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A Market with a Twist

Market at The Beach opposite JBR, is a new and fascinating twist on classic farmers’ markets in Dubai, with local vendors showcasing some of the best produce along with an array of handcrafted goods from home businesses. For the month of February, the list of hand-crafted product vendors include Elephant Parade, Addicted to Soap, Studio Manhattan and The Urban Yogi.

Organiliciouz, Soil, Organic Oasis — Dubai’s first organic garden making available local organic produce — and IGR Farms will all be selling some of the best organic produce available in Dubai and Fatto in Casa — a passionate group of Italian women bringing the art of homemade Italian food to Dubai — will also have a stall offering workshops to demonstrate pasta making techniques at the market.

The vendors are set to change each month and The Beach will continue to host the Market till the good weather holds. So head on over and here’s to good health!

It’s Almost Here!

We’ve been patiently — at least some of us — waiting for the third season of our favourite White House politician to return to our TVs and it’s finally time! The entire season of House of Cards will be available on Netflix and OSN on its award-winning digital platform, OSN Play, on February 28, at the same time as its US release.

Both Golden Globe winners Kevin Spacey (Frank Underwood) and Robin Wright (Claire Underwood) return in Season 3, which follows the disappearance of Doug Stamper and a possible scandal that could destroy Frank Underwood’s new office. How dastardly the Underwoods will get until the finale is anybody’s guess, but we’re sure it’s going to be one heck of a series! For those who missed the first two seasons, OSN Play will have both of them available as box sets for six weeks until the end of March.

Street Nights

This month is all about food and foodies, with the Dubai Food Festival in full swing. But if you’re in the mood for a little more than just food — we’re talking engaging in a little street culture like street art and musical performances — then head to Street Nights, taking place on February 20-21 in the heart of Al Quoz.

The event is a community initiative designed to bring together street culture enthusiasts for a weekend of creative art, music and food, featuring hundreds of local and international artists, like Deep Crates Cartel, Hamdan Al Abri, Malika, Parallel Sound System and many more. Expect to see pop up street food stalls from Moti Roti, Fume, Fraiche, Maple Leaf, Hanoi, Shakeism, Logma, Essentialy, Melt and Panifico. The event will take place on street 4b in Al Quoz industrial area from 5pm to midnight on both days. The event is open to the public and entrance is free.

 

Dress like Royalty

Elegant British occasion wear brand Jacques Vert is opening its first store in Dubai at Debenhams, Mirdif City Centre on February 19. For the first time, Jacques Vert’s timeless, classic designs — from long-line jackets to chic dresses — will be available in stores, and to celebrate the occasion, Her Majesty The Queen of England’s milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan, who collaborates with Jacques Vert on a collection of headwear, will attend the in-store launch event to meet and mingle with customers.

The new collection to be unveiled is crafted using luxurious hand painted fabrics and specially developed material blends, designed to look crisp even after all day wear. Customers eager to find the perfect race day hat or fascinator can pull on Trevor-Morgan’s expert knowledge just in time for the start of Dubai’s polo season and the prestigious Dubai World Cup. Jacques Vert will also offer an exclusive promotion, giving away a limited-edition necklace worth Dh200 for the first 100 customer purchases.

Key to Your Heart

Pure Gold Jewellers has a new collection featuring three ‘heart and key’ pendants for a perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. The ‘Love Key’ is a beautiful, diamond-studded gold key with a crown, and there’s also a romantic diamond-studded heart key and another gold key with two diamond encrusted hearts, symbolising two hearts unlocked. The Love Key pendant is available for Dh1,399, with the single and double heart key pendants priced at Dh1,099 and Dh1,699, respectively. The collection also includes two interlocked diamond and gold hearts. Customers will get a free solitaire diamond (conditions apply) and the chance to win a luxury Mercedes convertible through a raffle draw. The offer is valid until February 16 at all Pure Gold stores.

 Foodies Assemble!

Food, food and more food. The Dubai Food Festival (DFF) is an ever-growing list of eats to try and things to do. This weekend, February 13-14, the Beach Canteen will welcome Denver-based The Inventing Room and its Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory-inspired culinary creations. And for foodies that love a bit of sing-a-long, there’s also open mic sessions at the Beach Canteen venues. If you fancy a meal on the majestic Al Mansour Dhow, then Dine On The Creek has you covered, with award-winning Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor serving up some sensational dishes on February 18 at Dh185 per head, and queen of the Arabic kitchen, Manal Al-Alem, cooking up some fabulous fare on February 23, also at Dh185 a head. If that’s not enough, there are mystery dining tours, a Peruvian food fiesta, a food carnival and food truck convoys to keep you in food coma. For more info on dates and timings on all the happenings DFF, visit www.dubaifoodfestival.com   

 


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