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Events

Bobby Sager photography exhibition at THE One Fusion
Featuring a collection of black and white images from the American philanthropist and photographer Bobby Sager’s book The Power of the Invisible Sun, this exhibition depicts children in a number of different countries dealing with conflict and disaster.
Until January 11. THE One Fusion, Junction 3, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 346 8977).

Donate your old trainers
If you haven’t been to the gym since January last year (and realistically don’t plan to), then donate your sneakers to Dubai’s labourers. This charity drive, a collaboration between Dubai-based marathon runner Tori Leckie and local charity SmartLife, aims to provide labourers with sneakers to compete in the SmartCup cricket tournament in February. Donations can be made at Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, fourth floor, Emarat Atrium on Sheikh Zayed Road between 9am and 6pm, Sunday to Thursday.
Until January 31. (050 457 6873).

Dubai Shopping Festival
Today is the first day of a month-long bonanza of sales and events taking place throughout the city. With more than 6,000 outlets participating, as well as stores at the Global Village complex, this year the event is expected to be bigger than ever. A variety of entertainment, including concerts, is scheduled throughout the festival. An opening fireworks show will take place on Thursday January 5 and will run along both sides of the creek to the lagoon at Festival Centre. Fireworks begin at 8.30pm and can be seen from various locations including the Festival Centre corniche. See right for deals. Locations across Dubai.
Until February 5. www.dubaievents.ae.

New stores & collections

Feel-good and charity buys at whateverittakes.org
If all the festive self-indulgence has left you feeling a little guilty, we’ve found just the way to perk up your spirits again. New site whateverittakes.org is a charity aimed at raising funds to improve global issues such as poverty and the protection of children. Each of the products on the website has been designed by celebrities involved in humanitarian work, including Katy Perry, Giorgio Armani and Sir Paul McCartney.
www.whateverittakes.org.

Get that body back in sleek gym gear
Need something to motivate you to lose those extra kilos you gained during the festive period? UAE-based website shemovesonline.com is your go-to for stylish gym wear, such as tie-dye-style buckle workout pants and cut-out singlets. From Dhs250 to Dhs500.
www.shemovesonline.com.

Mexx January 2012 men’s and women’s collection
A throwback to ’70s New York, Mexx’s new women’s range features retro polka dots, checks, crochet and denim with patch detailing, plus cropped jackets and vests. The menswear is part smart, part casual, with striped hoodies and khaki blazers.
Mexx, available at various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 1990).

Valleydez introduces Youngblood cosmetics
his luxe boutique is already known for stocking local and international designers, such as Camilla and Marc and Stella & Jamie, but it has now introduced a natural make-up line from the US. Youngblood is a mineral range made without alcohol and common irritants.
Dhs65-Dhs195. Youngblood, available at Valleydez, various locations including Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 2883).

Sales & offers

Hot DSF discounts at Fred Perry, Bimba & Lola and more
Our favourite hotspots are currently holding big-discount sales, including up to 40 per cent off at Diesel, up to 50 per cent off at Fred Perry, 40 per cent off at Bimba & Lola and up to 60 per cent off at Custo Barcelona.
Until January 18. Diesel, various locations including Deira City Centre (04 295 0792 ). Fred Perry, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 9358). Bimba & Lola, BurJuman (04 352 2030). Custo Barcelona, various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 399 7139).

In-mall entertainment

View a fashion-inspired photography exhibition at Wafi
Famous French photography haven Studio Harcourt is running a pop-up exhibition featuring portraits of fashion personalities including Sir Karl Lagerfeld at the soon-to-open Esmod Fashion Store. Personal photo shoots can also be arranged – call for appointments. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight.
Until January 8. First floor, next to Wafi Gourmet, Wafi, Oud Metha (050 356 2650).

The al fresco theme park will be opening its gates with a new show

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January

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You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1

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