All that jazz
While you’ll be feelin’ good at the 14th Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival from February 24-26 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, adding some razzmatazz will be Grammy-winning American pop-rock band Toto with timeless hits like Africa. Trumpeter Chris Botti will be accompanied by Sting to headline on February 25 and inimitable guitarist Carlos Santana will make magic on the axe on closing night. Tickets range from Dh325-Dh1,450 at www.dubaijazzfest.com.
Waffle around for lunch, dinner, and every meal in-between at No3 Waffle Station, at Box Park on Al Wasl. With a menu full of sweet, savoury and quirky takes on our favourite breakfast food, this colourful hideout would do Belgium – the waffle capital – proud. Forget chocolate sauce and whipped cream and feast on falafel salad, fries and cheeseburger waffles from 8am to midnight all week. Our waffle fave! Call 04 331 0900 or visit no3.ae.
An urban brunch
Bringing the great outdoors indoors for a fab day of fun and supping by the pool is the Urban Picnic brunch at Vida Downtown Dubai’s 3in1 restaurant. Book a poolside cabana for dips between tucking into delicious food like chicken skewers, crab claws and lamb chops from a buffet or picnic basket. Every weekend, 1-5pm. Packages start from Dh295. Call 04 888 3444 or email email@example.com.
Tennis aficionados, life in sunny Dubai is an advantage now like never before as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships plays out until February 27. Don’t miss the chance to watch tennis aces, including current world number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, in action. Dress up in your smartest and head to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium to get tickets before they sell out. Go to www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com for more information.
Add a Finn-ishing touch to healthy eating this year with Berryfect’s antioxidant-rich bilberry powder all the way from Finland. A bilberry concentrate – think blueberry with four times the anthocyanin, which reduces risks of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and ageing – it’s free of additives, preservatives and sugar. Just add to porridges, smoothies, or dressings for nutritious meals with a tang. Dh69 per pack at www.bilberry.ae.
The weather is warming up, but fashion is all about cold shoulders this spring with Givenchy and Proenza Schouler showing off off-shoulder maxi dresses on SS16 runways. We’d like to shoulder the look instead with this maxi skirt (about Dh2,200) and peasant top (about Dh1,212) from Alice + Olivia’s new collection for myriad potential combos. With bright patches of intricate embroidery on black sheer, this outfit’s boho chic Andalusian allure has us dreaming of Spanish holidays.
Besides raw food, the Japanese are masters of delectable steaks too. Learn how to cook Kobe and Wagyu cuts to perfection with Kiku’s Japanese barbecue promotion. The Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre’s elegant Nipponese restaurant lets you grill your choice of meat (Australian cut costs Dh40 per 100g while Wagyu starts from Dh150) at your teppanyaki tables and enjoy it too. Dh450-Dh500 per meal. Call 04 702 2455 or email Kiku.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuckoo about cacao? Dubai Marina Mall has the yummiest weekend choc-ed out for chocoholics from February 25-27 with a three-day chocolate festival! Part of the Dubai Food Festival, a range of activities will celebrate the brown gold of the culinary world, including demos by a chocolate calligrapher, sculptures, choco-inspired beauty treatments, a Chocolate Fashion Show featuring chocolate wrapper garments and an outdoor cinema showing chocolate-themed movies. What calories? Call 04 436 1020 or visit www.dubaimarinamall.com.
LPG, the new facial in town, has A-listers from Angelina Jolie to Beyoncé going gaga. Regenerating neck and facial skin prone to ageing, the four-step treatment includes cleansing; a 10-minute Endermolift treatment to boost natural hyaluronic acid production; an acid peel to buff away dead skin; and a nourishing collagen mask to impart star-like radiance. From Dh450 for 45 minutes at Pastels Salon branches. Visit www.pastels-salon.com.
Gem of a gift
Stones that can melt hearts and bring good fortune to the wearer are what you’ll find at Star12, a jewellery store specialising in gemstones. This pretty amethyst pendant from the Brighter Side collection is one of the 12 gemstones that correspond to the zodiac signs. It’s the one for Aquarians and even comes in a gift box. Dh450 at star12.me.