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The leisure charts

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

Shreeja Ravindranathan
25 Aug 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Deborah Henning


Business chic

You’ve got the great designs. Now learn all about the business acumen needed to rise in the fashion industry with Deborah Henning’s Starting Your Own Fashion Label workshop. On September 2 and 3 the Dubai-based designer will share her knowledge in marketing, manufacturing, finance and legal processes in the Middle East along with guest speakers like fashion blogger Sai Manzano. Dh3,995 per person, 9am-6pm, Media One Hotel, Dubai. Visit to register.

Bag to school


Why should kids have all the school-shopping fun? Bag some scholastic style and nostalgia when you stuff make-up instead of textbooks into this tiny satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company – the bag brand modelled after vintage British school bags. This cute leather cross-body clutch is adorable for how it refreshes old-school topstitching and nickel fastenings in rainbow Crayola shades. Be a ray of sunshine at bleary PTA and office meetings with this quince yellow number. Dh315,

Tried and tested: Deliveroo


After a hard week at work the weekend’s finally here, and you’ve been dreaming about a mouth-watering breakfast. But there’s no way you’re prepared to brave the 45-degree heat outside – or in the kitchen, for that matter. Sounds familiar? Then kick off your weekend with Deliveroo, the handy app that allows you to have food from more than 50 restaurants delivered to your doorstep. What better way to enjoy breakfast than in your PJs, watching your favourite box set in bed?

That’s exactly what I did after ordering steak and eggs from Fraiche café in JLT, cooked just the way I like thanks to the option of mentioning specifications on Deliveroo’s website. The tracking option saw me whet my appetite as I watched the notifications move from ‘preparing’ to ‘order leaving the restaurant’ to finally arriving at my house within the promised time. These guys definitely deliver the goods.

Visit or download the app.

Tested by Verina Durand

Stay tuned


Finally, the cultural jewel that will complete Dubai’s arts and theatre crown is here – the Dubai Opera! The 35,500 sq m 
dhow-shaped venue in Downtown Dubai is set to open its doors to the best of global and local performing arts on August 31, putting the city on the cultural pedestal that New York, London and Sydney are on. Tickets to the opening night have sold out, but grab your seats to Opera Without Words on September 5 from 8pm. Discover the musical beauty of Italian Opera’s greatest overtures and interludes free of lyrical interference. Tickets from Dh300. Visit

Shoe your personality


Nothing heralds the new school term like the squeak of new shoes. And they’ll be far from boring, black and uniform when from Shoe Mart’s back-to-school range that appeases fussy kids – and school rules. With a wide variety of brands, this pair of Disney Minnie Mouse Mary Janes (Dh129) will reflect your little girl’s princess personality, while the Start Rite sneaker-style leather shoes (Dh179) will allow boys to make a dash for it when the bell rings.

Yum in the tum


Back to school for kids means back to stressing over ‘what to pack into lunch boxes’ for parents. Turn that frown into a smile by signing up for Yum in a Box. The nutritional lunch box service by Dubai-based Sara Ghosn delivers breakfasts, lunches and snacks directly to your child’s school. Packed in a funky games-filled boxes, nutritionist-formulated baked tuna patties, zucchini, carrot and corn muffins, berry smoothies etc. will pique picky eaters’ appetites and bring recess to the fore. From Dh18 for lunch and snacks. Visit

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer