Calling all tea lovers: head out to the fabulous La Farine at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai for its award-winning afternoon tea. We’re lusting after its signature tea brand Tchaba, the currant dream tea and delectable chocolate eclairs, which will undoubtedly satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth. Besides, it has an unlimited supply of tea to satiate the cravings of every tea lover! Daily 3-6pm, Dh250 per couple. Call 04 414 3000 or visit www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com.
Earn your fashion stripes dressed in this floaty rainbow-striped maxi gown from Chloé’s S/S16 collection. Creative director Clare Waight Keller has masterfully blended two trends: cheerful multicoloured stripes and whimsical Nineties boho-chic, in this diaphanous dream of silk-crepon that at Dh23,325 might remain just that – a dream. It’s equal parts hippie and romantic, making it the perfect outfit to parade in on that cruise holiday. Available at Chloé stores.
Ladies, it’s time to destress at the Nine Degrees Spa in Abu Dhabi. Lose yourself in the soothing atmosphere while experiencing the country’s Arabic and Islamic heritage with the invigorating On the Go package. There’s the Repairing Express Facial, Rejuvenating Eye Mask and the Anti-stress Back and Shoulder Massage, all rooted in the capital’s alluring traditions. Dh320. Call 02 667 3144.
Lights, camera, children
See the world through the eyes of kids until May 7 at the third Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF). The annual, home-grown festival is showcasing movies for and by kids from 66 countries in 55 languages at Vox cinemas across the UAE. The line-up includes Oscar-nominated Brazilian film Boy & the World and short films by UAE students on cancer, bullying etc. It’s time to discover budding Christopher Nolans. Tickets at www.voxcinemas.com, visit www.ciff.ae.
The weekly shop is a tedious task, so instead relax as the chefs at Novikov at the Sheraton Grand Hotel whip up scrumptious delicacies from your chosen ingredients. The Asian restaurant at Shaikh Zayed Road has an on-site market with fresh organic vegetables and locally sourced seafood. Dig into treats such as Nagasaki oysters and Norwegian red king crab – or just get a takeaway and dine at home. Call 04 388 8744 or email reservations@Novikov-Dubai.com.
Enter the dragon
If the dragons in Game of Thrones (Season 6 is out now!) float your fantasy boats, the inaugural Dubai Marina Dragon Boat Festival should put the wind in your sails. Organised by the UAE Dragon Boat Association, the traditional Chinese sport taking place today and tomorrow (April 29 and 30) at the Dubai Marina will see teams from across the UAE row against each other in colourful dragon-shaped vessels in categories of 200 to 2,000m and above. Call 04 436 1020 or visit www.dubaimarinamall.com.
Feel the force
December feels like a long time away to wait for the next Star Wars film (Rogue One), so the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah’s fantasy-themed brunch celebrating May 4 – Star Wars Day – gives us hope! On May 6, storm into elegant international restaurant Mezzerie and chewbacca amusing Han-burgers, Princess Danish Dos and Space Sodas as costumed characters entertain. Plus, on-site face painting will awaken kids. Exciting! From Dh345 per person, 1-4pm. Email Dubai.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 818 2222.
Ease into the weekends like they do at the Big Easy with soulful music and hearty food at Imperium’s Jazz Brunches. Feeling blue never felt as good as it does at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s opulent international restaurant where a rich buffet of Creole, Cajun and Louisiana-inspired eats is laid out every Saturday. Tuck in as rhythmic New Orleans jazz played by the house band banishes all worries. From Dh275 per person, 1-4pm. Call 04 453 0444.
Watch your step
Stay fashionably in sync with your significant other with these Calvin Klein Step wristwatches. In matching his and hers models, these sleek stainless-steel timepieces, inspired by urban architecture, are timeless, thanks to their classic bracelet design and minimalistic petrol green dials. Busy couples will have more time on their hands for each other! Dh965 each at Calvin Klein boutique, The Dubai Mall.
Dance to a new beat at Soul Art Centre in Downtown Dubai. The cool boutique art and dance studio’s myriad foot-tapping classes for men, women and children are a perfect escape from the summer heat and a fun way to shape up for beach days and evening parties. From belly dancing to Afrobeat, professional instructors will teach you how to shimmy and shake! Dh360 for four sessions. Call 04 551 7440 or visit www.soulartcenter.com.