Donate your old trainers Don’t want to throw out your old trainers? Donate them to labourers so they can compete in the SmartCup cricket tournament in February. Donations can be made at the Fortune Promoseven office in Emarat Atrium on Sheikh Zayed Road, Sunday to Thursday from 9am until 6pm. Until January 31 (050 457 6873).
Dubai Shopping Festival There is just over a week left of the bonanza of sales and events taking place throughout the city. With more than 6,000 outlets participating, including stores at the Global Village complex, this year the event is bigger than ever. A variety of entertainment, including concerts, is scheduled throughout the festival. See right for deals. Locations across Dubai. Until February 5. www.dubaievents.ae.
Watch Art Grand Exhibition Offering timepiece aficionados an insider’s peek into the art of family watchmaking, as well as more than 400 exhibits, this show is brought to you by masters of the craft Patek Philippe. It will start its journey in Dubai, before travelling the world. Free. 10am-10pm; ladies’ morning Wednesday 25 10am-1pm. Until January 27. Johara Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 5809).
New stores & collections
Seduce opens at Dubai Marina Mall Aussie high-street chain Seduce has now launched it Dubai, and should be the first place on your hit-list if you’re after basic feminine pieces, such as tribal pattern maxis and summer cocktail dresses with a beachy vibe. Dubai Marina Mall (04 399 7730).
Splash spring/summer 2012 collection Featuring resort-wear options for him and her, the new range has a modern Hawaiian feel and will work wonders in Dubai’s hotter months. We’ve got our eyes on the flowing feminine short-front maxi dresses in coral, and the washerwoman-style polka-dot dresses. For him, think Miami Vice meets Hawaii Five-O. Splash, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 325 3464).
Alvin and The Chipmunks at the Arabian Center Don’t worry if you see large, rodent-like characters skimming the mall during DSF – it’s just Alvin and The Chipmunks, who will be meeting and greeting shoppers on January 26 and February 1, 3 and 4 at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 9pm. Arabian Center, Al Khawaneej Road, Mirdif (04 284 5555).
Charlie and the Chocolate Bear stage show at Reef Mall As well as this family-friend show, there will also be chocolate-inspired fun, games and arts and crafts running at Reef Mall throughout DSF. Games and crafts Sun-Wed 5.30pm and 9.30pm; January 26-28 6pm-10pm. Until January 28. Reef Mall, Deira (04 224 2240).
Kaleidoscope theatre show at Dubai Marina Mall Showcasing international award-winning shows such as Magic for Monsters, Cloud Man and Little Red Riding Hood, there will be two daily shows on weekdays, with additional shows during the weekend. Free. Reserve your place at the mall’s service desk (seating is limited). Until February 5. Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020).