Dubai’s sales, stores and style events not to miss this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Shopaholics and dedicated followers of fashion, here are Dubai’s essential shopping and style events this week. Personalise your Pradas, see which Beckham favourite brand is here and don’t miss your chance to win Dhs300,000 when you spend Dhs300 at a mall in Dubai...
Dubai Designer Market
Head here to buy or sell (you have to register for a table to do the latter) second hand designer goods. Quality will vary from Gucci to Zara, but you will find some absolute steals. There will also be young designers showing off their homemade wares – probably the most interesting element of the market.
Free entry for visitors. 3pm-9pm. Sky Bubble, Meydan Grandstand, www.dubaidesignermarket.com.
This online abaya store is now up and running – become a member and you’ll be able to browse the online boutique of wares by Emirati designer Badr Al Budoor. www.abayacouture.ae.
British Council Design and Fashion Awards
The Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards champion people passionate about what they do – the scheme introduces promising designers to contacts in the UK. Anyone aged between 21 and 40 living in the UAE who currently works within the design and fashion sector is encouraged to apply – successful applicants will garner loads of publicity and a trip to the UK. Call the number below for more info.
Applications close June 21. (800 225 522).
Oriental Red Carpet Emerging Designer Contest
Dubai Ladies Club is inviting new Emirati designers to create the ‘next big trend’ in Khaleeji fashion in this year’s competition. The contest is divided into three categories – jalabiyas, abayas and ready-to-wear – and each lucky category winner will be given a chance to introduce their collection at the annual Oriental Red Carpet Fashion Show this September at Dubai Ladies Club.
Deadline for entries is July 30. Competition is open to UAE female nationals only between the ages of 18 and 35 (04 349 9922).
The casualwear brand’s second branch has just opened at Mirdif City Centre. The UK-based label focuses on American trucker chic with a Japanese edge – think plaid shirts, puffer vests and caps. David Beckham is a bona-fide fan.
Mirdif City Centre (800 6422).
Festival Rhythm Nights
Free drumming circles every Thursday and Saturday night.
Free. Thu 7pm, 8pm and 9pm; Sat 4pm, 5pm and 6pm. Canal Walk, Dubai Festival Centre (04 232 5444).
Personalise your Prada sunnies
Exclusive to Bloomingdale’s Dubai, Prada is offering anyone who owns (or wants to own) a pair of the Italian brand’s sunglasses a chance to embellish the frames with personalised symbols or initials. In a city where licence plates have been taken to a whole new level, we imagine this is going to be a hit.
Until June 30. Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5120).
Summer market at Ibn Battuta
Throughout June, China Court at Ibn Battuta will be home to a summer market where you’ll find kids’ toys and books, ladies’ fashion and accessories and plenty of arts and crafts that will make good gifts.
Until June 30. 10am-10pm. China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall (04 362 1900).
The Wedding Fair
Are you a bride-to-be? A bridesmaid-to-be? A keen follower of blogs such as Style Me Pretty? Or just someone who’s dreamed of that special day since you were young? Head to the Westin beach resort this weekend to see the latest bridal trend catwalk shows, get personal advice from the experts and be in with a chance to win your perfect honeymoon. Free. 4pm-9pm, Friday 17 and Saturday 18. The Serdaal Ballroom, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina. Register online at www.ahlanlive.com/wedding.
Laura Ashley Home
This UK floral-forward brand has just opened its second homewares branch in The Dubai Mall, and we like it a surprising amount given the brand’s sometimes unflattering reputation. From cute patchwork pillows to bright and very on-trend wallpapers and a great range of home scents, a visit there is a dangerous thing.
The Dubai Mall (04 325 3245).
DSS at Ace
Everyone’s favourite hardware store’s DSS sale fires up on June 22. There are discounts of 25 per cent and more on items such as outdoor furniture, mini pools and even beach gear, and a 34 per cent discount on petrol, of all things.
June 22-July 31. Ace Hardware, Dubai Festival Centre and Sheikh Zayed Road, www.aceuae.com.
Go to the mall and win Dhs1.5 million in prizes
Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Mirdif City Centre are offering visitors who spend Dhs300 the chance to win Dhs300,000 weekly. Just present your receipts at a customer service desk and register your data electronically into the system – you’ll then be sent a text message and can present your mobile number to enter the draws again.
June 22-July 15. Mall of the Emirates (04 409 9000), Deira City Centre (04 295 4545) and Mirdif City Centre (800 6442).
Ladies’ morning at Mirdif City Centre
From 10am until 1pm every Monday, this mall offers a range of discounts for females. At Debenhams you’ll get a free gift with every beauty purchase, free fashion consultancies at Mango, free mini-facials at Greek organic beauty brand Korres, 25 per cent off at Q Home Décor and a free plate for every four purchased at Yo Sushi.
Every Monday 10am-1pm. Mirdif City Centre, www.mirdifcitycentre.com (800 6422).
Get 25 per cent to 75 per cent off at this already very affordable shoe store. We particularly like the latest New York collection – lots of pop colours.
Until June 25. Available at all Shoe Mart stores, various locations across Dubai, www.shoemartgulf.com.
Buy a paper-thin MacBook Air laptop for Dhs4,499 and get a free MacBook Air Superdrive (the laptop is so thin, it doesn’t come with a CD/DVD drive).
Available until stocks last. iStyle, Virgin Megastore, Mercato Mall (04 344 6971).
Visit the mall and win
Become a fan of Mirdif City Centre on Facebook and guess how far the mall is from your house to win Dhs5,000 every week – the team are trying to make the point that the mall isn’t actually that far away. Also, take a photo of yourself in or en-route to the mall for a chance to win Dhs10,000.
Wafi Sound and Light Show is back
Every evening, Wafi will light up in musical glory for a revamped sound and light show. Wafi Goes Wild (think lions) plays at 8pm and 10pm every night, with Return of the Pharaohs (think Pharaohs) at 9pm. Also, after the show you’ll get a 20 per cent discount card for one of the Wafi Pyramid restaurants.
Free. Daily from 8pm. Wafi, Oud Metha, www.wafirestaurants.com