Soulful style


Everyone’s increasingly looking east for wardrobe inspiration, so we’re all set to revive our sari obsessions next weekend with an exhibition featuring award-winning designer Gaurang Shah, who has dressed Bollywood actresses Vidya Balan and Kirron Kher. Think jamdanis woven in all the colours of the rainbow and Kanjeevaram saris in organza – this is a gorgeous overhaul on the six-yard sari as we know it, plus opulent lehengas, anarkalis, ghararas and kurtas. These regal-looking pieces are sure to elevate any occasion, so if you want to turn heads, head here. Part of Numaish, the show will feature his latest collection Navras along with exquisite handcrafted jewellery by Kishandas & Co. and hand-woven textiles by Vaya. Open to all, on August 30 and 31 at Taj Dubai from 11am-7pm.

Paint power


Friday night outs have just been given a creative twist in Dubai – and we’re very on board with the idea of glass in one hand, paint brush in other. Spend an evening dabbling in paint, food and drinks at the Chill En Paint art sessions at TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, Dubai at a three-hour art class taught by visual artist and animator Wilfredo Leonardo, who has more than 25 years of experience. You don’t have to be a paint pro – all levels all welcome, from Salvador to scribbles. All painting materials are provided too. Classes are scheduled for today and September 6, 5pm to 8pm, Dh249 per person. Register at

Tunes of tolerance


Why celebrate one festival when you can celebrate two? Right in the spirit of the Year of Tolerance comes an interactive musical workshop that celebrates both Eid and the Hindu festival Janmashtami. Held at the Malhaar Centre for Performing Arts in JLT today, join in a night of Sufi music and philosophy, where artists will explore compositions from the poetic greats such as Amir Khusrow, Kabir and Meera. That’s not all though – the starry show will also take a more modern note with artists performing Bollywood tunes too, such as the brilliant Sufi compositions of AR Rahman. Dh50 per person, from 6.30pm. RSVP at

Wake-up call

If (like us) you’re broke from all the summer travel, perk up, because at least the coffee is going to be free this weekend. Today and tomorrow, head to the Costa Coffee at Dubai Festival City Mall, look out for a giant ice sculpture, and you can help yourself to a chilled coffee treat straight from it! Costa is celebrating the launch of the milk-free and so-light Espresso Freddo, which means free coffee from 2pm – but you better hurry before the sculpture melts! If you do happen to get there after the last drop of delicious Italian coffee has been poured, you’ll still get some exclusive offers for the drink to be enjoyed over the weekend at the Mall. Yes, whip us up a win-win Costa!