Design Your Outdoor Space class at Pottery Barn
Want to transform your outdoor area from junkyard to sanctuary? Homewares store Pottery Barn is hosting free classes on how to smarten up your outdoor space using the latest updates in-store. While you’re there, you can also score a compartmented jewellery box at a 25 per cent discount.
7pm, February 22. Pottery Barn, various locations including Mirdif City Centre (800 802).
Dukkan Al Downtown shopping fair
Until Saturday March 3, the 3.5km Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai is transformed into an outdoor market, where shoppers can browse the stalls, lifestyle and fashion products of Dubai’s up-and-coming retailers and designers.
Daily 4pm-10pm. Until March 3. Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (no number).
New stores & collections
H&M spring/summer 2012 collection
This fresh-feel line features modern accents with a retro vibe, such as singlets with leather detailing, and bursts of bright colour such as the yellow canary hints pictured above. For her, there’s plenty of Oriental-style draping, as well as a must-have chiffon dress in neon green.
From Dhs499. H&M, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4921).
Hamac re-opens at The Dubai Mall
The local swimwear and beachwear retailer has now reopened its biggest flagship store on the ground floor at The Dubai Mall, and it’s a beauty, stocking plenty of top beachwear brands.
Hamac, The Dubai Mall (050 640 4223).
This orange striped polo shirt transports us to another era for all the right reasons: its laid-back ’60s feel conjures up images of gents congregating around the village green, playing croquet and sipping fruity drinks. You too can be a part of it.
Dhs109. Available at H&M, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 330 8327).
There’s no need to part with large wads of cash to overhaul your sneaker collection. These mid-top-style Kappa trainers are affordable and will add a burst of colour to a monochrome ensemble.
Dhs175. Available at Shoe Mart, various locations including Deira City Centre (04 295 2051).
If you embrace wide-leg sailor-style slacks this season, keep the look modern in punchy colours such as violet. Pair these pants with contrasting brights, such as tangerine (see below). For a relaxed look, team with flats or take the outfit into evening with heels.
Dhs550. Available at Coast, The Dubai Mall (04 339 828).
A little wary about the fact that tangerine is the new season must-have? Inject the colour into your wardrobe with these subtle but wearable Perspex-style flats.
Dhs159. Available at Kurt Geiger, various locations including Beach Road (04 341 3884).
Sales & offers
Get a luxury car, villa or product at a discounted price
New online auction site UniqueAuction.ae is now live, giving you the chance to win products at a steal. Shoppers will be able to bid on a Porsche, luxury villas and apartments, iPhones, getaways and beauty packages. There will be a different auction each day: just place the highest unique bid to walk away with the prize.
Score deals on language courses
Eton Institute, the go-to Dubai language training centre has just launched Eton Deals for its subscribers, described as an ‘online group buying portal’. Those who sign up will be sent offers on a weekly basis, including 50 per cent off language courses and teacher-training classes.
www.eton.ac (800 3866).
Montblanc exhibition at The Dubai Mall
Entitled ‘Writing Time – Two Centuries of Chronograph History’, this exhibition will offer visitors an insight into watchmaking innovations through displays of historical pieces.
Until February 26. Outside Montblanc, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com (04 362 7500).
Ladies’ morning at Mirdif City Centre
From 10am until 2pm every Monday, this mall offers a range of discounts for ladies. You’ll get 10 per cent off at Jane Norman, 30 per cent off sunglasses at Optivision, as well as a free seven-day pass to Fitness First for two ladies, including a health check up.
Every Monday 10am-2pm. Mirdif City Centre, www.mirdifcitycentre.com (800 6422).
Night safari at The Dubai Mall
Head to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo to check out the nocturnal wildlife that comes alive when night falls.
Tickets from Dhs50. Until February 29. Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200).
See art on display at Hermès in The Dubai Mall
The work of German-born, Paris-raised graffiti artist Darco (the first man ever to be convicted of damage to public property in France) is currently on display at the Hermès store in The Dubai Mall. Head down there to suss out his style.
Until March 31. Hermès, The Dubai Mall (04 330 8385).