9 shopping and style events in Dubai

ARTE market, flea market, ladies day at the mall and more


ARTE Market
On Friday May 10, art and crafters will descend on Times Square Centre to sell their hand-made wares at this monthly market featuring more than 1,800 eclectic artisans from 30 countries.
Free entry. Noon-9pm. ARTE Market, Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 8020).

Dubai Flea Market
On Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11, head to this popular second-hand market at Uptown Mirdif Mall and Ibn Battuta rooftop car park to sort through other people’s trash and treasure in the hope of finding pre-loved goods and perhaps even some antique wares and knick-knacks.
3pm-8pm. Uptown Mirdif; 1pm-6pm Tunisia rooftop car park P3 next to the food court, Ibn Battuta Mall (055 452 6030).

The Fashion Network workshops
From Sunday May 12, get the lowdown on the basics of setting up a fashion brand in the UAE from Isidora Peric, founder of regional fashion consultancy agency for emerging brands The Fashion Network.
Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Until May 13. The Archive, Safa Park. For more info, contact info@thefashionnetwork.org.

The Little Black Jacket Chanel exhibition
Celebrating one of the French luxury brand’s most iconic pieces, die-hard fashion fans can see this high-profile international exhibition of Karl Lagerfeld photographs, which illustrate the little black jacket as modelled by a number of celebrities.
Free. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. Until May 11. The Venue, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com.

New stores & collections

Gerard Darel spring/summer 2013 collection
Oozing Parisian flair, the latest range from this French label is all about fluid lines, structure and minimalism. The collection features soft leather and suede in khaki and cinnamon, military-style touches, black and white, colour-blocking and soft pastels. Our pick of the bunch? The revisited Roman sandal, comprising a lacy leather cut out to the ankle and high heel.
Dhs300 to Dhs4,000. Gerard Darel, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9780).

Esposa Boutique now open in Jumeirah
The multi-brand bridal boutique stocks stunning wedding gowns from drool-worthy designers including Carolina Herrera, Monique L’huiller, Marchesa, Lazaro, Savina Deluca, Enzoani, Oscar de la Renta and La Sposa. Head to their villa in Jumeriah 1 and be wowed.
Esposa, Al Wasl Road, Villa 2, Jumeirah 1 (04 385 4477).

Offers and deals

Discounts at 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, including fashion, footwear, beauty and wellness. Participating outlets include Fun City, Lifestyle, Carrefour Market and Q Home Decor as well as Candelite, OOD Life, Max, Arrow, Splash, iCARE Clinics and Afghan Carpet.
Every Wednesday. Until June 5. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4000).

In-mall entertainment

Ladies’ day at Mirdif City Centre
Every Monday, 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 shoppers up to 60 percent off fashion, beauty treatments, dining and entertainment.
Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre (800 6422).

Sharks Alive! at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall
Go on an underwater safari with marine experts and take this unique opportunity to get to know more about zebra sharks and other species in this giant fishbowl.
Dhs55. Until May 15. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200).

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