New stores, mall entertainment and more shopping distractions
A to the R to the T (Am so Ridiculously Talented) competition This S*uce initiative aims to support children’s artistic creativity. Kids aged four to 15 are invited to draw their families and submit the artwork to email@example.com. Entries will be featured in a series of gift hampers to be sold at the DXB store at Sikka Art Fair, Design Days and Art Dubai. Ongoing. S*uce Gifts at Al Wasl Square, and DXB store at Art Dubai, Design Days and Sikka Art Fair, www.shopatsauce.com/art (no number).
New stores & collections
Stradivarius summer collection 2013 If this range doesn’t inspire you to take a beach holiday then we don’t know what will. The new collection is alive with colour and florals, featuring dresses, blouses with lace and crochet detailing, shorts, flirty kimonos, denim and tie-dye prints. Their selection of summer-inspired shoes, including studded espradilles and toe strap sandals mean you can dress yourself head-to-toe in holiday wear. Stradivarius, various locations including Dubai Festival City Mall (04 232 6646).
Vince Camuto now open at Dubai Festival City Mall
The eponymous Italian label brings its chic range of on-trend footwear and accessories to a brand new store at Dubai Festival City Mall. The 1,438 sq ft store is located on the first floor and currently houses the latest spring/summer 2013 collections including handbags and jewellery. Vince Camuto, First Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall.
Offers and deals
Ikea part sale The identikit master is offering sales on 8,500 products ranging across most categories including living room, bedroom, dining, textiles, home organisation, lighting and decoration. Until June 15. Ikea, Dubai Festival City (800 4532).
Part sales at Kurt Geiger and Shoe Mart
The luxe British high-street brand and the affordable footwear label spar off in a part sale on shoes and accessories. Both retailers are offering 25 to 60 percent off selected items across all their UAE standalone stores. Until June 15 (Shoe Mart) Until June 22 (Kurt Geiger). Kurt Geiger, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3883). Shoe Mart, various locations including Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4363).
Entertainment and demonstrations at The Dubai Mall Until Saturday June 1, a number of venues at The Dubai Mall are hosting in-store demonstrations, live shows and entertainment. Learn cooking from local masters in The Souk Dome; see a traditional coffee roasting show in The Majlis daily at 4pm to 8pm; drool over Paul’s freshly made bread display; and check out the 2.5m sugar Eiffel Tower and a 2m wide by 1.5m-high replica of the Dubai Fountains in chocolate at Galeries Lafayette. Until June 1, The Dubai Mall (800 38224 6255).
Free hearing screenings at The Dubai Mall Take a break from bargain scouting to test how deaf you may or may not be. Mediclinic is offering free screenings this month to anyone aged five and up. Every Sunday and Tuesday. 9am-5pm. Until May 31. Mediclinic, The Dubai Mall (04 449 5111).
Ladies’ day at Mirdif City Centre Every Monday, women are invited to head down to this quieter mall in Mirdif to take advantage of freebies and promotions from 10am until 2pm. More than 80 retailers and food outlets within the mall are giving female shoppers up to 60 percent off fashion, beauty treatments, dining and entertainment. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre (800 6422).
Oasis Centre’s Women’s Day Out Every Wednesday this low-key Sheikh Zayed Road mall is offering exclusive deals and discounts of up to 25 percent for women. Snap up bargains on leading brands across a broad range of categories. Outlets involved include, Carrefour Market and Splash. Every Wednesday. Until June 5. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4000).
See local chefs cook at The Dubai Mall This weekend watch a live presentation by local celebrity chefs and personalities. As part of ‘The Dubai Mall, Culinary Promotion,’ visitors who spend Dhs300 on shopping or dining with their Visa card, will go in the running to win one of four culinary trips to Paris including flights, hotel, and cooking classes at one of France’s renowned culinary schools. Until June 1. The Dubai Mall (800 38224 6255).