
Thursday, 31st October
The main sales
Dubai’s epic three-day Super Sale is back this weekend. From Thursday morning through to Saturday evening more than 2,000 stores from fancy designers (Givenchy, Armani and Ralph Lauren are IN) to high street favourites (find us at Diesel, All Saints and Monsoon) will be slashing prices by up to 90 per cent. Save on fashion for men, women and kids, homeware, toys, electronics, jewellery and beauty.
31st October to 2nd November at malls around Dubai. See www.3daysupersale.com
Join Abu Dhabi’s kaleidoscopic carnival, Mega Mela this weekend, for a spirited celebration of Indian culture. See Bollywood stars, indulge in Indian street cuisine, break out the bhangra moves, shop, entertain the kiddlywinks and savour some pretty spectacular fireworks.
AED 20 general tickets, AED 75 VIP, du Arena, Yas Island, Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 2pm-11pm, Sat 2pm-10pm. Visit yasmegamela.ae
Wavebreaker may be a little late to the Oktoberfest party, but we’re here – emotionally and physically – for anyone that wants to prolong this, one of our favourite epicurean festivals. Enjoy traditional German cuisine, live music and seductive sea views.
A la carte options from AED 49. Evening brunch (6pm-9pm) available at AED 350 (Including house beverages and unlimited BBQ). Wavebreaker Beach & Grill, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. 04 318 2319.
Friday, 1st November
Folly what a cracker
The view. The food. The blended beverages – everything on offer at folly Nick & Scott is something to write home about. And the return of warm winter evenings means the reopening of folly’s fabled rooftop location. As far as we’re concerned, no further visit incentive is needed, but there is one – between 31st October and 2nd November. There’s a happy hour where drinks are priced from AED 25 each.
12pm-12am. The Rooftop at folly, Madinat Jumeirah. 04 430 8535.
Vegan three ways
Amazing Asian5 has just opened a new location at Burjuman. It’s a brand that’s already demonstrated a commitment to providing thoughtful options for vegans, but from Friday – at the new store, The DAFZA location and the Downtown outlet – there’ll be a limited edition set vegan three-course menu on offer. Choose from such meatless treats as beetroot shumai, sweet potato curry, vegan laksa, sweet sticky rice with mango, homemade coconut ice cream. Three courses for AED 75, who says it’s not easy being green?
AED 75. Available until 30th November at Burjuman, Downtown and DAFZA stores. 04 325 9955.
TEP up your game
The JBR has a bunch of cool stuff going on for the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) – strip runs and mini-golf for example. But we’re super excited about the TEPfactor collaboration. The adventure entertainment attraction is offering DFC participants the opportunity to take part in a free challenge.
Free. 6.30pm-7.30pm Sunday to Thursday, 10.30am-11.30am every Friday and Saturday. JBR. 052 350 4095.
Abandoned and neglected cats and kittens need new homes. Meet them from 11am-5pm every Friday at Dubai Garden Centre, Al Quoz. New owners are asked to make a payment to a veterinary clinic, contributing towards neutering, de-worming, vaccinations and microchip costs, so you get a healthy and happy friend for life.
Find out more about the paw-some pusses up for adoption at www.facebook.com/Kittysnipadoptiondxb
Saturday, 2nd November
Scrummy little final
This weekend sees the final of the 2019 rugby world cup. England take on South Africa in what promises to be an epic, equally-matched clash. It all kicks off at 1pm, and why not watch it on neutral (US) ground. P&B’s have an All-Day, All-American breakfast, for AED 85 – and it is as extra as you imagine it would be. They also have a limited edition Webb Ellis Manwich (AED 75), a massive meat sandwich stacked like a well-assembled ruck, with layer upon layer of flavour-packed protein. And there are of course a number of drinks promotions including buckets and pitchers of hops from AED 99.
Match from 1pm. Opening hours: 10am-2am. Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 04 366 6197.
Sharjah Art Foundation presents the opening of an exhibition of truly awesome artwork. Marwan Rechmaoui uses industrial materials such as concrete, metal, rubber, tar, textiles and glass to create the urban textures and landscapes of his ‘Slanted Squares’ exhibition.
Free. 6pm-9pm.. Gallery 1 & 2 Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah. www.sharjahart.org
Dinner as a show
Pulitzer Prize-winning play, ‘Dinner with Friends’ is the latest show to hit the stage at The Junction. This particular production, featuring local talent, is being directed by Meghana Mundkur. The story, which is potentially even more poignant now than when it was written, winds around guests at a dinner party, and examines the nature of love, life and the reality of relationships.
