Fashion Atelier Training at Traffic gallery Hosted by fashion expert Lejla Redja, this ongoing design course runs throughout July on a walk-in basis. Class participants have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience such as how to use a sewing machine, draping and creating muslin, fabric manipulation and installing zippers, as well as learning how to sketch croquis. Free. 10am-7pm Sun-Thu. Until July 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
New stores & collections
Malaak turban collection sneak-peek Cutting-edge abaya designer Huda N. has just launched an eight-piece collection of turbans in the lead up to Ramadan. The range comes as a sneak-peek to the full collection which will feature 20 pieces and hit stores after the Holy Month. The stylish headwear are crafted in bold seasonal prints such as leopard print and black with nude lace. They make the perfect holiday accessory and will turn heads at every iftar in town. From Dhs600 to Dhs850. Available at various locations including Malaak boutique, 304 Jumeirah Terrace, Jumeirah 1 (04 386 0570).
Ramadan corner at S*uce Update your wardrobe for the Holy Month and check out the new Ramadan-inspired corner at eclectic boutique S*uce. The haven will feature modest cuts and colourful designs, plus Arabic-inspired accessories and jewellery by our favourite local designers including Khatoon and Maali. S*uce, various locations including Village Mall (04 344 7270).
Topshop opens at Mall of the Emirates After a long-awaited arrival, the British high-street retailer finally opens its doors in the New Dubai mall on Wednesday July 18. The 450 sq m store features the latest womenwear, bags and shoes. To help celebrate the opening on Wednesday July 18, shoppers are invited to come down and take photos in the Fishfayce booth, get a complimentary makeover, treats and much more. Topshop, Mall of the Emirates, www.topshop.com.
Susanna Rachel Bridal Couture Want to design your own wedding dress? British fashion graduate and Italian couture bridal designer Susanna Rachel Wordsworth has just set up a bespoke bridal business operating out of her villa on the Palm. She whips up beautiful bridal and evening creations that are tailor-made to each of her clients. Susanna Rachel Bridal Couture, email@example.com, www.susannarachel.com (055 294 8760).
Sales and offers
Jacky’s Electronics promotion at Ibn Battuta Mall It’s time to go gadget crazy at Ibn Battuta Mall, shoppers, because every time you spend Dhs250 at the electronics store in the Andalusia court, you’ll get a free Grand Cinemas movie ticket. Ongoing. Jacky’s Electronics, Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5080).
S*uce Ramadan promotion Are you known to have a sweet tooth? We know just the way to satiate it. Colourful boutique S*uce are celebrating the Emirati tradition of ‘gerge3aan’ (in which young children dress in traditional clothing mid-Ramadan and go around the neighbourhood at sunset collecting sweets and nuts). Spend over Dhs500 at S*uce during Ramadan and you will get a cute vintage-style pot full of sweet goodies. Until after Ramadan. S*uce, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 9696).
Ladies’ morning at Mirdif City Centre From 10am until 2pm every Monday, this mall offers a range of discounts for ladies, including 15 per cent off lingerie and shapewear brand K-Lynn. and a seven-day pass to Fitness First for two ladies, plus a health check-up. There are also plenty more deals on offer. Mon 10am-2pm. Mirdif City Centre, www.mirdifcitycentre.com (800 6422).
Mall walkers at Mall of the Emirates Don’t let the heat affect your fitness regime: break a sweat in one of Dubai’s most fancy malls for free. This indoor walking club meets five teams a week to scamper up and down the giant shopping hub. Plus, a motivational walk leader is on hand to provide useful tips. Free. 8.30am Sun-Thu. Ongoing. Mall of the Emirates (04 409 9000).
Oasis Centre: wacky Wednesdays for women Every Wednesday, this Sheikh Zayed Road shopping mall offers women-only discounts of up to 25 percent across its varied range of brands. Ongoing. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4000).