Street life

Nothing brings people together more than food, music and art – and you can enjoy all three at the second Street Nights in Al Quoz. Expect painting, beatboxing, DJ sets, dance competitions, and open-mic sessions and pick up some art to hang at home. If you’re hungry you can scoff a delicious range of creative street food concepts. Head down to street 4b in Al Quoz on February 20 and 21, 5pm to midnight. Entry is free. Visit www.streetnights.ae.

 

Your new squeeze

French cooking is well-known for being delicious, with all that cheese, cream and fresh bread. But healthy? Not so much. However, Le Paradis 
du Fruit is ready to change all of that – prepare to reboot. The stylish restaurant in JBR has launched a refreshing selection of colour-popping, squeezed-on-demand juices. We love Magic Potion; carrot, pineapple and coriander. Perfect to wash down one of the restaurant’s signature Burggies or yummy tartines. Call 04 425 7769.

 

Future fashion

Time to flex those creative muscles. Sign up for London College of Fashion Short Courses in Dubai. Two new sessions have made the list – Styling for the Runway and Blogging as a Fashion Business. The courses are held from January 31 to February 13 at Vida Hotel. Email training@fashion.arts.ac.uk.

 

Selfie control

A phone that can make us look our fabbest in every selfie? We need. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-megapixel rear camera and features a real-time high dynamic range to achieve bright and vivid shots in tricky lighting. The Ultra Power Saving mode reduces battery consumption so your phone won’t die mid arm stretch. It’s not just a pretty face. Dh2,299 from Emax stores in the UAE.

 

California dreamin’

Meet the brand new Faye bag. It’s hot from the Chloé S/S15 collection and the only companion a girl needs this spring (into summer, into the rest of the year). Encapsulating this season’s obsession with the Seventies, it will give your sunny days a laid-back California vibe. We’re already tempted to wear flowers in our hair and pull off our sandals. We dare you. The Faye bag costs Dh6,730.

 

A wicked idea

Is your little one a budding bard or the UAE’s next big thing? Sign them up for a one-off acting workshop with a West End star. Thanks to Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company, the star of smash-hit musical Wicked is visiting from London. Nikki Davis-Jones (aka the wicked witch), who also starred in Blood Brothers and Mamma Mia, will host a session at James & Alex Dance Studios. Best of all, students will turn green with make-up from the show! Dh150, 2pm-4pm on Saturday, February 7, for youngsters aged eight to 14. Email info@hayleyscomet.com or info@jamesandalex.com.

 

Happy new yum!

If you can’t wait until the Chinese New Year to devour plates of steamed dumplings (or is that just us?) head down to the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, for its Chinese New Year dim sum menu. From January 18 to 29, top guest chefs Weiqing Wen and Ningning Duan will take over the Shang Palace kitchen to deliver delicious bite-size treats like black truffle prawn dumplings, steamed buns and Abalone puffs – dim yum! Call 04 405 2703.

 

The Empire Strikes Back

It’s time to treat yourself to a culinary experience that will see you travel through the Ottoman Empire. Dinner at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray navigates you from canapés at Plaj, cold starters at Amala, Lalezar for Turkish meze, Al Nafoorah for hot mezzeh and The Rib Room for mains. Phew! Dessert is in buffet form at Imperium, before you flop with a coffee in the Sultan’s Lounge. Dh1,490 per couple, 7-11pm. Call 04 453 0444.

 

Temperature control

Parents, did you know a child’s healthy temperature changes as they get older? What’s an OK temperature for a six-year-old, might not be for a two-year-old, and babies under three months will generally be one or two degrees cooler than older children. Braun has just launched the ThermoScan 7 with Age Precision technology, with settings you can adjust to suit your child’s age. We found it simple to use and it guarantees professional accuracy. Dh299, from leading pharmacies, hypermarkets and supermarkets across the UAE.

 

One for the wedding planners

Brides-to-be, listen up! There’s only one place you need to go for inspiration – The Bride Show 2015, set to take place in Abu Dhabi (January 28-31) and Dubai (March 25-28). All your big-day needs will be met. French-style café La Brioche will be showcasing an assortment of wedding cakes, desserts and favours. Royal Catering has your culinary and crockery needs met, and expect wedding dress fashion shows, heaps of luxe venue options and every last detail covered. Tickets are on sale now, Dh35 to Dh175. Visit www.thebrideshow.com.