A new ladies’ day, evening brunch and the return of one of our favourite creative evenings…

It’s the final week of September and whatever you’re looking for, we’re here to make sure it’s a brilliant week in the city.

Here’s 8 great things to do in Dubai this week.

Monday September 26

Kick off the new week with an evening brunch

seven sisters brunch

Moon Brunch is the name of a new night at the ever-popular Seven Sisters. There’s two seatings: one at 8pm and a second at 10pm, where Dhs199 gets you a set menu of fusion flavours and two hours of free-flowing drinks. To get you in the party mood, a roster of top local DJs will spin the latest tracks.

Seven Sisters, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, 8pm and 10pm, Mondays, Dhs199. Tel: (056) 775 4777, 7sistersdubai.com

Treat yourself to afternoon tea on an abra

There’s lots of ways to enjoy the beauty of Madinat Jumeirah’s winding waterways. Perfect for if you’ve got visitors in town, one of the best things to do in this part of town is a private abra tour with afternoon tea, where you’ll get a selection of savoury treats and sweet indulgences served as you drift around the Madinat Jumeirah. A one-hour experience for two is Dhs1,500.

Private abra tour with afternoon tea, Madinat Jumeirah, 2.30pm to 5pm daily, one hour slots, Dhs1,500. jumeirah.com

Tuesday September 27

Get creative at the return of Alserkal Lates

alserkal avenue

Alserkal Lates takes place on Tuesday, September 27 and will see Alserkal Avenue coming alive with new exhibitions, art installations, art walks and more. It begins in the evening and runs until 10pm. Bridging the unexpected and unconventional with the authentic and simple, the evening features a powerful line-up of 12+ new art exhibitions, curator-led art walks, and public art commissions. The best news is that it’s free to enter, but you will need to register here.

Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 6pm to 10pm, Tuesday September 27. Tel: (0)4 333 3464. alserkal.online 

Fiesta into the evening at Sushisamba

Sushisamba is one of the hottest restaurants in the city, but it’s turning up the heat with the relaunch of Casa de Samba this Tuesday. Taking place in the venue’s Samba Room, expect high-energy entertainment from French DJ duo Chambord, live sounds of Rodrigo Gallardo and unmissable views as you dine on chef Moon’s signature Japanese Peruvian fusion dishes.

Casa de Samba, Sushisamba Dubai, Level 51, The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, 9pm onwards, Tuesdays. Tel: (0)4 278 4888, sushisamba.com

Wednesday September 28

Check out a cool bar takeover

Two of the World’s 50 Best Bars are taking over the bars at Papa Dubai this week for a mini cocktail festival. From September 28 to 30, catch the master mixologists from The Clumsies and Baba Au Rum bringing their creative libations to the nine bars at Papa Dubai from 5pm to 1am each evening. For Dhs99 you can enjoy entry to the festival and two drinks included, with selected beverages thereafter priced at Dhs50.

Papa Dubai, Atrium Level 3, Al Habtoor City – Business Bay, Dubai, 5pm to 1am, Sept 28 to 30, from Dhs99. Tel: (052) 203 3434, @papadubaiofficial

Check-in for a cheeky staycation

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai is celebrating 24 years of welcoming guests to its palatial beachfront address, and to mark this anniversary it’s introducing a special staycation package, offering 24-hours of blissful relaxation and five-star splendour. Available until October 9, the package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room, breakfast for two at Caravan, dinner for two at Splendido and a 60-minute couples massage at the pampering Ritz-Carlton Spa. Rates start from Dhs3,000 per room per night.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR, staycation rates from Dhs3,000, until October 9. Tel: (0)4 399 4000 ritzcarlton.com

Thursday September 29

Shop your way around a Diwali market

Diwali, also known as the ‘festival of lights’, will be celebrated for a whole month at Festival Plaza, and it kicks off this week. Decorated in bright hues and vibrant décor reflecting the festive vibe, a special Diwali market will be open to public from 12pm to 10pm every Thursday to Sunday. Running from September 29 to October 23, expect to shop an array of fashion, accessories, home decor and food items.

Diwali at Festival Plaza, Dubai Festival City, 12pm to 10pm, Thurs to Sun, Sept 29 to Oct 23. dubaifestivalplaza.com

Bring your best detective skills to a murder mystery night

Back by popular demand, the new murder mystery nights at Home by McGettigan’s kick off this Thursday September 29. At Murder on McGettigan’s Island, the audience will have to solve the clues, interrogate the characters, and brace for an action-packed thrill ride with plenty of problem-solving and audience participation. The action is set at the headquarters of the McGettigan’s Island Independence Party, where the party’s leader, Lord William Socket, is campaigning for independence from Britain. As he prepares for his great speech, with the help of his wife and party members, the audience will be treated to an evening of intrigue, scheming plots, revenge, and rivalries, culminating in a sudden death. Audience members will also have the chance to interact with the characters and play their part in finding out who the criminal is before DCI Bill Roberts solves the case. The team that correctly identifies the murderer will win a brunch. Tickets are Dhs50 including a welcome drink.

Home by McGettigan’s, City Walk, 7.30pm, Thursday September 29, Dhs50. Tel: (0)4 385 2400, mcgettigans.com