AED 100. 1st (7.30pm)-2nd November (3.30pm, 7.30pm). The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. www.bookmyshow.com
Dia de los Marlin
Blue Marlin Ibiza’s Saturday brunch will have a Latin flavour this week in honour of Dia De Los Muertos – the Mexican festival, celebrating our loved ones that have passed on. Enjoy delicious Latin American cuisine set to a soulful soundtrack, next to a glorious infinity pool. Vamos a la playa.
From AED 350. From 1pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza. Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot, Exit 399 in Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels. 056 113 3400.
Previously in October…
Thursday , 24th October
The Irish Village has ordered in a double scoop of chart-topping acid funk this Thursday. The Brand New Heavies and The Blow Monkeys will be performing LIVE at the craic-ing venue, bringing with them a nostalgic wave of classic 80s groove. Contrary to popular belief, the party starts at 9pm, not midnight, at the oasis. Attendees are requested to send their camels to bed. If that sounds too cryptic, buy a ticket and thank us later.
AED 175. (Gates open 7pm) 9pm-11pm. The Irish Village Garhoud. www.theirishvillage.com
We would be totally remiss if we did not include one of the most vibrant and colourful celebrations taking place across the UAE over the weekend and into next week. But rather than list all of the best options – and there are a lot of them – please click here, as we have, you guessed it, listed some of the best options. Here’s wishing you peace and prosperity this Diwali!
Friday, 25th October
Olea, Olea – for the whole day!
There’s a new family-friendly all-day dining and entertaining option on the scene, just say Olea! Head to Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates this Friday where they promise an agenda to keep you well-fed and entertained from (well not far off) dusk to dawn. Eat. Play. Brunch is the name and it starts at 10am with a lavish Parisian Breakfast at Aspen, by Kempinski. When you have had your fill, family thrills and spill await at Magic Planet before you had to Olea from 1pm until 5pm for food stations from all around the world, spit-roast lamb, a live BBQ and much more including of course plenty of free-flowing drinks and bubbles. The kids will barely remember you are there as they get stuck into the LEGO and American Girl dedicated play areas. Bliss!
AED 245 per person with full breakfast and lunch buffets, inclusive of soft beverages, and access to Magic Planet with two free games. AED 345 for the house beverage option. 5-12 years, 50 percent off, children under five eat for free. Reservations: email@example.com or call 04 409 5111
A little house on the beach
If, for you, weekends are all about big ol’ beats on the beach, Barasti’s new Friday House Junky sessions will probably get your sea-l of approval. Make shapes on the sand with a 9pm-11pm happy hour where select drinks are only AED 30, and of course, because it’s Barasti, entrance is free. Starting the party this weekend, a DJ of festival-headlining proportions – Mr Anton Powers, will be dropping dancefloor wildfire.
Free. 11am-3am. Barasti Beach, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.
The Big Fish comedy bus is back in town with a trio of comedy stars, booked to spit LOLs at three Dubai locations. Aussie Bec Hill opens with her own fusion of sizzling Twitter wit, sassy stand-up and paper puppetry. Next up is rising Irish star and Fringe-toasted gagsmith Colin Chadwick, who’s followed by headliner and comedy circuit godfather, Andre Vincent. Comedy connoisseurs this way, please.
AED 150. Dubai gigs start at 6.45pm Jumeirah Golf Estates. www.platinumlist.net
Saturday, 26th October
Rivalries run deep
It really is crunch time this weekend in the Rugby World Cup as defending champions the All-Blacks square off in the first semi-final against England at midday UAE time. The boys in white may have enjoyed a comfortable win over the Aussies a week ago but it is likely that after pummelling Ireland the Kiwis are going to be full of the sort of confidence they must feel right after performing their traditional Haka war dance (above). So that’s what’s coming up on the pitch but where is the best place to watch it? Click here for some great options.
If you book a ticket for Dubai Parks & Resorts on RoveHotels.com, between now and 22nd December – you’ll get a free night’s stay at Rove At The Park, the new on-site theme park hotel. Play, stay, scream yay and keep your hands inside the rides all day – at one very special price.
AED 275. Dubai Parks & Resorts, Jebel Ali. www.rovehotels.com