Take half measures on your next Thursday night out and still get full marks when you take the gang to the 180° evening brunch at 360°, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s vibrant nightclub with panoramic sea views. From 7pm to 10pm every Thursday, relish unlimited beverages and light pan-Asian bites such as sushi and dim sum as cool tunes by Dubai’s hottest DJs play in the background. Dh295 per person. Call 055 500 8515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More has always been less for fashion label OTT, and we’ve always loved the eccentric Emirati label’s bold and beautiful prints and colours. The motif continues in its S/S16 collection titled That’s Amore, with sumptuous fabrics such as lace and chiffon cut to dramatic Seventies’ silhouettes of wide-legged pants, maxi dresses, billowy skirts, and this hero piece – a double-breasted cape. In black georgette embroidered with grown-up florals, Batgirl would approve. Throw them over drainpipe pants and blouses to save the day fashionably. Dh4,400 at S*uce stores.
A good run
Be a good sport and run the charitable Fun Triathlon by Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort next Friday (April 15). Every single fil raised will be donated to the Al Jalila Foundation’s Omniyat Dania project dedicated to treatment of childhood cancer. Categories are individuals, teams, families and kids – there’s a cycle ride, swim and run for adults. Dh300 inclusive of race pack, 7am-12pm. Register at www.hopasports.com.
Method in mechanics
Hefty scientific concepts of motion and gravity go gloriously weightless, literally, in the works of French kinetic artist Quentin Carnaille. Discover his gravity-defying sculptures from the Apesanteur (French for weightless) series at MAD Gallery – the Middle East’s first mechanic art gallery – in Alserkal Avenue. Portraying the magic of mechanics, these steampunk-y levitating discs of vintage watch components are clustered together by magnetic force and reflect profound themes of time, relativity and the golden watchmaking era. Until May 14. Visit www.madgallery.ae.
Perched on Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary’s fringes, The Terrace, Dubai Creek Harbour, offers spellbinding vistas only flamingos were privy to hitherto. Every weekend, 10am-3pm, Vida Hotel chefs and Vida Food Truck roll out the Urban BBQ Brunch in this new café’s lawns, with a kids’ area, Wi-Fi, and hammocks. Dh115 per person.
Tote a tome
It’s a good year for bibliophiles, what with the declaration of 2016 as the Year of Reading in the UAE to promote the invaluable habit. Come out of hiding from your secret reading nooks and replenish your literary arsenal at Virgin Megastores. There’s an exciting selection of titles ranging from fantasy fiction – the Game of Thrones set is going for just Dh169! – to classics like Harper Lee’s How To Kill A Mockingbird (Dh49) and non-fiction such as Underground Girls of Kabul (Dh59). Time to word up!
Celebrating the geek fest of the year – the Middle East Film and Comic Convention – with a fitting geek feast is Toko’s Manga Madness menu. After devouring pop-culture merchandise and events at the World Trade Centre, famished fans should head to the Vida Downtown’s stylish Japanese eatery and kapow a four-course superhero-inspired menu. Wolf down Wolverine grilled chicken, Storm salad, Emma Frost (assorted mocha ice-creams) and other witty dishes. May the appetite be with you! From 6–10pm, April 7-9, Dh195 per person. Call 04 442 8383 or email email@example.com.
Get the Memo
Grabbing eyeballs both with its graphic illustration-decorated bottle and luscious tuberose scent is the new Marfa perfume by Parisian fragrance brand Memo. Named after the cultural and artistic Texan city of Marfa, this heady concoction of mandarin, orange blossom absolute, ylang ylang, sandalwood and musk, from the Art Land collection, evokes dunescapes and the solitude of the Texan desert. Inspired beauty buy for Comic Con weekend? Sorted. Dh910, Areej.
To the Tawa
Jump out of the fire of inflammatory gluten foods and into the Tawa (griddle) of healthy tucks at Abu Dhabi’s first gluten-free cafe – Tawa Bakery. This artsy little spot’s menu boasts traditional doughy delights in nutritious avatars free of the problematic protein that causes wheat allergies and coeliac disease. Pizzas, cakes and breads abound, but the pride of this Al Raha Beach venue are the French toast and legaymat – Emirati sweet dumplings. Call 02 556 6900
On the Rockport
Need an adrenalin rush? Head to Rockport. The Massachusetts-based footwear brand sure knows how to sweep customers off their feet. Spend Dh350 on its S/S16 collection at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City or Dubai Marina Mall stores this April, and enter a daily draw to win Helidubai helicopter tours, Wild Wadi tickets, Ski Dubai passes and Dubai Autodrome karting tickets. Until April 27. Get stepping on it!
Before Dubai’s running season comes to end, there’s one event you must head to - the Big Bubble fun run at Dubai Autodrome on Friday, April 8! It’s the emirate’s first ever bubble foam race, where you run a 5k-course filled with bubbles! But fear not, the foam mixture is an uber-safe blend of toxins-free ingredients and non-slippery too, so you’re safe the entire time. As you navigate the fun-filled race, get bathed in foam at the foam shower zone or the foam bath zone at regular intervals, so winning gets all the more challenging - after all, you have to stay focused the entire time and not get distracted. A Bubble Base containing the main stage blasting adrenaline-pumping music, and the Bubble Host, who will keep everyone entertained, will ensure tonnes of healthy fun for all the family. The race is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels. Tickets from Dh185 per person, which can also be purchased on the day. From 7am, visit www.bigbubblerun.com.