Our picks of the week
1 Eye up fashion designers at Fashion Forward
2 Support designers at Prime Dubai Fashion Market
3 Buy second-hand items at Dubai Flea Market
4 Wear new threads with bold prints at River Island
See new stores & collections.
5 Check out rare watches at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
See in-mall entertainment.
Head to Times Square Centre on Friday April 11 to browse hand-made products such as funky baby clothes, art and photography.
Free. Noon-7pm. Until April 11. Times Square Centre, www.arte.ae (no number).
Chelsea College of Arts Dubai short course
The upcoming intense three-day ‘Make Your House A Home’ course explores the various materials available in order to create a distinctive interior in your house. Discover the pros and cons of marble and wooden floors to extravagant silk carpets, recycled plastic panels, cork wallpapers and buffalo leather tiles.
Dhs3,800. Until May 22. Vida Hotel, Downtown Dubai (055 115 6674).
Dubai Flea Market
Browse pre-loved items and scoop up cool bargains at this outdoor market on Friday and Saturday this week.
Free. Fri April 11 2pm-7pm. Promenade Courtyard, Uptown Mirdif. Sat April 12 1pm-5pm. Tunisia car park rooftop, P3, Ibn Battuta Mall (055 452 6030).
Back for a third season, the three-day fashion extravaganza kicks off this week on Thursday April 10 and includes catwalk shows from regional designers including Kage, Ezra and Zayan the Label, as well as d3 fashion talks and late-night after soirees for the hard-partying fashion set.
Dhs150 three-day access if you register online, Dhs200 if you register on site. Noon-10pm. Until April 13. Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Umm Suqeim, www.fashionforward.ae.
Prime Dubai Fashion Market
Held on the second Saturday of every month, this market offers a platform for young designers to gain more brand awareness, network and showcase their latest designs.
Free. 3pm-9pm. Until April 12. Sunset Mall, Jumeirah (no number).
New stores & collections
River Island High Summer 2014 collection
Bold prints and bright colours dominate this casual range, with cool pieces for men and women. The collection features pastels, metallics and washed-out whites as well as animal print. You’ll also find retro-inspired swimwear for her and festival-themed pieces for him.
River Island, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9415).
Offers and deals
Buy two pairs of shoes at this budget-friendly retailer and you’ll get a third pair free. The promotion is valid on all new season stock, from brands that include Duchini, Lee Cooper, Paprika and Peppermint.
Until April 19. Shoe Mart, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 3090).
Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons exhibition
This retrospective documents 63 years of Seddiqi history and never-seen-before watches.
Until April 9. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 9000).