Always the cultural hub, Dubai offers a host of not-to-be-missed experiences this weekend from the opening of a concept store at the world's largest mall to a thought-provoking art exhibition and a gastronomic adventure with a twist. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the places to be and be seen.

Moroccan art exhibition at Opera Gallery Dubai

Dubai art space Opera Gallery has curated a combined exhibition from Moroccan artists Yasmina Alaoui and Yassine Mekhnache. Titled Sediments, Alaoui's signature style of using organic materials including sand, gravel, salt and kohl to powder over mostly geometric patterns, demonstrates her innate creative nuance to bring out the beauty in decay. Meanwhile, Mekhnache's The Conference of The Birds combines the figurative and symbolic with the abstract in large canvas works that feature embroidery, painting and beading. Mekhnache then sends the art pieces on a trip around the world, from Morocco to India, to be further infused with the artistry of other craftsmen.  

Weekend culture guide Mar 17-19

See the works by Yasmina Alaoui and Yassine Mekhnache at Opera Gallery Dubai until March 30.

Dior pop-up store at The Dubai Mall

Celebrate the debut seasonal collection by Dior's Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri with a visit to the brand's globe-trotting pop-up concept at Level Shoes. More than just a Spring/Summer '17 showcase – expect feminine silhouettes, tulle dresses and tailored suits inspired by fencing – the pop-up store will allow visitors to explore the essence and heritage of the maison, with iconic pieces also making appearances.

Weekend culture guide Mar 17-19

The Dior pop-up store runs until March 25 at Level Shoes in The Dubai Mall.

A different type of gelato at Il Borro

Join gelato expert Simone Bonini on a culinary journey; a four-course gelato menu that includes contemporary fusions of the frozen dessert including a Caprese salad with mozzarella gelato. Let Bonini excite your palate with a gourmet experience that is as revolutionary as it is delicious.

Weekend culture guide Mar 17-19

Simone Bonini's four-course gelato menu will be available until March 18 at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai. For reservations, call +971 4 275 2555.

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