1. Concerts galore
The pace is crazy fun this weekend with the Yasalam After-Race Concerts at the du Arena, Yas Island. Friday night, catch Canadian R&B star The Weeknd. The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling trendsetter will perform tracks from his critically-acclaimed 2015 album Beauty Behind The Madness and his new fourth studio album My Dear Melancholy. Which means you’ll be dancing away to everything from I Feel It Coming and Can’t Feel My Face to ‘Starboy’. Then on Saturday, get set to mellow down for multi-award British star Sam Smith — Stay With Me, Too Good at Goodbyes and I’m Not the Only One will bring up all the feels. On Sunday, up the tempo again — because it’s time for American rock legends Guns N’ Roses. Axl, Slash, and Duff will pump you up with hits including Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o’ Mine and Paradise City. We simply can’t think of a better way to be spending this weekend that with these A-list celebs. For more info, head to yasalam.ae.
2. Blinged up
Deepika Padukone’s wedding with Ranveer Singh last week saw the actress sport gorgeous jewellery worth millions of dirhams. But fret not, because there’s a way to get some celebrity-studded jewellery right here in Dubai. Art Karat, jewellery designer for movies such as Padmavati, Devdas and Ram Leela, will be showcasing their latest collection Friday and Saturday at Taj Dubai from 11am to 8pm. There’s the Haveli collection, the Asha collection and plenty of traditional Indian jewellery pieces including pieces in silver, set with real gemstones and coated with 22k gold. What more could a girl ask for?
3. Deck the halls
Home and Soul and The Flower Company are hosting a Festive Wreath Making Workshop — at the end of which you get to take home your gorgeous wreath. Nov 28, 9am–11am at the Home and Soul store on Al Wasl Road. Tickets are Dh65 and can be purchased on homeandsouldubai.com.
4. Destination wedding vibes
Scouting for the perfect spot for an unforgettable destination wedding? Sri Lanka has now firmly lodged itself as a hot favourite with palm-fringed beaches and mystical cities making for a wonderful background for Instagram pics. And right on cue, Sri Lankan wedding professionals are in the UAE today to answer all your questions on getting hitched in the paradise island. From wedding-dress designs to DJs and hotels, help is on hand to take all the stress out of planning your big day. At Avani hotel Deira, Dubai, from 10am Friday.
5. Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna
The recent push towards representing women of all sizes, ages and ethnicities on stage seems to have reached the UAE too. Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna are marking 20 years in the fashion industry Saturday with a fashion show where models will be real women from Dubai. The models will wear items from the brand’s collection ‘An Evening of Reflection’ and incorporating everything from feminine, luxurious fabrics to edgy metallic hues. The fashion show is at 3pm at Taj, Dubai. The exhibition runs from 10am-8pm.
6. Make room for discomfort
Living outside your comfort zone has been touted by TED speakers and others as the way towards personal growth and all things happy. So if you think you’re in need of some growing and shaking things up, head to NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery this weekend to watch the show Discomfort. Artist and NYUAD associate dean of arts David Darts will playfully tackle a feeling of uneasiness through 25 works spanning various media, from video and sound to photography and sculpture. From the ordeal of a childhood drowning incident to the dysfunctions associated with misophonia (sound rage), the play’s going to make you squirm — and hopefully lead to some intellectual growth. Open until November 25 only, so get there quick.
7. Your laughter quota, sorte
Be prepared for 24 times the hilarity at Indian actor Rakesh Bedi’s show Friday night — he’s channelling 24 avatars in his latest theatrical presentation The Massage. Known for his brilliant coming timing, Rakesh’s monologue performance will have you in can’t-breathe splits as he plays a down-on-his-luck aspiring actor in Mumbai who has to become a masseur. It’ll be laughter galore as the play brings forth eccentricities that represent various Indian states, as Rakesh’s character encounters everyone from a Punjabi film producer to a South Indian actress to a Bihari politician. Show starts 7.30pm at Emirates International School Jumeirah, Dubai. Tickets from Dh75, book at meraticket.com.
8. Sole DXB
Dubai’s culture festival is back for a sixth year with a three-day edition that covers art, design and music to fashion and sport. It’s a heavy-weight musical line-up too including NY rapper Nas (right), rapper Roxanne Shante and alternative pop artist ABRA. Besides great tunes there’ll also be cultural talks and conversations by big names like David Fischer (left) in design, culture, fashion and music. Dec 6, 7 and 8 at d3. Tickets: tickets.virginmegastore.me/ae, Dubai Calendar App, and soledxb.com/tickets. Weekend pass Dh295, day pass Dh195.