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Out and about: Dubai

Our pick of what to do and where to go this month in Dubai

By Catherine Harper
1 Feb 2016 | 12:00 am
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All things food

The best of British

The Lakes’ popular gastro-pub Reform Social & Grill is offering a special menu celebrating the best of British produce, to coincide with Dubai Food Festival. Starting on February 28 and running until March 9, the Great British Banquet
 five-course tasting menu will feature favourites from all corners of Great Britain. You’ll start with a roasted root vegetable soup, followed by seared scallops, then tuck into grilled Scottish salmon. Next up is roast duck breast and, of course, the meal is rounded off with the sinfully sweet classic of sticky toffee pudding. Grab a table out on the terrace in the hopes it might be chilly enough to remind you of British weather! The tasting menu is priced at Dh230 per person and is available from 6pm-10pm, 04 454 2638

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Room with a view

For a peaceful weekend café experience with a difference, put The Terrace at Dubai Creek Harbour into your satnav and wind your way through the wilds of Ras Al Khor. You’ll find gourmet food trucks offering a selection of eats and drinks from Vida Hotels, a kids’ entertainment area and simply breathtaking views of the city. Open 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday only, events@emaar.ae.

Retail therapy

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Market time Dubai’s favourite al fresco market is making the most of the winter weather. February’s Ripe markets at Zabeel Park will be open on Fridays from 9am to 5pm. And don’t forget the monthly pop-up markets at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club; this month’s market will be on February 4 from 8.30am-12pm. www.ripeme.com

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Join the cult Legendary American brand Abercrombie & Fitch has finally landed on our shores. The new extension at Mall of the Emirates is its home, where you’ll find one of the largest mall-based A&F stores in the world, complete with the first standalone fragrance boutique and the region’s first Abercrombie Kids section. Form an orderly queue!

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Turn back time Boots stores across the UAE are now stocking the No7 Early Defence skincare range consisting of day, night and eye creams. Full of antioxidants and other goodies, the range – aimed at 20- to 35-year-olds – promises to protect the skin and delay the signs of ageing. www.me.boots.com

Glam up

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Be groomed 

Kitsch blow-dry salon Be Bar has added an extra feather to its perfectly groomed cap; it is now offering nail treatments with renowned Essie products. While you’re in for your blow-dry, up-do or braid, choose from a menu of services including everything from a quick polish change to a full-on manicure, with prices starting from just Dh30. And if you have a little lady who wants to come too, a mini mani-pedi costs just Dh35. Bargain! www.mybebar.com

Treat yourself

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New spa in town

Iridium Spa is now open at Dubai’s newest hotel, the St Regis. There’s a luxurious spa menu – featuring Swiss Perfection Cellular Skincare products – with treatments carried out in six opulent rooms, as well as separate spa facilities for men and women. Bliss! 04 435 5500

Get online

Top drawer treats

Hide the credit card; there’s a new online boutique offering decadent lingerie and sleepwear. Apples & Drawers features international brands such as Cosabella, Sokoloff, Deshabille and Commando, and will deliver straight to your door. There’s even a bridal and maternity range! www.applesanddrawers.com

Out on the town

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City central

DIFC favourite The Gramercy has not only had a refit, it’s laid on a host of new nights to liven things up. Tuesday sees ladies get 50 per cent off anything on the menu – or, for lighter bites, a Ladies’ Night Platter for Dh60 – while Thursdays are for dusting off your dancing shoes and getting down to the live band and DJ. 04 437 7511

Carnival time

Spirito, the Latin American haunt at Media One, is marking the Rio carnival with a month-long celebration. The party kicks off with a 12-hour brunch from 1pm-1am on February 5; rock up any hour on the hour until 9pm to enjoy four hours of food and house beverages from Dh350, and there are happy hour prices afterwards. 04 421 2679

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Change

Chic al fresco bar Level 43 Sky Lounge at Four Points by Sheraton on SZR has launched a new ladies’ night in collaboration with BPOD Salon. Every Tuesday from 8pm-11pm ladies will get two free drinks and, from 8pm-10pm, the chance to enjoy salon treats ranging from manicures to hair styling. There’ll also be a gift-filled goody bag for one lucky lady. 04 316 9888

Family event

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Keeping it local

The Dubai Mall is celebrating the best of local talent with the opening of a new pop-up boutique. Stocking the work of a range of talented local designers, the focus of the Dubai971 store changes every two months and includes fashion, accessories, home wares and more. The current edition – available until February 16 – is fashion and you can pick up pieces from local labels such as Mochi, Amongst Few, House of Fatam, Reemami, Osaymi and Elena Burba. You’ll find Dubai971 in The Village on the ground floor of the mall. www.thedubaimall.com

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper