Five To Try, Another Dubai Weekender
The long-awaited island of Lebanon is finally opening this weekend. Confused? We’re not talking about the country, just the Royal Island Beach Club, which is surely the party destination of the year, situated on The World. If you haven’t sneaked onto the MustHaveSoul guest list for tomorrow’s Stranded event then prepare to go green with envy; the soft opening promises top tunes, Dubai’s cutting edge revellers and plenty of sunshine. Missed out? Stay tuned to the Facebook page to be in the know.
Mahiki might be best known for cocktails so strong they blow your head off (in the nicest possible way), but the newly launched food menu promises some dishes to line your stomach so you’re less likely to leave your handbag there. Again. Despite the Tiki theme, UK-based chef Marcus Chant has created a choice of European-style small plates, appetisers and long-standing favourites from the London outpost, including a tomahawk steak and the epic truffle egg toast. If that doesn’t soak up the rum we don't know what will.
Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, served from 7pm.
You’re probably sick of the sight of Easter eggs, but if you’re still celebrating then head to The Gramercy tonight. This welcoming neighbourhood spot in DIFC is serving up Easter with a twist, with eggs hidden all over the bar (find a white chocolate egg to win one of 200 free shots of Jack Daniel’s or the golden egg for a whole bottle), complimentary JD taster cocktails, T-shirts up for grabs, waitresses dressed as bunnies and live swing jazz all night. Jack the lad is a generous man.
The Gramercy, DIFC, Dubai. 8pm to late.
London high-street fave Lipsy has flung open its fashionable doors just in time for the weekend. Packed with on-trend pieces, our pick of the racks is this Mary Katrantzou-esque dress (Dhs279), which gives a nod to the floral craze started by the UK designer, but without the ulcer-inducing price tag.
Lipsy, The Dubai Mall.
If you're in need of a funk fix then look no further. Swedish master mixer DJ Mad Mats has arrived in Dubai, armed with his collection of breaks and samples for your listening and dancing pleasures. He's taking over Bur Dubai's The Music Room on Friday 13th, with live hip-hop support from local artists Employees of the Month, featuring Wriggly Scott, Feras Ibrahim and Jibberish, plus tunes from James Locksmith, Mr Yeti and Megadon Betamax, which is sure to attract the city's music lovers. And don't be put off by the inauspicious date – Mad Mats will drown out any superstitions with some serious beats.