Yogafest Dubai, the largest free outdoor wellness event, is on Friday and Saturday at the Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre. It’s got an array of complementary health and wellness workshops classes and talks. There’s also an acro yoga class and performance by Yogaraj, a Guinness World Record holder from Hong Kong; a mantra concert with Desert Rose duo from South Africa; health workshops with ayurvedic expert Dr. Jayan from India; a Calisthenics Flow session with Allaoua Gaham and Tracy Harmoush, and dream catcher and mandala-making workshops with Alin Saenz. Those with tots and fur babies can enjoy Mum and Me Yoga and Puppy Pilates, and for the eco-conscious there’s some sustainable shopping to be done at the festival’s Marketplace. Register online at And for that added dose of feel-good, know that the festival is supporting the charity, Smile Train, this year to provide cleft palate surgery and rehabilitation for thousands of children around the world. Entry is free.

Feast away

Thanksgiving – the American holiday, falls on November 28 this year, which means it’s time to be grateful and enjoy great food.  Meliã Desert Palm Dubai is hosting a Thanksgiving Brunch on November 29 including traditional oven-roasted turkey and gravy, baked chicken breast with apple sauce, candied sweet potatoes, winter root vegetables and all the trimmings you could want. Make sure you leave space for dessert – think pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple tart with caramel sauce and a chocolate fountain complete with marshmallows and strawberries. From 1pm-4pm; from Dh250 per person. Call 04 602 9323 or email

We’re not sure about the White House but Brambles restaurant at Citadines Metro Central Hotel, is granting pardons to the turkey with a vegan feast on November 28. There’s no stuffed turkey on the meu but you’ll leave the Barsha Heights restaurant stuffed, thanks to starters such as vegan chili, fall salad featuring wheatberries, apples, pomegranate jewels, and mains such as lentil barbecue meatloaf, potato shepherd’s pie and stuffed pumpkin. Desserts will follow suit in the form of brownies, tangy tahini banana cake with berry compote, pumpkin cake and simple apple crisps. Dh125 per person; call 04 4529529. From 6pm-9pm.

Deadly good fun

Take a stab at solving crime while you cut into a delicious dinner at the murder mystery dinner aboard the QE2 this Friday. Called Murder At The Speakeasy, the interactive event will see the ultimate whodunit tale unfold involving rival singers, bootleggers and a murder. Featuring a cast of seven international actors and a background score by three live musicians, the dramatic show will play out over a three-course meal at the floating ship-turned-hotel’s Grand Lounge. Tickets start from Dh395 per person at

Set the wheels in motion

You too can participate in the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge next week. The  popular cycling event is introducing a 38km Community Ride that takes place on November 29 at the Dubai Autodrome. The race is open to those who are 16 years and above; both amateurs and consistent cyclists can participate and take home a medal to commemorate the completion of the ride. Friday’s the last day to register at; Dh150 per person.