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A round-up of the hottest products, places and experiences you can’t miss this week

Shreeja R. & Nikita Pinto
19 May 2016 | 12:00 am
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Frosty Mercury

The outdoors is almost out of bounds, but for now you can still enjoy winter – and snow – at the rooftop Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons, Jumeirah. Tonight the trendy lounge is throwing a White Out white wonderland party. There’ll be snow-themed illusions, cool tunes by the resident DJ, as well as flakes of whimsical snow drifting around from a fancy snow machine. Summer, what? From 9pm. Call 04 270 7804.


Get knotty

Elegance, thy name is a Dior scarf – or at least it should be, considering this lovely sartorial confection from its S/S16 collection. Unlike its shape and delicate pink hues, this fluid silk scarf isn’t for the fashionably square or fragile – there’s an edge to its bold and meta illustrations (a nod to the fashion house’s creative studios) that powers up classic white shirts and blue jeans when it’s tied as a headband. Perfect for adding Parisian sophistication in jauntily-angled double French knots. Dh1,300, Dior Boutique, Mall of the Emirates.


Blown away

Spread over two levels – catering to men on one and women on the floor above, plus kids – the Mohamed Al Sagheer salon in DIFC’s Gate Village screams opulence the moment you walk in. With some high-tech-looking facilities, this chain of 25 salons across Egypt, Qatar and Dubai has celebrated style for over 30 years.

I had booked in for a haircut and blow-dry, and after a quick-yet-thorough wash, my hairdresser’s well-trained hands snipped away at my locks. In under four minutes, I already had a transformed hairstyle – just the right amount snipped off, not a centimetre more, and exactly what I asked for – followed by a fantastic blow-dry. The salon also offers hair colouring, treatments for your tresses, waxing and bleaching, facials, mani-pedi and make-up. And, yes, there’s also a spa for massages from sports to Swedish.

I stepped out looking fabulous enough to hit DIFC’s fancy restaurants and nightclubs next door. There’s not more you can ask for from a salon, really. Dh375 for haircut, blow-dry. Call 04 3857 905.


In a splash

The family that plays Marco Polo together stays together and Wild Wadi is celebrating this bond on Sunday, May 15 – International Day for Families – with free entry for kids under 12 until May 30. Escape the summer blaze as you’re drenched in water and fun with 30 family-friendly rides such as Flood River and Tantrum Alley. Dh275 for adults. Call 04 348 4444 or visit


Cool figures

Forget sweating it out in the gym to burn fat, this summer freeze your frame into shape with Obagi MediSpa’s CoolSculpting treatment. The secret to Kim Kardashian’s svelte figure, this non-invasive procedure blasts stubborn bulk around problem areas by reducing the temperature of fat cells and melting them. The lavish medical spa is offering a 50 per cent discount on the third session, so enjoy a Hollywood hourglass figure without that starry price tag. Dh5,000 for one session. Throughout May and June at all branches. Call 04 339 7060.


Jamaica jammin’

After Bob Marley, another Jamdown export we’re down with is Ting Irie – Dubai’s first home-grown Jamaican restaurant and lounge. Named after the patois slang for everything’s good, this Downtown Boulevard eatery is a place where everything is better than just good; they’re great! A comfy wooden setting with tropical botanic prints and Rastafarian pop art is paired with West Indian cuisine with a modern twist, like jerk chicken, beach shack lobster and freshly squeezed juices. Yum! Call 04 557 56 01 or email


Food thrills

Awaken the daredevil within by engaging in extreme sports at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi, with the dining and sports package. Go wakeboarding, paintballing or go-karting and tuck into sumptuous Italian delicacies like lasagna alla casalinga and seafood penne after pulsating activities at the Como café. Dh150 per person, valid until August 31. Visit


Fusion fashion

East meets West in the newly launched avant-garde store Urbanist at Boxpark. The sophisticated boutique, which houses international brands such as Stella Jean and Rebecca Minkoff, is known for infusing the contemporary with a Middle Eastern twist. Following a recent collaboration with internationally renowned Beirut boutique Waw Design, accessories embellished with traditional designs will add a touch of artistic charm. Call 04 348 8002 or visit

Shreeja R. & Nikita Pinto

Shreeja R. & Nikita Pinto